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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Long


Will of John Long
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 305 to 307 probate year 1858

In re
     John Long      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Long of Saint John's Newfoundland being now in a delicate state of health but of perfect sound and disposing mind memory and understanding therefore mindful of my mortality do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner following that is to say, First and principally of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to be decently interred and as touching my earthly estate I give and bequeath the same as follows I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Catherine and my dear daughter Margaret jointly, all my land my present dwelling house and all other dwelling houses, tenements, hereditaments and premises to me now belonging or which I shall be seized of at the time of my deah to have and to hold all and singular the premises aforesaid and the rents and profits thereof unto my said wife Catherine and daughter Margaret jointly, in trust during the natural life of my wife Catherine and on her death the said property shall be disposed of as follows I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Dunn and her heirs the dwelling house she now lives in and the ground in front from the southern corner of said house to the front gate; also the use in common of the Pump house, also one moiety or half part of the ground in the rear held under lease from the late Bishop Fleming, for which she shall be liable and bound to pay half the annual ground rent thereof or sum of one pound fifteen shillings, Also the rear part from east to west by the land tenements and premises situate in the Cribbis and now in the occupancy of Flinn and Lee.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Eliza Murphy and her heirs all the front part of the land tenements and premises situate in the Cribbis from east to west now in the occupancy of several tenants comprising one large house and four tenements. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret my present dwelling house, the use in common of the Pump house, the ground in front of the house (not left or bequeathed to Mary Dunn) and all the land occupied and unoccupied not hereinbefore mentioned also my watch and on the death of my wife aforesaid my said daughter Margaret is to have and receive to her own use one half years rent from all my tenants in the Cribbis as aforesaid.
I give and bequeath unto my said wife Catherine whom I now appoint executrix of this my will, all control over my estate and jointly with my daughter Margaret all my household furniture and other effects tools and debts due to me and no sale or transfer of any part or portion of my estate or property aforesaid can be made during the lifetime of my wife Catherine.     And I hereby declare null and void all wills legacies and bequests by me at any time heretofore made declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal after reading over and finding the same to be correct in every particular item at Saint Jon's aforesaid this second day of December A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven.
John his X mark Long (LS)
Signed, sealed published and declared by the said testator as his last will and testament in our presence and in presence of each other, Henry Devereux, Not. Pub.     Wm. Freeman, Christopher Vey.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation. The originals were kept by the executor.

We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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