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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Macpherson


Will of James Macpherson
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 page 328 probate year 1903

The last will of
late of S.John's Salesman, deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me James Macpherson of S. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Salesman. First, I hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me at any time made and declare this to be my true last will and testament. Second I desire that all my past debts and funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid out of my estate. Third, I hereby appoint my wife Jessie Macpherson sole Executrix of this my will. Fifth, I hereby give devise and bequeath to my said wife all monies of what I shall die possessed and which are not deposited in Bank of Scotland and in Newfoundland in trust to invest the said monies to the best advantage in some safe security and to apply the party interest there of towards the support of my said wife and of my son Lachlan for and during the natural life of my said wife or until my said son Lachlan shall attain the age of twenty one years. Sixth Should my said son Lachlan die before he shall attain the age of twenty one years it is my wish and desire and I hereby will and direct that the said monies shall be and and become the sole property of my said wife. Seventh Upon the death of my said wife it is my wish and desire and I hereby will and direct that the said monies shall be and become the property of my said son Lachlan should he be then living. Eight. I hereby give, devise, and bequeath all other property of every description of which I shall die possessed to my said wife absolutely. Witness my hand at S.John's this seventeenth day of March Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred and three. James MacPherson. Signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence who in the presence of the testator and of each other all present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. D. Morrison     William Eadie.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of James Macpherson.
D.M. Browning


(Listed in the margin of this will)
25 Nov 03
Johnson J
Letter of Probate
granted on this
25 day of Nov
1903 to Jessie
Macpherson Ex.
Est. sworn at



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (September 28, 2003)

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