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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Reuben Martin



Will of Reuben Martin
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 343 probate year 1923


I, Reuben Martin, of Grates Cove, Newfoundland, Fisherman, being of sound mind and disposing memory hereby revoke all former wills and general testamentary dispositions made by me and by this my last will devise and bequeath my real and personal estate in manner following, that is to say:

  1. I give and bequeath to my wife, my house cabbage garden and potato garden to be hers while she lives, and after her decease, the said house, cabbage garden and potato garden is to be given to my son William George Martin and at his decease to my grandsons, Abraham martin and Reuben Martin in equal portions.
  2. My fishing property and all land that I possess, not elsewhere in this my will bequeathed, I give to my son William George Martin, and, at his decease, to my grandsons, Abraham Martin and Reuben Martin, in equal portions.
  3. I also give and bequeath to Mary Ellen Martin, widow of my son, Reuben Martin, deceased, the use of part of the property occupied by her late husband, Reuben Martin, while she remains a widow; but in the event of her re marrying or at her decease, should she die before such remarriage, the said property is to pass to my son William George Martin, and at his decease to his sons, Abraham Martin and Reuben martin in equal portions. The said part of the said property to be understood to mean, the garden known as Barber's Hill Garden, the cabbage garden she now uses, and the dwelling house in which she now lives.
  4. I hereby appoint my son, William George Martin, to be sole executor of this my will.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this     day of February A.D. 1919. REUBEN MARTIN.
Signed by the above named Reuben Martin as and for his last will and testament in the joint presence of himself and us who at his request and in such joint presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Isaac Avery X himself    Eleanzor Avery X

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat April 5/23
Johnson J.
Probate granted
to William
George Martin
April 12/23.
Estate sworn
at $500.00



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 Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 24, 2002

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