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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary Matthews


Will of Mary Matthews
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 400 probate year 1861

In re
Mary Matthews deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me Mary Matthews otherwise Pitts of West Teignmouth in the County of Devon Widow made and published this 23rd day of August A.D. 1844. I give and devise all that my moiety or equal half part or share of and in all that plantation called or commonly known by the name of Squarey’s Rooms and situate and lying at St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland in North America and of and in the rights members and appurtenances thereto belonging or appertaining unto and to the use of Matthew Warren of East Teignmouth in the said County Merchant his heirs and assigns in trust for my daughter Jane Pitts Warren for her separate use for her life And after her death in trust for my three grandchildren Thomas Matthews Warren Mary Jane Warren and Catherine Warren the son and daughters of my said daughter Jane Pitts Warren their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common But nevertheless with benefit of survivorship equally between them in case any or either of them shall depart this life under the age of twenty one years without leaving lawful issue him or her surviving. And I hereby nominate and appoint the said Matthew Warren sole executor in trust of this my will hereby revoking all and every former will and wills by me at any time heretofore made or published and declaring this to be my last and only will and testament.    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.     Mary Matthews (LS)    Signed and sealed by the said Mary Matthews the testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of both of us at the same time who in the presence of her and of each other have hereunto subscribed the same, John Chappell Tozer- J. H. Mackenzie.

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)

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