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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Mercer


Will of John Mercer
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 175 & 176 probate year 1918

In re John Mercer       deceased

I, John Mercer of Country Road in the Electoral District of Harbor Grace, in the Island of Newfoundland, laborer, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any former time made. And as to my worldly property of which I shall die possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following, to wit:- I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Emma Mercer and my beloved child Lewis Mercer, equal shares in all my land dwelling house, outhouses, furniture and all movable property, the right of my wife to my property to cease should she marry again, and her said right to revert to my beloved son Lewis Mercer to have and to hold to the said Lewis Mercer his heirs assigns and administration for ever And, lastly, I do nominate and appoint my wife Emma Mercer to be the executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said John Mercer, have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name this twenty eight day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand, nine hundred and sixteen. -John Mercer- Signed sealed and delivered by the said John Mercer as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us who at his request & in the presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto Witnesses Nathan Russell     John Mercer.

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Aug 23/18
Kent J.
Aug 29/18
to Emma
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 Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

Revised: October 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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