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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Nicholas Metcalfe



Will of Nicholas Metcalfe
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 445 & 446 probate year 1905

In re the Estate of Nicholas Metcalfe       deceased

In the name of God. Amen. I Nicholas Metcalfe of Chamberlains, Conception Bay, in the Island of Newfoundland, farmer, being weak, but of perfect mind and memory, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally, and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God, that gave it, and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial, according to the Rites of the Church of England, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

  • First,    I give and bequeath to my beloved son Thomas Metcalfe that land on which his house is built, and bounded on the north by land I sold to Messrs. Garrett and Chaplin, on the east by James Metcalfe, on the south by land on which my house is built, and on the west by orphanage land.
  • Second,   I give and bequeath to my beloved son William Metcalfe a piece of land, bounded by Branch road on the east, on the south by Charles Squires, on the west by land I give to my daughter Mary Jane Bancroft, and on the north by land on which my house stands; this land shall belong to William Metcalfe while he lives (and after his death is share fall to my son Thomas Metcalfe or his heirs but should my son William Metcalfe be in want, his brother, or friends shall be empowered to sell a part of his land for his support.
  • Third,   I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Mary Jane Bancroft; a piece of land bounded on the east by William Metcalfe, on the south by Charles Squires, on the west by orphanage land, and on the north by my land; my said daughter is to have this lot to build on, or to cultivate during her life, but if she wishes to sell said land, it must be sold to some of her relatives.
  • Lastly,   I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Metcalfe all the land on which my house stands and which I now reserve for my own use, also my dwelling house and stable, to be enjoyed by her during her life, or as long as she remains a widow, my son William is to have a house here while my wife lives, and after her death this house and land which I now use shall belong to my grandson Nicholas Metcalfe, son of Thomas Metcalfe, but if this Nicholas Metcalfe should die without heirs said house and land shall belong to James, son of said Thomas Metcalfe.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-six.   Nicholas his X mark Metcalfe (LS)
Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Nicholas Metcalfe as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. William Swansborough    Charles Swansborough

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Nicholas Metcalfe deceased.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Feby. 28/05
Chief Justice
adm. c.t.a.
granted on the
1st day of
March A.D. 1905
to Thomas
Estate sworn



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, Wendy Weller and Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 3, 2002

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