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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Stephen Mitchell


Will of Stephen Mitchell
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 442 probate year 1920

In re Stephen Mitchell       deceased

Page 1. Portugal Cove Conception Bay Newfoundland January 10th. 1920.

Know all men by these presents, that I Stephen Mitchell of Portugal Cove in the Electoral District of St. John's East, fisherman, being in poor health, though of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. And as to my worldly estate, and all the property of which I shall die possessed at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeath, and dispose thereof in the following manner, to wit:-

First. My Will is, that my three children, Gladys Mitchell, Hazel Mitchell, and Nellie Mitchell, shall be profited by the disposal of my property in the following manner, to wit: That those to whom I give and bequeath my property shall provide for my children, aforesaid, a home or homes, where they shall be suitably cared for until they become capable of caring for themselves. I give to Arthur Mitchell, my step-brother on the conditions above stated, all my fishing property, situated at Portugal Cove, including land, fish-flake & other appurtenances, bounded on the west by the property of Peter Mitchell and sons, bounded on the East by the properties of Jacob Churchill and Ambrose Churchill, on the north by the waters of Conception Bay and running south for about 25 yards, more or less & having a breadth of 30 ft. more or less, to have & to hold forever. I give to William Mitchell my step-brother, on the conditions stated above, my dwelling house, land and its appurtenances situated at Portugal Cove, and known by the residents of the above named town as my property, to have and to hold forever. And lastly I nominate and appoint my said step brothers to be the Executors of this my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof, I, the said Stephen Mitchell have to this, my last will and testament contained in three sheets of letter size paper, and to every sheet thereof, subscribed my name, and to this last sheet thereof I have subscribed my name, this 12th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred & twenty.
Signature:- Stephen Mitchell his X mark.

Signed and declared by the said Stephen Mitchell, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Signature:- N.R. Butler. Methodist Minister. Signature:- Robert Fry. Signature:- Peter Mitchell His Mark X

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat April 23/20
Kent J.
Probate granted
to Arthur Mitchell
and William
April 27/20.
Estate sworn
at $630.00
(Written sideways towards the left edge of this page from bottom to top, the testator's name as follows Stephen Mitchell, his mark X. This is written twice.)



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, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

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

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