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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Peter Nelson


Will of Peter Nelson
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 337 probate year 1919

In re Peter Nelson       deceased

This is the last will and testament of me Peter Nelson of Freshwater, Master Mariner after the payment of my just debts, funeral expenses and testamentary expenses I give devise and bequeath as follows;

  1. To my wife Mary Ann Nelson that house 38 Hayward Avenue including all my interest in land on which said house is built, absolutely.
  2. To my son John Nelson I give my house situated at Freshwater also the stables, outhouses, cattle, farming utensils, also land on which said dwellings are situated and bounded as follows; on the West by land of Martin Ryan, North by Kenmart road thence to a lane commencing on same road and running South to the back road thence to point of commencement.
  3. I also give to my son John Nelson all of land known as Littles Estate as purchased from Judge Little former owners Martin and Thomas Ryan and situated East of Philips Putts Road and West of land now occupied by Martin Ryan and South of Kenmount Road and North of "Soldiers" Path measuring about twenty acres more or less.
  4. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Parrell all that piece of land situated West of Coady's and East of his boundary line South by the river and North by Kenmouth Road together with house and barn on same land for her natural life after which it goes to her eldest surviving son.
  5. I also give to my son John Nelson that piece of land situate as follows bounded West of Elizabeth Parrell, South of the river East of Putts road, North of Kenmouth Road about three acres more or less.
  6. I also give to my daughter Mary Ellen Corish that piece of land West of Hussey East of lane near house, North by Hussey, South by Kenmouth Road
  7. All monies left after the payment of my just debts to be given to my wife by my executor.
  8. I also leave it as my wish that no property or land bequeathed to my son or either of my daughters is to be sold
  9. I also leave it as my wish that my wife Mary Ann Nelson is to have the use of my house at Freshwater jointly and with equal rights with my son John, during her natural life and to cease at her death.
  10. I appoint John Rossitor as executor of this my will, Freshwater March third 1919.

Peter Nelson. Signed by the Testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence, at his request and in the presence of each other have herewith subscribed our names as witnesses. John Charles Hussey. John J. Rossitor

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

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat June 21/19
Kent J.
Probate granted
to John J. Rossitor
June 24/19
Estate sworn
at $2285.00



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

Revised: October 23, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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