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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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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
- To my wife Mary Ann Nelson that house 38 Hayward Avenue
including all my interest in land on which said house is built,
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- All monies left after the payment of my just debts to be given
to my wife by my executor.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
to John J. Rossitor
|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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