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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Nathan Norman
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 352-353 probate
Nathan Norman deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Nathan
Norman of Brigus
Conception Bay Newfoundland- First, I hereby
revoke all former wills by me made and declare this to be my last will and
Second I give and bequeath to my son Munden Norman all that property
he at present occupies and which I bought from estate of late Nathaniel
consisting of dwelling house stores and gardens for his own use during his lifetime
but with no power to sell, after the decease of my said son the before named
house & property shall become his sons lawfully begotten share and share
alike- Should my son Munden desire to lease any
part of this property he may do so-
Third- I give and bequeath to my eldest son J. William Norman one half
of the dwelling house, outhouses and gardens that I now occupy (being I consider
a fair set-off for the Munden property given to Munden
Norman his brother) for
his sole use and benefit during his lifetime but with no power to sell-after
the death of my said son J. William Norman the aforesaid one half of the dwelling
house before named shall become his son or sons lawfully begotten share and share
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my before named sons J. William and
Munden the other half of the dwelling house I now occupy also all my waterside
property and stores including houses, stores, outhouses, gardens &c. of the
Battery property for their lifetime share and share alike, but with no power
to sell, but should my said sons desire to lease the same or any part thereof
they are at liberty to do so and I recommend it being so disposed of by them-
All rents and profits arising from the same to be equally divided between my
two sons share and share alike- after decease
of my two aforenamed sons all the before named property and waterside premises
shall go to and belong to their male issue lawfully begotten share and share
Fifth- I order and desire that my farm at Springfield also my land
in Pan Cake Hr Hill Brigus be sold within twelve months after my decease or before
Fifth- I give and bequeath to my two sons & my daughter Elizabeth
Makinson all the furniture contained in my dwelling house in parts as specified
in the schedule attached to this will-
Sixth, The proceeds of the sale of my farm and land on Pan Cake Hill
Brigus shall (after paying my debts & accounts and testamentary expenses)
be divided equally between my two sons J. William and Munden-
Seventh- The residue of my estate of whatever kind I give and bequeath
to my two sons aforesaid J. William & Munden-
Eight. I appoint John Wilcox of Brigus, Magistrate, and George
Mackinson (my son-in-law) executors of this my last will & testament. In
testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal at Brigus this 2nd day
of April A.D. 1884, N. Norman (LS) Signed & sealed
in presence of J. Wilcox, J. Sinclair Tatt.
D. M. Browning
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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