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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Rennell


The Will of John Rennell, Surgeon of St. John’s - 1819

The Prerogative Court of Canterbury - Prob. 11/1633


I, JOHN RENNELL of ST. JOHN’S in the Island of Newfoundland, SURGEON, do make my last Will and Testament in manner following. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife ANN and to my DAUGHTERS JEMIMA, SUSANA, MARY and ANN all my worldly estate and effects of whatsoever nature and kindsoever to be divided between them share and share. And I do hereby nominate and appoint MARMADUKE HART ESQ. of LONDON Executor of this my last Will and Testament St. John 24 April 1819 .


Sealed published and declared by the Testator as his last will and testament


N Pub

In the Probate Court Newfoundland GEORGE LILLY of ST. JOHN aforesaid Notary Public maketh oath and saith that he was present and did see JOHN RENNELL late of St. Johns aforesaid, Surgeon, DECEASED sign seal publish and declare that the Instrument of writing on the other side written to be as and for the last Will and Testament of him the said JOHN RENNELL and that the signature “JOHN RENNELL” thereto subscribed as the person executing the same is the own proper hand writing of the said JOHN RENNEL now DECEASED and that the signatures “MARY HUTCHINGS” and “GEO LILLY” with the addition “N Pub” thereto subscribed as the ? to the ? ? thereof are the handwriting of MARY HUTCHINGS of SAINT JOHNS aforesaid and him this Deponent who in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other did subscribe their names to the said will as witnesses to the due execution thereof and further this deponent saith that he saw late JOHN RENNELL at the time of his executing the said will appeared to him this deponent to be of a sound disposing mind memory and understanding.


Sworn at Saint John’s aforesaid this tenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and twenty before us.


To all to whom these presents shall come the honourable FFRANCIS FFORBES Chief Justice of the Island of Newfoundland do hereby certify that on the day of the date hereof personally came and appeared before me GEORGE LILLY of Saint John’s Newfoundland Notary Public the deponent named in the Affidavit on the other side written marked A he being a person well known and worthy of good will and by solemn oath which the said deponent there took before me upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did solemnly and sincerely declare testify and depose to be ? the several matters and things mentioned and contained in the said Affidavit - in Faith and Testimony whereof the said Chief Justice have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Supreme Court Newfoundland to be hereunto affixed dated at Saint Johns in the said Island the fourth day of April one thousand eight hundred and twenty.


Proved at London 30th AUG’T 1820 before the worshipful JESSE? ADDAMS Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of MARMADUKE HART the Sole Executor to whom administration was granted having been first sworn duly to Administer.



Transcribed by Susan Snelgrove, Uxbridge, ON January 1, 2008

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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