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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Peach



Will of James Peach
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 156 & 157 probate year 1913

In re James Peach      deceased.

I James Peach of Small Point in the district of Bay de Verde in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say:

  1. I will and bequeath my Dwelling house situated as aforesaid to my son Thomas to be his property without molestation with right of way thereto. And my meadow land which is my inside property and the potato ground which he now occupies shall be his (my son Thomas) also. I also bequeath to my son Thomas my old Cabbage garden together with one meadow situated & bounded by John Peach's land and Elizabeth's land and forming part of my outside property.
  2. I will and bequeath to my son Jethro one meadow also of my outside property and bounded by John Peach's and Samuel Peach's.
  3. I will and bequeath to my son James one meadow also of my outside property bounded by John Peach's stable and running to the edge of the marsh.
  4. I will and bequeath to my son John Robert the rest of my meadow land from the edge of the marsh forming James boundary also of my outside land to the Peach's fish flakes.
  5. I will and bequeath to my wife Susanna my bedroom with all the furniture and moveable property therein to be hers with full control of the same as long as she continues to live with my son Thomas and in the even of her discontinuing to live with my son Thomas aforesaid the furniture and moveable property belongs to her, but the room I bequeath to my grandson James of Thomas.
  6. I will and bequeath my potato ground now occupied by me to my grandson James aforesaid with my Cabbage garden as now used by me for that purpose.
  7. I will and bequeath to my son Thomas my barn with all its appurtenances and surrounding land adjoining.
  8. I will and bequeath that the cattle now owned by me together with the hay which I now have be sold to meet my funeral expenses and the balance of the piece to become the property of my wife Susanna.

And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint John Peach to be the executor of this my last will & Testament. October 5th 1904 - James his X mark Peach -
Signed published and declared by the above named James Peach as his last will and Testament in presence of us, who at his request have signed as witnesses of the same. Andrew Vatcher    Thos. B. LeGrow

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Dec 4/13
Adm. C.t.a.
Dec 29/13
to Thomas
Jethro Peach
Sol. Flight
sworn at



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 and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit July 12, 2002

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