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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Pearce



Will of John Pearce
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 569 & 570 probate year 1906

In re the estate of
     John Pearce       deceased

this is the last will and testament of me, John Pearce, at present of Petty Harbor, in the Island of Newfoundland, fisherman, made this nineteenth day of May, anno Domini, nineteen hundred and three. I give devise and bequeath the house in which I now reside at Petty Harbor, and all the furniture in said house and all the land surrounding said house and the kitchen garden unto my son William Pearce to have and to hold the same to him his executors, administrators and assigns for ever
I give, devise and bequeath unto my two sons William and Richard, to be divided equally between them all the ground, at Petty Harbor, upon which my fishing room formerly stood; also I give, devise and bequeath to my said son Richard the whale boat; also I give devise and bequeath the herring net and cod net to be equally owned by my said two sons William and Richard to have and to hold the said fishing room, whale boat and nets to my said sons for ever. Out of whatever money shall come into the hands of my executor hereinafter mentioned I direct that he shall pay over the following sum to the following parties: - to my wife, Lucy Anne Pearce $300, to my son Richard $400, to Mary Hearne north side of Petty Harbor $200; to Ellie McCabe, Hartford, Connecticut $150; to William $300; the balance on the hands of my executor to be divided between my two sons William and Richard, any(?) my wife.
The several bequests to my said son William are subject to the condition that during the life of my wife he is to give her a home with him and to maintain and support her.
I appoint E.P. Morris executor of this my will.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed and set my hand at St. John's the day and year first above written. John Pearce
Signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed and set our hands as witnesses, the same having been first read over and explained R.A. Squires    A.J. Cochrane.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of John Pearce.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
March 3rd 1906
Johnson J.
Probate granted
to Sir Edward
P. Morris on the
16th day of March
AD 1906.



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 May 26, 2002

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