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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Joseph Peters


Will of Joseph Peters
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 244-245 probate year 1872

In re
     Joseph Peters deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Peters of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament and desire that all interested therein may so receive it.

  • Item 1.       I desire that the sum of sixty pounds loaned by me to the Trustees of the Wesleyan Church in this town may be realized as soon as convenient together with any interest which may be due thereon and the amount passed to the credit of the executors whom I shall appoint in the Union Bank.

  • Item 2. That any portion of my furniture which may be regarded as unnecessary by said executors not including any that may be provided for under this will shall be disposed of by public auction and the proceeds also passed to their credit in the Union Bank

  • Item 3. That of the money now to my credit in the Savings Bank an amount sufficient in addition to the proceeds above stated to make five hundred pounds be drawn by the said executors and deposited in the Union Bank to their own credit making the whole sum in that Bank five hundred pounds

  • Item 4.       That the balance then remaining to my credit in the Savings Bank be transferred to the credit of said executors in said Institution.

  • Item 5 I appoint my son John Edgar Pickavant executor, and my daughter Celia Rebecca Mayne executrix to carry out this my last will and testament.       I give and bequeath to my son John Edgar Pickavant my high back chair and washstand made by myself, to my daughter Laura Amelia the sofa at present in the spare bedroom and I have no objection to their and my daughter Celia Rebecca Mayne selecting and amicably arranging for the possession of any other article or articles of furniture which they may wish

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Eliza and to my daughters Celia Rebecca Mayne and Laura Amelia, the whole of the money above named (to be deposited to the credit of my executors in the Union and Savings Banks) and any besides of which I may die possessed- the annual interest on which and such a portion of the principal as they may need for their maintenance to be drawn as they may require whilst they remain an unbroken family and also the residue of my furniture.       In the event of death or any other cause which may lead to a separation the furniture must be sold by auction, and the proceeds together with what money may remain in the hands of said executors shall be equally divided between my son John Edgar Pickavant and my daughters Celia Rebecca Mayne and Laura Amelia and their heirs but no division shall take place during the life of my beloved wife Eliza and in the event of my son John Edgar Pickavant dying before that time his share or proportion shall go to his wife Rose for the benefit of their children.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Laura Amelia my stock in the Harbor Grace Water Company of the value of one hundred dollars with interest. Resigning my body to the dust and my soul into the hands of my Maker in the trust that through the merits of my Saviour I may become a partaker in the resurrection to eternal life I now subscribe my name at Harbor Grace Newfoundland this twenty seventh day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy-two.

Joseph Peters.       In presence of us the words “and their heirs” being interlined four lines from bottom of left page, J. Bemister, Julia Bemister.

Certified correct,
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. 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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