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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Pitman


Will of James Pitman
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 page 85 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     James Pitman       deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me, James Pitman of the Brickyard, Smith's Sound, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, made this thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine. I hereby revoke all wills made by me at any time heretofore. Being of sound mind, I do herewith apportion my earthly possessions.

  • First. I will that when the Great God removes the breathe from my body, that I be buried on my own land.
  • Second That my three sons (1) Benjamin Pitman. (2) James Pitman. (3) William Pitman shall be owners of the land with all the erections thereon, the mill with all its gear, and the Brickyard with all that appertains to it saving only that the dwelling house known as belonging to Benjamin Pitman shall be his exclusively.
  • Third. That the dwelling house we are now occupying shall be the joint property of James and William my two younger sons.
  • Fourth. That
         (1) my money is to be placed in some safe bank.
         (2) To my wife Ellen Pitman I bequeath the interest of the same, with a home in the dwelling house of my sons, while she sees fit to remain, and be unmarried.
         (3) Should she marry again or become housekeeper for any other man she immediately forfeits all claims to the estate or money.
         (4) The principal of the money left at my decease and placed in the Bank as aforesaid shall not be touched, only the interest shall be drawn, until my wife Ellen Pitman, passes away, or forfeits her claim; when it shall be divided equally among my three sons Benjamin, James and William
Signed James his x mark Pittman (LS)

Signed in the presence of us present at the same time, who at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. Robert Templeton (LS)   George R. Hart (LS)

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of James Pitman deceased
End DMB   D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will)
12 Nov. 1906
Geo. M. Johnson
admss. c.t.a.
Granted to
Benjamin Pitman
on the 13th day
of Nov. 1906
value of Est.
$2390.00 (very faint)



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

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (December 16, 2002)

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