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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Henry Pitts


Will of Henry Pitts from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 71 probate year 1851

In re
     Henry Pitts      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Henry Pitts of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Yeoman, being sick and weak of bodily health but of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following, viz, First of all I will and bequeath my soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it to me and next my body to the earth to be interred in a decent and Christianlike manner and all my just and lawfull debts to be paid,
I next will and bequeath to my beloved wife Hanna and three children all my property consisting of landed property as follows all that parcel of ground situate at the head of Quidividi pond on which there are erected two dwelling houses and piece of land adjoining the Roman Catholick Cemetery, and all the land and houses situate in Maggoty Cove where I now live together with all my household furniture,
I also appoint James Shannon Clift one of my executors and my wife Hanna Executrix to see this my last will and testament fulfilled I also empower them to execute the necessary documents of a piece of ground purchased from me by Mr. Patrick Dooley a memorandum of which Mr. H. Man now holds. I also revoke all former wills and testaments and make this as my last will and testament.
Henry Pitts (LS)
signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
William Doyle,       William Reddy.
Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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