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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Plowman


Will of John Plowman
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 346-347 probate year 1882
(The will index gives the probate year 1882 for this will, but it is inserted chronologically with wills from 1884, and was written in 1821)

In re
      John Plowman deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I John Plowman Planter of Brigus in Conception Bay Newfoundland of sound mind and memory considering that all men are mortal and from a weak and afflicted state of body have reason to expect my mortality is not distant and being desirous all my temporal affairs as well for my own peace of mind as to obviate my difficulties which may arise hereafter my discease do make and ordain this as my my last will and testament that is to say First I give my soul to God who gave it in hope of a glorious immortality and my body to the dust and as for my wordly possessions I give and bequeath them in manner following as my fishing property is small, not sufficient to be divided amongst my children I give and bequeath to Philip Plowman my only son and his children after after him all that fishing room house gardens that I now enjoy and all my moving property that is to say cattle skiffs or boats that I now enjoy to hold in his possession from this day forward for ever except that spot of ground on which Patience Wilcox my daughters house stands with a small garden joining to it that I give and bequeath to John Wilcox her son I give and bequeath to my daughter Virtue that spot of ground on which her house stands as for my daughter Elizabeth Catherine and Mary & Susan I give and bequeath one shilling to each of them & I do hereby revoke and annul all my will or wills or dedy gifts or anything that do appear hereafter and I make this my last will sole & testament and appointing William Keating of Cupids as one of my executors & Willm Taylor the second.    Signed sealed and delivered in presence of those undermentioned persons and we for our parts sign this in presence of the above John Plowman his X mark (LS)     Wm. Keating, William Taylor, John Ledrow his X mark, Abraham Ledrow his X mark. Decem. 15th 1821.    In the name of God Amen. this is to certify that I John Plowman do make this my last will & testament bearing date December 15th 1821.
I now do renew this in my first codilus & let it be farther understood that the said ground in the possession of Virtue Mosdle I give & bequeath after his deceased to Philip Plowman my son & I do appoint Philip Plowman my son my sole executor. leaving out William Keating & William Taylor.    William Lynch.     Given under my hand this 14th Decr 1825. John Plowman his X mark (LS)   Witness Willm Taylor. Wm. Keating, Willm Spracklin.

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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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