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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Abraham Porter
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 page 398 probate year 1923
In re ABRAHAM PORTER. DECEASED.
This is the last Will and Testament of me Abraham Porter of Long Pond in the Electoral District of Harbor main, Farmer,
- I hereby devise and bequeath three acres of land on the inside of my inside Grant No. 9427 to my daughter Elizabeth Dearin.
- I give devise and bequeath the remainder of the said inside Grant to my son Joseph Porter.
- I give devise and bequeath all the land contained in my outside Grant No. 10202 to my son Joseph Porter save and except that portion of the said Grant which I have deeded to Selina Porter and excepting also the portion known as the meadow.
- I give devise and bequeath the portion of the said Outside Grant known as the Meadow to be divided equally between my daughter Elizabeth Dearin and my son Joseph Porter.
- I give devise and bequeath my waterside property to my son Joseph in trust for himself and my wife Margaret during her life and after her death the said property shall go to my said son Joseph solely and absolutely. Provided however that my wife shall have a home on said property during her life and be supported until her death by my son Joseph who must also give her decent burial.
- I give the sofa which is now in the front room of my house to my daughter Elizabeth Dearin.
- I hereby give all the residue of my estate consisting of fishing gear furniture cattle &c. to my son Joseph and I appoint my said son Joseph to be the Executor of this my will.
The 13th. day of November Anno Domini 1916. ABRAHAM his X mark PORTER
Signed by the Testator by making his mark hereto after the same had been read over and explained he appearing to thoroughly understand the same in our presence both being present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses. Jas. L. Aylward. E. L. Carter.
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat June 26/23
|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. |
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