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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Primmer Senior


Will of James Primmer Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 238 probate year 1883

In re
      James Primmer deceased.

The last will and testament of James Primmer of Barrd Islands made this 15th day of July one thousand eight hundred and eighty-two. This is to certify that I James Primmer of Barrd Islands being of sound mind do of my own free will give bequeath & devise all my properties as hereunder followeth, viz;    I give bequeath & devise all my room & premises with any and all building or buildings thereon erected to my sons Isaac and John also all my craft of every sort to my sons John & Isaac to be by them possessed share and share alike & to their heirs after them. My two gardens I give and bequeath to my daughter Naomi to do with as she thinks best.    Any money or monies I may die possessed of I hereby give to be equally divided between my three children John, Isaac and Naomi.    I bequeath to John the stove & things thereto appertaining & I bequeath to Isaac the bed, bedstead and bedding which I always use and on which I now lie.    All the things in or about the house as well as clothes etc. belonging to my late wife I bequeath to my daughter Naomi to be done with as she shall think proper.    I appoint Mr. James Rolls Jr. of Barr’d Islands as executor of this my last will and testament & I wish that this will should annul and make void any other will heretofore made and signed by me.    In witness whereof I hereto set my hand on this 15th day of July 1882. Signed by James his XX mark Primmer.     Witnessed by Maria Rolls, Eliza Meek, Barr’d Islands.     Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared by the aforenamed James Primmer as his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence & in presence of each other, have hereunto set our hands as witnesses this first day of August A.D. 1882. Christopher Meek,     Eliza Meek.

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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