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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Martha Pynn


Will of Martha Pynn
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 234 & 235 probate year 1918

In re Martha Pynn       deceased

This is the last will and testament of me Martha Pynn of Quidi Vidi widow.

  1. I devise and bequeath to the Reverend Edgar Janes, Rector of St. Thomas's Parish, Saint John's and his successors in office the dwelling house and land, waterside property and fishing premises situate at Quidi Vidi formerly belonging to my late husband Emanuel Pynn upon trust for the use and benefit of the Church of England orphanage in Saint John's with power to realize the same in their discretion.
  2. I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my property, monies, estate and effects of every description to my three brothers, my three sisters and my niece Lydia Gent, all sharing equally. The share or shares of any predeceasing me to go to the survivors, I appoint the said Lydia Gent Executrix of this my last will

- Witness my hand this 5th day of December Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and seventeen. - [sgd] Martha Pynn. Signed Published and Declared by the said Testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other [all present at the same time] have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses [sgd] WP Wood Solicitor, St. John's Dec. 5th 1917 [sgd] Peter his X mark Martin Hayward Avenue St. John's

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Nov. 18/18
Nov. 18/18
to Lydia
sworn at



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

Revised: October 17, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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