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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Randell


Will of John Randell
(from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 51 and 52 probate year 1917)

In re John Randell       deceased

This is the last will and Testament of me John Randell of Absolom, of Port Rexton in the Northern district of the island of Newfoundland. Fishermen. I hereby revoke all former Wills and Testamentary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament.

  1. I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my two grandsons Alexander Randell and John Randell all my land cultivated and uncultivated with Dwelling House and all other erections thereon together with waterside premises with stage Flakes and all other erections. Share and share alike.
  2. I give and bequeath unto my said Grandson John Randell my Bed and Bedding and my couch.
  3. The balance of my household furniture I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Elizabeth, Mary Ellen, and Charity, share and share alike.
  4. after my Funeral and administration expenses are paid and a suitable tombstone erected to my memory the balance of my money is to be divided amongst my said three daughters Elizabeth, Mary Ellen, and Charity and my daughter-in-law Martha Randell share and share alike.
  5. The cow is to be left in charge of my daughter-in-law Martha Randell and when killed and sold the money has to be divided amongst my three daughters Elizabeth, Mary Ellen and Charity and my daughter-in-law Martha Randell share and share alike.
  6. I hereby nominate and appoint Frederick Somerton of Trinity Stipendiary Magistrate executor of this last will and testament.

In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of November in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and seventeen. John his X mark Randell [LS] signed published and declared by John Randell the Testator in the presence of us who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses after first being read over and explained. James Randell of Port Rexton     Frederick Somerton of Trinity.

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

(In the margin next to this will the following.)
Dec 19/17
Kent J.
Dec 21/17
granted to
Frederick Somerton
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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: September 16, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)

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