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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Reid


Will of James Reid
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 290 probate year 1919

In re James Reid       deceased

This is the last Will and Testament of me, James Reid of Hearts Delight, Trinity Bay, Nfld, Merchant. I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. I hereby nominate Constitute and appoint as my Trustees and Executors the Minister of the Methodist Church, residing at Hearts content, at the time of my death, and my son-in-law Hedley Harnum of Hearts Content.

First, I direct my Executors and Trustees to pay my just debts, personal and testamentary expenses.

Second. I give devise and bequeath to my wife Lily Ann Reid the whole estate and effects heritable and movable, real and personal, belonging to me at the time of my death. The aforesaid estate is to be my wife's absolutely until the time of her death.

Third, I hereby appoint, or direct that the time of my wife's death my house and all its contents, the ground upon which the house stands, with the outhouses & ground immediately surrounding the house, shall become the property of my son Howard. I also direct that all my remaining property, that is all except that which is to become my son Howard's, shall be equally divided between all my other children.

In witness hereof I have subscribed these presents with by (?) the Reverend Henry Godfrey at Hearts Delight this 6 sixth day of February nineteen hundred and seventeen. James Reid. Signed published and declared by the above named Testator, as, and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us both, at the same time, who at his request, and in his presence, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Witness. Name James Wiseman Address Hearts Delight. Name Gilbert Crocker Address Hearts Delight.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Feb. 21/19
Kent J.
granted to
Hedley Harnum
under 25/19
Estate sworn
at $2913.94



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: October 12, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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