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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Reuben Ridout


Will of Reuben Ridout
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 284-285 probate year 1884

In re
      Reuben Ridout deceased.

I Reuben Ridout fisherman of Long Pond, South shore Conception Bay do make this my last will and testament

  1. I give & bequeath to my son George Ridout & his heirs for ever the half of my farm and three quarters of my land on the Point-   I also give to him one hundred and forty five pounds cash, two calves, part use of my horse, my wearing apparel my gun and part use of my fishing gear.
  2.     I give & bequeath to my daughter Sarah the other half of my farm and one quarter of my land on the point, my house and garden in front to be hers and her heirs for ever, but should she die without issue then at her death all the land and whatsoever is left shall be fore George and his heirs.    I also give to my daughter Sarah the white cow and the use of the horse and of the fishing gear and my bed & clothes and red & white counterpane and one hundred pounds cash.
  3. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lavinia Ridout one hundred pounds cash and the bed she uses with the covers.
  4.     I give to my daughter Mary Squires of Broad Cove the sum of five pounds.     With George’s own land I have nothing to do.     Signed & sealed this 9th day of December 1881 as & for my last will & testament in token whereof I have set my mark,     Reuben his X mark Ridout.     Signed in the presence of us who in his presence & in the presence of each other have hereunto William his X mark Ridout.     Emma her X mark Ridout.    I desire the Rev. E. Colley to see this my will carried out.    The above was read over & explained Reuben not being able to read.    Ed. Colley.

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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