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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Roberts


Will of John Roberts Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 589 probate year 1929

In re
John Roberts deceased
The last will and testament of John Roberts Senr. son of John of Brigus Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter made this twenty first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two. Firstly I give and bequeath unto my son John Roberts all my lands houses waterside premises household furniture and all my worldly substance soever into whose hands the same are or may be found and after his decease to descend to his sons and his grandsons and in no wise to be taken for debt until the youngest grandson of my son John shall have attained the full age of twenty one years if it should so unfortunately happen that they get into debt. Secondly I give and bequeath unto my son Alfred Roberts and to each of my daughters one shilling sterling each to be paid out of my estate by my executors. Thirdly I nominate and appoint my son John Roberts to be my sole executor of this my last will and testament. John his X mark Roberts Senr son of John (LS) Signed sealed and delivered on the day of the date above written in presence of us John Leamon, Robt J.C. Leamon. Memorandum, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Charlotte Sweetland my pew in the Wesleyan Chapel Signed on the day & year first before written. John his X mark Roberts Senr. son of John. Witness, John Leamon, Robt. J. C. Leamon.

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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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