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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
James Rolls


Will of James Rolls Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 381-382 probate year 1885
(This name is spelled Rolls in the will and Ralls on the will index)

In re
      James Rolls deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me James Rolls of Saint John’s and formerly of Sturminster Newton England I revoke all former wills and testaments heretofore made by me.     I bequeath the whole of my estate real and personal and wheresoever situate (after payment of my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses) to my dear wife Lucretia Rolls to have hold occupy possess and enjoy the same and the rents issues profits and income arising therefrom for the term of her natural life.    Upon the death of my said wife I will and desire that the whole of my said estate shall go to my sons James John and William my daughters Amelia (wife of Henry Earle) and Susannah wife of Thomas S. Pook and my granddaughter Eliza Herbert daughter of Horace and Eliza Herbert absolutely in equal shares and proportions as tenants in common the shares so bequeathed to my said daughters and granddaughter to be for their and each of their sole and separate use and free from the control of any husband-    It is further my desire and request that in the event of my said wife not requiring for her own maintenance and support the whole of the rents profits and income arising out of my said estate the surplus or balance not so required shall be applied to the liquidation of the mortgage upon the Mount Dorset property to Mr. Thomas Bennett (now deceased)     In the event of the death of any of the said legatees (other than my said wife) before my death I desire that the share or interest bequeathed to him or her shall go to his or her representatives.    I appoint my said son James and Henry LeMessurier of St. John’s Merchant executors of this my last will-    In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seal at Saint John’s aforesaid this fourteenth day of December A.D. 1882.     James Rolls.     Signed and sealed published and delivered by the said James Rolls as and for his last will in the presence of, J.S. Winter, Thos. Ryan.

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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