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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Rowsell


Will of John Rowsell
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 447 probate year 1844

In re
     John Rowsell       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Rowsell of Halls Bay in the Northern District in the Island of Newfoundland Planter, being of sound mind but of advanced age do make this my last will and testament that is to say,
First I give and bequeath to my sons Henry and James Rowsell jointly and equally my fishing establishment situate in Halls Bay aforesaid together with my garden outbuildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging also all my nets seines boats traps guns and household furniture in short whatever I may be possessed of in Halls Bay at the time of my death.
Secondly, As to whatever monies I may be possessed of or have any just right or claim to at the time of my death I give and bequeath the amount thereof jointly and equally to my sons Thomas, William, John and Joseph Rowsell. And I appoint my sons William and Henry Rowsell aforesaid executors to this my last will and testament And I hereby disannul and revoke every other will & wills at any time heretofore made by me ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty. John Rowsell (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Rowsell as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names, John Chapman,     John Peyton.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 16, 2003)

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