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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Russell


Will of John Russell
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 page 265 probate year 1903

John Russell, Last will of

In the name of God Amen. I John Russell of Bay Roberts, Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Planter being sound in mind and memory do on this eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one, make this my last will and testament: as follows- I give to my wife Annie Russell all and everything I may die possessed of , land, houses, cattle money & chattel to be hers and for her use during the term of her natural life, but with no power to dispose of any part of the land unless she require it for her actual support, in which case she may with the consent of my executors sell, rent or leave such a portion as may be necessary for her need - After her death, I will that all the said property lands, houses, cattle & chattels become the possession of my son John Russell with the proviso that my daughter Emma Russell have a home in my dwelling house, and if need be get her support our of my property while she remains unmarried, at her marriage all claims shall cease, and all my possessions pass unto the hands of my said son. And I appoint Captain Charles Dawe and Mr. William Earle as my executors and I charge them to see that this my last will be carried faithfully into effect. John Russell. Signed sealed and delivered by the said John Russell as his last will and Testament in our presence and in the presence of each other this eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one Witnesses Robert J. Wells- Stephen French.
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of John Russell.
D.M. Browning


(Listed in the margin)
7 Mar 1903
Emerson J.
Letters of Probate
granted on the
16 March 03
to the Exec.
Est. sworn at $680.00



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 Joanne Connors Parandjuk

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (July 31, 2003)

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