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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Saunders


Will of John Saunders
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 345-346 probate year 1859

In re
     John Saunders      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I John Saunders of St. John's Builder do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills First I give and bequeath all my fishing room and premises at the south side to my son Alexander and his heirs for ever after he shall attain the age of 21 years he not to mortgage or sell the same Peter Woods being now tenant in the meantime the rents and profits to be received by my wife Mary for her benefit and that of our children.     The land premises I have on the Marsh Hill I give and bequeath to my said wife during her life for support of her self and children and after her death to be equally divided among them.     The dwelling house and premises I now occupy I also give and bequeath to my said wife Mary for herself and children as aforesaid and whatever may arise therefrom shall be applied in like manner. My furniture debts credits and all effects not before mentioned I also give and bequeath to my said wife for her own benefit and that of the children as aforesaid knowing that in the trust I have reposed in her she will do her utmost for their advantage.     And I appoint my said wife Mary executrix of this my last will and testament.
Witness my hand at St. John's this fourth day of July A.D. 1857. John Saunders.
Signed and published as the last will and testament of said John Saunders by him in presence of F.B.T. Carter.

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. 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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