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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Shaw


Will of John Shaw
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 334 probate year 1858

In re
John Shaw deceased
This is the last will and testament of me John Shaw of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer In the first place I give and bequeath unto my wife Ann Shaw the house I now reside in And the garden thereunto belonging to hold the same so long as she shall live and upon her death the said house and garden shall go to my sons hereafter named share and share alike. In the second place I give and bequeath unto my sons Robert, Samuel, William, David, Henry and John all my farm situate on the road leading to Pokeham Path (except the house and garden hereinbefore bequeathed to my wife) to hold the same for ever share and share alike And it is my will and desire that in the event of any of my said sons desiring a division or partition of the same that the said farm shall be equally and fairly divided unto a lot for each son. The eldest son to have his choice and the others to choose their lots in rotation according to their respective ages the eldest always having the choice.    I give and bequeath unto my said son David all my farming stock and utensils to hold the same to his own use for ever. Lastly I give and bequeath my household furniture and all other property of which I shall die possessed of to my said wife for her own use and benefit to hold the same for ever.    I appoint my said wife and my son Robert to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
Dated at St. John’s aforesaid this 30th day of July A.D. 1857.
John Shaw (LS)
Signed, sealed published and declared in presence of, M.W. Walbank.

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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