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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Ewen Stabb
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 413 probate year
(The will index gives the probate year, for this will, as 1872, but it
is filed chronologically with wills from 1886)
Ewen Stabb deceased.
is the last will and testament of me Ewen Stabb of St. John’s
Newfoundland I direct that all my just debts funeral
and testamentary expences be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named
as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give devise and bequeath after
payment of debts and funeral expences all and every my household furniture linen
and wearing apparel books plate pictures china and also all and every sum and
sums of money which may be found in my house or be about my person or due to
me at the time of my decease, and also all my debts bills notes or other securities
and all and every other my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever both
real and personal whether in possession or reversion remainder or expectancy
unto William Sparks and Henry John Gardener in
trust for my daughter Anne
Tessier Stabb and Catherine Sparks Stabb (they being
entirely dependent on me) to and for their own use and benefit absolutely
And I nominate constitute and appoint William Henry Stabb James S. Hayward and Henry
John Stabb or any two of them to be executors of this my will and
hereby revoking all former or other wills and testaments by me at any time
made I declare this to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I the said Ewen
Stabb have to this my last will and testament
set my hand the thirty first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and sixty eight Ewen Stabb Signed by the testator Ewen
Stabb and acknowledged by him to be his last will
and testament in the presence of us present at the same time and subscribed
by us in the presence of the said testator and of each other. Henry
H. Stabb, Chas. Crowdy.
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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