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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Stentaford


Will of John Stentaford
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 288-289 probate year 1858

In re
     John Stentaford      deceased.

The last will and testament of John Stentaford of Brigus Conception Bay Newfoundland Clerk of the Peace I give and bequeath to my brother Robert my share of my mothers part of my grandmothers property which property at my grandmothers death will be equally divided between her two deceased daughters. Whatever money I may die possessed of after all my lawful debts are paid I desire should remain in the hands of my executors in trust for my brother Robert to be given by them to him as occasion may require at their discretion My watch and gold Albert chain I leave in the hands of my executors to be given to my brother Robert when he attains the age of eighteen years.     All effects according to Inventory I desire should be sold by public auction at such times as my executors may deem fit.     All my clothing I give to my brother Charles.     And I hereby nominate and appoint the Reverend William Shannon and Mr. John Bartlett to be executors of this my last will and testament.
Signed sealed published and declared by me the said John Stentaford the testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses at Brigus aforesaid this twenty sixth day of May A.D. one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven.
John Stentaford (LS)
Witnesses, William Smith Mills,     William Shannon.

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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