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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Edward Saint John


Will of Edward Saint John
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 585 probate year 1850

In re
     Edward Saint John       deceased.

I Edward Saint John of Harbor Grace in the Northern District of Newfoundland being weak of body but of sound mind and memory do hereby make this my last will and testament at the same time utterly revoking all former wills made by me declaring this to be my last will and testament. First I give and bequeath to Robert Walsh Butcher of Harbor Grace aforesaid the sum of eighty pounds currency which he holds in his possession or thereabouts to the Building Committee of the New Catholic Church the sum of twenty pounds currency, to Mary Walsh daughter of Robert Walsh one half the rental of the dwelling house in the occupancy of John Fennell and lastly after all my just debts are paid I give and bequeath to the aforesaid Robert Walsh the whole rest and residue of my estate whether real or personal and every thing I am possessed of whatsoever or wheresoever, namely the sum of five pounds ten shillings currency with Thomas Higgins, twenty pounds currency or thereabouts in the hands of Thomas Dunford together with all my bed, bedding & household furniture. At the same time I do appoint William Walsh and Edward Keefe of Harbor Grace joint executors to my last will and testament to which I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace Newfoundland this 20th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine. Edward his x mark Saint John (LS) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Martin Kelly,     Thomas Candler.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



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 Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (May 13, 2003)

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