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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Thomson


Will of John Thomson
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 394 & 395 probate year 1842

In re
     John Thomson       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I John Thomson of Catalina in the Island of Newfoundland being at present in a bad state of health but of sound mind and memory do make this memorandum of my will and appoint my much respected friends Mr. Alexr Bremmer and Mr. Kenneth McLea my executors for carrying the same into effect in manner as follows, viz.

  1. I wish the business to be continued till the end of the season ensuing my death and then after paying all claims on the estate to realize cash for the remaining stock and deposit the same in the funds or other good security and the interest of the whole to be given to my wife for the mutual support of herself and children.
  2. If the premises could be let for a term of years at the rent of about thirty pounds p. annum. I think it would be for the advantage of the family but if my executors find a difficulty in so doing they are at liberty to dispose of the same and add the purchase money to the other stock.
  3. There is a sum of two hundred pounds sterling in the Savings Bank, St. John's, which it is my wish should be raised and deposited with the other amounts.
  4. Should the interest arising from the capital be insufficient to the support of my wife and children my executors are at liberty to draw such sums yearly from the capital as will make them comfortable.
  5. On the death of my wife my executors are then to divide whatever sum remains in equal proportions amongst my then surviving children.
  6. My executors will appoint some fit person to look after the debts due to the estate and allow him a commission on the same and any amount realized to be handed over to my wife and children.
  7. My executors are requested to provide themselves with a decent suit of mourning at the expense of the estate.
  8. Should my wife again marry or form any improper connexion my executors are then to remove the children from under her care and employ the whole of my capital and interest towards the support of the children alone.

Given under my hand and seal at Catalina in the Island of Newfoundland this eighteen day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two in the presence of. John Thomson (LS)    John Mifflen,   John Tough, witnesses.

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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 14, 2003)

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