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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
As always, confirm these, as you would any other source material.
Will of Ezra Weedon
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 339-340 probate
This will refers to seven clauses, and lists them by number, but there
was no number 6 clause in the will book.
Ezra Weedon deceased.
I Ezra Weedon of Hearts Content, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, being
of sound mind do hereby cancel all former wills made by me and do hereby declare
this to be my last will and testament-
1. I appoint as my executors (with their consent) the Revd Edward Golley of
Topsail, Conception Bay, and the Hon. A.M. Mackay of St. John’s and
I wish them to take immediate action on this my will to realize the amount due
on four Life Policies and to pay all legitimate claims on me as soon as possible
giving G.E. Charlton Esqre and the Hon. A.M. Mackay preferential claims for whatever
may be due them as per statement which will be under the same cover as this-
2. I wish my dear wife to undertake the personal guardianship of all
my children (this being also her own wish) and to bring them up in the Church
of England religion-
3. As it may take some time to realize on the Life Policies I hereby
request my friend (and executor) A.M. Mackay to provide my dear wife with funds
required for current expences for herself and children, paying himself when opportunity
4. When all assets are realized and all claims paid and the balance
is known I wish my executors to consult together as what is best to be done with
it for the good of my dear wife and children. If they decide to invest it and
the interest is not sufficient for the requirements of my family I leave it to
my executors to decide how much shall be drawn from the principal yearly and
up to what year such sum shall continue to be drawn. When I say “requirements” I
mean a Home together with food, clothing and education-
5. When my youngest child reaches the age of eighteen and my dear wife
is still single, I wish my executors to hand over all papers to her (my dear
wife to be from thenceforth under her absolute control; but should my dear wife
have married again then I wish my executors to divide what is left as under viz
one third to my dear wife and two thirds equally between my surviving children
but should only one child be then living then mother and child to have half each-
As an addition to clause 2 I wish my dear wife to take charge of all my children
even should she marry again-
7. All my personal effects in the way of furniture and other things
I bequeath to my dear wife to be hers absolutely and not to be considered as
part of my estate- In the above 7 clauses I have
endeavoured to make everything secure for my family May God grant that I have
succeeded and no legal quibble may come in the way to frustrate my object- As
it may be thought strange that this will is dated over four years after I was
stricken down with a lasting sickness I will explain that my beloved and only
son died a few days ago which in a manner made a fresh will necessary- Signed
this twenty sixth day of May eighteen hundred and eighty four- Ezra
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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