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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Johannah Williams


Will of Johannah Williams
from Newfoundland will books volume 15 page 497 probate year 1931

In re
     Johannah Williams       deceased.

(From FHL Film #2070901 Newfoundland Supreme Court Wills 1929-1932)

This is the last Will and Testament of me, Johannah Williams of Bay Bulls, in the electoral district of Ferryland, Widow, hereby revoking all wills, Testaments or Codicils by me at any time heretofore made. I devise and bequeath all my estate real and personal to my executor and trustee hereinafter named, in trust for the following purposes. To pay my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and thereafter in trust to dispose of and convey the same as thereafter state.

  1. To convey to my daughter-in-law Mrs Catherine Williams widow of Patrick Cleary Williams deceased the house in which I now live and all the lands connected therewith, and the buildings and erections thereon. To convey to her also a piece or parcel of land about seven acres situated near the St. John's road and known as "The Farm" togetherwith a piece of land situated on the western side of Long Pond. To convey to my said daughter -in-law my interest in a cod-trap at Bay Bulls, consisting of a one fourth share. To convey also to her all my personal belongings which may be in my possession at the time of my death.
  2. To convey to my grandson Edward J. Williams that piece or parcel of land situated on or near the St. John's road and known as "Coady's Place".
  3. To convey to my son AidanJ. Williams the land known as "Williams Ground" also situated on the St. John's road. To also give to my son Aidan J. Williams the right to the use of the cellar, situated near the dwelling-house.
  4. To convey my share and interest in the water side premises at Bay Bulls, equally between my two grandsons, Edward J. Williams and Lawrence Williams.

I nominate and appoint Frederick J. Williams of Bay Bulls Planter, Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I subscribe thesePresents, as printed and written this 8th day of October A.D. 1928.

Johannah Williams.

Signed Published and declared by the saidTestatrix as her last will and testament in the presence of us both present at the same time, who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as witnesses.
     W. Loyola Whelan Bay Bulls.
     L. Francis Whelen Bay Bulls


/s/ William T. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

[Handwritten note in right margin]
Sept 20/31
J.M. Kent
Probate granted
Frederick J
Williams on the
   28th day of
A.D. 1931
Value of Estate



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 & Transcribed by Ernie Kraut

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 22, 2003)

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