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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Williams


Will of William Williams
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 486 probate year 1847

In re
     William Williams       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I William Williams of St. John's Newfoundland being at this time very weak in body but of sound mind do by this my last will and testament bequeath my fishing room in Petty Harbour now in the occupancy of Jacob Chafe and Richard Pearce and all other property of whatsoever kind of which I may die possessed to my beloved wife Ann Williams for her sole use and benefit during the term of her natural life leaving the after disposal of it to her discretion in the compleat hope that she will make such distribution of it among our dear children or their descendants as shall be just and right and calculated to prevent all discord and dissension in our hitherto happy and united family. I appoint my wife Ann Williams the sole executrix of this my last will.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four at St. John's aforesaid. Wm. Williams (LS)
Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us, Wm. Branscombe,     Thomas F.H. Bridge.
The above interlineation was made signed & declared also in our presence, William his x mark Williams.     Wm. Branscombe.     Thomas F.H. Bridge.

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 26, 2003)

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