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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Isaac Winser
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 page 596 probate year 1878
Isaac Winser deceased.
I Isaac Winser being of sound mind do declare the
following to be my last will and testament.
I leave all the property I now possess or shall hereafter possess in land
houses stage flakes and all gear belonging to the fishery to my three sons James,
William and Peter on condition that my wife Matilda
Winser do have a life interest in same and do get her maintenance
from said property till her death and that no division of said property
be made till the death of said Matilda Winser unless she
consent to such division during her lifetime.
I also leave to my son Peter the sum of twenty pounds
currency of that money that I now possess and which is at present in the
Commercial Bank in my name. And I leave all the remainder of said money
to my wife Matilda Winser absolutely.
Witness my hand this twenty fourth day of August eighteen hundred and seventy
Isaac Winser. Witnesses, James Alexander, Wm Matheson
D. M. Browning
To the Honourable the
Supreme Court or one of
The Honourable Judges thereof
The petition of Matilda Butler of Tilt Cove Wife of Robert Butler of same place Miner
That Petitioner's late husband Isaac Winser(sic) died on or about the twenty eighth day of August in the year of Our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy four leaving sorrowing your petitioner (who has since married the said Robert Butler) and six children three sons James William and Peter and three daughters Eve Rose and Anne said three daughters being minors and within the age of twenty one years.
That said Isaac Winser made and published his last will and testament hereunto annexed No probate or administration has as yet been granted for the estate of said Isaac Winser,
Said estate does not exceed in value the sum of twelve hundred dollars Petitioner therefore prays that it may please your lordship to ? Adminstration with the will annexed to the estate of the said Isaac Winser to be granted to her
Tilt Cove, December 10th 1877
I consent to the above Petition as prayed for
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. 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.
Contributed by Merle Colbourne Amodeo (gg granddaughter of Isaac Winsor)
and by Judy Benson (will without attachment)
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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