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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Benjamin Wood


Will of Benjamin Wood
from Newfoundland will books volume 10 page 189 probate year 1914.

In re
     Benjamin Wood       deceased.

I Benjamin B. Wood of Hamilton Parish in the Island of Bermuda at present of London Gentleman make publish & declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say - I direct all the just debts which I shall owe at the time of my decease, my funeral expenses & other just charges be in the first place paid & satisfied.
Secondly. I devise and bequeath unto my son Richard Shaw and his heirs all my Estate real & personal whatsoever & wheresoever situated in which I shall or may have right title or interest subject however to the allowance to my wife Frances Nusum during her natural life for her support and maintenance the annual sum of eighty pounds sterling without any diminution deduction abatement or charges whatsoever the said eighty pounds sterg. to be received in the place & stead of dowry - all other sums whatever & I direct the same annual sum to be paid out of the rents dividends and interest of my Estate aforesaid
Lastly. I hereby appoint & constitute my son Richard Shaw Wood & my brother the Hon. Joseph Wood Executors of this my will.
In witness whereof I have to this my last will & Testament set my hand & seal this Twenty third of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight. Signed Benj B. Wood. (LS) - The word paid having been first erased in the seventh line witnesses to three corresponding Copies. (Sgd) T.E. Holmes.    (Sgd) B.W. Wattington

Certified correct.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
March 5/14
Johnson J.
adm. Cta.
March 9/14
to John
H. Outerbridge
N. A. Outerbridge
sworn at



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 (December 20, 2002)

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