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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Woodford


Will of John Woodford from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 130-131 probate year 1853

In re
     John Woodford      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I John Woodford being sane of mind though sick of body do make this my last will and testament.
Firstly I bequeath my soul to God who created me, my body to earth rottenness and worms
Secondly I bequeath to my son Michael Woodford my plantation that is all my gardens, meadows, fishing room and the erections thereon stage flakes &c. With my share in the Boat Wren and craft belonging to her, together with seines, nets and everything belonging to the fishery that belongs to me and also what money I have or belongs to me all of which I bequeath to the above Michael Woodford.
Thirdly, I also bequeath to my wife Margaret Woodford my kitchen-garden the use and management of my house as she always had what sheep she had and their profits, the use and profits of the cows and what poultry she may rear to be hers also during her life and also ground that will take two barrels of seed potatoes which she may dispose of as she thinks fit during her life and then to be my son Michael's property.
I also appoint my son Michael Woodford and my brother-in-law William Woodford my executors.
Given unto my hand and seal at Harbor Main this fifteenth day September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two in presence of us,
John his X mark Woodford (LS)
Jeremiah Kennedy,     Samuel O'Neill

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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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