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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Samuel Woodley



Will of Samuel Woodley
from Newfoundland will books vol 1 page 72 probate year 1829-1830

In re Samuel Woodley       deceased

In the name of God Amen I Samuel Woodley of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being about to leave this country for England do make this my last will & testament and first it is my will and desire that all my lawful debts be paid.

Secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Woodley all and every part of my property consisting of lands tenements hereditaments monies goods & chattels of whatsoever nature and kind soeer whether in Newfoundland or eslewhere and the rents and interest of money arising therefrom to be applied to her use during her natural life or widowhood but should my said wife again be married or die before or after my sons Samuel Barter Woodley and William Woodley shall have attained their respective ages of twenty one years then immediately on such marriage or death the whole of the aforesaid property consisting of lands tenements hereditaments monies goods & chattels of whatsoever nature and kind soever then being in Newfoundland or elsewhere I give and bequeath to my said sons Samuel Barter Woodley and William Woodley and their heirs and assigns for ever.

And I do hereby appoint William Thomas & George Lilly both of Saint John's Executors of this my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal at Saint John's aforesaid the fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four. Samuel Woodley [LS]

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Samuel Woodley to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, the words "or after" being first written between the seventeenth & eighteenth lines of the first side & William Thomas first written over Newman Wright Hoyles through which a line was made. William Hayward.    Geo. A. Lilly.

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 transcribed by Wendy Weller

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 19, 2002

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