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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Young


Will of John Young
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 298-299 probate year 1884

In re
      John Young deceased.

The last will and testament of John Young of Upper Island Cove I, John Young, of Upper Island Cove, being weak in body but of sound mind do make and publish this my last will and testament revoking all former wills whensoever made or under whatsoever circumstances and
First. I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Young the dwelling house at present occupied by me together with all furniture and contents generally, said house and furniture and contents to be for her sole use during her lifetime, and to be disposed of by her at any time as she may think fit, provided that should she die without a will said house furniture and other its contents shall become and be the property of my son William Henry Young.
Item, I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Young any money deposited in the Union Bank of St. John's by me, to wit £100, one hundred pounds, in the name of my wife Mary £200, two hundred pounds in my own name, one hundred pounds in the name of my son Archibald, and eighty pounds in the name of my son Albert, all such money to be for the use of my wife Mary during her lifetime and to be at her absolute will and disposal.
Item, I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Young the sum of £100, one hundred pounds, now in the hands of John Munn & Co. to be for her sole use and at her absolute disposal.

Second, I give and bequeath to my son William Henry the store on the east end of my dwelling house together with all nets, seines & other its contents also the stable owned by me, also half the store on the water side to be his absolutely and at his sole disposal.
Item, I give & bequeath to my son William Henry the cellar situate in the field behind my house, provided that my son Archibald shall have joint use thereon until such time as the latter shall have provided a cellar for himself.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son William Henry the cabbage garden in the front of my house. Item, I give & bequeath to my son William Henry the piece of meadow ground on the south side of the road near the Roman School House.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son William Henry the enclosed piece of ground in the rear of the house occupied by my son James.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son William Henry that part of the meadow in the rear of my present dwelling house comprised within a line drawn from the cellar east to the wall on the east and south to the wall on the south.

Third, I give and bequeath to my sons John, James, Archibald and William Henry, and my daughter Mary Esther all land whatsoever not herein specified to be divided between them in equal parts and to be at their absolute disposal.

Fourth, I give and bequeath to my sons James Archibald & Wm. Henry the flakes owned by me and the ground on which they are built to be for their joint use and occupancy during their lifetime and to be disposed of after their decease as they may deem fit.

Fifth, I give and bequeath to my son William Henry two punts owned by me, also two guns at present in my dwelling house said guns and punts to be his absolute property.     Lastly I will that my son James have the disposal of any other property of mine not specified in this will and that he be the administrator and executor of this my last will and testament.    Signed sealed and delivered this twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one, by me John Young.    In the presence of us Alfred C. Warren, John Crane, Frederic Bishop his X mark

Certified Correct,
D.M. Browning



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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Joanne Connors Parandjuk & Judy Benson

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

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