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Transcribed by Geoff Martin. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors

Will of William John Martin

In the Supreme Court,

In re

William John Martin deceased.


Administration granted to Moses Martin on the 28thth day of May A.D. 1918

Value of Estate $29.67


Vol 7 Folio 244
To the Honourable the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, or one of the Honourable the Judges thereof:

The Petition of William F Lloyd Patrick J Summers , King's Counsel, His Deputy Minister of Justice
Majesty's Attorney General, made on behalf of the Newfoundland Regiment Pay and Record Office, and in accordance with the Provi- sions of "The Soldier's and Sailor's Wills Act, 1917-1918" humbly sets forth as follows:
Private William John Martin of Grand Falls, #3221,

First Newfoundland Regiment - - was killed in action - - on the 8th. - - day of July, 1917.

Said Deceased left him surviving his father, Moses Martin of Grand Falls; his mother, Susannah Martin; his brothers, Leslie Martin, Edward Martin, James Martin, Thomas Martin; and his sister Bessie Martin.

He died intestate, and at the date of his death was possessed of no assets within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, save only those specified in the Inventory hereto annexed (marked "A"), which said assets do not exceed in value the sum of five hundred dollars.

No probate or Administration to the Estate of the Deceased has been granted to any person.

Your Petitioner designates Moses Martin, father of said deceased, as the person to whom administration is to be granted; and humbly prays that Letters of Administration to the Estate and Effects of the said Deceased may be issued to him, and as in duty bound your Petitioner will ever humbly pray, etc.

Dated at St. John's, this 28 day of May, 1918

P. J. Summers LS
Deputy Minister of Justice
H. M. Attorney General
Written mid page on the left margin
Fiat W. Horwood CJ May 28/18

I, William F. Lloyd, His Majesty's Attorney General, Patrick J. Summers, Deputy Minister of Justice make oath and say as follows: 1. Hereto annexed is a Petition signed by me as Attorney of Justice Deputy Minister General, and made by me officially under and by virtue of "The Soldier's and Sailor's Wills Act, 1917-1918".
2. After a careful examination of the official records, and such other investigations as it has been possible for me to under- take, I believe that the facts set forth in the said Petition, and in the Inventory thereto annexed, are full, correct and true.

Sworn at St. John's, this 28th day of May 19178, before me,
P. J. Summers LS
Deputy Minister of Justice
H. M. Attorney General
D. Q Kent LS
Commissioner S.C.

Transcriber's Notes:

Moses Martin is considered to be a son of William Martin and Caroline Cook. He was first married to a Jane Cook in October 1889 at St. Thomas' Anglican Church. They had three boys William Albert, Edward and James Thomas, all baptized at St. Thomas' Church and possibly William John who was born about 1900. Jane must have died as the current petition and the 1921 census note that Moses was married to a Susanna. Susanna was from Kelligrews and their children were born starting in 1902. Leslie was born in Kelligrews, Edward and Bessie in St. John's and the remaining children in Grand Falls.

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