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From the Thomas R. Cole Collection

Several Bonavista Documents



1759 - 1785?/6

Will of Montagu Harding

The will of Montagu Harding c1759, of Sturminster Marshall, Dorset, now residing Bayly's Cove [i.e. Bonavista, Newfoundland]. Bequests to sister Susannah Harding and to friend John Bugden, son of John Bugden of Trinity, Boatkeeper. Also mentions James Lands (Sanders?) [most likely James Saunders] of Bonavista, Boatkeeper. This is Wimborne Minster Will.


CO 194 Vol 32 (1774)

At the General Assizes held in St. John=s, Newfoundland, the third day of October in the fourteenth year of His Majesty's reign George the Third of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith and so Forth and in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy four before Edward Langman, Nicholas Gill, John Stripling, William Thomas, Robert Bulley, Samuel Webber and Elliot Elinor esqs. Commissioners appointed by his excellency Molineux Shuldham Esq. Governor to hear and determine all criminal causes/ Treason excepted/ according to laws and justices and to proceed to sentences or acquittances as the cases shall require.

The Court being opened and the Grand Jury, the several Jurors being duly sworn, the sundry bills of indictment were given them upon whence they withdrew.

The Jurors for our Lord the King upon oath then present that George Rider late of Poole in the county of Dorset, Merchant having God before his eyes but being moved and seduced by the instigations of the devil on the first day of January in the fourteenth year of the reign of our said Sovereign Lord George the Third of Great Britain, France, and Ireland King defender of the Faith and so forth, on the first day of January aforesaid with force and arms near his house at Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland in and upon another Mich. Kenedy a native of the Kingdom of Ireland, in the Peace of God and of Our Said Lord then and there being, the aforesaaid, Michael Kenedy having first stricken the said George Rider feloniously did make an assault, and that the aforesaid George Rider with a certain gun of the value of ten shillings which he the said George Rider in hands then and there held, loaded with lead, shott the said Michael Keney under the ear of him the said Michael Kenedy the aforesaid Michael Kenedy as aforesaid then and there not having any weapons drawn nor the aforesaid Michael Kenedy then and there having first stricken the said George Rider, then and there feloniously did shoott and discharge the lead into the head of the said Michael Kenedy giving unto the said Michael Kenedy then and there with the gun aforesaid in form aforesaid in and under the ear of him the said Michael Kenedy three mortals wounds with the shott aforesaid of which mortal wound he the said Michael Kenedy then and there instantly died. And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do say that the said George Rider, on the aforesaid first day of January in the year aforesaid at Bonavista aforesaid in the manner and form aforesaid, feloniously did kill against the peace of our Lord the King His Crown and dignity, as aginst the forms of the statute in such case made provided.

Ignoramus Jas Gosse Foreman


From Lloyd Brown Jun 1987: November 1784 Bonavista Document

Know all persons whom it may concern that I Joshua Foguet (TC NOTE- Foquet?) of Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland for and in Considerations of the Sum of Fourteen Pounds Bills of Exchange to be paid me the sd Joshua (Foquet) of Lawfull Money of Great Britain & Thirty Pounds Twelve Shillings to be paid Messrs. Jeffrey & Street of the Produce of the Said Island as being Debt due from said (Joshua Foquet) to the aforesaid Jeffrey & Street to be rec'd of Wm. Brown of Bonavista in the Island of Newfoundland the receipt whereof I hereby acknowledge have bargain'd, sold and delivered by these presents according to the due form of Law do Bargain, Sell and Deliver unto the said (Wm. Brown) all my Plantation situate & Laying Between --- at Cornail call'd Saunder's Room & a Room occupied byRobert Dugdale to have and to hold the said bargain'd Premisses unto the said William Brown his executors, administrators & Assignes forever from the Date hereof and I the Said Joshua Foquet will Warrant for myself, my Heirs, executors, administrators and assignees and will Warrant and defend the said William Brown, his exec, administrators, & Assignees against all persons shall and will warrant? and forever defend by these presents. In witness whereof we have to these presents all parties have interchangably set their hands & affixed their seals thereon -- day of November and in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Four & in the twenty fifth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George The Third, King of Great Britain France and Ireland Defender of the Faith.

Signed sealed and delivered where no Stamp Paper is to be had in the presence of us. Buckler Sheppard. Gerrard Ford. Abraham Akerman.

Signed: Joshua Foguett William Brown

[TC NOTE: This William Brown herein is probably William the second]???


From Lloyd Brown Jun 1987: 1785?/6 Bonavista Document

Rec'd Nov 4, 1786 of Mister Wm Brown the sum of Twenty Pounds Sterl in Bills of Exchange on Jeffrey & Street of the Other, providing the said Cobb should have already paid the said Jeffrey & Street the Twenty Pounds, I do hereby agree to pay the said Mr. Wm. Brown the sum of Twenty Pounds back again in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day above mentioned.

Giles Hosier.


Contributed by Thomas R. Cole (February 2000)

Page Revised: February - 2003 (Don Tate)

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