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Will of Richard Allen
This is the last will and testament of me Richard Allen of Petty Harbour Planter. I devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Allen the following property and effects to hold the same for her sole and separate use and benefit during her life namely my dwelling house now occupied by me with the appurtenances, also all my landed property wheresoever situate and the rents issues and profits thereof, also my household furniture and effects and also the yearly interest dividends profits and income arising out of all monies, Bank stock funds investments and other effects of which I may die possessed which monies and property (with the exception of eight Union Bank shares hereinafter referred to) I desire shall be invested by my executors in safe and good securities for the benefit of my said wife and other legatees hereafter named.
Upon the death of my said wife, should she survive me or upon my death should I survive my said wife, I desire that my estate and property shall be disposed of and I do hereby devise and bequeath the same as follows. I desire that the sum of two hundred pounds currency be left in the Savings Bank at St. John’s Newfoundland and the yearly interest thereon be paid over to the Church wardens for the time being of the Church of England in Petty Harbour to be applied by them to the maintenance repairs and support of the said Church. I devise and bequeath to my nephew Henry George Chafe Eight shares in the capital stock of the Union Bank of Newfoundland of fifty pounds each now standing in my name for his sole and absolute use and benefit I give and bequeath to Richard Rhodes of St. John’s Master Mariner the sum of five hundred pounds currency, to Richard Clark fifty pounds currency, to Eliza Saterley thirty pounds to Matilda Chafe thirty pounds, to Allen Chafe thirty pounds, to Henry George Chafe thirty pounds to Richard Allen Chafe (of Robert) thirty pounds, to Edward Chafe (of Robert) thirty pounds, to Jacob Chafe (of Edward) thirty pounds, to Elizabeth Chafe (of Edward) thirty pounds, to Rebecca wife of George Chafe thirty pounds for her sole and separate use; to Elizabeth wife of Robert Chafe thirty pounds for her sole and separate use, to Sarah Bully thirty pounds, to Maria Chafe wife of Henry Alfred Chafe thirty pounds for her sole and separate use, to Ann Chafe wife of Frederick Chafe thirty pounds for her sole and separate use, to Henry Pearce Thirty pounds, to Jane Ruby thirty pounds to Harriette Searle thirty pounds, to Elizabeth Humphrey Chafe (of Ambrose) thirty pounds, to Amelia wife of Thomas Chafe thirty pounds for her sole and separate use, to Mary Ann wife of Aaron Chafe fifteen pounds for her sole and separate use, to Harriette Chafe Winsor fifteen pounds to Elvina Winsor fifteen pounds, to Sarah Jane Chafe (of Robert) ten pounds to Agnes Bully ten pounds, to Martha Chafe of Emmanuel ten pounds, to Belinda Shaw ten pounds, to William Pearce ten pounds, to Henry Chafe of Edward ten pounds, to Emmanuel Chafe thirty pounds. I give and bequeath to Richard Chafe (of Robert) the dwelling house he now occupies for his sole and absolute use and benefit. I give and bequeath the Room and premises adjoining the property last above mentioned and known as Woodmans plantation to the said Richard Chafe (of Robert) and his brothers Henry and Edward to hold the same absolutely and in equal interests as tenants in common.
I give and bequeath to my nephew Henry George Chafe my said dwelling house (hereinbefore bequeathed to my said wife for her life) with the outhouses attached and the said furniture and household effects and implements for his absolute use. In consideration of the bequests to the said Henry George Chafe I desire that he will without charge upon my estate or other legatees, cause my remains to be fitly and decently interred according to the rites and ceremonies of the Church of England and pay all my funeral and testamentary expenses. I also direct that the said Henry George Chafe shall pay any debts due by me at the time of my decease, and that the same shall be a charge upon the bequests to him contained in this my will. I give and bequeath to the said Henry George Chafe my share or interest in the room and premises he now occupies and heretofore held by me in partnership with Jacob Chafe deceased; also my share or interest in the room and premises formerly known as Dashfords plantation, also held by me in partnership with Jacob Chafe for the sole and absolute use and benefit of the said Henry George Chafe. I desire that in the event of the death of any of the aforenamed legatees before my decease, the bequest to him or her shall go to his or her representatives. I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate real and personal not hereinbefore bequeathed to my said nephew Henry George Chafe for his sole and absolute use and benefit I appoint the Reverend Theophilus G. Netten of Petty Harbour Episcopal Clergyman, and my said nephew Henry George Chafe executors of this my last will. Witness my hand at Petty Harbour this twentieth day of June A.D. 1878. Richard Allen. Signed published and declared by the said Richard Allen as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses. David M. Chafe. Theophilus G. Netten.
This codicil to the last will and testament of me Richard Allen made on the twentieth day of June A.D. 1878 I having since the making of the said will assigned to the within named Henry George Chafe the eight shares in the Union Bank mentioned in the said will, the said will is hereby revoked as regards the legacy of the said shares. In all other respects I confirm my said last will. Dated at Saint John’s this first day of March A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine. Richard Allen. Signed published and delivered by the said Richard Allen as a codicil to his last will in presence of J.S. Winter, M.B. Kearney.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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