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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills (A)
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Will of William Andrews
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 356 probate year 1841
William Andrews deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I William Andrews of Ship Cove Port de Grave Newfoundland being of perfect mind do hereby make this my last will and testament
1st I give and bequeath my immortal soul into the hands of my Heavnly Father beseeching him to grant it an entrance into His eternal Kingdom thro' the merits of Jesus Christ our only Saviour and Redeemer.
2nd, I give and bequeath to my dear sons Henry and Robert my fishing room and all buildings thereon to become their property so soon as they shall have paid the debt due to the firm of Baine, Johnstone & Co. St. John's. I give and bequeath to my sons Henry and Robert my pew in the Church for the use of themselves and families but not on any account to be sold. I give and bequeath to the same my two sons my fishing boat and lumber & skiff also a salmon net to each of them and to Robert I give my largest bed in addition to the one he usually sleeps on the other two beds I give to my son Henry. I request that my Guns shall be fairly and equally divided between the aforesaid Henry and Robert. I further request that my watch shall be given to my son Henry and my Looking Glass to Robert and that my household furniture gardening utensils and bed linen shall be equally divided between those my two sons and my wearing apparel to be fairly divided between my three sons John, Henry and Robert. I hereby appoint Mr. William Andrews (Roberts son) and Mr. John Tucker (Charles' son) to be my executors to see this my last will and testament carried into operation, and to see my mortal remains decently buried the expenses of my funeral to be defrayed by my two sons Henry and Robert.
In witness whereof I hereby set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty. William his x mark Andrews (LS)
Signed and seal'd in the presence of us and of each other. Witnesses, Robert Andrews, Henry Lind.
I hereby request that instead of the two nets being given between Henry and Robert that one net be given to my son John and the other between my sons Henry and Robert as aforesaid.
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 Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 18, 2003)
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