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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills (A)
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Will of William Andrews
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 427 to 429 probate year 1844
William Andrews deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I William Andrews (Robert's son) Planter of Ship Cove Port de Grave in the Island of Newfoundland being in perfect health and sound mind knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do hereby make this my last will and testament.
First, I surrender my immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God beseeching Him to grant it an entrance into His Heavenly kingdom thro' the alone merits of Jesus Christ our Lord, and my body I request may be decently buried in the burial ground in connexion with the Established Church and I further desire that my funeral sermon shall be preached by the Clergyman of the Church of England residing in Port de Grave at the time of my decease for whose services the sum of eight dollars shall be paid.
Second, I hereby appoint my two sons William and George as my executors by whom I desire my just debts shall be paid and all monies due to me be received. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachael Andrews for her use during her natural life or so long as she continues my widow all or any part of my property including household furniture, cattle &c. no part of which is to be sold or otherwise disposed of but in the manner hereinafter mentioned excepting she shall find it necessary for her support she shall then be empowered to sell the household furniture and cattle and to let or hire the house and land wherein I now reside, and after the death of my beloved wife Rachel Andrews I hereby decree that the house I now live in shall become the property of my son George and his heirs for ever, but in the event of his dying without issue all the property bequeathed to him by this my will and testament shall be for the use of his widow but should she marry another man the said property shall belong to my son William and his heirs and all my share of boats nets and seines shall become the property of my son George.
The house built by Mr. Furneaux to be the joint property of my sons William and George their widows and heirs but so soon as the house shall fall the land whereon it now stands shall be equally divided between the two sons of my late son Robert and my son William. I give and bequeath to my son William and his heirs that portion of my room which is bounded Henry Daws property by the waterside on the south eastward by John and Jacob Daws on the eastward and by George Andrews on the north. The clock also shall become the property of my son William so soon as another of an equal value be placed in its room to be paid for equally between my sons William and George. The room formerly belonging to my uncle William Andrews and known by the name of the southernmost room shall be equally divided between my son William and the two sons of my late son Robert and in case either of those my grandsons should die his share to become the property of his brother, but if both should die then half of the said room shall be equally divided between my sons William and George. The Potato garden called the Pond Garden to be equally divided between my sons William and George.
I give and bequeath to my nephew Robert Andrews and to his heirs that portion of ground extending eastward as far back as his house, bounded on the north west by William Andrews (John's son) measuring twenty seven feet front age of waterside, also the meadow at the north west of his house bounded on the North west by William Andrews (John's son) and on the south by the public path and Pond. I desire that the Deck or place used for the purpose of hauling up boats on the beach be kept for the general use of the family and the Bark Kettle for the use of my two sons William and George. The stage also to be for use of my son George and my nephew Robert but in the event of any dispute arising I require that the said Robert my nephew shall build a stage for his own use adjoining the property of Henry and Robert Andrews.
My double chested drawers I request may be given to William son of my late son Robert but should he die before he becomes possessed of the said Drawers I require that the said piece of furniture shall be given to my other grandson William the son of my second son William.
My clothes and guns shall be equally divided between my sons William and George.
I hereby give and bequeath to my daughters Amy wife of John Daw and Mary wife of Jonathan Daw the sum of fifty pounds currency each providing I shall be possessed of cash to that amount at the time of my decease to be paid to them in such instalments as they may require not more than ten pounds to be paid each year.
I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Rachel Mugford a feather bed and bedding complete known as her bed and I further require that in the event of the death of my beloved wife Rachel Andrews she the said Rachel Mugford shall be comfortably and respectably maintained by her uncles William and George jointly until her marriage at which time she shall be paid by my executors the sum of ten pounds currency.
In the event of the death of my son William without male issue his portion of the property herein mentioned shall be for the use of his widow but Should she marry again the said property shall belong to my son George.
I further request that a respectable head stone be placed by my executors at the head of my grave and another at the head of the grave of my beloved wife. I also give and bequeath to my two sons William and George an equal share of the cash that shall remain after the legacies herein mentioned have been paid but not to given until after the decease of my beloved wife. And if either or both of my sons should so far forget their duty as man and Christians as to give way to excessive drink I will that the property herein mentioned of either acting so inconsistently shall belong to his sons in equal proportion.
To this my last will and testament I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.
William his x mark Andrews (LS)
Signed & sealed in presence of us and in presence of each other, J. Vicars. H. Lind.
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 (April 13, 2003)
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