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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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(Will of John Antle
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 377 to 379 probate year 1841)
John Antle deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I John Antle of the Port of Brigus in the District of Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter, being in perfect health of body and perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form after my just debts are paid.
First I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Grace during her natural life the dwelling house that we now inhabit with all the furniture. Also I give and bequeath to my son William Antle any balance of account which may be due from him to me. Also I give and bequeath to James Norman my wife's son by her first husband the western part of my fishing room which I occupy from John Noels to my stage included dividing my said room by a line drawn from the Eastern side of my stage to the Eastern side of my Cow House. I also give and bequeath to the said James Norman one suit of my clothes and he is desired to take his choice. Also I give and bequeath to my son William Antle all my wearing apparel except the suit given as aforesaid to James Norman. Also I give and bequeath to John Antle my grandson my dwelling house and furniture after my wife's death also the eastern part of my fishing room from the stage to Stephen Percey's room. Also I give and bequeath to James Norman aforesaid my schooner "Nymph" if she is in being at the time of my death. Also I give and bequeath to my grandson William Antle my watch. If any money should be in my possession at the time of my death I give and bequeath it as follows to my granddaughter Nancy twenty pounds and to my other granddaughters Five pounds each, to my grandsons one half of the remaining sum after the aforesaid bequests are paid to be equally divided betwixt them and the remainder to my wife Grace Antle. And I request that Mr Charles Cozens Merchant and Mr William Antle my brother will have the goodness to see this my last will executed and I do hereby appoint them my sole executors. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before named will'd or bequeathed ratifying and confirming this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four.
John Antle his X mk (LS)
Signed sealed and declared by John Antle to his last will and testament in the presence of us and we in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands.
James Nimez Harris, John Leaman.
Codicil – in addition to the aforesaid disposal of my property and effects (which I do hereby confirm as my last will and testament) I leave and bequeath all right title and interest in my Pew in the Church to John Norman son of James Norman aforesaid.
Witness my hand this twenty fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven. John Antle his X mark. Witnesses, George Hood, Horatio Dickson.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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