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Will of Catherine Ash
In the name of God Amen, I Catherine Ash of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland Widow being of sound mind and memory as well as understanding praised be God for the same, but being weak in body and mindful of my mortality do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, I desire to be decently buried without any funeral pomp and with as little expense as may be recommending my soul to be mercifully dealt with by the Almighty through his Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Taverner my dwelling house in which he now resides together with the cellar, stable, front garden, garden adjoining the cellar and the meadow behind the stable. I also give and bequeath to my son Joseph Taverner aforesaid my waterside premises together with the small store and half the large store and also half the wharf the other half the large store and wharf I give and bequeath to my son Richard Ash with free ingress and egress thereto or therefrom. I also give and bequeath to my said son Joseph Taverner my farm situate “up the sound” commonly called “Bowens Mead” and also a garden situated on the hill side of Trinity between that occupied by Hewitt called “Keals Garden” and that owned by John Barnes it being on the lower side of the new Road. I also give and bequeath to my said son Joseph Taverner a large walnut dining table and Beaureux of the same material and mahogany round tea table and also a Beach arm chair with straw bottom and my old sofa and also two silver table spoons. I also give and bequeath to my said son Joseph Taverner one half my interest in Harbour Grace being part of the estate of George Augustus Pinn and after the death of my said son Joseph Taverner to his son George Augustus Pinn Taverner the other part of my said interest in the said property in Harbour Grace I give and bequeath to my son Richard Ash and after his death to his son Francis Ash. I give and bequeath to my son Richard Ash my shop and garden and meadow behind it and between it and property formerly occupied by John Gallavan a line running six feet or thereabouts from the west end of the shop and parallel thereto will divide the garden and a line from the east end of the stable yard to the west end of John Gallavan’s fence will divide the meadow from that given to my son Joseph Taverner, as adjoining the cellar and stable. I also give and bequeath to my said son Richard Ash my plantation near John Groves at the head of the south west Arm of Trinity and six silver tea spoons. I also give and bequeath to my said son Richard Ash four chairs, one mahogany table which usually stands in the centre of the room, three silver table spoons and one silver gravy spoon. I give and bequeath to the children of my late daughter Sarah Cross the garden now in possession of William Davis Cross (adjoining Wiseman’s) and also one half the large meadow on the back of William Davis Cross dwelling house, the other half the said large meadow I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Mary Kelson widow of William Kelson Junr. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Susan Lander daughter of Sarah Cross my daughter two tables now now in her possession and also two silver table spoons. I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan Lander now residing in Poole thirty pounds currency. I give and bequeath my granddaughter Susan Lander daughter of Sarah Cross my daughter, my little round table and my feather bed. I give and bequeath to my grandson Francis Ash son of Richard Ash my best sofa and also my gold watch. I give and bequeath to my grandson Andrew Taverner a mahogany square leafed table (tea table) I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Taverner, to my son Richard Ash and my granddaughter Susan Lander the sum of fifty pounds currency each. I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my money goods chatels estate and effects of what nature or kind soever after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid to my daughter Elizabeth Mary Kelson widow aforesaid. And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons Joseph Taverner and Richard Ash and my son-in-law William Davis Cross to be my executors to this my last will and testament with a request that no unnecessary expense shall be incurred in my funeral and that four very poor men be selected to carry my body to the grave who are to receive ten shillings each and no mournings. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal publishing this as my last will and testament and revoking every other will made or pretended to have been made by me, dated this 16th day of May A.D. 1848. Catherine her X mark Ash (LS) Signed sealed and published as her last will and testament by the testatrix Catherine Ash to whom it was read over in our presence and in presence of each of us in witness whereof we have subscribed our names hereto. Emma Sweetland. Tryphene Eliza Spencer Sweetland.
Codicil to this my last will and testament- I Catherine Ash of Trinity in the Island of Newfoundland only surviving daughter of George Augustus Pynn late of Bristol England and of Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant and Widow in the first place of Andrew Taverner late of Trinity Merchant and secondly of Richard Ash of Trinity Master Mariner do hereby will and bequeath all my right title estate and interest in and to all my landed property and houses situate lying and being in Harbor Grace in the Island of Newfoundland lately occupied and possessed by the late Colonel Sir Henry Pynn during his natural life under a Decree of the Honourable the Supreme Court of Newfoundland to my dear children Joseph Taverner Richard Ash Elizabeth Kelson and Susannah Lander to have and to hold to them and their heirs share and share alike for ever, 11th October 1855. Catherine her X mark Ash (LS) Signed sealed and delivered by the said Catherine Ash as a codicil to this her last will and testament on this eleventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five the same having first been read over and explained to the said testatrix in her hearing and in our hearing before she put her mark thereto in our presence who in her presence and in the presence of each other have severally put our names thereto as witnesses attesting the due execution hereof, John Stark, W.G.P. Lockyer, Martha Ash. Whereas by a codicil made to my last will and testament I bequeathed all my right title and interest in and to all my landed property and houses situate in Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland occupied and possessed by the late Colonel Sir Henry Pynn during his natural life under a decree of the Honourable the Supreme Court of the Island to my dear children Joseph Taverner, Richard Ash and Elizabeth Mary Kelson and Susan Lander to have and to hold to them and their heirs share and share alike now know all men that for and in consideration of the great care and attention paid me by my daughter Elizabeth Mary Kelson I do hereby bequeath to my said daughter Elizabeth Mary Kelson all the rents be they much or little that have accumulated since the death of the said Colonel Sir Henry Pynn or that may accumulate. Catherine her X mark Ash. Trinity 9th day Septr 1859, witness the above being read over and explained in our presence, B. Sweetland, Mary Elizabeth Pittman.
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. 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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