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Will of Ann Bartlett
The last will and testament of Ann Bartlett of Brigus Conception Bay Widow, I Ann Bartlett of Brigus Conception Bay Widow being of sound mind do declare this to be my last will and testament, First I desire that all just and lawful claims made upon me for the interment of my body shall be paid and then I will and bequeath to my grandson Abraham Bartlett Norman the sum of two hundred pounds currency the said amount to be placed in care of my son John who shall have power to provide what may be necessary for the said Abraham Bartlett Norman out of the said sum of two hundred pounds until he attains the age of twenty one years at which time the balance which may then remain to be paid to the aforesaid Abraham Bartlett Norman- I further give and bequeath to the aforesaid Abraham Bartlett Norman one feather bed and bedding together with my bedstead chest of drawers, couch, looking glass, now placed in the bedroom occupied by me.
I give and bequeath to my sister Rebecca Butler the sum of twenty pounds currency the said amount to be paid her in small sums as my son John shall consider fitting and necessary. Whatever money I may die possessed of after the payment of the aforenamed sums (and also after a suit of mourning shall have been provided for each of my sons, daughters and daughters in law) to be equally divided among my sons and daughters. Whatever money may be in my dwelling house at the time of my decease I desire to be equally divided among my grandchildren. I give and bequeath to my grandson Abraham Bartlett Norman and to my granddaughter Mary Jane Bartlett the pew owned and occupied by me in Saint Georges Church in Brigus. Also I give to my son Abraham Bartlett the pew in said church placed immediately behind the one aforenamed. I give and bequeath the large pew in the Wesleyan Chapel owned by me to my son John- my daughter in law Mary Bartlett to have a sitting therein while she remains a widow in my deceased sons name. Also I give and bequeath the pew in the Wesleyan Chapel occupied by George Gushue to my son Abraham Also one half of a pew in the Wesleyan Chapel belonging to me I give and bequeath to Samuel Bartlett son of William Bartlett.
I give and bequeath two silver spoons to each of my sons and daughters. Also to my grandson William Hubert Bartlett of Bay Roberts and to my granddaughter Mary Jane Bartlett I give and bequeath one pair of blankets and a counterpane to Mary Ann French wife of Benjamin French of Coleys Point, also one pair of blankets and a counterpane to Elizabeth Norman wife of John Norman of Brigus, also one pair of blankets to Rebecca Butler my sister. I give and bequeath to my three sons John, Abraham and Issac two cane-bottomed chairs each and I give and bequeath to my son John a gilt framed glass in the spare bedroom. I give and bequeath one trunk to Mary Ann French and also one trunk to Elizabeth Norman also a set of china (given to me by Mrs. John Bartlett) to Rebecca Bartlett wife of my son John Bartlett further I desire that my wearing apparel be equally divided among my daughters.
I give and bequeath to Susannah wife of Alexander Clift, to Jane wife of Benjamin G. Gardiner and to Emma Selina Simms, one ewe sheep each. I give and bequeath one finger ring to each of my five daughters and also one ring to my granddaughter Mary Jane Bartlett. I hereby appoint my sons John and Abraham Bartlett to be my executors under this my last will and testament and also will that any property not before mentioned shall be disposed of as they shall see fit (with the exception of two pictures one of which is to be given to my daughter Susannah and the other to my daughter Emma) and for their trouble in acting in this capacity I hereby desire that ten pounds currency be given each of them to be paid before the money hereby bequeathed by me shall be divided. Dated this twentieth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine.
Ann her X mark Bartlett (LS) Signed acknowledged and declared by the said Ann Bartlett as and for her last will and testament having first been read over in the presence of us who being present at the same time in her presence, at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Jas. C. Harvey, Rural Dean. Robert Daw.
Should the aforesaid Abraham Bartlett Norman depart this life before he attains the age of twenty one years the property herein bequeathed to him to become the property of my son John Bartlett and untill he attain that age he is to reside with his uncle the aforenamed John Bartlett. Ann her X mark Bartlett (LS)
Witnesses, Jas. C. Harvey, Robert Daw. Dated this 20th July 1869
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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