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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Benjamin Batten


Will of Benjamin Batten
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 page 463 probate year 1867

The will index gives the probate year, for this will, as 1867, but it is filed chronologically with wills from 1886.

In re
      Benjamin Batten deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     The seventeenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty.    I Benjamin Batten of Bareneed, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, being through the blessing of God in a sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail state of this life and that it is appointed unto 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 recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me and the disposal of my body I leave to the entire discretion of my friends. With respect to my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose of it in the manner here following:     First I give and bequeath to my three sons Benjamin, John and William Batten all and every part of my landed property to share and share alike, both fishing room gardens meadows and also where the cellar stands to be used by all alike and to build other cellars on the same land if either of my sons desire to do so-    Secondly I give and bequeath to my grandson son Isaac, son of Benjamin my bed and bedding to be possessed by him immediately after my decease.    Thirdly I give and bequeath to my grandson Benjamin son of John my chest and looking glass.    Finally, I give and bequeath to my beloved son William my dwelling house with all furniture therein save and except those things willed and bequeathed afore, and a certain provision I shall hereafter make.    Also I constitute Robt Daw and John Bartlett my sons in law executors of this my last will & testament And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any way before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.    Benjamin his X mark Batten (LS)     Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Benjamin Batten as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers, John Batten, Geo. F. Payne.
Be it known to all men that I Benjamin Batten aforesaid having omitted one item in my will do add this thereto viz. That I give and bequeath to my three beloved sons Benjamin, John and William my boat and craft to be possessed by them equally.    Witness my hand this seventeenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and sixty    Benjamin his X mark Batten.     John Batten,    Geo. F. Payne.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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