Will of Solomon Beadon
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 162 & 163 probate year 1833
Solomon Beadon deceased.
In the Name of God Amen. I Solomon Beadon of Twillingate in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant being at present in a weak state of body but in a sound state of mind memory and understanding, and considering the uncertainty of human life do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say
First I give and bequeath to Deborah my beloved wife all my household goods consisting of my beds bedding clothing furniture silver plate &c. &c. to be by her freely possessed and enjoyed And it is my will that all the rest of my property of whatever nature and wherever situate together with all my debts, dues & claims shall, as soon after my death as may seem judicious to my trusty friends, my executors, herein after to be named, be sold, and that out of the amount so raised the sum of Fifty pounds currency shall be given to my beloved wife aforenamed.
Secondly, I give to the Incorporated Society for the propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, the sum of Twenty pounds sterling to be paid out of my personal estate, and to be applied towards carrying on the charitable purposes for which the said Society was incorporated.
Thirdly, it is my will that the remaining surplus raised by the sale of my effects as above directed, shall, together with all my monies elsewhere, which my executors shall think proper to remove, be placed at interest in the Public Funds of Great Britain; and that the said Interest or dividends shall be paid from time to time as they become due to my beloved wife Deborah, for the purpose of maintaining her and my daughter Susan, now an infant. And it is further my will, that, to my said daughter, a good education shall be given; and, in this desirable object, I feel confident that my beloved wife, and my trusty executors, will unite in employing the best means in their power.
Fourthly. Providing that my daughter Susan shall die without issue, and before she shall have attained the age of twenty one years, then in that case, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife aforenamed one half of all my property of whatever nature and wherever situated, to be then at her own disposal; and the other half I give and bequeath to my dear mother, Susannah Hussey the wife of Ishmael Hussey of Bridport in Dorsetshire to be also at her own disposal. And it is further my will that if at that time my mother aforenamed shall be dead, then the share herein bequeathed to her, shall be divided equally between twelve of her nearest relations.
Fifthly, Providing that my beloved wife shall die, before my daughter Susan shall have come to the full age of twenty one years, then I give and bequeath the whole of my property to my said daughter, to have and to hold to her heirs, executors and administrators; but which property shall be under the management of my executors till she shall be twenty one years of age at which time the said property shall be at her own disposal.
Sixthly, In case that Deborah my beloved wife and my daughter Susan shall both die before the latter shall be twenty one years of age, and being also without living issue, then, in this case, it is my will that the whole of my property under the management of my executors shall be disposed of in the manner following:
That is to say,
I give to the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts the sum of Two hundred pounds sterling,
I give to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge the sum of One hundred pounds sterling,
I give to the Religious Tract Society the sum of One hundred pounds sterling;
and to the Wesleyan Society I give also the sum of one hundred pounds sterling,
and the remaining amount of my property I give and bequeath to my dear mother aforenamed if she shall then be living, but if she shall not then be living then in that case I give and bequeath the share herein bequeathed to her, to twelve of her nearest relations as aforesaid.
Lastly, I make constitute and appoint Mr. Joseph James Pearce and Mr. Samuel Pursey both of Twillingate aforesaid, together with Mr. Joseph Bartlett of Mortons Harbour, near Twillingate, and the Revd The Minister of the Established Church of England & Ireland, residing at Twillingate for the time being executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby authorise and require my above named trusty executors to reimburse themselves for any costs charges or expenses which may come upon them in the due discharge of the duties herein imposed on them.
And I hereby disannul and revoke all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any wise 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 this eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two. Solomon Beadon (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Solomon Beadon, as his last will and testament, in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. James Rice. John Newman.
D. M. Browning