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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Francis Belbin
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 102 to 104 probate year 1830.
Francis Belbin deceased.
Be it known to all men whom it does or may concern that I Francis Belbin of Musquitto in Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland being of sound mind and sufficient competence to transact and determine all matters connected with the disposal and settlement of my temporal affairs do appoint and ordain this document being properly signed sealed delivered and witnessed to be and continue my Last will and testament by virtue of which I do
First direct that the necessary expenses which shall be incurred for the decent interment of my mortal remains shall be settled as soon as existing circumstances will allow.
Secondly I will and direct that all my lawful debts shall in the aforesaid manner be justly discharged.
Thirdly I will and direct that in order to meet the said just demands such money as I might possess or balances due to me in the hands of Mess. Slade Elson & Co. Messrs. Thorne Necker and Co. David Morey and such others as my accounts might exhibit shall be first applied.
Fourthly I will and direct That after all legal demands are settled all the remaining property which I shall be found to have possessed at the time of my decease shall be held in charge of the guardians and executors hereafter named for the use and final benefit of my beloved child Elizabeth now about two and half years old and to be put into actual possession at the full accomplishment of her eighteenth year In the mean time a suitable provision to be made and education to be provided But I farther will and direct that the said inheritance of my House and land shall be solely for the benefit of my child Elizabeth during her life and after her decease to be possessed by such of the offspring of her body lawfully begotten as the Almighty might bless her with or in case of no lawful issue then the property to be at her own disposal.
Fifthly I will and direct, as a condition upon which my property shall be held and possessed, that my beloved wife Sarah shall be fully entitled to occupy my said house as her home and I do also direct that she shall be duly and comfortably provided with a maintenance during the term of her natural life or so long as she shall continue in the state of widowhood.
Sixly I will and direct that in case my child Elizabeth should die previous to her attaining the age of eighteen years then the right title and inheritance hereby conveyed to her shall be and I do hereby transfer, to be possessed by William Belbin of Seal Cove in Trinity Bay, the son of my brother William Belbin, subject to the conditions already and hereafter to be specified.
Seventhly I will and do direct my executors immediately after my decease to convey my silver watch, with chain and seals and personally deliver the same, as my bequest, to my nephew, Francis Penny the son of Elizabeth Penny of Carbonear. Likewise I direct my executors as soon after my decease as conveniently may be, to deliver in person my gun as my bequest to my nephew Robert Mansfield son of George Mansfield of Seal Cove in Trinity Bay. In both of the last mentioned bequests the parents of the said Francis Penny and Robert Mansfield to hold the same in safe custody until they shall be of competent age to make a proper use thereof.
Item The cloathing belonging to my person to be at the sole disposal of my beloved wife.
Lastly I do nominate appoint and invest with full authority as the Executors to my estate and guardians to my child Mr. William Pynn Senr of Mosquitto and Mr. William Pynn Junr the son of the aforesaid William Pynn also of Mosquitto to act in all things lawful and necessary for the welfare of the beloved parties before particularly named and expressed taking this my last will as the criterion of their proceedings.
Signed with the mark of my own hand sealed and delivered at Mosquitto the sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty as witness. Francis the mark of X Belbin (LS)
Done in the presence (having been first distinctly read over) of us J. Burt. Wm. Pynn Junr.
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 (November 28, 2002)
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