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Will of Thomas Bennett
I Thomas Bennett of Mount Dorset St. John’s Newfoundland revoking all former will or wills made by me do now make publish and declare this only to be my last will and testament my desire is that all my just debts due by me at the time of my decease shall be paid at the earliest possible convenience and that no unnecessary outlay shall be incurred on my funeral expenses- my family silver tankard bequeathed to me by my maternal grandmother I give as a heirloom to my eldest son Charles Thomas Bennett my gold watch to my youngest son Arthur James Williams Bennett- To my worthy good brother Charles Fox Bennett and my son Charles Thomas Bennett I give and bequeath all that piece or parcel of freehold land devised to me by the will of grandmother Mary Robotham situated in the Parish of St. George in the County of Clouster near the City of Bristol and under which I have been led to believe there is a rich coal deposit also my freehold houses lands and premises at Mount Dorset near the Town of St. John’s Newfoundland including that part of the same now in the occupation of Edward Smith together with my silver plate household furniture and other effects in trust to be applied to and for the sole use and benefit of my unmarried daughters so long as they shall remain single and after the marriage or decease of my daughters now single the whole of my said freehold property silver plate household furniture and other effects my will and desire is shall be sold for the benefit of all my children share and share alike my reason for thus disposing of my freehold property silver plate household furniture and other effects arises from the fear I have of the limited means to which my unmarried daughters may become subjected at the time of my decease Should my said Trustees with the object to benefit the interests of my children make sale of the whole or any part of my freehold estate or to let the same on lease for a term of years they have my sanction so to do vesting the purchase money in good and sufficient security and the interest of the same to be applied for the benefit of my unmarried daughters so long as they remain single-
All other money or monies or security for money of which I may die possessed my will and desire is shall be equally divided between all and every of my surviving children share and share alike after reserving one share and equal proportion of the same for the benefit of my grandchild the infant son of Frederick Joseph Wyatt of St. John’s, Newfoundland by my lamented daughter Sarah Jane Wyatt recently deceased on his attaining the age of twenty one years- To my sister Sarah Stephens my brother Charles Fox Bennett and Henry Bennett I bequeath a gold mourning ring. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament signed my name and affixed my seal this the fourth day of February one thousand eight hundred and seventy-
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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