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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(B)
William Bennett

 

 

Will of William Bennett
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 361 & 362 probate year 1919

In re William Bennett       deceased

I William Bennett of Bell Island Conception Bay Newfoundland being of sound mind, memory, and understanding, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following:

  • First. I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Lydia Bennett the following.
    [A]. My dwelling house and contents also land around house inclosed by a fence measuring one acre more or less together with cellar and all small houses erected thereon.
    [B]. That piece & parcel of land known as "Upper Place" containing four and one half acres more or less situated near the Anglican Church, also that piece of granted land adjoining west of "Upper Place" & containing four acres more or less.
    [C]. That piece & parcel of land at the Beach with store built upon it also ground rent of store owned by U.K. Martin and built upon said piece of land.
    [D]. My cow nine sheep and lambs.
    [E]. All my money on deposit in the Bank of Montreal St. John's, at the time of my death.
  • Second. I give devise and bequeath to my son John Henry Bennett and my daughter Lydia Bennett that piece and parcel of land known as the "Cow Meadow" and containing three and one half acres more or less to be divided between them as follows: The east side together with stable to my daughter Lydia the West side to my son John Henry.
  • Third. I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann Squire that piece and parcel of land situated near the C.L.B. Armoury and containing one acre more or less together with all houses and property thereon.
  • Fourth. I give devise and bequeath to my son John Henry Bennett the following:
    [A]. That piece and parcel of land known as Fancy Hill Meadow containing five acres more or less.
    [B]. That piece and parcel of marsh land known as my grazing ground situated near John Kennedy's place at East End, and bounded by land owned by James Bowdring, James Normore and Solomon Normore and East End road and containing two acres more or less.
    [C]. My land known as "East End Meadow" containing one half acre more or less comprised of two pieces of land divided by land owned by late Thomas Power.
    [D]. My part of the fishing room at the beach and known as Fitzgeralds fishing room.
    [E]. My mowing machine.
  • Fifth. I give devise and bequeath to my three daughters Elizabeth Anderson, Catherine Butler, and Mary Ann Squire that piece and parcel of land containing one half acre more or less situated at the mines and bounded on the South by Bennetts road on the West and North by land owned by Diocesan Synod and on the East by Martins line to be together with rents accruing from same divided equally among them.
  • Sixth. I give devise and bequeath to the Rector and Church wardens of St Boniface Church and their successors the small dwelling house and land on which it is built measuring from East to West twenty three feet and from North to South 100 one hundred feet more or less situated at the mines and at present occupied by Albert Heath, Barber, the rent of house and land to be used for the upkeep of the Old Church of England Graveyard on the "Lookout" Any money remaining over after upkeep of said Graveyard to be given as a subscription annually to the Diocesan Mission Fund, otherwise known as Church Dues, in memory of me the testator.
  • Seventh. I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Lydia Bennett and my son John Henry Bennett that piece and parcel of land, subject to clause six of this my will and testament known as "The Green" situated at the mines and bounded on the North by Martins line and Bennetts road on the West by RC Chapel and on the South by Bennetts road extending to meet Martins line on the East, to be divided as follows: To my daughter Lydia the West part extending from the RC Chapel eastward to and including the small house and shop owned by Mr. Charlie Sapp thence by a line running South to meet West boundary of land rented from me by Amon Basha. To my son John Henry Bennett the remaining Eastern portion of land extending from aforementioned line to Martins line on the East. In the event of the marriage of my daughter Lydia her portion of land described in clause seven of this my will and testament together with all rents accruing from same to be thereafter equally divided between my four daughters Elizabeth Anderson, Catherine Butler, Mary Ann Squire, and Lydia Bennett.
  • Eighth. I give devise and bequeath to my three daughters Elizabeth Anderson, Catherine Butler and Mary Ann Squire and my son John Henry Bennett to be equally divided between them my money in stocks viz Five Hundred Dollars in the Bell Island Transportation Co. Five Hundred Dollars in Victory Bonds and all money on deposit in Bank of Nova Scotia Bell Island at the time of my death subject only to the payment of my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses and the charge of proving and registering this my will.
  • Ninth. I hereby appoint the Revd. J. Stead. Clerk in Holy Orders, Executor of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I, William Bennett, the testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand and my seal this Seventh day of June A.D. one thousand nine hundred and nineteen. William Bennett Sr. Signed sealed and declared by the above named William Bennett as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names at his request, as witnesses thereto, in presence of the said testator and of each other. William H. Bennett. Bell Island. Solomon Normore Bell Island.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Aug 25/19
Kent J.
Probate granted to
John Stead
August 29/1919.
Estate sworn at
$11,900

 

 

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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller
Revised: October 25, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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