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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Blackler


Will of William Blackler
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 564-565 probate year 1877
This will is also recorded, with margin comments in volume 8 page 192 to 194 probate year 1905

In re
     William Blackler deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me William Blackler of the Parish of Ipplepen in the County of Devon and formerly of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Blackler all that Fishing Room, dwelling houses, stores and premises situate on the south side of the Harbour of St. John’s aforesaid with all the personal property of which I may die possessed to and for her sole use and benefit during the term of her natural life and after the death of my said wife I give and bequeath unto my son William Blackler the eastern moiety or half part of the said fishing room and premises extending from the water up the Hill or Southern boundary (including the store) for and during the term of his natural life and during the lifetime of his wife Mary Ann Blackler should she survive him, and so long as she remains a widow, and after the death of the said William Blackler or the marriage or death of his said wife, I give and devise the same unto the children of the said William Blackler in equal proportions, share and share alike & to their heirs or assigns for ever

To my daughter Eliza Thomas formerly Eliza Harvey, I give and bequeath the house in which she now resides, so far as I am interested in the same, for her occupation during the term of her natural life, and also the sum of 40£ (forty pounds) currency money of Newfoundland, the said forty pounds to be paid to the said Eliza Thomas as follows, viz, Ten pounds thereof by my son William Blackler aforesaid, and six pounds by each of the five sons of my said daughter by her former husband Richard Harvey the said forty pounds to be paid within six months after the decease of me the said testator or that of my wife whichever of us shall be the survivor, out of the rents and profits of the property bequeathed to them respectively in this my will.

I give and bequeath unto my grandson William Blackler Harvey the western half part of the Brick house in which he now resides for his sole use & benefit, his heirs or assigns for ever but subject to the above payment I also give and bequeath unto the children of the said Eliza Thomas by her former husband Richard Harvey the western moiety or half part of the aforesaid Fishing Room and premises, including the eastern half of the Brick House now occupied by their mother for her life but subject to the above mentioned payment of six pounds each by her five sons as aforesaid, the said property to be divided among the children of the said Eliza Thomas by her former husband in equal parts share and share alike to them their heirs or assigns for ever.     I revoke all other wills made by me at any time and declare this to be my last will and testament And lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my said son William Blackler, my friend John Butler Bulley Esqr and my grandson Edward Scorn Harvey executors of this my last will and testament.     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand to the first sheet of this my will & my hand & seal to this last sheet of the same this fourteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.

William Blackler (LS)     Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator William Blackler as and for his last will and testament in two sheets in the presence of us who in his presence at his request & in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses of the same the day and year first above written, Robert Harris, Vicar of Ipplepen, James S. Hodge of Ipplepen.

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. 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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