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Will of William Branscomb
This is the last will and testament of me William Branscomb of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Blockmaker. I give devise and bequeath all my property which shall consist of lands houses or other buildings of which I shall be possessed or entitled to at the time of my decease or over which I have a disposing power whether the same consists wholly or in part of estates of freehold or for years or of any other nature or kind whatsoever unto my good friends Peter Weston Carter of Saint John's Newfoundland aforesaid Esquire and Samuel Mudge of same place Merchant and their heirs executors administrators and assigns upon trust that they the said Peter Weston Carter and Samuel Mudge and the survivor of them and the heirs executors administrators and assigns of such survivor do and shall stand and be seized and possessed thereof to for and upon the several trusts hereinafter mentioned and declared of and concerning the same that is to say upon trust to reimburse and indemnify themselves for all expenses to which they may be put in carrying into effect this my will and the annual expenses incident to the insurance, improvement and keeping in repair of any of the said premises respectively, and after payment of such expenses in trust to pay the net rents year by year as they become due of that part of my said estate situate on the north side of Water Street in the Town of Saint John's in Newfoundland now let to John Bovay and that part let to Thomas Connell and of of my field on the Barrens near the Topsail Road now occupied by myself unto my son Richard during the term of his natural life and also that part of my premises on Water Street which I have formerly occupied at a workshop and which adjoins the part let to Bovay, and upon the death of my said son Richard upon trust to convey the said premises to such person or persons and in such proportions as would be entitled to the personal estate of my said son in case he had died intestate.
And upon trust to convey as soon as conveniently may be after my decease to my son William those premises fronting on Water Street and on Williams Lane now under lease to John Long and those other premises in the said Lane now under lease to John Sanders and those other premises fronting on the said Lane now under lease to Patrick Kelly and that part of those other premises fronting on Duckworth St under a joint lease to William Freeman and William Thomas which is at present in possession of the said William Freeman or his under tenants and also my large meadow on the north of Duckworth Street between the land of Thomas Williams and French's Plantation, all which are to be conveyed to my said son William his heirs and assigns for ever.
This is a codicil to the last will and testament of me William Branscomb of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Blockmaker. I give and bequeath all my household furniture plate linen china books and pictures which I may be possessed of at the time of my decease to my executors in trust for the use and benefit of such of my daughters as may remain unmarried and upon the marriage or decease of the last of them who may remain unmarried in trust to sell and dispose of the same and apply the produce thereof in such manner as the residue of my personal estate is directed in my said will to be applied. And I direct that my pew in the Established Church in st. John's shall remain unsold for the use of all my family until such time as they may all consent to the sale thereof.
|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. |
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