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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Thomas Brenton
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 107 to 109 probate year 1831.
Thomas Brenton deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Brenton of Burin in the Island of Newfoundland Boatkeeper. First I empower Isaac King Moore of Burin in the Island of Newfoundland aforesaid Merchant and Messrs. Christopher Spurrier and Company of Poole in the County of Dorset Merchants to receive and take possession of the whole of my monies and property to dispose of the same in the manner as follows I hereby give demise and bequeath to my youngest son Henry Brenton the dwelling house garden stage Flakes together with all the other buildings and appurtenances belonging to the premises built by me in Butts Cove in the Harbour of Burin in the Island of Newfoundland Also the fishing Galloper, Boats, Punts, Nets, Seines, and other effects used by me on the premises. Further he is not to dispose or sell the same so long as my wife Elizabeth Brenton may live that she may not be deprived of a home after my decease.
And as to for and concerning all the rest residue and remainder of my property of what nature or kind soever (excepting wearing apparel and other articles now in use about my person) I hereby bequeath the same in trust to the said Isaac King Moore of Burin in the Island of Newfoundland and Messrs. Christopher Spurrer and Company of Poole in the County of Dorset requesting that they will first pay all my just debts and funeral expenses then vest the remainder of my monies in the Funds or some good security and apply the Interest arising therefrom to the use of my wife Elizabeth Brenton so long as she may live and after her decease my will and mind is, and I hereby give and bequeath to each of my then surviving children an equal proportion of the monies so vested in the Funds or other good security by the said Isaac King Moore and Messrs. Christopher Spurrier and Company the Interest of which was for the express purpose and use of my wife Elizabeth Brenton
And lastly I request the said Isaac King Moore and Messrs. Christopher Spurrier and Company to give my brother John Brenton a suit of mourning with hat bands for his family to attend my remains to the grave also Twenty shillings to the Minister of the Church who may preach my funeral sermon after my decease.
And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Isaac King Moore and Christopher Spurrier and Company Executors of this my last will and testament contained on one sheet of paper hereby revoking and making void all other and former wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal to this sheet of paper containing my last will and testament this twenty third day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six. Thomas Brenton (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Brenton the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have set our hands hereto. Thomas Morris (LS) John Brenton (LS)
Codicil to this my last will & testament bearing date the twenty third day of October one thousand eight hundred & twenty six.
I revoke that part of my will wherein I I have bequeathed to my brother John Brenton the suit of mourning for himself & hat bands for his family & do declare this to be my last will & testament on that head confirming the remainder contained therein. Thomas Brenton.
Signed seald & delivered as above in presence of each other at the request of the testator this twenty six day of August one thousand eight hundred & twenty seven. Isaac King Moore. William Hanrahan.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 28, 2002)
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