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Will of Henry Brown
In the name of God Amen. I Henry Brown of Salvage, Planter, in the Northern District of Newfoundland being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory do make and constitute this to be my last will and testament in the manner following that is to say, after my just debts funeral expenses and charges of proving this my last will and testament be in the first place fully and lawfully paid and satisfied and after payment hereof of every part thereof, as touching my worldly affairs whereof it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in manner following, that is to say, I give and bequeath to Hannah my beloved wife all my lands, good and chattels situated in Salvage Bonavista Bay Northern District of Newfoundland aforesaid subject to the undermentioned clauses, that is to say my dearly beloved wife is to have the management of all my affairs for the benefit of herself and children during her natural life but should she live until James, John and William our sons attain the age of 18 years and then they should wish to separate from their mother then I will that what property should be then remaining to be equally divided between my beloved wife and my three sons, say one quarter each, my wife's part for her natural life and to fall to my three sons, our three girls to be under the management of their dear mother and brothers to be taken care of until they shall be otherwise provided for but in case my beloved wife should die before the girls are provided for then the brothers are to support them. With respect to what money I shall die possessed of I will that it be under the controul of my beloved wife as well what is in England as what is in this country to be equally divided between my beloved wife and my three sons but as unforeseen accidents may arise and as part of this money may be wanted for the trade I will that my wife and my sons bear each a proportional part until the sons separate from their mother; then they are to have their part of what remains. What money is in Mr. Bird's hands in England is the property of Hannah my beloved wife and at her disposal. I also constitute appoint make and ordain John Mifflen of Bonavista Merchant, and Joseph Brown of Kings Cove Planter my executors to this my last will and testament in case of any misunderstanding between my beloved wife and her children. I also have to request my brother Joseph Brown to see that my children be taken care of and brought up in the fear and nuture of of the Lord. I hereby confirm this to be my last will and testament.
|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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