Will of James Brown Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 64-65 probate year 1901
Last Will and Testament of
James Brown Sr of Bishop's Harbor
Salvage Fisherman deceased.
This is the last will of me James Brown Senior of
Bishops Harbour, Salvage, Bonavista Bay in the colony of Newfoundland.
I give and bequeath to my son James
Brown, my dwelling house situated in Bishops Harbour, and all
outhouses at present appertaining thereto, together with all the heavy furniture
in the said dwelling house belonging to me at the time of my death, such
as bedsteads tables, stoves etc.
And I give and bequeath to my son, James
Brown aforesaid all my flakes situated in Bishop's Cove (a part
of Bishop's Harbour)
The garden attached to my dwelling
house aforesaid I give and bequeath to my son James Brown aforesaid.
All other lands, which I possess or
am entitled to, at the time of my death, I desire to be equally divided between
my four sons Henry Brown, John Brown, Samuel Brown and James
The flakes situated on the North Shore
of Bishops Harbour, I give to my two sons John Brown and Henry
Brown aforesaid to be equally divided between them.
My stage, room, wharf and part of store
I give to my four sons Henry Brown, John Brown, Samuel Brown and James
Brown aforesaid, to be equally divided between them, provided
always that each one of the said four sons does an equal share with the others,
of the work necessary for keeping the said stage room, wharf and part of
store in good repair. But should one or more fail in fulfilling this condition
relative to repairs, then his share (or their shares if more then one fails
in fulfilling the said condition) shall be divided equally amongst those
who fulfill the requirments.
I give my family Bible to my son James
Brown aforesaid and my watch I give to my grandson Charles
B. Brown son of my son Samuel Brown aforesaid.
I give and bequeath the sum of four
hundred dollars ($400) to my daughter Mrs. Susannah Moss wife
of Robert Moss of Sailor's Island.
I give and bequeath the sum of three
hundred dollars ($300) to my daughter Mrs. Georgina Ralph,
wife of Charles Ralph of Sailor's Island.
I give and bequeath the sum of twenty
dollars to ($20) to my grandson Samuel James Ralph,
son of my daughter Mrs. Georgina Ralph.
I give and bequeath the sum of forty
dollars ($40) to Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Turner, wife
of Benjamin Turner of Happy Adventure.
All the remainder of the money of which
I may be in possession at the time of my death I give to my four sons Henry
Brown, John Brown, Samuel Brown and James Brown,
all aforesaid to be equally divided between them each one of the four to
receive a fourth part of the said remainder of the money of which I am
possessed or entitled to.
I appoint Kenneth
Brown (son of William Brown) executor of this my will and I revoke all former wills
Dated this sixth day of May 1898
Signed by James
Brown Signature of Testator Signed by the Testator in the joint
presence of us who thereupon signed our names in his and each others presence.
John Burden (sgd) Harold F. Wilson B.A.L.Th. (Priest)
This is the last will or codicil of me James Brown of
sound mind and good understanding unaltered with the exception that is to say,
I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanna Moss an
equal sum. I give and bequeath my feather bed to my grandson Theodore
Brown and about half the clothing belonging to the said bed.
amount of money I bequeathed to my son Samuel Brown in
my former will is to go (after my son Samuels death) to his son Charles
All other matters being previously setted in
my former will, I leave unaltered.
Dated this fifteenth day of September anno Dommni one thousand nine hundred.
Signed James Brown
Wit William Tulk
I certify the foregoing to be a correct
copy of the last will and Testament of James Brown deceased
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
the 22rd day
of May 1901
NOTE: The witnesses statement and names plus the margin comments are missing
from the end of the will previously submitted. However, the codicil isn't
in our copy of the will but included in the family's copy - Judy Benson &