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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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William A. Brown
Will of William Appleby Brown
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 357 probate year 1841
William A. Brown deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I William Brown of Port de Grave Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Surgeon being of sound and perfect mind knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die do hereby make this my last will and testament.
First, I give and bequeath my immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God beseeching Him to grant it an entrance into His eternal Kingdom for the alone sake of Jesus Christ And I will and declare that my body shall be decently buried in the burial ground belonging to the Church of England and that the fee of two guineas be paid to the Clergyman for the performance of the said service.
Secondly I give and bequeath all my property consisting of lands house goods and chattels unto my beloved son William Henry Brown and his heirs for ever. And I hereby will and declare that my beloved wife Eleanor Brown shall enjoy an equal share of the aforesaid lands, house goods and chattels so long as she shall live or continue my widow and I also will and declare that the said William Henry my son shall find provide for and give unto my daughter Elizabeth Snow sufficient food, lodging and clothing until such time as she shall marry or shall attain unto the age of twenty one years and that the said William Henry shall sufficiently teach and instruct or cause to be sufficiently instructed the said Elizabeth Snow in reading writing and arithmetic and I also give and bequeath in particular to my son William Henry my watch, books, medicines, surgical instruments and all things appertaining to my surgery And I do hereby appoint my son the said William Henry Brown and Mr. Henry Lind to be my executors and administrators they consenting and agreeing thereto.
In witness whereof I have this third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty hereunto set my hand and seal and also written my name at the bottom of each page thereof.
William Appleby Brown (LS)
Signed and sealed in the presence of us and in the presence of each other. John Wilcox, J. Vicars.
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.
Contributed by Keith Brown and also by Judy Benson
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 18, 2003)
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