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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of George Bussey
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 84 to 86 probate year 1830.
In the Estate of
George Bussey deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I George Bussey of Port de Grave Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound mind and memory, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament. Imprimis I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God, in the hope of a joyful resurrection thro Jesus Christ my Saviour.
- Item I order that all my just debts, funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will be in the first place fully paid.
- Item I give and bequeath to my son Abraham Bussey, the fishing room and plantation with dwelling house and all other erections thereon to be by him held on the same conditions which I now possess it under the will of my late father John Bussey also one capelin seine one mackerel & one salmon net one clock one watch one violin a chest of drawers a writing desk and the sum of Forty pounds currency my said son Abraham to come into possession of all the aforementioned when he shall have attained the age of twenty one years, subject to the following provisos vizt. That in the event of the child with which my wife Mary is now pregnant proving a son, then the eastern stage & premises lately occupied by Martin & Jacob under least (which was by them given up in consequence of damage done to the said premises by fire on the 16th day of December 1828) and also half the meadow ground and garden ground of the aforesaid fishing room and plantation and also the aforesaid chest of drawers and writing desk I give and bequeath to that son together with half the aforesaid forty pounds currency. Provided also that should he die before he attain the age of twenty one years (at which age he should come into possession of the aforesaid) then the property hereby willed to him shall be inherited by my aforesaid son Abraham, and should my son Abraham die before him then he shall succeed to the property herein before willed the said Abraham.
- Item I will that my wife Mary shall occupy and enjoy for the benefit of herself and all my children the whole of the aforesaid fishing room & plantation & premises during the minority severally of my aforesaid son or sons and further that even after my aforesaid son or sons shall have attained severally full age she my said wife shall continue to reside in the dwelling house I now occupy while she do remain my widow and wish to dwell therein.
- Item I give and bequeath to my daughters Jane Emma & Mary Anne the remainder of my household furniture and five pounds currency each when they shall have attained the age of twenty one years, subject however to the following proviso, that in the event of the child with which my wife is now pregnant proving a daughter then that daughter is to have an equal share (with the other three) of the said remainder of my household furniture and also five pounds currency.
- Item I give and bequeath to my wife Mary all the rest residue and remainder of my money, goods, debts and effects, confiding in her affection and discretion, for the proper appropriation of it for herself and my children during their minority and I hereby appoint her my said wife their guardian until they attain full age.
- Item I hereby constitute and appoint Robert John Pinsent and Robert Prowse of Port de Grave aforesaid, Merchants, Executors to this my will, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said testator George Bussey have set my hand and seal hereunto the 5th day February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty, George Bussey (LS)
Signed and sealed in presence of us Thomas Martin, Joshua Green.
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 21, 2002)
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