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Miscellaneous Deeds and Wills
Thomas Chancey



Volume 1, page 66
Newfoundland - In the Probate Court

I, THOMAS CHANCEY of Cullumpton in the County of Devon in the Kingdom of Great Britain but at present residing and carrying on business at Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland, being in good health of body and of a sound mind & memory considering the shortness of this life and the necessity of having my worldly affairs arranged in such manner as may prevent dispute or misunderstanding after my Death, do hereby make this my last Will and testament which I request may be received as such in manner and form following.

That is to say. In the first place as soon as convenient after my decease I wish to have all my accounts settled in England and Newfoundland as well concerning my present partnership with Mr. GEORGE WELCH LEDGARD of Poole and MR. JOHN GOSSE of Carbonear known at this present time in Newfoundland under the firm of GOSSE CHANCEY & LEDGARD as also sundry debts due to and flowing from the late partnership known by the firm of GOSSE & CHANCEY as also sundry debts due to me while carrying on business in Harbour Grace on my own account before the commencement of the above Partnership all which accounts I desire may be settled in a just and equitable manner, and all outstanding Debts that may be due to me on my part from the above Copartnership that may have been contracted by Planters and others since carrying on business to be collected in or such security given as may be obtained by the Executors named in this my last Will and Testament and which they may think will be most for the benefit of my surviving Family and if after all my Debts may be paid it shall appear that there is any property or money due to me I have to request it may be placed out at interest and such part as may be necessary, be drawn yearly for the support of my Wife and Children and I have to request that if possible my Children may be kept at school and receive such Education and Instruction as may be necessary and as far as circumstances will admit of my further request is as follows.

I give and bequeath to my son THOMAS CHANCEY that part of the Plantation which may fall to my share and which at present is in the possession of myself and Mr. JOHN GOSSE and which solely belongs to us at this present time being purchased jointly by us from Mr. JAMES CAWLEY of Harbour Grace together with my part of stores, Dwelling House, Outhouses, Meadows, Gardens, or any thing else belonging or appertaining thereto; the whole of which part is to be the property of my son THOS. CHANCEY after he arrives at the age of twenty one years before which time any Rents, Profits, or [Emoluments?], that may arise from the said Plantation are to be for the joint use and benefit of my Wife and surviving Children and if my son THOMAS CHANCEY should happen to die before he arrives at that age, then it is to be the property of surviving daughters MARY and RACHEL CHANCEY, but if he survives then it is to be his property his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever.

I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY CHANCEY Burketts notes on the New Testament as also Five Volumes of Wesleys Philosophy and one Volume of Flavells Works.

I give and bequeath to my Daughter RACHEL CHANCEY Five Volumes Henry on the Old and New Testament as also Eight Volumes of the Spectators Henrys Notes are to be well bound.

I give and bequeath to my Son THOMAS CHANCEY as much money as will be sufficient to buy Scotts Family Bible with notes as also two Volumes of Broughtons History of Religion, and two Volumes Predeaux History of the Se[?]s all the remaining part of my Books I request may be divided equally among the dear Children mentioned above at the direction of their Mother or my Executors.

I give and bequeath to my Sister SARAH CHANCEY of Cullumpton, Devon the Sum of Thirty pounds to be paid her as soon as possible after my Decease.

I give and bequeath to my Brother LIONEL CHANCEY one suit of mourning and to his wife MRS. ELIZ'A CHANCEY one mourning Ring.

I give and bequeath to my Sister MRS. BRIDGET PEARSE also to my sister MARY (UNCLES?) each one Gould mourning Ring.

I give and bequeath to my Esteemed Friend and Partner Mr. JOHN GOSSE as also to his amiable Partner MRS. MARY GOSSE each one Gould mourning Ring.

I give and bequeath to my Esteemed Friend and Partner Mr. GEORGE WELCH LEDGARD of Poole one Gould Mourning Ring.

I give and bequeath to my Dear and lawful wife ELIZABETH CHANCEY the whole of the remaining property I may die possessed of after the before mentioned Legacys are paid which said property I intend to be for the support of herself and the Children she has surviving by me all which property is to be at her disposal as long as she continues in an unmarried state but if she thinks proper to alter her condition and get married then and in that case the property is to be for the support and maintainance of my Children and as I before mentioned I wish for as much of the property as can be spared that it may be put out at interest or employed in such way as will be most for the benefit of my Family and if after my Children are married or when they arrive at the age of Twenty One years there should be any property left either in Lands money or otherwise (excepting the Plantation before given to my Son THOS CHANCEY) I wish it to be equally divided among my Children that may then be living. I wish it also to be clearly understood that if after my Death my Wife ELIZA CHANCEY should be married and afterwards become a widow and should stand in need of assistance from the property left my Children it is my particular request that she may never want such support as may be in their power to give but hope in all things they will be dutiful and obedient Children and pay that honor and respect to their Parent which is their duty and in doing which they may expect a blessing from the most high. It is also my wish that my Son THOS CHANCEY may be sent to England and placed at School under the direction of my esteemed and worthy Friend Mr. THOS CREW requesting him to see the needful done that the expences for his Cloaths Board Lodging Schooling etc may be attended with as little expence as possible.

I give and bequeath to Mr. THOMAS CREW of Poole, Mr. JAMES COWEN and Mr. RICHARD PALMER of Harbour Grace each of them one Gold Mourning Ring and I do hereby in Witness of these presents constitute and appoint Mr. THOS CREW of Poole Merchant, Mr. RICHD PALMER and Mr. JAS COWEN of Harbour Grace my true and lawful Executors of this my last Will and Testament requesting and doubting not but they will in all respects endeavor to have it executed according to my wish and desire and for which kindness they must not expect to be rewarded in this world.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in Carbonear Newfoundland this fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and seven.


Signed in presence of us in Carbonear in Newfoundland where no stamps are used.


Newfoundland, Conception Bay In the Probate Court.

Whereas FRANCIS PIKE and HENRY PARSONS of Carbonear in the District aforesaid did on the twenty second day of October last past appear before me and upon their Oaths declared that they were present and did see THOMAS CHANCEY late of Carbonear Merchant deceased in due form of Law Execute the annexed Will as and for his last Will and Testament and whereas RICHD PALMER Merchant and JAMES COWEN Planter both of Harbour Grace in the District aforesaid two of the Executors named in the said Will have prayed that the said Will may be approved.

I do therefore by virtue of the authority in me vested hereby approve the said Will accordingly.

Given in the said Court at Harbour Grace in the District aforesaid this twenty eight day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and eight.

LS AMA[?] ANSPACH, Surrogate



Page Contributed & Transcribed by Susan Snelgrove, Uxbridge, ON December 2002

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (January 11, 2003)

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