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Undrey John: Last Will & Testament
From: Registry of Wills & Deeds
In the Name of God Amen
I John Undrey of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter being sick and weak in Body but of a sound and disposing mind, Memory and Understanding, Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in Maner following, that is to say, I give and bequeath unto my son Richard, that garden on the upper side of which he is now building a house. Also one half of the Upper Field on Lazy Bank Pond to say, that part or half nearest to the harbor, to hold to him, his heirs, and assigns for ever. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth, wife of John Jarmin, the other part or half of the said upper field, to her, her heirs and assigns for ever. To my son Joseph, his heirs and assigns I give and bequeath the eastern part of the dwelling house which I now occupy, consisting of the Kitchen, Celler, room or rooms over the same and the Cow House or Linhay built against the end of the house. Also the eastern half or part of the Lower Field on the lower back road. To Phoebe the widow of my late son John, I give and Bequeath the other half or part of the lower field last mentioned. Also the house occupied by the Widow Brown to hold the same during her natural life and after her decease to her son John Undry and his Heirs and Assigns for ever. To my daughter Charlotte, the wife of William Stook I give the remaining part of the dwelling House I now occupy, omitting or leaving the part before given or bequeathed to my son James. Also the whole of the garden at the back of the house . To hold the same to her and her Heirs and assigns forever. I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane, the wife of William Chafe, that Dwelling House (or Part of a dwelling House) which they now occupy. Also the one half part of the Garden now in their occupancy. To hold the same to her, her Heirs and Assigns for ever. To Thomas Morris son of my late wife by her former Husband, I give the southern half part of the garden last mentioned. To my Son James , I give and bequeath that house or part of a house and the garden, now in the occupancy or possession of Paul Evoy, to hold to my said son James, his heirs, and assigns forever. I give and bequeath to my son Roger, that house or place now in the occupancy of George Rogers. Also the Garden or Spaces of Ground situated near Bulley's Farm which he the said George Rogers now also holds. All the rest, residues and remainer of my goods, chattels, Effects and Property whatsoever I give devise and bequeath unto me executors hereinafter named to , to be by them at their discretion as near as may be equally divided amongst my before mentioned Children, or their representatives, giving in preference to my son Joseph, the Bed and Bedding wherever he usually sleeps. To my son James my Watch and Six Pewter Plates, To my daughter Elizabeth Jarmin, those six pewter plates formerly my grandmothers. And I do Nominate and appoint my friends Thomas William George Estaff of the Royal Engineers, and William Branscombe of Saint John's aforesaid, Blockmaker to be the executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof, I the said John Undrey have hereunto set my hand and seal at Saint Johns aforesaid this thirty first day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight Hundred and Twelve.
Signed, Sealed Published and Declared by the Testator as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses after Interlining(?) the words "I givebetween the 23 and 24 line of the first page.
In The Probate Court Saint Johns, Newfoundland
Personally appeared Lionel Chancey one of the Subscribing Witnesses to the afore Written Will of John Undry heretofore of in the county of Devon, but late Resident of Saint Johns aforesaid, Planter, Deceased and made oath that he was present and did see the said John Undrey sign, seal and deliver the aforegoing Instrument in Writing as andfor his Last Will and Testament and that he knows nothing of any other will or Wills since made by the said Testator in predjudice of the said Will and that the Nmae John Undry subscribed thereto is of the proper hand writing of the said John Undry which was done and executed in the presence of this despondent and James Rice the other subscribing Witness and that the said John Undry was at the time of his executing the said will, was of goodand sound mind, memory and understanding.
Sworn at St. John's 9th Dec 1812
We do certify that this and two preceeding pages is a true and correct copy of the Last Will and Testament of the Late John Undry of Saint John's Planter Deceased having carefully compared the same with the said Originals.
FYI: This is the John Undrey who was a parish clerk in the Anglican Cathedral and witnessed many marriages that appear on the GB site. A planter in St. John's, he arrived there in 1760.
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