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Will of Samuel Coffin
Last will and Testament of
In the name of God Amen. I Samuel Coffin of Keels Bonavista Bay in the Northern District of Newfoundland, Lay Reader, being of sound disposing mind memory and understanding, but mindful of the uncertainty of human life do make and publish this my last will and Testament in the manner following that is to say: I do devise and bequeath Twenty dollars $20.00 to the Church at King’s Cove in order to adorn or embellish interior and as a memorial to my departed relatives. Next. I leave to my sister Sarah Mesh eight dollars $8.00. Should my children think it proper to place a stone at my grave, perhaps it may not be improper to note here - that expenses for the same will be met with as above viz: from the whole amount and as bank receipt will show. The remaining money hereto will be divided in the following manner that is to say I give and bequeath to my wife Rebecca and also to my daughter Priscilla one hundred and forty dollars each $140.00 to be theirs absolutely. Only they will bear a proportionate sum relative to funeral expenses. The remainder with reference to bank receipt will be divided into six equal parts as follows son William, son Augustus E. Daughter Charlotte, son James J. Son Hubert and also to grandson Robert of son John (deceased) This last to be left in care of Grandson Alexander for his brothers good alone. Each and all these six mentioned here will receive equally alike.
If my wife Rebecca and daughter Priscilla choose to live in my dwelling house at Keels they may do so as long as they like, and they may occupy the land attached thereto, also they may sell the three upland meadows for their own benefit also any livestock which may be left belonging to me. As also any saleable goods or any loose money which may be in the house at the time of my death shall be to their benefit absolutely If my dwelling house, outhouses and land are sole Ten dollars ($10.00) will be given for the benefit of Keels Church or prospective money out of the whole amount given as payment for said houses and land. The remaining proceeds will be divided among my children. That is to say. To son William, son Augustus E. Daughter Charlotte, son James M. Daughter Priscilla and son Hubert, only if daughter Priscilla is still unmarried and unprovided for she is to receive a double part, that is, she is to receive as much again out of the whole amount as her sister or either of her brothers will receive.
The little house furniture etc and books may be divided according as son Augustus Daughter Charlotte, son William, son Hubert, Daughter Priscilla and wife Rebecca will agree hereto. Only son Hubert is to have my violin, a feather bed and Josephus (always promised) I am a bit tired. See that ye fall not out by the way. Do not forget James with reference to a book or books & do not see poor old step-mother or Priscilla in actual want. Notwithstanding whatever has been stated above in relation to the disposing of my dwelling house., outhouses, gardens and meadows. Yet if son Hubert should think fit to live here at Keels, he is to occupy and hold my dwelling house, outhouses, gardens and meadows as his own absolutely, on condition that in the event of his leaving Keels then and in that case, the houses gardens & meadows being sold and twenty dollars $20.00 given to the Church at Keels The remaining proceeds shall be equally divided to each of my living children. Also unless they will choose otherwise, son Hubert is to give wife Rebecca and daughter Priscilla house-room and land to rear vegetables while needed. Should the above take place and daughter Priscilla be still unmarried and unprovided for, and she would choose to go to any other part of the world to live, then and in that case, son Hubert shall give her passage money in lieu of holding the property at Keels.
That estate at King’s Cove left me by my Brother in law William Handcock and which the will will show, and which son William has now occupied for several years and still occupies. Shall be his to have and to hold still as his own, only if he should think fit to leave King’s Cove & thereby said estate should be sold either in part or in whole then & in that case the proceeds shall be equally divided among my living children, only difference must be made in relation to his dwelling house & in no other way, because of room or land. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons Augustus E. and Hubert joint Executors of this my last will & Testament. In witness whereof I have this day subscribed my hand at Keels this seventh (7) day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight. Signed Samuel Coffin - Witnesses (sgd) Thomas Penny. (Sgd) Francis Penny. N.D. The amount of money cancelled here from sister Sarah & also from Martha Hobbs the same money is to be used towards covering the porch of dwelling house at Keels with felt. The money will come from each alike. (Sgd) S. Coffin.
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of Samuel Coffin deceased
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
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