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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Joseph Colbourne


Will of Joseph Colbourne
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 140-141 probate year 1853

Will of Joseph Colbourne of Twillingate

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Colbourne of Twillingate within the district of Fogo in Newfoundland, being of sound mind, memory and understanding and therefore reflecting on the uncertainty of human life, do make this my last will and testament which I make in the manner and form following.
First, I give and bequeath to my beloved brother John Colbourne of Twillingate aforesaid all that share interest or title to me belonging in the fishing room which he and I conjointly possess and on which we now dwell together with all the buildings and erections thereon which have been built by me or which I now in any way claim as mine, together also with all the share interest or title to me belonging in the gardens or meadows on the said fishing room or which are elsewhere possessed by me and said brother John Colbourne conjointly together also with all my household goods, bedsbedding, furniture, silver plate, personal property also my fishing utensils nets seans and boat in fine all and everything that belongs to me on the above named premesis at the time of my death, to hold to him and his heirs and executors and administrators forever.
Secondly, I give and bequeath also to my brother John Colbourne aforesaid all my monies, investments, debts, dues and claims wherever such and wherever and from whomever such debts and claims are justly due to me to him be freely enjoyed, but subject nevertheless to the following bequests or payments.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to Deborah Colbourne my beloved wife the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to her by my executor hereinafter to be named at the expiration of one year after my death and which said sum of twenty pounds shall be paid to her annually as long as she shall remain my widow and unmarried after my death but no longer.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to Thomas Anstey of Bluff Head Cove the sum of twenty pounds sterling to be paid by my executor at the expiration of one year after my death or earlier if he should require it.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to Mary Woollferey, the wife of Samuel Woollferey Senior of Moreton's Harbour the sum of fifteen pounds to be paid to her at the expiration of one year after the time of my death.
Sixly, I give and bequeath to the Incorporated Society For the propagation of the Gospel in Foreign parts the sum of twenty pounds sterling to be applied towards carrying on the purpose for which the said society was incorporated and to be paid free of legacy duty within eighteen months from my death to the treasurer for the time being of the said society whose receipt shall be sufficient discharge of the same.
Lastly, I hereby make ordain and appoint my beloved brother John Colbourne aforenamed sole executor of this my last will and testament and I hereby disallow and revoke all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any will before named or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereonto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight. Joseph Colbourne (LS)
Signed and sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Joseph Colbourne as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names,
James Preston, agent for Wm Cox & Co..
John Chapman, Protest't Episcopal Missionary.

Certified Correct.
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 Judy Benson and also by Merle Colbourne Amodeo (ggg granddaughter of John Colbourne) - October 2002

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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