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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Thomas Colbourne
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 227 to 229 probate year 1836
Thomas Colbourne deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Colbourne of Sturminster Newton in the County of Dorset Banker and Merchant which I make as follows, I direct my just debts funeral expenses and the charges of the probate hereof to be first paid and discharged I confirm the settlement made on my marriage with my dear wife Rebecca and I give and bequeath unto her the sum of Two hundred pounds which I direct shall be paid her immediately after my decease I also give and bequeath unto her my said wife the interest of three thousand six hundred pounds for and during her natural life if she shall so long continue my widow but on this previous condition nevertheless that she do release all right and title to Power and Thirds of Widows part or share in any freehold or copyhold messuages lands and hereditaments which I am now or may be seized of or entitled to at my death I also give devise and bequeath unto her my said wife for and during her natural life if she shall so long continue my widow and not marry again all that my messuage or dwelling house in which I now live with the outhouses and garden thereto belonging and also the use of all my household goods and furniture plate linen and china prints and printed books
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Charlotte the sum of two hundred pounds to be paid to her immediately after my death and also the sum of two thousand pounds to be paid to her at the end of one year after my death together with a sum of one hundred pounds for interest thereon and also the further sum of two thousand pounds to be paid to her at the end of three years after my death with interest thereon at five pounds per centum per annum to be calculated from my death and to be paid in the meantime annually and from and after the decease or marriage again of my said wife I give and bequeath the said principal sum of three thousand six hundred pounds to both or either of my children or their issue or the issue of either of them and in such proportions manner and from as she my said dear wife shall by any deed or deeds or by her last will and testament in writing to be executed by her in the presence of two or more witnesses direct or appoint and in default thereof I give and bequeath the same unto and equally between my said daughter and my son John my executor hereinafter named and as to my said messuage outhouses garden and my household goods and furniture plate linen china prints and printed books from and after the decease or marriage again of my said wife and as to all the rest residue and remainder of my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal and of what nature tenure or kind soever not herein otherwise disposed of I give devise and bequeath the same unto my said son the said John Colbourne to hold the same and every part unto my said son John Colbourne his heirs executors administrators and assigns absolutely forever.
And lastly revoking all former wills by me made I declare this only to be my last will and testament and do appoint my said son John Colbourne sole executor hereof Provided always and it is my will and I do hereby leave it to the option of my son the said John Colbourne to lay out and invest the said sum of Three thousand six hundred pounds the interest of which I have given to my said wife as aforesaid or the said sum of two thousand pounds so given to my said daughter payable at the end of three years form my death as aforesaid or upon any of the stocks or funds or upon any Government public or real security or securities in the United Kingdom and to vary and transfer the same as often as he shall think proper or to keep the same in his hands and employ the money in trade or business as he may think proper and that he shall not be answerable or accountable for any misfortune loss or damage which may happen in the execution of this my will or the trusts thereof contained except the same shall happen by or through his own wilful neglect or default.
In witness whereof I the said Thomas Colbourne the testator have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal that is to say to the first sheet I have subscribed my name and to the second and last sheet I have subscribed my name and affixed my seal this second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty. Thos. Colbourne (LS).
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Colbourne the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses attesting the execution thereof. Thos. Parr. Willm Parr. H.M. Aldridge.
19th July 1820 as a codicil to my will bearing date 2nd Feby 1820 in addition to Four thousand pounds there given to my daughter Charlotte Colbourne I give her the further sum of Two thousand pounds to be paid her after the death of her mother making in the whole six thousand pounds at the same time I must observe my son John Colbourne is to receive everything of mine and his mother's both land leasehold goods houses ships and everything of what nature or kind soever.
Witness my hand. Thos. Colbourne. July nineteenth eighteen hundred and twenty. Thos. Colbourne.
1823. Novr. the ninth. As a further codicil to my will it is my wish that John Colbourne shall in the whole after the death of his mother make his sister's fortune eight thousand pounds and on those conditions it is my wish and desire that my son John Colbourne shall have everything that I leave in and out of England be it of what nature or kind soever and I now sign my name for that purpose. Thomas Colbourne Sturminster Newton.
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 & transcribed by Merle Colbourne Amodeo & by Judy Benson
as part of the wills project
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 21, 2003)
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