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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills (C)
Susanna Cole


(Will of Susanna Cole from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 43-44 probate year 1851)

In re
     Susanna Cole      deceased.

In the name of God, Amen. I Susanna Cole of Bird Island near Bonavista in Newfoundland Widow being advanced in years but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, first of all I choose my son Richard Cole and son-in-law Thomas Clouter to superintend my funeral and to see to the interment of my body by the side of the remains of my late husband. I choose for my executors Mr. Mark chard and Mr. James Porter both Planters of this place, and I give unto them five pounds each current money of this Island as compensation for the discharge of the duties which I herein appoint them to. I make my son Richard Cole and my daughter Sarah Clouter residuary legatees to share alike in such household furniture, provisions, monies and so forth as shall be left over and above that which is specified in this my will. I give to my daughter Sarah Clouter the bed, bedding, bedstead and bed-furniture set apart for the use of the clergyman to use as she may think proper; six silver spoons with sugar tongs marked T.S.C.; my best mirror; six cane bottom chairs; one wedding ring; one black cloth cloke. I give to my son Richard Cole one clock and six painted chairs. I give to my grandson Richard Cole one gun horns and shot-bag- I give to my granddaughter Sarah Cole one bed and bedding (room next to clergymans) my best cow, one gold ring (gift to a friend) I give to my granddaughter Susanna Goodland one gold ring, one black silk cloke and my second cow if there be one. I give to my grandson Richard Cole one large chest and five pounds currency. I give to my granddaughter Susanna Way one bed and bedding now in use by myself; one gold ring. I give to my grandson William Tilly one hundred pounds current money of this Island. I give to my grandson Joseph Tilly one hundred pounds current money of this Island. I give to my grandson Robert Tilly one hundred pounds current money of this island. I give to my grandson Tomas Tilly ten pounds current money of this island. I give to my grandson Thomas Clouter twenty pounds current money of this island. I give to my granddaughter Susanna Hobbs one gold ring and one black velvet robe. I give to my sister Mary Wiltshire provided that she survives me and not else Fifty pounds current money of this Island. I give to Ann Coles (my old servant) twenty pounds current money of this island and one black gown. I give to Mary Cole my daughter-in-law six silver spoons and my second best mirror. I give to William Tilly my part in the seat in the Church at Bonavista. I give to my granddaughters (with the exception of Sarah Wells) all linen and woolen articles made or unmade for wearing apparel to share alike in the whole. The estate shall pay my funeral expenses And I give as before stated to my son and daughter Richard Cole and Sarah Clouter all monies goods and chattels over and above what is already stated in this my will to be equally divided between them share and share alike. And it is my will that my said Trustees shall be paid for all costs and charges which they may have to sustain relative to the trusts of this my last will. In witness whereof I the said Susanna Cole have set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of March one thousand eight hundred and forty five. Susanna mark of X Cole (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Susanna Cole the testator as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses, Mark Chard, James Porter.

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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 28, 2004)

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