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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Margaret Connell
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 288 & 289 probate year 1839
Margaret Connell deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Margaret Connell of Carbonear being in perfect health of body of mind and memory & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my children nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the might power of God. And as touching such wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form
First I give and bequeath to the male children of my dearly beloved son John Hamilton their heirs and assigns for ever provided they attain the full age of twenty one years the following lot, viz, the one third of the land and premises I now reside on situate on the south side Carbonear bounded on the east by Gambon's premises on the west by the brook path on the north by the road and on the south by the brook, the measurement of the lot to begin on the estward side to run west at right angles with the path. (They my grandchildren are not to sell mortgage nor ever to let it out of the name of Hamilton.
Secondly I give devise and bequeath to the male children of my beloved son Charles Hamilton their heirs and assigns for ever provided they attain the full age of twenty one years the following lot viz the one third of the land and premises I now reside on.
Thirdly I give devise and bequeath to the male children of my beloved son Alexander Hamilton their heirs and assigns for ever provided they attain the full age of twenty one years the following lot viz the one-third of the land and premises I now reside on. And I do hereby nominate and appoint John Hamilton, Charles Hamilton and Alex Hamilton to be Trustees to take and receive the rents issues and profits of the said three lots of land and premises hereby devised and bequeathed jointly or individually.
Item I give devise and bequeath in the manner hereinbefore mentioned that detached estate situate on the south side of Carbonear bounded on the east by John Connors premises on the west by the Luthers premises on the south by the path and on the north by Danl Cranes premises and I appoint John Hamilton, Charles Hamilton and Alex Hamilton Trustees as before mentioned.
And lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint John Hamilton Charles Hamilton and Alex Hamilton to be the executors of this my last will and testament jointly or individually hereby revoking and annulling all former or other will or wills by me.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed and affix my seal at Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland this the seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five 1835. Margaret Connell X (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Margt Connell as and for her last will and testament in the presence of each other at her request. Witness, Danl Connell. Thos. X Oates. William X Oates.
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 and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 16, 2003)
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