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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(C)
Thomas Cooper

 

Will of Thomas Cooper
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 114 & 115 probate year 1831.

In re
     Thomas Cooper       deceased.

The last will and testament of Mr. Thomas Cooper Planter of Lower Island Cove Conception Bay Newfoundland. In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Cooper of Lower Island Cove Planter being at present of sound mind appoint this as my last will and testament disposing of my property in the manner following I give unto my lawful and beloved wife Jane Cooper the whole of my fishing room situate in Lower Island Cove, to be occupied by her or whomsoever she may appoint with this exception that my two sons William Cooper and Henry Cooper have liberty to occupy those parts of the said fishing room which have been occupied by them heretofore, and to be subject to any yearly rent of one shilling of lawful money of Great Brittain, to be paid by each of them to the said Jane Cooper or whosoever she may appoint to receive the same. I give unto my grandson John Cooper Lewis the use of that part of the fishing room now occupied by me, to be occupied by him, after my death, provided he take care of my wife Jane Cooper as long as he shall live, and if he fail in providing for her that she hire the room or dispose of it in the best manner she can during her mortal life and no longer, and that after the death of the said Jane Cooper the part of the room so occupied by her as above stated be the said John Cooper Lewis's and his heirs for ever. I give unto my son William Cooper the sum of 50£ in dollars to be paid him at the expiration of one year and one day after my death or whomsoever he may appoint to receive the same. I also give unto the said William Cooper the use of that part of the fishing room now occupied by him to be occupied by him for his use and profit after my death, subject to an annual rent as aforesaid to be paid to the said Jane Cooper or whomsoever she may appoint to receive the same; and that after the death of the said Jane Cooper it be his and his heirs for ever I also give unto the said William Cooper after the death of the said Jane Cooper one half of the fish houses cow houses and all other outhouses on my premises and also one half of my Potato gardens and meadows together with a third part of the stage to be his and his heirs for ever. I give unto my son Henry Cooper the sum of 50£ in Dollars to be paid him at the expiration of one year and one day after my death or whomsoever he may appoint to receive the same. I also give unto the said Henry Cooper after my death the use of that part of the fishing room now occupied by him subject to an annual rent as aforesaid to be paid unto the said Jane Cooper or whomsoever she may appoint to receive the same, and that after the death of the said Jane Cooper it be his and his heirs for ever I also give one third part of my fishing stage after the death of the said Jane Cooper to the said Henry Cooper to be his and his heirs for ever. I give unto my grandson John Cooper Lewis after the death of my beloved wife Jane Cooper my dwelling house and one half of my fish-house cow-houses potato gardens and meadows together with a third part of my fishing stage to be his and his heirs for ever. I also give the said John Cooper Lewis 50£ in dollars to be paid him at the expiration of one year and one day after my death. Whatever of my personal estate and other effects belonging to me be undisposed of by this my last will I give the same unto my beloved wife Jane Cooper to be by her disposed of in the best manner she may think proper.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty fifth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine. The mark or sign of Thomas Cooper X Testator.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us Robert Normore X mark or sign.   Charles Bates.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning
Registrar

 

 

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 (November 28, 2002)

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