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Will of Nicholas Daw
In the name of God Amen I Nicholas
Daw of Kelligrews south shore Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland
Fisherman and Farmer being very sick and weak in body but of perfect
mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament. In
the first place I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann White she
is alive and remains in my name all that I possess viz. Dwelling House,
goods and chattles, stable, cellar, stores carts, dray, ploughs and cattle
together with my cultivated and uncultivated land - I also give to my
wife the Herring net, Caplin seine and all my grapnels
I give to my son Abram the piece of land that his House stable & cellar are on. I also give him that piece of land where the graves are bounded as follows north by John Walsh south by William LeDrew East by William Simmons and west by William LeDrew - The piece of land that my son Abrams house, stable & cellar are on has nothing to do with the piece called my grazing ground because I gave that to him 15 years ago to build on.
To my son Nicholas I give and bequeath my Dwelling House and the one he occupied before he went to the mines and all the cultivated land that I own north of my dwelling house and the store by my house. I give to my son Nicholas one plough and the old set of wheels, my iron plough is for the use of all my sons.
I give and bequeath to my son Jacob that piece of land situate in Kelligrews and bounded as follows. North by William and Thomas Mercer’s road south by land that I sold to William Stanly east by William and Thomas Mercers land and west by local road my son Jacob is not to let the land I have bequeathed him go out of the name of Dawe and if he should sell it he must give his brothers the first chance to buy it
I give and bequeath (for the benefit of the Church of England on the south Shore or the mission of Foxtrap) that piece of waste land situate in Kelligrews that I possess, bounded as follows, north by land I have sold to William Stanly south by my son Nicholas’ inside lands. East by Williams and Thomas Mercer’s land and west by local road to build a church and school house on if required or for any use that the Synod of the Church of England may place it to, but it must not be sold.
My piece of grazing ground by the beach is to be divided into three shares between my three sons, my son Charly is to have his first choice - my waterside premises is to be divided into four shares - Two Shares I give to my son Charly and one share each to my sons Abram and Nicholas - my store is for my son Abram, my son Charly has a store and flake of his own I give my son Charly the Caplin seine but he cannot take possession of it until after his mothers death - I give to my son Charly my baitskiff and punt. I also give to him my crosscut saw and pit saw - I give to my sons Abram and Nicholas a Grapnel each - I give to my son Charly three Grapnels.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Taylor one bedstead feather bed pillow and bedding; also all that my
wife possesses in her own rights - I give to my granddaughter Emma
Jane Dawe a looking glass and one sheep - After the death of my wife if there
should be any cattle on the place they can be sold to buy a headstone
for myself and wife. I give and bequeath to my grandson James
Charleys son one feather bed - I give and bequeath to my son Nicholas son William one feather bed. My sons must not sell any of the land I have bequeathed
to them out of the name of Dawe my three sons are to
help support their mother while she is alive, they are not to see her
in want. If she should become distressed that is poor and unable to support
herself and my sons did not help to support her I give her full power
to sell the property for her support.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
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