Will of Elizabeth English
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 583 to 585 probate year 1850
Elizabeth English deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Elizabeth English of St. John's Widow, I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary Williams and Elizabeth Prowse equally to be divided between them and to their heirs for ever, all my estate and interest in all these premises situate on the south side of Water Street in the town of St. John's at present under lease to Patrick Morris.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Williams during the term of her natural life and after her decease to her son James Williams and his heirs for ever the house and premises in Water Street now occupied by John Cuddihy with one half of the Cove and the water in the rear of the said house together with my share of the cove and water now owned by me jointly with Jane Dammerall, the house and premises now occupied by William Coady with half the said cove and the water in the rear of his said house, I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Elizabeth wife of Edward Angell and her heirs for ever.
I give and devise to my daughter Elizabeth Prowse and her heirs the kitchin or north east end of the cottage I now occupy with the ground in front of the said part extending to water Street with half the ground on the said Street between Messrs. Newmans property and a piece of ground leased by me to one Patrick Summers.
I devise and bequeath to my great grand daughter Susan Smith and her heirs the other half of the said Cottage with the ground in front extending to water Street, also half the ground fronting on the said Street and adjoining the land leased by me to said Patrick Summers, also the land the houses adjoining so leased by me to the said Patrick Summers together with all the vacant land in the rear of the said pieces of land and belonging to me. I direct and will that a road or way seven feet wide shall be opened from a lane to the westward of the said property to the front of the said Cottage.
I devise and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Prowse for the term of her natural life a garden on the said vacant ground now in her possession and after her decease I devise and bequeath the said garden to the said Susan Smith and her heirs.
I devise and bequeath to Catherine the wife of Nicholas Kottey and her heirs the house or tenements situate in Duckworth Street under lease to Mrs. Hearne widow of McDonald but now occupied by James King as tenant thereof together with the ground in the rear of the said house.
The remainder of the houses and lands leased to the said Mrs. Hearne I give and bequeath to Mary wife of John Williams of Bay Bulls for the term of her natural life and after her decease I give and bequeath the same equally among the daughters of the said Mary Williams her surviving and their heirs.
I devise and bequeath to my great grandsons the two eldest sons of Edward Angell equally between them and to their heirs the piece of land on the Lazy Bank Road leased to Edward Maher they paying after my decease to the Bishop of Newfoundland towards the erection of the Cathedral five pounds, to the Reverend Mr. Bridge five pounds, and to Mr. Bridge for the use of the Poor five pounds.
I will and direct that any money I may leave after my debts and other expenses are paid shall be divided equally between the said Mary Williams and Elizabeth Prowse.
I direct that such law expenses as I may have incurred during my life and which may remain unpaid after my decease shall be defrayed by those of my legatees to whom I have left houses or land, in proportion to the value of the property devised to them respectively.
I direct that Susan Smith shall have so many of the old bricks now on my land as may be sufficient to build a wall the length of the house along the picket fence and further that she shall have the bed and bedstead I now use four blankets two heavy quilts and two counterpanes one large and one small.
I direct that the two Government debentures received by me for the removal of my house shall be divided as follows,
to my daughter Elizabeth Prowse one hundred pounds sterling,
to my daughter Mary Williams one hundred pounds sterling,
to my great grand daughter Saunders one hundred pounds sterling,
to my great grand daughter Priscilla Coady one hundred pounds sterling,
to my great grand daughter Jane Radford sixty five pounds sterling,
to my great grand daughter Elizabeth Angell fifty pounds sterling,
to my great grand daughter Eleanor Gatherall fifty pounds sterling,
to my great granddaughter Susan Williams fifty pounds sterling,
to my great grand daughter Susan Smith fifty pounds sterling,
to my grand daughter Catherine Mottey fifty pounds sterling,
to my grandsons Thomas, William, James, John and Richard Williams twenty pounds each sterling,
to my grandson Thomas Prowse twenty pounds sterling,
to my grand daughters Ann Ryall and Sarah Prowse each twenty pounds sterling,
to my great grandson William More and my great grand daughter Elizabeth More twenty pounds sterling each.
The plantation at Bay Bulls called Bread and Cheese now in the possession of John and Mary Williams my daughter and son-in-law I have already settled by deed of gift on them and their children. Should I however be mistaken in this belief I devise and bequeath the same to the said John and Mary Williams for their lives and the life of the survivor and after their decease I devise and bequeath the same equally amongst their children and their heirs.
Lastly I appoint my friends Edward Warren and Thomas G. Morry executors of this my will. Elizabeth her x mark English
Signed and published by the said Elizabeth English as and for her last will in presence of us who in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses Hugh W. Hoyles, Wm. B. Kielley. (Kelly?) Edward Warren.
D. M. Browning