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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(F)
Edward French

 

Will of Edward French from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 77 & 78 probate year 1829.

In re
     Edward French      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. By this my last will and testament, I Edward French, at the Dock, Bearneed, being of sound mind and memory do will and bequeath as follows.
First, I commit my soul and body to the Mercy of God, praying that he may give me a joyful resurrection and a place in his heavenly kingdom.
2d   I bequeath to each of my children, the sum of One hundred pounds sterling (except my eldest and youngest sons, John and Edward French,) i.e. to Elizabeth Hussey, Joseph French, Ann Dawe, of Ship Cove, Abraham French and Mary Batten.
3d   I bequeath to my wife, Mary, and to my son, Edward jointly all the monies which may be in England at the time of my death, together with the house, outbuildings and land, occupied and owned by me at the Dock, Bearneed at the time of my death.
4.   I give to my sons Joseph and Abraham, the house, ground and all thereunto pertaining belonging formerly to James Butler, and given to me by a decree of the court at Harbor Grace.
5.   I give to my wife Mary, and my son, Edward Jointly, the balance which may be due to me on the voyage of the present season after paying all wages and other lawful expenses.
6.   I give to my four sons, John, Joseph, Abraham and Edward, the Schooner "Brothers" with all her materials, together with all the nets, seines, and every article used in the fishery, skiffs, boats, barking kettles, &c.
7.   I give to my wife and my son Edward all my cattle & sheep to dispose of as they please.
8.   I also give to my wife and my son Edward all monies which may remain after the payment of the aforesaid legacies, wheresoever such money may be placed. They will see however that I am respectably buried, and pay out of said money my funeral expenses.
9.   I hereby appoint my brother Abraham French of Bay Roberts, and Richard Ryan of Bearneed, my Executors to see this my will carried into effect.
10.   I hereby also direct that when my sons, Joseph and Abraham shall require shingles, board & nails my son Edward shall supply them with a sufficiency for the erection of a convenient house each. Joseph and Abraham however are to assist in sawing such board as may require sawing.
Given under my hand and seal at Bearneed this third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine. Edward his x mark French (LS) Witnesses Charles Blackman.   Ann Beecham.   Grace Boone.

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.

Contributed and transcribed by Carol Walsh and also by Judy Benson

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit (November 21, 2002)

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