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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary French


Will of Mary French
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 189-190 probate year 1855

In re
     Mary French      deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I Mary French Widow of the late Edward French at the Dock Bareneed Port de Grave in the Island of Newfoundland being desirous to dispose of all my wordly property I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth there to await for the general resurrection at the last day. 1st This being my last will and testament I do give and bequeath to my granddaughters Edward's children say the western part of the land and half the dwelling house for Grace French with outhouses, cellars, stages, flakes, bounded on the north by the main road on the south by the sea, 1 glass picture for Mary French one picture for Grace French one for Mary Batten one for my grandson Joseph French one for Elizabeth Hussey one for Joseph French one for Abm French, one for my granddaughter Mary Daw my Bible for my son Joseph my Prayer Book for my daughter Elizabeth Hussey also one mahogany arm chair now in my son John's house the tables and chairs now in possession of my daughter Mary Batten she is to have them in consideration of my son Edward owing her money one round table for my son Abraham and the other round table for my son Joseph, one silver ladle for my son Abm,
1 silver tea spoon for Abm's daughter Mary,
1 do.     do. for Ed's Mary,
1 do.     do. Grace.
All the other spoons to be disposed of as the executors think proper, my own bed I give to Edward's daughter Mary, the other bed to Abm's daughter Mary, the large counterpane to Elizabeth Hussey, the small one to Edward's daughter Mary, the clock and looking glass for Edward's daughter Mary, the set of china that my son John has in his house to be for Edward daughters Mary and Grace, the kitchen garden for Mary and Grace French.     My sons Abm and Joseph to have equal share of the land that is back of my son John's house my son John to have no more of the land than what he occupied at the time of his father's death, the piece of land in front of my son John's house commonly calld the calf's meadow for my grandson Edward Batten, one arm chair for Mary Batten, one chair for my son John and one chair for my son Joseph the large meadow the north side of the main road to be for my son Abms two sons say Edward and Thomas French. Edward & John sons of my son John to have one flake each and that stage my son John built since his father's death to be for Edward & John as namd above All and every part of the property moveable and immoveable not mentioned here to be disposed of as my executors should think fit.     I do hereby appoint George D. Garland and John Newell my sole executors to see my legacies carried into effect a headstone for myself and my son Edward to be erected and also I am to be buried decently and respectable to be paid for and purchased by those that are to receive their legacies as namd before.     I do also give to my son Edward's daughter Grace 1 silk shawl and 1 gold ring for Edward Batten the money that my son Ed owes G.D. Garland to be paid off the property.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & fifty two at the Dock Bareneed
Mary her X mark French (LS)
Witness present, John J. Martin, Thomas Martin, Junr.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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