Will of Jane Furneaux
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 195 to 197 probate year 1835
Jane Furneaux deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Jane Furneaux of Port de Grave in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow, being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament. Imprimis. I commit my soul unto Almighty God in the hope of a joyful resurrection thro Jesus Christ my Saviour.
Item. I order that all my just debts funeral expenses and charges of proving this my will be in the first place fully paid.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Furneaux the dwelling house I now occupy, the back yard & kitchen garden in the rear thereof, the eastern half of the potato garden north of the Roman Catholic Chapel Yard, drawing a line from north to south, also the premises opposite the dwelling house to extend from the western end of the shop to the western end of the dwelling house now occupied by John Snow and from thence in a strait line to the waterside, also a large family Bible and nine silver tea spoons, and I request him to assist his sister Lucinda should she stand in need of it.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William Furneaux the interest I may hold in Andrews's Room at Ship cove, the whole of the remaining part of Snow's Room at Port de Grave, and all the Household Furniture except such part as is hereinbefore and after mentioned.
Item. I will that my daughter Harriet shall be supported (with her assistance) by my sons Joseph and William in a manner suited to her station in life, as long as she remains unmarried, and in the event of their not doing so agreeably to my first mentioned executor hereinafter named and that each of my aforesaid sons do not contribute equally alike, I will that half of the property aforesaid of the defaulter or defaulters shall become my said daughter Harriet's and be at her disposal under the direction of the said Executor, And I also will that my aforesaid sons Joseph and William shall contribute equally to the support of John Snow in conformity with my agreement thereto in the event of the said John Snow surviving me.
Item. I will that the rents arising from my premises at Cupids be divided into five equal parts to be given to my daughters Lucinda, Amelia, Anne & Harriet a share each, and to my granddaughters Amelia, Jane and Harriet Bursell the other share equally between them but should the parties aforesaid determine and agree to sell the premises aforesaid they are to give the preference to my sons Joseph, William and Robert.
Item. I will that the merchandise which may remain at my demise shall be sold and the proceeds thereof with what each may also be remaining, to be divided into four parts between them my aforesaid four daughters & three granddaughters in the same manner & proportions before specified for the disposal of the rents arising from my premises at Cupids.
Item. I give and bequeath to my four daughters Lucinda Amelia Anne and Harriet all my wearing apparel except what is hereinafter mentioned to be divided into four lots Lucinda taking the first choice and so on in rotation according to their age.
Item. I give and bequeath the following articles to the several persons whose names are prefixed, vizt Daughter Harriet Furneaux, 1 pair silver sugar tongs, ½ doz. Large silver teaspoons, 1 vol. Encyclopaedia, 1 pearl ring and broach with gold chain, 1 mourning broach. Daughter Amelia Freeman, 1 mourning ring, 1 locket, 1 black broach. Daughter Lucinda Macpherson 20 - to buy a silver spoon, Daughter anna Baird 1 silver tablespoon. Granddaughter Jane Bursell 1 silver tablespoon, 1 plain gold ring. Granddaughter Amelia Bursell 1 mourning broach, Granddaughter Agnes Macpherson 1 twisted Gold ring, Granddaughter Caroline Macpherson 1 plain god ring. Son Robert Furneaux 1 Mourning ring, J. P. 1 pair silver sleeve buttons, 1 silver tablespoon, 2 vols. Encyclopaedia. Son Willm Furneaux 1 silver tablespoon, 1 mourning & 1 plain ring.
I hereby constitute and appoint Mr. Robert Prowse of Port de Grave aforesaid Merchant and my son William Furneaux executors to this my will and declare this only to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said testator Jane Furneaux have hereunto set my hand and seal at Port de Grave aforesaid the twenty third day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty four.
Jane Furneaux (LS)
Signed and sealed in presence of us
Geo. Bursell, George Heath.
This codicile to my last will & testament made at Port de Grave in the Island of Newfoundland this thirtieth day of November one thousand eight hundred and thirty four. I revoke and disannul that clause in my will wherein my son William is to have "the whole of the remaining part of Snow's room at Port de Grave" and instead thereof I will that he shall have the dwelling house at present occupied by the Reverend Charles Blackman with so much of the garden in front and attached thereto as measures thirty five yards in a parallel line by the public road on the north from the western boundary and twenty four yards in a parallel line on the south by the sea taken also from the western boundary then a line to be drawn from north to south on the east. The whole of the remaining part of Snow's Room is to be my son Joseph's. Signed & sealed the day and year above written before the subscribing witnesses. Jane Furneaux (LS) Joshua Green, witness. Geo. Bursell, witness.
D. M. Browning