Will of Michael Gillim
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 440 & 441 probate year 1844
Michael Gillim deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Michael Gillim of the Channel Islands near Cape Ray Newfoundland, being of perfect mind and memory but calling to remembrance the uncertainty of human life and desirous so to arrange my estate as that after my death my property may be so disposed of as I have determined do make this my last will and testament.
First, It is my will that my body be decently interred by the side of my late dear wife Sarah Gillim with the prayers of the Church of England of which I die a member (trusting in the goodness of God to receive my soul to his mercy) and that the graves be afterwards enclosed with a good paling and a grave stone at the expense of my estate.
Secondly, that out of the monies which I have in the hands of Mr. Thomas S. Bird of Fish Street, Poole, England, and of Messrs. Newman & Co. of London and Newfoundland amounting at this moment to £871..10..9¼ I bequeath as follows, to my sons Charles, William, Michael, John and Thomas each and every and severally one hundred and twenty pounds current of this Island making in all six hundred pounds devided in equal proportions among them.
Thirdly, to my daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Hannah and Susan, I give and bequeath to each and every one severally the sum of sixty pounds current money as aforesaid amounting among my said daughters to two hundred and forty pounds devided in equal proportions.
Fourthly to my two youngest sons John and Thomas Gillim if they remain with me and assist me during my life, but not otherwise, I give and bequeath my Room, House and stage &c. at the Channel Islands (or Port au Basque) together with my Boats, Punts, Nets and all other things that may belong to me on the Room which I may not otherwise dispose of but if either of them shall leave me previous to my decease he shall not be entitled to any more than his share of £120 as mentioned in the second item and have no interest or right to anything whatever on the Room, but all shall become the property of the one remaining with me but should both of my aforementioned sons John and Thomas leave me previous to my decease then the Room House and all the appurtenances as aforenamed are to be divided on a valuation (or otherwise as my executors shall determine) in equal proportions among the whole of my said children.
Fifthly I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Elizabeth Gilliam daughter of my son Charles the sum of ten pounds currency, and all that shall remain of my estate after the payment of the several bequests as before named I leave give and bequeath to such of my children as shall be residing in the house with me at the time of my decease but should the whole of my children leave me previous to my decease then the remainder as above mentioned is to be equally divided among the whole of my children. In the event of my expending part of the amount of the money of which I am now possessed so as not to leave sufficient to meet these several bequests to their full amount then there shall be such a division as will give an amount equal to one half of what the boys receive to the girls.
Lastly I appoint John Bragg and William Bragg both of Channel Harbour also Mr. Francis Anthoine of La Poile Bay to be executors of this my last will and testament. Michael x his mark Gilliam
Signed sealed published and declared by Mr. Michael Gillim of the Channel Harbour or Port au Basque to be his last will & testament who subscribed this in our presence on the 10th of June in the year of our Lord 1841, Subscribed also in presence of each other the undersigned witnesses. Richard Shears. William Fadeux John Galton.
D. M. Browning