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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Frances Gosse
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 245 & 246, and codicil page 253, probate year 1837
Frances Gosse deceased.
I Frances Gosse Widow of the late Richard Gosse of Bread and Cheese Cove in Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God for calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all mankind once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manner in Bread and Cheese Cove Church yard. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of them the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel Smith a piece of land on the north side of the street at Carbonear twenty feet east and west on the side of the street and one hundred feet north and south and the aforesaid Rachel Smith is to have the lot on the eastern part of or end of the premises, and also I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine Langmaid a spot or piece of land on the north side of the street at Carbonear twenty feet east and west on the side of the street and one hundred feet north and south and this lot is to be next to my daughter Rachel Smith's lot. And also I give and bequeath to my daughter Julia Smith a spot or piece of land on the north side of the street at Carbonear twenty feet east and west on the side of the street and one hundred feet north and south and this lot is to be next to my daughter Catherine Langmaids lot the whole of these lots of land is part of my land on the north side of Carbonear. I also give and bequeath to my grandchildren the children of my son Thomas Gosse lawfully begotten all that land and property belonging to me and my late deceased husband situate in Bread and Cheese Cove whereon I at present dwell and all the remaining part of the land and premises at Carbonear save and except a lane to lead Northward from the street as far back and adjoining to the land left to my daughter Julia Smith and also a lane leading eastward from the same as far eastward as the bounds as the bounds of the land. The said land and premises and property nor any part thereof is not to be taken from my son Thomas Gosse by my grandchildren or any one of them or any other person or persons during his life. I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas Gosse the use and profits of my land and premises at Bread and Cheese Cove and the part of the land and premises at Carbonear (willd to his children) during his life but not to sell them nor any part of them and he is also to be their guardian and divide the land and property as he thinks proper for them to enjoy after after his death only leaving the best part of the premises at Carbonear to his son Robert. I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas Gosse one half of Mean Beach Room at the head of Spanyards Bay unless my daughter Catherine Langmaid comes to claim a part in which case it shall be equally divided between them the other half of Mean Beach Room I give and bequeath to my daughters Rachel Smith and Julia Smith to be equally divided between them. I also nominate and appoint Henry Stowe of Harbor Grace Cooper and George Sparks of Bay Roberts Fisherman as my executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills and testaments by me at any time heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal this the seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six. Frances her x mark Gosse (LS) Abraham Smith Henry Stowe. For codicil see page 253
D. M. Browning
Frances Gosse deceased.
A codicil to this my last will and testament I give and bequeath to my son in law Joseph Bags one shilling ratifying and confirming this my codicil to this my last will and testament as binding as any other part of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set and subscribed by hand and seal this seventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six. Frances her x mark Gosse (LS) Abraham Smith. Henry Stowe. See page 245
D. M. Browning
|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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 10, 2003)
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