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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of James Gushue
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 299 & 300 probate year 1839
James Gushue deceased.
Brigus Conception Bay Newfoundland North America where no stamp paper is used. In the name of God Amen I James Gushue being of in perfect health and of a sound mind and memory and being exposed to the dangers of the sea and considering with myself the uncertainty of death do this fourth day of March 1807 make and ordain my last will and testament in manner following And as God have blessed me with success in property I do hereby divide my property as follows to my family
I give unto my elder son John Gushue the schooner he now is Master of the Industry and likewise two hundred pounds sterling when called for
I likewise give unto my beloved son James two hundred pounds sterling when he is twenty one years of age
I likewise give my son George two hundred pounds sterling when of age.
I likewise give my son Thomas two hundred pounds sterling when of age.
I likewise give my daughter Mary one hundred pounds sterling when called on.
I likewise do freely give my wife Mary Gushue all my property after remaining house gardens store rooms the schooner I now goes in myself all my money and every thing remaining to trade or transact with her family To let my son James remain in the schooner to trade and act according as him and his mother may so agree and when my wife Mary Gushue departs this life all my property then left to be divided equally between my children but if my wife Mary Gushue do marry to change her name or correspond without marriage to any man as may plainly appear everything is taken from her and divided between my children as the Trustees or signers of this may must take on themselves.
The Rooms and Houses and everything to be divided equal Let the elder come one after another no disputes to arise amongst them but is my sincere and hearty wish to have peace and tranquillity as God so blessed me with success and increase. I would not wish to have any disputes but go on with industry and may God so bless you and likewise give you success. It must be further understood that all the Books must be settled as there are debits and credits on them every acct settled according as the Books may appear as the Trustees or signers of this must take on themselves. There is the Church which the agreement will show is the part of my property it must be settled according to the agreements. I likewise desire my two boys George & Thomas to be kept to school, the money paid them as before mentioned when of age It is further considered if either of the sons do choose to separate that is John or James to divide the part of the Room so as may come equal parts perhaps they may choose to go for themselves, but let me desire no disputes in the separation nor to envy each other. I must desire Mr. John Rowe of St. John's to settle my business with me and Mr. Bickford.
This is my will and testament being in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven in the forty six year of His Majesty's Reign George the Third this is. James Gushue, my first last will and testament. Signed John Bradley. Signed Samuel Sprackling. James Roberts his x mk. Signed sealed and in presence of the above named.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 16, 2003)
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