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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Elizabeth Guswell
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 587 & 588 probate year 1850. (This will is spelled Guzzle and Guswell in the will and Guswell in the will index.)
Elizabeth Guswell deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Elizabeth Guzzle of Saint John's Newfoundland widow of the late Matthew Guzzle of Saint John's aforesaid Planter being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament as follows, that is to say, First I hereby give and devise unto my friends William Coyle of St. John's aforesaid Architect and Mark Coxon of the same place Gunsmith and their heirs for the purposes hereinafter mentioned all my messuages lands and tenements situate in Saint John's aforesaid part of which is now under lease to Peter McPherson, Elizabeth Lamsed and the part remaining unlet being Field situated on the Lazy Bank Road in trust to pay or permit my daughter Elizabeth Hicks widow of the late Captain Charles Hicks now residing in Devon, England, to receive and take the rents issues and profits thereof for her own use and benefit during her natural life and from and after the decease of my daughter I hereby give and devise the said messuages lands and tenements aforesaid to my great granddaughters Elizabeth English daughter of John English Shoemaker and Elizabeth Maddock daughter of Henry Maddock Labourer and their heirs as tenants in common and not as join tenants and I do hereby direct my said Trustees and their heirs to release convey and assure the same unto and to the use of them the said Elizabeth English and Elizabeth Maddock their heirs and assigns accordingly.
I further bequeath that portion of my property now under lease to William Cole Mariner in trust to my friend William Freeman Builder of Saint John's aforesaid to receive and take the rents issues and profits thereof and to be applied for the support of a Wesleyan Day School in the Town of Saint John's and if at any time there shall be no such school in existence in the town of Saint John's aforesaid the same shall and may be given for the benefit and support of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Saint John's aforesaid.
And I do hereby give and bequeath to my granddaughter Elizabeth Maddock wife of said Henry Maddock my bed and bedclothing, bedstead & curtains, also a silver sugar tongs, six silver tea spoons, a sett of china ware and my large trunk with such of my wearing apparel and house linen as may be deposited therein at the time of my decease
and I do hereby give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Elizabeth English wife of said John English two silver table spoons and three silver tea spoons and as to all the rest residue and remainder of my effects and such cash as may be in my house at the time of my decease I hereby give and bequeath unto my said trustees William Coyle and Mark Coxon whom I also constitute and appoint of this my last will and subject to the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and I hereby revoke all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said testatrix Elizabeth Guzzle have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of December A.D. 1849
Elizabeth her x mark Guzzle (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered published & declared by the said Elizabeth Guzzle as for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness,
James J. Rogerson, Elias Coxson.
I do hereby direct my executors aforesaid to immediately after my decease to give my nurse Mrs. Cormick a full suit of mourning apparel as a token of my gratitude for her.
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 (May 13, 2003)
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