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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of William Hampton
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 219 & 220 probate year 1836
William Hampton deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I William Hampton of Port de Grave in the Island of Newfoundland Carpenter being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament. Imprimis. I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God in the hope of a joyful resurrection through 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 bequeath to my son William a silver handled knife & fork & spoon, a short Gun (without the bayonet) and half my wearing apparel.
Item. I bequeath to my daughter Patience six silver teaspoons marked W.M.H. and one feather bed.
Item I bequeath to my son Robert one feather bed (his late mother's) six silver teaspoons marked W.R.H., one pair silver sugar tongs, a book case, a flute, music and all my other books and half my wearing apparel.
Item. I bequeath to William Gifford a four foot & a half Gun with two locks.
Item. I will that my wife Elizabeth do remain in the house I now occupy and have the use of all the remaining furniture with my son Robert as long as she continues a widow, but in the event of her marrying again the whole of the furniture is to be my son Robert's.
Item. I bequeath to my son Robert and Christopher Boon, Thos's son the interest in my trade and premises and the use of my tools as long as they may continue together on the premises, the rent to be paid by them jointly and in the event of their separating the whole of my tools with the interest in my trade and premises is to become my son Robert's.
Item. I will that my horse, wheels & cart do be sold and the proceeds given to my wife Elizabeth.
Item. I desire that my funeral may be conducted in a very plain manner and that my coffin be black without mounting or any ornament.
Item. Apprehending that my son William may by his misconduct prove a serious annoyance to my wife and other members of my family I desire that if he does so misbehave my executors do exercise that power & discretion to prevent him by expelling him from the house or otherwise as they may deem most advisable.
Item. I hereby constitute and appoint Robert Prowse of Port de Grave aforesaid Merchant and John Richards Isaac's son, of Bareneed, Planter, executors of this my will.
In witness whereof I the said William Hampton have set my hand and seal thereunto this fourteenth day of December in the year of one thousand eight hundred & thirty five. William Hampton (LS) Witness, Robt Prowse. Geo. Bursell.
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 9, 2003)
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