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Will of Richard Hennebury
Source: Supreme Court of Newfoundland Volume 3, Folio 523
Page one is a copy of the folio slip that identifies the document
Estate of Richard Hennebury
Adm.n (This word has a horizontal line through it and the word Probate written above) to Joseph Russell Jr. (the words Joseph Russell Jr has a horizontal line through it) & William Grimstead of St. John's aforesaid one of the Exec's dated 5th day of July 1865
Estate sworn under £100. Stg.
Some other words are written below and are undecipherable
Written at right angles and at the bottom left of the slip are the word
Xxtd P.R. Vol 3
Second page of copy says the following:
To the Honourable
Sir Francis Brady Chief Justice and the Honourable
Philip F. Little and Bryane Robinson Assistant Judges of the
Supreme Court of Newfoundland________________
The petition of Joseph Russell the Younger and William Grimstead of St. John's - Yeomen -
That Richard Hennebury late of the White Hills in the vicinity of St. John's aforesaid - farmer - died on the Twenty first day of November last leaving a will which is hereunto annexed and that your petitioners were appointed Executors under said will.
That said Richard Hennebury left three sons - namely - Richard, Thomas Hennebury and John Hennebury and Four daughters - namely Margaret Biddescomb, Jane Bastow - Mary Page ?? - Lizzie (Balding??) and that said Richard Hennebury died in possession of landed property to the amount of One Hundred pounds Currency (£100 Cy) Your Petitioners therefore pray your Lordships that probate may be granted to them under said will. And as in duty bound they will each pray -
Third page of copy says the following:
In the Name of God Amen
There is a signature for Richard Henneberry and an X
for his mark.
Xxxx Sealed pronounced and declared Richard Hennebury his mark X the said Richard Henneberry as his xxst (probably the word last) Will and Testament in the xxxsence (probably the word presence) of us the Subscribers
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Contributed by Geoff Martin and also by Judy Benson as part of the wills project
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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