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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Richard Hennebury


Will of Richard Hennebury
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 560 probate year 1864

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
late of St. John's
in the Central District
farmer deceased.

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
Page 523

Second page of copy says the following:

Supreme Court
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 -

Humbly showeth

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 -

St. John's
Dec. 10th 1864
Signature of William Grimstead

Third page of copy says the following:

In the Name of God Amen
I Richard Hennebury of Saint Johns in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body that it is appointed unto all men once to die Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament - That is to say First of all I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God.
My Worldly Estate I bequeath as follows namely
To my son Thomas Henneberry and my daughter
Margaret Biddescomb in her own right I bequeath
all my Right-Title and Interest in and to my farm
and premises on the White Hills with all erections
thereon.       Second I hereby cancel the Lease
by which the said farm and premises are held from
me by my son John Henneberry     And last I
appoint Joseph Russell the younger and William
to be my Executors
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal this ninth day of November and in the
year of our Lord one thousand Eight-hundred and sixty-four

There is a signature for Richard Henneberry and an X for his mark.
Left most part of this paragraph is cut off on the copy.

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

Nihs Thomas
Richd Brace



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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