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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Joseph Manuel


Will of Joseph Manuel
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 206 probate year 1835

In re
     Joseph Manuel       deceased.

Catalina 7th February 1834. I Joseph Manuel of Catalina being at this present time in very old age and affected with sickness which I fear may prove mortal and being nevertheless of sound mind and memory make this my last will and testament with the aid and in presence of my neighbours James Cram and Alexander Bremner viz.
1st my plantation or room and all craft with all appurtenances thereto within and without I leave bequeath and devise to my two sons John & Thomas subjecting them at the same time in consideration thereof to maintain my wife and daughters till they are otherwise and better provided for.
2nd. One hundred pounds or thereabout funded property for which Mr. John Garland is my agent I give and bequeath to my said sons John & Thomas subject to the said condition of maintaining my wife and unmarried daughters.
3rd. It is my wish and desire that my son John give up to his brothers William and Joseph his share in the schooner Dove.
4th. The insolvent estate of John Ridout owes me some eight or nine hundred pounds. Whatever dividends may be recovered from that estate I give and bequeath to my four sons Joseph, William, John and Thomas in equal proportions.
5th. A room or plantation of mine at what is called Munroes Point I give and bequeath to my son William.
6th. Of Cash that I have in the house I give and bequeath to my wife Twenty pounds.
7th. Of the same cash in the house I give and bequeath to my son George Ten Pounds.
8th. Of the same cash I give and bequeath to my four daughters Mary, Margaret, Ellen and Sarah ten pounds each.
9th. A small balance due me at Mr. Bland's I give and bequeath to my two sons John and Thomas subject to the same conditions as expressed in the first and second articles of this my last will and testament, with the whole of which I hope and believe my children and other relatives will be perfectly satisfied.
The above was written under my direction by Alexander Bremner in my house at Catalina the 7th day of February 1834. In witness of which I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal. Joseph his x mark Manuel (LS). Witness,   Alex. Bremner.   James Cram.

Certified Correct,
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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