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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of George Meaden
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 203 probate year 1835
George Meaden deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I George Meaden native of Blandford England but late of Brigus Newfoundland, Schoolmaster, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say,
First I direct that the debt due of me to Mr. Charles Cozens be paid by instalments when due as by an agreement entered into between the said Mr. Charles Cozens and me which agreement is recorded in the Court of Harbor Grace and that all other debts funeral expenses &c. be fully paid and discharged as seen as it may be conveniently done after my decease.
Next, I give and bequeath unto my wife all my right title and interest in and to my dwelling house gardens and all property of every sort unto me belonging provided my said wife remains a widow until my children come of age at which time each child is to have what is in this will bequeathed to them it being understood however that my wife during her natural life if she remains a widow shall have the use of the house and gardens adjoining as also power over all property now belonging to me until each child become of age to take the part which is in this will allotted them.
I do not bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas any part of my property except his share of the land hereinafter mentioned because his grandfather has given him his half the house I live in together with a piece of meadow ground on the back of said house.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Maria all my household furniture after her mother's death, also a spot of ground near my house when she becomes of age, also the use of the house I live in as long as she chooses to stay in it.
I give and bequeath unto my son George when he is of age my schoolroom & the ground attached to it, it being desire that the said school room be let or hired out at once & that the hire thereof go to pay the debt due from me to Mr. Cozens.
I give and bequeath unto my son John after his mother's death the house I now live in and the gardens adjoining.
I give and bequeath to my son William a spot of ground on the Hill right side of the road going to Cupids and near Mr. James Sheppard's property.
Lastly I give and bequeath all my other land to be equally divided between my five children Thomas, Maria, George, John, & William share and share alike. George Meaden (LS) Brigus, Nfld. the 4th day of March 1833. Signed & sealed in the presence of William Green. Richard Evans.
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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