Will of Nathaniel Munden
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 8 to 11 probate year 1850
Nathaniel Munden deceased.
The last will and testament of Nathaniel Munden of Brigus in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland Planter. I Nathaniel Munden of Brigus aforesaid Planter being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make this to be my last will and testament as follows, that is to say,
First it is my will that immediately after my decease an Inventory be taken of all my property and that as soon after as my executors shall find convenient all the moveable property belonging to me shall be sold at public auction (household furniture and requisites for the ensuing seal fishery excepted) and that the proceeds thereof together with what money may be due from various parties and what may be remaining in my house in Brigus after discharging my just debts and incidental expenses shall be placed out at interest on Government or landed security subject nevertheless to the payment when required of the various bequests hereinafter made.
It is my will that the vessels "Jane Elizabeth" and "Gem" shall both be sent to the seal fishery the ensuing spring (being kept fully insured) and that the proceeds of said voyages shall likewise be placed at interest as aforesaid, and that on the return of these vessels from the Ice they be both sold with xxx all their materials, the proceeds of the "Gem" to go to the common stock and be placed at interest as aforesaid and the proceeds of the sale of the "Jane Elizabeth" I give and bequeath separately and distinctly to my son Azariah Percy Munden the amount whereof my executors are to place out at interest until he shall be twenty one years of age, the interest on said amount to be added to the principal.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Charlotte Walsh wife of Daniel Walsh of Carbonear the sum of five hundred pounds to be paid to her by my executors within six months after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Caroline Munden the sum of five hundred pounds to be paid her on her being married or on the death of my wife whichever shall first happen.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Munden the sum of five hundred pounds to be paid her on her being married or at the decease of my wife whichever shall first happen
I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Sarah Ann Bearns the sum of two hundred pounds to be paid her on her attaining the age of twenty one years.
I give to my grandson William Bearns a large picture and frame being a likeness of himself in oil colours.
I give unto my daughter Caroline Munden the Piano Forte at present in my house in Brigus.
I give to my son Azariah Percey Munden my Gold watch to my grandson Nathaniel Munden Norman my silver watch with initials, and to my grandson James Walsh the silver watch I now use.
I give and devise to my xx son Azariah Percey Munden on his attaining the age of twenty one years my dwelling house stores wharf plantations fields gardens with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto belonging situated in the town and neighbourhood of Brigus aforesaid subject to this condition that my wife and unmarried children are to have free and joint occupancy with him of said dwelling house and garden ground as long as my said wife shall live and if the said Azariah Percey Munden should marry and his mother should then prefer having separate lodgings leaving the dwelling house solely to him my executors are in such to provide a suitable and comfortable place of abode for my said wife and her then unmarried daughters, if any, the cost of which separate dwelling house or place of abode is to be defrayed by said Azariah Percey Munden. The waterside property in Brigus it is my will that my executors lease out to the best advantage until such time as Azariah Percey Munden shall be of the age of twenty one years.
I give and devise unto my daughter Charlotte Walsh the building ground belonging to me situate on Duckworth Street Saint John's the other half of which I have already given to my daughter Elizabeth Norman.
I give and devise unto my daughter Caroline Munden the northern half of the property belonging to me in Holloway Street Saint John's at present leased to Edward Saint John and I give and devise unto my daughter Susannah Munden the southern half of the said property.
My Pew in the Wesleyan Chapel Brigus I leave for the use of my wife and unmarried children and after her decease I give and devise the same unto my son Azariah Percey Munden, my daughters to have the right of sitting there as long as they remain unmarried.
The piece of burial ground in the Wesleyan Church yard I leave for the use of such members of my own family as may wish to be interred therein.
It is my will that the mortgage of eight hundred pounds on the property of my son in-law Thomas Bearns shall not be foreclosed (unless with his consent) until my son Azariah Percey Munden shall be twenty one years of age or until the death of my wife whichever shall first happen provided that the interest be regularly paid up and the amount kept insured as agreed upon. The amount of this mortgage when received shall be placed out at interest until required for the purposes of this will.
The house and grounds in Brigus given to my daughter Ann upon her marriage must be considered as an equivalent to what is now willed to her other sisters.
It is my will that the interest on all the monies placed out at interest shall be drawn by my executors for the support of my wife and unmarried children as long as the former shall live and that on the demise of my said wife the principal and all other monies then belonging to my estate shall be divided as follows:-
- First, to my son Azariah Percey Munden shall be paid Five hundred pounds,
- to my daughter Ann Bearns shall be paid five hundred pounds,
- to my daughter Elizabeth Norman shall be paid five hundred pounds
- and the residue or what may be remaining shall be equally divided between my five daughters herein mentioned and my son Azariah Percey Munden that is to say in six equal parts.
It is further my last will and intention that all the bequests made and devised herein to my several daughters whether of money or of real estate shall be and hereby is made to them and each of them to be held and enjoyed in their own right and as their separate estate independent of their present or any future husband or husbands. And I hereby authorise constitute and appoint Nathan Norman of Brigus, Planter, and William Tomas Stentaford of the same place Clerk of the Peace to be my executors to carry this my last will and testament into effect and I hereby revoke all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and testament, for the trouble and time in executing which I give and bequeath to each of my said executors twenty five pounds each. Nathaniel Munden (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Nathaniel Munden the testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses at Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland this twenty first day of September in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & fifty. Wm. Freeman, Rob. Brown, witnesses.
D. M. Browning