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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Richard Nason
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 237 to 240 probate year 1836
Richard Nason deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I Richard Nason of the Town of Youghal in the County of Cork Gentleman being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be to God for the same but seriously and reverently considering the uncertainty of all mortal affairs and that in the midst of life we are in death do make an ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God in the humble but firm hope of pardon for my sins and a perfect resurrection through the sufferings and mediation of my most blessed saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body I commit to the earth to be decently and privately interred in the Church yard of St. Mary's Youghal by my executrix hereinafter named with as little expense as possible for which purpose I direct that my remains be deposited in a plain deal coffin and conducted to said Church yard without incurring any other expense than the hire of a few porters to carry me thereto and as for such worldly substance as God hath been graciously pleased to bestow on me I leave and dispose of as follows-
Whereas by my Marriage Settlement dated the eighteenth of January one thousand seven hundred and fifty four amongst other things therein contained a power is therein and thereby vested in the trustees thereto and the survivors of them and the heirs of such survivor and survivors of raising the sum of five hundred pounds sterling in case there be more than three younger children being at the time of my decease by my wife Dorcas Nason otherwise Benger (deceased) and not immediately inheritable to the lands of Millifonts Town and Cippam therein expressed subject however to be paid at such times and in such shares and proportions as I shall by deed in my life time or by my last will and testament direct and appoint And whereas such younger children or the greater part of them have been secured their respective portions under such Marriage Settlement which I hereby ratify and confirm to be paid unto my younger children in equal shares and proportions by my elder son John Nason in manner following that is to say by four equal half yearly installments the first payment to be to each and every of my said children in six months after my decease and to continue untill the same is discharged share and share alike. Having thus under said settlement and otherwise provided for my dear children I therefore leave and bequeath unto eldest son John Nason my second son Richard Nason my third son William Nason my fourth son Henry Nason my fifth and youngest son Samuel Nason and my daughter Jane Nason otherwise Crone, Dorcas Nason otherwise Dwyer and Sarah Grant otherwise Nason one shilling each and no more.
I leave and bequeath unto my faithful servant Anstice Gorman and to her son Thomas Nason all my right title and interest time for years yet to come and unexpired property claim and demand of in and to the dwelling house I now reside in the garden in the rear thereof and that part thereof now demised unto Vincent Lamb Gentleman situate lying and being in said town or Youghal and county of Cork to hold the same unto the said Austice Gorman and her son Thomas Nason their executors administrators and assigns in as full ample and beneficial a manner to all intents and purposes as I now hold and enjoy the same under and by virtue of a lease thereof to me made by James Gee of said town of Youghal Shopkeeper together with all and every the household furniture now or to be hereafter in my said dwelling house or elsewhere together with all the rest residue and remainder of all my real and personal estate worldly goods and effects and all bills bonds notes or other securities that may be due to me of what nature or kind soever that I shall be seized or possessed of or otherwise entitled to at my decease in reversion or otherwise howsoever and I also leave and bequeath unto the said Anstice Gorman and her son Thomas Nason whatever rent and arrears of rent that may be due unto me out of the lands of Millifonte Town and Cippam and all rent and arrears of rent that may be due unto me out of Ferryland Newfoundland at my decease and after the decease of the said Anstice Gorman all the property to her hereinbefore bequeathed to go and belong to her son Thomas Nason, but if she should survive and outlive him his part to revert to her and be at her free disposal and that the said Anstice Gorman or her son Thomas Nason shall not sell or mortgage any part of the property without the mutual consent of each other and if either should happen so to do I declare such bargain and sale to be void.
In the making this bequest to the said Anstice Gorman and her son Thomas Nason I do it in the well founded experience of her fidelity towards me during the course of several years and particularly whilst I was suffering under the pressure of a tedious and severe illness and I have to expect a hope that she and her son Thomas Nason may live quietly and happily together and thereby contribute to the mutual comfort of each other as much as possible. And should any of my son or sons daughter or daughters or any of the persons whose names occur in this will sue for any part of my property otherwise than is hereby expressed I leave and bequeath to such person or persons one shilling and no more notwithstanding anything that may appear in this will to the contrary.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Anstice Gorman sole executor to this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills by me heretofore made she paying my just debts and funeral expenses and discharging the several legacies hereinbefore mentioned and I do appoint the said Anstice Gorman Residuary Legatee of all my worldly substance.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the eighteenth day of May one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Richard his x mark Nason and seal (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the testator Richard Nason as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses at his request in his presence and of each other. William Huxtable. Saml Bryen. Thomas Downing.
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 10, 2003)
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