Will of John Neville from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 67-68 probate year 1851.
name is spelled Neville Nevill and Nevel in the will and Neville in
the Will Index)
John Neville deceased.
I John Nevel of Riverhead in the vicinity of St. John's, Newfoundland Farmer, being now infirm of body but sound of mind and memory, in the consciousness of the frailty of human life, particularly of my advanced age, and of the necessity therefore of freeing my mind from anxiety by the settlement of my temporal affairs do make and declare this my last will in manner following, that is to say, Imprimis I bequeath my soul to God confidently hoping in his ineffable mercy and my body to the ground awaiting a glorious resurrection through the merits of our Divine Redeemer, to be buried in decent Christian form at the discretion of my executors.
Item, to my beloved son Peter who have always and at all times assisted me in my labours I will and bequeath the farm upon which I reside with houses, furniture, stock and crops thereunto belonging, bounded on the North by the Brookfield road, on the east by the late John Howley's farm, on the south by the Waterford Bridge Road, and on the west by James Fitzgerald's farm together with one half my out farm, assigning him, the said Peter, the part adjoining Mr. John Foot's farm.
Item to my beloved son John I will and bequeath that part of my property upon which he himself resides (namely Conway's Farm) bounded on the east by Judge Debarres ground on the north by the new road, on the west by Patk Neal's ground, and on the south by my own ground, together with the remaining half of my out farm adjoining Willm and Henry Thomas's Farm, reserving the bogs in toto on each farm free, for the use of mannure to each party so long as such can be found therein.
Item, to my beloved daughter Annie and Margaret now living with their husbands and families and to whom I have given a something handsome before, I give and bequeath them five pounds each to avoid litigation.
Item, I will and bequeath to my beloved wife should it be the will of god, she to live after me, the full enjoyment of her bedroom and its furniture during her life, together with her support, clothing and washing as she was at all times accustomed to from me, and when it shall please Almighty God to call her soul to rest, I will and bequeath her body a decent Christian burial.
All the above expenses to be incumbent on my beloved son Peter to defray.
Item, Should one or either of my sons Peter or John, or their wives or families take the notion to sell or dispose of the property, or any part thereof, which I have assigned them, I hereby will and command that this part or which property so offered for sale be given to no stranger, provided any limb of my own family, male or female, are disposed to buy it at a fair valuation of two honest and respectable neighbours, one to be chosen by each party.
And I request this will to be held over and secure in the hands of my executors for the sole purpose of preventing any part of my property falling into the hands of strangers by foolish or unlawful means. Item, It is my will and desire that the Right Revd Dr. Flemming, my beloved bishop, and also my beloved sons, Peter and John aforesaid, be the executors of this my last will and I hereby constitute and appoint them such executors
Item, I will that all bequest herein made, shall be deemed and taken to be made with such intention as shall be declared by my said executors, and that they the said executors shall be the sole arbitrators of the same, to the intent that litigation may be avoided.
Item, I declare and publish this my last will and testament, utterly and to all intents and purposes revoking and annulling all and every former will or wills by me heretofore made, subscribed or declared.
Given under my hand this 23rd day of February one thousand eight hundred and forty five
Signed sealed and published in presence of us the day and year above written.
Witness, Patk. Doutney, Peter Nevill.
D. M. Browning