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Will of William Newman
I William Newman of South Town Dartmouth in the County of Devon do hereby revoke, all wills codicils and other testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and I do declare this to be my last will and testament I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be in the first place fully paid and satisfied I ratify and confirm in every respect the settlement made on my marriage and declare that the benefits of this my will provided for my wife and children receptively are intended to be in addition to and not in satisfaction of the provisions made for them by the said Settlement I give and bequeath unto my said wife all my Plate and plated articles, linen, china, glass, printed books, prints, written books, pictures, piano, carriage, household goods and furniture of every kind useful and ornamental, wines liquors and all other household stores ornaments of the person and wearing apparel I also give and bequeath unto my said wife twelve thousand pounds sterling to be paid to her or to whomsoever she shall by her last will and testament appoint and direct within three months after my decease And I also direct and appoint that my wife during her widowhood shall at her option reside in and occupy rent free my dwelling house and the gardens and appurtenances thereunto adjoining and now occupied therewith situate in the Parish of St. Petrox she my said wife discharging the rates and taxes payable in respect thereof I give and bequeath to my daughter Harriet the sum of five thousand pounds sterling to be paid to her within three months after my decease I give and bequeath to Eleanor the widow of my brother the Reverend Richard Newman her executors administrators and assigns freed from legacy duty five hundred pounds sterling I give and bequeath to my nephew the Reverend William Symons Newman one hundred pounds sterling and to my nephew Richard Roope one hundred pounds sterling I give devise and bequeath unto my son William James his heirs and assigns for ever all my freehold and leasehold estate messuages farms manors lands tenements and hereditaments of which I am seized or possessed situate in England in the Island of Newfoundland in New Zealand or elsewhere with their respective appurtenances I also give devise and bequeath to my son William James and to his heirs and assigns for ever the Advowson of Hockworthy with the perpetual right of Presentation together with all the rights things and privileges belonging thereunto And all the rest and residue of my estate money and effects whatsoever and wheresoever not herein by me before disposed of whether in Railway Shares Bank stock stock of Foreign Governments Canal Shares Mortgages Notes of hand and Exchequer Bills all debts due and owing to me for rent interest or otherwise I also give and bequeath to my son William James his executors administrators and assigns to and for his and their own use and benefit but the monies in my house or being at my brothers or bankers in account current at the time of my decease I give and bequeath to my wife and son William James in equal parts I appoint my son William James my nephew William Symons Newman and my nephew Richard Roope executors of this my will In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament set and subscribed my hand and seal this fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three- William Newman (Seal) Signed sealed published and declared by the above named William Newman as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, Catherine Marie Greenway, Ann Westsway, Richard Coker-
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)
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