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Will of William Noble Senior
This is the last will and testament of me William Noble of Nippers Harbour in the Northern District on the Island of Newfoundland Planter. I give and devise to my wife Elizabeth Noble my messuage or dwelling house in which I now reside situate at Nippers Harbour aforesaid with all appurtenances unto and to the use of her assigns for the term of her natural life without impeachment of waste. Also I give to my beloved wife Elizabeth such part of my household furniture as she shall choose to take at the time of my death for her own sole use and disposal And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife I give and bequeath the said messuage or dwelling house I now reside in with all the appurtenances fishing room land and premises situate in Nippers Harbour aforesaid unto my sons William Noble and Alfred Noble so long as they shall continue to reside and remain together in business upon my Room as hereafter specified but it is also my will if either of my aforementioned sons shall separate himself from the other and go off from my Room he shall no longer enjoy any right title or claim to the aforementioned messuage or dwelling house or appurtenances thereto, but the whole of the right, title interest and claim in the aforementioned premises shall be enjoyed by the son who shall continue to remain upon my aforementioned Room and premises for the use of him, his heirs and assigns for ever. It is further my will that my sons George Noble and James Noble shall without hindrance or molestation continue to peaceably hold, occupy and enjoy the possession and right to that part of my premises which they now occupy and reside on that is to say as long as they or their heirs personally occupy the same It is also my will that my grandchildren the children of my late son John Noble (deceased) namely Phoebe Noble Noah Noble and John Noble, shall during their minority or until they attain the age of twenty one years reside, and be provided for with their grandmother if it is found so convenient, they and each of them rendering such reasonable assistance as may be in their power and further I give and bequeath to my sons William Noble and Albert Noble all my boats, netts, seines and fishing materials of whatsoever kind which I now have or shall hereafter be possessed or entitled to at the time of my death for their mutual use and benefit and the support of my wife Elizabeth Noble during the term of her natural life- and whereas certain sums of monies to me belonging are now in the hands of William Waterman and Company of Twillingate together with all other sums of money found to be due and owing to me in short whatever money I may in any wise be possessed of at the time of my death be the same more or less to be equally divided in the manner following, share and share alike To my wife Elizabeth Noble my sons George Noble, James Noble, William Noble Alfred & Samuel Noble and my daughters Phoebe Knight and Hannah Thomas and to the children of my late son John Noble deceased, his share to be divided between them as they may respectively become of age namely to Sarah Noble, Noah Noble and John Noble Lastly it is my will that my schooner Noble William shall be held by my sons William and Albert Noble for their use and for the use and benefit of the family generally; or if sold the money to be divided equally amongst the family as here before numerated and expressed And I hereby nominate and appoint Richard D. Hodge Esquire of Twillingate Merchant and William Noble of Nippers Harbour my son executors to this my last will and testament. Dated at Twillingate in the Northern District aforesaid this first day of October one thousand eight hundred and seventy two. William his X mark Noble (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Noble affixing his mark to the within written will the same having been distinctly read over and explained to him who seemed perfectly to understand the same who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Samuel Noble’s name being first interlined. Richard D. Hodge. John Peyton, J.P.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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