Will of Robert Parsons Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 208 to 211 probate year 1835
Robert Parsons Sr. deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Robert Parsons Senior of the South side of Harbor Grace Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound mind and memory also of understanding knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make this my last will and testament
First I will and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Jane during her natural life all my property consisting of lands tenements hereditaments monies goods chattels credits and effects of whatsoever nature or kind whether in Newfoundland or elsewhere: the rents issues interests and profits thereof to be applied wholly to the use and to be at the disposal of my said wife during her natural life, to provide herself with a decent maintenance, and out of my personal estate to assist my two youngest sons Tobias and Frederick with a sum of money not exceeding four hundred pounds sterling for the purchase of any vessel which she may hereafter see good reason to make such purchase or to purchase such vessel in her own name which my said sons Tobias and Frederick are to hold as their own after her their mother's death without being accountable to any one for the said sum of money hereafter.
The following are exceptions to the above bequest, vizt. I will and bequeath unto my dear daughter Mary Pike wife of Edward Pike of Carbonear Newfoundland, Planter, for her sole property from that of her said husband and to her heirs executors administrators the sum of one hundred pounds sterling to be secured to her and her heirs &c. according to the true intent and meaning of this my bequest by my hereafter named executrix and executors the said sum of one hundred pounds sterling to be advanced out of my personal property in six months after my death and secured for the use of my said daughter Mary and her heirs accordingly. I then will and bequeath unto my dear sons Moses, William and Francis my schooner called Jane and Mary with all materials thereunto belonging. I also will and bequeath unto my dear sons Robert, Thomas and Ambrose my schooner called Thomas and Hugh together with all materials belonging to the said schooner, the foregoing are exceptions to my first bequest to my dear wife. It is my further will and bequest that after my said wife's death that my two fishing rooms and plantations situate on the south side of Harbor Grace shall then become the property of my dear sons hereafter named and divided amongst them according to the tenor of this my last will and testament and their heirs &c. &c.
The disposal of my western room and plantation; To my eldest son Moses the dwelling house kitchen garden and store now in his possession I will that the same shall become the property of my said son Moses together with sixteen yards breadth of land on the west of my said son Moses said garden to run sixteen yards in breadth west and as far north as the public road and the boundary to run back to the woods south reckoning the boundary line on the west sixteen yards west of his Moses's said kitchen garden fence and the fence on the east side of the said Moses's kitchen garden to run parallel south back to the woods and bounded on the north by the present fence of my said son Moses his kitchen garden south of his dwelling house. In like manner after my said wife's death it is my will and bequest unto my second son Robert the breadth of twenty two yards of the land of my said western plantation next east from the western boundary fence to extend north to the public road and as far south as the land now in possession of my said second son Robert. In like manner after my said wife's death it is my will and bequest that the residue of my said western plantation situate as aforesaid as far north of the public road with my present dwelling house and all other buildings and erections thereon, gardens meadow land &c. by me heretofore unbequeathed that the same do become the property of my two youngest sons vizt Tobias and Frederick and their heirs for ever. In like manner after my said wife's death that the waterside premises of my said western plantation and room bounded on the south by the public road it is my will and bequest that the same shall become the property of my said sons Moses, Robert, Tobias and Frederick and their respective heirs &c. the said waterside premises to be equally divided between them.
The household goods and furniture which may be remaining of mine after my said wife's death I will and bequeath that such goods and furniture do then become the property of my said two youngest sons Tobias and Frederick and their respective heirs for ever.
My eastern room and plantation with all rights and appurtenances thereunto belonging and now in the possession of my two dear sons vizt William and Thomas I will and bequeath that the same shall after my said wife's death become the property of my said sons William and Thomas and their heirs for ever but in case either or both of my said sons William and Thomas should die without having lawful issue that is if my said son William should so die without lawful issue, his part of the said my eastern room and plantation shall become the property of the two eldest sons of my son Moses, and in case of my said son Thomas dying without lawful issue his part of my said eastern plantation shall then become the property of the two eldest sons of my son Robert.
And further that from and after my said wife's death it is my will and bequest that the premises with all appurtenances thereunto belonging which I purchased from James Pitts and situate on the north side of Harbor Grace aforesaid shall then become the property of my two sons Francis and Ambrose reserving to their six brothers the right of mooring their vessels at the wharf thereof and landing on the said wharf and in the stores thereof their supplies for their business and families use with the tackle and apparel of their vessels and I do solemnly enjoin on my said sons Francis and Ambrose to accommodate and show all kindness in their power unto their said six brothers vizt Moses, Robert, William, Thomas, Tobias and Frederick and in like manner I do enjoin on my last mentioned six sons to show all brotherly kindness to their said brothers Francis and Ambrose. In case of either of my sons Tobias or Frederick dying without lawful issue the survivor of them to have and possess for ever the said landed property so bequeathed by me to him who shall first die; and in case of both of my sons Tobias and Frederick should die without having lawful issue the said property in land I have so bequeathed them by my will and bequest shall become the property of the two eldest sons of each of my sons Moses and Robert and their heirs &c. for ever. In case either of my two sons Francis and Ambrose should die without having lawful issue it is my will and bequest that the survivor of them shall be entitled to possess the property I have so bequeathed the deceased after their said mother my wife's death, and should both my said sons Francis and Ambrose die without leaving lawful issue then the said premises and appurtenances thereunto belonging so purchased by me from the said James Pitts and so bequeathed by me to the said Francis and Ambrose my sons shall then become the property of my surviving sons at my said sons death without issue as aforesaid, that is Francis and Ambrose.
My western plantation situate on the south side of Harbor Grace is bounded on the east by my brother William Parsons room and Plantation on the west by Mansel Alcocks and my son Robert's land on the north by the sea and on the south by the woods.
My eastern plantation situate as aforesaid is bounded on the east by Thomas Fitzgeralds land on the west by my brother William Parsons land on the north by the sea and on the south by the woods.
My room and premises situate on the north side of Harbor Grace is bounded on the east by James Hippisleys shop and premises on the west by Punten & Munn's premises on the north by the main street on the south by the sea.
What monies and other personal effects of what kind soever that may be remaining after my said wife's death not heretofore by me bequeathed it is my will and bequest that such property aforesaid of monies or effects shall be then equally divided between my said eight sons and my said daughter Mary Pike and their respective heirs &c. equally.
And I do hereby make ordain and appoint my said wife Jane executrix with my two eldest sons Moses and Robert also Thomas Danson Esquire executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time theretofore made and do declare this to be my only last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said Robert Parsons Senior have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal at Harbor Grace aforesaid this _____ day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four. Robert Parsons Senior (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Robert Parsons Senior, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other. John Smith. Wm. Chas. St. John Thos. Stevenson.
D. M. Browning