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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Payne


Will of William Payne
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 184 & 185 probate year 1834

In re
     William Payne       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I William Payne of Harbor Grace in Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland being infirm of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do this fourteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, viz- First I give and bequeath to my three beloved sons John Payne, William Payne and Nicholas Payne, all my fishing room (including the garden ground lying on the north and south side of the main street of this town) fishing craft and skiffs to be equally shared and divided amongst them. I also give to my aforesaid three sons a certain plantation upon the hill in the rear of this town which plantation shall also be equally divided amongst them. I give to my son Nicholas all that meddow situate likewise upon the hill in the rear of this town and near Mr. Alfred Mayne's premises. I give and bequeath to each of my above named sons the dwelling house which they now respectively occupy. I give to my son Nicholas the whole of whatever household furniture may be in the house at the time of my decease together with my horse. I bequeath to the three aforesaid sons and to my granddaughter Mary Frances Smith the whole of the ready money I shall die possessed of (after deducting my funeral expenses) each of whom shall receive a fourth part. And I make and ordain my above named three sons joint executors hoping nevertheless that they will at all times consult and advise with my trusty and well beloved friend and son-in-law Mr. John Smith upon matters connected with these presents.
In witness whereof I the said William Payne have to this my last will & testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written. William his x mark Payne (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Payne the testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us Wm. Chas. John.   Jas. G. Prendergast.
Hr. Grace fourteenth September 1833.
I William Payne do make this my codicil to the above will and testament, that is to say I desire and I hereby request that ten pounds currency be deducted out of whatever cash I shall die possest of and be given to my daughter Jane Theodosia Walters after which deduction & the deduction of the funeral expenses as aforesaid then the remainder to be divided amongst the three sons and my granddaughter in manner before expressed. William his x mark Payne (LS)
Signed sealed & published & declared by the said William Payne the testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us. Wm. Chas. John.   Jas. G. Prendergast.

Certified Correct,
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 (February 18, 2003)

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