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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Robert Browne


      In the name of God Amen, I Robert Browne of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Sailmaker being weak of body but of a sound and disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last will and testement in manner and form as following.

      That is to say first I recommend my Soul to almighty God who gave it to me hoping through his mercy and the mercy of my saviour Jesus Christ I shall inherit eternal life and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors herein afterwards named and as for and involving all those worldly effects with which it hath pleased almighty God to bless me, I give and bequeath the same unto my loving Aunts Betty Pitts now or late of Teigmouth in the county of Devon and Dorothy Brown of Saint Thomas the apostle in the county aforesaid in trust for the use and purpose herein after mentioned and my will is that my executers do possess themselves of my effects as soon as they possibly can after my decease and apply the same for the benefit of my wife and children equally and share and share alike the proportion of my said effects as aforesaid to be paid to my wife as soon as my executers above named can immediately do the same And the several proportions of my children to be laid out for their maintenance and education and if any over plus shall be in my executers hands after the expenses of such maintenance and education be defrayed, I direct and appoint the same to be paid unto them severally as they shall attain the age of twenty and one years and my will is that if any such child or children as I may leave behind ? At the time of my decease should happen to die before they attain the age of twenty and one years it is my will is that the proportion of such child or children shall go and be paid to the survivor or survivors of them, but if all my said children should happen to die before they attain the age of twenty one years, my will is that whatever may appear to be in my executors hands ????

      I will and direct the same to be paid to my wife if she should survive them and I do here bye will and direct that my daughter Dorothy Brown who is now with my Aunt Dorothy Brown shall be under her care and management

      And disposal without the consent or interference of her mother or any other person or persons whatsoever and I here bye constitute and appoint my loving Aunts Betty Pitts and Dorothy Brown sole executers of this my last will and testement In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 16 day of March in the year of our Lord God 1784.

Signed Robert Browne

Sealed published and declared by the above Robert Browne for and as his last will and testement in the presence of
Signed ?? Badcock
Signed William Baker

      This will was proved at London on the fourteenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four before the right worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Comissionay of the prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Betty Pitts Widow and Dorothy Brown Spinster the Aunts of the deceased and executers named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular of the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased they having been first sworn by commission to duly administer.

Transcribers notes

On October 20, 1770 a Robert Brown age 21 years was discharged at St. John’s Newfoundland from a ship named Vestal.

Place of birth was Plymouth and Occupation was Sail Maker.

On May 21, 1774 Robert Brown married Katherine Power in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Children of Robert and Katherine Brown born in St John’s were as follows.
Sarah 1776
John 1778
Dorothy 1780
Tobias 1782
Robert 1783



Page Contributed by Keith Browne

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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