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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Penny
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 254 & 255 probate year 1837
John Penny deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I John Penny Sen. Of Brigus By North Conception Bay Newfoundland being very weak in body and of perfect mind and memory and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath to Joseph Penny the house and furniture excepting the small bedroom upstayes with a fireplace in it which I bequeath to my dearly beloved wife as long as she lives.
Secondly I give all my lands messuages to be divided between John, Thomas and Joseph Penny equally according to their own discreation provided they agree amongst themselves to maintain my dearly beloved wife and furnish er with what little necessary this world requires while remaining on this earth, if not agree to maintain her while she lives she is to have the use of the land to maintain her as long as she shall live without being disturb'd or molested.
Thirdly I bequeath to my dearly beloved wife all the sheep and she likewise to give to each of my sons John, Thomas & Joseph Penny a sheep each according as she increases her stock. The large gun I give to Thomas Penny and the pue in the meeting house and one sitting in the pue for my dearly beloved wife as long as she lives the new Gun I give to Joseph Penny and the remainder to my son John.
Fourtly My watch I bequeath to John Penny the son of John Penny provided my dearly beloved wife should not be obliged to sell it to maintain herself.
Fiftly. I give to my well beloved daughter Elisabeth Penny my small trunk and a bead and bead cloathes likewish ten shillings is to be given her from each of her brothers.
Lastly that nothing is to be taking out of the house but what belongs to themselves. And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifyed and and confirming this, and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four John his x mark Penny Sen (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Penny Sen as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. Thomey Jondon. John his x mark Pomeroy.
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 (March 10, 2003)
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