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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Amy Pinsent


Will of Amy Pinsent
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 367 to 369 probate year 1841

In re
     Amy Pinsent       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Amy Pinsent of Port de Grave Newfoundland Widow of the late William Pinsent of the same place Merchant being ill in body but of sound disposing mind and memory do make and declare this my last will and testament; that is to say I give and bequeath to Robert John Pinsent, Esquire of Brigus, Magistrate, his heirs and assigns all that part of the rooms and premises formerly belonging to my late husband and his brother John (under the firm of John and William Pinsent ) situate at Port de Grave and Cupids Newfoundland, which I possess or to which I have or may have any claim or title whatsoever and whereas there are some unsettled accounts existing between the said Robert John Pinsent and myself and my late husband and my lately deceased son, I will and declare that I fully acquit and discharge him the said Robert John Pinsent his heirs executors and administrators from all claims and demands whatsoever on account of the same. I give and bequeath all my right title and interest in to a certain house, ground and gardens, situate at Port de Grave, and formerly belonging to my late father, to my two sisters Grace Tucker and Charlotte Bussey in equal shares. I will order and direct that an annuity of ten pounds currency shall be secured on and paid out of the residue of my estate to my brother Isaac Richards yearly and every year during his natural life, and to his wife Jane afterwards during her natural life (should she survive him). I give the sum of ten pounds currency to each of the following persons, namely, my brother Isaac Richards, my brother William Richards, my sister Grace Tucker, my sister Charlotte Bussey, my niece Jane LeDrow, my niece Mary Morgan, and my nephew Charles Tucker. I give my clothes and wearing apparel to my sisters Grace Tucker and Charlotte Bussey and to my niece Grace Richards in equal shares. I give to the aforesaid Robert John Pinsent about ten pounds worth of my trinkets and household furniture to be selected by himself, and I make ordain and constitute the said Robert John Pinsent the sole executor of this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath all the rest of my property and estate of whatever kind and description to my niece Grace Richards who has lived with me for many years.
Signed sealed published and declared by me as my last will and testament this fourteenth day of December A.D. one thousand eight hundred and forty at Port de Grave, Newfoundland. Amy Pinsent. (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by Amy Pinsent as her last will and testament at Port de Grave this 14th December A.D. 1840, in our presence, who in her presence and in the presence of each other sign as witnesses thereto. Thomas Martin, Mer. Port de Grave, John Jacob, Merchant, Port de Grave.

Codicil to my last will and testament. This is to say I give and bequeath to my niece Jane LeDrow one of my Gold rings, I give and bequeath five gold sovereigns to each of the children of Robert John Pinsent, Esqr my executor, and also so much of the clothes, books, trinkets &c. of my late son William as my said executor may choose to take for his said children, I give the rest of my late son's clothes to my sisters sons in such proportions as my said executor may think proper. I give and bequeath all my household furniture, beds bedding, wearing apparel, made and unmade, and trinkets, with the exception of ten pounds worth willed before by me to my said executor, in equal shares to my two sisters and my niece Grace Richards (my brother William's daughter). I give to my niece Jane Butler the sum of five pounds currency. I order my executor out of my general estate to cause grave stones to be erected in memory of my late beloved son and of myself, and to cause our graves to be properly fenced. I hereby cancel and annul any part of my will and testament before made which is inconsistent with this codicil.
Signed sealed published and declared at Port de Grave, the fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one, as a codicil to the last will and testament of Amy Pinsent Widow of the late William Pinsent.   Amy Pinsent (LS)
In presence of us who have signed the same as witnesses, in the presence and at the request of the said testatrix this 5th April A.D. 1841. Thomas Martin,   Margaret Gefford.

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 (March 24, 2003)

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