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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Joseph Pittman


Will of Joseph Pittman Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 146 to 148.
(No probate year was listed in the will index, but this will falls chronologically in 1870.)

In re
     Joseph Pittman     deceased.

I Joseph Pittman senior of Trinity being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament as follows.-

1st I give and bequeath to my son William the Fishers Cove property consisting of the dwelling house now occupied by myself the shop and outhouses adjoining or near thereto, with the stores cooperage and wharf at the waterside, the place let to Richard Brenan and a garden called Barnes’s lying a few yards west of the said dwelling house upon the condition that he provide my wife and daughter Margaret with a proper and suitable support as members of his family so long as my wife may live and my daughter Margaret may remain unmarried and desirous of living with him.

2nd I give and bequeath to my son William the piece of land commonly called "the doctors" lying on the side of Ryders Hill from the S.W. Arm Road to near Ship Cove in the N.W. Arm of Trinity.

3rd, I give and bequeath to my son Samuel the Hog’s Nose property consisting of dwelling house stores wharf garden and all thereto appertaining.

4th I give and bequeath to my son Samuel the two gardens lying one on each side of the Public Road from the Court House to the S.W. Arm one of them called "the Hillside Garden" the other "the Middle garden"

5th I give and bequeath the garden in Goose Cove in equal or so near as may be divided by lines from front to rear or east to west in equal proportions to my three daughters, Emma wife of John Stewart, to have the north east portion- Sarah wife of John Collis to have the South west portion, and Margaret to have the middle portion with the house erected thereon.

6th I give and bequeath the decked boat "Orion" and her material to my son William.

7th I give and bequeath all the furniture in my dwelling house at the time of my decease to my wife for her own use and benefit.

8th I give and bequeath to my son William the pew in the gallery of St. Paul’s Church- the horse cart and dray- the large punt and the Rodney- and to my son Samuel the pew in the nave of Saint Paul’s Church, the small punt and caplin seine- and all other tools and utensils to be divided equally between my sons William and Samuel-

9th The small shop on the north side of Trinity now occupied by my daughter Emma I give and bequeath to her.

10th- I wish the trading and coopering business now carried on in my name, and which may be in operation at the time of my death to be continued under the management of my son William until the close of that year, at which time the whole of my trade and cooperage stock being realized and my just debts paid all that my estate may then be worth, besides the bequests already named, shall be divided in the following manner-     My wife to be paid the sum of forty pounds for her own absolute use and benefit- of the remaining sum my son William is to have one third which being first paid my son Samuel is to have one third of the remainder and the other two thirds to be equally divided between my three aforenamed daughters Emma, Sarah and Margaret. And I appoint my son William and Doctor Robert White of Trinity to be my executors to carry out this my last will and testament     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Trinity Newfoundland this thirteenth day of January A.D.1870.

Joseph his X mark Pittman Senr (LS)     Signed sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Pittman as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto this 13th day of January 1870.     A.W. Brenner,     Charles Granger, Sr.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

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

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