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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Patrick Power
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 93 & 94 probate year 1830.
In the Estate of
Patrick Power deceased.
In the Name of God Amen. I Patrick Power of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Mariner at present labouring under severe disease but through the mercy of God of sound mind and memory taking into consideration the uncertainty of human life do make this my last will and testament.
I hereby give and bequeath unto my brother Thomas Power of Broad Cove in Conception Bay Planter my leasehold interest in the dwelling house in which I now live my half share in the Brig Saint Patrick and all other my goods chattels and effects of whatever kind or description as Executor in trust for the benefit of my wife and children as herein aftermentioned It is my will that my wife and children shall jointly have hold use and occupy the dwelling house in which I now live during the remainder of the term of my lease together with the furniture therein.
My half share in the Brig Saint Patrick I wish to have sold upon her return to this country and as soon after as a fair price can be got for it together with any other property belonging to me except the dwelling house and furniture before mentioned and the proceeds thereof after paying my just debts I will and desire may be given one half to my beloved wife Alice and my eldest daughter Catharine the other half to my other children Thomas Hannah and William to be equally divided between them. The one half proceeds of my property hereby bequeathed to my wife and daughter Catharine is to be paid to and be at the disposal of my said wife as she may require it and the other half to be invested in such property at interest in saint John's as my executor hereinbefore named may consider good security, he is however to take xxxx the advice and consent of Mr. Henry Hawson of St. John's before investing the money either in the purchase of property or on mortgage and the income thereof is to be paid over to my wife Alice towards the maintenance and support of my said children Thomas, Hannah and William until they respectively arrive at the age of Fourteen years when if necessary a sufficient sum may be drawn and applied towards apprenticing each to some useful trade or calling and the residue be paid to each as he or she may arrive at the age of twenty one years.
Given under my hand and seal in st. John's in the Island of Newfoundland this fifth day of June one thousand eight hundred and thirty. Patrick Power (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered by the said Patrick Power as his last will and deed In presence of Hy. Hawson. Thomas Foran.
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 (November 21, 2002)
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