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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of William Randall
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 295 & 296 probate year 1839
William Randall deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I William Randall of Ship Cove Fisherman being of a sound mind & memory but in great weakness of body & mindful of the uncertainty of life do make this to be my last will & testament that is to say
First I give and bequeath to my three sons John Randall, William Randall & Adam Randall all my Fishing Room Stages Dwelling house Store Houses Meadows & Gardens to be divided among them share & share alike.
Item, I give & bequeath to my two elder sons John Randall & William Randall all my boats, nets & fishing craft to be divided equally between them.
Item, I give & bequeath all my cattle & household furniture to my beloved wife Amy Randall; together with the right of occupation of my dwelling house & garden for the full term of twenty years from the time of my decease.
Item, I give & bequeath to my youngest son Adam Randall the sum of fifty pounds currency & the residue of all monies of which I may die possessed to be equally divided between my beloved wife Amy Randall & my three daughters Patience Randall, Emily Randall and Charity Randall, share & share alike.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son John Randall one watch; to my son Adam Randall one watch & my guns to be divided equally between my three sons John, William & Adam before mentioned.
Item, I give & Bequeath my pew in the church to be used jointly & severally by my wife and six children.
Lastly I appoint Mr. John Peckham to be the sole executor of this my last will & testament desiring that my just debts & funeral expenses be duly discharged & all the legacies paid to the respective legatees when each respectively shall have attained the full age of twenty one years but the fifty pounds to Adam Randall shall be paid at any time at the discretion of my said executors.
In witness whereof I have set my hand & affixed my seal hereto this twenty third of April in the year one thousand eight hundred & thirty nine. William his x mark Randall (LS)
Signed sealed & delivered by the said William Randall as his last will and testament. William Bullock. James Butler-
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 16, 2003)
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