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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Randle


Will of William Randle Senior
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 154 to 157 probate year 1853.
(This name is spelled Randle and Randell in the will and Randle in the will index.)

In re
     William Randle      deceased.

This is the last will and testament of William Randle Senior of Twillingate in the Northern District in the Colony of Newfoundland. I give and devise to my wife Lydia Randle my messuage or dwelling house in which I now reside situate in Twillingate aforesaid with all appurtenances unto and to the use of her assigns for the term of her natural life without impeachment of waste. Also I give to my beloved wife Lydia such part of my household goods and furniture as she shall choose to take at the time of my death for her own sole use and disposal, And from and immediately after the decease of my said wife I give and bequeath the said messuage or dwelling house I now reside in with all the appurtenances unto my sons William Randle and Adam Randle so long as they shall continue to remain together in business upon my Room as hereafter specified but it is also my will if either of my aforesaid sons shall separate himself from the other and go off from my Room he shall not enjoy any right title or claim to the aforementioned messuage or dwelling house or appurtenance thereto but the whole of the right, title, interest and claim in the aforementioned premises shall be enjoyed by the son who shall continue to remain upon my Room for the use of him his heirs and assigns for ever. It is also my will that my daughter Eliza being unmarried shall have a right to live and reside in my said dwelling house if she see proper and convenient so to do during such time as she shall remain unmarried she rendering such reasonable assistance to her mother as may be in her power.
I further give and bequeath unto my said wife the sum of three hundred pounds currency of Newfoundland, to be paid her as soon as she may think fit to demand it out of a certain sum of money deposited in my iron chest now in the dwelling house I reside in, with the further sum of one hundred pounds or upwards now in the hands of Job Bothers of St. John's Merchants with whatever interest may become due upon the same for her own absolute use and benefit the said amount being already deposited there in her name. And as to all the rest and residue of my money found remaining in my iron chest aforementioned I give and bequeath the same as follows, that is to say, to be equally divided between my children namely Emma the wife of John Pollard, James Randle, Ambrose Randle, Jane the wife of John Squire, Elias Randle, Susannah the wife of Thomas Doman, William Randle, Eliza Randle and Adam Randle, to be paid within twelve months after my decease or as soon after as found convenient to my executor. I direct that the sum or portion due to either of my daughters to be paid by my executor into the proper hands of such respective daughter for her sole and separate use and bent exclusively of any husband and without being in any wise subject to his debts control interference or engagements and the receipt of such respective daughter shall be an effectual discharge for the money therein mentioned and acknowledged to be received My son Adam Randle to receive his share when he attains the age of twenty one years My daughter Eliza Randle to receive her share when she attains the age of twenty one (or as soon as she marry if with the consent of her mother- And farther it is my will that whatever sum or sums of money remains in my dwelling house at my decease (not already disposed of in this my will) shall be taken and enjoyed by my wife for her own use and benefit. I give and bequeath to Lydia my beloved wife the interest or annual produce of a certain sum of money now standing in my name in the hands of the hands of the firm of William Cox and Company Merchants of Poole Dorsetshire in England, about six hundred pounds. In short I give her the interest of whatever sum may be standing in that firm in my name at the time of my death, during the term of her natural life, and it is further my will that as soon as convenient after the death of my beloved wife the principal together with what interest that may be due thereon shall be divided equally between my sons William Randle and Adam Randle and my daughter Eliza Randle.
I give and bequeath unto my sons all such sum or sums of money as they may stand indebted to me at the time of my decease and I do hereby release and discharge them therefrom And I do direct that any security for the same which I may be in possession of may be delivered up to them to be cancelled. Whereas I have for some time past carried on business of a merchant and planter at Twillingate aforesaid and am desirous that the said business shall be carried on for the mutual benefit comfort and maintenance of my wife Lydia Randle and children herein mentioned, now therefore I hereby give and bequeath my said business and interest therein and all my stock and effects now or to be hereafter employed therein and all monies and debts which shall belong and be due and owing to me at the time of my decease for or on account of the said business (not already disposed of in this my will) and also my schooner called the "Seaflower" and all boats, craft, netts, seines and cattle, and also all my fishing room, messuages and hereditaments now or hereafter to be employed in or connected with the said business situated in Twillingate aforesaid excepting and not in anywise relating to my messuage or dwelling house hereinbefore bequeathed and devised to my wife Lydia Randle and which is adjoining the said fishing room unto Lydia my wife and William my son upon trust that they the said Lydia my wife and William my son and the survivor do and shall manage and carry on the said business under the firm of Lydia Randle and Sons until my son Adam Randle shall attain the age of twenty one years or die which shall first happen. And it is my desire at the termination of the above period in case my wife or either of my aforenamed sons William Randle or Adam Randle shall wish to separate then she or he so separating from the other shall have an equal share with the other of the craft that is to say my schooner boats nets seines and cattle only, and further then a valuation shall be made of the same with all that shall then jointly belong to them such valuation shall be made by two arbitrators who shall be appointed by the joint consent of the person or persons claiming the share or shares and of my executor hereinafter to be named then the sum fixed upon shall be paid either in money craft or produce as may seem most fit to the arbitrators and the sum so fixed upon shall be paid by two yearly instalments the first payment to be made one year after such separation And be it understood that it is my will that my said fishing room and all appurtenance thereto shall always remain for the mutual and joint use of my wife and son or sons who shall continue to remain and carry on business upon the said premises and from and immediately after the decease of my said wife I give devise and bequeath the said fishing room with all the aforesaid craft which shall then be remaining unto my sons William Randell and Adam Randle their heirs and assigns for ever. It is my desire that at my decease each of my sons shall receive the sum of five pounds currency and each of my daughters three pounds currency and each of my sons wives three pounds currency to be expended by them in the purchase of a suit of mourning each of them the said sums to be paid them out of any sum or sums of money which may be due or owing unto me and not already disposed of in this my will. And lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint Charles Edmonds Esquire of Twillingate aforesaid Executor to this my last will and testament. Dated this thirteenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and fifty two. William his X mark Randle (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament the words "upon trust" that they the said Lydia Randle my wife and William Randle my son" having been previously interlined in presence of us who in his presence and at his request in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names the same having been first read over and fully explained and understood by the said testator. Chas. Edmonds. John Peyton, J.P.

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 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 AST)

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