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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Thomas Reader

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of Thomas Reader
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 557 & 558 probate year 1847

In re
     Thomas Reader       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Reader of Bonavista Planter being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say, after all my debts funeral expenses and charges of proving this my last will and testament being in the first place duly paid and satisfied and after payment hereof and every part thereof, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizth Reader all my fishing room houses and buildings erected thereon together with all my land gardens meadows except as hereunder specified and whatever else I may die possessed of, to her, to hold for her natural life but not to sell mortgage or dispose of any part or parts of the said premises. I also do constitute my beloved wife Eliz. Reader to be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament. I do also ordain that my sons Robert, James, John, and George Readers may occupy for their use during the life of their mother the fishing room with all its buildings except the dwelling house which shall be at the disposal of my beloved wife for her natural life, and in consideration of the above, the said Robert, James, John and George Reader do bind themselves to support and maintain in a comfortable manner their mother Eliz Reader during her life and also to maintain my three youngest daughters untill they attain the age of 21 years.
In consideration of the above stipulations being duly and fully complied with and at the decease of my beloved wife Eliz. Reader I will that my fishing room houses lands gardens and whatever else I may die possessed of be equally divided between my four sons Robert, James, John, & George Readers to be by them freely enjoyed and I do hereby attest this to be my last will and testament exception as above I do give my beloved wife Eliz. Reader and after her decease to my daughter Ruth all that piece of ground lying to eastward of the cellar purchased from Doctor Oakly and not apart of the fishing room to be theirs for ever.
In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this sixt day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six. Thos. his X mark Reader (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Reader as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers, Joseph Brown.   John Saint.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of Thomas Reader from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 164 to 166 probate year 1847.

In the name of God! Amen. I, Thomas Reader of Bonavista Planter being of sound mind and memory do declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say, after all my debts funeral expenses and charges of proving this my last Will and Testament being in the first place duly paid and satisfied. And after payment hereof and every part thereof. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elis Reader all my fishing room houses and buildings erected thereon. Together with all my land gardens meadows, except as hereunder specified and whatever else I may die possessed of, to her - to hold for her natural life, but not to sell mortgage or dispose of any part or parts of the said premises. - I also do constitute my beloved wife Elis.th Reader to be my sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament. I do also ordain that my sons Robert, James, John, and George Reader may occupy for their use, during the life of their mother the fishing room with all its buildings, except the dwelling house which shall be at the disposal of my beloved wife for her natural life. - And in consideration of the above, the said Robert, James, John and George Reader do bind themselves to support and maintain in a comfortable manner their mother Elisabeth Reader during her life and also to maintain my three youngest daughters untill they attain the age of twenty one years.
In consideration of the above stipulations being duly and fully complied with, and at the decease of my beloved wife Elisabeth Reader I will that my fishing room houses lands gardens and whatever else I may die possessed of be equally divided between my four sons Robert, James, John, and George Reader to be by them freely enjoyed. And I do hereby attest this to be my last Will and Testament, excepting as above. I do give my beloved wife Elisabeth Reader and after her decease to my daughter Ruth all that piece of ground lying to eastward of the cellar purchased from Doctor Oakly(Oakey?) and not apart from the fishing room to be theirs for ever.

In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six. Thomas Reader his mark (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Reader as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers, ~ Joseph Brown his mark (LS)   John Saint. (LS)

_______________________________
In the Northern District
This Deponent John Saint of Bonavista, Planter maketh oath and saith that he this Deponent was present and did see Thomas Reader put his mark to and seal and deliver the within paper writing as and for his last Will and Testament on the day of the date thereof at which time the said Will was read over and explained to the said Thomas Reader in his hearing and in the hearing of this Deponent as well as of Joseph Brown at which time also this Deponent subscribed his name thereto as a witness attesting the due execution thereof. John Saint.

Sworn at Bonavista this thirteenth day of September AD. 1847 before me ~
John Stark Commissioner of Probate Court, Supreme Court

 

 

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 4, 2002)

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