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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Isaac Richards


Will of Isaac Richards
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 73 to 75 probate year 1829.

In the Estate of
     Isaac Richards       deceased.

In the name of God Amen I Isaac Richards Senior of Bareneed in Conception Bay Newfoundland Planter being of sound mind and in my proper senses think proper to make this my last last will & testament vis

  1. I leave to my wife Elizabeth in case she survives me enjoyment of my estate for her live time save and except that my two sons William and John are to have the sole use of the fishing room in Bearneed & what boats & craft there may be at the time of my decease equally between them & on the decease of my said Wife Elizabeth they the said William & John are to have the said room in Bearneed including Houses Gardens Meadows Flakes stage Boats Craft &c. &c. &c. Equally divided between them and after the decease of my wife Elizabeth what money or Bills I may possess at my Death to be equally divided between my daughters Mary Amy Elizabeth Jane Nancy & Rebecca Richards.
  2. I like wise leave my son William & John my Fishing Room in Porte Grave at present rented by William Jeffers & Thomas Liston save & except that my wife Elizabeth shall enjoy untill her decease any rents arising there from at the same time allowing them the full & free use of the Fishing part of the Room except a stage erected & occupied by son in law Thomas Liston which I leave to my daughter Amy for the behalf of my grandson Isaac Liston after her decease.
  3. That in case that my sons William & John should not agree than John is to make good to is brother William is part of value of the said room by a fair valuation and should my sons William & John dying without heirs that then property so bequeathed them shall be equally divided among my children remaining alive or there offspring.
  4. That should any of the property bequeathed my wife Elizabeth be remaining at her decease (esept the rooms & Plantations mentioned that it is to be equally shared between all my children alive at the time or if not there children if they have any
  5. I leave all my household furniture beds bedding plate &c to my wife Elizabeth to dispose of at her death as she may think proper

To fulfil all these covenants I hereby appoint my son William Richards and my son in law William Antle Junr of Brigus my sole executors
As witness my hand in Bearneed aforesaid this twenty nith day of July one thousand eight & twenty three before these witnesses Isaac Richards (LS)   John Moore.   John Richards Junr.
This is to certify to all whom it doth or may concern that I Isaac Richards being of sound mind and memory have this day given my son John Richards all my right title and interest in and upon the schooner Good intent of the burthen of seventy six and 76/94 tons to be enjoyed by him after my decease and all my other property I wish to be distributed according to my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal in the presence of Isaac Richards (LS)   John Jacob.   William Brown.   Bareneed November 20th 1828.

Certified Correct
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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