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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Thomas Roberts
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 194 & 195 probate year 1835
Thomas Roberts deceased.
Brigus, 1st Janry 1825. In the name of God Amen I Thomas Roberts Jno son (?) of the Harbor of Brigus Conception Bay Newfoundland Planter being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament (viz) principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in his life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner
First I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my dearly beloved wife the dwelling house and furniture Store House Cow House Kitchen Garden and the spot of ground at the back of the House now occupied by John Barnes during her life after her decease to become my dearly beloved sons Noah Roberts
I also give and bequeath to my dearly beloved daughters Charlotte Spracklin, Sophia Percey, Grace Roberts and Ann Roberts twenty pounds each to be paid out of the monies due me from Messrs. Gosse Pack and Fryer and from Mr. Joseph Gundry Bridport Dorset England and the balance I also give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife together with a cow and twelve silver tea spoons to be at her own disposal.
To my dearly beloved son Stephen Roberts I give and bequeath half the schooner Endeavor half the Cod Seine half the Caplin Seine and half the Salmon and Herring Nets one five foot Gun and one four and a half foot Do. half the garden at the back of the dwelling house called the Grave Garden viz. the S. W. part also one third of the stage and Flakes.
To my dearly beloved son Moses I give and bequeath half the schooner Endeavor half the Cod Seine half the Caplin Seine Half the Salmon and Herring nets one five feet gun and one four foot do. half the garden at the back of the dwelling house called the Grave Garden viz. the N. W. part also one third of the stage and flakes
I also give and bequeath to my dearly beloved sons Stephen and Moses Roberts two gardens back one bounded on the E. and W. by Charles Sanders and the other called the garden under the Rock to be divided by my executors and lots cast for it Also I give the Mare between them moreover to my son Noah I give and bequeath one third of the stage and flakes also two gardens back one that I purchased from Mrs. Best and the other called Cupits Garden the undermentioned persons I also appoint as my executors. (Signed) Tho. Roberts (LS)
Signed sealed published and pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Roberts Jno son as his last will and testament in the presence of us and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. Signed John Gushue, John his x mark Norman. George Menden.
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 9, 2003)
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