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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Russel


Will of Thomas Russel
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 580 & 581 probate year 1849

In re
     Thomas Russel       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Russel of Woody Island in Placentia Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter and Fisherman being of sound mind and memory but weak in body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make this my last will and testament. First, I commend and resign my soul into the hands of my most Merciful God and Creator through Jesus Christ my Saviour on whose merits and atonement alone I rest my hopes of salvation and will that after my decease my body be decently interred hoping at the last day to rise to the life immortal And anxious to restore to God the good gifts wherewith He hath blessed me I give and bequeath my earthly possessions as follows, To the Newfoundland and British North American School Society I give the sum of two hundred and sixty five pounds currency together with such sums as may have accumulated since the date of this my last will and testament deposited in the Savings Bank at St. John's Newfoundland under the following restrictions That the lawful interest of the aforesaid sum be drawn yearly by the before named Society and appropriated by them in such a manner as they shall deem fit and right for the purpose of imparting Christian instruction to the poor children of this colony. And in case such Society should cease to support or assist in supporting schools in this colony then the said interest to be appropriated by them for the purpose of religious instruction of poor children in other places where such Society may see fit so to do, And further in case such Society should at any future time become extinct and cease to support the cause of education either in this colony or elsewhere then in that case the said interest to revert to and be expended by the Right Reverend Doctor Edward Peila D.D. the Lord Bishop of this Diocese of Newfoundland or his Lordship's lawful successors in that See also for the purpose of educating the poor children of this colony in the principles of the Christian Faith. Provided nevertheless that the said Newfoundland and British North American School Society shall have liberty to invest such principal sum and its accumulations as is aforesaid in any lawful way so that it be done more advantageously for the purposes of for which I bequeath it. But in no case shall such Society of the said Right Reverend the Lord Bishop expend such principal sum but only the interest as is aforesaid.
I also give and bequeath my other property and effects of which I may die possessed of to the same Society for the same purposes, and under the same restrictions, and all such effects (if any remain) shall be paid by my hereinafter named executors to the above Society or their agent or the Superintendent for the Society in St. John's. And I do appoint my dear friend the Revd Thomas F.H. Bridge Superintendent for the Society in ST. John's or the succeeding Superintendent whoever it may be together with the Revd William Kepple White Episcopal Missionary at Harbor Beaufoot in Placentia Bay to be executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal in the presence of the undermentioned witnesses here at Woody Island in Placentia Bay on this twelfth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight. Thomas Russell (LS) Witnesses present, Richard Allen,    Henry Hussey.

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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (May 13, 2003)

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