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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Thomas Ryall
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 290 & 291 probate year 1839
Thomas Ryall deceased.
In the name of God Amen I Thomas Ryall of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Wheelwright being of sound and disposing mind and memory but weak in body do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills and testaments by me made.
Imprimis as to such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bestow on me I give and devise of the same as follows, that is to say I give and devise to my beloved wife Mary Ryall all that dwelling house and premises owened by me situate in Gower Street and now occupied by Captain Corbin with my right title and interest in the land on which it is situate together with a small piece of ground immediately in the rear of the said house with the exception of four feet in depth adjoining the house in which I at present reside from the north west corner of the house hereinbefore devised the said four feet being intended for a passage way from the road immediately in the rear of the premises to the east end of the house in which I now live to have and to hold the said dwelling house unto the said Mary Ryall during my unexpired term therein or during her natural life but in case of the death of the said Mary Ryall before the expiration of the said term then and in that case I give devise and bequeath the residue of the said term unto my son William Ryall son of the said Mary Ryall. I also give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Mary Ryall all the household furniture possessed by me save and except two feather beds.
Secondly I give and devise unto my daughter Mary Ann Ryall the house now occupied by me together with the whole of the ground or yard in front of the same adjoining Gower Street also all my right title and interest in the building now used by me as a workshop and smithery together with all the land in front of the same bounded by Gower Street to have and to hold the said premises unto the said Mary Ann Ryall for and during all my unexpired term therein for her own sole and separate use free and independent of any husband she may marry and in case of the death of my said daughter Mary Ann Ryall without issue before the expiration of the said term then the said premises to be the joint property of my daughter Harriet Loveys and my son Thomas Ryall during the residue of the said term. I also give devise and bequeath unto the said Mary Ann Ryall one feather bed and bedding.
Thirdly I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Harriet Loveys all that piece of ground situate on the west of my workshop and smithery and adjoining the same and bounded by Gower Street and the lane on the northward of said premises to have and to hold the said piece of ground unto my said daughter Harriet Loveys her heirs and assigns during the whole of my unexpired term therein. I also give devise and bequeath unto my said daughter Harriet Loveys one bed and bedding.
Fourthly I give devise and bequeath unto my son Thomas Ryall all my right title and interest in that small triangular field situate on the road to Freshwater and near the premises in which I now live the said piece of ground being held by me under lease from the late Thomas Nurse to have and to hold the said piece of ground unto the said Thomas Ryall during the whole of the residue of my term therein, but in case of the death of the said Thomas Ryall without issue then and in that case the said piece of ground to be the property of my said daughter Harriet Loveys during the residue of the said term.
Fifthly I give devise and bequeath unto my aforesaid wife Mary Ryall a passage or right of way four feet wide adjoining the west end of the house hereinbefore devised to her extending from Gower Street to the rear of the said house.
Sixthly I desire that the field or piece of ground belonging to me situate near Brines Bridge on the road leading to Rennies Mill be either mortgaged or sold by my executors hereinafter named as they may think proper and the money realised therefrom appropriated to the payment of my just debts and should there be any sum remaining after the payment thereof the same to be divided by my said executors share and share alike between my wife Mary Ryall my daughter Mary Ann Ryall and my daughter Harriet Loveys.
And as to all my personal property of whatever kind or description I may die possessed of and not before devised, I desire that the same may be sold by my executors so soon as they may think proper and the money arising from such sale to be divided share and share alike between my daughter Mary Ann Ryall and my sons Thomas Ryall and William Ryall after first paying to my son John Ryall the sum of Five pounds currency out of the proceeds thereof; and I also desire that all debts due to me may be realised and divided between my wife Mary Ryall and my daughter Mary Ann Ryall.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint George Henry Emerson Esq. And Joseph Bacon executors to this my last will and testament. Dated at St. John's this 25th day of October 1838. Thoms Ryall (LS)
Signed sealed and published in presence of us William Goff. Rebecca M. Emerson.
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 16, 2003)
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