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Will of Henry Scammell
In the Estate of
This is the last will and Testament of Henry Scammell of Change Islands in the Northern district of Newfoundland. I give devise and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth, and to my daughter Elizabeth, should she survive her mother & so long as she remains unmarried, for their use and benefit during the term of their natural lives, my dwelling house with furniture and all other appurtenances thereof. I give devise and bequeath out of such moneys, of which I may be possessed at the time of my decease, the sum of eighty dollars to each of my surviving daughters viz: Sarah Chaffey, Eliza Hoffe, Bethia Elliott Susan Whotton, Charlotte Brinson Elizabeth Scammell. I give devise and bequeath to my son Walter the sum of Four Hundred dollars which is to be expended only in and about his education in the Church of England Academy of St. John's, or other school of a like kind to be approved of by the Executors of this my last will and Testament. I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth the interest, to be paid yearly, after the above mentioned legacies have been paid of all the money, of which I may be possessed at the time of my decease. I give, devise and bequeath that upon the decease of my wife Elizabeth the principal of my moneys from which she has derived the interest be divided and equally shared amongst all my surviving sons and daughters, to wit, Thomas, Arthur, Stewart & Walter, Eliza, Sarah, Bethia, Susan, Charlotte & Elizabeth. In the event of either of my sons or daughters having deceased before my wife Elizabeth, their mother, then I declare that such share or shares of the above mentioned legacy be equally distributed, share & share alike amongst their issue legally begotten. I give, devise and bequeath to my eldest son Thomas that piece of land which he has at present in possession for his sole use & benefit; with this promise that he is to keep it properly & sufficiently fenced. I give devise and bequeath to my three sons, viz Arthur, Steward & Walter the residue of my property real & personal not herein before mentioned to wit lands, outhouses, store cellars Fishing room, flakes, stages, Schooner, Boats, skiffs, traps, seines, nets, tools &c & whatsoever of a like kind or quality of which I am possessed at the time of my decease, with this only promise that they are to share & share alike whilst they remain on the premises & persecute a planters mode of life but in the event of either of them removing he is to forfeit his share of the above mentioned plantation ???? to the remaining brothers or brother. I further devise that the aforesaid property is neither to be sold nor go out of the family name - Scammell during the life times of any of the third generation. I constitute and ordain the Church of England Clergyman of the Mission for the time being or at the time of my decease in conjunction with the school master of the C. E. School the executors of this my last will and testament.
Whereas I Henry Scammell of Change Island District of Fogo, Nfland have made my last will and Testament in writing bearing date of the fifth day of March, one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine and now by this said writing which I declare to be a codicil to my last will, and to be taken as part thereof. I do give and bequeath to my wife Louisa Scammell the sum of Thirty five dollars ($35.00) per year, the said annuity to be derived from the sum of Four hundred dollars, which sum shall be placed in the Savings Bank of Nfland for that purpose. The said Thirty five dollars to be paid by my executors, to my said wife Louisa, in quarterly installments and in the event of the decease of my said wife, Louisa, should any part of the aforesaid Four hundred dollars be remaining the balance shall be given in equal shares to my children, or their heirs I appoint as the executors of this my last will & testament my two sons Thomas Scammell and Arthur Scammell and lastly it is my will and meaning that this present codicil be adjudged as part of my last will and testament to all intents and purposes.
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament and codicil of Henry Scammell deceased
(Listed in the margin next to this will)
|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 (December 18, 2002)
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