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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Thomas Snow
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 368 to 370
probate year 1859
Thomas Snow deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Snow of Malden
in the County of Essex England but at present of Saint John’s in the
Island of Newfoundland Master Mariner being weak and infirm in body but of
sound mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament
First I appoint Ewen Stabb of Saint John’s aforesaid Merchant to be my
Trustee for the purpose hereinafter mentioned,
Second I give devise and bequeath unto my said Trustee his executors administrators
and assigns all my property of whatever description and kind and wheresoever
situate whether in England or elsewhere and also my vessel called the “Mary” now
in the harbor of St. John’s aforesaid with all her boats tackle apparb
furniture and appurtenances thereto belonging and all papers and documents
connected with the said vessel “Mary” either in England or here
and also such freigh as has been earned by said vessel and now due and payable
to me (subject nevertheless to a claim of mortgage which the Chelmsford Bank
in England has on the said vessel) to be appropriated sold and invested as
is hereinafter expressed.
Third, I direct that my said Trustee immediately after my decease make sale
and dispose of all my said property in which I shall or may be interested at
the time of my death for the benefit of my two sons William Snow alias
William Downey and Richard Thomas Snow alias Richard Thomas
Downey and when sold to
invest the proceeds thereof to the best advantage until my said sons shall
respectively attain the age of twenty one years and immediately on their respectively
attaining the age of twenty one years my will and desire is that my said Trustee
shall pay to my said sons William Snow alias William Downey and Richard
Thomas Snow alias Richard Thomas Downey out of the property to be sold and invested
as aforesaid in the following proportions namely two thirds to my said son
William Snow alias William Downey his heirs executors administrators and assigns
and one third to my said son Richard Thomas Snow alias Richard Thomas
Downey his heirs executors administrators and assigns.
Fourth, I appoint Ewen Stabb aforesaid also to be my executor under this my
last will and testament And lastly it is my will and desire that all my personal
property of every description be sold and disposed of by my said Trustee as
is hereinbefore appointed except my two watches one of which I give and bequeath
to my said son William Snow alias William Downey and the other I give and bequeath
to my said son Richard Thomas Snow alias Richard Thomas Downey for
their respective use and benefit And I hereby revoke all former wills and codicils
by me at any time herebefore made and declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Thomas
Snow have hereunto set and subscribed
my hand and seal at St. John’s aforesaid this fifteenth day of July Anno
Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine. Thomas
Snow (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator
in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other
have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Samuel Carson, Augustus
D. M. Browning
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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