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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Thomas Snow


Will of Thomas Snow
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 368 to 370 probate year 1859

In re
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 as follows
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 O. Hayward.

Certified correct,
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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