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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Jonas Soper
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 3 & 4 probate year 1850.
Jonas Soper deceased.
A Will on the forteenth day of December one thousand eight hundred and forty eight. I Jonas Soper of Cupids in Conception Bay in the Isl of Newfoundland Master Mariner being in good halth and of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and dispose of them in the following manner and form
First I give and bequeath to Charlott my dearly beloved wife all money which may be due to me togeather with all my household goods debts and moveable effects all so my half of a store on the north side of Cupids known by the name of the Ark to sill it and have the money of it for her own use Allso to have the whole of my landid property to her use as long as she may live and after my wife's demise I give the room that we now live on to be divided as follows and first I give to my well beloved daughter Mary Ann twenty five feet of the western part joining to Mr. Abm Ledrow that is to say twenty five feet of water side N.E. & S.W. and to go back in a south east direction as far back as my ground gos up the Brigus Road apass Patrick Brines house the remainder part of the above Room I give to my two sons the land to be equaley divided between them the same number of feet and inches in front and a back as far as Patrick Brines or the Brigus Road that is to say my son Thomas takes the westerd part and my son William Henry I give the easterd part with the eastern store and warfe with the house we life in with the siller and outhouses and all erections that may be thare on as far as his part gos I give to my son Thomas the western store to be taken on his part of the watter side and I give him all the erections that may be on his part of the grow with the horse stable &c.
Allso I give to my two yongest daughters the fishing room and plantation that is bounded on the east by Mr. William Hurrell and on the west by Mr. Robt Smith to be equally divided by a straight line throw the middle from the middle of the watter side back to the south east boundary my daughter Pricala to have her choice she being the oldes and Susan Maria the other part
that peice of land a back of Cupids Pond known as Sopers Folly shall be equally divided between our five children
After the demise of my wife the pew in Cupids Church shall be ocepid between our five children or one may will his part to the other or one may buy the hole from the others but not to be sold out of the famley and after the demise of my wife my wish is that all moneys xxxx household furniture or other property in my wifes possession not otherwise enumerated to be equally divided between our five children by whom my wife shall appoint for that servise
And lastly I appoint my beloved wife Charlotte to be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament
in witness in witness wareof I have hear on to set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Jonas Soper (LS)
Signed sealed and declared by the said Jonas Soper as his last will and testament in the presence of James English, witness.
May 3rd 1849. Be it known to all men by these presents that I Jonas Soper of Cupids in the Isl of Newfoundland Master Mariner have made and declared by my last will and testament in writing bearing date the forteenth day of December one thousand eight hundred and forty eight I the said Jonas Soper by this present codical do ratify and confirm my said last will and testament and to prevent any mistakes hear after the house we now live in I give after the demise of my wife to our yongest son William Henry the hole of the eastern end as far to the westerd as the west part of the parlour chimney with the ground it stands on that part of the house to the waste of the parlour chimney I give to our son Thomas
In witness are of I have put my hand and seal this 3 of May 1849,
Signed sealed and delivered by the said Jonas Soper in the presents of James English, witness.
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 (December 14, 2002)
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