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Will of John St. John Senior
I John St. John Senr of Cats Cove Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland Planter do hereby make and declare this to be my last will and testament- First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catherine St. John the dwelling house in which I now live with all the household furniture &c. therein, and all the land attached thereto, and also All my right title and interest in and to my half of the Brigantine Havelock which I now possess and also the interest on (£600) six hundred pounds currency (at present bearing interest at four per cent per annum) she the said Catherine St. John my wife is to have hold and enjoy all and singular the above named bequests for and during her natural lifetime and after her death the above mentioned property vessel and money are to be divided amongst my children and grandchildren herein after named and in the following manner, that is to say-
First I give and bequeath to my son James St. John and his lawful heirs the sum of one hundred pounds currency.
Second I give and bequeath to my son Patrick St. John and his lawful heirs the sum of two hundred pounds currency-
Third, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary the wife of James Keeffe and her heirs the sum of fifty pounds currency-
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Julia Anne the wife of Stephen Whelan and her heirs the sum of fifty pounds currency-
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my grandson John St. John of John the sum of one hundred pounds currency.
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my son Edward St. John and his heirs the sum of one hundred pounds currency. Provided he the said Edward St. John will give up the lands attached to the dwelling house which I now occupy to my son Patrick St. John, otherwise he the said Edward St. John is to forfeit fifty pounds of the above bequest which shall be paid over to my son Patrick St. John.
Seventh, I give and bequeath to my sons Patrick St. John and James St. John and their Lawful heirs all my right title and interest in and to my half of the Brigantine Havelock which I now possess with all the fishing gear and craft and the fishing room on the Labrador and also the piece of land or plantation situate at White Cliff in Cats Cove aforesaid to have hold and enjoy the above named property vessel and land share and share alike or an equal share to each of them and their heirs I further declare it to be my last will that the said piece of land at White Cliff is never to be sold and the said Patrick and James St. John are to give to each of my other sons namely Edward, Thomas, Michael and John St. John liberty to build a fishing room and the privilege of making fish on the said land and premises at White Cliff concurrently with themselves the said Patrick and James St. John.
Eighth, I give and bequeath to my son Patrick St. John the dwelling house in which I now live with all the household furniture therein and all the land attached thereto and horse sleigh carriage &c.
Ninth I give and bequeath to my sons Patrick and James St. John a piece of land which I hold under grant from the Crown and situate near Patrick Cane’s land at Cats Cove aforesaid to have hold and enjoy the same share and share alike or to be equally divided between them and their heirs.
Tenth, I further declare it to be my will that my sons Patrick and James St. John shall be bound to support my granddaughter Mary Carroll otherwise they are to pay over to her fifty pounds each out of the amounts which I have bequeathed to them.
Eleventh, I do hereby appoint my sons Thomas St. John and Michael St. John to be my executors to this my last will and testament.
12th, Done at Brigus on this twelfth day of July in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty four (1864) John St. John (LS) Signed and acknowledged by the testator in presence of us and we have in presence of each other hereunto set our hands as witnesses thereto, John Hearn, Edward his X mark Dunn, Witness F. Nowlan.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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