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|NOTE: by Susan Snelgrove|
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Research Notes: According to Encyclopedia of Nfld & Labrador - Reverend John Stretton, born Limerick, Ireland. In 1763 Stretton was converted to Methodism by Mrs. Eliza Bennis, a Wesleyan evangelist in Waterford. Carrying on a mercantile trade with Newfoundland, he decided in 1770 to emigrate, settling first in Carbonear, later in Harbour Grace, where he married Mary Parsons. Very well known minister, successor to Lawrence Coughlan, the first Wesleyan minister in Nfld. In a letter from John Stretton to Eliza Bennis, dated Nov. 14, 1773, Harbour Grace:
"I have now to inform you, that I have married a native of this land since I wrote last, she is blessed with many accomplishments, that would even grace an European, but the chief is, that she fears God and walks in his ways."
From HG Anglican parish Records, John Stretton was born 1744 and died Oct 2, 1817. Mary Stretton was born 1743 and was buried January 18, 1831.
Will of Mary Stretton
In re Mary (Parsons) Stretton deceased
In the name of God Amen. I Mary Stretton of Harbor Grace
in the Island of Newfoundland Widow, being from weight of years in an infirm
state of body but of perfect soundness of mind and not knowing how soon
my heavenly Father may see good to call me to my eternal home revoking
all others do declare this my last will & testament. I commit my soul
into the hands of that God who gave it having thro' his infinite mercy
and thro' faith in Christ a sure & certain hope of a joyful resurrection.
My just debts being first paid I give and bequeath to my esteem'd friend
and relative Mrs. Rachael McKie wife of Peter McKie Esq.
Of st. John's that part of my plantation situate on the South bounds running
in a direct line East & West at the half distance betwixt the brow
of the garden & the cite of where the old Meeting house formerly stood.
I give to my brother Chas. Parsons a pair of silver sleeve
buttons & to his wife Susannah Parsons my large table
To such of my relatives as are not already named I empower my executors
if they shall see it needful to give some small token of remembrance out
of such of the household utensils or my clothes as are not already personally
disposed of & from which source also my funeral expenses are to be
paid, but which I request may be as plain and at as little expense as can
be consistently with decency.
Josiah Parkin of Harbor Grace, Esquire maketh oath and saith that he was present and did see Mary Stretton, late of Harbor Grace aforesaid, widow, deceased, the Testatrix above named sign, seal and publish and declare the foregoing as for her last Will and Testament, and that the same was executed some time in the month of September of the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty five. And the deponent further saith that the said Testatrix at the time of publishing her said last Will and Testament was of perfect sound mind, memory and understanding avoiding? to the best of his knowledge and belief.
Sworn before me this 8th July 1831.
C. D. Archibald, Ch:Cl:& Regr.: Sup: Court.
I hereby certify that the foregoing pages three hundred and fifty three, fifty four, and fifty five, and fifty six contain a true and correct copy of the last Will of Mary Stretton as the same appears to have been proved before the Chief Clerk and Registrar of the Supreme Court and Probate thereof granted to the Executors and Executrix on the eighth day of July one thousand eight hundred and thirty one, and the same is hereby actually Registered by me this day.
Given under my hand at the Registrar of Deeds Office Harbor Grace this Sixteenth day of July one thousand eight hundred and third one 1831.
|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.
Contributed & Transcribed by Susan Snelgrove, Uxbridge, ON November 16, 2001
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (January 8, 2003)
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