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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Taylor


Will of William Taylor
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 469 to 471 probate year 1845

In re
     William Taylor       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I William Taylor of Carbonear, Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament and desire it may be received as such.
Item, I give and bequeath to my wife Catherine Taylor my dwelling house and furniture, one third of the Kitchen garden and the back garden, the land in front of the house to the sea, half of the schooner Lavinia at her my wife's decease the vessel to be sold the net proceeds of such sale to be equally divided between my sons John & Richard also to my wife Catherine Taylor one half of the Brig Lady Young the profits arrising to that vessel during her life to be distributed to the children of my late son Nathaniel as she may think fit and at her death the said half of the Lady Young to be sold and the net produce to be equally divided between the children of my late son Nathaniel. Also to my wife Catherine Taylor what money I may die possessed of and at her death to be divided between my children.
To my son Edward I give the house he now occupies together with two thirds of the kitchen and the whole of the cellar garden in trust for his children who are not to dispossess him or his wife Maria during their lives.
To my son William the house and land now in his possession.
To my son John the house he now occupies as well as the land in trust for his children (who are not to dispossess him or his wife Mary during their lives) being bounded on the east by the sea, on the south by the brook, on the north by his brother William's house and on the west by the back fence.
To my sons John, Joseph & Edward equally that part of my land known by the name Marsh from the water to the back fence, in dividing the same Joseph is to have the southern part.
To my son Richard the house, garden and land he at present occupies in trust for his children, that is to say, William & George are to have the dwelling house & garden, the remainder to be equally divided, to receive no possession during their father's life.
To my son Joseph in trust for his children the house, gardens &c. now in his occupancy, the children to have no claim during his life.
To my late son Nathaniel's children the house and gardens they and their mother possess at present on this express condition, their mother Ann Taylor can remain in the house during her life.
To my grandson Augustus Taylor my right title and interest in and to house, gardens &c. now in the occupancy of his father Francis Taylor situate on the north side of this Harbour.
Lastly, I wish it to be perfectly understood that the bequeaths aforesaid to my sons do not give them any right to grant, bargain or sell any part of land or houses from their children. I constitute and appoint Thomas Chancey and Nicholas Nicholl executors to this my last will and testament.
Signed and sealed in Carbonear this seventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty seven. William his x mark Taylor (LS).
Sign'd and seal'd in the presence of us the words "express condition" being interlined. Philip Toque.     W.W. Bemister.

Codicil, Be it known to all whom it may concern I Willim Taylor testator to the aforesaid will and testament being this day of sound mind and memory have made the following alteration and desire it may be so received, First the Brig Lady Young being lost and my proportion of said vessel say one half being in money which together with the one half of the schooner Lavinia and what ever money else I may die possess'd of, I give to my dear wife Catherine Taylor during her life to be used as she may think proper and at her decease what may be left to be equally divided between my sons and daughter Julia Chancey. And further as it has pleased Almighty God to remove Thomas Chancey one of my former nam'd executors, I hereby constitute and appoint John Bemister to act in his stead.
The above signed and seal'd in Carbonear this fifth day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty one. Willm his x mark Taylor (LS) Witness, W.W. Bemister.

Certified Correct,
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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 16, 2003)

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