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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Sarah Tuff
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 359 & 360 probate year 1841
Sarah Tuff deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I Sarah Tuff widow of Western Bay in the Island of Newfoundland being in perfect health and sound in mind & memory do make this my last will and testament viz. Principly and first of all I give and bequeath to William Tuff, John Tuff, Elizabeth Moores, Mary Penny and Ann Garland my children and William Tuff son of William my grandson all the money that shall be due to me at the time of my death now in the hands of Mr. Joseph Bird Merchant of Sturminster Dorset, England, and also all the money that shall be found in my house at the time of my decease each of whom are to have an equal share after all the expenses of my last affliction & my burial (which I request may be decent) and the putting of a headstone to the head of my grave next to that of my departed husband and all my other lawfull debts shall have been paid. My grandson William son of William shall have an equal share of my money with my own children provided he remain with me untill my death but not otherwise.
I give and bequeath to my grandson William Tuff son of William my half of the fishing room my half of the meadows and gardens as left by my late husband now in my occupation and also my cow house store house and the large bread chest in the store house also the dwelling house I now occupy together with all other outhouses belonging to me at the time of my decease. I give and bequeath to my said grandson William the son of William the bed that he now uses with all the cloathing belonging to it and all the loose boxes about the premises and also a Heifer if I possess one at the time of my death. I give and bequeath to my son William Tuff all my live cattle not before mentioned that shall be found in my possession at the time of my decease provided that he give to my other children goods or money to the amount in value of an equal share to each.
I give and bequeath to my three daughters Elizabeth Moores Mary Penny and Ann Garland all my wearing apparel that shall be found in my possession at the time of my decease to be equally divided by themselves and not by the executors of this will.
I give to my daughter Ann Garland the bed which I now use with all the furniture belonging to it.
I give to my grandson Joseph the son of William Tuff the chest which belonged to his uncle Joseph.
And all the furniture and goods that shall be found in my house at the time of my decease not otherwise willed shall be equally divided among my own children and my grandson William Tuff the son of William Provided nevertheless that should my grandson William Tuff the son of William aforesaid die without lawful issue my grandson Joseph Tuff the son of William Tuff shall possess inherit and enjoy all the right title and interest that his brother William Tuff my grandson possessed inherited and enjoyed or would have inherited possessed and enjoyed had he lived; in my half of the fishing room my half of the meadows and gardens now in my occupation or left by my late husband also my cow house store house and the dwelling house I now occupy the same as if they had been willed to him my said grandson Joseph Tuff the son of William Tuff provided also that should my son William die and leave his son unprovided for he shall be provided for by whichever of the brothers (that is whether William or Joseph) possess inherit and enjoy the property above named. Revoking all others I make this my last will and testament
Witness my hand and seal (where stamps are not used) this 27 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight and of our Sovereign the Queen Victoria the second year. Sarah Tuff her x mark (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered by the said Sarah Tuff as her last will and testimony in the presence of us Joseph Tuff, Geo. Ellidge, James Penney.
I appoint Joseph Bird Merchant of Sturminster Dorset England to be executor of this my last will and testament as far as it related to the money due to me in England and William Tuff my son and James Penney my son in law to be executors of this my last will and testament as far as it relates to all my money goods and property in Newfoundland Signed Sarah Tuff her x mark (LS) Witnesses, James Penney, Joseph Tuff, Geo. Ellidge. Western Bay August 27, 1838.
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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