Will of William Tuff
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 139 to 142 probate year 1831.
William Tuff deceased.
In the name of God Amen I William Tuff Senior Blacksmith of White Church Dorset but now an inhabitant of Western Bay Newfoundland being in perfect health and sound in mind and memory thanks be to God and calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the manner and form following
First I give and bequeathe to Sarah my dearly beloved wife the one half of my fishing room and all the fishing craft belonging to me at my decease. I likewise give and bequeath to my said wife the one half of the meadows gardens all the cattle dwelling house, cow house and store house, and all other outhouses belonging to me at my decease. I also give to my said wife one third part of all the money that may be found due to me into the hands of Mr. Joseph Reid Merchant in Sturminster, Dorset, also in the hands of Mr. John Colbourn Merchant in Sturminster Dorset England, as also the one third part of that money may be due and owing to me in the Government Funds in England after deducting what sum or sums may be necessary to defray my funeral expense which I desire may be paid out of said money of mine in England before a division may take place.
Also I give and bequeath to my wife all the money that may be found belonging to me in my house at my decease together with all the outstanding debts that may be owing to me within Newfoundland And after my said wife's decease I give and bequeath to my grandson William son of William the said half my fishing room gardens and meadows dwelling house and out houses as possessed by my said wife- I do also give and bequeath to my son William the other half of my fishing room meadows and gardens and all the smiths tools, and after my said son William's decease I give and bequeath to his son John the said part of the fishing room meadows and gardens as possessed by his father
I give to my son John after my decease all my room meadows and gardens situated in Ockerpit Cove and after my said son John's decease I give and bequeath the said room meadows and gardens in Ockerpit Cove to his oldest son then living at his decease I also give and bequeath to my son John all my wearing apperal excepting my best suit which I leave and bequeath to my grandson William son of William I likewise give to my said grandson William my large chest and my two trunks
I give and bequeath the remainder of my money in England that is to say the two thirds part thereof after paying my funeral expenses to be equally divided betwixt my children viz. Elizabeth, William, John, Mary and Ann And I likewise forgive and for ever acquit all the debts that my children may be owing to me at my decease and I do hereby declare that all and each specified in this my will and intention are to inherit and enjoy what is here set forth I do hereby bequeath to each of my daughters a feather bed and bedding that is to say Elizabeth Mary and Ann, I likewise give one feather bed and bedding to my grandson William son of William together with the watch that I wore during my lifetime I do also give and bequeath to the oldest son of John that may be then living at the time of my decease the watch that goes by the name of Josephs
I also desire that nothing shall be removed from my house till after my wifes decease but that all shall remain in her occupancy as it may stand at my decease excepting my wearing apperal which is to be delivered to my son John at the time of my decease. It is my will that the remainder of my movables not specified in this will and testament shall be divided according to the tenor of the paper that will be enclosed herein at the time of my decease.
I appoint William Tuff Junior in Western Bay and James Penney to be executors to this my last will and testament in Newfoundland, and Mr. Joseph Bird Merchant in Sturminster Dorset England to be executor to this my last will and testament in England
And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine. William Tuff (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said William Tuff Senior as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names, Matthew Dalton. James Penney. Innes Reid.
Be it known to all men by these presents that I William Tuff Senior Blacksmith of White Church Dorset now residenter in Western Bay Newfoundland have made and declared my last will and testament in writing bearing date the fourth day of May one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine I the said William Tuff by this present codicil do ratify and confirm my said last will and testament, and do further give and bequeath unto Sarah my beloved wife during her life time the yearly rent payable and arising out of the property I hold in mortgage in the town of South Booby Tracey in the County of Devonshire England and in the event of my said wifes decease before the term that the said mortgage ceases or expires I do give and bequeath the rent payable out of said property from the time of the decease of my wife to the expiry of the said mortgage to my children to be yearly equally divided amongst them I appoint William Tuff Junr Blacksmith and James Penney both residenters in Western Bay to be executors to this part of my last will and testament and my will and meaning is that this codicil be adjudged to be a part and parcel of my last will and testament and that all things therein mentioned and contained be faithfully and truly performed and as fully and amply in every respect as if the same were so declared and set down in my said last will and testament.
Witness my hand this fifth day of May one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine. William Tuff (LS) Signed in the presence of us
Matthew Dalton. James Penney. Innes Reid.
D. M. Browning