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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Edward Walmsley

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of Edward Walmsley
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 498 probate year 1847

In re Edward Walmsley      deceased.

In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and testament of Edward Walmsley of Carbonear in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant. First I order and direct that all my debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid as soon as convenient after my decease I request that my executors hereinafter named shall carry on the Seal Fishery for the present spring after the conclusion of which it is my will and desire that my said executors shall sell and dispose of all my lands tenements and Brigs Schooners Boats and Craft together with all my merchandise and property of every description whatsoever the whole proceeds of which I hereby will and bequeath to my two sons at present minors, that is to say to my son John Walmsley and to my son William Walmsley share and share alike with the exception of the bequest hereinafter mentioned. It is my will and desire that my executors shall pay such sums annually for the support of my said two sons as in their discretion they shall think meet and proper And it is my will that when my said oldest son John shall become of age that my said executor shall pay to him his full share of the said residue of my said estate and in like manner when my youngest son William shall be of age my said executors will pay to him his said full share. I will and bequeath to my father Richard Walmsley and to my mother Mary Walmsley the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to them or the survivor of them by my said executors and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my friends John Munn, Esq. of Harbor Grace, Merchant, and John Rorke, Esq. of Carbonear, Merchant, executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Carbonear aforesaid this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. Edward Walmsley (LS)
Signed sealed and delivered by the within named testator in our presence the same having first been read over in his hearing and our hearing. Joseph H. Taylor,    John Snowball, W.M.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of Edward Walmsley
from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 25 to 27 probate year 1847.

In the name of God Amen. This is the last will and testament of Edward Walmsley of Carbonear in the island of Newfoundland Merchant. First I order and direct that all my debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid as soon as convenient after my decease. I request that my executors hereinafter named shall carry on the Seal Fishery for the present spring after the conclusion of which it is my will and desire that my said Executors shall sell and dispose of all my lands, tenements, and brigs, schooners, boats and craft together with all my merchandise and property of every description whatsoever the whole proceeds of which I hereby will and bequeath to my two sons at present minors, that is to say to my son John Walmsley and to my son William Walmsley share and share alike with the exception of the bequest hereinafter mentioned. It is my will and desire that my executors shall pay such sums annually for the support of my said two sons as in their discretion they shall think meet and proper - And it is my will that when my said oldest son John shall become of age that my said Executors shall pay to him his full share of the said residue of my said Estate and in like manner when my youngest son William shall be of age my said Executors will pay to him his said full share. I will and bequeath to my father Richard Walmsley and to my mother Mary Walmsley the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to them or the survivor of them by my said Executors ~ And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my friends John Munn, Esq. of Harbour Grace Merchant and John Rorke, Esq. of Carbonear Merchant Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Carbonear aforesaid this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. Edward Walmsley L.S.
Signed sealed and delivered by the within named Testator in our presence the same having first been read over in his hearing and our hearing. Joseph H. Taylor,   John Snowball, W.M.

In the Supreme Court.
This Deponent Joseph H. Taylor of Carbonear Accountant maketh oath and saith that he this Deponent was present and actually saw Edward Walmsley sign seal and deliver the annexed paper writing as and for his last Will and Testament on the day of the date thereof at which time the said will was read over in the hearing of this Deponent and of the said testator and also of the Reverend John Snowball who subscribed their names thereto as Witnesses attesting the due execution thereof. Joseph H. Taylor.
Sworn to at Harbour Grace this 26th January A.D. 1847.
Before me, John Stark Commissioner Supreme Court.

 

 

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 Benoit (August 8, 2002)

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