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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Ware


Will of William Ware
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 169-170 probate year 1854

In re
     William Ware      deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I William Ware formerly of Hansbridge near Dorset in the County of Dorset, England, but now of Crow Head in the Island of Twillingate, Newfoundland, being of sound mind but ill in body make this my last will and testament that all my worldly affairs may be settled and that I may be able to prepare myself without distraction for that great change which sooner or later must come upon all men.
1st I profess my belief in all the articles of the Christian Faith & my sole dependance upon the Lord Jesus Christ for the hope of salvation whose I am and whom I endeavour to serve.
2ly I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Anne Ware who has helped me by her steady industry & labour to get the little I possess all lands, houses, stores, boats, nets, cattle, in short all property both fixed & moveable & all monies in my possession at the time of my decease or lodged in the hands of others to be given when required & all debts of whatever kind due to me up to the time of my decease for her sole use & benefit during the term of her natural life, subject only to this reservation. Should the necessities of my aforesaid wife Anne Ware require her to sell any part of the aforesaid property which is fixed, I give her the power to do so but only upon a reasonable necessity which necessity I willingly leave to herself to judge of & likewise should her necessities require her to dispose of the moveable property such as nets, boats, skiffs, she is at liberty to sell such property.
3ly, Should any part of the aforesaid property remain at the decease of my aforesaid wife Anne Ware I will that the same be left to my nephew Job Hamlyn to whom I give all that may remain belonging to me at the time of my decease after the decease of my aforesaid wife Anne Ware for his own use & the use of his children to be divided or enjoyed in common as he may think proper or to be disposed of as he may think best for himself & children.
In witness whereof I sign my name this sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & fifty three.
William Ware.
Witness, Thomas Boone, Minister of the Parish.     James his X mark Sharp.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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