Will of Robert Waterman
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 48 to 50 probate year 1867
Robert Waterman deceased.
In the name of God Amen. I Robert Waterman of Fogo in the Northern District of Newfoundland, Planter, being in my perfect health and of good sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament cancelling annulling and revoking any other will or testament hitherto made by me-
First I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it firmly believing at the resurrection through the merits of my Redeemer to be received into everlasting life and my body to the earth to be buried after a decent Christian manner-
Second, I will and ordain that a head stone with a suitable inscription shall be placed over my grave, and that the cost of the same as well as the expenses of my funeral shall be paid for by my beloved sons John & Joseph Waterman
Third, I will and bequeath unto my aforesaid beloved son John Waterman the large dwelling house in which he now resides and the sum of thirty two pounds currency now at interest in the Saint John's Savings Bank.
Fourth, I will and bequeath unto my beloved son Joseph Waterman, the dwelling house in which he resides, and which was always considered his own, also the sum of thirty two pounds currency now at interest in the Saint John's Savings Bank.
Fifth, I will and bequeath unto my beloved son Henry Waterman the sum of six pounds currency now at interest in the Saint John's Savings Bank also I will and ordain that my beloved sons John and Joseph Waterman, shall pay after my demise the sum of twenty pounds currency to my said beloved son Henry Waterman, in lieu of all his claims on my fishing room & property.
Sixth, I will and bequeath unto my beloved grandson James Waterman (the son of John) the whole interest on the sum of seventy pounds currency (which was deposited in the Saint John's Savings Bank in my name on the thirteenth day of October 1856) from the time it was deposited until it will be drawn after my demise, when he attains the age of twenty one years.
Seventh, I will and bequeath unto my aforesaid beloved sons John and Joseph Waterman, all and singular my fishing room, stores, stages, flakes, gardens, houses, and all my landed property wherever situate, cattle, seines, nets, and all the fishing craft, boats, and everything else on the premises, and all my personal effects, that I may die possessed of to be used jointly and severally by the said John and Joseph Waterman in equal shares.
Eight, I hereby nominate constitute and appoint the Reverend Reginald Malcolm Johnson, my son John Waterman and Richard Power, all of Fogo to be my executors.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal at Fogo, Newfoundland, the nineteenth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, A.D. 1863, and in the twenty seventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria the first.
Robert his X mark Waterman (LS)
Signed, sealed, acknowledged and delivered by the testator as his last will and testament after being read over and perfectly understood, in presence of, Reginald M. Johnson, Missionary Incumbent of Fogo, Richard Power.
Codicil, I Robert Waterman, do further will and ordain that I deem it necessary to alter the foregoing will made by me on the nineteenth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, A.D. 1863, that is to say, I now will & bequeath unto my beloved grandson James Waterman (son John) the sum of ten pounds currency out of the money in the Savings Bank and all and singular the remainder of the said money as well as all my other property is to be divided into equal shares between all my beloved sons, namely, John Waterman, Joseph Waterman, David Waterman, William Waterman and Henry Waterman, my said beloved sons are to pay all my just debts, my funeral expenses, my head stone and all expenses in proving and taking probate for this my last will and testament. I further disallow my first executors and appoint in their stead the Reverend Alfred M. Oakley, Martin Stone and William Boman(?) all of Fogo as witness my hand and seal- Robert his X mark Waterman (LS)
Signed sealed acknowledged published and declared by the said testator as his last will and testament after having been read over and fully understood by the said testator this eleventh day of January, one thousand eight hundred & sixty seven
Alfred M. Oakley, Henry Sims-
D. M. Browning