Will of William Watkins Sr.
from Newfoundland will books volume 5 page 699 probate year 1892
William Watkins Sr. deceased.
The last will and Testament of William Watkins Sr
Probate year 1892, Estate Files, LDS microfilm # 2057390
This is the last will and testament of me William Watkins Sr of Herring Neck in the district of Twillingate, Newfoundland and now residing at Herring Neck in the said district, a widower living on my income.
First. I give, devise and bequeath my two (?) Salmon & Herring nets, & punts to my two sons William and George to be equally divided amongst them.
Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my son George, my dwelling house, two stores, stage and flakes.
Third. I give, devise and bequeath my two gardens situate on Philpotts Island & Gut Arm to my two sons William & George.
Fourth. I give, devise and bequeath my household furniture, bedding, stoves ? be equal parts to my two sons William & George.
Fifth. if the moneys of which I may be possessed at the time of my decease and after the expenses of my burial (including the erection of a headstone which I desire may be placed marking the spot where my lies), are defrayed together with any just or lawful debts I may have contracted are defrayed.
I give, devise and bequeath unto the Revd George Seymour Chamberlain Clerk in Holy Order & now Incumbent of Herring Neck, or in the event of his decease, or removal from the said mission of Herring Neck, to his successor, absolutely, the sum of forty dollars to be applied by him, as in his discretion he shall deem most expedient, towards the completion of the new
church now building in this settlement and a further sum of four dollars &
eighty cents (viz one pound sterling) to the same person to preach a funeral
sermon at or on the Sunday following my interment as he shall deem most expedient.
Sixth. I give, devise and bequeath eighty dollars to my daughter Isabella, wife of Henry Oxford.
Seventh. I give, devise and bequeath eighty dollars to my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Matthew Verge & now residing in Moreton's Harbour.
Eigth. I give, devise and bequeath one hundred & sixty dollars to my son George.
Nineth I give, devise and bequeath five hundred & twenty dollars to my son William & the residue if any, to be equally divided (share and share alike) amongst my two sons William & George, their heirs, assigns & administrators for their own use and benefit- absolutely and for ever, and I thereby appoint the Revd G. S. Chamberlain (or in the event of his decease or removal) the resident Church of England Clergyman in the Mission & Mr Francis Miles of Salt Harbour, the Executers of this my last will and testament and I thereby revoke all previous wills by me at any time heretofore made.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand this eigth day of February - in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and ninety two.
William Watkins Sr X his mark
Signed by the said William Watkins sen the Testator, by affixing this mark thereunto in our presence, who in his presence and in the presence of each other at the same time, subscribed our names as witnesses hereto. Herbert Gabeirl?, Charles Philpott, Benjamin E Ing ? (Say? Soy?), Constable