Will of James Wilcox
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 page 24-26 probate year 1859.
name is spelled Wilcox and Willcocks in the will and Wilcod in the
James Wilcox deceased.
This the last will and testament of me James Wilcox or Willcocks of Brigus Conception Bay Newfoundland Planter- I appoint my sons Thomas Wilcox & William Wilcox & Samuel Wilcox senior of the South side of Brigus aforesaid executors of this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke all former wills by me heretofore made and declare this to be my only last will and testament,
First I give and bequeath unto my sons James, Samuel & John, the waterside premises I purchased from the estate of Nathaniel Munden-
Second- I give and bequeath to my sons Thomas & William twenty feet of the Battery Room adjoining their own premises so as to enlarge it for their better accommodation.
Third- I give and bequeath the remainder of my property called the Battery (& formerly belonging to Betsy Norman) to my sons James, Samuel & John.
Fourth- I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Edna my dwelling house at Brigus in which I live together with all my household furniture & effects therein contained and also the garden attached thereto for her sole use and benefit during her natural life and after her death I give & bequeath the said dwelling house furniture effects and garden to my two sons Samuel & John in Equal parts.
Fifth- I give and bequeath my large store facing the Pond to my four sons William, James, Samuel & John in equal parts William & James to have the eastern half.
Sixth, I give the waterside and quay facing the Pond with all right of way thereto to my five sons Thomas, William, James, Samuel & John to be for their joint use and occupation.
Seventh, I give and bequeath the new dwelling room opposite my own residence with all the land attached thereto to my sons William & James, share and share alike.
Eighth, I give and bequeath my large meadow measuring about five acres & situate to the west of Revd E. O'Keefs property, also my small meadow opposite Mr. Leamons together with my farm consisting of cleared & uncleared land near Cupids Pond & measuring about twenty five acres to my five before mentioned sons Thomas, William James, Samuel & John, for their joint use & benefit.
Ninth. I give & bequeath the land I recently purchased from William Mason & situate to the west of Saml Kings land to my son John for his sole use.
Tenth- I give and bequeath my fishing room & plantation, situate at Batto, Labrador, to my sons Thomas, William, James, Samuel & John for their joint use & occupation.
Eleventh, I give and bequeath the Brig "Margaret Grant" with all her tackle apparel and furniture including sealing gear & fishery gear at home & at Labrador, boats, nets and seines, to my sons William, James, Samuel & John in equal parts- I also leave the settling my account with Baine Johnston & Co. to them & they are to divide any balance for or against me, equally between them when the accounts with that house are closed up.
Twelfth- I desire the Barking Kettle to be used by my five before named sons as required-
Thirteenth, I give and bequeath my Horse, Carriage, carts & farming utensils to my wife Edna & my four sons William, James, Samuel & John for their joint use.
Fourteenth, my Pew in the Established Church occupied by Thomas & James I give them for their joint use, the pew in the gallery I give to my wife Edna for her use & the rest of the family- my pew in the Wesleyan Chapel I also leave to my wife Edna for her use & the rest of the family.
Fifteenth, I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary Bartlett & Susan Gowen six silver teaspoons each, and to my five before mentioned sons & wife Edna six silver tablespoons & sugar tongs- the said spoons to remain in possession of my wife Edna for her use during her lifetime- I leave my watch with the painted face to my son James & my other watch I give to my son John.
Sixteenth, It is my will and desire that my daughter Susan Gowen & her child should be supported from my estate while she remains in her present unprovided condition, but should her husband return & provide for her or should she marry again she shall have no claim upon the estate-
Seventeenth, I give and bequeath to my wife Edna and my sons William, James, Samuel & John all my outstanding debts.
Eighteenth, I give and bequeath to my wife Edna the money due me at the Union Bank also the interest of my four shares in that Bank for her sole use during her lifetime, the said shares after her decease I give as follows- one share to Mary Bartlett & Susan Gowen in equal parts, & three shares to my sons William, James, Samuel & John in equal parts and all the residue of my estate and effects of whatever discription I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Edna her executors and assigns.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand at Brigus Conception Bay aforesaid this eighth day of September one thousand eight hundred and sixty six. James Willcocks.
Signed by the said testator as his last will and testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, Robert Holland Taylor, J. Wilcox.
D. M. Browning