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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Williams Sr.


Will of William Williams Sr.
of Bay Bulls, Newfoundland
dated 1817

Probated 1818
In the Probate Court Saint John’s Newfoundland

In the Name of God, Amen.  I, William Williams Senior of Bay Bulls in Newfoundland being through the Mercy and goodness of God , tho weak in body, yet of found and perfect understanding and memory, do constitute this my last Will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such.-

I most humbly bequeath my Soul to God my maker beseeching His most gracious acceptance of it,

As to my Worldly Estate, I will and positively order that all my debts be paid, and that I do hereby constitute and appoint two of my sons (John Williams and Martin Williams) to be my executors, to transact all matters whatsoever relative to these presents viz.

I bequeath to the aforesaid John Williams Seventy- four pounds, and I give to Martin Williams, One hundred pounds.  To the children of my son Thomas Williams, One hundred and fifteen pounds, to the children of my son William Williams, One hundred and fifteen pounds, to the children of my son Joseph Williams One hundred pounds, to my son Richard, One hundred pounds.  To my son Philip,  One hundred pounds, and to my son Jeremiah I bequeath all my right title and interest in the House wherein I now dwell, together with the fishing Room and plantations thereto belonging, but that he is to live and abide with his two brothers (unmarried) in the same premises until he is considered to be of sufficient age and experience, by my aforesaid Executors to manage for himself and I also bequeath the said Jeremiah, One hundred pounds.  I also bequeath to my daughter Betsey, One hundred pounds, to my daughter Peggy, One hundred pounds.  To my daughter Nelly One hundred and fifty pounds and to my daughter Mary, Two hundred pounds.

I also give and bequeath to my aforesaid children any other property to be belonging not herein before particularly mentioned.  The distribution thereof to be left to my aforesaid Executors as follows, a fishing room that I have lately let to John Demlop.  Monies and Cash that may be left after my funeral and other expenses.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Fifth day of December 1817.

Sealed, published and declared  by the above named William Williams for and as his Last Will and Testament.

Wm Williams

In the presence of us.
John L. Mackie
John Ryan
Michael Coady



Page Transcribed by Cheri Wheeler

REVISED: May 2002 (Craig Peterman)

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