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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Henry Wiseman

Disclaimer: The wills for volumes 1 and 2 are not made from the original will books, but rather from a set of books written up from the originals about 100 years later. The 1846 hand written will book that we are putting up along with the wills from the volume 1 will book, is not the original will book. It was made, probably within a decade of the death of the testators, but it is not an exact replication from the original will book.

 

Will of Henry Wiseman
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 552 & 553 probate year 1848

In re
     Henry Wiseman       deceased.

In the name of God Amen, I Henry Wiseman of Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make ordain and constitute this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say,
First I give and bequeath to my wife Grace during her natural life for her own sole use and benefit all my real and personal property whatsoever and after her decease then in manner following that is to say, I give and bequeath to my three sons Thomas Wiseman, Patrick Wiseman, and Francis Wiseman in equal shares and to their heirs for ever for their respective uses and benefit all that plantation dwelling house and outhouse situate in Hr Grace aforesaid and at present in my occupancy bounded on the north by the Lady Pond Road, on the east by Pynn and on the west by Alcock and my son John Wiseman. I also give and bequeath to my said sons Thomas Patrick and Francis in equal shares all (with one exception which I will hereinafter mention) my premises situate at the Weather Point for the use and behoof of my said sons and their heirs for ever. The exception to which I allude is a piece of land between the Weather and Pomeroy's immediately east of my own fishing room, being forty feet square of uncleared ground, also a piece of waterside for a fishing room if he should want it for his own particular and immediate use (but not for a stranger) to measure thirty feet frontage, which piece of land and waterside I give my son William and to his heirs for ever. I also give my said son William and his heirs for ever all that marsh to the north of the Lady Pond Road and bounded by Thomas Malone on the west, and on the east by James Wiseman and Patrick Moore. I give and bequeath to my son James all that piece of land that James Power formerly occupied situate in the rear of the said Lady Pond Road as specified by said Power's bill of sale.
With respect to my son John I consider that he has already had his share being the same that he now occupies. It is also my will and desire that the sum of ten pounds currency be paid by my said sons Thomas, Patrick and Francis unto my son Henry Wiseman in lieu of all claims or of any further bequest of mine to him whatsoever. I mean ten pounds in all.
And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends John Munn, Esquire and Mr John Richards and Mr. William Charles St. John executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all other wills or testaments at any time heretobefore by me made.

In witness whereof I the said Henry Wiseman have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fifth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. Henry mark X of Wiseman.
Signed sealed and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands in testimony of the same. Thos. Godden   Wm. Chas. St. John.   John Richards.

Certified correct
D.M. Browning
Registrar


Will of Henry Wiseman from Newfoundland will book labeled, "REGISTRY OF WILLS 1846," pages 153 to 155 probate year 1848.

In the name of God Amen, I Henry Wiseman of Harbour Grace in the Island of Newfoundland Planter being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make ordain and constitute this my last Will and Testament in manner following ~ that is to say ~

First I give and bequeath to my wife Grace during her natural life for her own sole use and benefit all my real and personal property whatsoever and after her decease then in manner following ~ that is to say ~ I give and bequeath to my three sons Thomas Wiseman, Patrick Wiseman, and Francis Wiseman in equal shares and to their heirs for ever ~ for their respective uses and benefit, all that plantation dwelling house and outhouses situate in Harbor Grace aforesaid, and at present in my occupancy ~ bounded on the North by the Lady Pond Road, on the east by Pynn, and on the West by Alcock and my son John Wiseman. I also give and bequeath to my said sons Thomas Patrick and Francis in equal shares all (with an exception which I will hereinafter mention) my premises situate at the Weather Point for the use and behoof of my said sons and their heirs for ever. The exception to which I allude is a piece of land between the Weather and Pomeroy's immediately east of my own Fishing Room, being forty feet square of uncleared ground. Also a piece of Water Side for a Fishing Room if he should want it for his own particular and immediate use. (but not for a stranger) to measure thirty feet frontage, which piece of land and water side I give my son William and to his heirs for ever. I also give my said son William and his heirs for ever all that marsh to the north of the said Lady Pond Road and bounded by Thomas Malone on the west, and on the east by James Wiseman and Patrick Moore.
I give and bequeath to my son James all that piece of land that James Power formerly occupied situate in the rear of the said Lady Pond Road as specified by said Power's bill of sale.
With respect to my son John I consider that he has already had his share being the same that he now occupies.
It is also my will and desire that the sum of Ten Pounds Currency be paid by my said sons Thomas, Patrick and Francis unto my son Henry Wiseman in lieu of all claims or of any further bequest of mine to him whatsoever. I mean ten pounds in all.
And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty friends John Munn, Esq. and Mr John Richards and Mr. Wm Chas St. John Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all other wills or testaments at any time heretofore made by me.

In witness whereof I the said Henry Wiseman have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty seven. Henry Wiseman his mark.
Signed sealed and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto set our hands in Testimony of the same. Thomas Godden    William Charles St. John.   John Richards.

In the Supreme Court
This Deponent William Charles St. Johns of Harbour Grace, Gentleman, maketh oath and saith that he this Deponent was present and actually saw Henry Wiseman sign seal and deliver the within paper writing as and for his last will and testament on the day of the date thereof, at which time the said Henry Wiseman was of sound mind and memory and perfect understanding. Wm. Chs. St. John
Sworn at Harbour Grace this fifth day of July 1848 before John Stark. Commissioner of Supreme Courts Probate Court.

 

 

Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written 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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (October 30, 2002)

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