Source: TNA, PROB 11/1631
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In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Brown of Bonavista N F Land being weak of body but of sound and disposing Mind and Memory do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say I order that all my just Debts Funeral Expences and charge of proving this my Will be in the first place fully paid and satisfied and after payment thereof and of every part thereof I give and bequeath to my Brother George Brown Three hundred pounds Sterling I give and bequeath to my Brother James Brown Three hundred pounds Sterling I give and bequeath to my Brother William Brown Three hundred pounds Sterling I give and bequeath to my Sister Rebecca Tilly Four hundred pounds Sterling also my Fishing Room at Greenspond in the occupancy of Thomas Hunt I give and bequeath to my uncle William Burton One hundred pounds Sterling I give Give and bequeath to my aunt Jane Green One hundred pounds Sterling I give and bequeath to my Nephew James Bishop One hundred and twenty pounds Sterling also one Silver Watch and one Moiety of my wearing apparel to be paid him at his attaining the age of twenty one years I give and bequeath to my Nephew John Bishop two hundred pounds Sterling also one Silver watch one Moiety of my wearing apparel ??e Moiety of my Stage & fishing room formerly Christopher Cobbs and two Meadows formerly Downeys & Kellys to be put in possession at his attaining the age of twenty one years I give and bequeath to my Servant Ann Sherren two hundred pounds Sterling also my Bed and Bedding I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Tilly Senr Fifty pounds Sterlg I give and bequeath to the poor of Bonavista one hundred pounds Sterling to be paid in four yearly payments for cloathing at the discretion of a Committee of three persons approved by my Executor I give and bequeath to the Inhabitants of Bonavista the Frame of a new church erected in the church yard also Five hundred pounds Sterling to finish it but provided that it may not be all wanting for that purpose the residue I give to the poor in the same manner as that before bequeathed one Moiety of my late Fathers Room on Moiety of my room (late Christopher Cobbs) with all the remainder of my houses and Lands Boats craft Goods Chattels Debts ready Money effects and other my Estate whatsoever and wheresoever both real and personal I give and bequeath to my Brother Robert Brown and I do constitute and appoint Samson Mifflen Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Joseph Brown have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and Seal this Thirteenth day of December in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Nineteen I request that my Brothers James and William Brown do give their Sons Joseph Fifty pounds at their attaining the age of twenty one years from their respective Legacies Joseph Brown his Mark LS Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Brown as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto George Robbins Abraham Akerman Senr Thomas Bass I do also desire that my Brother Robert Brown shall support William Curdle in a decent manner during his natural life also that Thos Bass is to keep possession of the House lately purchased of John House at paying a yearly rent of two Shillings until he can pay the purchase Money I do also forgive Humber Green the Debt which he now owes me In Witness whereof I have set my hand and Seal the day and year before mentioned I have also to give my Brother Robert the remaining part of my Fathers Room as my Brother William has only one third part thereof Joseph Brown his Mark LS George Robins Abraham Akerman Senr Thomas Bass Proved at London with a Codl 24 July 1820 before the Judge by the Oath of Samson Mifflen the sole Executor to whom administration was granted having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer
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