Source: TNA, PROB 11/1221
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In the Name of God Amen I John Sweet Inhabitant of Trinity in Newfoundland being of sound and disposing Mind and Memory thanks be to God for it do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First of all I recommend my Soul to Almighty God thro the Merits of Jesus Christ and my Body to ths Dust to be Buried at the Discretion of my Friends Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Wife Mary Sweet all her Wearing Apparell and Furniture and all and every Sum and Sums of Money that I shall or may be possessed of at the time of my Decease whether in England or here in whose hands soever it may appear to be she paying out of it the Sum of Fifty Pounds unto my Daughter Ann Sweet as shall be after named Fmore I Give and Bequeath unto my said Wife twelve Pounds Sterling per Annum to be paid to her by my said wife by my two Sons or whomsoever shall Occupy my said Room hereinafter mentioned to her their Mother for her natural Life and afterward to continue the same to my Daughter Ann Sweet if she should be then unmarried but when she's Married that is to cease Item I Give and Devise to my Son John Sweet and his Heirs my now Dwelling House wth the two Gardens adjoining and the Cow House that is between them I also Give and Bequeath unto him the ? W part of my now fishing Room (that is to say) my Landwash Flakes and the three Narrow Flakes that is opposite to them with all the Beach that's betwixt them and more thirty Foot on that part my larger Beach next to what before mentioned say thirty foot from the now Boundarys of the Church Yard where there Door or Hatch now is thro wch we go from my now Dwelling House to the Church thence in a Direct line down to the Path and more the?? lower part of the small beach on the South side of the Path that goes down from my now dwelling House to the Stage and more one Moiety of my Stage or Stages of the Store House and what other House or Houses may be on the Premises at my Decease more than is hereafter mentioned wth one Moiety of the Meadow thats near the House that's to say the Farthest part from the Storehouse and also my three Meadows in the sound known by the name of Uppe and Middle Lance Cove and Goosbery Point to him and his Heirs I Give the above Item I Give and Demise unto my Son William Sweet and his Heirs a sufficient Roome to Build a Dwelling House on the Upper part of the small beach on the South side the path going Down towards the Stage as is before mentioned where there is now two small Houses and all that point of Land to the S:E of it as far as mine and also the Garden next to the Store House and the Largest Beach as far as the Boundarys before fixt for his Brother John that's to say thirty Foot from the Fence that now makes the Church yard that part of it as before where is a Door or hatch thro which to go to Church from thence in a right line down to the path with the three narrow Flakes inside the said Beach and also the ???? Flake or Flakes ??ward from that and I do Further Give and Bequeath to my Son Wm Sweet and his heirs the other Moiety of my Stage or Stages and also of the Store Houses and the other Moiety of the Meadow that part that's next the Storehouse and the Moiety or one half what other House or Houses may be ont he premises more than before mentioned at the time of my Decease Item I Give and Devise unto my Daughter Ann Sweet all her wearing Apparel and Furniture and my two ?? Rooms at Hants Harbour known by the Name of John Quekers Room wch Appears by an Instrument to have been purchased from George Garland and more I Give and Bequeath to my said Daughter Ann Sweet the Sum of Fifty Pounds to be paid her by my Executrix hereinafter named out of what I have Bequeathed her Item I give and Demise unto my two Sons John and William Sweet all my Roome at the South West part of Sammon Cove to them and their Heirs for ever to be equal between them wth all its profits and advantages wth whatever Stage or Stages house or Houses or whatever may be there at the time of my Decease Further I Give and Bequeath unto my two Sons John and William Sweet all my Boats of every sort with Sails Netts and all manner of Fishing Craft belonging to the Fishery to be equally Divided between them he large Kettle included and as to my Household Goods and whatever Stock of Provision of every kind as well live Stock as otherwise not before named I Give and Bequeath it to and amongst my wife Mary Sweet and my two Sons John and William Sweet and my Daughter Ann Sweet to be equally Divided amongst them Lastly I make ordain and appoint my Wife Mary Sweet to be my Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In Witness of which I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Fourteenth Day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty three John Sweet JS his Mark LS Signed Sealed and Declared to be the last Will and Testament in the presence of Jno Warden Jno Clark On the eighteenth Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two administration (with the will annexed of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of John Sweet late of the Bay of Trinity in the island of Newfoundland deceased was granted to Ann Dampier formerly Sweet wife of Thomas Dampier the natural and lawful Daughter and one of the next of kin of the said deceased having been first sworn by Commission duly to administer Mary Sweet widow the Relict of the said Deceased and the sole Executrix named in the said will Surviving the said Deceased but dying without taking upon her the Execution thereof and no Residuary Legatee being named therein
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