Source: TNA, PROB 11/2040
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In the Name of God Amen I Henry Brown of Salvage Planter in the Norther n District of Newfoundland being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory do make and constitute this to be my last Will and Testament in the manner following that is to say after my just debts funeral expences and charges of proving this my last Will and Testament be in the first place fully and lawfully paid and satisfied and after payment hereof of every part thereof as touching my worldly affairs whereof it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in manner following that is to say I give and bequeath to Hannah my beloved Wife all my lands goods and chattels situated in Salvage Bonavista Bay North ern District of Newfoundland aforesaid subject to the undermentioned clauses that is to say my dearly beloved Wife is to have the mange ment of all my affairs for the benefit of herself and children during her natural life but should she live unto James John and William our sons attain the age of eighteen years and then they should wish to seperate from their Mother then I will that what property should be then remaining to be equally divided between my beloved Wife and my three sons say one quarter each my Wifes part for her natural life and then to fall to my three sons our three girls to be under the management of their dear Mother and Brothers to be taken care of until they shall be otherwise provided for but in case my beloved Wife should die before the Girls are provided for then the brothers are to support them With respect to what money I shall die possessed of I will that it be under the controul of my beloved Wife as well what is in England as what is in this Country to be equally divided between my beloved Wife and my three sons but as unforessen accidents may arise and part of this money may be wanted for the trade I will that my Wife and my sons bear each a proportional part until the sons separate from their Mother then they are to have their part of what remains What money is in Mr Birds hands in England is the property of Hannah my beloved Wife and at her disposal I also constitute appoint make and ordain John Mifflen of Bonavista Merchant and Joseph Brown of Kings Cove Planter my Executors to this my last Will and Testament in case any misunderstanding between my beloved Wife and her children I also have to request my brother Joseph Brown to see that my children be taken care of and brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord I hereby confirm this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine Henry his x mark Brown Signed sealed and declared by the said Testator Henry Brown as and for his last Will and Testa ment in the presnce who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other has subscribed our names as Witnesses there to Edward Mifflen Abraham Akerman ?????? R Mifflen In the Probate office of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland By the Honorable James ??mms Esquire Acting Chief Justice and the Honorable Geo?? Lilly and Hugh Alexander ?????? Esquires Assistant Judges of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland We do by these presents make known to all Men that on the twentieth day of August AD One thousand eight hundred and forty five and in the ninth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Victoria before William Sweetland Esquire a Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Newfound land the last Will and Testament of Henry Brown late of Salvage Bonavista Bay in the Northern District Planter deceased hereunto annexed was proved approved and ordered to be registered the said deceased having whilst living and at the time of his death divers Goods Chattels credits and effects in the said Island and within the Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland By reason whereof the proving and registering the said Will and granting Letters of Administration of all and singular the Rights Goods Chattels Credits and effects of the said deceased and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the accounts thereof are well known to appertain only and wholly to the said Supreme Court and that administration of all and singular the Rights goods chat tels credits and effects of the said deceased and any way concerning his last Will and Testament was granted to John Mifflin of Bonavista afore said Merchant and Joseph Brown of Kings Cove Planter the Executors named in the said Will they having first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the rights goods chattels credits and effects of the said deceased and to exhibit the same unto the Registry of the said Supreme Court of New foundland at St Johns in the Island aforesaid on or before the last day of August next and also to render a just and true account thereof when thereto lawfully required In testimony whereof We have caused the seal of the said Supreme Court to be hereunto affixed at St Johns aforesaid the eleventh day of September AD one thousand eight hundred and forty five By Order C M Archibald Chief Clerk & Registrar Proved at London the 4th August 1846 before the Judge by the Oaths of John Mifflen and Joseph Brown the Brother the Executors to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Comon duly to administer
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