21 June 1765 Will of James Sanders of Bonavista (proved 22 November 1770)

The original document can be obtained online from The National Archives.

Source: TNA, PROB 11/958

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In the Name of God Amen
I James Sanders of Sopley in Hampshire but now in and of
Bonavist Mewfound Land Inhabitant of Boatkeeper being
of perfect Sound Mind and Memory but in a weak Condition
and calling to Mind the Mortality of my Body and to Prevent
disputes after my decease do make this my last Will and
Testament in manner following principally and first of
all I ecommend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body
to the Earth to be decently buried and as touching such
Worldly Goods wherewith it has pleased God to bless
me I give and dispose of as follows Imprimis I give and
bequeath to my beloved Nephew William Wilshire the
Sum of Ten Pounds Ster Money of Great Britain to be
paid by my Executor at the end of Six Months after my
decease Item I give to my beloved Nephew Thomas
Wiltshire now in this Place the full two thirds of all my
Lands Tenements and Hereditaments of all Fishing
Rooms Stages Flackes Boats Fishing Crafts and whatsoever
Goods or Chattels household Goods Wearing Apparel

except is hereafter excepted to him and to his Heirs forever
they lying and being in Bonavist Bay in Newfound Land
Item I give to my beloved Nephew William Virge now in this
place the full one third of all my Lands Tenements and
Hereditaments of all fishing Rooms Stages Flacks Boats
Fishing Crafts and whatsoever Goods or Chattels house
hold Goods wearing Apparel except what is hereafter
excepted that I shall be Possessed of in Bonavist Bay in
Newfound Land at the time of my decease to him and his
Heirs forever Item I give to my old servant John Lane a suit of
my Wearing Cloaths that I used to wear on Sundays the Coat-
?l?e with a Suitable Wastcoat and Breeches Item I appoint my
beloved Friend Martin Luther as a Trustee to settle all
my Accounts in Newfound Land and to Pay all my Debts
due in this County as far as my Fish and oil shall go and
no further and if after settlement any Money shall remain
due to me the same he shal remit to my Executor hereinafter
named it is  further my Will notwithstanding what is
before said that I impower the said Martin Luther to
draw Bills on Christopher Cobb of Ringwood in Hampshire
for the Payment of my Servants Wages with the Doctors
Bill if the Present Voyage will not afford Bills of exchange
to pay the same Item I appoint my beloved Friends James
Magwick and William Browne both now in this place
to be Guardians to my before named Nephews Thomas
Wiltshire and William Virge to improve their several
Legacies and allow them a Convenient Allowance out 
of what they can make for them till they shall each attain
the age of twenty four years and then to be put in full
possession as they shall respectively arrive to that age
Item I will that the new Cloaths that came to me from
England this year to be sold by Martin Luther and the Money
that shall be made of them shell go with the produce of
this present Voyage towards paying my Debts and Expences
as also my Silver Watch is to be disposed of in like manner
with the New Cloaths Item I give to my beloved Kinsman
James Cobb Son of Christopher and Sarah Cobb of Ringwood
over and above his part of what Money I shall have in
England after all my just Debts are paid as hereafter 
mentioned Item I give to my beloved Kinswoman Jane Cobb
the like sum of Fifty pounds Ster over and above her Share after
my just Debts are paid as aforesaid Item all the rest and
Residue of my Money in England wherever it be whether
by Bill Bond Debt or otherwise to be equally Shared
between Christopher and Sarah Cobbs four Children to
say James Cobb Jane Cobb and their other two sons by
whatever Names they may be called as I do not exactly
know their Names observing that James Cobb and
Jane Cobb are to have Fifty pounds each more than the
other to as aforesaid First my Executor being to Pay all my
just Debts that are due or that shall become due on this
Voyage in Newfoundland or else where Whereas

by Account received from Messrs William and M???es
??illier of Ringwood this year there appears to be due
to me a Ballance of Fifty two pounds fourteen shillings
and two pence half penny sterling I require my Executor
to receive the same and add it to what other Money
he has of mine Item I appoint my beloved Nephew
Christopher Cobb and Sarah his Wife my Executor and
Executrix of this my last Will and Testament as far as
relates to my Affairs in England revoking all other
Wills Legacys and Bequests whatever I confirm this
as my last Will and Testament which I have signed
with my own hand in Bonavist Newfoundland this
21st day of June in the year of our Lord 1765 James
Sanders signed sealed Published Pronounced and
declared to be his last Will and Testament in Presence
of us W Keen  Richard Dew  Buckle Shepard

This Will was proved at London before the Right
Worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or
Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully
constituted on the twenty second day of November in the
year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
seventy by the Oaths of Christopher Cobb the Nephew of
the said deceased and Sarah Cobb Wife of the said Cobb
the Executors named in the said Will so far as it relates
to the Deceaseds Affairs in England to whom administration
was granted for the Purposes aforesaid but no further or
otherwise they having been first sworn by Commission
duly to administer

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