In re OLIVER BENNETT deceased.
In the name of God Amen. This fifth day of September, in the year of Our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and thirteen. I Oliver Bennett of Bell Island Conception Bay, Newfoundland, fisherman and farmer, being weak of body; but of sound mind and memory, thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortality of the body, knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my sole last will and testament in the following manner and form:-
First, I give and bequeath to my wife Susannah Bennett, my dwelling house and all contained therein, together with one acre of land attached to said dwelling house, beginning at rear of house and running South to measurement of acre. And my wife shall hold full possession of same during the balance of her life and she can dispose of same in any manner, or to whom she may deem it fit, at her death And my wife also shall possess Cattle & poultry, if any at my death and can dispose of same as she may deem expedient.
Also, I give to my two sons, Abraham Bennett and Oliver Bennett all the rest of my land at “Pendergasts Ridge” (adjoining the acre already given to my wife Susannah Bennett and beginning at the rear of my dwelling house, already mentioned) to be equally divided between them, my son Abraham Bennett to occupy that portion or half on which his dwelling house and barn stand,
to and my son Oliver Bennett to occupy that portion or half on which his dwelling house and barn stand, to be enjoyed by them and heirs, as my will meaning and intention are that my property will remain within the family name (Bennett) Also, I give and bequeath to my two sons Abraham Bennett and Oliver Bennett, that parcel of land known by the name of “The Pond Island Meadow”, near the Beach to be equally divided between them after the death of my wife Susannah Bennett, as it is my will and meaning that my wife Susannah Bennett shall possess the same for her support, till the balance of her days will terminate.
Also, I give to my three sons Abraham, Oliver and William Bennett, my fishing property at Bell Island Beach, to be equally divided between them. Should my son Wm. Bennett die or not return, then my fishing property to be divided equally between Abraham Bennett and Oliver Bennett or their heirs, said fishing property being 32 yards East & west. And my wife Susannah Bennett shall possess said fishing property also for her support till her death, to hire, or whatever other way she may think necessary, exclusive of selling, she cannot sell.
Also, I bequeath to Abraham Bennett and Oliver Bennett the “Cabbage garden” at the Beach, to be equally divided. Also I give to my son Abraham Bennett that parcel of land at the Beach, bounded North by the Cliff and South by what is known as “Pippy’s Place”. My wife Susannah Bennett also shall possess the aforesaid “Cabbage Garden” & the last mentioned piece of land South of “Pippy’s” for her support till her death. Also, I Give to my two sons Abraham and Oliver Bennett, my old house at the Beach, the land on which it stands and all frontage to Main road. Also, I give to my daughter Elizabeth Normore, one feather bed. Last, I leave to my children, the piece of land “willed” me by my uncle Oliver Normore, named in his will “Upalong Shore”, a copy of said Oliver Normore’s will from the Registry Office St. John’s being in my possession. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul, all and every other forms, “wills” &c. by me in any ways before named, ratifying and confirming this and no other, to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, this fifth day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and thirteen. Oliver his X mark Bennett (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said Oliver Bennett as his last will and testament, in the presence of us. John Carroll Frances his X mark Neary
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Edwin J. Rees