Transcribed by GEOFF MARTIN
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors



Will of Richard Hennebury
Source: Supreme Court of Newfoundland Volume 3, Folio 523

Page one is a copy of the folio slip that identifies the document

Estate of Richard Hennebury

late of St. John’s

in the Central District

farmer deceased.

Adm.n (This word has a horizontal line through it and the word Probate written above) to Joseph Russell Jr. (the words Joseph Russell Jr has a horizontal line through it)

& William Grimstead of St. John’s aforesaid one of

the Exec’s

dated 5th day of July 1865

Estate sworn under L 100. Stg.

Some other words are written below and are undecipherable

Written at right angles and at the bottom left of the slip are the word

Xxtd P.R. Vol 3

Page 523

Second page of copy says the following:

Supreme Court


To the Honourable

Sir Francis Brady Chief Justice and the Honourable Philip F. Little and Bryane Robinson Assistant Judges of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland________________

The petition of Joseph Russell the Younger and William Grimstead of St. John’s – Yeomen -

Humbly showeth

That Richard Hennebury late of the White Hills in the vicinity of St. John’s aforesaid – farmer – died on the Twenty first day of November last leaving a will which is hereunto annexed and that your petitioners were appointed Executors under said will.

That said Richard Hennebury left three sons – namely – Richard, Thomas Hennebury and John Hennebury and Four daughters – namely Margaret Biddescomb, Jane Bastow – Mary Page ?? – Lizzie (Balding??) and that said Richard Hennebury died in possession of landed property to the amount of One Hundred pounds Currency (L100 Cy) Your Petitioners therefore pray your Lordships that probate may be granted to them under said will. And as in duty bound they will each pray –

St. John’s

Dec. 10th 1864

Signature of William Grimstead

Third page of copy says the following:

In the Name of God Amen

I Richard Hennebury of Saint Johns in the Island of Newfoundland Farmer being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body that it is appointed unto all men once to die Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament - That is to say First of all I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God.

My Worldly Estate I bequeath as follows namely

To my son Thomas Henneberry and my daughter

Margaret Biddescomb in her own right I bequeath

all my Right-Title and Interest in and to my farm

and premises on the White Hills with all erections

thereon. Second I hereby cancel the Lease

by which the said farm and premises are held from

me by my son John Henneberry And last I

appoint Joseph Russell the younger and William

Grimstead to be my Executors

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand

and seal this ninth day of November and in the

year of our Lord one thousand Eight-hundred and sixty-four

There is a signature for Richard Henneberry and an X for his mark.

Left most part of this paragraph is cut off on the copy.

Xxxx Sealed pronounced and declared Richard Hennebury his mark X

the said Richard Henneberry as his

xxst (probably the word last) Will and Testament in the

xxxsence (probably the word presence) of us the Subscribers

Xxxxx Thomas

Rich - then looks like a superscript for the letter C – then the name Brace