William King Senr deceased
In the name of God. Amen. I William King Senr of Broad Cove North Shore of Conception Bay N.F. Land, being through and by the will of God attained to the age of eighty four years, and consequently infirm and weak in body, but of perfect sense and memory, and calling to mind the appoinment of all mankind, who are born into this world, must assuredly once die, and repair to meet the Almighty Creator of all, to hear his final sentence. O God be merciful when it pleaseth thee to appoint that moment of my dissolution I doth, therefore, make and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First I commend and commit my soul to Almighty God, my Creator, beseeching Jesus Christ my Redeemer to have mercy on me both now and at the last moment, and the Holy Ghost to inspire my senses and desire, to crave that mercy which is promised to all who ask and pray.
Secondly. My landed and fishery premises, I dispose of in manner following The fishing room that I now possess and which I procured by a Deed of Gift from William Walden, and then considered to be, two Boats Room; The one half of this aforesaid room I doth now bequeath unto my son John, together with one half the appurtenances belonging to and situate thereon, to be held occupied and claimed by my aforesaid son John and his heirs for ever.
The other half of the aforesaid room procured from William Walden I bequeath jointly and equally betwixt three other of my sons Joseph, Henry and James, to be held occupied and claimed by them and their heirs for ever: but as it is conceived that my son James my in consequence of his matrimonial union with his present wife Hannah Butt cause a discord or disagreement on the premises and amongst all his brothers my children: in such case if should so happen he my aforesaid son James shall have no part right or claim to or in the aforesaid premises, but shall retire therefrom so as that all my remaining children may enjoy peace and quietude in the possession of these and all other my premises. I doth also bequeath unto my aforesaid sons Joseph and Henry, one half that fishing room and plantation known by the appellation of Maerden's Room situate at the North side of Broad Cove aforesaid, the other half thereof being and previously belonging to my aforesaid son John, to be held occupied and claimed by them and their heirs for ever. I doth now bequeath unto my sons Edward and William, my right and interest of and in the fishing room known by the name of Pike's Room; the whole of which when purchased by me and my brothers Thoms James & Edward was then considered to be a four boats room, the one fourth thereof being my property, which one fourth of said premises and stage I bequeath to my aforesaid sons Edward & Wm. to be equally possessed by them and their heirs for ever. And as to any private property or money deposited in the hands or care of others in the country or in Great Briain, it is hereafter to etermined how such property shall be disposed. Therefore, so far, I conclude this to be my last will and testament, and which I sign with my hand and seal with my seal at Broad Cove this second day of August 1816. William his X mark King Senr Present Dennis Dunn and John King.
In the name of God Amen. I William King Sen of Broad Conception Bay Nfld being in perfect mind & memory do make and by these presents have made the following alteration in my last will written on this sheet of paper and signed by me Broad August 2nd 1816 That is to say all that part of the within & aforesaid Will respecting the conduct of my son James wife beginning at the midle of line eleventh and ending at line 17 which excluded him from his part of the Room which I give him along with my sons Joseph and Henry King. The
third part of it is his & his heirs for ever without any reference to the present or future conduct of his wife. In witness whereof I the aforesaid William King Ser do set to my hand and seal this 22 day of Feb. 1823. Wm. his X mark King Ser [LS] Witnesses present Wm. Ellis.
Certified correct D.M. Browning