Transcribed by Judy Benson & Ivy Benoit. While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors
Will of John Batten from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 318-319 probate year 1884
John Batten deceased.
In the name of God Amen. The thirteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty. I John Batten of Bareneed Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland being through the blessing of God in a sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail state of this life, and that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me and the disposal of my body I leave to the entire discretion of my friends with respect to my worldly estate I give, bequeath and dispose of it in the manner and proportions here following- First I give and bequeath to my beloved sons Thomas and John Batten whom I make executors of this my last will and testament all my large back garden bounded on the N. by the sea, all my landed property at Port de Grave consisting of three gardens, cellar and also my fishing room to be equally divided between them- Also I give and bequeath to my beloved son John individually and exclusively my dwelling house with all it contains, detached outhouses and also the garden back, commonly called the new garden with the meadow in front and also the two front gardens and the garden commonly called the cellar garden Finally I provide that my daughter in law Rebekah wife of my son John in event of my son Johnís decease before her, shall possess that part of my property willed and bequeathed to my son John so long as she remains a widow- And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments wills, legacies, bequests and executors, by me in any way before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written. John his X mark Batten (LS) Signed, sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Batten as his last will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers, John Batten, Geo. F. Payne.