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Conception Bay North Region ~ Bay Roberts District
Bay Roberts - Will of Nathaniel French (1851)
This will was read, recorded and transcribed by BONNIE HICKEY, November 2000. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors.
Will of Nathaniel French
Registry of Deeds & Companies
Confederation Building, St. John's
Vol. 14, pg. 45-46

In the Name of God, Amen. I Nathaniel French of Bay Roberts, Conception Bay in the Island of Newfoundland, Planter, being of sound and disposing mind [and] memory & understanding but considering the uncertainly of life do this Twelfth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say: I give and bequest to my Son Abraham French that piece or parcel of land situate in Bay Roberts aforesaid on which his house now stands together with the Kitchen Garden before his House as it is now fenced in, also that piece or parcel of land behind his House extending back to the Stable House [say?] 15 feet. To my Son Charles French I give and bequeath one half of the remainder of my land situate at Bay Roberts as aforesaid the cleared and unleased land to be equally divided. I also give and bequeath to him one half of my loose property such as Cattle, Sheep & Pigs. To my Wife Charlotte French I give and bequeath the remaining half of my land together with the Dwelling House thereon to be held by her as long as she remains unmarried but at her decease or on her marriage I will that all this portion of the land together with the Dwelling House thereon erected become the property of my Sons Edward and Isaac French share and share alike. I further give and bequeath to these my sons Edward & Isaac French the remaining half of my loose property such as Cattle, Sheep & Pigs share and share alike. I further will and [illegible] that in case of my Wife Charlotte French's marriage or decease my son Charles French do take possession of this portion of my land and property to hold in Trust for the interest and benefit of my Sons Edward and Isaac French until they are both of age. To my Son Nathaniel French in consequence of his undutiful conduct I give and bequeath but one Shilling, and I nominate and appoint the Reverend Martin Blackmore, Miss'y, and Mr. Charles Mercer, Planter, both of Bay Roberts, my Executors to this my last Will and Testament and I hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Nathaniel Frendch have hereunto set my hand and seal at Bay Roberts aforesaid the day and year first above written. A.B. The land I have given and bequeathed is bounded on the East by W. Badcock's property and on the West by Mrs. French and proberty North by Abraham and Samuel Mercer's and South by the Sea. I have given it also to these my Sons, their heirs and assigns forever.

Nathaniel French {Seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Testator Nathaniel French as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as Witnessess...

Martin Blackmore, Ep'l Miss'y
Charles Calpin

I hereby Certify that the execution of the will of which the foregoing is a true and correct Copy by Nathaniel French the Testator was proved before myself on the Twenty second day of October one thousand eight hundred and fifty three by the Affidavit endorsed thereon of Charles Calpin one of the subscribing Witnesses thereto and the same is in due course hereby actually Registered by me this day. Given under my hand this Twenty fifth day of October one thousand eight hundred and fifty three A.D. 1853.

John Stark, Registrar

[Transcribed by Bonnie Hickey - some punctuation added.]

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