Last Will and
Testament of Edward Rideout,
Edward Ridout Deceased
In the name of God Amen. The nineteenth day of December, 1863. I, Edward Ridout of Long Pond on the South Shore of Conception Bay on the Island of Newfoundland being in sound mind and understanding to make and ordain this my last will and testament and as touching such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First I give and bequeath among my sons jointly for their use whilst they continue together all the boats and their gear, nets, seines, ropes and tackling etc. My stage room, Flake room and barking pot and all and everything appertaining to the prosecution of the fishery with the view of keeping my family together and uniting their efforts for their mutual support and for the support of Sarah, my wife and of my daughters until my youngest son shall have attained his majority and then that equal divisions of my half of Richard Porters property according to his will be made among my sons.
Also I give and bequeath to my sons jointly all my cultivated land to till and farm the same (with the view of keeping my family together for their mutual support) with the horse and his gear and the cattle and all the implements of cultivation together with the outhouses. Provided nevertheless one or more of my sons should break off from the family then a share 1\5, one fifth, of my uncultivated land shall be apportioned to him or them by my executors after having obtained the consent of the Rev. G.W.B. Carter.
Also I give and bequeath jointly among my family to continue in the house all the goods and chattels and furniture which I know or may possess that they serve in the use of the whole family, wife and sons and daughters during the period of my sons minorities. Provided nevertheless that my new suit of clothes and one or more of my guns shall be for my son Apollos and one gun for Edward, my watch left me by my father for my son Abraham.
Also I give and bequeath for the joint use of my family whatsoever money is due me by Messrs. James and William Stewart, to continue as a credit balance for my sons in the said form of, if urgent necessity may arise for the use of my family jointly, in such small suns as may be approved by my executors after having obtained the consent of Rev. G.W. B. Carter aforesaid.
Also I give and bequeath for the use of my family only upon urgent necessity the interest of the amount funded by me in the Savings Bank of Newfoundland (One hundred and sixty nine pounds more or less) to be drawn with the approval of the executors but only with the consent of Rev. G.W.B. Carter and provided also that the interest of the said money in such Savings Bank shall be more especially for the support of my wife Sarah should leave my family then after the attainment of the majority of my sons, the four younger, Apollos, Edward, Abraham and Richard shall equally divide principal and interest of said money and in the event of my elder and younger sons death before their marriage or birth of children their equal divisions shall be made among the survivors. Provided also if children should be born in wedlock to my sons before the division of the same then at the sons death, the grandsons shall inherit their fathers share.
And I herby constitute and appoint as my executor of my last will and testament my brother Richard, and William Porter of Blow Me Down provided they shall do nothing without the consent and approval of the Rev. G.W.B. Carter.
And I herby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and year above written. Edward (X his mark) Ridout signed, sealed and declared by said Edward Ridout as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers George W.B. Carter, Sarah Ridout and William (X his mark) Porter.