Notes on John's estate:
The administration of John's estate was granted to James Crowdy (his son-in-law) in 1855. He left no will. The estate was valued approximately one hundred pounds (The Registry, Supreme Court, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada AC1 5M3).
To the Honorable Newfoundland Francis Brady Chief Justice and others the Assistant Justices of the Supreme Court.
Memorial of the Honorable James Crowdy Respectfully (?).
That the late Honorable John Dunscombe departed this life about the year 1847. That no administration to his estate had been as yet granted in Newfoundland. That certain property belonging to (?) estate time of his death, situate in Placentia in the southern district had been sold at the request of the widow of the said John Dunscombe, value under one hundred pounds.
That Memorialist has acted as the agent of Mrs. Dunscombe and requests administration to the estate of the said John Dunscombe for the purpose of executing the necessary deeds of conveyance to the (?). And as in duty (?).
7 June 1853
James Crowdy of St. Johns in the central district of Newfoundland, Esquire, (?) oathe and saith that the (?) (?) and things set forth in the foregoing petition are in all respects just and true.
Sworn before me at St. Johns aforesaid this 7th day of June A.D. 1853 George Anderson
Commissioner of (?)
Supreme Court of Newfoundland
Be it remembered, That on this ninth day of June in the Eighteenth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady VICTORIA, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c., and in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty five, personally appeared James Crowdy of St. Johns in the Central District Esquire and Charles Crowdy of the same place Esquire and did acknowledge themselves to be held and firmly bound to our Lady the Queen, Her Heirs and Successors, in the penal Sum of Two Hundred Pounds of good and lawful Money of Great Britain, to be had, made, and levied on their Goods, Chattels, and Effects, jointly and severally, if Default is made in any of the Conditions following:
Now the Condition of this Obligation is such, That if the above bounden James Crowdy as Administrator of the Estate of John Dunscombe late of St. Johns Esquire deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a just, true, and perfect inventory of all and singular the Goods, Credits, and Effects of the said deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession, or knowledge of him the said James Crowdy as such Administrator or to the hands or possession of any other person or persons, for him and the same so made do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, in the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, at or before the last day of May next ensuing the date hereof; and the said Goods, Chattels, Credits and Effects and all other the Goods, Chattels, Credits and Effects of the said deceased, at the time of his death, or which at any time afterwards shall come to the hands or possession of him the said James Crowdy or to the hands or possession of any other persons for him shall well and truly Administer according to Law, and further shall make, or cause to be made, a just and true Account of his said Administration, on or before the last day of May which will be in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Six and afterwards from time to time as he shall be lawfully required. And all the rest, residue, and remainder of the said Goods, Chattels, Credits and Effects, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administration Account, the same being examined and allowed by the Said Supreme Court of Newfoundland, shall and do pay and dispose of in due course of Administration, or in such manner as the said Court shall direct then this Obligation to be void and of no effect, or else to be and remain in full force and virtue.
Signed and Sealed in the presence of
Supreme Court of Newfoundland
To Wit ) I do swear that I believe John Dunscombe late of St. John's Esquire deceased, died without a Will; and that I will well and truly Administer all and every the Goods of the said deceased, and pay his Debts so far as his Goods will extend; and that I will exhibit a true, full and perfect Inventory of the said Goods of the deceased, and render a true Account of (?) Administration into the Registry of the said Court within twelve months from the date hereof, or when it shall be thereunto lawfully required; and that the whole of the Goods, Rights, Chattels, Assets, Credits, and Effects of the said deceased, which he died possessed of, within the jurisdiction of this Court, do not, according to the best of my knowledge, judgment, and belief, amount to the value of one hundred Pounds sterling.
Sworn at St. John's,
the 9th day of James Crowdy
June in the Year of
our Lord One Thousand Eight
Hundred and Fifty five
Commissioner of (?)