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Extracted/transcribed in March, 2010; and contributed by David Anstey in June, 2021. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be errors. One should check and compare any transcription, with the original. (A recent check of files created in 2010, hasnít revealed the probate date of Thomas Tizardís Will).

Notre Dame Bay

Thomas Tizzard, the initial settler at Twillingate in 1732
Archdeaconry Court of Dorset. Will of Thomas Tizard of OakFord Fitzpaine, Dorset.
Made on Aug 15, 1779. Probated on ?.

The Last Will and Testament of me Thomas Tizzard of Okeford Fitzpaine in the County of Dorset, Gentleman, made and published this fifteenth day of August, One Thousand seven Hundred and seventy nine. First after my Debts and Funeral Expenses are paid, I give unto my sister Mary Tucker 10 Guineas a Year during her Life, to be paid by my Executor, the first payment to be made at the end of twelve Calendar Months after my Decease. Also I give unto my Kinsman William Elford's six children, by his present Wife Betty, the Sum of five pounds each to be paid by my Executor when they arrive at the Age of Sixteen Years to bind them Apprentice to some Trade. Also I give unto my Nephew Jeffrey Tizzard's four Children the Sum of five pounds each, to be paid by my Executor, when they arrive at the Age of Sixteen Years, to bind them Apprentice to some Trade. Also I give unto my half Brother Joseph Wheeler, the Sum of ten pounds to be paid by my Executor at the End of twelve Months after my Decease. Also I give unto my half Sister Sarah Belbin, the Sum of five pounds to be paid her by my Executor, at the end of twelve Months after my Decease. Also I give unto Betty Elford, the wife of William Elford above mentioned, for her own use the Sum of seven pounds a Year to be paid her by James Furnell of Pool, for seven years next after my Decease, the first Payment to be made at the End of twelve Months after my death, and so continued every Year for seven Years successively, out of three Hundred pounds, which the said James Furnell owes me on Bond, by doing which he shall be clear of the said debt of three Hundred pounds. Also I give unto my old Servant Sarah Jeanes, the Sum of three Pounds, to be paid her by my Executor, at the End of twelve Calendar Months after my Decease. All the Rest, Residue and Remainder of my Estate and Effects, whatsoever and wheresoever, likewise, all debts that are due to me, I give unto my Nephew Tizzard Furnell whom I make, constitute, and appoint, sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, utterly revoking and disannulling all former and other Wills and Testaments, by me at any Time heretofore made, 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 first above written. Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared, by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of

Thomas Crew Thos Tizzard
George Witteridge ( Seal attached )
Richard Williams

Notes:

*Thomas Crew was of Child Okeford, Oakford Fitzpaine, and Poole, Dorset, A Poole - Newfoundland merchant, who Mastered his own vessels to Newfoundland at one stage, but later stayed in England as a merchant, and stopped voyaging to Newfoundland as a vessel Captain. Thomas Crew from Sturminster Newton District. ( During the 1750’s, he appears as a Poole Newfoundland Captain. Circa 1760 Thomas captained for George Tito. In 1764, Thomas Crew captained the 200 Ton vessel “Joseph” to Newfoundland, for Joseph White of Poole, Dorset. In this era he also sailed for John Green and Young Green, Poole to Carbonear. Thomas Crew is also seen voyaging to both Trinity Bay and Bonavista Bay. To Notre Dame Bay as well? During 1780’s – 1825, Thomas Crew sent vessels Poole to Newfoundland, of his own account, as well in partnership, as a Poole Newfoundland Merchant. In 1676, Thomas Crews was a Bonavista Bay Planter, having no wife. Thus it may appear this family held longstanding Newfoundland interest. Spanning plural generations. ( 1787, Poole, Dorset. Thomas Crew Jr. wed Jane Miller. A protestant dissenting family? )

The Thomas Crew family of early Bonavista, achieving historically greater financial and social status, than the Tizard Family.

*Per the March 14, 1764, letter, of merchant George Davis to James Cook...

"in Queen Ann’s War when the French had Placentia in the winter season a party of French came over land but was beat off by the Inhabitants of Bonavista..."

*A short history of Newfoundland: England's oldest colony. By the Rev. M. Harvey ...

Published: 1890. Author: Harvey, M. (Moses), 1820-1901. Page 64.

Carbonear and Bonavista beat off French attacks in 1696.

*John Walkham ( Jr. ) of Bonavista had been deceased upwards of 30 years...circa 1734. John Walkham was 80 years of age, at his time of death. Born circa 1654. John Walkham/Wakeham?, the first man child born at Bonavista.

John Wakeham at Bonavista, 1681.

John Wakeham at Bonavista, 1708. With a wife and 4 children.

Mr John Wakeham ( Sr. ) deceased in 1705, at Bonavista?

Thomas Tizzard born circa 1704.

*Historical geography of the British Colonies : Volume V.-Part IV. Newfoundland. By: John Davenport Rogers.

Page 93.

Jan 9, 1697, a ship from St. John's arrived at Dartmouth, Devon; with 220 men, women, and children. Sent by their French captors.

*Mar 8, 1763 Jeffrey Tizzard wed Jane Abbott at Winterborne Stickland.

Oct 6, 1767 Mary, dau of Jeffrey & Jane Tizzard baptized at Winterborne Stickland.

Oct 6, 1767 Thomas, son of Jeffrey & Jane Tizzard baptized at Winterborne Stickland.

Sep 19, 1770 Rose, dau of dau of Jeffrey & Jane Tizzard baptized at Winterborne Stickland.

Sep 27, 1773 William, son of Jeffrey & Jane Tizzard baptized at Winterborne Stickland.

Feb 6, 1814 Jane Tizzard buried at Winterborne Stickland, aged 67 years. Born circa 1747.

( Jane Abbott wed at a young age? Not uncommon for early New World Migrants and Settlers. Samuel de Champlain of Quebec, when he was age 40 years, took a wife of age 12 years? )

May 8, 1766 William Elford wed Elizabeth Tucker at Winterborne Stickland.

A Blandford Forum Tizzard marriage.

Mar 27, 1744 Mary Tizard wed Richard Tucker.

*Twillingate Notes.

- George Elford Sr. Captain of Slade’s “Love and Unity”, 1785 at Twillingate

- George Elford Jr apprentice in Slade Ledgers

- James Furnell in Slade Ledgers 1783 & 1789

- Jeffrey Tizzard 1783 - 1786 & 1789 in Slade Ledgers

- Thomas Tizzard 1786 - 1792 in Slade Ledgers ( father Jeffrey Tizzard ).

*Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset, Vol 14. 1915.

Page 129.

In 1772, Thomas Dick and Thomas Tizzard were Lease or Copyholders of the Manor of Ockford Fitzpaine.

*Tenants of George Pitt, Esq, afterwards Lord Rivers.

Page 127.

William Colborne, Alexander Guy, Silvester Fudge, etc., at the Manor of Sturminster Newton Castle, 1772.

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