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Twillingate Sun

December 22, 1934

Man who Left Here Nearly Seventy Years Ago Left Estate Valued at [100,000 Pounds] - Thirty-Five Relatives Share.

Immediately after the close of the Civil War in the United States in 1866 there was considerable migration from Newfoundland both to Australia and New Zealand, because of the unsettled conditions in the United States. By sailing vessel whole families were transplanted, bag and baggage, to the Antipodes, and in numerous cases young men left these shores.

Amongst those who left in the late '60's was John Esau Miles of Herring Neck, who was then a young man hardly out of his teens. Spasmodically over the last 60-odd years his relatives heard from and of him. This summer he died in New Zealand where he had resided and done business since leaving his home in Herring Neck.

The late Mr. Miles died intestate, was never married, and his estate reverted to his relatives on Herring Neck. A letter was received from a firm of lawyers in New Zealand asking for information as to the heirs of the deceased and a law firm in St. John's made the necessary investigation at Herring Neck and vicinity.

By the last mail from England word was received that the late Mr. Miles had left an estate of about [100,000 pounds] which when succesion duties are paid there will be over [90,000 pounds] to be distributed. There are 35 relatives to whom this estate will be distributed and 35 cheques have been received to the amount of the first installment of the estate.

[In actual fact, John Esau Miles died in December, 1931 and left a will which provided for the bequests to the children of his aunts and uncles in Herring Neck.]


December 22, 1934 Contributed by Amalie Lewis Tuffin

Page Revised by Craig Peterman (August 2002)

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