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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of James Angel
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 257 & 258 probate year 1918
In re James Angel deceased
This is the last Will and Testament of me the Honorable James Angel of St. John's in the island of Newfoundland, Engineer.
- First. I revoke all Wills and testamentary dispositions by me at any time
heretofore made and declare this to be my last will and testament.
- Second. I direct that my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and death
duties be paid out of my estate.
- Third. I give and bequeath
[A] to the Methodist Orphanage one thousand dollars.
[B] to the trustees of George Street Methodist Church one thousand dollars
to be used for the exclusive purpose of erecting the proposed George
Street school building, but said sum shall not be paid until said building
is in the course of erection, and if said building is not commenced within
five years from my death I give and bequeath the said sum of one thousand
dollars to the Board of Governors of the Methodist College.
[C] to the Church of England Orphanage, the Roman Catholic Orphanage
and the Salvation Army Rescue Home one hundred and fifty dollars each.
Inasmuch as I promised my grandson Heber Angel to pay
the expenses of his college course and have paid the same for one year,
I direct my executors to pay out of my estate the said Heber
Angel's college expenses for
the balance of his course remaining unfinished at my death and not then paid
- Fifth. Inasmuch as I promised my grand-daughter Jean Angel to pay one-half of the expenses of her college course, I direct
my executors to pay out of my estate the said one-half of the said Jean
college expenses for the balance of her course remaining unfinished at my death
and not then paid by me.
- Sixth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Brown and my sons
John E. Angel and Frederick W. Angel such articles of my household furniture
ornaments and personal effects as they may each select, but not in such quantity
as in my executors opinion or in the opinion of either of them will seriously
effect the bulk and should any disagreement arise I direct that the whole
selection shall be made by my executors each with the approval of all the
- Seventh. I give and bequeath all the residue of my household furniture
ornaments and effects to my daughter Lilian Moore.
- Eighth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lilian Moore debentures of
the Reid Newfoundland Company of the face value of six thousand dollars.
- Ninth. If my niece Jennie Angel shall be living with me at the time of
my death I give and bequeath to her a sum of money equal to one year of the
salary which I shall then be paying her.
- Tenth. If my manservant Stephen Mercer shall be living with me at the
time of my death I give and bequeath to him a sum of money equal to three
months of the salary which I shall then be paying him.
- Eleventh. If my maidservant Mary should be living with me at the time
of my death I give and bequeath to her a sum of money equal to three months
of the salary which I shall then be paying her.
- Twelfth. I give devise and bequeath all the residue of my property to
my children John E. Angel Frederick W. Angel and Lilian
- Thirteenth. I have not given my daughter Margaret Brown anything in this
my Will except as mentioned in paragraph six for the reason that during my
lifetime I have seen that she has been provided for and that considering
her family and her requirements her position is satisfactory and I think
the provisions of this my Will will not put my other children in any better
relative position than she occupies.
- Fourteenth. I appoint my said sons John E. Angel and Frederick
W. Angel Executors of this my Will.
In witness whereof I the said Honorable James Angel have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's aforesaid this first day of September Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and seventeen. James Angel. Signed by the above named Testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Maud
J. Lindsay James P. Blackwood.
Correct Charles H. Emerson
(There was no fiat or probate listed in the margin for this will.)
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation and also no paragraphs. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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