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Will of Charles Robert Ayre from Newfoundland will books volume 5 pages 336-341 probate year 1889
Last will and Testament
This is the last will and Testament of me Charles Robert Ayre of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant.
1st. I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Hannah Ayre all the land dwelling house and premises wherein I now reside known as "Thornlea" and all buildings and erections therein of what nature or kind soever, and all my horses live stock and poultry and all carriages harnesses and all and singular the appurtenances whatsoever.
2nd. I give and bequeath to my said wife all and singular the household furniture, plate linen and other chattels of the like nature pertaining to the said dwelling house at "Thornlea".
3rd. I also give and bequeath to my said wife the full proceeds of a certain policy of insurance upon my life for the sum of ten thousand dollars effected in the British Empire Mutual Life Assurance Company and it is my desire that the same should be placed at interest in the Newfoundland Savings Bank under the full control of my said wife, and with power to her by will or appointment to devise or assign the same or any part thereof.
4th I also give and bequeath to my said wife eighteen shares in the Newfoundland Boot and Shoe Manufacturing Company Limited. Ten shares in the Athenament Joint Stock Company Limited, also all my shares in the St. John's Shoe Manufacturing Company Limited and Colonial Cordage Company Limited, and in the Parade Rink with absolute power of disposition of the same.
5th. I give and bequeath the four houses with garden attached, situate on the road leading towards Mondays Pond to my four children hereinafter named as follows namely No. 1 the easternmost premises to my son John Bray Ayre No. 2 immediately adjoining the preceding to my son Charles Pascal Ayre No. 3. adjoining No. 2 to my daughter Mary Hannah, wife of Alexander McDougall, to her sole and separate use and No. 4 adjoining No. 3 to my son Frederick William Ayre. The lawn tennis ground and erections thereon also the stable and barn together with all other land in the vicinity purchased from Shaw from Marshall and from Blackwood I give and bequeath to my sons John Bray Ayre Frederick William Ayre, Robert Chesley Ayre and Charles Pascal Ayre and to my daughter Mary Hannah McDougall (to her sole and separate use) as tenants in common.
6th I give and bequeath to my son John Bray Ayre, Frederick William Ayre, Robert Chesley Ayre and Charles Pascal Ayre as tenants in common the land on the southern side of the river near "Thornlea" purchased from Mrs. Bolt with all buildings and erections thereon also the piece of land to the westward of "Thornlea" purchased from Dearin. Also a piece of land at Carbonear purchased from one Richard McCarthy also a piece of land near St. Ann's Railway Station on the Topsail Road and also certain land at Salmonier.
7.th. I give devise and bequeath to my niece Catherine Cole the clear annual rents issues and profits of the two semi-detached houses nos 357 and 359 Water Street next situate in front and to the eastward of Thornlea to hold and enjoy the same to her sole and separate use during the term of her natural life.
8th. After the decease of the said Catherine I give devise and bequeath the houses mentioned in the preceding section and all the rents, issues and profits thereof and the land appertaining thereto unto the Newfoundland Conference of the Methodist Church in trust to apply the rents, issues, and profits towards the maintenance of the Methodist Orphanage hereafter to be administrated and in respect of which I hereafter make bequest.
9th. To the Newfoundland Methodist Orphanage or by whatsoever name the said institution may be called and to the Newfoundland Conference aforesaid in Trust to be applied to the erection of the said orphanage. I give devise and bequeath the sum of fourteen thousand dollars to be paid on the last day of December in the years 1889-1890 and 1891 in three years payments but it is my express will and desire that the last of such payments shall not be made by my executors unless they are satisfied that the buildings of the said orphanage are in bonafide course of erection.
10th. I give and bequeath to the executive of the Methodist College the sum of five hundred dollars upon trust to expend the same towards the completion of the enclosure of the College grounds, and I desire that this amount should be paid during the currency of the present year.
11th. I also give and bequeath to the said executive of the Methodist College the sum of three thousand dollars for the purchase of an organ for the Methodist College Hall and I desire this bequest be paid at the end of the present year.
12th. I give and bequeath to my son George James Ayre now resident in Sandwich in the County of Kent in England five shares held by me in the Steamship "Capulet" of the Red Cross Line.
13th I give devise and bequeath to my said son George James Ayre the sum of eight thousand dollars payable in four equal annual instalments of two thousand dollars each the first of which is to be paid on the thirty first day of December next and thence on the thirty first day of December in each succeeding year til paid.
14th. I further give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Hannah McDougall to her sole and separate use the sum of eight thousand dollars payable in four equal annual instalments in like manner as the next preceding bequest to my son George James Ayre and it is my desire that she should invest the same but without restraint as to power of anticipation devise.
15. I give devise and bequeath to my sister Amelia Steer wife of John Steer the sum of five hundred dollars,
16th I give devise and bequeath to the trustee or duly appointed officers of the Fishermans and Seamen's home the sum of one thousand dollars to be applied to the purposes of that institution, which sum is to be payable in four equal annual instalments in like manner as set forth in the case of the legacy to George James Ayre and the succeeding bequests.
17th. I give and bequeath to my coachman John Martin and to my servant Thomas Bulley the following sums namely to John Martin the sum of two hundred dollars and to Thomas Bulley the sum of fifty dollars which said sums are to be paid to them respectively in four equal annual instalments on the thirty first of December in each year as provided in the case of preceding bequests.
18th. I will and declare that in the event of my surviving until the first day of July now next ensuing as to the time for the payment of the first instalment of the several legacies on the thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth, paragraphs, bequeathed, instead of the thirty first day of December of the present year in the said paragraphs mentioned be appointed the said first instalment shall be held to be due by my executors until a year from my decease shall have elapsed and thence from year to year from the date of instalment.
19th. I appoint my sons John Bray Ayre, Frederick W. Ayre, Robert Chesley Ayre, and Charles P. Ayre to be the joint executors of this my last will and Testament. - Charles R. Ayre.
Signed published and declared by the said Charles R. Ayre as his last will and Testament in the presence of us, who in the presence of the testator and of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto. Eliza Butler, Alexr. J. W. McNeilly.
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