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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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John Bray Ayre
Will of John Bray Ayre
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 369 probate year 1919
In re John Bray Ayre deceased
This is the last will and testament of me John Bray Ayre of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant
Dated at St. John's this twenty seventh day of June One thousand nine hundred and fourteen. John B. Ayre. Signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other [all present at the same time] have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
- I hereby appoint my dearly beloved wife Sarah Blaikie Ayre sole executrix of this my will.
- I hereby confirm unto my said wife the monies due under the policies of life assurance made payable to her on my decease.
- I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife absolutely all articles of domestic personal and household use belonging to me.
- I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife for and during her lifetime the land and dwelling situate in the Western portion of St. John's and known as "Thornlea" and also the land and dwelling situate in the Western portion of St. John's known as "No. 1 Albany" My said wife shall be at liberty to sell Thornlea and invest the monies received therefor and use the income arising therefrom during her lifetime.
- I give devise and bequeath the said "Thornlea" or the monies arising from the sale thereof, on the death of my said wife, unto my daughters Florence Emma Mary Knowling, Emma Bray Ayre, Jessie Rogerson Ayre share and share alike, the children of a deceased daughter to receive the parents share.
- I give devise and bequeath the said "No. 1 Albany" on the death of my said wife, to my daughter Florence Emma Mary Knowling.
- I give devise and bequeath the rest residue and remainder of my estate unto my said wife and my said daughters Florence Emma Mary Knowling Emma Bray Ayre, Jessie Rogerson Ayre share and share alike, the children of a deceased parent to receive the parents share.
Edward J. Kennedy. Angela Byrne.
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat March 23/19
Probate granted to
Ayre. April 4/19.
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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