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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John W. Ayre


Will of John W. Ayre
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 page 537 probate year 1906

Ayre John W.       Last will of

This is the last will and testament of me, John W. Ayre, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Draper I revoke all former wills by me at any time made and I appoint Arthur Ebnary of St. John's aforesaid Draper to be the executor of this my will. I give and bequeath all my property to my said executor upon trust to pay thereout my lawful debts and my testamentary and funeral expenses, and, as to the residue to hold the same upon the following trusts, namely:

  • First,    to pay the said residue to my sisters Marian and Lilian in equal shares, or to the survivor of them provided that children of a deceased sister shall take their mother's share.
  • Second,    if at the time of my death one sister is married and one single then upon trust to apply the income of such residue to the use of the unmarried sister until her marriage or death, or until the death of the married sister leaving no children, on the happening of any of which events, the principal of such residue shall be applied in accordance with the first trust hereinbefore contained.
  • Third,    if at the said time both of my said sisters are dead, and one or both of them has children surviving my death, then upon trust to pay one half of the said residue to Frederick Bursell, of St. John's, Undertaker, and the other half to the said surviving children, they to take per stirpes(?).
  • and fourth,    if at the said time both my sisters are dead and no children of either survive me, then upon first to pay the whole of the said residue to the said Frederick Bursell.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's aforesaid this fourteenth day of March AD 1905.    John W. Ayre.
Signed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and in presence of each other at his request hereto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution thereof. Chas. O'Neill Conroy.   W. J. Higgins

Correct copy
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Jany 18/06
Emerson J.
Probate to
Arthur Ebnery
25 Jany 1906
Est. $10181.00



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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