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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of James Baird
from Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 407-408 probate
JAMES BAIRD deceased.
This is the last will and testament
of me James Baird of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant
I will devise and bequeath unto my Executors hereafter named all my property
of every description I may die possessed of in trust to hold the same for the
following purposes From the proceeds of my life Insurance I direct my Executors
pay to my sister Jessie as a mark of my affection the sum
of Ten thousand dollars to be paid to her immediately on collection. From the proceeds of my said Life Insurance I direct my executors to invest
in good security a sum sufficient to secure an annuity of one hundred and fifty
dollars to be paid to Elizabeth Noseworthy this bequest is
in consideration of faithful service. Upon the death of the said
Elizabeth Noseworthy the principal sum invested for her benefit
aforesaid is to revert to and form part of my general estate.
From the proceeds
of my said Life Insurance I direct my said Executors to pay to my daughter
Annie the sum of twenty thousand dollars immediately on collection. The balance
of my said Life Insurance after payment of the before mentioned legacies to
be paid to my said daughter Annie immediately on collection
but this balance is to be a part payment of and on account of her share and
interest in my general estate
I bequeath to my son James C. Baird all the stock
in trade books debts and all and singular my interest in and to the grocery
and wine business now carried on by him. I bequeath to
Julia Greening the sum of two hundred dollars to be paid to her immediately
after my death I also bequeath to the said Julia Greening the
interest arising from the sum of one thousand dollars being part of stock or
Mortgage Bond held by me in the Winnipeg Electric Company To be paid to her
as it becomes due during her lifetime and after her death the said amount of
stock is to go to her children share and share alike should she die without
leaving children surviving her the said amount of stock is to revert to and
form part of my general estate.
The interest on the balance of my said stock
or Mortgage Bond in the said Electric Company I bequeath to my grand daughter
Ellen (Pauline) Baird daughter of my said son James
C. to be paid to her yearly
until the said stock or Mortgage Bond matures or becomes due when the principal
sum is to be paid to her Should she not then be living the same shall be paid
to her child or children. Share and share alike. In case she leaves no issue
surviving her the said principal sum is to revert to and form part of my general
to the foregoing legacies the rest residue and remainder of my estate is to
be divided equally between my children Hugh, David, James C. and Annie children
of deceased children taking their parents share. In estimating and valuing
and settling my Estate I trust that no disagreement will arise but that all
questions will be equitably and amicably settled by my children and by my executors.
As the Executors I have appointed represent all the interests involved I have
carefully and conscientiously thought over the disposition of my property and
trust that my children will respect the wishes and memory of their father and
I appoint my
sons Hugh, David and my son in law Henry D. Carter executors
of this my last will. Dated at Saint John’s in
the Island of Newfoundland this first day of December A.D. 1909. James
Baird. Witness: D. Jos Greene C.F. Forristall
27th Sept. 1912 To the executors of my estate Pay the following amounts out of my general estate
- Mr. Michael Power 1500.00 dollars.
Berrigan 1000.00 dollars
- Harvey Jardine 500.00 dollars
Carter 300.00 dollars
- John Sinnott 300.00 dollars
Power 25.00 dollars
- Miss Martin 50.00 dollars
Gould 500.00 dollars
- A.K. Lumsden 500.00 dollars
Lee Carter 250
Mr. Jas Bates, there is a mortgage in my
favor on his dwelling house for five hundred dollars and accrued interest
at 6 per cent release this amount to him but if it is already paid off give
him whatever you think proper as an equivalent. The
Saltcoats property is in my sister Jessie’s name & is already arranged & the
papers in James Campbell’s Saltcoats possession
Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the margin of this will)
H. D. Carter
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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