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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William John Barnes


Will of William John Barnes
from the Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 157 & 158 probate year 1922


This is the last Will and Testament of me William John Barnes of Saint John's, Hardware Merchant.

  1. I appoint my wife Eleanora Barnes Executrix of this my Will.
  2. I give and bequeath the income of my Estate to my said wife during her lifetime for the use and support of herself and my daughters while my said daughters shall respectively remain unmarried.
  3. After the death of my said wife I give and bequeath the income of my Estate to my said daughters equally while they shall remain unmarried.
  4. In the event of the marriage of one of my daughters she shall take One fourth only of the income and the remaining Three fourths shall go to my other daughter while she shall remain unmarried.
  5. In the event of the marriage of both my daughters the income shall be divided between both my said daughters and my son Edward C. Barnes during their lives all sharing equally.
  6. On the respective deaths of my said children the portion of the capital of my estate which shall be proportionate to the shares of income of which they shall respectively be in receipt at the time of their death shall go to and be divided equally between their respective children then living (if any) and if none, then to my other children equally the share of any dying in the meantime leaving issue going to such issue.
  7. I give to my Executrix and her successors in the trust power to realize such portion of my Estate as she may think fit: To continue any investments which I may have at the time of my death and to vary the same at their discretion: To invest any portion of my Estate upon the security of mortgages upon landed property in or near Saint John's and to use and expend such portion of the capital of my Estate from time to time as they may consider necessary for the proper maintenance and support of my said wife and Daughters.

Witness my hand at Saint John's aforesaid this 10th day of December Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred and Seventeen. WILLIAM J. BARNES.
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. W. E. Wood, Solr. Dec 10/17. Margaret Quirk Fortune Harbor.

William F. Lloyd Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Jan 31/22
Kent J.
Probate granted
to Eleanor
Jan 31/22.
Estate sworn
at $21,384.58



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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. 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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit
REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 23, 2002

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