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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Patrick Beson



Will of Patrick Beson
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 150 & 151 probate year 1918
(this surname was spelled many different ways throughout this will, I spelled it, each time, the way the court clerk had done,)

In re Patrick Beson       deceased

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Patrick Beson. Fireman of (?????) Wood CHg(?) Dept. of the Paper Mills of the Town of Grand falls in the Island of Newfoundland:
  1. I give devise and bequeath to my sister Esther Harigan [nee Bessant] all my household effects and all other goods belonging to me now in the possession of my brother Francis Besant
  2. I give devise & bequeath to my brother Pierce and Ronald Besant my Life Insurance to the value of one thousand dollars now held by me in the Canadian Manufacturers Life Insurance Company the full amount to be held in trust by my executor hereinafter appointed until the younger of my brothers has completed his twenty-first year and then to be distributed to them in equal sums each receiving five hundred dollars.
  3. I give devise and bequeath the sum of one hundred dollars to the Rev. William Finn P.P. Grand falls to have one solemn High Mass of Requiem and five Requiem Masses and the balance in Low Masses for the repose of my soul
  4. I give devise & bequeath all moneys to my credit in the Bank of Montreal Grand falls after the sum of one hundred dollars has been deducted from them for Masses, to be equally apportioned and distributed amongst my brothers Francis George Leo and John and my father James Besant each receiving a like share. And I hereby nominate and appoint Rev. William Finn Parrish Priest Grand falls to be the sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at Grand falls this 29th day of February Anno Domini nineteen hundred and sixteen Patrick Beson. Signed subscribed and declared by the said Patrick Besant as his Last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence, at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto our names as witnesses subscribed Thos J. Dunphy   John W. Kelly

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
July 10/18
Probate July 10/18
to [Rev]
Wm. Finn
sworn at



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller
Revised: October 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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