Will of Henry Blair
from Newfoundland will books volume 13 pages 412-413
probate year 1926
Henry Blair. DECEASED.
This is the last will and testament of me, HENRY BLAIR,
of Saint John’s,
Newfoundland, Merchant, made at saint John’s, in the Island of
Newfoundland, this first day of
February March, A.D.
- I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made and declare
this to be my last will and testament.
- I nominate and appoint my son, Kenmure M. Blair, and his friend,
Robert Arthur Templeton, of Saint John’s, Merchant, to be
the executors of this my will.
- I bequeath to my wife, if she survive me, all my household
furniture, goods, chattels and effects, except those items
specially hereinafter bequeathed to my said son Kenmure M.
- I bequeath to my said son Kenmure M. Blair my library, consisting
of books presented to me with the compliments of their authors
and other presentations made to me which I treat as part of
my library; also my watch and chain. I also request my wife
to give to my said son Kenmure out of the bequest left her
in paragraph (3) hereof such of my personal effects as my said
son Kenmure may desire to retain for his own personal use and
- I bequeath to my wife one-third of the capital standing
to my credit in my firm’s books, less such total sum as may at the date of my
death be standing in my wife’s name in my firm’s books. (so
that this bequest may be perfectly clear I would illustrate the way I
desire it to work out. If the total amount to my credit on capital account
were $30,000 and there were nothing to my wife’s credit on capital
account she would receive under this bequest a $10,000 interest in the
business. If, however, there were the sum of $5.000 to my wife’s
credit on capital account, that $5,000 would be treated as part of her
one-third and she would hold the $5,000 interest which is to her own
credit together with the further and addition interest of $5,000 out
of my capital account credit, making a total to her of a $10,000 interest
in the business) This bequest to my wife is not to be withdrawn by my
wife from the firm’s business but is to be left by her in
the business and to be withdrawn by her, should she so desire,
at such time and in such instalments as may be agreeable to my
executors, having regard to the standing to the business.
- I bequeath to my daughters, Isabella Blair, Frances Blair
(now Mrs. J. G. Hunt), and Edna Blair, the sum of $1.000 each
to be paid to them at the rate of $100.00 per year for the
period of ten years out of the profits of the business.
- I bequeath to my sisters in Scotland, Hannah Blair,
Frances Blair, the sum of £ 20 each
to be paid to them at the rate of £ 5 per
year for a period of four years out of the profits of the business.
- All my remaining capital in the said business, all my interest
in the said business, its stock-in-trade, book debts, profits,
and all other assets connected therewith, all my lands, tenements
and hereditaments, and all the rest, residue and remainder
of my estate, goods, chattels and effects of whatsoever nature
and kind and wheresoever situate I give, devise and bequeath
to my said son Kenmure M. Blair absolutely.
desire in this my last will to express my wish that my said
son Kenmure M. Blair should continue the business of the firm
and should do everything in his power to develop the said business
and make it a profitable undertaking, not merely in his own
interest, but also for the protection of his mother, who after
my death will be dependent upon the business and upon him for
her livelihood, and for the protection of the bequests to my
daughters and sisters, who receive their bequests annually
out of the profits of the business.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand at St. John’s
aforesaid the year and day first above written.
Signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament
in the presence of us, who, in the presence of the said testator
and at his request and in the presence of each other, have hereunto
subscribed our names as witnesses:
Louise Saunders, of St. John’s, Clerk to Squires & Winter.
Richard Anderson Squires of St. John’s, Solicitor.
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Horwood C. J.