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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Robert Clarke
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 510 probate year 1920
In re Robert Clarke deceased
I Robert Clarke of the Town of Brigus Planter, District of Port De Grave realizing the uncertainty of life and being of feeble health but of sound mind memory and judgment do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following to witt
First I give devise and bequeath to my son Robert my house and furniture [except the organ which belongs to my daughter Gertrude] he is to have and to hold as long as he lives in it or as long as he wants to hold it but if he sells it and half of the land with house the money is to be equally divided between my two sons and my two daughters and my son William is to have the first offer to buy it
there is to be a home for my two daughters while they remain unmarried
My house and land is not to be sold to John Clarke or any of his relations or his wife or any of her relations or to anyone that would pass it over to that family
it will be illegal and the sale will be canceled
I also give to my son Robert four hundred dollars to have and to hold onto my son Robert his heirs and assigns forever
Second I give and bequeath to my daughter Gertrude the sum of four hundred dollars
Bond of the United towns Electric Company also the Nfld Government War Loan Bond of one hundred dollars
Third I give and bequeath to my son William half of the meadow between William's house and the Gushue and Percys fences
the fish store and stage by the water side belongs to my son William but if Robert remains in Brigus he is to have the same use of the wharf as William
the right of way from the waterside to the old house by way of my dwelling house must not be stopped to any of the family
the big store by the waterside and the old house by the hill to remain unsold for the use of the family after my death
there is to be one twenty dollar gold piece for each of my two sons and two daughters and what ever gold remains is for my daughter Gertrude
all the moneys in Bank or elsewhere after my death is to be equally divided between my two sons and my two daughters
I hereby nominate and appoint William J. Clarke and Robert A. Clarke the executors of this my last will and testament and revoke all other and former wills made by me
in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of April nineteen hundred and twenty Robert Clarke
Signed sealed declared and acknowledged by the above named testator to be his last will and testament in our presence and we each at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribe our names as witnesses John Gushue James Chalker
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Sept. 2/20
Probate granted to
William J. Clarke
Estate 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. |
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