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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Charlotte A. Collier


Will of Charlotte A. Collier
from Newfoundland will books volume 19 page 16 probate year 1944


In the Supreme Court

In re Charlotte A. Collier



Probate granted to Hugh A. Bastow

on the 21st . day of March
A.D., 1944

Value of Estate $ 1486.74

Volume 10

Folio 342



THE PETITION of Hugh A. Bastow, of St. John's, in the Island Of Newfoundland, Accountant, by his Solicitors Pinsent & Pinsent, HUMBLY SHEWETH that:-

  1. Charlotte A. Collier late of St. John's aforesaid, Widow, deceased, died at the same place on the first day of March, A.D. 1944, having previously made her last Will and Testament whereof she appointed Your Petitioner the Executor thereof.

  2. The said deceased at the time of her death left property situate in St. John's aforesaid, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court.

  3. The paper writing hereto annexed marked "A" is the last Will and Testament of the said deceased, proved upon the affidavit of Earl S. Pinsent.

  4. The paper-writing hereto annexed marked "B" is a correct and true inventory and valuation of the Estate and effects of the said deceased at the time of her death so far as your Petitioner can at present ascertain.

   4.  Neither Letters of Probate to any Will nor of Administration to         the estate and effects of the said deceased have been granted         out of this Honourable Court to anyone (initials RJK in left         margin).

          Your Petitioner, therefore, prays that this Honourable Court or Your Lordship may be pleased to grant to him Letters of Probate to the last Will and Testament of the said deceased.
          And, as in duty bound, will ever pray, etc.
          Dated at St. John's , this 13th day of March A. D. 1944.

Petitioner's Solicitors.


Written in the left margin,

          WH Horwood?/ C/

                    March 21/44


THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me CHARLOTTE A. COLLIER , of St. John's , in the Island of Newfoundland , Widow.

FIRST I revoke all former Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me at any time made and I appoint my son-in-law, Hugh A. Bastow, the Executor of this my Will.

SECOND I give, devise and bequeath the following bequests, namely:-
(1)     To Gerald Bastow my small gold watch.
(2)     To Ruth Bastow my Silver Teaspoons and Cameo Brooch.
(3)     To Eileen Bastow my Silver Afternoon Teaspoons and Blue Brooch.
(4)     To my maid, Rita Walsh, my small China Teaset.
(5)     To my daughter, Mabel, my Silver Teapot, Sugar and Butter Dish, also the family Brooch and Ring. I also give, devise and bequeath to my said daughter, Mabel, all the rest, residue and remainder of my Household Furniture and personal effects for her absolute use and benefit forever.

THIRD All the rest, residue and remainder of my Estate of whatsoever nature and wheresoever situate I give, devise and bequeath as follows:- One-half to my said daughter, Mabel, and the remaining one-half to be divided equally between the following, namely:- Ruth Bastow, Eileen Bastow, Gordon Bastow, Gerald Bastow, Douglas Bastow, David Bastow, Gladys Grant and my Great-Grandson, John Grant, Junior.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand at St. John's , this 16th day of September, Anno Domini One thousand Nine hundred and Forty-one.


 SIGNED by the Testatrix as and    )
Charlotte A. Collier LS
 for her last Will and Testament     )
in our presence, who in her pres-  )
ence, and in the presence of each  )
other, have hereunto subscribed   )
our names as witnesses.               )


Mary E Rumsey LS

E.S. Pinsent LS



Note: Charlotte Augusta Wilkie was my maternal great grandmother. She was the last child and youngest daughter of Thomas Wilkie (gunsmith) and his wife Charlotte Leicester. Thomas Wilkie, father of Thomas Wilkie was a sergeant in the "Royal Victoria Regiment" and "Royal Newfoundland Regiment" and lived in St. John's between 1812 and 1826. His occupation was an armourer.

Charlotte Wilkie married Samuel George Carnell Collier, son of Charles Frederick Collier, a sailmaker from Dartmouth and Sarah Anne Carnell. Sarah Carnell was the daughter of John Carnell, a master wheelwright from Torquay, Devon and Hannah Gill Harris of St. John's.

Charlotte and Samuel had a son John Frederick (d. 1909) and two daughters Laura Wilkie (d. 1933) and Charlotte Mabel (d. 1956). Two earlier daughters died young.

Laura Wilkie Collier married Frederick Charles Grant. They had a daughter Gladys G Grant and son John Frederick Collier Grant.

Hugh Bastow married daughter Charlotte Mabel Collier. They had two daughters and four sons as named in the will. Hugh and Mabel were my maternal grandparents.

Page Contributed by Geoff Martin

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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