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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Susannah Collins



Will of Susannah Collins
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 149 & 150 probate year 1918

In re Susannah Collins       deceased

I Susannah Collins being of sound mind and memory, to make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other former wills by me at anytime made I direct that all my just debts including funeral expenses be paid by my executor.

  1. I bequeath all my wearing apparel to Emma L. Drew of Cupids N.f.l.d. and also twenty dollars in cash.
  2. I bequeath to Matilda Strickland of North Sydney Cape Breton all that she has in her possession belonging to me: and also twenty dollars in cash to be used for the upkeep of my husband's grave at the cemetery at North Sydney, Cape Breton.
  3. To the Methodist church at North Sydney Cape Breton, I bequeath the sum two hundred dollars.
  4. To my niece Lillian Sainthill of North Sydney Cape Breton I bequeath the sum of five dollars.
  5. To Elinor Forsey my niece of Grand Banks Nfld I bequeath the sum of five dollars.
  6. To my niece Gladys Rideout of British Columbia I bequeath the sum of ten dollars.
  7. To my sister Emma Rideout of British Columbia I bequeath the sum of twenty dollars
  8. To my sister Nellie Scott of Fogo N.f.l.d. I bequeath the sum of twenty dollars.
  9. To my niece Mildred Scott of Fogo N.f.l.d. and Christie Ellsworth of Rose Blanche N.f.l.d. I bequeath ten dollars I hereby appoint my brother Caleb Tibbs of St. John's executor of this my Will. Any balance remaining of my estate is to be used by my executor as he thinks proper.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of November 1917 Susannah Collins [LS] Signed by the Testatrix Susannah Collins as and for her last will Testament in the presence of us, who at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other have submitted our names as attesting witnesses, after changing the twenty dollars bequest in item 6 to ten dollars unshared    A. MacDonald J.P. Grand Banks William Forsey Grand Banks.

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

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
July 9/18
July 11/18
to Caleb
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.

Page contributed by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

Revised: October 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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