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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(C)
Nicholas L. Cousens

 

 

Will of Nicholas L. Cousens
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 337 & 338 probate year 1923

In re NICHOLAS L. COUSENS.      DECEASED.

This is the last Will and Testament of me, Nicholas L. Cousens, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Master Cooper, made this 1st day of April A. D. 1922.
I hereby revoke all former Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me at anytime heretofore made.
I hereby appoint my dear wife, Lavinia Cousens, and George R. Williams of St. John's aforesaid, Commission Merchant, Executors of this my Will.
I give and bequeath unto my said Executor, George R. Williams, the sum of Five hundred dollars to be paid to him immediately after my death.
I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate unto my dear wife, Lavinia Cousens, absolutely, subject nevertheless to the following bequests, which are to be paid to the legatees as soon as may be convenient after the death of my said wife:

  1. I give devise and bequeath unto my niece, Henrietta Searle, wife of Robert Searle, the freehold land and dwelling No. 235 Southside Road.
  2. I give devise and bequeath unto my niece, Gladys Redstone, the freehold land and dwelling No. 233 Southside Road.
  3. I give devise and bequeath unto my niece, Olive Redstone, the freehold land and dwelling No. 263 Southside Road; also the sum of One thousand dollars.
  4. I give devise and bequeath unto my nephew, William Edward Redstone, the house No. 265 Southside Road; also the sum of One thousand dollars.
  5. I give devise and bequeath unto my Executor, George R. Williams, the sum of One thousand dollars, to be held by him in trust for my nephew, Aleck F. Redstone, this money to be invested by my said Executor and the income therefrom to be paid over annually by him to my said nephew.
  6. I give devise and bequeath unto my adopted daughter, Marjory Redstone Cousens, my freehold land and dwelling now occupied by me and known as "The Cottage", together with all the household furniture and effects therein contained; also the sum of Twenty thousand dollars.
  7. I give devise and bequeath unto my adopted son, Ethelbert Clayton Cousens, the freehold land and four dwellings Nos. 279, and, 285, 287, 289 Southside Road; also all the land and buildings thereon, consisting of cooperages and stores, and known as the "Cooperage", situated on the Southside Road adjoining said dwellings.
  8. To the four children of my adopted son, Ethelbert Clayton Cousens, Phylis, Roy, Charles and Harvey, I give and bequeath the sum of One thousand dollars each.
  9. To my cousin, Lucy Cousens, daughter of James Hunt cousens, I give and bequeath the sum of Five hundred dollars.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first before written. NICHOLAS L. COUSENS.
Signed Published and declared by the above named Nicholas L. Cousens as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, both being present a the same time, who at his request, and in his presence, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Cyril J. Cahill.    Florence M. Crane.

CORRECT.
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat March 28/23
Kent J.
Probate granted
to Geo. R. Williams
and Lavinia
Cousens
March 28/23.
Estate sworn
at $46,807.36

 

 

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 and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 15, 2002

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