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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Catherine Dickson


Will of Catherine Dickson
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 14 & 15 probate year 1851.

In re
     Catherine Dickson       deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me Catherine Dickson of St. John's Widow. I devise and bequeath all my property real and personal to my executors and their heirs in trust to pay and assign the same to such uses as my daughter Lucretia may by writing under her hand free from the control or debts of any husband she may have direct and appoint and in default of such appointment in her life to such uses as she may be her will appoint. Should I however survive my said daughter my said executors are then to pay the profits of my said property other than what I receive from my said daughter by will or otherwise to my mother during her life and after her death to my sister Mary while she shall continue unmarried and on her death or marriage whichever may first happen to pay and assign such property to such uses as my brothers and sisters may be writing as aforesaid or by their wills direct and appoint with respect to their respective shares they taking each an equal share with the proviso however that such direction and appointment by any of my married sisters shall be free from the debts and control of their husbands respectively. Such property as I receive by will or otherwise from my said daughter my said executors are to invest for the benefit of my nieces Anna and Bertha Cooke until they shall arrive at the age of twenty one years and then shall pay and assign the same in equal portions to such uses as they free from such debts and control as aforesaid may by writing as aforesaid appoint and in default of appointment during their lives to such uses as they may be will appoint. Should either of them die before attaining the age of twenty one her share to be invested and paid in manner aforesaid for the benefit of her sister but should both of them die before attaining that age both their shares are to be disposed of for the benefit of my mother, sister Mary and other sisters and brothers in the manner hereinbefore directed with respect to such property as I may die possessed of or entitled to not having received the same from my daughter as aforesaid. Lastly I appoint Hugh W. Hoyles executor of this my will. Catherine Dickson.
Signed published and declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will in the presence of us who in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses this 15th of June A.D. 1843 the words "to pay and assign such property" having been interlined on the first page. D.S. Rennie,   Thos. Row,   Cathn Drew.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



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

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (December 14, 2002)

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