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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Lucretia Hoyles Dickson


(Will of Lucretia Hoyles Dickson
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 42-43 probate year 1851)

In re
     Lucretia H. Dickson      deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me Lucretia Hoyles Dickson of St. John's, spinster, I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate whatsoever to my executor hereinafter named and his heirs upon the trusts following, that is to say, First, with respect to such parts of my said estate as I have received of my mother's estate and which may not have been otherwise expended at my decease upon trust to convey, assign, pay and appropriate the same equally between my cousins Anna Cooke, Harriet Hoyles and Fanny Wilson, and their heirs the share of the said Anna Cooke nevertheless to be subject to the trusts and limitations hereinafter declared with respect to other property hereby devised to her, Secondly, with respect to such parts of my said estate as I have received direct from my father, upon trust to hold the same and to pay and appropriate the annual rents interest and profits thereof equally between my cousins Anna Cooke and Bertha Cooke until their respective marriages, and upon the marriage of each of them respectively to settle one half of my said estate in such manner as that she shall have the rents interests and profits thereof to her sole and separate use during her life, and that after her decease the said half shall be divided amongst her children (if any) grandchildren standing for deceased children) but if none, to such uses as she may by written will signed by her appoint; and in default of such appointment, to be divided equally amongst my next of kin by the mother's side. Provided, that should either of them die unmarried her share is to vest in her sister upon the trusts aforesaid should she survive, should such survivor die unmarried not having attained the age of twenty one years both their shares are to be distributed equally amongst my next of kin by my mother's side; should such survivor die unmarried after having attained the age of twenty one years she may dispose of both shares by her written will signed by her but should she make no appropriation by will such shares to be distributed equally amongst my next of kin by my mother's side. I give and bequeath to Kitty Drew twenty pounds one half from my mother's said estate and the other half from my own estate. I give and bequeath my plate and furniture as follows, my piano to Anna Cooke with twelve spoons, jug and basin and two desert spoons; eighteen tea spoons, jug and basin, one table spoon three desert spoons and sugar tongs to Fanny Wilson; two desert spoons and the mustard pot to Harriet Hoyles; soup ladle, gravy ladles and pearl ring to Susan Rennie; the toast rack to Mary Wilson; the casters to Anne Row; the work box to Jean Hoyles; thewatch chain &c. &c. to Bertha Cooke; the book case to Sarah Row; Blunts Sermons to Grandmamma; the chest of drawers, bed, mattress, blankets &c. &c. after grandmamma's death to Kitty Drew; my books between Hugh and William Hoyles. I revoke all former wills and appoint Hugh W. Hoyles my sole executor. Lucretia Hoyles Dickson. Signed, published and declared by the said testatrix as her last will, in our presence, who in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses this nineteenth day of October A.D.1850 the words "written" and "signed by her" having been twice interlined. D.S.Rennie, Mary Morrissey. James McPherson.

I declare this to be a codicil to my will. I give and bequeath to my cousin Sarah Grace Row the sum of twenty pounds. I also give and bequeath to my cousin Catherine Dickson Wilson the sum of fifty pounds. I also desire my executor to pay to Dr. Samuel Carson the sum of ten guineas. In witness whereof I have subscribed these presents this tenth day of March eighteen hundred and fifty one. Lucretia H. Dickson. Signed before us who in presence of the said Lucretia H. Dickson have in presence of each other hereto subscribed our names this 10th of March 1851. Susan Rennie. L. Hoyles. D.S.Rennie.

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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 28, 2004)

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