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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Thomas J. Edens
Will of Thomas J. Edens
from Newfoundland will books, volume 11 page 483 & 484 probate year 1920
In re Thomas J. Edens deceased
In the name of God Amen. I Thomas J. Edens of St. John's, Merchant, do make, publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament.
- First. I hereby revoke all former wills and testaments made by me.
- Secondly I appoint my wife Margaret Edens to be sole executrix of this my will.
- Thirdly. I give devise and bequeath to my wife, Margaret Edens, all the property, estate and effects of which I may die possessed to have and enjoy the same for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease I give devise and bequeath the same to my children living at the date of the decease of my wife in such shares and proportions as she, my said wife, shall by deed or will appoint and in default of such appointment to my said children in equal shares.
- Fourthly. I declare that all investments shall be made at the absolute discretion of my said wife and further that should my said wife in her discretion desire to continue the business carried on by me at St. John's I empower her to do so for as long as she shall think fit and to discontinue the same at any time and to sell the same or wind up the affairs thereof, with liberty to my said wife, if and so long as she shall continue the business, to employ therein the whole or any part of the capital which shall be employed therein at my death and also such further part [if any] of my estate as she shall think proper and to employ managers agents and clerks and generally to act in the conduct of the said business as she shall in her absolute discretion think fit, without being answerable for any loss arising thereby.
- Fifthly. I give devise and bequeath to my said wife Margaret Edens the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid by her for the celebration of masses for the repose of my soul.
In witness whereof I have set my hand to this my last will and testament this 27th day of June Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and ten. T. J. Edens
Signed by the said Thomas J. Edens as his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
James M. Kent. Agnes Walsh.
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Aug. 5/20
to Margaret M.
Edens. Aug. 6/20
|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.
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