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Miscellaneous Deeds, Grants, Petitions & Wills
Eliza Matthews


Eliza Matthews


In the Supreme Court


You shall swear that you believe this to be the true last Will and Testament of Eliza Matthews, late of Saint John's in the Central District of the Island of Newfoundland, Widow, deceased.

You shall swear that you will pay all the Debts and Legacies of the Deceased, so far as the Goods shall extend and the Law shall bind you; and that you will exhibit a true, full and perfect Inventory of all and every the Goods, Rights and Credits of the deceased, together with a just and true account into the Registry of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, when you shall be lawfully called thereto; And you shall further swear that the whole of the Goods, Rights, Chattels, Assets, Credits, and Effects of the said Eliza Matthews deceased, and of which she died possessed, do not, according to the best of your knowledge, judgment and belief, amount to the value of four thousand five hundred Dollars.

So help you God.

Sworn before me, at St. John's,
this 25th day of October, A.D. 1886.                    } Lavinia P. Walsh
Commissioner of Affidavits, Supreme Court.


Estate of Eliza Matthews
late of Saint Johns
in the Central District
Widow, deceased
Dated Oct 28th 1886

Probate granted to Lavinia P
of St. John's a?
married woman
the Executrix named in the Will.
Estate sworn under $4,500.00



After three days, application will be made to the Honourable the Supreme Court or to one of the Honourable the Judges thereof, for Probate of the will of Eliza Matthews, late of Saint John's, Widow, deceased to be granted to Lavinia Walsh of Saint John's, Sole Executrix of said Will.

St. John's October 11, 1886
Walter T Morison
Proctor for Executrix
O.E (initials written in the margin of this page)


I hereby certify that the notice on the other side hereof written has been posted in said office from the day of the date thereof to this date. And that no Caveat or other objection thereto has been filed or entered.

Dated at St. John's this 18th day of October A.D. 1886.
Otto Emerson



Saint John's

James J. Pitman of Saint John's aforesaid, Student at Law, maketh oath and saith that on the Twelfth day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty five at Saint John's aforesaid he, this deponent, was present and did see Eliza Matthews, late of Saint John's aforesaid, Widow, deceased, the Testatrix named in the paper writing hereto annexed, duly sign, publish and declare the said annexed paper writing as and for her last Will and Testament, in the presence of this Deponent and of Albert Lile Bertram of Saint John's aforesaid, Student at Law, the other subscribing witness thereto. That Deponent and said Albert Lile Bertram then and there signed their names to such Will as such witnesses, in the presence of the said Testatrix and of each other and that at the time of the said execution of the said Will the said Testatrix was of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, to the best of Deponent's knowledge and belief.

SWORN BEFORE ME at St. John's, in
the Island aforesaid, this eighteenth                              Jas. J. Pitman
day of October A.D. One Thousand
Eight Hundred and Eighty Six.

Otto Emerson


To the Honourable the Supreme Court of
Newfoundland or one of the Honourable
The Judge thereof:

The Petition of Lavinia P Walsh of Saint John's, wife of George Walsh of St. John's, Printer,

Humbly sheweth

That Eliza Matthews of Saint John's, Widow, died there on the Sixth day of October instant having previously made and published her last will and testament which is hereto annexed and of which she appointed your petitioner sole executrix.

That the said deceased at the time of her death was possessed of property of the probable value of four thousand two hundred dollars.

That no Probate of any will nor Administration of the Estate of said deceased has been granted to any person.

Petitioner therefore prays that Probate of the said Will may be granted to her. And as in duty bound she will ever pray &c.

Dated at Saint John's this 13th day of October 1886.

Lavinia P Walsh


St. John's to wit

Lavinia P. Walsh of Saint John's, wife of George Walsh of Saint John's, Printer, maketh oath and saith that she is the Petitioner named in the foregoing Petition, And that the several things therein contained are correct and true
Lavinia P. Walsh

Sworn before me at
Saint John's this 14th day of
October AD 1886.
Otto Emerson


THIS IS THE LAST WILL and testament of me, Eliza Matthews of Saint John's, Widow.  I hereby revoke all former and other wills by me at any time made and desire that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid by my executrix hereinafter named. I give, devise and bequeath to my said executrix all the property estate and effects of every description of which I shall die possessed upon the trusts and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, that is to say. First. To pay to Mary Rebecca Lucas the sum of five pounds per annum during her natural life, the first payment to become due one year after my death. Second. To hold my gold watch and chain in trust for Eliza Ellen Walsh, daughter of George and Lavinia P. Walsh, until she shall attain the age of twenty one years and then to deliver the said watch and chain to her as her sole property. In the event of the said Eliza Ellen Walsh dying before she shall attain the age of twenty one years, the said Watch and chain shall be and become the property of her mother, the said Lavinia P. Walsh. Third. I give, devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my said property estate and effects to the said Lavinia P. Walsh for her sole separate and absolute use and benefit, free from the control of her present or any future husband.

I appoint the said Lavinia P. Walsh sole Executrix of this my last will and testament.

Eliza Matthews


Signed published and declared by the
said Testator as and for her last Will
and Testament in the presence of us,
who in her presence and in the presence
of each other and at her request have
hereunto subscribed our names as
witnesses, this twelfth day of February
Anno Domini one thousand eight
hundred and eighty six.

Jas J. Pitman
Albert Lile Bertram


Supreme Court

In the matter of the
Estate and Will of
Eliza Matthews
Saint John's, Widow

Filed Oct 22/86
Petition for Probate
Fiat J J Little

(Stamp on document as follows:)
Solicitors, Notaries, Etc.



Page transcribed by Mary Rawlinson

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Thursday September 07, 2017)

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