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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Mary Ferris
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 1 to 3 probate year 1850
Mary Ferris deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Mary Ferris of Saint John's In the Island of Newfoundland Widow, I appoint the Reverend Thomas F. H. Bridge of St. John's aforesaid Minister of the Gospel, and Mr. William Lash of the same place Accountant, executors of this my last will and testament. I give devise and bequeath my Government Debenture note for three hundred and fifty pounds sterling, drawn in my favor, and dated the sixth day of November 1847 unto my said executors Thomas F. H. Bridge and William Lash upon trust that they the said Thomas F. H. Bridge and William Lash or the survivor of them or the executors administrators or assigns of such survivor, do and shall pay or cause to be paid unto my brother Thomas Barby of Great Burin in the Island aforesaid the annual interest arising on the said debenture note yearly and every year during his natural life, towards the support and education of his children and not subject to his debts and after his death then upon trust to sell and dispose of the said Debenture note and to divide the proceeds thereof amongst such of the children lawfully begotten of my said brother Thomas Darby as shall be then alive share and share alike to be paid to them respectively as they severally attain the age of twenty one years, and in case there be only one such child, then upon trust to pay the whole of the proceeds of the said debenture note to him or her as the case may be.
I give devise and bequeath unto my said executors Thomas F. H. Bridge and William Lash their executors and administrators all the rents and profits and all my right title and interest in and to all that land and premises situate on either side of Gower Street immediately west of Kings Road in St. John's aforesaid, commonly known as Shorts Estate upon trust that they the said Thomas F. H. Bridge and William Lash or the survivor of them, or the executors administrators or assigns of such survivor do and shall pay or cause to be paid out of the annual rents or profits of the said premises the sum of five pounds currency to the Lord Bishop of Newfoundland for the time being and to his successors yearly and every year for ever to be appropriated by him and them towards the relief of the poor being communicants in the Episcopal Cathedral Church at St. John's aforesaid and upon this further trust to pay out of the annual rents or profits of the said premises unto Mary Bowden wife of George Bowden of St. John's aforesaid Ships Carpenter the sum of five pounds currency yearly and every year during her natural life for her sole and separate use independent of any present or future husband and not subject to his debts or controul and the receipt or receipts of the said Mary Bowden shall whether she shall be covert or sole be an effectual discharge or effectual discharges for the money then acknowledged to be received and upon her death then to pay the said annual sum of five pounds currency to her daughter Harriet Bowden during the natural life of the said Harriet Bowden for her sole and separate use and independent of any present or future husband and not subject to his debts or controul and the receipt or receipts of the said Harriet Bowden shall whether she shall be covert or sole be and effectual discharge or effectual discharges for the money then acknowledged to be received And on the death of the said Harriet Bowden then the said last mentioned trust money to be considered as part of the surplus or residue of my personal estate and to be disposed of accordingly.
I give and bequeath unto my nephew George Arthur Darby son of my said brother Thomas Darby my silver watch.
I give devise and bequeath unto my said executor William Lash the sum of fifty pounds currency and to my other executor Thomas F. H. Bridge the sum of twenty five pounds currency.
It is also my further will and desire that my said executors do cause to be erected without unnecessary delay a marble tablet to my memory and to the memory of my deceased niece the late Maria Pamela Walsh to be placed in some convenient part of the new Cathedral Church in St. John's aforesaid
And lastly I give devise and bequeath all and singular the rest residue and remainder of the property of which I shall be possessed of or entitled to at the time of my decease or over which I have a disposing power whether the same be real or personal or otherwise howsoever and wheresoever situate unto my said executors Thomas F. H. Bridge and William Lash share and share alike their heirs and assigns to have and to hold the same for ever.
In witness whereof I the said Mary Ferris to this my last will and testament have affixed my hand and seal this tenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine. Mary Ferris (LS)
Signed published and declared by the said Mary Ferris as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other at her request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto. Saml Carson. Jno. Haskell.
By this codicil to my will I hereby revoke that part of my said will which directs that five pounds per annum shall be paid to the use of Mary Bowden for her life and after her decease to Harriott Bowden for her life and after her decease to become part of my residuary estate; and I hereby direct that the said sum of five pounds per annum therein mentioned shall be paid by my said executors to the said Bishop of Newfoundland and his successors in office for ever to be by him and them appropriated towards the support of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral of St. John's after the same shall have been paid for the period of five years to the use of the said Mary Bowden her executors or administrators. Mary Ferris.
Signed published and declared by the said testatrix as a codicil to her will in presence of us who in her presence have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses at St. John's this third day of July A.D. 1850. Samuel Carson. William Coyell.
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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