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Will of George Filmore
The last will and testament of George Filmore Master Mariner of St. John’s Newfoundland First I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah wife of Revd Robert Bramfitt the sum of one hundred pounds cy to be paid in cash out of money belonging to me in the Commercial Bank for her sole use and benefit free from the control of her husband. Secondly I give and bequeath to my daughter Jessie Elizabeth Filmore all my household furniture beds and bedding pictures and pianoes watches and chains and clock and all my wearing apparell likewise my interest in the lease of the shop and house now occupied by me likewise all money in the house and in the Savings Bank in my name after paying my sickness and funeral expenses out of the same If the said Jessie Elizabeth wishes to continue the business I likewise bequeath her all the stock in trade and interest accruing from money that will be laying in the Com-Bank after paying Sarah her hundred pounds out of it I likewise empower my executors to give the said Jessie the sum of fifty pounds out of the Commercial Bank if necessary to replenish the stock in the shop If the said Jessie do not wish to continue the business the stock is to be sold and the proceeds added to the money in the Commercial Bank and my executors to pay her Forty pounds cy per year out of the said money (the aforesaid interest to be added to the capital year by year) while she is unmarried If the said Jessie Elizabeth marries and wish to keep on the business it is to be hers for her sole use and benefitt free from the controll of her husband if she marries and do not keep on the business the stock in trade to be sold and added to the money in the Commercial Bank and the whole of said money to be divided equally between my two daughters Jessie Elizabeth and Sarah likewise if Jessie Marries and keeps on the business the money in the Commercial Bank to be divided equally between my two daughters aforesaid In case of the demise of my daughter Sarah before the division of the money in the Comm Bank it is my wish that her share of said moneys will be equally divided among her children. I appoint my friend Augustus Frederick Goodridge of Saint John’s Merchant executor of this my will. Dated at St. John’s this 16th day of December A.D. 1884. George his X mark Filmore. Witnesses (all present at same time having first been read and explained, D. Morison, Sarah her X mark Westcott, Jessie E. Filmore.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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