Will of Charlotte Foote
from Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 440
to 442 probate year 1916
CHARLOTTE FOOTE deceased.
This is the last will and testament
of me, Charlotte Foote, of Springdale Street, St. John’s, widow of
the late James H. Foote.
1. I hereby revoke all former wills by me at any time made and declare
this to be my last will and testament.
2. I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my nephew, Herbert
James Taylor, son of John and Catherine Taylor, to be the sole executor of this
3. I direct my executor to pay all just
debts as speedily as possible after my decease and to expend a sum of money
not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars for the erection in the General
Protestant Cemetery of a monument to my husband and myself unless arrangements
for the erection of a monument shall have been made by me previous to my
decease. I also authorize my said executor to charge as a remuneration
for his services in connection with the management and winding up of my
estate a commission of five per cent on gross proceeds.
4. I hereby give, devise and bequeath the following specific legacies:-
To my said nephew Herbert James Taylor the house numbered 62 Pleasant Street,
at present occupied by Thomas Warfield, together with the land used as
a site thereof and appertaining thereto.
- (b) To my
said nephew Herbert James Taylor the two tenement house Nos. 54
and 56 Pleasant Street at present in the occupation of one Foley together
with the land used as a site thereof and appertaining thereto
To my niece, Elizabeth Taylor daughter of the said John
and Catherine Taylor, the house numbered 56 Springdale Street, now occupied by Stephen
Tucker, and also the house numbered 58 Springdale Street, now occupied
by me, together with the land used as sites thereof and appertaining
To Herbert John Taylor, son of Orestes
Taylor and known as “John
Taylor the Diver” the houses number 51, 53 and 55 Springdale Street,
together with the land used as sites thereof and appertaining thereto,
In trust for his son Orestes Taylor, who is now about nine years of age,
until the said Orestes Taylor shall have reached the full age of twenty-one
years; and on the said Orestes Taylor reaching
the age of twenty-one years, I give, devise and bequeath the said
houses and lands to him absolutely. Should the said Orestes
Taylor die before reaching the full age of twenty-one years, I give, devise
and bequeath the said houses and lands to the said Herbert
John Taylor, his executors, administrators and assigns absolutely
To Frances Thompson, wife of William Thompson, Farmer of Cherry
Hill, St. John’s, the house numbered 40 Alexander Street, together with the
land used as a site thereof and appertaining thereto.
To Maxwell Taylor and Harry Taylor, sons of Captain
who was my adopted son, the sum of Five hundred dollars each. And I hereby direct the said Herbert
James Taylor, my executor
named herein, to invest the said sum of five hundred dollars each
hereby bequeathed to the said Maxwell Taylor and Harry
in such trust investment as he may select, and at his sole discretion
to apply the principal and interest to the support, maintenance
and education of the said Maxwell Taylor and Harry
Taylor, or otherwise,
as he may consider in the best interests of the said minors.
- (g) To Charles Taylor, the son of
Reuben and Jeanette Taylor, the sum of two hundred dollars.
To Maria Freeman, usually known as “May
Freeman” wife of Robert
Freeman of Victoria Street, the sum of two hundred dollars.
To my said niece Elizabeth Taylor all my household furniture, goods,
chattels and effects situate in and upon the dwelling house now occupied
by me, or which may hereafter be acquired by me and stored or used at
any other place, absolutely.
- (j) To Stephen Tucker of St. John’s,
accountant, one hundred dollars.
5. All the rest, residue and remainder of my property, both real
and personal, of whatsoever nature and kind and wheresoever situate,
I direct my executor to sell and convert into cash (except such
as may already be cash in hand or on deposit) at such time of times
as my executor in his sole discretion may consider most advantageous
in the interest of my estate.
6. The entire proceeds of the sale of my property as directed in paragraph
5 hereof together with such moneys and all other property not hereinbefore
bequeathed I give, devise and bequeath as follows:-
To my servant, Elizabeth Gushue Taylor, the sum of two hundred dollars.
To Joshua Hookey of St. John’s, Broom-maker, the sum of two hundred
- ( c) To my brother Charles Parsons of Charles,
the sum of Five hundred dollars.
- (d) To Jeanette Taylor,
wife of Reuben Taylor, the sum of two hundred dollars.
To the general funds of the Methodist Orphanage, the sum of three
7. All the rest, residue and remainder
of my property, goods, chattels and effects I give, devise and bequeath
to Maxwell Taylor and Henry
Taylor the sons of Captain Orestes Taylor who
was my adopted son, to be divided equally between them. In witness
whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John’s
this 25th day of October, A.D. 1912. Charlotte
A. Foote Signed by the said
testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence
of us who at her request and in the presence of the testatrix and
each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Daniel
F. Kent, Clerk of the Supreme Court of St. John’s. Richard
Anderson Squires, Solicitor, St. John’s.
Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the margin of this will)