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Will of George Forward
This is the last will and testament of me George Forward of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Sailmaker- In the first place I will and direct that as soon after my decease as convenient all my just debts be paid by my executor hereinafter named: Secondly I give devise and bequeath unto my son John Forward all the landed estate and house in which I now reside with their appurtenances particularly described in a deed of sale of the same to me from John Williams McCurdy dated 30th December 1849 which land is situate on the east side of the Kings Road in the town of St. John’s to have and to hold the same to the said John Forward for ever subject however to a perpetual charge of eight dollars per annum to be paid by the said John Forward and his assigns at the end of each year to the Roman Catholic Bishop of St. John’s Newfoundland for the time being for Masses for my soul and the soul of my late wife Ellen Forward
I further will and direct that the funds and moneys that now are or may at the time of my death be in the Newfoundland Savings Bank in my name and belonging to me with accruing interest together with all moneys and debts I may own at the time of my death may be divided into three equal portions, one of said shares or portions I give devise and bequeath to my sister-in-law Mary Sullivan to her sole and absolute use and behoof: The remaining two portions or shares of said funds and moneys I give devise and bequeath unto my brother-in-law John Cahil Upon the trust to pay and appropriate the interest issues and profits thereof to and for the support and maintenance of my grand-daughters Ellen Williams and Elizabeth Williams share and share alike, free and clear of any control or interference of or from Philip Williams the father of the said Ellen Williams and Elizabeth Williams: I give devise and bequeath all the furniture and other property and chattels of which I may die possessed unto the above named Mary Sullivan Ellen Williams and Elizabeth Williams share and share alike, the portions of the said Ellen Williams and Elizabeth Williams to follow the trust respecting the moneys hereby devised- I hereby expressly revoke any other or former wills by me made- I hereby nominate and appoint the said John Cahil sole executor of this my last will and testament Dated at St. John’s this fifteenth day of July Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.
George his X mark Forward (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said George Forward above named as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other and in the presence of the said George Forward and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto this said will being read over and explained to the said George Forward in our presence before his signing the same, the said George Forward having executed the said will by affixing his mark thereto.
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. 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 & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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