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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Josiah Garland


Will of Josiah Garland
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 75 to 77 probate year 1913

In re Josiah Garland      deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me Josiah Garland of St. John's, formerly servant at the Crown Lands Department, but now retired, hereby revoking and annulling all previous wills by me at any time made and declaring this and no other to be my last

  • First: I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Sarah Garland the sum of four hundred and eighty dollars to be paid to her by four annual instalments of one hundred and twenty dollars each. The said instalments to be drawn from a deposit to my credit at present in the Bank of Montreal and they shall be a first charge on said deposit and one iron bedstead, one feather bed and bedding
  • Second: I give and bequeath to my daughter Evangeline Stowe, now residing at Norman's Cove in Trinity Bay the sum of three hundred and twenty dollars, to be paid to her in four equal annual instalments, and my own flat hair trunk and her mother's wreath.
  • Third: I give and bequeath to my grandson Samuel Stowe my own writing desk.
  • Fourth: I give and bequeath the remainder of the money which is on deposit to my credit in the Bank of Montreal to my seven children. William Garland, now residing at Pellys Island. Elizabeth A. Vigus, now residing at Burin. Sarah Suscott, now residing at Davisville, Ontario. Susannah Sparks, now residing at Vancouver, British Columbia. Jessie Barter, now residing at Minnedosa, Manitoba. Melina Bishop at present residing at Burin, and Corbett(?) N. Garland, now residing at Bar Harbor in the state of Maine, to be equally divided between them.
  • Fifth: I give and bequeath to my son William Garland all my wearing apparel and black trunk formerly his grandmother's, all my books, including one family Bible with commentary and family register attached, my own private chest with all therein contained and also a piece or parcel of land situate and being at Lower Island Cove in Conception Bay near the road leading from the water front to the old Methodist Church, and I desire that the papers constituting the title and the measurements of the said piece or parcel of land shall be given by my executor hereinafter named at my said son.
  • Sixth: I give and bequeath to my grandson Walter Garland, son of my said son William, my watch.
  • Seventh I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Suscott One feather bed and bedding or its value in money when sold and to her son James I give and bequeath on silver table fork.
  • Eighth: I hereby will and direct that my said wife shall have the right to reside free of charge in my dwelling house for six months after my decease and at the expiration of the said six months my said house which is built on leasehold ground with the residue of my estate and effects shall be sold and out of the proceeds thereof the sum of one hundred dollars formerly advanced to me by my daughter Elizabeth A. Vigus, shall be paid to her and the balance thereof, after payment of my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses shall be divided equally amongst my seven children hereinbefore in paragraph four named.
  • Ninth: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth A. Vigus my own family Bible with family records therein
  • Tenth: in the event of the death of my said wife before the payment to her of the four instalments as provided in paragraph one. I give, devise and bequeath the balance thereof which shall remain unpaid to my daughters Susannah Sparks, Sarah Suscott and Evangeline Stowe in equal shares.
  • Eleventh: I hereby appoint my said son William Garland sole executor of this my will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand subscribed at St. John's aforesaid this 12th day of November A.D. 1909 - Josiah Garland -
Signed, Published and declared by the Testator as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto our hands subscribed as witnesses Robert S. LeDrew.    A. W. Knight.

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
July 12/13
Emerson J.
July 15/13
to William
sworn at



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

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit July 11, 2002

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