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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
George Gibson Geddes


Will of George Gibson Geddes
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 380-381 probate year 1885

In re
      George G. Geddes deceased.

This is the last will and testament of me George Gibson Geddes of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Storekeeper-
First- I give devise and bequeath to Timothy Cummins of St. John’s Clerk in the Examining Goods office St. John’s the sum of fifty dollars-
Second- I give devise and bequeath to Robert Laurie of St. John’s Buyer at Messrs. Walter Grieve & Co’s the sum of twenty dollars-
Third- I give devise and bequeath to Mrs. Betsey Kelly wife of John Kelly of Middle Cove near St. John’s the sum of twenty dollars.
Fourth- I give devise and bequeath to Robert Thorburn of St. John’s Merchant the sum of thirty dollars to purchase a plain gold ring as a souvenir of our long friendship-
Fifth- I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary Elizabeth O’Mara widow of the late David W O’Mara of Ferryland in the southern district of Newfoundland in yearly instalments of two hundred dollars all the residue and remainder of my estate of every description and kind whatsoever including a piece of land on the north side of the Pennywell Road St. John’s- Also a Life Policy in the Masonic Mutual Insurance Company of Newfoundland also any other monies chattels or effects that I may be possessed of at the time of my death the first payment to be made twelve months after my decease all of which is to be free from the control of any future husband and with power only to the said Mary Elizabeth O’Mara to will the same to the children she had by the late David W. O’Mara share and share alike and further that she shall have no power whatever under this will to leave any portion of the said estate to any future husband she may have nor to any child that she may have by him
Sixth- I hereby cancel the bequest made me in a former will to my daughter-in-law Martha A. Weldon of Moncton New Brunswick and I hereby revoke all former will or wills made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament.   Lastly I appoint The Honorable Robert Thorburn of St. John’s Merchant sole executor under this my last will and testament   In witness whereof I the said George Gibson Geddes have hereunto set my hand at St. John’s Newfoundland this twenty ninth day of April A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty five-     Geo. G. Geddes.   Signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence who at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses on the day and year and place first within written.    Arthur Clift, Augustus O. Hayward.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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