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Will of Amelia Gill
This is the last will and testament of me Amelia Gill of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland spinster. First. I direct that all of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid out of my estate by my executor hereinafter appointed. Second. I give and bequeath to my brother Frederick M. Gill the sum of twenty five pounds currency also to my brother George W. Gill the like sum of twenty five pounds currency and to my brother Henry G. H. Gill the sum of one hundred pounds currency but should my said brothers Frederick M. and George W. or either of them die before my said brother Henry G. H. Gill then I give and bequeath to him absolutely the said sums or legacies so otherwise bequeathed to my said brothers in the event of the death of both or either as the case may be. Third. As regards the residue of my estate lands monies chattels and effects whatsoever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath the rents interest income and use thereof according to the nature of the property to my sisters Lucretia Sarah Calver Gill and Harriet Gill during their lives equally and to the survivor of them during her lifetime and should they or either of them survive my said brother Henry G. H. they or such survivor their or her executors administrators and assigns shall be entitled to all my said residue as aforesaid but should my said brother Henry G. H. survive both of my said sisters then I devise and bequeath all and singular the residue aforesaid to him his heirs and assigns for ever. I revoke all former wills and codicils by me at any time heretofore made and appoint my brother the said Henry G. H. Gill sole executor of this my will. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name and set my seal this fourth day of October A. D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy three. Amelia Gill (LS) Signed sealed and declared by the said Amelia Gill as for her last will and testament in our presence and in presence of each other. F.B.T. Carter John J. Burton
Note: Transcribed from Newfoundland will books vol 4 folio 45 probate 1879. LDS microfilm 2070897.
Amelia was the daughter of Nicholas Gill and Elizabeth Mary Burton Gill. She mentions her brother George Wood Gill. George was the sixth son of Nicholas and Elizabeth and he died at Belleville, West Virginia, March 30th, 1887. Her sister Lucretia died in St. John's 29 Oct 1890. Another brother was Henry Gilbert Hunt Gill.
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.
Contributed by Geoff Martin and also by Judy Benson as part of the wills project
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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