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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Esau Gillingham



Will of Esau Gillingham
from Newfoundland will books volume 11 page 517 probate year 1920

In re Esau Gillingham       deceased

Musgrave Harbour July 1914. My last will.
I Esau Gillingham I commit my soul into the hands of my Saviour in full confidence that having redeemed it and washed it in his most precious blood he will present it faultless before the throne of my heavenly Father; and I entreat my children to maintain and defend at all hazard and at any cost of personal sacrifice the blessed doctrine of complete atonement for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ once offered and through that alone.

My body is to be sent to Ochre-pit-Cove, in the District of Bay-de-Verde and there buried. For which the sum of $50.00 Fifty dollars will be set aside. Also $60.00 sixty dollars will be set aside to erect my monument.

$200.00 Two hundred dollars is to go to my wife and the remainder is to be divided. $40.00 Forty dollars to my daughter Susie and $94.29 Ninety-four dollars and twenty-nine cents to my son Herbert.

In case insurance should be received for my house at Musgrave Harbour, - [which carries $1000.00 one thousand dollars at present] another house is to be built from the said insurance on a site which my son Herbert shall select. My wife is to occupy half of the said house as long as she is my wife or widow; the remaining half is to be the property of my son Herbert. Should my wife re-marry or change her name or in case of her death the whole is the property of my son Herbert. The land which surrounds my house at Musgrave Harbour is also to be the property of my son Herbert should my wife re-marry or die.

My garden at Doting Cove is to be my wife's property; in case she should leave Musgrave Harbour or change her name it is to go to my daughter Susie.

The three enlarged pictures of my first wife Clara Ann, my son Charles and daughter Ethel Beatrice is the property of my son Herbert whenever he may want it. Also the organ at the house is his [Herbert's] whenever he should want it.

My land at Musgrave Harbour situated near the Salvation Army headquarters is to be the property of my son Newman. My land at South West Arm Green Bay is the property of my son Newman; also my land at Ochre-pit-Cove is the property of my son Herbert. (?) My sons Herbert and Newman are each to have two acres [total 4 acres] of my land at Botwood in the District of Twillingate. The grant was drawn in my wife's name but the land is cut of (?) on the grant. Please see the grant. N 12851. This is my last will and testimony.     Esau Gillingham.     Tobias W. Abbott     Robert H. Mercer    Musgrave Hr    Aug 7th. 1914.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Sept. 10/20
Horwood CJ
adm cta
granted to
Newman W.
Gillingham. Sept. 17/20
Estate sworn
at $1900.00



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.

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REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 13, 2002

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