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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John R. Goodridge


Will of John R. Goodridge
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 43 to 45 probate year 1913

In re John R. Goodridge      deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me John Richard Goodridge of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant. I appoint my brother Augustus Frederick Goodridge and my brother-in-law George John Carter to be the Executors and trustees of this my last will.

  • I give and bequeath to my said executors and trustees the sum of one Thousand Dollars each.
  • I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Susanna Catherine Goodridge one thousand Dollars.
  • I give and bequeath to my beloved sister Elizabeth Viola wife of George J. Carter one thousand Dollars.
  • I give and bequeath to my beloved niece Grace wife of Reverend Henry Uphill One Thousand Dollars.
  • I give and bequeath to Adeline Belfield Prout the sum of Five Hundred Dollars and desire that my son Harold Berwick shall be left under her guardianship until he has finished his education & attained the age of 21 years.
  • I give and bequeath to my beloved son Avalon Trumble my gold watch and chain and to my beloved son Harold Berwick the family clock and to my beloved daughters Marie Grace Elizabeth and Evelyn Monroe their late mothers jewellery.
  • I desire that a sum equal to one half of the net income of the estate in Ireland known as Knockmonagh shall be paid annually to my late wife's brother John B. Trumble and his legal representatives.
  • As to the whole of the residue of my estate real and personal I bequeath the same to my said executors and trustees in trust to hold and apply the same to the use and benefit of my four children, Marie Grace Elizabeth. Evelyn Monroe. Avalon Trumble and Harold Berwick in equal parts or portions to each. I desire that out of the share or portion of each my executors and trustees shall apply as much as in their discretion shall be sufficient for his or her suitable and becoming maintenance support and education until he or she shall attain the age of twenty one years whereupon the balance or remainder of such share or portion shall go to and be paid to him or her. In the event of the death of any of my said children before attaining the age of twenty-one years I desire that his or her share shall go to the survivors equally unless such deceased shall leave a child or children him or her surviving in which case the share or portion of said deceased shall go to each surviving child or children.
  • As regards the amount which shall be found to be payable to my estate out of the partnership business of the firm of Alan Goodridge sons under the partnership agreements with my brother Augustus Frederick and my nephews Richard Frederick and Alfred James I direct that my executors shall have power in case they deem it desirable so to do to extend the period prescribed by the said agreement for the payment of the said amount and to make the same payable in amounts of not less and at periods not longer than the following namely the sum of twenty thousand Dollars at the expiration of six months from my death and the sum of Thirty thousand Dollars at the end of each successive year from the date of the said first payment until the whole of the said amount is paid with interest at five per cent per annum and upon sufficient and satisfactory security for the said payments.

Dated at London this seventeenth day of January nineteen Hundred & eleven. (1911) - J. R. Goodridge -
Signed & delivered by the said Testator as his last will and Testament in presence of us
Sidney Harris Cox Martin M. D. 51 Wimpole Street London W.
Hannah Lloyd Trained Nurse 3 Beaumont Street London W.

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
May 17/13
C. J.
May 23/13
to Augustus
F. Goodridge
George J.
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 8, 2002

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