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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Harris


Will of John Harris
from Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 412-413 probate year 1916

In re
      JOHN HARRIS       deceased.

      This is the last will and testament of me, John Harris, of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Commission Merchant.
      First I revoke all former wills by me at any time made, and I appoint my brother Thomas B. Harris and my sister Agnes Tobin (hereinafter called my Executors) the executor and executrix of this my will, and the guardians of my infant children; and I give and bequeath to them by way of compensation for their services the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars each for the first year of their executor ship, and the sum of Fifty dollars each for every succeeding year until the final distribution of my estate as hereinafter provided:
      Secondly I direct my said Executors to realize and convert into money my whole estate, or such portion thereof as shall not consist of money or Newfoundland Government Debentures or Bank of Nova Scotia stock, such conversion to be affected with reasonable diligence, having due regard to prudence in realizing the different kinds of property to the best advantage; provided that if in the opinion of my executors it shall be desirable to retain my residence on Rennie’s Hill Road as a home for my children during their minority they may in their discretion postpone the conversion thereof for any period not exceeding the minority of my youngest surviving child:
      Thirdly: I direct my said executors to pay my lawful debts and my funeral and testamentary expenses:
      Fourthly I give and bequeath to Mrs. Mary Jardine, mother of my deceased wife, the sum of one thousand dollars:
      Fifthly I give and bequeath to Sir Edward P. Morris the sum of one thousand dollars in full trust and confidence that he will expend the same according to my wishes:
      Sixthly I give and bequeath to each of my sisters Catherine Harris and Margaret Harris, known in religion respectively as Sister Raphael and Sister Callista, the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars:
      Seventhly I direct my said executors to expend the sum of five hundred dollars upon Masses for the repose of my soul:
      Eighthly I give and bequeath to my sister Agnes Tobin the sum of two thousand dollars: to my nieces Mary and Elsie Doyle the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars each; to Mount Cashel Orphanage, Belvidere Orphanage, and the Catholic Clergy Society of the Province of Newfoundland, the sum of Five hundred dollars each; and to the St. Vincent de Paul (Men’s) Society, the St. Vincent de Paul (Women’s) Society and the Catholic Cadet Corps the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars each.
      Lastly I direct my said executors to invest in Newfoundland Government Debentures all the rest residue and remainder of my estate, except such as may be already invested in Bank of Nova Scotia stock, and I direct my said executors to stand possessed thereof and of the said Bank of Nova Scotia Stock in trust for my children share and share alike, a reasonable sum to be allowed to each during minority for maintenance and education, and the principal sum or share to be paid to each on attaining the age of twenty one years, but the share of any child or children dying before attaining that age to go to the survivors or survivor, and if all my said children should die before attaining that age the principal sum to be divided equally between my brothers and sisters then surviving provided nevertheless that my said executors may if they think fit, out of the annual income arising from the said debentures and stock make to my nieces Elsie and Mary Doyle a suitable allowance for their maintenance until their marriage; And I empower my executors, if they shall think fit, to apply any part of the said annual income to keeping up a suitable home for my infant children or any of them either in my residence aforesaid or elsewhere, and to defray all expenses connected therewith, including a sum of Four hundred dollars per year which I direct shall be paid to my sister Agnes Tobin for acting as housekeeper of the said home if it is decided to keep up said home, and also, if they shall think fit, to permit any adult child or children of mine to share the benefit of such home upon such terms as my executors shall think fit, and if the said annual income of my estate should provide insufficient for the purpose of keeping up said home in addition to providing for the proper maintenance and education of my said children then I empower my executors to make good the deficiency out of capital.
      As witness my hand at St. John’s this third day of December 1915.    John Harris.     Signed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in his presence and at his request hereunto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution hereof.    Chas. O’Neill Conroy.     W.T. Scully

Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the margin of this will)
July 20/16
July 24/16
granted to
Thos. B. Harris
Agnes M.
Estate sworn
at $16619.00



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