Will of William Harris
from Newfoundland will books volume 9 pages 161-164
probate year 1910
William Harris deceased.
In the Name of God, Amen. This
is the last will and testament of me, William Harris, at present of St.
John’s, in the Island of Newfoundland, builder, made this sixth
day of June Anno Domini one Thousand nine Hundred and six. I give, devise
and bequeath all my estate, property, moneys and effects of every description
whatsoever of which I shall die possessed to my wife, Mary Harris,
for her sole and separate use and benefit during her life, and on her
death I give, devise and bequeath the said property, moneys and effects
of every description whatsoever as follows:
1. I give, devise
and bequeath to my daughter Mary, wife of M.
F. Smyth, that portion of
the garden in the rear of my work shop, situate in Monkstown, and No.
43 on the plan of my ground hereto annexed marked “A”,
also half the profit rent of the house No. 6, situate on Mullock Street.
2. I give, devise and bequeath to my son William the lot and house No.
12, situate on Mullock Street; also the work shop, and ground upon which
the same is built; also the garden in the rear of the said house, which
said house is marked No. 12 on the plan hereto annexed; also the lot
situate on Circular Road, No. 4 on said plan marked “B” also
all tools and materials in the work shop on Monkstown Road
I give, devise and bequeath to my son John the house and ground marked
89 on the said plan A and situate in Monkstown. To Hold the same in trust
for the benefit of my daughters Catherine and Margaret: the profit rent
of the said house to be devoted by my said son to such purposes as he
may think best in the interests of my aforesaid daughters.
I give, devise and bequeath to the three children of my deceased daughter
Elizabeth Doyle the profit rental of the house No. 37 on plan “A” situate
on Monkstown Road, and half the profit rental of the house No. 6, situate
on Mullock Street; said rent to be placed by my executors hereinafter
mentioned in the Savings Bank until the said children are of a legal
age, when same, together with such interest as shall then have accumulated,
is to be paid to them in equal shares; the interest in the meantime to
be applied by my said executors towards their maintenance and support.
In the event of either of the said children dying, then the share of
the child so deceased shall be divided equally amongst the survivors.
In the event of the death of the three children before they arrive at
the age of 21 years, then I give, devise and bequeath the said properties
to my daughter Agnes.
5. I give, devise and bequeath
to my son James the south east corner lot, situate near Circular Road
and marked No. 2 on the plan “B” hereto
annexed also lot No. 8 on plan A on Mullock Street.
6. I give devise
and bequeath to my son Thomas the house and lot. No. 10 plan “A” on
Mullock Street; also the lot situate near Circular Road, No. 3 on the
plan B. hereto annexed.
7. I give, devise and bequeath to my son John one-quarter
of the annual rent of the land leased to the Newfoundland Brewing Company.
8. I give, devise and bequeath to my niece Catherine Coleman sixty dollars
per annum from the rent which shall come to my executors, from the proprietors
of the Newfoundland Brewery, to be paid to her during her life, and after
her death said amount shall be paid over to my said son John. In the
event of the lease to the Newfoundland Brewing Co. being cancelled by
fire, or surrendered, or in the event of the said rent ceasing from any
cause, then the annual payment to my niece Catherine Coleman shall cease,
and my general estate shall in no way be bound to contribute towards
the same; and further, in the event of the said Brewery being destroyed
by fire, or the lease of the same surrendered, the said land upon which
the Brewery is erected shall be divided by my executors as follows:
(a) The lot marked No. 1 on the plan B, hereto annexed I give, devise
and bequeath to my son John
(b). The lot marked No. 5 on the plan B, hereto annexed I give, devise
and bequeath to my son William.
9. I give, devise and
bequeath to my daughter Agnes the house situate on Prescott Street, at
present occupied by David Smallwood; also the house and lot No. 2 on
plan A situate on Mullock Street; also the garden in the rear of the
work shop marked No. 4 on the plan “A” hereto
10 I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Agnes all
the residue of my estate of every description whatsoever. To Have and
To hold the said properties, moneys, lands and effects unto the said
parties named in my said will for ever.
I desire that my executors shall,
before handing over to my said wife, during her life, the rents and profits
of my estate, first deduct from the same all such sums as may be necessary
for the maintenance and insurance of my said properties, which expenditures
shall be a first charge on said moneys. I appoint my sons John and William executors of this my last will and testament, and I hereby revoke all
former wills made by me. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my
hand at St. John’s the day and year first above written. William
Harris Signed by the said testator as and for his last will and testament
in the presence of us, who in his presence, at his request, and in the
presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses,
the words “Marked B” the letter “A” the words “on
plan A” “on plan A” the letter “B: the words “on
plan A” “plan A” the letter “B: the words “upon
which the brewery is erected” the letters “B” “B” the
words “on plan A” and the letter “A” having being
first interlined on the several pages. M.J. Mulcahy E.P. Morris
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)