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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Isabella Henderson
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 420 & 421 probate year
In re Isabella Henderson deceased
This is the last Will and Testament of me, Isabella Henderson,
of St. John's Newfoundland, Widow.
First: I appoint my son Charles U. Henderson, my son-in-law Murdo
MacLeod and my daughter Effie Fullerton and the survivor
of them, Executors and Executrix of this my Will.
Second: I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary
expenses shall be first paid by my said Executors and Executrix
out of my Estate.
Third: I give to my Executors and Executrix full power, authority
and discretion to carry on the dry goods and millinary business
which is now being carried on by me at Theatre Hill, St. John's,
or if they see fit, to sell and realize the said business and invest
the proceeds thereof for the benefit of my Estate. Should my said
Executors and Executrix decide to discontinue the dry goods business
being carried on by me at Theatre Hill it is my desire that my
son Charles shall be given the first right of buying out
my interest in said business.
Fourth: I will and direct that out of the yearly income of my
Estate my Executors and Executrix shall pay to my daughter Maggie for
her support and maintenance for and during her natural life or
until she become married, an annuity at the rate of seven hundred
dollars per annum in equal quarterly installments commencing on
and from the first day of the month following my death.
Fifth: Upon the marriage or death of my said daughter Maggie the
annuity bequeathed to her under the preceding Clause shall lapse
and form part of my general Estate.
Sixth: I will and direct that my son Charles shall receive
at my death the sum of two hundred dollars as an appreciation by
me of his services rendered to me from time to time. This amount
is in addition to any amount he may receive as his share of my
Estate upon the death or marriage of my said daughter Maggie.
Seventh: I will and direct that my husband's daughter Jeanie
C. Morris shall receive at my death the sum of one hundred
dollars as a gift from me.
Eighth: I will and direct that any surplus which shall remain
of the net annual income of my Estate after payment of the said
annuity to my daughter Maggie shall be divided in equal
shares among my seven children, Charles, Maggie, Mabel, Jessie,
Effie, Lizzie and Willie or their lawful issue.
Ninth: Upon the marriage or death of my said daughter Maggie I
will and direct that the whole of my property, Estate and effects
of every description shall be divided in equal shares among my
said daughter Maggie and my remaining six children or their
Tenth: Should any of said children predecease me without leaving
issue it is my wish and I hereby will and direct that the share
of such child shall lapse and form part of my general Estate.
Eleventh: Should any of my said children predecease me leaving
a child or children him and her surviving it is my wish and I hereby
will and direct that the share of such child so predeceasing me
shall be distributed in equal shares among his or her children
or if only one child then the whole share shall go to such child.
Witness my hand at St. John's aforesaid the 11th day
of August A.D. 1916. Isabella Henderson. Signed published
and declared by the said Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament
in our presence who in the presence of the said Testatrix and of
each other all present at the same time have hereunto subscribed
our names as witnesses. Amy G. Stevenson. M.C. Roberts.
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Jan 28/20
to Chas U. Henderson
and Ellen (there is no question that the clerk wrote Ellen here
|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, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo
Revised: November 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)
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