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Will of Jeffery Lash
This is the last will and testament of me Jeffery Lash formerly of Saint John’s Newfoundland Merchant but now residing at Avalon Villa Paignton in the County of Devon Gentleman I appoint my sister-in-law Marianne Lash to be executrix and my cousin Augustus Frederick Goodridge of Saint John’s Newfoundland and my friend James Baird Senior also of Saint John’s Newfoundland to be executors of this my will and I appoint the said Augustus Frederick Goodridge and James Baird hereinafter called “my trustees” to be Trustees of this my will I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and also the legacies bequeathed by this my will or any codicil hereto to be paid off and discharged as soon as conveniently may be after my decease-
I give devise and bequeath unto my sister Catherine Goodridge Caldwell widow of the late James
Caldwell residing in Melbourne Australia the sum of two
hundred pounds absolutely but should my said sister die before my decease I give
devise and bequeath the same unto her daughter absolutely
All the rest residue and remainder of my estate both real and personal
of whatever kind and wheresoever situate I give devise and bequeath unto my Trustees
upon trust to pay the annual income thereof to my said sister-in-law Marianne
Lash during her life and from and after her decease in trust for her four sons
Jeffery Frederick, Mortimer George, George Richard Page and William
any child or children of such of her said four sons who may die in her lifetime
the objects of this trust to take in equal shares as tenants in common and not
as joint tenants except that the child or children of any deceased son of the
said Marianne Lash shall take the share only which his her or their parent would
have taken if he had survived his mother the said Marianne Lash
This is a codicil to the within written last will and testament of me Jeffery Lash I give devise and bequeath unto my nephew William Herbert Lash my share in the Atheneum Building St. John’s Newfoundland and in all other respects I confirm my said will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of February one thousand eight hundred and eighty five. Jeffery Lash. Signed by the said Jeffery Lash the testator as and for a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses the word “Howard” in the third line having been first struck out and “Herbert” inserted. Chas. D. Willis, Naval Bank, Paignton, Manager. Chas. H. Eastley Paignton, Solicitor.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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