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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of John Ledingham
from Newfoundland will books volume 6 pages 360-363
probate year 1897
Last will and Testament of
John Ledingham of St. John’s
This is the last will and Testament
of me John Ledingham of St. John’s Newfoundland
First I hereby revoke cancel and disallow all former and other
wills by me at any time made and declare this to be my true last will
I desire that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall
be first paid out of my Estate.
Third I appoint my brother
Robert Ledingham of St. John New Brunswick, my sister Agnes now residing
with me and my friends John Anderson and Robert
McIntosh both of St.
John’s Newfoundland and the survivor and survivors of them Executor
and Executors of this my will
Fourth I desire and direct that
my executors shall with all convenient speed sell and realize the business
now carried on by me on Water street in St John’s known as the
Terra Nova Foundry together in the land and premises upon which the said
business is carried on and the stock in trade assets and effects thereof
and shall apply and dispose of the proceeds thereof in the manner hereinafter
Fifth I desire and direct that my Executors shall
if they think it will be to the advantage of my estate sell and dispose
of the pieces of land situate on Duckworth Street in St. John’s
purchased by me from Johanna Howley and Catherine
St. John and shall
apply and dispose of the proceeds thereof in the manner hereinafter provided.
If my Executors consider that it will be more to the advantage of my
estate to let or lease the said pieces of lands or to erect one or more
houses thereupon for the purpose of letting same they shall have the
right to do so and to expend such sum as shall be necessary for that
Sixth I hereby appoint my said sister Agnes Ledingham guardian
of the persons of my children and desire and direct that she shall have
absolute and entire control and supervision of them and each of them
and of all expenditure for their support maintenance and education until
the youngest of said children shall have attained the age of twenty one
Seventh. I desire and direct that my said sister Agnes and my
children shall have the right to occupy the dwelling house and premises
in which I now reside situate on Military Road in St. John’s
and to use the household goods furniture and effects therein contained
so long as she and they shall continue to reside in Newfoundland and
I hereby will and direct that in the event of my said sister Agnes and
the said children leaving Newfoundland the said dwelling house and premises
and the said household goods furniture and effects shall be sold and
realized by my Executors to the best advantage and the proceeds thereof
applied and disposed of in the manner hereinafter provided I further
direct that it shall be left to the discretion of my executors to decide
as to whether my said sister Agnes and the said children
shall continue to reside in Newfoundland or whether she and they shall
leave Newfoundland and reside elsewhere
Eighth. It is my wish and desire
and I hereby direct that the proceeds of the sale of my said business
and of the stock in trade assets and effects thereof and of the said
pieces of land on Duckworth Street (if the same be sold) and of the said
dwelling house and premises on Military Road and the said household goods
furniture and effects (if the same be sold also all monies and security
for money of which I shall die possessed also all moneys arising from
all policies of Insurance or other insurance upon my life and the proceeds
of all other property of which I shall die possessed not hereinbefore
specifically mentioned save and except the piece of land hereinafter
bequeathed to my brother Peter Ledingham shall be invested by my said
executors and the yearly income thereof shall be applied to the support
and maintenance of my said sister Agnes and to the support maintenance
and education of my said children until he youngest surviving child shall
attain the age of twenty one years.
Ninth. Upon the youngest of said children
attaining the age of Twenty one years it is my wish and desire and I
hereby will and direct that the said principal fund or so much thereof
as shall then remain and all other property belonging to my Estate shall
be divided amongst my said sister Agnes and such of my children as shall
then be living share and share alike, my said sister Agnes taking
the same share as one of my children and the child or children of any
of my said children who shall have died taking his her or their deceased
parents share. -
Tenth Should my said executors at any time
before the final division of my estate contemplated by the last paragraph
consider that it would be of advantage to any of my said children to
advance to such child or children a portion of his her or their share
or shares of my estate I hereby authorize and empower my said executors
to advance to such child or children such sum or sums as my said executors
shall consider advisable upon such terms as to the payment of interest
or otherwise as to my said executors shall appear fair and equitable.
Eleventh I devise and bequeath to my brother Peter Ledingham the piece
of land situate in the Parish of Heath in the county of Victoria New
Brunswick purchased by me from William Petrie and Ellen Petrie his
wife by Bill of Sale dated the eighteenth day of August A.D. 1881 as
by reference thereto will fully appear.
Witness my hand at St. John’s
this twenty first day of July A.D. Eighteen hundred and ninety seven.
(sgd) John Ledingham
Signed published and declared by the said Testator as and for
his last will and Testament in our presence who in his presence and the
presence of each other (all present at the same time) have hereunto subscribed
our names as witnesses on the day of the date hereof. (Sgd) D.
Morrison (sgd) John Anderson. (sgd) R.
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament
of John Ledingham deceased
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
for the Exors.
Aug 4: 1897
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