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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(L)
Edward Lee

 

Will of Edward Lee
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 71 to 73 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Edward Lee       deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me, Edward Lee, of River Head, St. Mary's, in the district of Placentia and St. Marys, Newfoundland, Planter. I revoke all former wills by me at any time made. I appoint Philip Ryan of Mal(?) Bay in St. Mary's Bay, Fisherman, the Executor of this my will, and

  • first I give and bequeath to my said Executor the six following pieces of land situate at River Head aforesaid namely
    1. that piece of land on the north side of the main road, one part whereof my ??? dwelling house formerly stood, and in front of which my brother Michael Lee has built a stable, which piece of land is bounded north by Michael Lee, west by John Barnes, south by the main road, and east by John Lee.
    2. That piece of land situate on the north side of the main road, opposite to the h????sy Michael Boland, bounded north and west by John Lee, south by the main road, and east by John Barnes.
    3. that piece of land situate diagonally to the north east of the last mentioned piece, bounded north by the landwash and by John Barnes, west by John Lee, south by John Barnes and East by the cross road leading to the North side of the harbor or River Head
    4. that piece of land situate to the northward of last mentioned piece, bounded north by the Main river, west by John Lee south by a small brook, and east by the aforesaid cross road.
    5. that piece of land situate on the opposite side of the said cross road to the last mentioned piece, and bounded north by the main river, west by the cross road, south by the small brook, and east by Michael Lee and
    6. that piece of land called "Dobbins," situate to the eastward of the cross road, bounded north by the main river, west and east by ungranted lands, and south by the aforesaid small brook: to hold the same unto my said executor In Trust to permit my adopted daughter Rachel Congdon to use and occupy the said land or such part thereof as she shall desire, so long as she shall continue to reside in River Head, and if she shall leave River Head to take up her abode elsewhere, then upon trust to convey the same to my wife Catherine Lee and my adopted son John Congdon as joint tenants, or to the survivor of them absolutely.
  • Second I give and bequeath to my adopted son John Congdon the three following pieces of land, namely
    1. that piece of land situate at River Head aforesaid on the north side of the main road, purchased by me from Patrick Lee and known as the factory garden, bounded north by the landwash, west by Peter Whelan, south by the main road and east by George Lee.
    2. That piece of land also purchased by me from Patrick Lee situate on the south side of the main road, opposite to the last mentioned piece of land, and bounded north by the main road west by Peter Whelan, south by ungranted land, and east by George Lee's
    3. that piece of land situate on the road to the Harbour of St. Marys, about three miles from my house called "Langley's" purchased by me from the brothers Hanlon, and comprising about twelve acres.
  • Third. I give and bequeath to the said John Congdon my schooner, boats and all floating craft nets and other fishing gear, together with the land whereon my fishing room is built, and all flakes, stores, stages whatever and other erections and appliances thereon or employed in connection therewith.
  • Fourth I give and bequeath to my wife Catherine Lee and my said adopted son John Congdon as joint tenants my dwelling-house, way office and shop, situate in River Head aforesaid on the South side of the main road, together with the furniture and all other effects therein, and together also with the stables, barns outhouses and other appurtenances, and two gardens situate to the north and to the south respectively of the said dwelling house.
  • Fifth I give and bequeath to my said wife all the moneys whereof I may be possessed or whereunto I may be entitled at the time of my death, and all my horses, cows, and other live stock, and my carriages, carts, sleighs, harness and other appliances appertaining to the said stock, and all the residue of my property and effects.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of November A.D. 1899. Edward Lee.
Signed by the testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. James Rourke.    Stephen Christopher

This is a codicil to the last will and Testament of me Edward Lee, of Riverhead St. Mary's Planter, which will dated the fourteenth day of November, A.D. 1899 whereas my adopted daughter Rachel Congdon has left Riverhead and gone to live in St. John's, I revoke the bequest first in my said will contained and dispose of the property thereby conveyed as follows

1. The first three pieces of land numbered (1), (2) and (3) in the said bequest I give to my wife Catherine for life, with remainder to my adopted son John Congdon absolutely. The piece of land numbered (4) in the said bequest I give to my wife Catherine for life with remainder to Edward Lee, son of my brother John Thomas Lee, and I give the piece of land number (5) in the said bequest and also a piece of land bounded on the west by land of John Thomas Lee South by John Barnes, and north by the main river, to my said wife for life, with the remainder to my nephew Gus Lee, brother of said Edward Lee. Also I bequeath to my said wife for life with remainder to the said Edward and Gus Lee as tenants in common, the piece of land numbered (6) in the said bequest and known as "Dobbins". And in reference to the third bequest in my said will I desire to mention that my schooner has been sold and I revoke the fourth bequest contained in my said will and now bequeath the dwelling house and other property thereon referred to to my said wife for her life, with remainder to Richard John Congdon absolutely. And I bequeath to the Parish Priest at St. Mary's for the time being and his successors in office the piece of land situate next to the piece called in my said will the factory garden, and which piece of land I bought from Robert Whelan to hold the same for the purposes of the Roman Catholic Church at the Riverhead of St. Mary's.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand at Riverhead aforesaid this seventh day of May A.D. 1906. Edward Lee.
Signed published and declared by the Testator as and for a codicil to his last will and Testament in presence of us both being present at the same time who in his presence hereunto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution thereof. Wm Hogan.   Hannah Christopher.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament and codicil of Edward Lee deceased
End DMB      D. M. Browning
Registrar

(Listed in the margin next to this will)
Fiat
July 30/06
Geo M. Johnson
J.
Probate
granted to
Philip Ryan
on the 7th
day of Sept.
1906.
Estate sworn
at $1120.00

 

 

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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 25, 2002)

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