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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Bertha E. Leseman



Will of Bertha E. Leseman
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 390 & 391 also pages 410 to 412 probate year 1904

The last will of Bertha E. Leseman late of St. John's, widow, deceased

This is the last will of me Bertha Leseman of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, widow. I appoint Mark Chaplin of Saint John's aforesaid, Merchant Tailor, and Henry Y. Mott of the same place, Newspaper Editor, hereinafter called by trustees to be the executors and trustees of this my will and the guardians of my children namely: Roy, Bennett, Walter and Flora Fielding, all of whom are minors. I give and bequeath five shares in Atlantic Whaling Company Limited unto my sister Flora May Bowden for her sole separate and absolute use. I give and bequeath the piano, contained in the dwelling house now owned and occupied by me, also my diamond ring and watch and chain unto my daughter Flora Fielding for her sole separate and absolute use, subject nevertheless as to the use or disposal thereof, to the direction and wishes of my trustees during her minority or until her marriage. And I give all my property and estate, whatsoever and wheresoever situate, not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my trustees In Trust to convert the same into money by sale or otherwise and to divide the said money after paying my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts, among all my children in such manner that the share of my daughter, Flora Fielding, shall not be less in amount than two thousand dollars and that the shares of my other children shall be equal. I direct my executors to invest the residue of said money or shares as aforesaid, in any investment or investments as they may deem advisable and think fit with power for my trustees, from time to time to vary such investment or investments. And they, my trustees shall stand possessed of the said residuary trust money or shares as aforesaid and the investment or investments, for the time being, representing the same, in trust for and to pay and apply the income thereof for the maintenance and education of my said children during their minority that is to say: -
until they, who being sons shall attain the age of twenty one years or being a daughter shall attain that age or shall marry under that age. And I also declare that my trustees may at any time raise any part or parts not exceeding together one moiety of the expectant share of any minor under the trust of this my will and apply the same for his or her special preferment advancement or benefit in such manner as my trustees shall think fit And I also empower my trustees to postpone the sale and conversion of any of my property or estate for so long as they shall think fit and the income rents issues and profits of unconverted property or estate shall, from the time of my death, go in the same manner as the income of the proceeds thereof would have been applicable if the same had been converted.

In witness whereof I have set my hand to this my last will the 16th day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and four. Bertha E. Leseman. Signed by the above named Bertha E. Leseman as her last will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Lizzie Baldwin     Thomas Anderson.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of Bertha E. Leseman.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Nov 28/04
Emerson J.
Probate granted
on the 30th day
of November
A.D. 1904 to
Mark Chaplin
and Henry G



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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson and transcribed by Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 19, 2002

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