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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Samuel James MacNeil
Will of Samuel James MacNeil,
this name is spelled MacNiel throughout the will except for the first
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 390 probate year 1919
In re Samuel James MacNeil deceased
This is the last Will and Testament of me Samuel James MacNeil of
St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Lumber Surveyor. I hereby
revoke all former Wills and Testamentary dispositions by me made
at any time and declare this and none other to be my last Will and
- I give devise and bequeath my dwelling house in which I now reside
at No. 47 situate on Merry Meeting Road in Saint John's aforesaid
together with the land outhouses appurtenances and erections thereto
belonging and also all my pictures, trinkets furniture and household
effects [save and except as to the bequest to my grandson Hector hereinafter
mentioned] unto my niece Cecelia Augustus Llyall absolutely
and for ever: And it is my wish and desire that my said niece shall
during the lifetime of my wife Elizabeth Ann MacNiel support
and maintain her as she is now maintained and supported by me and
- I give devise and bequeath my dwelling house which is now occupied
by my daughter-in-law Fanny MacNiel, widow and situate on Merry
Meeting Road in Saint John's aforesaid together with the lands
and other erections thereon unto my grandson Hector McNiel [son
of the late James MacNeil] and I give to him my two writing desks
[the square folding cabinet writing desk, and the writing desk
bound in brass and also all my silver watch and chain which I now
wear to hold the same absolutely and for ever.
- I give devise and bequeath all my guns and fire arms of every
description and also all cleaning and reloading implements and
other implements, tools, apparatus and ammunition for the same
or used in connection therewith which I have, unto my son Charles
- I give devise and bequeath all my carpentering tools, turning
lathe and all other articles of every nature and description whatsoever
which I have unto my grandson William James MacNiel absolutely.
- I give devise and bequeath all my interest in and to Masonic
Insurance and the moneys to be payable under same unto my wife Elizabeth
Ann MacNiel I appoint Cecelia Augusta Llyall aforesaid
Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand subscribed this seventh
day of March Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and four. Samuel
J. MacNiel. Signed by the said Samuel James MacNiel as his
last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at
his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed
our names as witnesses. Andrew Wilson. S. D. Blandford.
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Nov. 28/19
|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 and Eric Weller
Revised: October 29, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)
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