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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John McNeil


Will of John McNeil
from Newfoundland will books volume 6 pages 438-440 probate year 1898

Last will and Testament of
John McNeil of St. John’s Druggist

      This is the last will and Testament of me John McNeil of St. John’s Newfoundland Druggist.
First. I hereby revoke all other and former wills by me at any time made and declare this to be my true last will and testament. I hereby nominate and appoint my brother Hector McNeil my son Thomas McNeil and James Gordon of St. John’s merchant and the survivors and survivor of them executors and executor of this my will.
Second I desire that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid out of my estate.
Third. I give devise and bequeath to my son Thomas McNeil all my estate right title and interest in and to the land with all buildings thereon situate on the north side of Water Street in St. John’s together with all stock in trade, good will book debts, assets and effects of every description belonging to or in connection with the businesses carried on by me under the name of “Thomas McMurdo and Company” and under the name of “W. Watson McNeil and Company” To hold the same to my said son Thomas McNeil absolutely but subject to the payment of the bequests hereinafter charged upon the said bequest and subject also to the payment of all debts due by or in connection with the said several businesses.
Fourth. I bequeath to the Girls’ orphanage of the Church of England the sum of Four hundred dollars, to the Methodist orphanage Four hundred dollars and to the Belvidere Orphanage Four hundred dollars And I direct that these bequests shall be paid by my said son Thomas within one year after my decease and I hereby charge the said bequest to my son Thomas with the payment of the said legacies.
Fifth I give devise and bequeath to my wife Mary McNeil my farm situate on the Waterford Bridge Road and known as “Grove Hill” together with all farm stock chattels and effects of every description contained there upon or connected therewith To hold the same to my said wife for her sole and absolute use for ever.
Sixth. I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my property estate and effects of every description of which I shall die possessed to my said Executors in trust
(1) to pay the yearly income thereof to my said wife for and during her natural life
(2) upon the death of my said wife to pay and apply the said yearly income or so much thereof as in the discretion of my Executors shall be sufficient for the purpose (and as to this I direct that the amount to be so paid and applied shall be left to the absolute and uncontrolled discretion of my Executors) in or towards the support maintenance and education of my surviving children (with the exception of my son Thomas who by the bequest hereinbefore contained has been amply provided for) until the youngest of said children shall attain the age of twenty one years or shall become married and
(3) upon the youngest of my said surviving children (with the exception of my said son Thomas) attaining the age of twenty one years or becoming married to divide the said property estate and effects in equal shares among such children and among such of my grandchildren as shall then be living in equal shares per stirpes my children then living (with the exception of my said son Thomas) taking one share each, and the children then living of each deceased child taking one share each among them as tenants in common.
Seventh. My earnest desire is that my children each and all may grow up to be an honour to me and a blessing to their mother and that they will be guided by her counsel and by that of my executors
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John’s this    day of November A.D. one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven. (Sgd) Jno. McNeil. Signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence who in the presence of the said testator and of each other all present at the same time have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. (Sgd) John Curtin. (Sgd) Charles H. Hutchings.
On this 8th April 1898. Please note that I make this memo: that as it may inconvenience Tom to pay these orphanage bequests within a year. I would ask that he pays them within 3 years if he likes. (Sgd) Jno. McNeil

      I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of John McNeil deceased

D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
D. Morrison
granted to
H. McNeil
T. McNeil
& Jas Gordon
the Exors
July 6: 1898
sworn under



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