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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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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
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
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.
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)
& Jas Gordon
July 6: 1898
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