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Will of Mary McNeil
In re Mary McNeil deceased
I Mary McNeil, of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, widow, hereby revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament. I appoint James Gordon of St. John's aforesaid, merchant, Hector McNeil of the same place auditor, and my son Thomas McNeil [hereinafter called my Trustees] to be the executors and trustees of this my will. I give devise and bequeath my dwelling house in which I am now residing called "Grove Hill" together with the furniture, plate, linen, china, glass, books, and other household effects unto my trustees in trust if any of my daughters, Molly, Jean, or Margaret shall be unmarried at my decease, my trustees shall enter into and remain in the possession of the said dwelling house and household effects as long as any of my said daughters shall remain unmarried for the purpose and in order that any of my said daughters who shall be unmarried shall have full right and liberty to live and dwell in the said dwelling house and to use and employ the said household effects as long as she shall be unmarried concurrently with my son John Graham McNeil and upon further trust that if and when all of my said daughters shall have married or the last remaining unmarried daughter shall have died my trustees shall convey the said dwelling house and household effects hereinbefore bequeathed to them unto my son John Graham McNeil in fee simple and absolutely and upon further trust that my son the said John Graham McNeil shall have a concurrent right to live and dwell in the said dwelling house and to use the said household effects together with any of my said daughters who may be unmarried, and upon further trust that if my said son John Graham McNeil shall abandon his present vocation, that is to say farming at "Grove Hill" aforesaid, or shall without the consent of my said daughters then unmarried absent himself from the said farm for a period exceeding six months at one time my said trustees shall then convey and assign the said dwelling house and household effects unto my daughters then unmarried in equal shares. I give devise and bequeath unto my said son John Graham McNeil all the farm stables, barns, and outhouses situate on the farm at "Grove Hill" [reserving the dwelling house hereinbefore devised] and situate on the North side of Water-fore Bridge Road in the West end of St. John's aforesaid together with all fences, tools, utensils, implements, and machinery, vehicles, horses, cattle, and all other live stock of what kind soever used in connection with the said farm, and provided my said son John Graham McNeil shall remain on and work and cultivate the said farm as he is now doing at the date hereof as long as any of my daughters then unmarried shall be living, but if, before the decease of any daughter then unmarried, my said son John Graham McNeil shall abandon the farm or the cultivation thereof for a period exceeding six months at one time without the consent of such daughter or daughters then unmarried this legacy shall lapse and the farm and all bequests and legacies herein made to my son John Graham I give and devise unto all my daughters to be divided between them in equal shares. And I hereby direct that out of the issues and profits of the said farm the said John Graham McNeil shall to the satisfaction of my trustees maintain, uphold and keep in repair the said dwelling house and household effects hereinbefore bequeathed to my trustees in trust as aforesaid. I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my children [with the exception of my son Thomas] in equal shares.
Witness my hand at St. John's, Newfoundland, this sixteenth day
of February A.D. 1904. Mary McNeil.
Correct William F. Lloyd
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
|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.
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