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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Isaac Mercer



Will of Isaac Mercer
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 389 & 390 probate year 1904

The last will of Isaac Mercer late of Bay Roberts, Planter, deceased.

Bay Roberts February 4, 1904. Know all men that Isaac Mercer of Ben now about to proceed to the seal fishery shortly do and make this my last will and testament.

  • First I will that the house called Belmont in which I now live shall be a home for all my family untill they die or marry whichever event happens the first after that the house shall belong & be the property of my son Douglas Mercer But my wife is to share the house with him and live in same untill she marry again or die But in no case shall my wife bring another husband to live in the house.
  • Secondly I will that my Estate consisting of moneys Life Insurance & property shall be used for the benefit of my family to feed clothe and educate them that my children must be educated and ??? in ??? at College if means will allow Also the sum for the use of my family shall not be over $750 seven hundred & fifty dollars yearly.
  • Thirdly I will that if my wife Alice Maud Mercer marry again she is to take no part of the furniture out of the house only her Piano mark(?)mine Also she is not to have any share of my moneys or property whatever only the one thousand dollars $1,000 banked in her name and the insurance policy of $2000 made in her favor must be considered part of my Estate and not her own and if she is not satisfied to share the same my children must be cut short of their share of my money & property to that amt. I want her children & my children by late wife to be treated all alike untill they become of age to earn their own living the moneys in Bank in the name of all my children shall their own property when they become of age say 21 years old & may be drawn by them as their own But the interest must be used for their support untill that time as follows Douglas Mercer $1000 Susie Mercer $500 Flossie ??? $500.00 Chesley Mercer $500 Roy Mercer $500 Also my daughter Eliza Mercer now Mrs. John Batt is to receive $500.00 if she do not receive it before I go to the seal fishery But I expect to give her that amt. Before I go to the seal fishery My grandson Edwin Short is to receive $100.00 when he becomes of 21 years old My grandsons Arthur & Herbert Mercer is to receive no part only their share of the property willed to them by their father, But my Executors will see that my Fatherless & Motherless children shall be provided for and the event of my Daughters Susie & Flossie not marrying a portion of my estate To give when them the amount of $100.00 one hundred dollars yearly shall be kept untill they die so that they shall not become destitute My desire is as show natural love and feeling for my wife and children all alike to do justly by them all alike and I trust my executors will see them justly treated. And now I leave the rest to my executors to do justly to all as they will have to give an account to God And may God assist them to do what is right.

Signed Isaac Mercer. I name as my executors Wm. Dawe of Elijah George N Bursell Junior. Joseph Sain of Job. Witness George Trask

Whereas up to date my daughter Eliza has been deserted by her husband John Butt(?) I will that if he is not returned to her & treats her fairly that my executors will look after her & treat her fairly as the other children. Isaac Mercer. March 1, 1904

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the Last will & Codicil of Isaac Mercer
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Oct 10 1904
Horwood C.J.
Probate granted on
the 22 Oct 1904
to the Executors
Est $18147.00



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 and transcribed by Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 19, 2002

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