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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Mercer



Will of William Mercer
from Newfoundland will books volume 12 pages 331 & 332 probate year 1923


I, William Mercer of Jonathan, of Upper Island Cove, in the Electoral District of Harbour Grace do hereby declare this as my last will & testament.

  1. I give and bequeath to my grandson Leander Mercer of Leander, my house and land, unless, my son Fenwick decides to return and reside permanently at Upper Island Cove within the next five years, if he should decide, as stated, then the house & land shall be his.
  2. I also give and bequeath to my grandson, Leander Mercer of Leander, the sum of one hundred dollars.
  3. I do hereby give & bequeath to my grandson Walter Mercer of Fenwick the sum of fifty dollars.
  4. I do give & bequeath to my daughter, Susanna Moss, the sum of fifty dollars.
    4½. I do give & bequeath to my grandson George Moss, the sum of fifty dollars.
  5. I do give & bequeath to my grandson, Lawrence Coombs the sum of thirty dollars, this amount being hire of his house & land.
  6. I do give and bequeath to my son Leander Mercer the remainder of my money and all that I die possessed of, my money is deposited in the Bank of Nova Scotia. Hr. Grace.
  7. It must be understood that it is my express wish that my house and property shall be kept in the name of "Mercer" and not sold out of the family unless absolutely necessary.
  8. Whilst my wife is living, she is to be supported from my estate, & none of the above legacies shall be given or the estate probated, until after her death.
  9. And I appoint Walter Crane of N, and William Bradbury to be Executors of this my last will & testament, and all former wills & codicils I hereby revoke.

In witness whereof I have subscribed these presents at Upper Island Cove this Ninth day of Septr. 1922. in presence of two witnesses: Signed. WILLIAM his X mark MERCER
Signed by the Testator as & for his last will & testament in presence of us, who at his request, in his presence & in presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to his mark.
Witness. Ernest E. Rusted. Clerk in Holy Orders. Upper Island Cove.
Witness. Faith A.M. Rusted

William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat March 10/23
Horwood C. J.
Probate granted
to Walter Crane
& Wm. Bradbury
Estate sworn
at $873.28



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 Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit June 15, 2002

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