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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
(M)
Francis Miles

 

 

Will of Francis Miles
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 24 to 27 probate year 1913

In re Francis Miles      deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me Francis Miles, planter of Herring Neck in the district of Twillingate in the Island of Newfoundland

  1. Firstly I give devise and bequeath to my wife Mary Miles
    1. The premium or proceeds of my life Insurance Policy in the Mutual Masonic Club of St. John's.
    2. one seventh of whatever money I die possessed of which includes proceeds from sale of my schooner Pratincole(?)
    3. My dwelling house which I now occupy with all furniture therein to have and to hold it for her own absolute use and benefit during her lifetime; should she marry again, or die, the said dwelling house and furniture shall revert to my son Dorman Miles should he come here in Herring Neck to live, and require it but, should he not return to Herring Neck, dwelling house and furniture shall revert to my grandson Ralph Miles, son of my son Stephen
    4. To own and use jointly with my sons Stephen and Dorman Miles, the gardens adjoining my dwelling house, running by the salt harbor road on the North and bounded on the west by property owned by Archibald Miles.
  2. Secondly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Jane Powell, wife of Henry Powell, carpenter one seventh of what ever monies I die possessed of including proceeds from sale of my Schooner Pratincole and exclusive of my life Insurance Premium devised above to my wife Mary Miles.
  3. Thirdly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Dorcas Dally one seventh of whatever monies I die possessed of including proceeds of sale of Schooner "Pratincole"; and exclusive of my insurance policy divided above to my wife Mary Miles.
  4. Fourthly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Leah Harris, now residing in United States of America, one seventh of whatever money I die possessed of including proceeds from sale of my schooner "Pratincole" and excluding my life insurance devised to my wife Mary Miles.
  5. Fifthly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Fanny Lind, now residing at Grand Falls, Nfld. One seventh of whatever money I die possessed of including proceeds from sale of my Schooner "Pratincole", and exclusive of my life insurance devised to my wife Mary Miles
  6. Sixthly I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Sims, one seventh of whatever money I die possessed of including proceeds from sale of my Schooner "Pratincole", and excluding my life insurance devised to my wife Mary Miles.
  7. Seventhly I give and devise to my son Stephen Miles,
    1. one seventh of whatever money I die possessed of including proceeds from the sale of Schooner "Pratincole" and excluding my life insurance devised to my wife Mary Miles -
    2. my two cod traps and gear. Fishing boats and all my fishing gear of every description (except one cod trap)
    3. one half of my fishing room, stores, stages flakes, and wharves
    4. all the meadow land near his dwelling house bounded by Thomas Miles land on the east, and the Church of England Cemetery on the south with stable and all erections thereon
    5. two plots or pieces of land on the south shore of gut Arm
    6. also to hold jointly with my wife Mary Miles and son Dorman Miles the garden adjoining my dwelling house, and running by Salt Harbour road on the north and by Archibald Miles' property on the west.
  8. Eighthly I give devise and bequeath to my son Dorman Miles
    1. one cod trap and gear and, one half of my fishing room, stores, stages, flakes and wharves
    2. a Bank of Montreal Deposit Receipt for a sum of money now in my possession, and which I deposited in his name and for his benefit several years ago
    3. a piece of land known as Clemen's garden adjoining property held and owned by my said son Stephen Miles - should he (Dorman) return to Herring Neck to live and require it, otherwise the said garden to revert to my son Stephen Miles
    4. a plot or piece of land situated in the N.W. bottom of Salt Harbour, this land he is to have and hold for his own absolute use and benefit.
    5. I also direct that he shall hold and use jointly with my said wife Mary Miles and my said son Stephen Miles the garden running by Salt Harbor Road on the north and bounded by Archibald Miles property on the west.
  9. Ninthly I appoint my son Stephen Miles to be my sole lawful executor.

In witness whereof I the said Francis Miles hereunto set my hand this twenty seventh day of March A.D. 1912. - Francis Miles -
Signed by the said Francis Miles, the Testator, in our presence, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, at the same time subscribe our names as witnesses. Jas. B. Lockyer Notary Public    J.A. Meadus School Teacher

Codicil
This is a codicil of my will made and signed by me on 27th March A.D. 1912. I give devise and bequeath to my wife Mary Miles and my son Stephen in addition to the legacies of money and property bequeathed to them in my will herein before mentioned a garden situated in bottom of Salt Harbour bounded by the road leading to head of Salt Harbour, and near Archibald Miles (of Saml.) property to use jointly and for their joint use and benefit.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 23rd day April A.D. 1912 - Francis Miles -
Signed by the said Francis Miles the Testator in our presence and in the presence of each other at the same time subscribe our names as witnesses. Jas. D. Lockyer J. P.     J. A. Meadus.

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning
Registrar

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Fiat
March 19/13
C. J.
Probate
April 7/13
granted
to Stephen
Miles
Estate
sworn
at $6126.79

 

 

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 July 8, 2002

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