Will of Jessie Gordon Monroe
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 48 to 53 probate year 1906.
In the Estate of
Jessie G. Monroe (deceased)
This is the last will and Testament of me Jessie Gordon Monroe (born McMurdo) of Saint John's Newfoundland widow
- First I nominate and appoint my brother-in-law John McNeil, druggist, my friend James S. Pitts, merchant, and my nephew Walter S. Monroe, merchant, as executors and Trustees of this my will.
- Second I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be paid.
- Third I give and bequeath the following sums to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church St. John's, that is to say:
Fourth I give and bequeath to the clergyman in charge of St. Andrew's Presbyterian church St. John's, at the time of my decease, the sum of Two hundred dollars to be by him distributed as he may deem advisable for charitable purposes in connection with that church.
Fifth I give and bequeath to my Executors in trust the sum of Four hundred dollars to be by them devoted in such manner as to them may seem best towards the institution support or maintenance of a Convalescent Home in connection with the St. John's General Hospital.
Sixth I give and bequeath to the St. John's Dorcas Society the sum of one hundred dollars.
Seventh I give and bequeath to the Church of England Orphanage in St. John's the sum of Two hundred dollars.
Eighth I give and bequeath to the Methodist Orphanage in St. John's the sum of Two hundred dollars.
Ninth I give and bequeath to the Roman Catholic Orphanage in St. John's known as "Belvidere" Orphanage the sum of Two hundred dollars.
Tenth I give and bequeath to my executors in trust the sum of one thousand dollars, to be employed by them according to their discretion, for the education of the children of Julia Baird, widow. (born Monroe) The residue if any, when the youngest of such children then living shall reach the age of twenty one, shall revert to my estate, and form part of the residue thereof.
Eleventh I give and bequeath the sum of Five thousand dollars to my Executors upon trust that they shall invest the same with liberty from time to time to vary the investments thereof, and shall stand possessed of the said legacy of five thousand dollars and the investment thereof Upon the trusts following (that is to say) In trust to pay the income thereof to my sister-in-law, the said Julia Baird during her life, and after her decease, should she die before her youngest child now living attains the age of twenty one years, In trust to apply the income thereof, so far as they may deem necessary, to the support and maintenance of the minor child or children of the said Julia Baird now living until such child or children shall have attained the age of twenty-one years and subject to the foregoing trust the said sum of five thousand dollars, and the trust fund representing the same, and the income thereof not required for the purposes aforesaid, shall sink into and form part of my residuary estate.
Twelfth I give and bequeath the sum of Five thousand dollars unto my executors. Upon trust that they shall invest the same with liberty from time to time to vary the investments thereof, and shall stand possessed of the said legacy of Five thousand dollars, and the investments thereof, Upon the trusts following (that is to say) In trust to pay the income thereof to my sister-in-law Kate Alderdice widow, of Belfast, Ireland, during her natural life, and subject to the foregoing trust the said sum of Five thousand dollars and the trust fund representing the same, and the income thereof not required for the purpose aforesaid, shall sink into and form part of my residuary estate.
Thirteenth I give and bequeath to my nephew Walter S. Monroe the house and property known as Rosevale, situated on Waterford Bridge Road St. John's west.
Fourteenth I give and bequeath to my niece Jessie McNeil the sum of one thousand dollars.
Fifteenth. I give and bequeath to my executors upon trust all my household furniture In trust to dispose of the same as I shall hereafter direct, either orally or in writing and in case I do not so direct In trust to be by them disposed of as they or a moiety of them shall deem most advisable and proper.
Sixteenth I give and bequeath all my estate not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my executors and Trustees upon trust that they shall sell, call in, and convert into money, the same or such part thereof as shall not consist of money, and shall with and out of the moneys produced by such sale, calling and conversion, and with and out of my ready money, pay my funeral and other expenses, and debts, and the legacies bequeathed by this my will or any codicil hereto, and shall invest the residue of said moneys, with power for my said trustees from time to time to vary such investments, and shall stand possessed of the said residuary trust moneys, and the investments for the time being representing the same. (Hereinafter called the residuary trust funds) in trust for all the children of the said John McNeil and Mary McNeil, the said Julia Baird and the said Kate Alderdice hereinafter named: that is to say: Jessie M. Mary S. Thomas, Jean, Florence, John S. and Margaret McNeil, Jean, Cathleen, David and John Boyd Baird and Frederick C. Edith, Maude and Norman Alderdice, who being sons have attained or shall attain the age of twenty one years, or being daughters, have attained or shall attain that age, or shall marry under that age, in equal shares, and if there be only one such child, the whole to be in trust for that one child, Provided always that if any of such children shall die in my lifetime leaving a child or children who shall survive me, and being a son or sons shall attain the age of twenty one years, or being a daughter or daughters shall attain that age or marry under that age, then and in every such case the last mentioned child or children shall take (and if more than one equally between them) the share which his her or their parent would have taken of and in the residuary trust funds (if such parent had survived me and attained the age of twenty-one years: and I declare that the income of the presumptive share of any infant under this trust shall be applicable for his or her maintenance; and I also declare that my Executors and Trustees may at their own discretion raise any part or parts not exceeding together one moiety of the expectant share of any child under this will, and apply the same to his or her advancement, preferment, or benefit, as my said trustees shall think fit, and I also declare that all legacies given to married women shall be for their respective separate use.
- for the purpose of liquidating the debt on the church building now in course of erection the sum of Five hundred dollars
- for the organ fund the sum of One hundred dollars
should the debts on said Church Building and Organ be paid before my decease
or prior to the payment of these or prior to the payment of these my legacies, the amount hereby given towards liquidating such debts, or either of them, or as much thereof as may be unnecessary for such purpose shall be paid to the general funds of the said church.
Witness my hand at St. John's this 16th day of March Anno Domini One thousand eight hundred and ninety six. Jessie G. Monroe.
Signed Published and Declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament, in our presence who in the presence of the said testatrix and of each other (all present at the same time) have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
Geo W.B. Ayre Arthur C. Peters.
This is a codicil to my last will and testament made on the sixteenth day of March Anno Domini One thousand eight hundred and ninety six I give and bequeath two hundred dollars to the Tasker Educational fund In all other respects I confirm the said will.
Dated at St. John's this Twenty-third day of March Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six Jessie G. Monroe.
Witnesses Geo. W.B. Ayre Thos. J. Grace.
This is a second codicil to my last will and testament made on the sixteenth day of March Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and ninety six. I revoke the appointment of James S. Pitts as one of my executors, and appoint Hector McNeil in stead thereof. I revoke my bequest of $5000 to the use of my sister in law Kate Alderdice. I revoke the bequest of "Rosevale" to my nephew Mathew S. Monroe. I bequeath to Arthur H. Monroe, son of my nephew Walter S. Monroe, one equal share in the Trust created by the sixteenth clause of my will share and share alike with the children therein named and subject to the same conditions and limitations. In all other respects I confirm my said will and the first codicil thereto.
Dated at St. John's this 7th day of October A.D. 1902 J.G. Monroe
Witnesses Alfred B Morine R. Watson.
I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and codicils of Jessie G. Monroe
End D.M.B. D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will)
Neil on the
17th day of
July AD 1906