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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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James Robert Moss
Will of James Robert Moss
from Newfoundland will books volume 9 pages 152-155
probate year 1910
James Robert Moss deceased.
This is the Last will and Testament
of me James Robert Moss of St. John’s, Newfoundland,
1 I revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions
by me at any time heretofore made.
2. I appoint my friends the Honourable
Robert K. Bishop of St. John’s, Merchant, and Arthur
C Peters of
St. John’s, Accountant, Executors and Trustees of this my will.
3 I order that my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses be
paid out of my estate.
4 All the moneys banked or invested in the
joint names of my wife and myself I leave unto my said wife absolutely.
5 All my household furniture and effects I leave to my wife absolutely.
6 All the rest residue and remainder of my estate I will desire and bequeath
unto my executors and trustees aforesaid to hold the same upon the following
trusts, namely, to pay the whole of the income rents issue and profits
thereof unto my wife during her lifetime or so long as she shall remain
unmarried but I declare that during the lifetime or widowhood of my said
wife as aforesaid neither my executors nor my said wife shall have any
power to sell or mortgage any of the said rest residue and remainder
of my estate dealt with in this paragraph of my will. After the death
or remarriage of my wife my executors aforesaid shall hold the said rest
residue and remainder of my estate upon the following trusts, namely.
pay to Mrs. Lily Light and Mrs. Olive England, both of Brisham in Devonshire,
England, the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars each; to pay to Richard
Bransfield of London in England two hundred and fifty dollars and to
pay to James Robert Moss Baggs Bay of Islands two hundred and fifty dollars;
to hold the house and land on Cook Street in St. John’s and now
in the occupancy of Benjamin Keeping and to deal with the same according
to the terms of the agreement existing with him to hold the leasehold
houses numbers 34 and 36 Bond Street in St. John’s to the use of
the Gower Street Methodist Fund for the poor and after paying ground
rent taxes insurance premiums and costs of repair and other necessary
disbursements in respect thereof to distribute the annual rents or income
thereof amongst six female pensioners not being under the age of sixty-five
years so as to give them from sixty cents to one dollar per month each.
In the event of these houses being sold or burnt down the purchase money
or insurance money received shall be deposited in the Newfoundland Savings
Bank and the interest thereof applied in the same manner as I have directed
that the rents or income aforesaid should be applied;
the freehold land and the house thereon known as 197 Gower Street in
St. John’s to the use of the Gower Street Methodist Church in St.
John’s to the intent that it be employed as the parsonage of the
said Gower Street Methodist Church for ever and to be used for no other
purpose whatsoever. In the event of the said house being at any time
burnt down I desire that an effect shall be made to purchase the land
owned by the Sclater family adjacent to the land in which the said house
197 Gower Street is built and that upon the land covered by the said
197 Gower Street and upon the land as purchased from the Sclater family
or their assigns a single detached house be erected which house shall
be used as a parsonage for the said Gower Street Methodist Church for
ever and for no other purpose whatsoever. Should it be impossible or
inexpedient to purchase the said land owned by the Sclater family the
parsonage house shall be rebuilt on the land now covered by 197 Gower
Street and it shall be used as a parsonage for the said Gower Street
Methodist Church for ever and for no other purpose whatsoever. The insurance
moneys received in the event of the building now existing being burnt
down shall be applied to the rebuilding aforesaid.
and deposit the interest falling due under the mortgage upon the present
Gower Street Methodist parsonage as well as the principal thereof when
it shall be repaid in the Newfoundland Savings Bank and to use the same
as well as all interest accruing therefrom for the necessary purposes
of the parsonage herein bequeathed as they shall from time to time arise:
To hold six five hundred dollar debentures of the Colony of Newfoundland
and to pay the half yearly interest arising therefrom to Bessie
M Barnmand a spinster and a deformed woman of 132 Arrow Street Castle Road Cardiff
during her lifetime and after the death of the said Bessie M
Barnmand to pay the said half yearly interest thereon unto and to the use of the
Methodist Orphanage of St. John’s, Newfoundland:
two five hundred dollar debentures of the said Colony and to pay the
same unto and to the use of the Gower Street Methodist Church building
to hold four five hundred dollar debentures of the said
Colony together with the accruing interest thereon (which latter shall
be deposited in the Newfoundland Savings Bank) and to pay the same from
time to time as money shall be needed for the purposes of the Methodist
Parsonage by this will bequeathed:
To hold the debenture No.
721 for one thousand dollars and to pay the same to the Trustees of the
Methodist Church at Carbonear who shall use the interest thereof for
the benefit of the poor of the said church particularly females;
hold any portion of the said rest residue and remainder of my property
after the death or remarriage of my said wife not herein specifically
disposed of unto the use of the Trustees of the Gower Street Methodist
Church And I direct that all landed properties belonging to my estate
be kept insured by my said executors and trustees. And I pray that the
blessing of God may rest upon all the bequests made in this my will
at St. John’s, Newfoundland this 31st day of March A.D.
1908. James R. Moss Signed
Published and Declared by the said Testator as and for his Last Will
and Testament in our presence who in his presence and at his request
and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
as witnesses. William M. Clapp Herbert
D. M. Browning
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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