Will of George Neal
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 363 to 365 probate year
In re George Neal deceased
This is the last will and testament of me George Neal of
St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Merchant.
- First. I appoint The Eastern Trust Company, Executor of
this my Will.
- Second. To my wife Lydia Neal I give and bequeath
[A] my messuage and premises known as No. 94 Military Road
where I now reside.
[B] all my household furniture, goods, chattels and effects
including my motorcar and all my personal effects;
[C] all my money amounting to about thirty-two thousand
dollars at present deposited in the Savings Department of the Bank
of Nova Scotia at St. John's;
[D] the proceeds of all my Life Insurance policies.
- Third. I give to each of my daughters, Maud, Elsie May, Phyllis,
and Edith, the sum of Ten thousand dollars, and I direct
that my wife shall be at liberty in her own absolute discretion
to apply the whole or any part of the income arising therefrom
to the maintenance and education of the daughter entitled to
the principal during her minority.
- Fourth. I give One thousand dollars to each of my sisters, namely, Jane
Christopher, Amelia Baxtrom, Maggie Thistle, Lizzie Chancey,
Jessie Neal and Anna Gould. I give Five hundred dollars to Lizzie
Pearcey daughter of my deceased sister Mary Ann Pearcey.
I give Two hundred and fifty dollars to each of my Wife's sisters
namely Frederica Squires and Carrie Cull. I give
Two hundred and fifty dollars to my wife's brother Algernon
Tucker. I give Two hundred and fifty dollars to Effie
Charles, widow of my late accountant William Charles. I give
Five hundred dollars to my employee Henry Noftall. I give
the sum of One hundred dollars each to any of my employees [except
Henry Noftall] who shall have been with me for one year prior
to the date of my death. I give One thousand dollars to St.
Andrews Presbyterian Church at St. John's. I give Five hundred
dollars to each of the following, namely; The Church of England
Orphanage, Mount Cashel The Methodist Orphanage and Belvedere
Orphanage. I give Two hundred and fifty dollars to each of
the following namely, The Salvation Army for relief of
the poor of St. John's, St. Vincent DePaul Society and Dorcas
- Fifth. I direct that all my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses
and death duties be paid out of the residue of my estate.
- Sixth. I direct my Executor as soon as practical after my death
to convert my business into a Company limited by shares upon such
terms and in such manner as my Executor shall in its uncontrolled
discretion think fit after consultation with my two sons William
R. Neal and David Neal if they are available, and without
limiting such general authority I expressly declare that my Executor
[A] may provide for the absolute management of said Company by
my said two sons William R. Neal and David Neal as first directors
and Managing directors at salaries of three thousand dollars per
annum to each until such remuneration shall be changed by the directors
or by the Company in general meeting.
- Seventh. I give all the residue of my estate [subject to the
payment provided for by the fifth paragraph of this my Will] and
including all my business assets and shares in the Company to be
formed as provided in the sixth paragraph of this my Will to my
three sons William R. Neal, David Neal and George Chesley Neal in
equal shares and I direct that the share of my son George Chesley
Neal shall be kept in my business or Company as the case may
be or otherwise in the form in which same shall be at the time
of my death unless my said wife as Guardian of my said son's estate
shall otherwise determine.
- Eighth. I appoint my said wife Guardian of the respective estates
and effects of our children who shall be minors at the time of
- Ninth. I empower my Executor to continue my business for so long
as it shall think fit pending its conversion into a Company as
aforesaid without being answerable for any loss arising thereby.
In witness whereof I the said George Neal have to this my Will
set my hand at St. John's this twenty-fourth day of April Anno Domini
One thousand nine hundred and nineteen. G. Neal Signed by the
above named George Neal as his last will in the presence of
us, present at the same time, who at his request, in his presence and
in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as
witnesses. F. W. Bradshaw. Jas P. Blackwood.
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Sept. 9/19
to the Eastern
Estate sworn at