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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Augustus O'Brien (Collins)


Will of Augustus O'Brien (Collins)
from Newfoundland will books volume 10 page 482-483 probate year 1917.
He served as a Captain in the First Newfoundland Regiment, under the name O’Brien. He died 18 October 1916.

In re
      AUGUSTUS O’BRIEN deceased.

      This is the last will and testament of me, Augustus Collins, usually known by my adopted name of Augustus O’Brien of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, a Captain in his Majesty’s First Newfoundland Regiment.     I revoke all former wills by me at any time made, and I appoint Charles O’Neill Conroy of St. John’s, aforesaid, one of His Majesty’s Counsel, the executor of this my will. I give and bequeath my books and my show-card outfit to my friend Philip Brown, my Knights of Columbus sword to my friend John J. Sinnott, and my clothes and other personal effects to my brother Peter Collins.     I give and bequeath my house Number 25? Lime Street, St. John’s, to my said executor, upon trust to permit my adopted father and mother, Thomas and Bridget O’Brien, to enjoy the rents and profits thereof during their lives and the life of the survivor of them, and thereafter upon trust to convey the same to my brother and sister Peter and Minnie Collins in equal shares, or to the survivor of them, should either be then dead.
      All the rest, residue and remainder of my property, including my money in the Savings Department of the Bank of Montreal at St. John’s, Account No. 2596 in the name of “A.G. O’Brien”, my insurance policy of One thousand dollars in the Knights of Columbus, Certificate Number 84129, the amount standing to my credit on the books of my late employer Mr. Garrett Byrne, and my investments in the Fidelity Club, Edson Point, and Columbus Hall Company Limited, I give and bequeath to my said executor upon trust to continue the present investments thereof or to vary the same, at his discretion, and to stand possessed of the same, both as to principal and as to income, for the support and maintenance of my said adopted father and mother and the survivor of them, and after the death of the said survivor then upon trust to pay the balance in equal shares to my said brother and sister, or to the survivor of them, should either then be dead.
      And I specially declare that my said insurance policy in the Knights of Columbus, although expressed upon its face to be payable to my said sister Minnie, is intended by me to form part of the residue of my estate hereby bequeathed upon trust to my executor as aforesaid, and in the event of my said sister’s claiming or retaining the same as against the claim of my said executor, it is my will that she shall take no benefit from my estate, and that the residuary trusts of this my will shall be for the benefit of my said brother Peter only, to the exclusion of my said sister.    Witness my hand at St. John’s this third day of October A.D. One thousand nine hundred and fourteen.    Augustus Collins-     Augustus O’Brien    Signed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in his presence and at his request hereunto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution hereof:-    Chas. O’Neill Conroy.    William Reeves.

Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland

(Listed in the margin of this will)
Jan 11 1917
Kent J.
Jan 12/17
granted to
Chas O’N. Conroy
sworn at



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