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Will of W. Arthur Pike
I, W. Arthur Pike, of St. John's, in the colony of Newfoundland, MANufacturer of Aerated Waters, DO make, publish and declare this as my last will and testament; First, I hereby revoke and declare null and void all other and former wills by me made; Second, I will and declare that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid as soon as possible after my death; Third, I give, devise and bequeath unto my mother, Isabella Baggs, of St. John's, my policy of life insurance with the Sun Life Assurance Co. for two thousand dollars ($2,000); Fourth, I give and bequeath unto my wife, Catherine Pike, two policies of Life Insurance, one for One thousand Dollars ($1,000) with the Sun Life Assurance Co of Canada, and one for one thousand dollars ($1,000) with the North American Life Assurance Co. Fifth. I give and bequeath unto my three children, William Jordan Pike, George Jellicoe Pike and Annie Pike, the property belonging to me on Barters Hill in St. John's aforesaid, to be equally divided among them; Sixth. I give and bequeath to each of my said three children the sum of Two thousand dollars ($2,000); Seventh, all the rest residue and remainder of my estate of every description whatsoever, I give, devise and bequeath unto my mother, Isabella Baggs, my wife Catherine Pike, my children, William Jordan Pike, George Jellicoe Pike and Annie Pike to be equally divided between them. In the event of one or more of the above named legatees dying before me the share or shares of such legatee or legatees so dying shall be equally divided among the surviving legatees. Eight. I hereby nominate and appoint Richard Gaul of St. John's Yard Foreman, and Simon Butler of the same place, Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court to be the executors of this my will.
W. Arthur Pike.
Signed, Published and Declared by the said testator
F. Gordon Bradley.
(Listed in the margin next to this will)
|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.
Will scanned by Ernie Kraut & transcribed by Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (April 10, 2003)
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