Will of Mary Pitts
from Newfoundland will books volume 14 pages 18-20
probate year 1927
MARY PITTS. DECEASED.
THIS is the last Will and Testament of me, Mary Pitts of St. John's
in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow:-
I revoke all former wills and testamentary dispositions.
to each of the four Methodist churches in St. John's, namely Cochrane
Street Church, Gower Street Church, George Street Church and Wesley
Church, the sum of one thousand dollars. The trustees of each of the
said respective churches shall invest the said sum of one thousand
dollars and pay the interest accruing therefrom annually at Christmas
time among the poor of each of the said respective churches.
I leave the sum of one thousand dollars to Margaret E. Duder, Widow
of Edwin John Duder of St. John's.
I leave the sum of five hundred dollars to my coachman, James
and I leave the sum of five hundred dollars to Lily, wife of the said
I leave the sum of fifty dollars each to such of my female domestic
servants as shall be in my employ at the time of my death.
I leave the desk inlaid or bound with brass which I believe to have
belonged to his great-grandfather James Pitts to Dr.
I leave the sum of four hundred dollars to the St. John's Dorcas
I leave the sum of two hundred dollars to Mrs. C. E. Ley of Lance
Cove in remembrance of her kindness to my husband's cousin Fanny
I leave the sum of four thousand dollars to the Blind Soldiers'
and Sailors' Hostel, St. Dunstan's Park, London.
I leave the sum of five hundred dollars to be invested by my executors
and trustees and the income thereof, and if need be a portion of the
principal, applied from time to time to the upkeep and proper maintenance
of the three plots in the General Protestant Cemetery where my husband,
his father and his grandfather are buried, and of their monuments.
I leave to James and Katherine Ferguson, children of William
Pictou, the sum of five hundred dollars each.
I leave the furniture, plate and household effects which were originally
in the house of my father in law William Pitts to Lydia
Gertrude Ayre to be disposed of as she may think fit.
I leave to my niece Mary Mackay all the household furniture and
effects and all the silver, silver plate, the piano, china, crockery
ware, cutlery and utensils and all the clothing, jewellery and trinkets
and all the personal effects and generally the contents of my dwelling
house of which I shall be possessed at the time of my death, except
such articles as shall be disposed of otherwise in this my Will.
I leave to my friend Herbert E. Knight the bookcase in the parlour,
I leave to my niece Mary Mackay the sum of thirty thousand dollars.
All the foregoing legacies and bequests are to be paid and distributed
free of all death and succession duties and probate duties or fees
and charges of administration, all of which are to be paid out of the
residue of my estate.
I will and direct that none of the legacies or bequests made herein
shall be abated or diminished by reason of any gifts or advances which
I shall make to the beneficiaries thereof in my lifetime.
All the rest residue and remainder of my estate I give and bequeath
unto the following persons in equal shares, namely Mary Mackay and
Alexander D. Mackay (children of my brother William
Mackay), Thomas Ferguson, John Ferguson, Donald Ferguson, Roderick
Ferguson and Bessie
Ferguson (children of my sister Catherine Ferguson)
wife of my nephew William Ferguson, William A. Mackay and Leslie
Gower Mackay (children of my brother Alexander M.
Mackay, Dorothy Ferguson and Jessie Ferguson (children
of my nephew James
Ferguson), and James
Ferguson and Catherine Ferguson (children
of my nephew William
children of a deceased residuary legatee to take their deceased parent's
I appoint my friend Herbert E. Knight and The Eastern Trust
Company executors and trustees of this my will.
Dated at St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland this 8th day of February
A.D. one thousand nine hundred and twenty five.
Signed published and declared by the said Testatrix
as and for her last Will and Testament in our presence who in her presence
and at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed
our names as witnesses (the word "each" having been first inserted
in the first line of the 5th paragraph hereof)
E E Knight.
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat May 18th. 1927.
to Herbert L.