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Will of William Pitts
This is the last will and testament of me William Pitts of Saint
John’s Merchant. I revoke all former wills
and codicils made by me. I bequeath the whole
of my estate real and personal to my executors hereinafter named for and subject
to the following bequests viz: I desire that
the two new dwelling houses situate on the east side of the Kings Bridge Road
with the buildings and land adjoining thereto the cost of purchase and erection
whereof are now standing to the debit of an account in my partnership business
shall form and be part of my separate estate and that my own separate account
shall bear and be charged with the said cost of purchase and erection. I
desire that the land stables and other accessories to the said dwellings be
divided and appropriated as nearly as possible equally to each tenement and
in such manner as shall be utmost convenient to each. I bequeath the northern
one of said tenements with the lands buildings and appurtenances to my son
James Stewart Pitts for his sole and absolute use and benefit. I bequeath the southern one of said tenements with the lands buildings and
appurtenances to my son Arthur for his absolute use and benefit subject to
the rights of occupation hereinafter provided for my daughters Lydia
Gertrude and Fanny Cochrane. I direct that my daughters Lydia
Gertrude and Fanny Cochrane shall have the
right to live in and occupy the said tenement jointly with my said son Arthur until
the marriage or death (unmarried) of each. Upon the death or marriage of either
her right of occupation to cease. In the event of either of my said daughters
not agreeing to continue to reside with the others as above provided she shall
have the right to live elsewhere and to receive from my said son Arthur an
equivalent yearly towards her support and maintenance for the value of her
right of occupancy till her death or marriage.
I direct that the specific pecuniary legacies of this my will shall be paid to the several legatees as follows, viz: one third within twelve months from my death, one third within two years and one third within four years from my death. I desire that my son James Stewart shall continue to carry on the business heretofore carried on by him and me and that my money and interest in the business shall remain in said business but subject to and the same are hereby declared to be charged with or as security for the several legacies herein contained. I bequeath the whole of the residue of my estate to my said son James Stewart Pitts and I appoint him sole executor of this my will. St. John’s October 16th 1884. Wm. Pitts. (LS) Witnesses, J. S. Winter, J.P. Parsons.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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