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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Elizabeth Rendell


Will of Elizabeth Rendell
from Newfoundland will books volume 3 pages 33-34 probate year 1867

In re
     Elizabeth Rendell      deceased.

To all to whom these presents shall come I Elizabeth Rendell send greeting- Whereas by deed of Settlement made and executed by me before my marriage with my present husband Elias Rendell Esquire I conveyed all the lands monies bonds mortgages debts goods and chattels which I then possessed or was entitled to unto the Venerable Thomas F.H. Bridge Archdeacon of Newfoundland for the purposes and upon the trusts in the said deed specified and reserving unto me by any deed by me to be made or by will power to dispose of the same after my death and whereas I am desirous of executing such power Now know all men by these presents that in pursuance of the said power so reserved by me I do hereby make this my last will and testament in manner following- First- I appoint Theodore Clift and James B. Wood of St. John's Merchants to be my Trustees and executors- Second I desire and direct that at my death all my landed property of every kind and all monies debts goods and chattels which at the time of my marriage I was possessed of or entitled unto as aforesaid and all to which I shall become entitled by accretion legacy purchase or otherwise shall be divided into three equal shares of which my daughters Mary Jane Steer Isabella Steer and Emma Steer shall each have one share to them for their respective use and benefit irrespective and beyond the control of any husband they may respectively take-     And for their respective lives and if any one of them shall die unmarried or without lawful issue the share of such one that shall first die unmarried and without leaving lawful issue shall go to and vest absolutely in my granddaughter Elizabeth daughter of my son John- If a second shall die unmarried and without leaving lawful issue the share of such second so dying unmarried and without lawful issue shall be divided equally between my surviving daughter and my son John- If all my daughters shall die unmarried and without leaving lawful issue the two thirds not otherwise disposed of shall go to and vest absolutely in my said son John-     And I further will and direct that my said daughters shall not have the power of selling mortgaging or otherwise encumbering any of the lands or other property left to them respectively hereby but they shall have during their lives only the proceeds and profits thereof-
I direct that my said Trustees and their successors in such trust and my executors and administrators shall annually have power first to deduct their lawful expenses and the ordinary commission of five per cent for receiving the rents and issues of the said land and other property when the residue shall be paid to my legatees from time to time Provided always and I do hereby will and direct that my said Trustees or either of them and their successors in such trust shall not be answerable or accountable for any involuntary loss or damage to the said property monies and chattels so devised but shall be acquitted and saved harmless in respect of all such acts matters and things as shall be done by them respectively in pursuance hereof in the execution or management of the several trusts hereby in them reposed unless the same shall happen thro their or his own wilful neglect and default.
In witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Rendell have hereunto set my hand and seal at Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland this seventh day of November Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty five.
Elizabeth Rendell (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Elizabeth Rendell as and for her last will and testament in presence of Bryan Robinson, D.W. Prowse.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



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. 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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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