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Will of David Stuart Rennie
This is the last will of me David Stuart Rennie of Saint John’s Newfoundland.- I bequeathe to my brother William F. Rennie One hundred pounds. I bequeath to my brother Robert Rennie one hundred pounds. I devise & bequeathe the remainder of my real & personal estate of every description to my executor hereinafter named and his heirs upon the trusts following viz in the event of my dying before my wife leaving no children upon the trust to pay assign convey and appropriate one third of my real and personal estate to my wife Susan Rennie and her heirs for ever: to pay and appropriate the rents issues and profits of the remaining two thirds to the extent of an annuity of seventy pounds stg per annum to my brother Robert Rennie for the term of his natural life and the excess beyond such annuity during the life of the said Robert Rennie and the whole of such rents issues and profits after his death to the use of my said wife during the term of her natural life and after her death to pay assign convey and appropriate the said remaining two thirds subject nevertheless to the aforesaid annuity to my brother Robert Rennie should he then survive to and among my fathers children and grandchildren then surviving and then heirs in such proportions as my said wife by her last will to be signed in the presence of two witnesses may direct and appoint and in default of any such appointment to and among such children and grandchildren pursuant to the statutes of distributions. In the event of my wife dying in my lifetime then upon the trust to pay assign convey and appropriate one half of my said real and personal property unto and to the use of the children of my brother William Frederick Rennie by his wife Catherine Rennie or McNab who may survive at my death and their heirs equally among them and to pay and appropriate the rents issues and profits of the other half unto and to the use of my said brother Robert Rennie during his life and after his death unto and to the use of his children and their heirs but should he die leaving no children him surviving then unto and to the use of my said brother William Frederick Rennie and his heirs forever, and I appoint Hugh W. Hoyles my executor and direct that he shall be allowed in his accounts all reasonable charges for his own professional trouble and expenses in the management of my said estate and carrying into effect the provisions and directions herein contained: Lastly I will that should I have any child or children after the date of this will and surviving at my death then this will shall become void and of no effect. Saint John’s Nfland the 21st of June 1856. D.S. Rennie (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will in our presence who in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses, Hugh W. Hoyles, N.P. R. Perchard, Chas. H. Simms.
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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