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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Janet Roberts


Will of Janet Roberts
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 37 to 39 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Janet Roberts       deceased.

Know all men by these presents that I Janet Roberts of Twillingate north Island, District of Twillingate, Island of Newfoundland, widow (of the late Edward Roberts) being in ill health, and of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. And as to my worldly estate which consist of certain money deposited in the Bank of Montreal at St. John's, and money due to me by Mrs.     Baggs of Alexander House New Gower Street St. John's, and other money that may be in my possession at the time of my decease, I devise and bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit: -
First my will is that all my just debts, funeral, and testamentary expenses shall by my executors hereinafter named be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as shall by them be found convenient
Item I give, devise, & bequeath to my eldest son Bennet John Roberts aged 13 yrs on Oct 2nd 1905 the sum of one hundred dollars, this amount to be placed to his credit at the Bank of Montreal at St. John's in addition to and along with certain moneys and interest thereto and already deposited in the aforesaid Bank in trust for the said Bennet John Roberts the Bank Book No 2570. - I also appoint Francis Roberts youngest brother of my late husband to be the sole guardian of my son Bennet John Roberts until he shall become to the age of twenty-one and the said Francis Roberts is hereby empowered and authorised to expend the money bequeathed to the said Bennet John Roberts at his discretion for the use of my son Bennett John Roberts. But if at any time my son Bennet John Roberts should express a wish or desire to leave Twillingate or Newfoundland to reside with his Uncle George Phillips brother-in-law to my late husband and the aforesaid George Phillips consents to have and receive my son Bennet John Roberts to reside with him in Toronto Canada or any other place he may reside at I hereby request and desire and wish that my son Bennet John Roberts shall be allowed to go and reside with the aforesaid George Phillips and the aforesaid Francis Roberts is released from being the guardian of the said Bennet John Roberts.
I give devise and bequeath to my son Ernest Searle Roberts, age 11 years on Sept. 19th 1905 and my daughter Annie Dulcibel Roberts the sum of Six hundred hundred dollars with the interest that may be due on seven hundred dollars deposited in the Bank of Montreal in my name at my decease, and I appoint my sister Rowena Curtis and my friend Charles D. Mayne to be the guardians of my two children Ernest Searle Roberts & Annie Dulcibel Roberts and to expend the money bequeathed to them the aforesaid Ernest Searle, and Annie Dulcibel at their discretion for their use. Should my sister Rowena Curtis marry during the minority of my daughter Annie Dulcibel I hereby wish and desire and request and hereby authorize her to take my daughter Annie Dulcibel to reside and live with her to whatever place she may reside and I hereby release my friend Charles D. Mayne from being one of her guardians - the Balance of money that may be left shall be divided in the manner and way and at the discretion of the aforesaid Rowena Curtis & Charles D. Mayne If after paying all debts, Funeral and testamentary expenses there should be any money left I desire and wish that it shall be equally divided between Ernest Searle and Annie Dulcibel
And lastly I do nominate and appoint my sister Rowena Curtis and my friend Charles D. Mayne to be the Executors of this my last will and Testament.
In testimony whereof I the said Janet Roberts have to this my Last will and Testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 2nd day of February A.D. 1906. Janet Roberts (LS)
signed sealed published and declared by the said Janet Roberts as and for her last will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Arthur Colbourne (Clerk) Twillingate    Mark Davison, Ins. Agent St John's Nfld.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Janet Roberts
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will)
June 13/06
Chief Justice
granted to
Curtis and
Charles OMayne
on the 15th
day of June
AD 1906
sworn at



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 4, 2002)

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