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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
George Ross


Will of George Ross
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 285 & 286 probate year 1919

In re George Ross       deceased

I, George Ross, of Burin, Newf'l'd, Blacksmith, do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament. I hereby revoke all other wills, or other testamentary documents made by me. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Charlotte Ross, all my property, real and personal, of which I am possessor, or of which I may be possessed at the time of my death: and after her death, said property, both real and personal, [with the exception of my forge] to become the property of my two sons William Ross, and Thomas Ross: and I further lay on them viz. William and Thomas, that they shall provide for and support my three daughters, Maud, Lillian, and Mary, and that they shall make their homes with them until they marry or are otherwise provided for. That part of my land now occupied by my son Charles Ross, and on which his dwelling House stands, I bequeath to him during his lifetime, and after his death, to become the property of his son, and further in the event of his dying and leaving no son, the said property is to be held by his wife during her Widowhood: but should his wife remarry, the said property is to become the property of my two sons aforesaid viz:- William and Thomas: and should my son Charles die, and leave a son and heir of said property, I further devise that he, the said son, shall not have power to sell, transfer, exchange or in any wise embarrass the title of said property without the full and unqualified consent and agreement of my two sons aforesaid viz:- William and Thomas. I further devise that after my death and during my wife's lifetime, that the managership of my forge shall be conducted by my son Charles: and after the death of my wife, the said forge, and all tools and appliances thereto, is to become the property of my three sons, Charles, William and Thomas, equally: and that my son Charles be manager, as aforesaid: provided that my wife shall during her lifetime, receive from the business operations of said forge a share of the profits of such business, or a reasonable amount of hire annually for same as may be mutually agreed upon between herself and my sons, and my Executor: provided that if either one or two of my sons after the death of my wife are not engaging in the work of a Blacksmith, or not participating in any way in the business of conducting the said forge, that he or they [as the case may be] be liberty to sell to the other [or others as the case may be] his or their interest in the said forge: valuation of said interest is to be agreed upon mutually between my three sons aforesaid, and my Executor: provided further that they shall not severally or jointly sell to a stranger, except with the mutual consent and agreement of all three concerned, and the consent and approval of my Executor: and further that if during the lifetime of my wife circumstances may arise over which my sons aforesaid may have no control, and which may necessitate the closing of the business of a Blacksmith, I further request that my wife shall have power to hire said forge to any person for a reasonable annual sum: and if necessary to sell said forge and tools and appliances, and in the event of such sale the said forge, and tools and appliances must be removed from said property forthwith I hereby appoint Thomas LeFeure of Burin to be Executor of this my last will and testament. Dated at Burin, Newf'l'd, this nineteenth day of August, one thousand, nine hundred and sixteen. George Ross. Signed by the above named Testator, as his last will, in the presence of us, both present at the same time, who in his presence, at his request, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Francis P. LeFeuvre [Merchant]. George Anderson Shoemaker.

Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Feb. 14/19
Kent J.
granted to
Feb. 25/19
Estate sworn
at $1145.00



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.

This page contributed by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: October 12, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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