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Will of George Rowland
In re George Rowland deceased.
The last Will and Testament of George Rowland I George Rowland now of Gander Bay, Notre Dame Bay Newfoundland but formerly of st. John's Newfoundland aforesaid knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do hereby make my last will and Testament - This is the only will that I ever made.
In the first place: I hereby appoint my eldest son Charles Stacy Rowland to be the sole executor under this will. To carry out its provisions with such assistance in St. John's, or elsewhere as he may deem desirable my estate consists as follows: a few hundred dollars on deposit in my name in the Newfoundland Savings Bank St. John's as will be seen on reference to my Bank Book: a Gold watch and chain a few books and various articles forming my personal effects. Also a Dwelling House being No. 40 William Street, Monkstown road St. John's which I purchased from Mr. A. D. Hayward St. John's, immediately after the fire of 9th July 1892 and paid him the sum of $960 for it and after about a year's residence in it found it had cost me $150 more in necessary repairs and to make the house inhabitable. Mrs. Hayward gave me the usual Bill of Sale of the property winding up with the customary phrase and in "such cases - and the said property is unencumbered" In June 1900 I left St. John's on a visit to a son of mine in British Columbia leaving my house in William Street and another in Prescott Street in the hands of Mr. Jas. B. Sclater as my agent in my absence. A short time after leaving St. John's I instructed Mr. Sclater to sell the William Street House on my account. Parties examined the property and there were those among them who would have bought the property at a price satisfactory to me at the time - the bargain was struck and complete all except the Transfer Papers. On the would be purchaser applying at the Registrars office to look into my title he found two mortgages on it jointly with the next door house belonging to William Turner one in favor of Jas. L. Norman for $1200 and the other favor said Wm. Turner Mr. Sclater on my instructions employed the late Mr. F. D. Lilly to see Mr. A. D. Hayward and have the mortgages released. Mr. A. D. Hayward said he would have Noonans released at once which he did - and he was sure Mr. James Ryan (his principal) would do the same with the other mortgage as soon as asked to do so notwithstanding the lapse of time and the frequent appeals to Mr. Hayward to carry out his part of the contract and place me in a position to sell the house and give a clear title, and his as frequent promises to do so things remain as they were. I hope there is some law and justice still remaining in Newfoundland and that my executor now appointed will, with the assistance contemplated be able to evoke the same to a successful issue and thus place him in a position to wind up the estate as follows. When the William Street house is turned into cash and the rents and other income all collected in by the present agent for the property Mr. George R. Williams the balance shall be divided as follows viz. To Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Rowland, wife of my son C. S. Rowland the sum of one hundred dollars as some little acknowledgement on my part for the care and attention she has bestowed on my comfort during the time I have lived in her house To Mr. George R. Williams, St. John's the sum of twenty five dollars as an acknowledgement of his extra services in management of my property apart from the regular services compensated for by commission After payment of those two sums and of my just and lawful debts and my funeral expenses: and providing for the cost of a modest tomb stone to my memory paying all legal lawful expenses on winding up of the estate the next balance shall be divided in manner following that is to say:
(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
|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. |
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REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit July 12, 2002
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