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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
David Hunter Sclater



Will of David Hunter Sclater
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 500 & 501 probate year 1905

Sclater David Hunter       Last will of

This is the last will and testament of me David Hunter Sclater of St. John's on the Island of Newfoundland merchant, made on this twenty-ninth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and five
I give devise and bequeath to my brother James Blacken(?) Sclater as my sole executor all the property real and personal of which I shall die possessed upon the trusts hereinafter stated and expressed.

Firstly upon trust to hold my interest in my house and land situate on Gower Street in St. John's aforesaid for the use and behoof of my children Margaret Mary Kate and Walter Hunter Sclater as joint tenants until the said Walter Hunter Sclater shall have attained the age of twenty one years and should either of my said children die before that time for my said executor to hold the house and land for the use and behoof of the survivor but upon the said Walter Hunter Sclater attaining his majority and the said Margaret Mary Sclater surviving they are to hold the said house and land as tenants in common

Secondly as to my personal property Upon trust for my said executor to realize and distribute the same as hereinafter expressed. I give devise and bequeath to my children above named jointly and in the terms of the trust hereinbefore created all the moneys which are now to my credit and to which I am personally entitled as administrator of Annie Boyd Sclater my deceased wife, (and also two shares in the Boot and Shoe Factory Company and two shares in the Terra Nova Foundry Company.

Thirdly as to making my share and interest in the mercantile business carried on by myself and my brother William A. B. Sclater I desire and require that as soon as possible after my decease and in l(?) to interest of the concern the realization as may be expediently effected the said business may be wound up and realized and the proceeds of such realization I give devise and bequeath to my wife and my surviving child or children as joint tenants share and share alike.

Fourthly as touching the residue of my estate I give devise and bequeath to my said wife (Isabella Fraser Sclater) and to my children aforesaid and the survivor as in the last preceding paragraph declared the amount payable under my policy of life insurance and the proceeds of thirteen shares which I hold in the St. John's ?? Company.

Fifthly (all my household furniture and all the rest residue and remainder of my estate I give devise and bequeath to my said wife and children in joint tenancy as upon the conditions and trusts of the preceding devises.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand on this said twenty ninth day of may Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and two. D. H. Sclater.
Signed published and declared by the said testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the presence of the said testator and of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto Alex M. McKiely    B. Gorman

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of David Hunter Sclater.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
July 4/05
Johnson J.
Probate to
Jas B. Sclater
July 4 1905
Est. $1840.00(very faint)



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

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 23, 2002

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