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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary Simpson


Will of Mary Elizabeth Simpson
(transcribed from Photostats of microfilm of Newfoundland will books, volume 11 pages 21 to 23 probate year 1917)

In re Mary Elizabeth Simpson deceased

I Mary Elizabeth Simpson wife and administratrix of the late Thomas Melacum Simpson of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, being of sound mind and memory, and mindful of the uncertainty of life, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manor following:

That is to say:
First. I direct my executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts, and funeral expenses

Second: - I hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint William White and Harry E. Greaves, Executors of this my will.

Third: - I give devise and bequeath all my estate both real and personal, of whatsoever name or nature and wheresoever situated, which I may own or be entitled to at the time of my death, to be divided as follows:

- To the parties mentioned or their heirs unless otherwise mentioned.

Agnes Patterson Smith wife of F.G. Smith Chicago $2000.00.

May Smith Daughter of F.G. Smith Chicago $655.00

Mrs. Elizabeth Deas widow of the late Wm. Deas and sister of the late T.M. Simpson North Thields (?) England $1000.00

James Simpson Brother of the late T.M. Simpson Heston (?) England $500.00

Mrs. Mary Sutherland wife of late Wm. Sutherland sister of late T.M. Simpson if she predeceases me to be paid to her daughter Edith South Thields (?) Engl'd $500.00

Mrs. Kate Bell wife of George Bell sister of late T.M. Simpson Saskatchewan Canada $500.00

William Simpson Brother of late T.M. Simpson Wanshead(?) Park Essex Engl'd $500.00

Maxine Duff wife of John Duff Carbonear near St. John's $500.00

Stanley Greaves son of H.E. Greaves Louisville Ky. USA $500.00

Edna Goodwin wife of Grover C. Goodwin Richmond Virginia $500.00

Arthur Greaves son of H.E. Greaves If Arthur Greaves is unmarried and predeceases me the amount willed to him must be paid instead to the four sons of Agnes P. Smith Chicago in equal amounts, Robert, Clifford, Eric, Howard. St. John's Nfld. 500.00.

Gower St. Women's Missionary Society at Gower St. Church St. John's NF. $200.00

Methodist Orphanage of St. John's NF. 200.00

Gower St. Church "Poor Fund" St. John's NF. 100.00

Chas Simpson son of Wm. Simpson Wanshed (?) Park Essex Engl'd 100.00

Martha Whitten St. John's NF. 100.00

Mrs. Chesley Woods wife of Chesley Woods St. John's NF. 200.00

Cemetery Plot for repairs etc Geul(?) Protestant cemetery 100.00

Agnes P Smith Chicago My Fur Coat if she predecease me same to be given to May Smith.

To Trustees Gower St. Church my interest in my Pew All my estate both real and personal to be realized {including furniture and personal effects} by my executors and all of the foregoing amounts to be paid in cash the balance if any to be divided as follows:

  1. Gower St. Church parsonage aid Society
  2. Robert Simpson
  3. James Simpson Jr.
  4. Kate Simpson

3 and 4 children of James Simpson Heston(?) Engl'd. If Arthur Greaves survives me then and only then, the four sons of Agnes P Smith will share equally as individuals in the balance of my estate with numbers 1. 2. 3. 4.

In witness whereof I, the said testatrix Mary Elizabeth Simpson have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal, at the City of St. John's This fifth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixteen

Mary E. Simpson {LS}

Sidney Woods
Arch G. Tibb

Correct Charles H. Emerson Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to the above will)
Oct 19/17
Kent J
Oct 23/17
to Wm
Harry E.
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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

REVISED: September 7, 2001 (Ivy Benoit) August 9, 2001

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