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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Eliza Skeans
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 201 & 202 probate year
In re Eliza Skeans deceased
This is the last will and Testament of me Eliza Skeans, widow,
of William J. Skeans.
- I revoke all wills heretofore by me made.
- I appoint my grandson, William Thorne, with whom I now
live, to be the executor of this my last will and testament.
- I give devise and bequeath everything, whether real or personal
or chattels real of which I shall die possessed or entitled to,
to my said executor William Thorne upon trust.
[a] To pay all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses.
[b] To pay to my son Robert Thorne now in America, the sum of two
[c] To pay to my son Richard Thorne the sum of two hundred dollars.
[d] To deliver the following articles to the persons in this paragraph
mentioned, - My large ornamental clock to my son Robert:, my bedstead
and all bedding, except the white bedspread to Robert Thorne, son
of Richard Thorne, the said white bedspread and my silk dress to
Ethel Thorne, wife of William Thorne my said executor. My watch
and chain to Isabel Thorne daughter of William Thorne my said executor
and the remainder of my clothing to my sons Richard Thorne and
Robert Thorne and my said executor William Thorne as they shall
[e] To transfer all my interest in any property to which I am or
may be entitled under the Will of the late George King to my son
Richard Thorne provided that the said Richard Thorne pay all expenses
which may be incurred by my Estate in obtaining possession of the
[f] To retain for his sole use and benefit all the rest residue
and remainder of my said estate after payment and carrying out
of the bequests hereinbefore set forth.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's
aforesaid, this 22nd day of March, A.D. 1917. Eliza her
X mark Skeins Signed Published and declared by the testatrix as
and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her
presence and at her request have hereunto subscribed our hands as witness,
having first been read over and explained to the testatrix Norman
M. Guy Jaww(?) McKeely
of St. John's Solicitor
Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(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.
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.
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REVISED: October 9, 2001 (Ivy Benoit)
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