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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Mary Hannah Skelton


Will of Mary Hannah Skelton
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 pages 264 & 265 probate year 1919

In re Mary Hannah Skelton       deceased

This last will and testament of me Mary Hannah Skelton of St. John's widow of the late John Skelton Physician and surgeon revokes former wills by me made.

  1. I appoint my nephew [Randell McGown] and John S. Munn and Brian Dunfield Executors hereof.
  2. I desire to be buried beside my husband, and that a suitable monument be set up at our grave.
  3. My silver spoons and forks shall be divided between my nephews William T. McGowan, Randell McGown, and Gerald R. McGowan or such of them as shall survive me: Should only one of them survive me, said spoons and forks shall go to him.
  4. This will executes the power referred to in paragraph 6 of my husband's will and deals with the "one moity(?) or half of all [his] estate to wit of the principal the annual proceeds whereof [were] bequeathed to [me] pursuant to the terms of paragraph five" of his will probate whereof was granted in April 1891, which half is herein referred to as "the said one-half of principal estate."
  5. I bequeath one undivided sixth of the said one-half of principal estate to each of the following:-
    [a] to my nephew, William T. McGowan,
    [B.] to my nephew, Randell McGown,
    [C.] to my nephew, Gerald R. McGowan,
    [D.] to my niece, Ellen [Nellie] Nelton,
    [E.] to Elizabeth Shannon daughter of my niece May Munn.
  6. I bequeath the remaining sixth in equal thirds to Mrs. Francis E. Field, Mrs. Mary Rendell, and Mrs. Fredica T. White.
  7. If either of my said nephews shall have pre-deceased me, his shares shall go to his brothers or brother surviving at my death. Should Nellie Nelton pre-decease me, her share shall pass to her father, but if both of them shall have pre-deceased me, it shall go to my nephew Bertram Nelton. If my said grandniece shall pre-decease me, her share shall go to the survivors or survivor of them at my death.
  8. I bequeath my property other than the said one-half of principal estate, and that referred to in paragraph 3, to the same parties and in the same proportions as I have bequeathed the said one-half of principal estate.

Dated St. John's this nineteenth day of April A.D. 1917 M. H. Skelton. Signed, published, and declared by the Testatrix as her last will in the presence of us the subscribers, who in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. James W. Jensen. [of St. John's, student in Theology] Geo M. Johnson [a Judge in Supreme Court of Nf]

This is the Codicil to my Will dated 19 April 1917. I bequeath my mahogany armchair which was my father-in-law's to my niece Mrs. Munn. Dated the 7 of October 1918. Mary Hannah Skelton

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

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Dec. 30/18
Kent J.
granted to
Brian Dunfield
Jan 9/19
Estate sworn
at $13,858.00



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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

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

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