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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
George Smith


Will of George Smith
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 30 to 32 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     George Smith       deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me George Smith of Cupids in Conception Bay In the Island of Newfoundland, and I hereby revoke all former wills, codicils and testamentary dispositions by me made.

  1. I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Fanny Smith so long as she shall live and continue to bear my name my dwelling house and all the furniture contained therein with the exception of the piano, the two stores, the old house on the waterside, the stable and all its contents and appurtenances, and all live stock, carriages and sleighs, for her sole and separate use and benefit and after her decease I bequeath the same to my daughter Cora during her life for her own sole separate use and benefit and after her decease I bequeath the same to my son William to hold the same as long as he shall live and after his death I bequeath the same unto his eldest son living at the time of his death.
  2. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Cora the shop she now occupies and my piano absolutely. I also devise and bequeath to my said daughter Cora during her life the land upon which the said shop is built and after her death I bequeath the same to my son William for his life and after his death to his eldest son living at the time of his death.
  3. I devise and bequeath unto James P. Guy of Carbonear, executor of this my will, all cash, monies, securities for monies and all monies invested of which I shall die possessed upon trust that he shall hold and deal with the same as follows, namely, during the lifetime of my said wife Fanny he shall apply the same to her maintenance and support and to the maintenance and support of my said daughter Cora. After the death of my said wife Fanny he shall divide the residue between and pay the same over to my said daughter Cora and by son William in equal shares.
  4. My said wife Fanny, and after her death my said daughter Cora as long as she shall remain unmarried shall have power to sell and dispose of all articles which are not fixtures and to retain the proceeds.
  5. I give and bequeath the old silver watch unto my wife Fanny and the silver watch used by me unto my grandson George son of my said son William.
  6. I give my gold watch unto my said son William.
  7. I give and bequeath unto my son William's son Malcolm Hunter the model of the S.S. "Wolf" after the decease of my said wife and daughter.
  8. I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Cora the family Bible and Pew No. 42 in the Methodist Church at Cupids aforesaid.
  9. I devise and bequeath unto my said wife Fanny Pew No. 5 in the said church.
  10. I devise and bequeath unto my son William
    1. all my title and interest in the big store on the waterside belonging to the estate of my father the late William Smith
    2. all the land and waterside situate on the north side of the harbour of Cupids aforesaid measuring eighty feet more or less and purchased from the late R. J. Pinsent
    3. all the farm, barn and dwelling house situate on the south side of Cupids aforesaid and purchased from the estate of Walter Whelan of Brigus containing twenty-one acres or thereabout provided that said farm and premises are not sold before my death.
  11. If not previously sold by me I direct that the building known as the "Temperance Hall" shall be sold by my executor and the proceeds devoted to thee same purpose as all other monies of which I shall die possessed as mentioned and directed in paragraph 3 of this my will.
  12. I appoint the said James P. Guy of Carbonear, Newfoundland, Cabinet-maker, executor of this my will.

In witness whereof I the said George Smith have to this my will set my hand this eighteenth day of July Anno Domini nineteen hundred and three. George Smith
Signed and declared by the said testator as and for his last will in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses E.W. Lyon    William R. Warren.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of George Smith.
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will)
May 31/06
Chief Justice
granted to
James P
Guy on the
6th day of
June AD 1906
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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (November 4, 2002)

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