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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Benjamin Snelgrove



Will of Benjamin Snelgrove
from the Newfoundland will books volume 10 pages 14 to 17 probate year 1913

In re Benjamin Snelgrove      deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me Benjamin Snelgrove of Catalina Merchant

  1. Firstly I revoke all former wills by me made
  2. Secondly I appoint my son William Norman Snelgrove to be the sole Executor of this my will.
  3. Thirdly after payment of all my just debts and funeral and Testamentary expenses I direct and desire my Executor to pay the following legacies that is to say
    1. To my daughter Annie, wife of John roper the sum of One thousand Dollars
    2. To my daughter Sarah the sum of Two Thousand Dollars
    3. To the two children of my deceased son John the sum of Five Hundred Dollars each and in the event of either dying before attaining the age of 21 years his legacy to go to the survivor and in case both my said grandchildren should die within the age of 21 years then the said legacies shall be payable to the eldest surviving son of my son William Norman Snelgrove if and when he shall have attained the age of 21 years.
    4. To my son Frederick in trust as hereinafter expressed and declared for my daughter Susannah the sum of Four Thousand Dollars.
  4. Fourthly In respect of the preceding bequest I direct hat my son Frederick shall invest the said sum of Four Thousand Dollars (if not at my decease invested) in some good safe and sufficient securities and shall pay the income arising yearly therefrom to the use and behoof of my said daughter Susannah during the term of her natural life and upon her decease I direct that the said principal sum of Four Thousand Dollars shall revert to my estate to be equally divided among my three sons William Norman Snelgrove, Albert Snelgrove and Frederick Snelgrove share and share alike.
  5. Fifthly all the rest residue and remainder of my moneys, stocks, shares and securities for moneys I give and bequeath to my said three sons in equal shares.
  6. Sixthly In respect of my part of my moneys which shall at the time of my death be invested on the security of the mercantile business of my sons or any of them or in any other securities I direct that it shall be at the discretion of my Executor to realize the said securities and to reinvest the same in other good safe and sufficient securities as he shall deem advisable and in the best interests of all the parties concerned
  7. Seventhly As touching my land waterside and other property situate at Catalina bounded on the north by land of John Courage and by mission land on the east by land of Isaac John Perry on the south by the waters of the Harbour and on the west by land of Sutton. I devise and bequeath it as follows that is to say: I give devise and bequeath to my son Frederick the Eastern part of the said property measuring from East to West about 180 feet with the shop house and all other erections thereon To my sons William Norman the middle part of said property measuring from East to west about 100 feet with the two stores and all other erections thereon and to my son Albert the remaining part of the said land with the western shore and all other erections thereon I desire that the said property may be divided as nearly as possible by a straight line running in a northerly and southerly direction and if a portion of any building pertaining to any of said parts should be upon an adjoining part according to each strict partition I desire that the owner of the part on which the greater portion of the building is erected shall be entitled to all the land covered by the said building.
  8. Eighthly In case any of my sons shall die without leaving male issue him surviving. I give and bequeath the share of said deceased son to my surviving sons and in the event of both my said sons Frederick and Albert dying without leaving male issue I give devise and bequeath the share of my sons so dying to the then surviving sons of my son William Norman Snelgrove.
  9. Ninthly. My farm, Farm, Shack and implements I give and bequeath to my three sons share and share alike
  10. Tenthly To the two sons of my deceased son John as tenants in common I give and bequeath the land and premises purchased from William Hiscock and known as "Hiscocks Point" In case either of said children should die before attaining the age of Twenty one years I desire that his share shall pass to the survivor if and when he shall attain the said age and in the event of both the children dying before that age then I give devise and bequeath the said land and premises to the then surviving sons of my said son William Norman

Witness my hand at St. John's this 8th day of May A.D. 1900 - Benjamin Snelgrove -
Signed published and declared by the within named Benjamin Snelgrove 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. J.W. McNeily     Benaiah(?) Norman

Certified Correct.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
Mar 24/13
C. J.
mar 25/13
granted to
William N.
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

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit July 8, 2002

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