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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John E. Steer



Will of John Edwin Steer
from Newfoundland will books vol 12 pages 23 & 24 probate year 1921

In re John E. Steer       deceased

This is the last Will and Testament of me John E. Steer of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Merchant.

  • First. I give all my partnership interst in and to the good will and assests of the business carried on at St. John's aforesaid under the firm or style of "Steer Brothers" subject to the payment thereout of all my debts to my brothers Francis H. Steer and Charles R. Steer in equal shares.

  • Second. I direct that my death duties funeral and testamentary expenses be paid out of the residue of my estate and subject thereto I bequeath the said residue to my sister Elizabeth Storey.

  • Third. I appoint my said two brothers Francis H. Steer and Charles R. Steer and Wilfred R. Dove of St. John's aforesaid, Accountant, Executors of this my will.

  • Fourth. And with respect to the said business of "Steer Brothers" or any other business in which I may be engaged at my decease I empower my trustees to continue the same for so long as they shall think fit, or to discontinue the same at any time and to wind up the affairs thereof with liberty for my trustees if and so long as they shall continue the business to employ therein the whole or any part of the capital which shall be employed therein at my decease and also such further part [if any] of my estate as they shall think proper and with liberty also to employ managers agents and clerks and also to admit any person or persons as a partner or partners with them in the business and generally to act in the conduct of the said business as they shall in their absolute discretion think fit without being answerable for any loss arising thereby.

In witness whereof I the said John E. Steer have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's this twentieth day of January Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred and twenty-one. John Edwin Steer.

Signed by the said testator in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Caroline Ellis     Jas. P. Blackwood

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

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat May 5/21
Horwood J.
Probate granted
to Charles R. Steer
Francis H. Steer
and Wilfred R.
Dove May 6/21
Estate sworn
at $55,981.23



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, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 10, 2002

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