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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Ford Tapp


Will of William Ford Tapp
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 259-260 probate year 1903

The last will of William Ford Tapp
late of Harbor Grace, Gunsmith, deceased.
In the name of God. Amen.
      This is the last will and Testament of William Ford Tapp, Gunsmith, and now residing in Harbor Grace, Newfoundland. I do hereby give and bequeath to my son John Tapp all my right title and interest to the Forge and in my possession, together with all the tools, Lathe and other things now in use in said forge and in the workshop adjoining. I do also give to my said son John Tapp after the decease of my wife, such furniture and effects, as now belong to me or which shall belong to me in the house which I shall occupy at the time of my decease and also such articles used by me, when a resident in my said son's house. I do will and bequeath to my wife Hannah Tapp the unexpired lease of the house which I now occupy, and the use of the furniture and effects therein, for and during her natural life. I do hereby will and direct my executors after all lawful debts and expenses are paid, to pay to the following persons or objects, or their lawful heirs or representatives out of the balance of my estate which consists chiefly of Bonds of the Kiersey Docks and Harbor Board of Liverpool, England and which Bonds are now in possession of Messers Whitley & Co. Solicitors, 41 Castle Street Liverpool, together with a sum deposited in the Bank of Nova Scotia Harbor Grace the following amounts viz

  • To my wife Hannah Tapp I give and bequeath a sum equal to Twenty per cent of the aforesaid balance, for her use and benefit during her natural life; should my said wife predecease the settlement of my estate, then I hereby direct my executors to divide my wife's share of my estate amongst the other legatees of this will in proportion to the amounts bequeathed to them therein.
  • To my son John Tapp his heirs and assigns I give and bequeath twenty per cent of the net balance in the hands of my executors
  • To my son George Tapp should he survive I give the sum of fifteen per cent of the aforesaid balance should he not survive or on the assurance of his death his proportion shall be divided amongst the living legatees or their lawful heirs.
  • To my daughter Elfeida wife of Edward Whiteway of St. John's I bequeath Ten percent of the aforesaid balance of my estate
  • To my daughter Mary Jane now of Liverpool England I also give ten per cent of the aforesaid balance
  • To my grandchildren Nellie and Stanley Tapp children of my son George. I bequeath a sum equal to Ten per cent of the Balance aforesaid to be divided equally between them when they shall have arrived to their majority, prior to that I direct their portion to be deposited in the Nfld Savings Bank in the name of my Executors in trust.
  • To Melvina wife of Andrew Blackwood of St. John's I give and bequeath five per cent of the balance aforesaid
  • To Anne wife of John Stafford Cooper of St. John's I give five per cent of said balance
  • And finally to the Diocesan Synod of Newfdland as a thank offering to Almighty God for the spiritual blessings I have received in the Church of England I do give and bequeath five per cent of the balance of my estate for the use or benefit of the Clerical Retirement Fund of the Diocese of Newfdland

I do further appoint Mr. William Ward, and Mr. Thomas Rose both of Harbor Grace to be my executors, and for whose services I direct that they pay themselves the sum of fifty dollars each out of the balance of my estate. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of August A.D. one thousand nine hundred and one. Wm. Ford Tapp. (L.S.) Signed by the said William Ford Tapp in the presence of us, present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other, attest and subscribe our names as witnesses thereto. Joseph Ross. Edward Parsons

      I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of William Ford Tapp

D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
28 Feby 03
Emerson J.
Letters of Probate
granted on the 2nd
March 03 to the
Estate sworn at



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