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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Robert Templeton



Will of Robert Templeton from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 374 & 375 probate year 1904

The last will of Robert Templeton, late of St. John's merchant deceased

I Robert Templeton of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant hereby declare this to be my true last will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills and testamentary dispositions by me at any time made

  • First    I give devise and bequeath all my goods chattels credits and effects of every description of which I may die possessed to my wife Catherine Templeton for her natural life save the proceeds from my life insurance policy no 18160 dated February 11th 1893 and the stock which I hold in the Newfoundland Steam Whaling Company both of which I give and bequeath unto my said wife absolutely and forever
  • Second    Upon the death of my said wife I give devise and bequeath unto my son Robert Arthur the whole of the property and effects hereinbefore bequeathed to my wife save and except the insurance money and the whaling stock absolutely and forever but subject to the payment of the legacies hereinafter bequeathed.
  • Third    Upon the death of my said wife I give and bequeath to my daughter Isabella Alice the sum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to my daughter Edith ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) and to my son John Alexander one thousand dollars ($1000.00)
  • Fourth    I direct that the bequests in the preceding paragraph (3) shall remain in the business now carried on by me until such time as my son Robert Arthur shall be able to pay out the same without serious detriment to the said business but the same shall be secured unto the said legatees by mortgage upon the assets of the said business by my said son Robert Arthur bearing interest at the rate of five per cent per annum the said mortgage to be executed immediately upon the death of my said wife
  • Fifth    To my namesake Robert Templeton Smith I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred dollars.
  • I hereby appoint my said wife Catherine Templeton and my said son Robert Arthur Executors of this my last will

In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand subscribed this 20th day of June A.D. 1904. Robert Templeton. Signed published and declared by the Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request & in the presence of each other have hereunto our hands subscribed as witnesses Arthur W. Knight     Robert C. Smith

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the will of Robert Templeton
D. M. Browning


(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
July 10, 1904
Emerson J.
Letters of Probate
granted on the
4th day of July
A.D. 1904 to
Catherine Templeton
Robert A. Templeton
executors named
in the will
Estate sworn
at $31600.00



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, Eric Weller, Kristina Americo and Ivy Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit April 18, 2002

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