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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Lewis Tessier
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 307 to 309
probate year 1884
Lewis Tessier deceased.
I Lewis Tessier of St. John’s Merchant do make publish and
declare this as and for my last will and testament.
First- I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses
shall be paid-
Second. I give devise and bequeath to my stepbrother James G. Tessier the
sum of six thousand pounds.
Third To Peter Tessier, Lewis Tessier and Charles Tessier sons of my
brother the Honourable Peter G. Tessier I give
devise and bequeath the sum of six thousand pounds each.
Fourth. I give devise and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named
the sum of one thousand pounds in trust to pay the same to Polly daughter of
my stepbrother John G. Tessier when she attains the age of twenty one years and
the further sum of five hundred pounds in trust to pay the same to Alice daughter
of my said stepbrother John G. Tessier when she attains the age of twenty one
years and it is my will and desire that each of the said daughters of my stepbrother
John G. Tessier shall take and hold her said legacy as separate estate free and
clear of the debts liabilities and control of any husband she may have.
Fifth. I give devise and bequeath to the Lord Bishop of Newfoundland
the sum of five hundred pounds to be by him applied towards finishing the Church
of England Cathedral in St. John’s if a like sum be not paid him during
Sixth I give devise and bequeath to the Rector for the time being of
St. Mary’s Church on the South side of St. John’s the sum of two
hundred and fifty pounds to be by him expanded for the use of the said church
or such purposes connected therewith as he shall deem proper.
Seventh. To Anne Foran my housekeeper I give and bequeath the sum of
one hundred pounds.
Eighth- To Mary Brown my washerwoman I give and bequeath the sum of
Ninth. To William Williams my coachman I give and bequeath the sum
of fifty pounds if he be in my service at the time of my decease
Tenth. I give devise and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named
the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be by him paid and distributed to
and amongst such old dependants or others, and in such amounts to each as I shall
hereafter name to him and the further sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to
be by him applied to charitable purposes at his discretion.
Eleventh. To the Most Reverend the Bishop of St. John’s I give
devise and bequeath the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be by him expended
for the use and purposes of the Church of St. Patrick at Riverhead St. John’s.
Twelfth- I give devise and bequeath to George Grey the bookkeeper in
my office the sum of one thousand pounds to be paid to him if he be alive at
the time of my decease if not, then I direct that five hundred pounds shall be
paid to his widow if alive or if she be dead then the same amount of five hundred
pounds shall be paid to his son if he lives to attain the age of twenty one years.
All the rest residue and remainder of my estate goods chattels property
and effects whatsoever I give devise and bequeath to my brother the Honorable
Peter G. Tessier for and during his natural life and from and after his decease
I give devise and bequeath the same in equal proportions and shares to and amongst
his children by each of his wives without distinction or difference and my said
stepbrother James G. Tessier-
Fourteenth as regards the second, third, fourth and thirteenth bequests
herein made and each of them it is my will and desire and I do hereby direct
that the several sums in the said bequests named and each of them shall if my
said executor so desire remain in the trade and business of our firm of P. & L.
Tessier and be paid and payable to the several legatees in the said bequests
named in ten equal annual instalments but the said legatees and each of them
shall so long as any portion of their bequests remains unpaid have and receive
interest from the said firm on such portion at and after the rate of four pounds
per centrum per annum. The first of such annual
instalments to be paid at the expiration of one year from my decease.
Fifteenth I do hereby nominate and appoint my said brother The Honorable
Peter G. Tessier to be sole executor of this my will- and lastly I do
hereby revoke annul and declare void all wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand at St. John’s
aforesaid this seventh day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred
and eighty four. Lewis Tessier. Signed by
the said testator in duplicate copies as and for his last will and testament
at St. John’s on
the day and year above written in our presence, who in his presence, at his request
and in the presence of each other have hereto set our names as witnesses, Jos.
I. Little, Robert J. Kent.
I Lewis Tessier of St. John’s Merchant the testator
in the foregoing will named do make publish and declare this as and for a codicil
to my said will. It is my will and desire that in the event of the death during
my lifetime of either my brother James, or of my nephews Peter,
Lewis or Charles,
that the bequests in my said will contained to the party who may so die shall
pass to and become the property of the children or heirs of the party so dying
and I do hereby confirm and approve my said will in all other respects. Lewis
Tessier. Signed by the said testator in
our presence the 21st day of March A.D. 1884. Robert
J. Kent. Ethelbert Colton.
D. M. Browning
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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