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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Matthew Thomas


Will of Matthew Thomas
from Newfoundland will books volume 13 pages 513-515 probate year 1927

In re

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me, MATTHEW THOMAS, of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Farmer, I revoke all former Wills by me at any time made, and I appoint my son Albert Harvey Thomas and Richard F. Goodridge, Esquire, the Executors of this my will.
I desire to explain that I have measured off and laid out in lots the eastern portion of my land lying between Freshwater and Pennywell Roads according to the diagram contained in this my will, and have numbered the said lots and marked the northern and southern measurements of each lot as shown in the said diagram, and that the line AB shown in the same is intended to run in an easterly and westerly direction half-way between the two Roads aforesaid, and that in disposing of this portion of my land in this my will I shall refer to the said lots by the numbers shown on the said diagram.

I give and bequeath to my son Frederick Lot. No. One,
to my son George Lot No. Two,
and Lot No. Three to my daughter-in-law Isabel, Widow of my son Charles, upon trust for herself and her children by my said son in equal shares until the youngest survivor of such children attains the age of twenty-one, when the lot may be sold for the benefit of all if so desired, but if she remarries or dies before that date, then the said lot shall revert to my Executors upon trust for the children aforesaid alone, until the youngest surviving child attains the said age, when the lot may be sold as aforesaid or conveyed to the surviving children in equal shares.
I give and bequeath Lot No. Seven to my son Albert XXXXXX Harvey,
Lot No. Eight to my son James Robert,
Lot No. Nine to my son Henry.
Lot No. Ten to my son William Harvey,
Lot No. Eleven to my daughter Anna Maria Roil,
and Lot No. Twelve to my daughter Frances Mary Howith.
I give and bequeath Lot No. Five, the homestead, with house and barn thereon, to my wife Virtue Ann absolutely: and I direct that my unmarried daughters Mary, Ida Isabel, Jessie Elizabeth, and Emma Maud, shall have a home with their mother until their respective marriages, provided they conduct themselves properly, as I am well assured they will, towards their mother while living with her, but if otherwise she may exclude the offender or offenders from the house: And I direct that lots Nos. Four, Six, and Thirteen, shall be used, and enjoyed in common by my wife and my unmarried daughters, and upon the marriage of each of my said daughters I give and bequeath the said lots as follows:
To my daughter Mary. Lot No. Four:
To my daughter Ida Isabel Lot No. Six:
and to my daughter Jessie Elizabeth Lot No. Thirteen.
But after the marriage of one or more of my said daughters my wife and my unmarried daughters or daughter shall continue to have the use and enjoyment of such of the said three lots as have not become appropriated upon marriage as aforesaid.

I bequeath to my son James Robert the insurance policy on his life effected with the confederation Life Association, and upon which I have paid the premiums. All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate I give and bequeath to my wife Virtue Ann absolutely. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand at Saint John’s aforesaid this Nineteenth day of April, 1916.


SIGNED, PUBLISHED AND DECLARED by the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in his presence and at his request hereunto subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution hereof:

Chas O’Neill Conroy.

K. Sinnott.

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

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Jan 13/27
Kent J.
granted to
Albert Harvey
Jany 14/27.
Estate sworn
at $13,100.00



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