Will of Matthew Thomas
from Newfoundland will books volume 13 pages 513-515 probate
MATTHEW THOMAS. DECEASED.
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.
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,
Nine to my son Henry.
Lot No. Ten to my son
No. Eleven to my daughter Anna Maria Roil,
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
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
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:
William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Jan 13/27