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Will of Andrew Halliday Thomson
I Andrew Halliday Thomson late Manager of the Saint John’s Gas Works being in declining health but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make my last will and testament in manner following:- I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret Halliday Thomson all my estate and effects for her use and support during her lifetime and after her decease I direct my said estate and effects to be divided between my grandchildren Margaret Halliday Thomson and William Thomson in the following manner To my grand daughter Margaret Halliday Thomson my shares in the Saint John’s Gas Company, Also the amount of a mortgage held by me on Simon Glendinning’s farm situated on the Topsail road in the Central district of Newfoundland, for the sum of six hundred and forty dollars; also the sum of eight hundred dollars with interest thereon from the period of the decease of my before named wife until paid, said sum to be charged upon the farm owned and occupied by me commonly called Dunscomb’s Farm situated on the Old Placentia Road; And to my grandson William Thomson the above named farm to come into his possession after the decease of my before named wife with all growing crops, horses, cattle, harness, implements of husbandry, household furniture &c. upon the said Farm, subject, however, to the payment to his sister the above named Margaret Halliday Thomson of the above devised legacy of eight hundred dollars with interest as above stated, such payment to be made at the convenience of my above named grandson, but the interest to be paid annually until the principal is liquidated, subject also to the delivery to his sister of such musical instruments and household furniture as my before named wife may bequeath to his before named sister.
And I further direct that in the event of the decease of either of my before named grandchildren without issue, the legacy devised to such grandchild shall go to the survivor- and further I direct that the before recited legacies shall be subject to the payment therefrom to my grandson Peter Halliday Thomson now in the City of Boston or elsewhere in the United States of America, of such sum in money as my before named wife may devise and bequeath to him out of my estate by this my last will devised, and should he die without issue, then such legacy so bequeathed to revert to his brother and sister or the survivor of them and I direct that the legacy to my above named grandson shall be payable out of the legacies to his sister and brother in such proportions as my before named wife shall direct, and I authorize and empower her to name in her last will and testament an executor or executors to give effect to such bequest to my before named grandson Peter Halliday Thomson and that such bequest shall be payable at the convenience of his sister and brother with interest thereon until paid. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my before named beloved wife Margaret Halliday Thomson sole executor of this my last will and testament. Signed at my residence Dunscomb’s Farm before named this 13th day of July, 1872 having first read over and carefully considered its several clauses,
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. 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.
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