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Will of John Thomson
In the name of God Amen. I John Thomson of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding but mindful of my mortality do this 28th day of June in the year of our Lady 1838 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner as follows That is to say First I desire to be decently and privately buried without any funeral pomp and with as little expense as may be. The whole of my landed property money goods and personal effects is to be vested in the hands of the following gentlemen John Sinclair & James J. Grieve Esquires as Trustees for my whole property and the interest of the whole I give towards the support of my daughter Charlotte Mary Ann Thomson or as much as my Trustees may think proper to allow her for her support the first year after my death I will allow her seventy pounds sterling p annum and the like sum each year afterwards during the time she remains unmarried but if you consider this sum too small to make her comfortable you of course can add such sum to the former as you think proper so as to make her comfortable in circumstances. If she marry and have children you may then allow her one hundred pounds sterling p. annum for her support and children and ten pounds additional for each year afterwards until it amount to one hundred & fifty pounds p annum and that sum is to be the full allowance for both her and her children during her lifetime and the like sum to be continued afterwards to her children yearly for their support or such sum as my trustees may find necessary for their support and education during their minority. If she marry her husband is not to have any control whatever or management of the money left to her and her children.
I hereby give and bequeath the following sums to my nephews and nieces to wit, William son of John, one shilling, Robert ten pounds William twenty pounds Robert's daughter Agnes Thirty pounds, Margaret one shilling, Mary's daughter Mary thirty pounds, James's son John Fifty pounds, Margaret ten pounds, James ten pounds & Thomas thirty pounds, the above sums is not to be paid them until they are twenty five years of age. In case Charlotte Mary Ann or if she has children my nephews or nieces commit any crime that will disgrace themselves or friends or commit any unlawful act against King or State he or she committing such crime or crimes to be cut off with one shilling and his or her share to be equally divided amongst all those interested in my will.
I hereby give and bequeath to my particular and valued friends John Sinclair and James J. Grieve Esquires Fifty pounds each to be settled on their old sons or daughters and to be paid them when they are twenty years of age as soon as you have got funds the money is to be laid out at interest for their benefit. Jno. Thomson.
|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. |
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