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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Thomson


Will of John Thomson
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 286 to 288 probate year 1839.
This name is spelled Thomson in the will and Thompson in the wills index.

In re
     John Thomson       deceased.

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.
At present my sister Jane has ample means for her support but in case she may at any time be in want my Trustees is then at liberty to pay her Thirty pounds yearly during her life time. My brother Robert being very unfortunate in business but that I believe he has himself to blame for it owing to his inattention to business he being fonder of dogs, cocks and all such trash than attend to his customers and that alone has brought him to poverty. If my trustees think proper they may allow him five or ten pounds for five years to be paid when you have sufficient funds in your hands. Jno. Thomson.   William Grieve, Witness.    Alex McIver, witness.

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.
Whatever money is over after paying Charlotte Mary Ann her annual allowance is to be laid out at interest on Bond or Mortgage to be secured on freehold landed property and there to remain for ten years, but in case of Charlotte Mary Ann dying and leave no children then the whole of my income is to be laid out at interest on Bond or mortgage for ten years and at the end of that time a piece of ground is to be purchased or fenced for the purpose of building a School House & dwelling house for the master this school house is to be built for the education of poor children at present I cannot fix the place where it is to be built until I reach Scotland I will then fix on a spot and inform my Trustees of it, and at some time will fix the Schoolmaster's salary.
I give and bequeath to Charlotte Mary Ann my gold watch with all my moveable property but in case of her dying and leaving no children then the watch is to become the property of John Thomson James's son. The premises at Saint John's is not to be sold but to be let to the best advantage for the benefit of the whole    the Catalinas property may be disposed of if three hundred and fifty pounds sterling can be obtained for it. I now cancel my former wills dated at Catalinas the 16th day of Novr 1824.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight in Saint John's Newfoundland where stamp paper is not required. Jno. Thomson (LS)
Signed and sealed at the time in the presence of William Grieve, witness.    Alexr McIver, witness.

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.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



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.

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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 16, 2003)

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