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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Sir Robert Thorburn


Will of Sir Robert Thorburn
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 page 75 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Sir Robert Thorburn R.C.M.G.       deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me Robert Thorburn of St. John's merchant. I appoint Joseph Outerbridge of St. John's merchant and Marmaduke G. Winter of St. John's merchant Executors of this my last will. I desire that my Executors shall have power to combine and carry on my business and to employ the money and capital invested therein for such time as to them shall seem necessary for the most profitable realization of my property and estate before making a final distribution thereof.
I bequeath to Michael Murphy if living and in my employ at the time of my death the sum of two hundred dollars.
I bequeath to Thomas Bates if in my employ at the time of my death the sum of two hundred dollars.
I bequeath to James Landry if in my employ at the time of my death the sum of two hundred dollars.
After payment of the said legacies and of all debts and claims upon my estate I desire that the whole of my property estate and effects shall be realized and divided among my sons and daughters in the following shares and proportions namely one share and a half to each of my daughters. Alison wife of the Reverend Alexander Graham and Eleanor Louise and one share to each of my three sons- Robert Milroy Andrew John and William A. the said bequests to my said daughters to be for their sole and separate use and free from the control of any husband.
I bequeath to my said Executors the sum of two hundred dollars each in recognition of their services in carrying out the provisions of this will.
I revoke all former wills and testaments made by me.
Dated at St. John's this 9th day of April 1906. Robert Thorburn. Witnesses J.S. Winter    Catherine M. Colton.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and Testament of Sir Robert Thorburn deceased
End DMB      D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will)
15 May 1906
Geo M Johnson
granted to
Marmaduke G
Winter on
the 28th day of
September 1906
value of
est $80,000(very faint)



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 (November 25, 2002)

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