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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Susannah Janetta Thorburn


Will of Susannah Janetta Thorburn
from Newfoundland will books volume 8 pages 62 to 64 probate year 1906.

In the Estate of
     Susannah Janetta Thorburn      deceased.

This is the last will and Testament of me Susannah Janetta Thorburn of St. John's, in the Island of Newfoundland, married woman.

  • First. I direct that my executor hereinafter named shall out of my general estate first pay all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses.
  • Second. I give devise and bequeath to Lawrence E. Keegan of St. John's, Doctor of Medicine, the sum of one thousand dollars.
  • Third. I give devise and bequeath to the Dorcas Society the sum of two hundred dollars.
  • Fourth. I give devise and bequeath to the St. Vincent de Paul Society the sum of two hundred dollars.
  • Fifth. I give devise and bequeath to the Poor asylum Mission the sum of two hundred dollars.
  • Sixth. I give devise and bequeath to the Home for Incurables the sum of two hundred dollars.
  • Seventh. I give devise and bequeath to the Flannel and Shirt Club the sum of two hundred dollars.
  • Eighth. To my sister-in-law Mary Milroy, at present residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I give devise and bequeath the sum of one hundred dollars.
  • Ninth. To my niece Isabella Milroy I give devise and bequeath the sum of one hundred dollars.
  • Tenth. To the Womens Christian Temperance Union I give devise and bequeath the sum of two hundred dollars.
  • Eleventh. To George England I give devise and bequeath the sum of two hundred dollars.
  • Twelfth. I will and direct that all the rest residue and remainder of my estate of whatsoever kind or nature and wheresoever situated shall vest in my husband Sir Robert Thorburn to be by him used and applied as he may deem fit for his own special use and behoof. Upon the decease of my said husband, should be survive me, I will and direct that any remainder over shall be divided in shares in manner following:
    1. To my son Robert one seventh of my estate less the amount due by him to his father the said Sir Robert Thorburn on account of a loan on his life policy if the same be not paid off at the time of my death
    2. To my son Andrew one seventh of my estate.
    3. To my son William one-seventh of my estate.
    4. To my daughter Alison, wife to the Rev. William Graham, one-seventh of my estate. In the event of the death of the said Alison Graham, then to her surviving children equally share and share alike, and in the event of the death of any child or children then to the survivors or survivor of them to be divided in any event amongst them equally share and share alike upon the youngest survivor attaining the age of twenty-one years
    5. To my daughter Eleanor Louise three-sevenths of my estate.
  • Thirteenth:- Should one or any of my aforesaid children die unmarried in such case his, her or their share or shares shall revert to my general estate to be divided amongst my surviving children in the proportions before mentioned
  • Fourteenth. I invest my executor with full power to change in his discretion from time to time any investment or investments that may be my name and generally to deal with the whole of my estate real and personal as he shall think fit.
  • Fifteenth:- I hereby appoint my said husband Sir Robert Thorburn to be the sole executor of this my last will and testament.

Dated at St. John's aforesaid this twenty-fourth day of June A.D. 1905. Susannah Janette Thorburn
signed by the said Susannah Janetta Thorburn as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Emily Day   Frank D. Lilly

This is a Codicil to the last will and testament of me Susannah Janetta Thorburn made in or about the month of October last and now in the possession of Mr. Frank D. Lilly who is now absent from St. John's, Having since the making of the said will and upon the death of my husband the late Sir Robert Thorburn became entitled to the sum of fourteen thousand six hundred and eighty dollars under a Policy of Insurance upon his life in the Equitable Life Assurance Society and payable to me. I desire to dispose of the said money as follows:
I bequeath to the Reverend Andrew Robertson Presbyterian Clergyman St. John's the sum of one hundred dollars.
I bequeath to Mr. Frank D. Lilly, Solicitor the sum of fifty dollars
I bequeath to Sir James S.Winter K.C. the sum of fifty dollars
The remainder of the said money I desire and direct be divided among my sons and daughters in the following shares or proportions namely the whole to be divided into six shares or parts of which two shares or parts shall go to my daughter Eleanor Louisa and one share or part to each of my other children namely Alison Victoria wife of the Reverend Alexander Graham my son Robert John my son Andrew and my son William. I desire that the said bequests to my daughters shall be for their sole and separate use and free from the control of any husband.
Dated at St. John's this 23rd day of April A.D. 1906 Susannah Janetta Thorburn   witnesses J.S. Winter    Sarah Roach.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Susannah Janetta Thorburn deceased with one codicil
End D.M.B.      D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will)
Aug. 6/06
Johnson J.
admt. C.t.a.
granted to
Frank D
Lilly on the
11th day of
A.D. 1906
J.S. Winter
A.G. Goodridge
sworn at
$30,600.00 (amount 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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