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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Mary Grace Williams
Will of Mary Grace Williams
from Newfoundland will books vol 12 pages 18 & 19 probate year
In re Mary Grace Williams deceased
I, Mary Grace Williams of Bay Bulls, Widow of Thomas C. Williams,
do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament
hereby revoking all other and former wills.
I appoint Thomas G. Williams of Bay Bulls, merchant, to be
the Executor of this my will directing him as soon as possible after
my death to pay all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses.
I give devise and bequeath all that piece of parcel of land
situate at Bread and cheese point, Bay Bulls, and bounded by
land of Richard Williams and John H. Williams and
also all that piece or parcel of land at Bay Bulls Bight bounded
by land in possession of John H. Williams and James Coady to
my three sons James, Albert and Francis to be equally
divided between them.
I give devise and bequeath unto my son Francis the land,
premises and dwelling house now occupied by me together with
all household furniture and effects except my personal bed and
bedding for his sole use and benefit.
I give devise and bequeath to my three sons James, Albert and Francis to
be equally divided between them the money to my credit on deposit
in the Savings Bank.
I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Jessie O'Brien my
house and premises situate on Water Street, St. John's and now
occupied by one Lahey.
I give devise and bequeath to my Executor as Trustee all my right
title and interest in and to land situate on Water Street, St.
John's, occupied by the Reid Newfoundland Company's Electrical
Store and in and to land occupied by the United Coal Company and
all rents and profits arising from the said properties upon the
To hold the said land occupied by the Reid Newfoundland
Company's Electrical Store and all profits and income arising
therefrom in trust for my grandson Thomas E. Williams until
my said grandson attains the age of Twenty one years my executor
shall apply the annual income of the said property for the
support maintenance and education of my said grandson. In the
event of my said grandson dying before he attains the age of
twenty one the said property shall upon his death revert to
(the word his is crossed out) my general estate. When my said
grandson attains the age of twenty one years my executor shall
convey the said land and profits to him absolutely.
To hold the said land occupied by the United Coal
Company and all profits and income arising therefrom in trust
for my grand-daughter Jessie O'Brien Williams until
my said grand-daughter attains the age of twenty one years
my executor shall apply annual income of the said property
towards her support and education. In the event of my said
grand-daughter dying before she attains the age of twenty one
years the property shall upon her death revert to my general
estate. When my said grand-daughter attains the age of twenty
one years my executor shall convey the said land and profits
to her absolutely.
I give devise and bequeath unto my executor the sum of Ninety
dollars [$90.00] in gold which is now in my house and also my personal
bed and bedding directing him immediately after my death to give
this bed and bedding to my grand-daughter, Jessie Williams.
Out of the sum of Ninety dollars hereby bequeathed to him I direct
my executor to pay my funeral expenses, erect a tomb stone at my
grave and expend the balance in Masses for the repose of my soul.
The rest residue and remainder of all property of which I may die
possessed I give devise and bequeath unto my three sons to be equally
divided between them.
In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John's
this 14th day of November A.D. 1916. Mary Grace Williams
Signed Published and Declared by the said Testatrix as and for her
last will and testament in our presence, who in her presence, at her
request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed
our hands as witnesses. Matthew Coady Albertha
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat April 14/21
Probate granted to
Thomas G. Williams
Estate sworn at
|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, Alana Bennett,
Wendy Weller, Eric Weller and Kristina Americo
REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit March 12, 2002
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