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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Robert Wilson


Will of Robert Wilson
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 246-247 probate year 1857

In re
     Robert Wilson      deceased.

In the name of God Amen.     I Robert Wilson of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland, Merchant, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made heretofore.
First, I will and bequeath to my brother George Wilson of Edinburgh the sum of fifty pounds sterling.
Secondly, I will and bequeath to my sister Mary Ann wife of Thomas Goldie of Edinburgh, Hatter, the sum of one hundred pounds sterling.
Thirdly, I will and bequeath unto Duncan Weir of St. John's aforesaid, Merchant, the sum of one hundred pounds sterling.
Fourthly, It is my will that my wearing apparel and jewelry shall be disposed of among my friends or relations or both as my executors shall think fit
Fifthly, I will and bequeath all the residue of all the proceeds of my estate and property both real and personal wheresoever situate and of what nature or kind soever after payment of the amounts hereby bequeathed unto my uncle George Cairns of Edinburgh, Solicitor, in trust for my father and mother and the survivor of them, the said trust fund to be used and applied for the benefit of my father and mother as the said George Cairns shall deem most conducive to their advantage.     It is my will and desire in case my executors shall deem it desirable or not prejudicial to the interest of my estate so to do, that the business now carried on by me in partnership with George Harris shall be continued for the period of two years after my decease and in case such shall be done none of the bequests before made shall be payable until the expiration of the said two years, but this I leave altogether to the discretion of my executors merely expressing my wish in the matter, or my executors may continue the said business for a shorter period should they think fit so to do.
Sixthly, I will and bequeath unto Sarah Boyes of st. John's, Widow, the sum of twenty five pounds currency in consideration of her kindness and attention to me during my long illness. And I appoint John McGregor and Duncan Weir of St. John's aforesaid, Merchants, executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at St. John's aforesaid this nineteenth day of September Anno Domini eighteen hundred and fifty seven the word "fifty" in 13th line of first page being first erased and the words "one hundred" interlined and "paid" being erased in 22nd line of 2nd page and "payable" interlined and the word "they" being interlined in this page. Robt. Wilson (LS)
Signed, sealed and declared in presence of, Geo. Harris, W.V. Whiteway.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed 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 & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013 AST)

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