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Will of James B. Wood
This is the last will and testament of me James B. Wood of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Merchant- I revoke all former wills testaments and codicils by me at any time heretofore made. I desire that my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid by my executors hereinafter named. I give and bequeath to my wife Jessy for her absolute use and benefit all my household goods and furniture china glass plate linen and effects in and about the house in which I now reside with my horse carriage and tackle.
And as to the rest and residue of my estate investments stocks interest in trade and effects whatsoever and wheresoever that I may die possessed of or entitled unto I give devise and bequeath the same to the Honourable James Shannon Clift and Thomas Clift their executors administrators and assigns upon the trusts and for the purposes following that is to say out of the rents interest and dividends arising out of my said estate and effects to pay to my said wife Jessy during the term of her natural life for her sole and separate use the annual sum of five hundred pounds currency of this colony in equal half yearly payments the first payment to be made at the end of a half year from my decease-
Secondly to pay to Selina Clift wife of Theodore Clift during her natural life the annual sum of one hundred pounds of like currency in equal half yearly payments the first payment to be made at the end of a half year from my decease and for her own sole and separate use without being subject to the controul debts or engagements of her said husband
Thirdly to pay to John Clift nephew of my said wife the annual sum of fifty pounds of like currency during his natural life in equal half yearly payments the first payment to be made at the end of a half year from my decease
Fourthly to pay to Charles Clift brother of my said wife the money that may be at the time of my decease standing in my name on deposit in the Commercial Bank of Newfoundland
Fifthly the residue of my said estate and effects and after the respective deaths of my said wife Jessy Selina Clift and John Clift the said annuities and the principal from which paid being the whole of my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever (except the said first bequest to my said wife Jessy and that to the said Charles Clift) I give devise and bequeath unto the said James Shannon Clift and Thomas Clift for themselves absolutely their executors administrators and assigns equally as tenants in common forever and I appoint them the said James Shannon Clift and Thomas Clift executors of this my will In witness whereof I the said James B. Wood have to this my last will set my hand this twenty ninth day of June A.D. 1875.
James B. Wood. Signed and acknowledged by the said James B. Wood as his will in the presence of us and each of us at the same time the words “of like currency) being first interlined in the second page also the word “bequest” substituted for “legacy” on the same page, witnesses F.B.T. Carter, G. Knowling.
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 or typed 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)
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