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Will of Reverend Thomas Martyn Wood
This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Martyn Wood of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Clerk, Rector of St. Thomas’s Church. First- I desire that all my household furniture goods and chattels shall be sold as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and the proceeds thereof (after the payment of my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and also reserving for my beloved wife the sum of seventy pounds currency for her present use to be paid to her as she may desire) together with the sum of five hundred pounds sterling effected on my life in the office of the Royal Insurance Company of Liverpool be invested in the best security that can be obtained by my executors and the interest arising therefrom be paid to my said wife yearly and every year for her support and maintenance during her lifetime and after her decease I desire the following distribution to be made viz To my daughter Mary wife of George T. Rendell, one sixth part or share of my estate then remaining, to my son Henry, one sixth, to my daughter Sophia, wife of Staff Commander George Robinson, R.N. one sixth, to my son Arthur one sixth to my son Thomas one sixth (less the sum of one hundred pounds British sterling which I have advanced him) and to my son William one sixth less the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds currency which I have advanced to him- The bequests to my said daughters are to be free of the debt and liabilities of their husbands- Any Plate that I possess I desire that my wife shall have the use and disposal of it All my Theological books and clothing I bequeath to my son Arthur and my other books to my wife to be disposed of amongst my children as she may think fit- Lastly I hereby appoint my sons Henry F. B. Wood, Barrister, and Arthur C.F. Wood M.A., Clerk, Curate of St. Thomas’s Church to be executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and codicils by me made and declaring this and none other to be my last will and testament. Dated at St. John’s Newfoundland this twentieth day of November Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine- Thos. M. Wood (LS) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Martyn Wood as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the word “sixty” on this page being first stricken out and the word “seventy” written over it, Eliza Francis, Henry Cooke.
Codicil to my will Concerning my Will made some little time back- In which I have appointed my two eldest sons Henry and Arthur executors- Of the effects after the decease of my wife- for equal distribution- there is mention made of monies advanced to Thomas and to William. (No mention is made of Arthur; because that was for the Gospel’s sake)- Now I do not wish that families in need should suffer in a lesser share of whatever the little effects may be. I rather prefer and decide that (by and with the consent of each) those not in need should forego their share for the benefit of those who require it. If this Gospel rule is observed it may be that two or three at the furthest of the six brothers and sisters may have divided to them the sum of money that may remain after their father and mother shall have passed away. Thos. M. Wood. St. John’s 12th March 1881.
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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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