George Neal deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me George Neal of St. John's
in the Island of Newfoundland, Merchant.
First. I appoint The Eastern Trust Company, Executor of this
Second. To my wife Lydia Neal I give and bequeath
[A] my messuage and premises known as
No. 94 Military Road where I now reside.
[B] all my household furniture, goods,
chattels and effects including my motorcar and all my personal effects;
[C] all my money amounting to about
thirty-two thousand dollars at present deposited in the Savings Department
of the Bank of Nova Scotia at St. John's;
[D] the proceeds of all my Life Insurance
Third. I give to each of my daughters, Maud, Elsie May, Phyllis,
and Edith, the sum of Ten thousand dollars, and I direct that my wife shall
be at liberty in her own absolute discretion to apply the whole or any
part of the income arising therefrom to the maintenance and education of
the daughter entitled to the principal during her minority.
Fourth. I give One thousand dollars to each of my sisters, namely,
Jane Christopher, Amelia Baxtrom, Maggie Thistle, Lizzie Chancey, Jessie
Neal and Anna Gould. I give Five hundred dollars to Lizzie Pearcey
daughter of my deceased sister Mary Ann Pearcey. I give Two hundred
and fifty dollars to each of my Wife's sisters namely Frederica Squires
and Carrie Cull. I give Two hundred and fifty dollars to my wife's
brother Algernon Tucker. I give Two hundred and fifty dollars to
Effie Charles, widow of my late accountant William Charles. I give
Five hundred dollars to my employee Henry Noftall. I give the sum
of One hundred dollars each to any of my employees [except Henry Noftall]
who shall have been with me for one year prior to the date of my death.
I give One thousand dollars to St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at St. John's.
I give Five hundred dollars to each of the following, namely; The Church
of England Orphanage, Mount Cashel The Methodist Orphanage and Belvedere
Orphanage. I give Two hundred and fifty dollars to each of the following
namely, The Salvation Army for relief of the poor of St. John's, St. Vincent
DePaul Society and Dorcas Society.
Fifth. I direct that all my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses
and death duties be paid out of the residue of my estate.
Sixth. I direct my Executor as soon as practical after my death
to convert my business into a Company limited by shares upon such terms
and in such manner as my Executor shall in its uncontrolled discretion
think fit after consultation with my two sons William R. Neal and David
Neal if they are available, and without limiting such general authority
I expressly declare that my Executor [A] may provide for the absolute management
of said Company by my said two sons William R. Neal and David Neal as first
directors and Managing directors at salaries of three thousand dollars
per annum to each until such remuneration shall be changed by the directors
or by the Company in general meeting.
Seventh. I give all the residue of my estate [subject to the
payment provided for by the fifth paragraph of this my Will] and including
all my business assets and shares in the Company to be formed as provided
in the sixth paragraph of this my Will to my three sons William R. Neal,
David Neal and George Chesley Neal in equal shares and I direct that the
share of my son George Chesley Neal shall be kept in my business or Company
as the case may be or otherwise in the form in which same shall be at the
time of my death unless my said wife as Guardian of my said son's estate
shall otherwise determine.
Eighth. I appoint my said wife Guardian of the respective estates
and effects of our children who shall be minors at the time of my death.
Ninth. I empower my Executor to continue my business for so long
as it shall think fit pending its conversion into a Company as aforesaid
without being answerable for any loss arising thereby. In witness
whereof I the said George Neal have to this my Will set my hand at St.
John's this twenty-fourth day of April Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred
and nineteen. G. Neal Signed by the above named George Neal
as his last will in the presence of us, present at the same time, who at
his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto
subscribed our names as witnesses. F. W. Bradshaw. Jas P. Blackwood.
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Fiat Sept. 9/19
to the Eastern
Estate sworn at