Mary Hannah Skelton deceased
This last will and testament of me Mary Hannah Skelton of St. John's
widow of the late John Skelton Physician and surgeon revokes former wills
by me made.
. I appoint my nephew [Randell McGown] and John S. Munn and
Brian Dunfield Executors hereof.
. I desire to be buried beside my husband, and that a suitable
monument be set up at our grave.
. My silver spoons and forks shall be divided between my nephews
William T. McGowan, Randell McGown, and Gerald R. McGowan or such of them
as shall survive me: Should only one of them survive me, said spoons and
forks shall go to him.
. This will executes the power referred to in paragraph 6
of my husband's will and deals with the "one moity(?) or half of all [his]
estate to wit of the principal the annual proceeds whereof [were] bequeathed
to [me] pursuant to the terms of paragraph five" of his will probate whereof
was granted in April 1891, which half is herein referred to as "the said
one-half of principal estate."
. I bequeath one undivided sixth of the said one-half of principal
estate to each of the following:- [a] to my nephew, William T. McGowan,
[B.] to my nephew, Randell McGown, [C.] to my nephew, Gerald R. McGowan,
[D.] to my niece, Ellen [Nellie] Nelton, [E.] to Elizabeth Shannon
daughter of my niece May Munn.
. I bequeath the remaining sixth in equal thirds to Mrs. Francis
E. Field, Mrs. Mary Rendell, and Mrs. Fredica T. White.
. If either of my said nephews shall have pre-deceased me,
his shares shall go to his brothers or brother surviving at my death.
Should Nellie Nelton pre-decease me, her share shall pass to her father,
but if both of them shall have pre-deceased me, it shall go to my nephew
Bertram Nelton. If my said grandniece shall pre-decease me, her share
shall go to the survivors or survivor of them at my death.
. I bequeath my property other than the said one-half of principal
estate, and that referred to in paragraph 3, to the same parties and in
the same proportions as I have bequeathed the said one-half of principal
estate. Dated St. John's this nineteenth day of April A.D. 1917
M. H. Skelton. Signed, published, and declared by the Testatrix as
her last will in the presence of us the subscribers, who in her presence
and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.
James W. Jensen. [of St. John's, student in Theology]
Geo M. Johnson [a Judge in Supreme Court of Nf] This is the Codicil
to my Will dated 19 April 1917. I bequeath my mahogany armchair which
was my father-in-law's to my niece Mrs. Munn. Dated the 7 of October
1918. Mary Hannah Skelton
Correct William F. Lloyd
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.
(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)