Transcribed by Judy Benson. While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors

Newfoundland will books volume 7 page 390 - 391 & 410 - 412 probate year 1904

Will of Bertha Leseman


This is the last will of me Bertha Leseman of Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland, widow. I appoint Mark Chaplin of Saint John's aforesaid, Merchant Tailor, and Henry Y. Mott of the same place, Newspaper Editor, hereinafter called by trustees to be the executors and trustees of this my will and the guardians of my children namely: Roy, Bennett, Walter and Flora Fielding, all of whom are minors.

I give and bequeath five shares in Atlantic Whaling Company Limited unto my sister Flora May Bowden for her sole separate and absolute use. I give and bequeath the piano, contained in the dwelling house now owned and occupied by me, also my diamond ring and watch and chain unto my daughter Flora Fielding for her sole separate and absolute use, subject nevertheless as to the use or disposal thereof, to the direction and wishes of my trustees during her minority or until her marriage. And I give all my property and estate, whatsoever and wheresoever situate, not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my trustees In Trust to convert the same into money by sale or otherwise and to divide the said money after paying my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts, among all my children in such manner that the share of my daughter, Flora Fielding, shall not be less in amount than two thousand dollars and that the shares of my other children shall be equal. I direct my executors to invest the residue of said money or shares as aforesaid, in any investment or investments as they may deem advisable and think fit with power for my trustees, from time to time to vary such investment or investments. And they, my trustees shall stand possessed of the said residuary trust money or shares as aforesaid and the investment or investments, for the time being, representing the same, in trust for and to pay and apply the income thereof for the maintenance and education of my said children during their minority that is to say: - until they, who being sons shall attain the age of twenty one years or being a daughter shall attain that age or shall marry under that age. And I also declare that my trustees may at any time raise any part or parts not exceeding together one moiety of the expectant share of any minor under the trust of this my will and apply the same for his or her special preferment advancement or benefit in such manner as my trustees shall think fit

And I also empower my trustees to postpone the sale and conversion of any of my property or estate for so long as they shall think fit and the income rents issues and profits of unconverted property or estate shall, from the time of my death, go in the same manner as the income of the proceeds thereof would have been applicable if the same had been converted.

In witness whereof I have set my hand to this my last will the 16th day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and four. Bertha E. Leseman.

Signed by the above named Bertha E. Leseman as her last will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses Lizzie Baldwin Thomas Anderson.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will of Bertha E. Leseman.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Nov 28/04
Emerson J.
Probate granted
on the 30th day of November A.D. 1904
to Mark Chaplin and Henry G Mott

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