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Will of Cornelia Rachel Colton from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 325-326 probate year 1884
Cornelia R. Colton deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Cornelia R. Colton of Saint Johnís in the Island of Newfoundland widow I revoke all former wills and codicils by me at any time made. I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be first paid by my executor and trustee hereinafter named I give devise and bequeath unto the Honorable Stephen Randell his executors and administrators all moneys and all moneys to be produced from realization by him as such executor and trustee of any securities, stocks, chattels, goods and effects that I may die possessed of or entitled unto upon trust to distribute the same among each of my sons Edward Colton John Colton (subject as hereinafter mentioned as regards my said son John) and Samuel Colton and daughters Ellen Bain and Mary Ann Hoods as legacies in equal proportions and in equal shares. And in the event of the death of any of my said sons and daughters before my decease I direct that the share to which he or she would be entitled to under this my will shall be payable to his or her issue (subject as hereinafter mentioned as regards my said son John) share and share alike and in the event of he or she dying without issue then to the survivors or survivor of my said children share and share alike (subject as hereinafter mentioned as regards my said son John): It is my will and desire and I hereby direct that the share bequeathed as aforesaid to my said son John and any further interest that he might have by right of survivor ship shall in the event of his surviving me be payable either to him or be hold in trust by my executor and trustee for the benefit of my said sons children by his first wife and in the event of the death of my said son before my decease then absolutely for the benefit of the said children in either of which contingencies the said legacy or any further interest as aforesaid to be applied in such manner as my said trustee in his discretion may deem best for the said childrenís advantage. In the event of my said executor and trustee electing to pay the said share unto my said son John I direct that the same shall be retained until such time as my said executor in his discretion shall deem proper. I hereby declare that all things done by my said executors and trustee in the exercise of his discretion in carrying out the provisions of this my will shall be as binding as if I had given specific directions therein. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand at Saint Johnís aforesaid this eleventh day of February A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy six. Cornelia Rachel Colton. Signed and declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in our presence (present at the same time) who have hereto signed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testatrix and in the presence of each other, Geo. Rowland, James H. Martin.