In re: ELIZABETH BROWNING DECEASED
This is the Last will and Testament of me, Elizabeth Browning of St. John’s in the Island of Newfoundland, Widow.
I revoke all former wills by me at any time made, and I appoint my son Donald M. Browning the Executor of this my will. I give all my clothing jewels, trinkets, and other personal ornaments, all my plate, linen, china, glass, books, prints, pictures, furniture, and other household effects, and all my carts, carriages, sleighs, farm implements and stable utensils, and all my horses, cows, poultry, and other domestic animals, to my daughters Elizabeth Browning and Mary Browning in equal shares. I also give and devise unto my said daughters in equal shares as tenants in common all that piece of land situate in the west end of St. John’s now in my possession and known as "Richmond" bounded on the South by Topsail Road, on the west by Shaw’s Lane and on the north and East by land of McLea’s estate, together with the dwelling - house, outhouses, stables, and other erections thereon. I also give and devise unto my said daughters in equal shares as hereunto in common all that piece of land, with the dwelling-house thereon, purchased by me from one Robert Shaw, and situate on the west side of Shaw’s Lane aforesaid. And it is my will that should either of my said daughters predecease me the bequests hereinbefore made to my two daughters shall be wholly for the benefit of the survivor of them.
I empower my said Executor to adjust and settle all accounts and transactions relating to the partnership business now carried on by me in copartnership with my son John Browning under the style of G Browning & Son." and to wind up the affairs and concerns thereof and ascertain the amount of my share and interest therein, with power for my Executor to refer to arbitration or otherwise to compromise or settle any question that may arise in or about the winding up of the said concerns in such manner as my said Executor may think fit, and generally to do and execute all such acts and things in relation to the premises as may appear to my said Executor necessary or expedient without being answerable for any loss that may arise thereby, and I authorize my said Executor to permit the whole or any part of the amount which on taking the accounts of the said partnership shall appear to be due to my estate as and for my share and interest in the said business to remain in the said business for any period not exceeding five years from my said decease, but so that the repayment thereof with interest at the rate of five dollars per centrum per annum (5%) shall be secured by the joint and several bond of my surviving partner and such other surety or sureties as my said Executor may think fit.
D. M. Browning
And I direct that my said share and interest in the said business, when so ascertained and ready for payment, and all my mineral lands and interests in mineral lands, and all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses having been first paid thereout, shall be divided into five equal shares, of which shares I give to my sons Thomas B. Browning John Browning Lewis S. Browning and Donald M Browning one apiece, and the fifth or remaining share I give to my grandsons Gilbert Browning and Herbert James Browning, sons of my deceased son James Browning. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand at St. John’s aforesaid this twenty-fourth day of August A.D. 1906. Elizabeth Browning Signed, Published, and declared by the testatrix as and for her Last will and Testament in presence of us, both being present at the same time, who in her presence and in presence of each other at her request subscribe ourselves as witnesses attesting the due execution thereof Chas. O’Neill Conroy. A. J. Herder
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