Transcribed by Geoff Martin
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors
Harriet was a daughter of Nicholas Gill Jr. and Elizabeth Mary Burton Gill of St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Nicholas Gill Sr.was one of the three sons of Captain Michael Gill, who traded from Charlestown, Massachusetts. Michael Gill fought an historic battle against the French at Bonavista in 1704.
Nicholas Gill Sr. served as a Justice of the Peace from 1771. He was a naval officer, notary public and a judge of the vice-admiralty court. In his later years he was Chief Magistrate of St. John's.
Harriet refers to the five children of her nephew Ernest Gill. At this stage we do not know the name of her brother, the father of Ernest Gill.
Harriet refers to Frederick Danson Bradshaw Gill, the son of her nephew Leander Nicholas Gill. Leander was the son of her brother Nicholas Gill. Frederick Burnham Gill, who was provincial archivist of the Newfoundland Government in the 1970s was a son of Frederick Danson Bradshaw Gill.
Harriet refers to Carrie E Gill (Caroline Emily Gill), the daughter of her brother James D Gill.
Harriet refers to Ida Maxfield. This is the daughter of Adolphus William Hayman Gill, the son of her brother William Gill. William Gill married Eliza Danson, daughter of Thomas Elias Danson and Susanna Green Pike. Thomas Danson was a senior magistrate in Harbour Grace for many years.
Harriet refers to Carrie, Theodore and Herbert. These are Caroline Emily Gill, Theodore Nicholas Gill and Herbert A. Gill, children of her brother James D and Emily W Gill.
Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1914) was an eminent ichthyologist and professor of zoology at George Washington University. He was associated with the Smithsonian for over fifty years.
The transcribed will for Harriet’s mother Elizabeth Mary Burton Gill
The transcribed will for Harriet’s niece Caroline Emily Gill
The transcribed will for Harriet’s brother James D Gill
The transcribed will for Harriet’s nephew Theodore Nicholas Gill
|Will of Harriet Gill|
Estate of Harriet Gill
late of St. John’s
Probate granted to George T. Rendell
of St. John’s
the Executors named
in the Will the other Executor
having died since the execution
of the said Will
6th. January 1894
Estate sworn under $38,000
To the Honourable the Supreme Court
of Newfoundland or to one of the Judges
The Petition of George T. Rendell of
Saint Johns, Merchant
Respectfully Sheweth as follows-
1. Harriet Gill late of Saint Johns Spinster
died here on the day of November
last past having previously made and executed
her last Will and Testament and a Codicil
thereto which are hereto annexed marked A
and B respectively.
2. Petitioner is the surviving Executor of said
will. The other Executor named Frederick
J. H. Rendell has died since the making of
3. The said deceased at the time of her death
was possessed of property of the probable value
of Thirty seven thousand dollars.
Petitioner therefore prays that probate of the
said Will may be granted to him.
Dated at St. John’s this Twenty second day
of December AD 1893.
G. T. Rendell LS
Paper writing marked A referred to in Affidavit
Of Arthur C. F. Wood ?????
This is the last will and testament
Of me Harriet Gill of Saint Johns,
I revoke all former and other
Wills by me made and declare this
to be my true last will and testament.
1. I desire that all my just debts
and funeral and testamentary
expenses shall be first paid out
of my estate.
2. I desire that subject to the
conditions as to death before attaining
the age of twenty one years hereinafter
provided, - the whole of my share
or interest in the property and
estate of the late Nicholas Gill
(now being equal to one fourth of said
estate) shall go to the five children
of my nephew Ernest Gill and Frederick
D. B Gill son of my nephew Leander
N. Gill in equal shares to each per
capita. I desire that no division of
the said property among the legatees
shall take place until the youngest
survivor of them shall attain
the age of Twenty one years, and in
the meantime the yearly income shall
be divided among them, the shares
of the minors being applied to their
support and education. In the event
of the death of any of the said legatees
before he or she shall attain the
age of Twenty one years his or her
share shall go to the survivors equally
and subject to the same conditions
as to yearly income and survivorship.
3. I bequeath to Carrie E. Gill daughter
of James D. Gill Three thousand dollars
4. I bequeath to Ida Maxfield
daughter of Adolphus Gill One thousand
5. I bequeath to Elsa, daughter of
Ida Maxfield One hundred dollars.
6. I bequeath to the children of
Herbert Gill who shall be alive at
the time of my death One thousand
7. I bequeath to Elizabeth and Maria
A. Anguin daughters of the late Revd.
Thomas Anguin One thousand dollars
8. I bequeath to Mary Rendell
wife of Frederick J. W. Rendell Five
9. I bequeath to Emma, widow
of the late Noel Hanmer (provided
she outlives me) Two hundred dollars.
10. I bequeath to my faithful
servant Ann Hearn One hundred
11. I bequeath to Mary Ward
wife of Robert Ward Eighty dollars.
11. I bequeath to my Executors in
trust 15 Debentures of Four hundred dollars
each bearing interest at the rate of
four percentum per annum, and direct
that they shall pay the interest thereon
to my brother Frederick M Gill during
his lifetime, and after his decease
the interest of Twelve of said debentures
is to be paid to Frederick D. B. Gill
son of Leander Gill and the five ∝,
children of Ernest Gill until each of
them attains the age of twenty one
years when each of them is to receive
two of said debentures.
12. To the Trustees of the various funds
and purposes below named I bequeath
the following sums and amounts: -
To the Church of England Clergy
Sustenation Fund one debenture number
Thirteen bearing Interest at five per
centum per annum, said debenture
being for the sum of One thousand
To the Church of England Clergy
Widows and Orphans Fund, one debenture
Number fourteen, for One thousand dollars
bearing interest at five per centum
per annum. –
To the Church of England Asylum
for Widows and Orphans towards the
erection of the New Orphanage and
fences (or if not required for that
purpose, towards the annual maintenance
of the institution) One thousand five
hundred dollars -
To the fund for the redemption
of the Mortgage on Jersey Lodge, made
on account of Cathedral Completion
Fund One thousand dollars –
For the restoration of Church of
England property destroyed by fire
on 8th. July 1892, One thousand dollars –
To the Church Wardens of St. Thomas’s
Church, towards payment of the debt
thereon (or if not required for that pur-
pose then towards ordinary current
expenses of Church) One thousand dollars.
To the Church Wardens of St. Thomas’s
Church towards repairs of Parsonage
Five hundred dollars.
To his Lordship Dr. Power, or his
successor, the sum of Five hundred
dollars for the general purposes of
the Belvedere Orphanage.
13. All the rest residue and remainder
Of my said estate after the decease of
my brother Frederick M Gill I direct
shall be divided equally between
Carrie, Theodore and Herbert children
of late James D. Gill – Ida Maxfield,
Daisy Gill and Ella Street, children
of late Adolphus Gill, share and share
alike per capita.
14. All legacies to married women, or to
those who shall be married at the time
of my death, I direct shall be free
from any control of their respective
15. I appoint the Honourable George
T. Rendell and Frederick J. W. Rendell
of St. Johns Merchants, Executors of
this my will
Signed published and declared by
the said Testatrix as and for her last
Will and testament in the presence
of us who in her presence and in
the presence of each other have hereto
subscribed our names as witnesses Harriet Gill LS
this 25th day of July AD 1892.
(the words and figures (numbered 147-161)
being interlined at top of page 3) and
the word dollars being added to the ????
time but one of ????????
Arthur C.F. Wood LS
G. T Rendell LS
Paper writing marked B referred to in Affidavit
of Drusilla Coffin ???????
Codicil to the last Will and testament
of Harriet Gill of St. Johns Nfld. I direct that
before paying any legacy provided for in this
my will My Executors shall invest in Government
securities out of whatever money shall be in my
possession or due to me at the time of my death
such a sum as will yield an annuity of Forty
dollars annually for the educating or otherwise
offered it at their discretion for the benefit of
Frederick D. B. Gill son of my late nephew Leander
N. Gill until he attains the age of twenty years
or until his death if it occurs before that time
and that they then divide the said invested
sum equally between the said Frederick D. B. Gill
and the children of my late nephew Ernest Gill
or the survivors of them.
Signed published and
declared by the said Testatrix
as and for a Codicil to her last
Will and Testament in the her
presence of us who in her presence Harriet X Gill
and in presence of each other mark
have hereto subscribed our
names as witnesses this sixth
day of November 1893 – being
first read over and explained
G. T. Rendell