In the Supreme Court
Vol. 9 Folio 98
OATH OF EXECUTOR
IN RE: HARRY EDMUND GREAVES. DECEASED
Probate granted to Arthur Harold
Greaves and John Duff
On the 19th day of May
Value of Estate $ 8904.37
To the Honourable the Supreme Court of Newfoundland
or to one of the Honourable the Judges thereof.
The petition of Arthur Harold Greaves of Saint John's
Woollen Merchant: and John Duff of Carbonear.
1. That Harry Edmund Greaves late of Saint John's aforesaid
Woollen Merchant deceased died there on the 3rd. day of April (May is overwritten initials RA to right)
A.D. 1931 having previously made and executed his last will
and testament dated the 27th. day of October A.D. 1926 and of
which he appointed your petitioners executors: and four codicils
thereto dated respectively the 15th. day of December A.D. 1926,
the 10th. day of January A.D. 1927, the 7th. day of March A.D. 1927
and the 6th. day of February A.D. 1928: which are hereto annexed
marked "A" "B" "C" "D" and "E" respectively/
2. Said deceased at the time of his death was possessed of
property within the jurisdiction of your Honourable Court of the
probable value of $8,904.37.
3. The Inventory and valuation hereto annexed marked "F" is to
the best of the petitioners' knowledge information and belief a
just and true inventory and valuation of the property estate and
effects of said deceased at the time of his death as far as
petitioners can at present ascertain.
4. No probate of any will nor letters of administration to
the estate of said deceased have been granted to any person.
Petitioners therefore pray that probate of the said will
Of said deceased with the codicils thereto may be granted to them.
And as in duty bound they will ever pray etc.
Dated the 7th day of May A.D. 1931.
Arthur H Greaves LS
On LHS near top is written Fiat, DH Horwood CJ 11th May 1931
THIS is the last will and testament of me Harry Edmund Greaves of
Saint John's in the Island of Newfoundland Woolen Merchant.
1. I appoint my son Arthur Harold Greaves and my son-in-law John
Duff of Carbonear executors of my will.
2. I give and bequeath the proceeds of my life insurance with the
Masonic Society to my wife Lydia T. Greaves.
3. I give and bequeath the proceeds of my life insurance policy
with the New York Mutual Insurance Company to my children in equal
shares (the shares of any or either of my children predeceasing me
to go to their children respectively living at my death, if any, )
4. I give to my daughters Mary F. Duff and Edna J. Goodwin all family
photographs and all my paintings done by them.
5. I will and direct that my said wife Lydia T. Greaves is to have
the use of my dwelling house situate on Freshwater Road in Saint
John's and the furniture and contents (save as aforesaid) during her
life and while she remain unmarried. On her death or remarriage
the same shall be sold and the proceeds divided equally among my (initials MC and WSW by my)
children (the shares of any or either of my children predeceasing me
to go to their children respectively living at my death, if any, ). Should (living inserted with initials above)
the said dwelling and furniture be destroyed or damaged by fire while
my wife shall have the use of same, the insurance moneys shall be
applied (if my wife so desire) in rebuilding and replacing the same,
or (as to the insurance upon the dwelling) in the purchase of another
house: and in the latter case the present land may be sold and the
proceeds shall be considered part of the insurance upon the dwelling
and applied accordingly. Should my wife not desire to have the
insurance so applied the damaged property shall be sold and the pro-
ceeds added to the insurance: and the fund so made up shall be held
by my executors upon the same trusts and conditions as are provided
by this clause with regard to the said dwelling house and furniture.
Handwritten at the top left corner of the page
This is the will or paperwriting referred to in the annexed affidavit
of Mary Croke dated the 7 day of May 1931 Robert Alsop Clerk
I give and bequeath to my son Arthur Harold Greaves all the
stock-in-trade, moneys, goods, credits, assets and effects of
every description of or belonging to the business carried on
by me at Saint John's subject to the liabilities of the said
business and upon and subject to the following terms and con-
(a) He shall pay to my said wife the sum of thirty dollars
per month for her own use during her life and while she shall
remain unmarried: and to her sister Martha Whitten of Saint
John's Spinster the sum of twenty dollars per month during
the life of her the said Martha Whitten: Provided that should
the said Martha Whitten predecease my wife the sum of thirty
dollars per month payable to my said wife by my said son under
this clause shall on her death be increased to forty dollars
(b) He shall pay to my son Stanley Woods Greaves the sum of
Fifteen hundred dollars : and to my daughter Edna J. Goodwin
the sum of fifteen hundred dollars and to my daughter Mary
F. Duff, the sum of five hundred dollars out of the said business
in yearly installments of not less than one fifth of the full
amount the first payment to be made within one year from the
date of my death: and until he shall pay out the full amount
of the said sums to my said son Stanley Woods Greaves and my
said daughter Edna J. Goodwin and my said daughter Mary F.
Duff respectively he shall pay them interest at the rate of
five per cent per annum upon the amounts from time to time unpaid.
(c) He shall pay and discharge all insurance and taxes in respect
of my dwelling house while my said wife shall be entitled to the
use therof under the foregoing provisions of this my will.
(d) If during the life of my said wife and while she remains
unmarried the said business should be would up or my said son
Arthur Harold Greaves should die or cease to carry on the said
business then he or his estate shall pay my said wife in lieu
of the said monthly payments the sum of three thousand dollars
out of the proceeds of the said business.
6. Should my said son Arthur Harold Greaves decline to accept
the bequest of my business subject to the conditions of this my
will the said sums of fifteen hundred dollars each to my son
Stanley Woods Greaves and my daughter Edna J. Goodwin, the said
sum of five hundred dollars to my daughter Mary F. Duff and the
said sum of three thousand dollars to my said wife shall be
paid to them respectively out of the proceeds of my business:
and the balance of the proceeds of my said business after pay-
ment of the said sums shall go to the said Arthur Harold Greaves
7. All the rest residue and remainder of my property estate
and effects of every description, if any, I give devise and
bequeath to my said son Arthur Harold Greaves.
WITNESS my hand at Saint John's aforesaid this 27th
day of October Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred and twenty S
SIGNED PUBLISHED AND DECLARED )
by the said testator as and )
for his last will and testa- )
ment in the presence of us ) Harry E Greaves LS
who at his request in his pre- )
sence and in the presence of )
each other (all present at the )
same time) have hereunto sub- )
scribed our names as witnesses. )
(the alterations and inter??? identified &
our initials having been first made)
W S Wood, Solicitor
Duckworth Street, St. John's
12 Allans Square
"B" initials RA and G? J
Codicil No. 1 Should my wife die before Martha Whitten
(her sister) then the said Martha Whitten is to receive
the sum of thirty dollars per month during her life
instead of the twenty dollars as per clause 6.
St. John's December 15/ 1926 Greaves
"C" initials RA and G? J
Codicil No. 2 The business is to pay for the use of the telephone
in my dwelling house Harry Edmund Greaves
St. John's Jany 10/1927
"D" initials RA and G? J
Codicil No. 3 If the business is wound up before
the death of Martha Whitten the same Martha
Whitten is to receive the sum of five hundred
dollars out of the proceeds of the business in lieu
of the thirty dollars as for Codicil No. 1
March 7 1927 Harry Edmund Greaves
"E" initials RA
THIS is a codicil to the last will and testament of me Harry
Edmund Greaves of Saint John's Woollen Merchant.
Clause (c) of paragraph 6 of said will is hereby cancelled
and annulled and the following substituted therefor:
"He shall while my said wife shall be entitled to the use of
"my dwelling house and furniture under my will insure and keep
" insured the said dwelling house in the sum of at least six
"thousand dollars and the said furniture in the sum of at
"least two thousand dollars and shall pay and discharge all
"insurance premiums and taxes in respect of my said dwelling
"house and furniture."
WITNESS my hand at Saint John's aforesaid this 6th
day of February Anno Domini One thousand nine hundred and
SIGNED PUBLISHED AND DECLARED )
by the said testator as and for )
a codicil to his last will and )
testament in the presence of us who at his request in ) Harry E Greaves LS
his presence and in the presence )
of each other (all present at )
the same time) have hereunto )
subscribed our names as witnesses. )
W S Wood,
Solicitor, St. John's Feb. 6/28
12 Allans Square
In the presence of us was inserted and has initials WSW and MC at the left and right
Harry Edmund Greaves was born in Manchester, England about 1855 and died in St. John's 3 May, 1931. On October 1, 1879 he married Emma Chesley Woods, daughter of Joseph T. Woods and Martha Marie Edustonson Chancey. Emma died in St. John's 08 Apr 1913. Her will can be found here: http://nl.canadagenweb.org/as_wills_emmagreaves.htm
Harry and Emma had seven children.
Edna Josephine Greaves who married an American, Grover C Goodwin, on 24 Oct 1908. They were living in Richmond, Virginia by 1917. Grover died in Richmond, Virginia in 1942.
Eleanor Agnes Greaves who died in 1894.
Mary Florence Greaves who married John Duff of Carbonear.
Gertrude Greaves was born about 1882 and died in 1892.
Stanley Woods Greaves was born 29 April 1883. He married May Martin from Harbour Grace. May was the daughter of Matthew Martin and Jane Maria Mercer. Matthew Martin was a brother of my great grandfather Frederic Martin.
Stanley and May moved to Kentucky in July 1907. Stanley died in Louisville, Kentucky 11 March, 1959. May died in Louisville, Kentucky 1 August, 1952.
Arthur Harold Greaves was born about 1887 and died in 1959. He married an Eileen Mary ????
Emma Greaves died as an infant in January 1896.
Harry married Lydia T Whitten 23 October, 1915.