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Will of Lewis Tessier from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 307 to 309 probate year 1884
Lewis Tessier deceased.
I Lewis Tessier of St. Johnís Merchant do make publish and declare this as and for my last will and testament.
First- I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid-
Second. I give devise and bequeath to my stepbrother James G. Tessier the sum of six thousand pounds.
Third To Peter Tessier, Lewis Tessier and Charles Tessier sons of my brother the Honourable Peter G. Tessier I give devise and bequeath the sum of six thousand pounds each.
Fourth. I give devise and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named the sum of one thousand pounds in trust to pay the same to Polly daughter of my stepbrother John G. Tessier when she attains the age of twenty one years and the further sum of five hundred pounds in trust to pay the same to Alice daughter of my said stepbrother John G. Tessier when she attains the age of twenty one years and it is my will and desire that each of the said daughters of my stepbrother John G. Tessier shall take and hold her said legacy as separate estate free and clear of the debts liabilities and control of any husband she may have.
Fifth. I give devise and bequeath to the Lord Bishop of Newfoundland the sum of five hundred pounds to be by him applied towards finishing the Church of England Cathedral in St. Johnís if a like sum be not paid him during my lifetime.
Sixth I give devise and bequeath to the Rector for the time being of St. Maryís Church on the South side of St. Johnís the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be by him expanded for the use of the said church or such purposes connected therewith as he shall deem proper.
Seventh. To Anne Foran my housekeeper I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred pounds.
Eighth- To Mary Brown my washerwoman I give and bequeath the sum of fifty pounds.
Ninth. To William Williams my coachman I give and bequeath the sum of fifty pounds if he be in my service at the time of my decease
Tenth. I give devise and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be by him paid and distributed to and amongst such old dependants or others, and in such amounts to each as I shall hereafter name to him and the further sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be by him applied to charitable purposes at his discretion.
Eleventh. To the Most Reverend the Bishop of St. Johnís I give devise and bequeath the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds to be by him expended for the use and purposes of the Church of St. Patrick at Riverhead St. Johnís.
Twelfth- I give devise and bequeath to George Grey the bookkeeper in my office the sum of one thousand pounds to be paid to him if he be alive at the time of my decease if not, then I direct that five hundred pounds shall be paid to his widow if alive or if she be dead then the same amount of five hundred pounds shall be paid to his son if he lives to attain the age of twenty one years.
All the rest residue and remainder of my estate goods chattels property and effects whatsoever I give devise and bequeath to my brother the Honorable Peter G. Tessier for and during his natural life and from and after his decease I give devise and bequeath the same in equal proportions and shares to and amongst his children by each of his wives without distinction or difference and my said stepbrother James G. Tessier-
Fourteenth as regards the second, third, fourth and thirteenth bequests herein made and each of them it is my will and desire and I do hereby direct that the several sums in the said bequests named and each of them shall if my said executor so desire remain in the trade and business of our firm of P. & L. Tessier and be paid and payable to the several legatees in the said bequests named in ten equal annual instalments but the said legatees and each of them shall so long as any portion of their bequests remains unpaid have and receive interest from the said firm on such portion at and after the rate of four pounds per centrum per annum. The first of such annual instalments to be paid at the expiration of one year from my decease.
Fifteenth I do hereby nominate and appoint my said brother The Honorable Peter G. Tessier to be sole executor of this my will- and lastly I do hereby revoke annul and declare void all wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand at St. Johnís aforesaid this seventh day of January Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and eighty four. Lewis Tessier. Signed by the said testator in duplicate copies as and for his last will and testament at St. Johnís on the day and year above written in our presence, who in his presence, at his request and in the presence of each other have hereto set our names as witnesses, Jos. I. Little, Robert J. Kent.
I Lewis Tessier of St. Johnís Merchant the testator in the foregoing will named do make publish and declare this as and for a codicil to my said will. It is my will and desire that in the event of the death during my lifetime of either my brother James, or of my nephews Peter, Lewis or Charles, that the bequests in my said will contained to the party who may so die shall pass to and become the property of the children or heirs of the party so dying and I do hereby confirm and approve my said will in all other respects. Lewis Tessier. Signed by the said testator in our presence the 21st day of March A.D. 1884. Robert J. Kent. Ethelbert Colton.
D. M. Browning
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