Transcribed by Geoff Martin
While I have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors
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.
Theodore was a son of James D and Emily W Gill. Current research indicates they had eight children.
James D Gill was a son 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.
Theodore refers to his brother Herbert A Gill and his sister Caroline Emily Gill. He also mentions Theodore Nicholas Gill, the son of his brother Herbert A Gill.
The transcribed will for Theodore’s grandmother Elizabeth Mary Burton Gill
The transcribed will for Theodore’s sister Caroline Emily Gill
The transcribed will for Theodore’s father James D Gill
|Will of Theodore N. Gill|
|In the Supreme Court
Theodore N Gill
OATH OF ADMINISTRATOR
WITH THE WILL ANNEXED
Administration granted to
Francis E Rendell
On the 19th day of January
Value of Estate $ 3492.36
Sureties Geo Shea
Ches? W? ? Harvey
To the Honorable the Supreme Court of Newfoundland or to
one of the Honorable the Judges thereof.
The Petition of Francis E. Rendell of Saint John’s Merchant.
1. That Theodore N. Gill late of Washington in the District of
Columbia in the United States of America, Gentleman, deceased died
there on or about the 25th day of September A. D. 1914 having pre-
viously made and executed his last Will and Testament of which he
appointed his brother Herbert A. Gill of Washington aforesaid, Real
Estate Agent, sole Executor.*
2. Probate of the said Will was granted to the said Herbert A. Gill
by the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia aforesaid on the
29th. day of October A. D. 1914 an exemplification and certificate
of which are hereto annexed marked “A”.
3. Said deceased at the time of his death was possessed of property
within the jurisdiction of your Honourable Court of the probable value
4. The inventory and valuation hereto annexed marked “B” is to the
best of Petitioner’s knowledge information and belief a just and true
inventory and valuation of the property estate and effects of said
deceased in Newfoundland at the time of his death as far as Petitioner
can at present ascertain.
5. No Probate of any Will nor Letters of Administration to the
Estate of said deceased have been granted in Newfoundland to any
6. Petitioner is the Agent of the said Herbert A. Gill in
Newfoundland in the management of all matters connected with his
property in Newfoundland under a duly executed Power of Attorney.
* Written to the left margin of point 1. at right angles were the words
Fiat W H Horwood CJ
and makes this application on the instruction of the said Herbert
Petitioner therefore prays that Letters of Administration
with the said Will annexed to the Estate of said deceased may be
granted to him.
And as in duty bound he will ever pray etc.
Dated the 16th day of January A.D. 1915
F E Rendell LS
I, Theodore N. Gill of the City of Washington,
District of Columbia make this my last will and testament.
I make my brother, Herbert A. Gill, my sole trustee
I give and bequeath to him, Herbert A. Gill, all my
property, wherever situated, real and personal, for his sole
use and benefit, subject, however, to the following legacies
I give to my sister, Caroline Emily Gill, one
thousand ($1,000.00) dollars a year payable quarterly.
I give to my nephew, Theodore N. Gill, one thousand
($1,000.00) dollars a year payable quarterly.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
Seal this 18th day of March A. D. 1914
Theo N. Gill (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared as and for
his last will and testament by the above named testator,
Theodore N. Gill, in the presence of the subscribers, who,
at his request and _ his presence and in the presence of each
other, have signed our names as attesting witnesses hereto on
this 18th day of March A. D. 1914 in the City of Washington,
District of Columbia.
John P. Earnest, 323 John Marshall Place, Washington, D. C.
Chapin B Bauman “ “ “ “ “ “ “
Charles D. Wilson “ “ “ “ “ “ “