Transcribed by Judy Benson & Ivy Benoit. While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there could be some typographical errors
Will of William Pitts from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 354 to 356 probate year 1885
William Pitts deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me William Pitts of Saint Johnís Merchant. I revoke all former wills and codicils made by me. I bequeath the whole of my estate real and personal to my executors hereinafter named for and subject to the following bequests viz: I desire that the two new dwelling houses situate on the east side of the Kings Bridge Road with the buildings and land adjoining thereto the cost of purchase and erection whereof are now standing to the debit of an account in my partnership business shall form and be part of my separate estate and that my own separate account shall bear and be charged with the said cost of purchase and erection. I desire that the land stables and other accessories to the said dwellings be divided and appropriated as nearly as possible equally to each tenement and in such manner as shall be utmost convenient to each. I bequeath the northern one of said tenements with the lands buildings and appurtenances to my son James Stewart Pitts for his sole and absolute use and benefit. I bequeath the southern one of said tenements with the lands buildings and appurtenances to my son Arthur for his absolute use and benefit subject to the rights of occupation hereinafter provided for my daughters Lydia Gertrude and Fanny Cochrane. I direct that my daughters Lydia Gertrude and Fanny Cochrane shall have the right to live in and occupy the said tenement jointly with my said son Arthur until the marriage or death (unmarried) of each. Upon the death or marriage of either her right of occupation to cease. In the event of either of my said daughters not agreeing to continue to reside with the others as above provided she shall have the right to live elsewhere and to receive from my said son Arthur an equivalent yearly towards her support and maintenance for the value of her right of occupancy till her death or marriage.
I direct that the specific pecuniary legacies of this my will shall be paid to the several legatees as follows, viz: one third within twelve months from my death, one third within two years and one third within four years from my death. I desire that my son James Stewart shall continue to carry on the business heretofore carried on by him and me and that my money and interest in the business shall remain in said business but subject to and the same are hereby declared to be charged with or as security for the several legacies herein contained. I bequeath the whole of the residue of my estate to my said son James Stewart Pitts and I appoint him sole executor of this my will. St. Johnís October 16th 1884. Wm. Pitts. (LS) Witnesses, J. S. Winter, J.P. Parsons.