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 Mary Squires from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 273 to 276 probate year 1883.
Mary Squires deceased.
I Mary Squires of Bellvue Longpond in Conception Bay wife of George Squires of same place Farmer and Constable hereby revoke all wills and testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me and declare this to be my last will.
First I direct that all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid.
Second, I give devise and bequeath all the goods chattels property and estate and effects of which I may die possessed to my executors hereinafter named but under and subject to the trusts and purposes hereinafter mentioned that is to say on trust as regards the lot of land and premises known as Bellvue where I now reside to sell the same and out of the proceeds of such sale to take the sum of twenty pounds for a monument to be erected to the memory of myself and of my late husband Thomas Tobin and of my son Michael Tobin and my granddaughter Ellen Tobin also the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to my present husband George Squires and as regards what will remain of the said proceeds of sale after making the payments above mentioned I direct that it shall be invested by my said executors and the annual interest thereof by them paid one fourth thereof to the widow of my son John Tobin for the maintenance and support of the female children of my said son And the remaining three fourths thereof shall be paid in equal proportions amongst the children of my son Thomas of my daughters Sarah now the wife of Michael Kearney of my daughter Ellen now the wife of Edward Sinnott and of my son Michael that is to say one fourth part of such remaining three fourths to be divided amongst the children of each of the said families. And as regards the principal money so invested I direct that it shall be by my said executors divided amongst the said families in like proportions as those in which the said interest is payable the share of each family of such principal money to be paid when the youngest child of that family shall have attained the age of twenty one years.
As regards that piece of land formerly belonging to Michael Tobin containing about twenty acres and situate opposite to the said Bellvue lot on the south side of the main road from St. Johnís to Holyrood in trust to hold the same for the use and benefit of my granddaughters Mary, Annie and Bridget daughters of my son Michael Tobin as separate estate free and clear of the debts liabilities and control of any husband they may have
As regards the lot lately bought by me from Thomas Tobin of Manuels Farmer by deed dated the _____ day of June A.D. 1882 and bounded on the west by land belonging to estate of late Michael Tobin on the east by land owned by Jane Morgan on the north by the public road and on the south by waste land in trust as regards that lot on the west side thereof which was under fence by the said Michael Tobin in trust for my granddaughter Mary daughter of the said Michael Tobin And as regards the remainder of said lot in trust for my son William now living in Harbor Grace for his lifetime and after his decease if he should leave him surviving a son named Thomas and a daughter named Mary then in trust to assign same to them in equal shares, but should he die without leaving him surviving children so named then in trust to divide the said share to and amongst my other sons in equal proportions the children of deceased sons to represent their parents-
As regards the lot of land containing about thirty acres and bounded on the west by the Bellvue lot on the south by the main road from St. Johnís to Holyrood on the east by Manuels Road and on the north by Neils land in trust for my son James for his life provided he pays as rent for the same the sum of five shillings per year to my said executors and after his death if he leave children him surviving bearing the names of Thomas and Mary then to these children in equal shares and if no such children then to the sons of my sons John and Thomas.
As regards the lot of land I bought of W. Page and situate opposite the Church of England in Topsail in trust to hold the same for the use and benefit of Mary Mercer my daughter as separate estate And as regards the lot of land formerly belonging to Patrick Clooney and bounded on the west by land bought of Page as above mentioned on the south by the main road aforesaid and on the east by land of George Smith Junior in trust as regards six feet wide thereof adjoining the house of Robert Mercer on the east side to hold the same for the use and benefit of the said Mary Mercer as separate estate. And as regards the rest of the said lot in trust to sell and dispose of the same and out of the proceeds of such sale to take the sum of one hundred pounds and interest the same as they may think proper and apply the annual interest thereof towards the maintenance of a fence around the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Topsail also the sum of five pounds to be paid to the Reverend Michael P. Morris And to Revd L. Vereker Five pounds for Masses for the repose of my soul And to Bishop Power ten pounds for a High Mass for repose of my soul And as regards what will remain of the said proceeds of sale I direct that it shall be paid over to my daughter Sarah Kearney-
And as regards the lot of land now in possession of my son Thomas and the lot which I bought of one Neil in trust for the use and benefit of my said son Thomas for his lifetime and after his decease for such of his children as he may by will or other writing direct and if no such will or direction for his children in equal proportions amongst them,
And as regards the lot of land formerly owned by Slater containing about twenty acres I have by deed dated the ninth day of May instant assigned the same to Michael Kearney and Sarah his wife-
I bequeath to my husband George Squires one bed and bedding-
The shop goods in Bellvue House are to be divided as follows:
I hereby nominate and appoint my friends Messrs. Moses Monroe and William Murphy of St. Johnís executors of this my will. Witness my hand at Bellvue aforesaid this twenty fourth day of May Anno Domini 1883. Mary her X mark Squires. Signed by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament by affixing her mark thereto in our presence who in her presence at her request and in presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses on the day and year and at the place above written. (The alteration matter with our initials being first made) M.K. Greene M.H. Carty.