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Will of Hay Findlater
I Hay Findlater, of Fogo, in the Northern District of the Island of Newfoundland, Medical Practitioner, do make, and declare this to be my last will and testament. Firstly I direct payment of all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, with all convenient speed after my decease, and subject thereto, I give devise and bequeath all my estate, real and personal, of what nature or kind soever, whereof I am now or may die possessed unto my three children Allan Findlater, Isabel Lucretia Findlater, and Charles Findlater, share and share alike. And I appoint my said son Allan Findlater and John T. Croucher, Accountant, of Fogo joint executors of this my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty six A.D. 1886. Hay Findlater (LS) Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Hay Findlater the testator, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us who in his presence, at his request, and in the presence of each other do hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses, John Smith, Thomas Adey Torraville.
Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed by the court clerk, after the death of the testator, when the executor presented them to the court for probate. The court clerk didn't list the signatures at the bottom, he (or she) just put them in the book in whatever order they were in, on the original document, no spacing most of the time, no punctuation and also no paragraphs. The originals were kept by the executor.
We who have typed these wills, have made every effort to include all the errors that were on the microfilm, in order to avoid destroying the integrity of the originals, where ever they may be. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.
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