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Will of Sarah Finlay
The last will and testament of Sarah Finlay of Saint John’s in the Island of Newfoundland Widow, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Finlay during her lifetime or as long as she shall remain unmarried the land with two dwelling houses and other buildings thereon belonging to me situate on Gower Street in the town of Saint John’s aforesaid, being No 201 & 203 on said street and after her decease or from the time of her marriage I give the same to my son Jabez N. Finlay upon trust that he shall pay the net rents and issues arising from said houses to my three daughters Elizabeth A. Brown, Isabella Stacy and the said Sarah Finlay in equal shares to each, and in the case of the death of either of them the said Elizabeth Brown, Isabella Stacy or Sarah Finlay to pay the said net rents and issues in equal shares to the survivors and the whole of said rents and issues to the last survivor, and after the decease of said last survivor I give and bequeath the said land and houses to my sons Robert Finlay and Jabez N. Finlay in equal shares. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said son Jabez N. Finlay my sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made. In witness whereof I the said Sarah Finlay have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the thirty-first day of October one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six-
Sarah Finlay (LS) Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Sarah Finlay as and for her last will and testament in presence of us both being present at the same time and who at her request and in her presence and in presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Henry V. Brown, G. Mortimer Rendell.
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. 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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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