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Will of Thomas Finlay
This is the last will and testament of Mr. Thomas Finlay of St. Shots in the Southern District of St. Mary’s Bay Newfoundland, revoking and nullifying any other will made by me, Fisherman. In the first place I will and bequeath that after my death all my lawful debts and expenses be paid out of whatever moneys I may be possessed of then. Secondly, I will and bequeath to my wife Mary Fennely three hundred pounds £300. 0. 0 cy which I have at present deposited in the Union Bank of Newfoundland and I commend she to divide it honestly, justly and according to merit or need between herself and her children as also she to dispose of in like manner whatever moneys I may die possessed of in my own house Thirdly I will and bequeath that what lands I possess about my house say about two acres be equally divided between my three sons, viz. James Fennely, Thomas Fennely & William Fennely. Also I will and bequeath upper meadow on the St. Shots River to be given and equally divided between my sons John Fennely and James Fennely and the lower meadow near Sams River to be given and equally divided between my sons Thomas Fennely & William Fennely. I also will and bequeath that whatever stock I may be possessed of at my demise it to be equally divided between my sons James Fennely, Thomas Fennely & William Fennely. Fourthly, I will and bequeath my house and all my property therein to my wife Mary Fennely and she to dispose of it as she seems fit between my sons Thomas Fennely and William Fennely. In the presence of Thomas Hennebury and Patrick Fennely as witnesses I do hereby sign my name and affix my seal to the above my last will and testament. (marked) Thomas his X mark Fennely. Witnesses Thomas Hennebury P.P. Patrick Finlay. Dated at St. Shots this twentieth day of June one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six, Thomas his X mark Fennely.
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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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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