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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Edward Hayes


Will of Edward Hayes
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 pages 15 & 16 probate year 1851.
This name is spelled Hayes & Hays in the will, and Hayes in the will index.

In re
     Edward Hayes       deceased.

Be it known unto all whom it may concern that I Edward Hayes being weak in body but perfectly sound in mind a reason do hereby on this the third day of January the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & fifty one do in the presence of the undersigned witness will and bequeath all my worldly property and effects as follows, I Edward Hays do will and bequeath to my beloved wife the one half of the farm I now occupy the other half to my son Michael Hayes the division line to run from east to west the half of the farm that lieth to the north I bequeath to my beloved wife with all buildings and erections thereon the other half of the said farm that layeth towards the south I bequeath to my son Michael Hays. I do hereby also will to my son Michael Hayes two cows, one horse (say that horse he bought from Thomas Summers) and a cart, a wood cart and cart harness. I hereby bequeath to my beloved wife three cows two horses with all carts & harness I hereby bequeath to my beloved wife three cows two horses with all carts and harness that belongs to me except what is willed above to my son. I also bequeath to my wife one Iron plough a Harrow I also will to my wife eight loads of Cod heads more or less mixed xxxx through clay now laying on that part of the farm willed to my son. I also will that Michael Hayes my son remain in the house we now occupy until the last day of May 1851 when he must remove upon due notice being given him I Edward Hayes do also will that whatsoever wood may be hauled during the present winter shall be equally divided between my wife and son also an equal division of the potatoes remaining for seed shall be made between my wife & son. Edward Hayes. Witness, James Gibson.    Witness, John his X mark Murphy.    Witness, Bartholomew his X mark Dunn.

Certified Correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are hand-written copies of a, "last will and testament," written 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 and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (December 16, 2002)

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