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Will of John Hayward
This is the last will and testament of me John Hayward of Saint John’s Newfoundland formerly one of the Assistant Judges of the Supreme Court of that Colony. I give devise and bequeath all my lands, moneys, property and estate both real and personal of which I may die possessed or which I my heirs executors or administrators may hereafter be entitled to including all shares stock, moneys invested or otherwise in the Bank of Montreal and moneys at interest and all other property and estate in Toronto and Manitoba or elsewhere in the Dominion of Canada unto my wife Laura W. Hayward absolutely and forever and to be used and disposed of as she may think proper save as to the sum of fifty dollars which I hereby bequeath to St. John’s lodge No. 544 of Free and accepted Masons at St. John’s in this Island of which I am a Member And I hereby appoint my said wife executrix of this my Will- Dated this 26th day of November 1884 and written by myself- John Hayward. Witness to the signature Geo. LeMessurier.
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.
Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit
Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)
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