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Will of Rebecca Hayward
This is the last will and testament of me Rebecca Hayward of Saint John’s Newfoundland Widow. After the payment of my just debts funeral and other expenses I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Jessy Moore Hayward all the rents issues and profits of all my property and estate for her use and benefit so long as she may live- Provided nevertheless that she the said Jessy Moore Hayward shall out of the same provide for and maintain my niece Sarah Roberts so long as she the said Sarah Roberts shall live and after the decease of my said daughter I give devise and bequeath my said property and estate to my son John Hayward his heirs executors and administrators for ever Provided that he shall out of the same support and maintain my said niece Sarah Roberts during her life- I also give and bequeath to the said Sarah Roberts all my wearing apparel and lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my said son John Hayward and my grandson William A.S. Hayward executors of this my last will and testament- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 19th day of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy-eight. R. Hayward. Signed published and declared by the said Rebecca Hayward as and for her last will and testament in presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, Robert J. Pinsent. Hedley V. Pinsent.
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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