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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John Keating


Will of John Keating
from Newfoundland will books vol 11 page 173 probate year 1918

In re John Keating       deceased

Know all men by these presents that I John Keating of Channel in the Southern District of the Island of Newfoundland, Blacksmith, being in good health and of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made. First. I hereby constitute and appoint Nathan Smith Telegrapher and Philip G. Clement Merchant both of Channel aforesaid, to be Executors of this my last will directing my said Executors to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses and to carry out my instructions hereinafter given. Second- after payment of my said debts and funeral expenses I hereby direct that during the lifetime or until the remarriage of my wife Elizabeth Keating she shall have the sole use and (?)ing the l(???)ift of all property and the rental of all property real personal (???) of which I shall die sized(?) and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, including the interest that shall be earned of any money possessed by me at the time of my decease, but should my said wife Elizabeth Keating marry again she shall then forfeit all claim to any use of or interest in any portion of my said estate. Third- That at the death or remarriage of my said wife Elizabeth Keating, all of my aforesaid estate and personal or (???)ed shall be divided between my two grandsons John Thomas Sears Keating and William James Keating, share and share alike, and in case of the death of either of my aforesaid grandsons or of both then the share of such grandson or grandsons shall be divided between my remaining grandchildren share and share alike. In testimony whereof thereon to set my hand and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the witnesses named below, at Channel aforesaid this twenty sixth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety four. John Keating. Signed Published and Declared by the said John Keating as and for his last will and testament in presence of us, who, in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. James H. (???)law of Channel NF Sergeant of Police, Richard Furneaux of Rose Blanche NF Preof(?) Officer.

Correct Charles H. Emerson
Registrar of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

(Listed in the margin next to this will the following)
Aug 17/18
Kent J.
Aug 26/18
to Philip
G. Clement



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, Alana Bennett, Wendy Weller and Eric Weller

Revised: October 16, 2001 (Ivy F. Benoit)

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