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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of Margaretta Keating
from Newfoundland will books volume 2 page 6 probate year 1850.
Margaretta Keating deceased.
This is the last will and testament of me Margaretta Keating of St. John's Newfoundland Spinster,
First I give and bequeath to my sisters Joanna, Elizabeth and Charlotte, in equal proportions, all such monies amounting to about two hundred and sixty pounds, together with the interest due thereon, as I now have invested in the savings Bank and other public securities of this colony; all my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses being first paid thereout.
Secondly I give devise and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate whatsoever to my said sisters Joanna, Elizabeth and Charlotte and to the survivors and survivor of them for the term of their natural lives and the lives of such survivors and survivor; and after the decease of all of my said sisters, I give devise and bequeath the said rest residue and remainder of my said estate to the children of my deceased sister Catherine Tatam and their heirs for ever; it being moreover my will that the child or children of any child or children of my said deceased sister who may be deceased at the time of my death shall stand in the place of their said deceased parent, and be entitled to receive such proportion of my said residuary estate as such deceased parent if then living would be entitled to; and it being also my will that the parties entitled to my said residuary estate shall hold the same as tenants in common and not as joint tenants.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my said sister Joanna sole executrix of this my will. Margaretta Keating (LS)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testatrix as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence and at her request have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses at St. John's aforesaid this first day of October A.D. 1847. Hugh H. Hoyles, B.G. Garrett. Ellen Purcell.
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. |
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