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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
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Will of William Keating
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 pages 201 & 202 probate year 1835
William Keating deceased.
In the name of God Amen, I William Keating of Cupids, Conception Bay, in the Island of Newfoundland the twentieth day of October in the second year of the reign of King William IV do make and declare this my last will and testament revoking all other and former wills, in manner and form following, First I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to be buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named but it is my desire to be buried in Cupids Church Yard, and for my real and personal estate I give and dispose thereof in manner and form following viz.
I give to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Ledrew that room & plantation now occupied by herself and husband,
to Susan Hynds reviving sons I give that property occupied by she and her husband and for them to hold it while they live.
I give also to Mary Ledrew that property whereon she lives to be disposed of to her children as she may wish
To Charlotte Soaper I give that property which she occupies with half the store now occupied by myself
To the surviving sons Jonathan & Robert of my daughter Sarah now deceased I give that property lately occupied by Wm. Taylor with the proviso that they support their sister Pracilla till she becomes of age.
The property on which I at present live on I bequeath unto my beloved wife Pracilla to hold in her possession while she lives and after her decease the said property is to come into the hands of my youngest daughter's son or sons.
The household property to be held by my wife and after her demise to be divided equally among my surviving daughters and children of my daughter now deceased as near as my exters can compute.
The Time Piece to be sold and divided in manner above stated should they not agree among themselves to take it at a valuation.
As there is only four feather beds I will allow each daughter four pounds for an equivalent and whatever money may remain in my possession or that of any other person after my wife's demise is to be equally shared in manner above described.
And lastly I do nominate and appoint Nathaniel Munden, Jonas Soaper and Abram Ledrew to be my joint executors of this my last will and testament.
I witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Wm. Keating (LS)
Signed sealed and declared in the presence of us the day and date above written. Jas. J. Grieve, witness. Walter Grieve, witness.
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.
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Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (March 9, 2003)
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