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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
Jane McKay



Will of Jane McKay
from Newfoundland will books volume 7 pages 468 & 469 probate year 1905

In re the Estate of Jane McKay       deceased

This is the last will and Testament of me Jane McKay of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland widow, I hereby revoke all former wills and Testamentary dispositions by me made and declare this to be my last will and Testament. I appoint my sons William McKay and Andrew McKay to be the executors of this my last will and testament. I give devise and bequeath all property of every description of which I may die possessed to my executors upon the following trusts namely

  • First,    that my executors shall pay all my lawful and just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses
  • Secondly    that out of my estate my executors shall pay to my son James McKay the sum of three hundred dollars a year for his maintenance and support during the term of his natural life and upon the death of my said son James to divide the whole of my estate amongst my sons William McKay, Andrew McKay and Edward McKay share and share alike. It is my will and desire that my son James shall not marry. Should either of my said sons William McKay Andrew McKay or Edward McKay predecease me it is my will and desire that the share of my estate to which such deceased son would be entitled upon the death of my son James McKay shall go to the next of kin of such deceased son.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and four. Jane McKay.
Signed by the said testatrix Jane McKay as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who at her request, in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Mary Jane Brennock.     Charles H. Emerson.

I certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the last will and testament of Jane McKay, deceased.
D. M. Browning

(Listed in the Margin next to this will the following)
April 17th 1905
the rights of the Co-
Chief Justice
granted to
J. McKay
on the 20th
day of April
A.D. 1905.



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 and Ivy F. Benoit

REVISED BY: Ivy F. Benoit May 7, 2002

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