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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
John McKinnon


Will of John McKinnon
from Newfoundland will books volume 1 page 143 probate year 1832

In re
     John McKinnon       deceased.

In the name of God Amen. I John McKinnon of the town of St. John's in the Island of Newfoundland Baker being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will & testament. That is to say first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body to be buried in decent Christian burial, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again and as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life I give dispose and devise the same in the following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath unto my children Alexander, John James and Allis McKinnon all my worldly estate to be equally divided between them when the youngest shall attain the age of twenty one years and till such period the money to be laid out in giving each of them a good trade and any other thing which my executors may deem necessary, and should there be any amount to spare yearly after the expenses of my children is paid the same to be put out at interest for the benefit of my children. Also I make constitute and ordain William Haddon, John Bully and William Freeman, all of St. John's to be my executors of this my last will and testament And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments Wills bequests and executors by me in any ways before named ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one. John McKinnon (LS)
Signed sealed published pronounced & declared by the said John McKinnon as his last will & testament in the presence of us Saml Prowse.    David Penall.

Certified Correct,
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.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson and Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (February 18, 2003)

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