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A Collection of Newfoundland Wills
William Watson McNeil


Will of William Watson McNeil
from Newfoundland will books volume 4 pages 367-368 probate year 1885

In re
      William Watson McNeil deceased.

I William Watson McNeil of Saint John’s Newfoundland being of sound mind and understanding do hereby make my last will and testament.    I bequeath to my mother Margaret McNeil one half of all I possess- the proceeds of one half of my estate to be invested in some safe investment & my mother to have the interest thereon during the course of her life & afterwards the principal to be divided equally between my three sisters Amanda, Clement and Mornain McNeil. I leave & bequeath to Mary the wife of my brother John McNeil the other half of my estate for the use of herself and the children of John & Mary McNeil.     I appoint Allan Stark and John McNeil as my executors & I give to them my estate in trust for the purposes above mentioned.    W.W. McNeil.    Signed this thirtieth day of March one thousand eight hundred & eighty five in presence of M. Monroe, Chas. Crowdy.

Certified correct,
D. M. Browning



Note: The wills in those will books are NOT actual wills. They are either hand-written copies or in later years typed copies of a, "last will and testament," written or typed 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 and also no paragraphs. 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. However, in some of the very long wills, we have tried to insert paragraphs to make it easier for the researcher to read the document.

Page Contributed by Judy Benson & Ivy F. Benoit

Page Revised by Ivy F. Benoit (Wednesday February 20, 2013)

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