John Hayes’ Will

I started exploring Wills and Probate records the last couple of weeks and I’ve found some interesting things!! I thought I’d share one today with you.

Ancestry has the largest online collection of Wills and Probate records. I started there and searched for Luke’s side of the family, Hayes. I was sad to only find one listed but it was just my first search and I can’t wait to explore more!

Here’s the will of Luke’s great grandpa John Howard Hayes:

John Howard Hayes will

I am working on figuring out who the nieces belong to but all the children are accounted for. So fun to see who he thought of in his life! I want to find when it went through probate (is that the wordage?) so I can see who really got everything.

Have you found a will or probate of your ancestors? What did it help you discover?

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