Did you mayhaps mean testator?
- n. Plural form of testator.
“But Wills are nothing more than a legal description of the desires of the testators.”
“The wealthier testators at least were more sophisticated about draftsmanship in 1900 than in 1850; they were more likely to cover, in their wills, such simple contingencies as what to do if a beneficiary died before the testator did.”
“Many 1900 testators were women, some of them women in simple circumstances—Mrs. Mary Duffy, who signed her will by mark and left everything to her husband; Grace Creamer, whose pathetic will, executed on her dying day, left everything to her newborn, illegitimate child.”
“It should be noted, however, that while testators sometimes stipulated that property remain within or revert to the male line of descent, they were more frequently content that property devolve to their daughters and their daughters 'legitimate heirs, keeping it among lineal descendants of both sexes.”
“Overwhelmingly, the testators or transferors in the documents encountered were men, reflecting an inheritance regime that — while flexible within the local context — still favored male ownership (or possession) of property.”
“All other female testators/transferors in this category were Irish Newfoundland women.”
“Two other female testators appearing in the records were actually women who lived in Ireland.”
“Intriguingly, Irish women were more frequently testators than English women, perhaps reflecting the "passive" nature of English women's property in the area, or possibly indicating that many of the latter retired outside the region in their widowhood, and thus their wills have been recorded elsewhere. 59”
“Yet it was not a preoccupation of Irish testators on the southern Avalon, and only three examples appear in the records examined. 51 This may have reflected a lack of disposable cash for such purposes, or it may be further evidence of the less rigid hold of formal Catholicism on the population during most of the period.”
“Women were far less frequently testators than men, and generally only in widowhood.”
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