7th May 1901
Last Will of John Boyd
Husband of Agnes Montgomery
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
 No. 1987
Transcribed from the original at the Quebec Archives

On this seventh day of May one thousand nine hundred and one, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette and George McNicoll and David McNicoll, both farmers residing in the said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, witnesses requested for the effects of these presents, personally appeared John Boyd, Farmer residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us the said Notary and witnesses to write down and receive in due form of law his last will and testament which he has declared in manner and form  following, that is to say:

1º I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my executor hereinafter mentioned as soon as possible after my death.

2º I give and bequeath to my son William Boyd, Farmer, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier all my moveable and immoveable properties wherever the same may be found and to whatever the same shall amount hereby constituting my said son my universal legatee to the charge to pay to his sister Marguerite Ann Boyd the sum of one hundred dollars with interest in this summer.

I nominate, constitute and appoint my said son William Boyd as Executor of this said will and testament.

I revoke all wills and testaments & codicils I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.

The present will was declared by the said Testator to the said Notary in presence of said witnesses and read by the Notary to the Testator in presence of said witnesses, who declared to understand it fully and persist therein.

Done and passed at St. Gabriel of Valcartier in the residence of the said Testator under Notarial Number one thousand nine hundred and eighty seven. And signed by the Testator in presence of Notary and witnesses and by the Notary and witnesses in presence of the Testator and in presence of each other.

John Boyd, his signature;

George McNicoll, his signature;

David McNicoll, his signature;

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerry Neville, 2011

Note by Patricia Balkcom:  John died about 5 weeks after writing this will – on 16th of June.  He was reportedly 69 years old.  He and his wife, Agnes, had at least seven known children, only two are mentioned in the will.