| 27th June 1892|
Last Will of Maria Brady
Wife of Robert Hill
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
Translated from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On the twenty seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety two, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette undersigned and Alexandre Boucher, Doctor, & Joseph Blondeau, Blacksmith, both residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise, witnesses for the present will and testament, was present Maria Brady, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, wife of Robert Hill living in Australia, 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 her last will and testament which she has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:
Firstly and principally, I most willingly resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator in the humble hope that he will receive it to his favour through the sole merits and intercession of Jesus Christ my Saviour.
Secondly, I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath all my moveable and immoveable properties to my son Michael Hill, residing with me to the charge and condition to pay after my death, immediately the sum of one hundred dollars to my daughter Mary Hill, the sum of fifty dollars to my daughter Elisa Hill one year after my death, and the sum of fifty dollars also to my daughter Annie Hill two years after my death.
Fourthly, I nominate, constitute, and appoint my said son Michael Hill as Executor of this my will.
Fifthly, I revoke all wills and codicils I may have heretofore made, and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
Done and passed at the residence of the said Notary in the parish of St. Ambroise under the number five hundred and sixty of the minutes of the said Notary. And after the reading of the present testament to the said Testatrix in the presence of the said witnesses by the said Notary the said testatrix, witnesses and Notary have signed in the presence of each other.
Mot rayé est null. [Word struck out is null.]
Maria Brady, her signature;
Joseph Blondeau, his signature;
Alexandre Boucher, M.D., his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: There is a later will written in 1898.
Firstly, I wish to congratulate everyone involved in creating and maintaining this website. It has a wealth of information and provided valuable insight about my ancestors. Maria Brady is my great great grandmother. She is buried in the Hill family plot in the Notre Dame des Neiges cemetery in Montreal Quebec. Her husband, Robert Hill, is quite a mystery to my family.
Maria’s will would indicate that he is living in Australia working as a miner at the time of this will. Maria’s mother’s will – Bridgitte Bannon- would lead me to believe he was not well liked by his mother-in-law.
I will continue to glean the site for additional information about the Hill family.
Thank you so much for your work which is allowing my family a glimpse into our past.