19th March 1897
Last Will of Edward Brown
Husband of Ann Calback
From records of Edward O’Brien
Record No. 7589
Transcribed from Quebec Archives Online

On this nineteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven, before me Edward O’Brien, Notary Public, residing in the Parish of Beauport, and in presence of Messrs. George Jack, of the Parish of Charlesbourg and Grant Ireland of Beauport, Farmers, witnesses purposely called  and with me undersigned, personally came and appeared Mr. Edward Brown, Farmer, of the Parish of Beauport who being of sound mind, will, memory and understanding hath made, dictated and named his last will and testament unto me the said Notary in the presence of the said witnesses as follows, that is to say:

I recommend my soul to Almighty God my Creator entreating him through the merits of his Blessed Son my Saviour Jesus Christ for a free pardon and a remission of all my sins and offenses. My body I commit to earth to be interred in a manner suitable to my condition.

I give, devise and bequeath the usufruct and enjoyment of all the property either moveable or immoveable that I may be possessed of on the day of my decease unto my wife Mrs. Ann Calback of Beauport, to be enjoyed by her during the period of her natural life only. And as to the property thereof I give, devise and bequeath the same to my two daughters Mrs. Rachel Brown, wife of Mr. James Roark, Farmer residing at Little River at Maloville, and Ann Brown, wife of Mr. Thomas Dacres, Farmer of Beauport to be divided between my said daughters share and share alike after the death of their said mother. To have and to hold the same in full and entire property from and after the death of my said wife, instituting my said wife my usufructory legatee and my said daughters my universal and residuary legatees. But my said wife shall have the right to collect the capital as well as the interest due to me by Leonidas Poulin as the price of sale of the property sold to him. But my said wife shall invest that capital for my said daughters using only the interest.

I nominate and appoint my said wife the Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and codicils I may have made before this present will to which alone I adhere as containing my true intentions and last will.

It was thus done, dictated and named by the said Testator to me the said Notary in presence of the said witnesses all the time present, at the residence of the said testator in the Parish of Beauport under the number seven thousand five hundred and eighty nine of the minutes of the said Notary. And after due reading of the said will to the said Testator, in presence of the said witnesses, the said Testator hath signed with me the said Notary and witnesses in the presence each one of the other and after the due performance of all the formalities of law.

Seven words erased null, two marginal notes good.

Edward Brown, his signature;

George Jack, his signature;

Grant Ireland, his signature, Ed. O’Brien, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, June, 2011

Note by Patricia Balkcom:  Edward died 7 years later on June 26th, 1904 at the age of 83 years.