30th September 1876
Will of Ellen Buckley
Wife of Pierce Mulroney
From records of Notary Cyrille Tessier
No. 5075
Transcribed from the original at the Quebec Archives

On this day the thirtieth of September, one thousand eight hundred and seventy six, before the undersigned Notaries Public for the Province of Quebec, residing in the City of Quebec, personally came and appeared Mrs. Ellen Buckley of the parish of St. Catherine, County of Portneuf, wife of Pierce Mulroney, Farmer, of the same place, who being of sound and disposing mind has made as follows her last will and testament:

I give, devise and bequeath to Jeremiah Mulroney, my son, all property, real and personal, moveable and immoveable, which I may die possessed of, without exception to have have and to hold the same in full ownership from the day of the decease of Pierce Mulroney, my beloved husband to whom I give and bequeath the usufruct and enjoyment of the same, during his life time, dispensing him from giving security and from making an inventory of my estate.

I charge my said son Jeremiah with the payment, at the extinction of the above usufruct, of the following sums of money, i.e., two hundred dollars to my son James and one hundred & sixty dollars to my daughter Elizabeth. These sums to be paid in the event only of my said husband surviving me and also if the said sums have not been paid by me or my husband to my said children before my death.

And I revoke all former wills and codicils that I may have made before this.

This last will and testament received by Cy. Tessier, Notary, in the presence of J.B. Delage, his colleague, having been read to the testatrix by the first-named Notary in the presence of his said colleague, she has declared well to understand the same and has persisted in the same as containing her last intentions.

At Quebec, office of the said Cy. Tessier, under the number five thousand and seventy five of his records.

In testimony whereof the said Notaries have signed in the presence of one another and of the testatrix who has declared not to know how to write or sign her name after the reading done.

Two words erased are null and void.

Ellen B. Mulroney, her mark;

J.B. Delage, N.P., his signature;

Cy. Tessier, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerry Neville – March 2011

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Ellen died seven years after writing this will (15 March 1883).  She had twelve children, nine of whom survived into adulthood.  Only three are mentioned in the will. Pierce was the great-grandmother of Brian Mulroney, PM of Canada.