19th March 1897
Last Will of Ann Calback
Wife of Edward Brown
From records of Edward O’Brien
Record No. 7588
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, all three undersigned, personally came and appeared Ann Calback, wife of Mr. Edward Brown, Farmer, of the Parish of Beauport who being of sound mind, will, memory and understanding as appeared unto us said Notary and witnesses.

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 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 to each of my daughters, Mrs. Rachel Brown, wife of James Rourke, Farmer, residing at Little River at Maloville, and Ann Brown, wife of Thomas Dacres, Farmer of Beauport, the sum of twenty five dollars to be paid to them as soon as possible after my death.

As to the residue of all the property either moveable or immoveable that I may die possessed of on the day of my decease I give, devise and bequeath the usufruct and enjoyment thereof to my husband Mr. Edward Brown to be enjoyed by him during the period of his natural life only. For I give, devise and bequeath the said property moveable and immoveable that I may be possessed of to my two daughters above named in full and entire property to be divided between them share and share alike after the death of their father the said Edward Brown instituting the said Edward Brown my usufructory legatee and my said daughters my universal and residuary legatees. My husband the said Edward Brown shall have the right to draw the money due to us as capital and interest by Leonidas Poulin for the land we sold to him and to give receipts therefore. The capital shall then be placed or interest for my said daughters, but the interest to be paid to my husband during his lifetime.

I nominate my said husband the Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and codicils I may have made before the 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 Testatrix to me the said Notary in presence of the said witnesses all the time present at her domicile in the Parish of Beauport under the number seven thousand five hundred and eighty eight. And after due reading hereof the said Testatrix hath declared not to know how to write or sign her name when requested so to do in presence of said witnesses who hath signed with me the said Notary. All three signing in presence of the said Testatrix and of each other after the said reading and after the due performance of all the formalities required by law.

Two words erased null. one marginal note good.

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:   Ann died two months later on May 25th at the age of 65 years.