29th September 1879
Last Will of Margaret Calback
Wife of George Richardson
From records of Charles Henry Andrews
No. 2599
Quebec Archives Online

On the twenty ninth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine, at the request of Margaret Calbeck of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, wife of George Richardson of the same place, Farmer, I the undersigned Notary duly commissioned and sworn and residing at the City of Quebec in the Province of Quebec and in my office in the Lower Town of the City of Quebec and in the presence of Frederick William Andrews of the Parish of St. Sauveur, Advocate, and John Redmond of the City of Quebec, witnesses expressly requested to be present did write down her last will and testament which she named as follows:

I will and direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as possible after my decease.

I give and bequeath unto my children issue of my marriage with my said husband all my property moveable and immoveable, real and personal, debts, obligations, money and wearing apparel which I may die possessed of without any exception to have and to hold the same after my decease in full and absolute property in equal shares, share and share alike.

And I hereby revoke all former wills and codicils at any time heretofore by me made and declaring the present to be my only true last will and testament.

It was thus made and named by the said Testatrix unto me the said Notary in the presence of the said witnesses the present last will and testament having been read to the said Testatrix who declared to have perfectly heard and understood the same declaring it contained entirely her last will and testament.

Done and executed at the said City of Quebec on the day and year first above written and recorded in the office of Charles H. Andrews the undersigned Notary under the number two thousand five hundred and ninety nine the said Testatrix having declared she could not sign her name these presents first duly read.

Margaret Calback, her mark;

Fredk. Wm. Andrews, his signature;

John Redmond, his signature;

C.H. Andrews, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, July 2011

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Margaret was only 37 years old when she wrote this will.  At the time, she and George had 6 daughters.  She was listed in the 1881 census and had an additional daughter by that time.