24th June 1911
Will of John Cole
Husband of Ann Lawless
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
No. 5069
Transcribed from the original at the Quebec Archives

On the twenty fourth day of June one thousand nine hundred and eleven, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette, undersigned, personally appeared John Cole, Farmer, residing in the Parish of St. Gérard, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding hath requested me the said Notary to write down and receive in form of law his last will and testament which he has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:

I give and bequeath to my wife Ann Lawless all my moveable and immoveable properties wherever the same may be found and to whatever the same shall amount hereby constituting my said wife my universal legatee with rights to sell the property and after her death the remainder of my properties shall belong to my daughter Elisa Cole & I appoint my said wife my testamentary executor and I revoke all wills I may have heretofore made.

Done and passed at St. Gérard in the residence of the said John Cole under Notarial Number five thousand and sixty nine. After the reading of the said will to  by the Notary to the Testator in presence of Albert Vallières and Léon Lirette, both farmers of St. Gérard, the Testator having declared his inability to sign his name has made his mark in presence of the Notary and witnesses and the Notary and witnesses have signed in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other.

One marginal note is good. Four words scratched are void.

John Cole, his mark;

Albert Vallières, his signature;

Léon Lirette, his signature; 

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville in 2011

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  John died a few months later on October 6th at the reported age of 79 years.