19th December 1860
Last Will of Moses Cullen
Husband of Julia Anderson
From records of Cyrille Tessier
Record No. 493
Transcribed from the original at the Quebec Archives

On this day the nineteenth of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty, before us the undersigned Notaries duly admitted & sworn in and for that part of the Province of Canada called Lower Canada, residing in the City of Quebec, in the said province, personally came and appeared Moses Cullen, residing in the Parish of Ste. Catherine, County of Portneuf, Yeoman, who being of sound mind, memory & understanding requested us the said Notaries to receive his Last Will and Testament and which we, Cyrille Tessier, one of us, the undersigned Notaries (Henri Bolduc, our colleague, being present) have taken down, and thereupon, the said Moses Cullen did & doth hereby make, declare, publish & dictate this his last will & testament word by word unto us, the aforesaid Notaries, in manner following, that is to say:

I will & ordain that my funeral charges & just debts be paid by my executrix hereinafter named. The residue of my estate & property which shall not be required for the payment of my just debts, funeral charges & the expenses attending the execution of my will & the administration of my estate, I give, devise and dispose thereof as follows, that is to say.

First, I give, devise & bequeath all my property, real & personal, moveable & immoveable that I may die possessed of unto my beloved wife, Julia Anderson, to have and to hold the same to her & to her heirs, executors, administrators & assigns to her use and behoof for ever, instituting her my residuary legatee in property.

And I do nominate & appoint my said beloved wife Julia Anderson to be the sole executrix of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Thus done & published, declared & dictated word for word by the said Testator to the said Cyrille Tessier in the presence of his colleague in the office of Cyrille Tessier on the day & year first above written under the number four hundred and ninety three.

In faith & testimony whereof the said testator persisting in the foregoing as containing his last will and testament hath after these presents had been to him first twice duly read by the said Cyrille Tessier in the presence of his colleague declared not to know how to write nor sign his name in presence of us Notaries hereunto subscribing.

One marginal note good & twenty two words erased are null.

H. Bolduc, N.P., his signature;

Cy. Tessier, N.P., his signature

NOTE: In the will the Notary used the spelling “Collins” for “Cullen.”

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011

Note by Patricia Balkcom:  Moses lived 22 years (died 25 May 1882) after writing this will and his wife, Julia, lived 42 years after this will.  They had no known children.