| 25th February 1896|
Will of Patrick Cullerton
Husband of Ann Corrigan
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On this twenty fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety six, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette undersigned and Francis Smith and William Hamilton, both farmers of the parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, personally appeared Mr. Patrick Cullerton of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, Farmer, who being of sound & disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us, the said Notary and witnesses, to write down and receive in due form of law his last will and testament which he has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:
Firstly and principally, I most willingly resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator in the humble hope that he will receive it to his favour through the sole merits and intercession of Jesus Christ my Saviour.
Secondly, I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my son Lawrence Cullerton all my moveable and immoveable properties wherever the same may be found and to whatever the same shall amount, hereby constituting my said son my universal legatee, to the charge by the said Lawrence Cullerton as following –
1º To keep with him my wife, Ann Corrigan, during her life and if they cannot agree, the said Lawrence Cullerton shall be obliged to pay to his mother the sum of fifty dollars each year.
2º To the charge to pay to Denis Cullerton the sum of twenty five dollars; to Patrick Cullerton the sum of twenty five dollars; to Mary Jane Cullerton, my daughter, wife of Joseph McGrory, the sum of fifty dollars; to Margaret Ann Cullerton, my daughter, the sum of one hundred dollars; to Ellen Cullerton the sum of a hundred dollars; to Thomas Cullerton, my son, the sum of a hundred dollars; At last to the charge by the said Lawrence Cullerton to keep with him my daughter, Isabella Cullerton, during all the time of her life. These sums of money will be paid by installments thirty dollars each year and which the first installment will be made to Denis and shall continue in the order above mentioned.
I nominate, constitute and appoint my son Lawrence Cullerton as Executor of this my will.
I revoke all wills and codicils I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
The present will was thus declared by the said Testator to the said Notary in presence of witnesses above mentioned, read to the said testator by the Notary in presence of witnesses who declared to understand it fully and persist therein.
Done and passed at the residence of Testator in the said Parish of Valcartier under Notarial Number one thousand and eighty two and Testator having declared his inability to sign his name has made his mark in presence of Notary and the witnesses and Notary and witnesses have signed in presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other,
Words struck are void.
Patrick Cullerton, his mark;
Francis Smith, his signature;
Will Hamilton, his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
NOTE by Gerry Neville: Throughout the will “Carleton” is used instead of “Cullerton.” Patrick Cullerton was the son of Denis Cullerton and Mary Corcoran and the grandson of Patrick Cullerton and Johanna Murphy. He married Ann Corrigan in Valcartier on 13 May 1862.
Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Patrick died two days later at the age of 62 years. His wife, Ann, outlived him by 13 years.