24th March 1897
Last Will of John Darbyson
Widower of Eliza Gilkison
From the Notary Records of Edouard Antill Panet
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives

On this twenty fourth day of March one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven, before Mtre. Édouard Antill Panet the undersigned Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in and residing and practising in the Parish of Saint Raymond in the Province of Quebec and Dominion of Canada and in the presence of the witnesses called and required by law for the purposes of witnessing the present will, personally came and appeared John Darbyson residing in the said Parish of Saint Raymond, Farmer, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto us Notary and witnesses from his words and actions, hath named, dictated and nominated unto us said Notary and witnesses his last will and testament in the manner and form following:

1º I recommend my soul to Almighty God my Creator, and my body to be buried in a manner suitable to my station in life.

2º I will and order that my just debts, funeral and other testamentary expenses be first paid by my testamentary Executor hereinafter named.

3º I give, devise and bequeath to my well beloved son-in-law Herbert Henry Brown of the said Parish of Saint Raymond, Farmer:

          -1-  Two lots of land situate and being in the Parish of St. Raymond and commonly known as lots number thirteen and fourteen of the Fifth Concession of the South West half of the Seigniory of Bourg Louis with a house, barn, stable and other buildings thereon erected and now known and distinguished upon the official plan and book of reference for the County of Portneuf and Parish of Saint Raymond as lots official numbers six hundred and sixty seven and six hundred and sixty eight (Nos. 667 & 668).

          -2- A lot of land situate and being in the said Parish of Saint Raymond commonly known as lot number three of the concession called “Pointe Bosse” with the buildings thereon erected and now known and distinguished upon the official pland and book or reference for the County of Portneuf and Parish of Saint Raymond as lot official number three hundred and twenty nine (No. 329)

          -3- The following moveables, horses, cattle, and agricultural implements to wit: one dark red mare aged twelve years, one other dark red mare aged ten years,   one dark red stud horse aged three years, ten milch cows ranging from three to eleven years, three heifers, one two year old bull, eight sheep, one pig, five turkeys, eleven hens, and a rooster, one horse hay rake, one double horse reaper, two ploughs, one double barrow, one four wheeled buggy, one hay carts and its wheels, one scotch cart, one light cart and its wheels, one cariole, two work sleighs (double), two buffalo robes, one set driving harnesses complete, one sewing machine “Royal”, one flower stand in ash, one double harness for mower and reaper, two milk cows for carrying milk to butter factory, to be by my said son-in-law Herbert Brown, used, enjoyed and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the moment of my decease.

And I hereby institute my said son-in-law my legatee by particular title and hereby nominate him as Executor of this my present last will and testament wishing and desiring that his power and authority as such Executor extend beyond the day and year allowed by law.

It was thus named, dictated and nominated by the said Testator to the said undersigned Notary in presence of said witnesses of his own free will and accord and the said Testator persisted herein after the reading thereof as fully to embody and contain his last will and intentions.

Thus done and passed at Saint Raymond in the office of the said undersigned Notary on the day, month and year first above written under the number five thousand one hundred and [thirty nine].

In testimony whereof the said Testator hath signed his present last will and testament with and in the presence of the said Notary and witnesses Gaudiose Plamondon, Baliff, and Philemon Leboeuf, Saddler, both of the Parish of St. Raymond, who have each signed with and in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other, these presents having been first duly read by the said Notary to the said Testator in the presence of said witnesses, the said Testator still persisting therein.

John Darbyson, his signature;

Gaudiose Plamondon, his signature;

Philemon Leboeuf, his signature;

E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, February, 2012