27th January 1880
Will of Michael Darmody
Husband of Eleanor McDonald
Transcribed from the original will from the
“Register of Holographic Wills, Testaments, and Codicils”
at the Quebec Archives

In the name of God. Amen. I, Michael Darmody, of the parish of St. Catherine, farmer, being very weak of body but sound of mind and understanding do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament.

I first resign and commit my soul to Almighty God my Creator and my body to the earth and to obtain a proper Christian burial.

1st I require that all my just debts be paid.

2ndly I will an bequeath to my beloved wife Ellen McDonnell, all and every my moveable and immoveable property which I may be possessed of at the hour of my death, my immoveable property being lots number forty seven, forty eight and forty nine together with the buildings thereon erected in the Fifth Range, Seigniory of Fossambault, Parish of St. Catherine, on the condition that she will not give the said property in any part thereof to my son Edward but that she may give it if she thinks proper to my son John.

The present will was made in the presence of the undersigned witnesses and read to the Testator on this twenty seventh day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & eighty.

Michael Darmody, his signature;

Patrick White, his signature;

Malachy Landrigan, his signature;

Thomas Taylor, his signature;

William McClosky, his signature

(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – March 2011)

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Michael died the next day at the age of 61 years.  It appears that he was not getting along with his son, Edward, at the time.   The marriage record for Michael and Ellen states her surname is McDonald, not McDonnell.