14th September 1895
Last Will of William Dean
Husband of Mary Anne Smith
From the Notary Records of Edouard Antill Panet
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives

On this fourteenth day of September one thousand eight hundred and ninety five, before Mtre. Édouard Antill Panet, Notary Public, duly commissioned and sworn and residing and practising in the Parish of Saint Raymond in the Province of Quebec and Dominion of Canada and in the presence of Thomas Mooney and John Gray, Farmers both residing in the Parish of Saint Raymond, witnesses required by law and expressly demanded by the Testator hereinafter named for the purposes of witnessing his last will and testament, personally appeared William Dean of the said Parish of Saint Raymond, Farmer in sound health and of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto us Notary and witnesses from his words and actions, yet knowing and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous of regulating his worldly affairs whilst yet he hath the strength and health left to do so, both named, dictated and nominated unto the Notary and witnesses his last will and testament in the manner and form following:

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

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

3º I give, devise and bequeath to my well beloved wife, Mary Anne Smith, the use, usufruct and enjoyment of the whole of my moveable and immoveable property, real and personal, ready money, regrets and actions, and all other property that I may die possessed of to be by her used, enjoyed and disposed in usufruct only, from and after the moment of my decease, hereby instituting her my universal usufructory legatee, and Executrix of this my present last will and testament, hereby revoking and repealing all other and former wills and codicils heretofore made.

And as to the ownership of the whole of my said moveable and immoveable property, rights and actions, ready money, and all other property without exception I may die possessed of, I give, devise and bequeath to my son Thomas to be by him used, enjoyed and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the moment of the decease of my said wife, hereby instituting him my universal legatee and devisee.

It was thus named, dictated and nominated by the said Testator unto us the said Notary and 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 aforesaid in the office of the said undersigned Notary on the day, month and year first above written, under the number four thousand eight hundred and ten.

In testimony whereof the said Testator hath signed the present will with and in the presence of the said Notary and witnesses and have each signed with and in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other, these presents having first been duly read by the said Notary to the said Testator in presence of said witnesses and said Testator persisted herein.

William Dean, his signature;

Thomas Mooney, his signature;

John Gray, his signature;

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


NOTE: William Dean and Mary Ann Smith were married in Portneuf Church of England on the 4 November 1849.

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, February, 2012