13th May 1882
Last Will and Testament of Joseph Harriet
Husband of Ann Jane Thompson
From the records of Notary Joseph Laurin, Record Number 8428
Quebec Archives Microfilm Number 4M01-4771

On the thirteenth day of May in the year f our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty two, at the request of Joseph Harriet, Farmer, of the Parish of Ancienne Lorette, I the undersigned Public Notary went to the residence of the said Joseph Harriet in the said parish where I found him being sick of body, but apparently sound of mind, memory and understanding who requested me the undersigned Public Notary to write down and receive in the form of law his last will and testament which he instantly made and dictated unto me the undersigned Public Notary in the manner and form following, viz.:

1º  I recommend my soul to the Almighty God, hoping for a free pardon and remission for all my sins and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in the cemetery, leaving the care of my funeral to my Executors.

2º  I will and direct that all my just debts be fully paid and satisfied out of my estate and property by my Executors hereinafter named.

3º  I give and bequeath to my sons William and Richard Harriet, living with me, all my properties, possessions and effects real and personal of whatever kind and wherever situated, and all sums of money, which I may leave, at the time of my death, and I institute the said William and Richard Harriet my universal legatees in full property, en pleine propriété.

And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons William and Richard Harriet my sole Executors, and in hands of whom I divest and disseize myself of all my estate and property according to law.

And I hereby revoke and make null and void all other wills and codicils at any time heretofore by me made, declaring the present to be my only true and last will and testament.

It was thus made, dictated and named by the said Joseph Harriet to Mtre. Jos. Laurin, Notary, at the place aforesaid, in presence of Mr. Thomas O’Neill, Farmer, and Joseph Voyer, Coach Maker, both of the Parish of Ancienne Lorette, especially demanded for and to the effect of these presents, and the present last will and testament having been read in full to the said Testator by the said Jos. Laurin, Public Notary, in the presence of the aforesaid witnesses, he the said Testator declared that he had perfectly heard and understood the same and found it to contain his true last will and intentions, therefore persisted therein, at the place aforesaid, on the day, month and year first above written under the number eight thousand four hundred and twenty eight.

And in faith and testimony of the premises, the said Testator has signed his name  in the presence of the witnesses, who have signed these presents in the presence of the said Testator and of the said Public Notary, and in the presence the one of the other, the said Public Notary having signed these presents in the presence of the said Testator and witnesses, these presents having been first duly read according to law.

Two words struck out are null.

Joseph Harriet, his signature;

Thos. O’Neill, his signature;

Joseph Voyer, his signature,

Jos. Laurin, Not. Pub., his signature


NOTE: 1871 Census of Canada – Province of Quebec – District of Valcartier

Dwelling House Inhabited No. 80

Harriet, Joseph, 55, Ireland, C. of Scotland

Harriet, Ann Jane, 55, Ireland, C of Scotland

Harriet, Joseph, 27, Quebec, C of Scotland

Harriet, William, 22, Quebec, C of Scotland

Harriet, Richard, 16, Quebec, C of Scotland

Dwelling House Inhabited No. 81

Harriet, Samuel, 30, Ireland, C of Scotland


Transcribed by Gerald Neville, January, 2012

Note by Patricia Balkcom:  Joseph died 15 years later on June 22, 1897 at the age of about 82 years.  He had four living sons, although only two are mentioned here.  It’s possible that there is a later Will.