27 October 1898
Last Will and Testament of John Garvin
Husband of Maria Livingston
From the Records of Notary Edouard Antill Panet
Record #5507
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives

On this twenty seventh day of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight, before Mtre. Édouard Antill Panet, the undersigned Notary Public, duly commissioned and sworn in and residing and practicing in the Parish of Saint Raymond and Province of Quebec and in the presence of Arthur Desroches, Upholsterer and Thomas Gendron, Esquire, Doctor of Medicine, both of the said Parish of Saint Raymond, the witnesses expressly requested by the Testator hereinafter named to witness this his last will and testament, came and appeared John Garvin of the said Parish of Saint Raymond, Farmer, of good bodily health and of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto us Notary and witnesses from his words and actions, and being desirous of regulating his worldly affairs, hath named, dictated and nominated unto us said Notary and witnesses his last will and testament in manner and form following:

1º I recommend my soul to Almighty God, my Creator.

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

3º I will and order that my body be buried in a manner suitable to my station in life.

4º I give, devise and bequeath to one of my sons William Garvin the sum of one hundred dollars on his attaining the age of majority.

5º And as to the rest or residue and remainder of the whole of my property moveable and immoveable, ready money, rights and actions, and of all other property that I may die possessed of, I give, devise and bequeath the same in usufruct and enjoyment to my wife, Maria Livingston, to be by her used and enjoyed during the whole of her natural life time and in property and ownership to my other son James Garvin to be by him used, enjoyed, and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the decease of my said wife, hereby instituting him my universal residuary legatee and devisee in full property and ownership.

And I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife, Maria Livingston, Executrix of this my present last will and testament.

It was thus named, dictated and nominated by the said Testator to the said Notary and witnesses, the said Testator persisting herein after the reading thereof as fully to embody and contain his last will and intentions.

This 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 five hundred [and seven].

In testimony whereof the said Testator declaring his inability to sign or write his name hath made his usual mark of a cross in the presence of the said undersigned Notary and in the presence of said witnesses, 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. John Garvin, his mark; Thos. Gendron, M.D., his signature; A. Desroches, his signature, E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, March, 2012