19th May 1907
Will of Esther Kack
Widow of Patrick Brophy
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Record #3597
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives

On this nineteenth day of May,  one thousand nine hundred and seven, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette undersigned, personally appeared Esther Kack, widow of Patrick Brophy, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel who has requested me the said Notary to write down and receive in due form of law her last will and testament which she has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:

1º I desire that the sum of about fifty dollars be expenses for my funeral and the anniversary service.

2º I desire that the sum of fifty dollars be expended for a head stone for me and my late husband Patrick Brophy.

3º I give and bequeath the sum of fifty dollars to Mary Ann Kiely as payment of her trouble during my sickness.

4º I give and bequeath to Daniel Kack all my house furniture and the sum of ten dollars which he owes to me.

5º I desire that the remainder of my money be employed for the payment of masses for my soul and the soul of my late husband Patrick Brophy after the payment of my debts.

6º I nominate and appoint the Reverend Hugh McGratty, Priest of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, as Executor of this my will and testament.

7º I revoke all wills I may have heretofore  made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.

Done and passed at St. Gabriel of Valcartier at the Presbytery, under Notarial Number three thousand five hundred and ninety seven. And after the reading of the said will to the said Testatrix by the Notary in presence of Alexandre Boucher, Doctor residing at St. Ambroise and Charles Wolff, Farmer residing at Valcartier, the Testatrix having declared her inability to sign her name has made her mark in presence of the Notary and witnesses and the Notary and witnesses have signed in presence of the Testatrix and in the presence of each other.

Esther Kack, her mark;

Alex. Boucher, M.D., his signature;

C.S. Wolff, his signature;

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature

(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011)

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  This will is dated the 19th of May, however, the burial record states she died on the 18th, so one of the records is off by a day.  Esther was 68 years old and she did not have any children.  Her husband, Patrick, had died seven months earlier.  She left her estate to Daniel Kack, her nephew.