| 11th March 1868
Last Will of Denis Kenny
Widower of Ellen Meehan
| From the records of Notary Joseph Bernard Quebec Archives
(Original in French)
Before the undersigned Notary Public for the Province of Quebec, formerly Lower Canada, residing at Cap Santé, and the witnesses hereinafter named and undersigned, appeared Mr. Denis Kenny, Mason & Farmer, residing in the Parish of Portneuf, sound of body and mind as it appeared to the Notary and witnesses undersigned, by his speech and behavior, who after recommending his soul to God in view of his death has made his will as follows:
Firstly, I desire and ordain that before all that my just debts be paid and all my wrongs satisfied by my Testamentary Executrix hereinafter named.
Secondly, I desire and intend that after my death that my body will be buried in the cemetery of parish that I will decide and the day of my burial that a common service be sung over my body as well as five masses be said as soon as possible after my death for the repose of my soul.
Thirdly, I give, bequeath and leave to each of my children born of my marriage with the late Ellen Meehan, my first wife, each the sum of twenty piastres currency, one time paid after my death without interest, to account for each of them all the rights of moveable and immoveable that they could have or pretend to have in my future succession without pretense in it.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to John Kenny, my son, the undivided half of a piece of land two arpents in front and forty arpents in depth, situated in the Parish of Portneuf, Concession of Rivière de Belisle, bounded in south by the lands of the Second Range, and to the north to the end of the depth encompassing in total on the northwest by the heirs of Thomas Kenny and the north east by the widow of Henry Buist along with the buildings without any reserve; and I give and bequeath to the said John Kenny, my son, the undivided half of another piece of land situated on the Fourth Range of the lands of said parish Lot No. 25 containing in total two arpents in front by twenty five arpents in depth bounded on the southwest by the lands of the Seigniory of Deschambault and on the northeast to the end of the said depth, belonging to the south to Joseph Jess and to the north to Olivier Germain with half the buildings erected thereon, circumstances and dependencies without reserve. I give and bequeath to the said John Kenny the undivided half that I have and pretend in the lands previously occupied by my father Thomas Kenny following and in virtue of the authentic deeds of transfer and debts or other documents or at least the reimbursement of the capital and rents paid for the discharge of the said lands of the said Thomas Kenny.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to Michael Kenny another of my children the undivided half of a piece of land situated on the Fifth Range of the lands of said parish being part of Lot No. 26 containing in total four arpents in front by twenty five arpents in depth bounded on the south by the road of the Fourth Concession and to the north to the end of the said depth, bounded to the south by Lot No. 25 and to the north by Lot No. 27 along with all buildings and circumstances without any reserve, and I give and bequeath to the said Michael Kenny another piece of land situated at Rivière à Belisle containing two arpents in front by about twenty five arpents in depth bounded to the south by the Second Range and to the north to the end of the depth at the road bounded on the south west by the heirs of Thomas Kenny and to the north east by Thomas Faghy, circumstances and dependencies without reserve. I also give and bequeath to the said Michael Kenny a horse, the second in value, with complete harness and collar, with a work cart, two milk cows, four sheep, an iron stove with its pipes, and the necessary instruments for agriculture. He wills and ordains that the maternal moveable and immoveable rights be paid jointly by the said John and Michael Kenny, his sons.
Sixthly, and as to the residue and remainder of all my moveable and immoveable property that I leave the day of my decease, I give, bequeath and leave in full property to the said Mr. John Kenny, my son. I name as my usufructory legatee and I name as my testamentary Executrix Dame Julie Lemay, my wife, revoking all other wills that I may have made prior to the present declaring this alone to be my last true will.
Done and passed at Cap Santé by the said Notary, undersigned, under the number two thousand eight hundred and six, the eleventh day of March in the afternoon of the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight in the presence of Messrs. Alphonse Marcotte, Joiner, and Hercule Germain, Navigator, living in Cap Santé, witnesses for the said presents who have signed with the said Denis Kenny and we the said Notary. The reading done.
Two marginal notes approved are good. Nine words struck out are null.
Denis Kenney, his signature;
Alphonse Marcotte, his signature;
Hercule Germain, his signature;
J. Bernard, N.P., his signature
NOTE: Denis Kenny married Ellen Meehan (d/o John Meehan & Bridget White) on 31 January 1831 (Parish of Sainte-Famille, Cap Santé) and second married Julie Lemay (d/o Pierre Lemay & Théotiste Hamelin) on 10 January 1854. Denis Kenny died on the 28 January 1889 and was buried on 30 January 1889 at 84 years of age (Notre-Dame-de-Sept-Douleurs).
Transcribed and translated by Gerald Neville, February, 2012