27th December 1890
Will of Mary Lannin
Wife of Michael Griffin
From records of Notary Cyrille Tessier
No. 330
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives

On this twenty seventh day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety,  before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise and John Donaldson & John Powell both of Ste. Catherine, farmers, witnesses, personally appeared Mary Lannin, wife of Michael Griffin, in the Parish of Ste. Catherine in the County of Portneuf, Farmer, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us 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:

First and principally, I most willingly resign my souls into the hands of Almighty God my Creator in the humble hope that he will receive it to his favor through the sole merits and intercession of Jesus Christ my Saviour.

Secondly, I desire that all my just debts, funeral expenses and testamentary expenses be paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath all my moveable and immoveable properties to my son Joseph Griffin.

Fourthly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my said son Joseph Griffin my universal legatee as Executor of this my will.

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

Done and passed at the residence of Michael Griffin in the Parish of Ste. Catherine on the day, month and year hereinbefore written under the number three hundred and thirty of the minutes of the undersigned Notary. And after the reading of this present to the said Mary Lannin by the undersigned Notary in the presence of witnesses aforesaid, the said Mary Lannin has declared not to know how to sign her name in the presence of witnesses and the Notary and the witnesses have signed in the presence of Mary Lannin and in presence all together.

Mary Lannin, her mark;

Joseph Donaldson, his signature;

John Powell, his signature;

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville in 2011

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Joseph was one of Mary’s 12 children.