27th October 1898
Last Will of Maria Livingston
(Wife of John Garvin)
From the Notary Records of Edouard Antill Panet
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 Testatrix hereinafter named to witness this her last will and testament, came and appeared Dame Maria Livingston, wife of John Garvin of the said Parish of Saint Raymond, Farmer, of good health and of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto us Notary and witnesses from her words and actions, and being desirous of regulating her worldly affairs, hath named, dictated and nominated unto us said Notary and witnesses her 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 Executor 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 my said husband, John Garvin, the whole of my  moveable and immoveable property, ready money, rights and actions, whatsoever that I may die possessed of, to be by him used, enjoyed and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the day of my said decease, hereby instituting him my universal legatee and devisee in full property and ownership, and Executor of this my present last will and testament.

It was thus named, dictated and nominated by the said Testatrix to the said Notary and witnesses, she persisting herein after the reading thereof as fully to embody and contain her 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 eight].

In testimony whereof the said Testatrix hath signed with and in the presence of the said Notary and witnesses, who have signed with and in the presence of the said Testatrix and in the presence of each other, these presents having been first duly read by the said Notary to the said Testatrix in the presence of said witnesses.

Maria Garvin, her signature;

Thos. Gendron, M.D., his signature;

A. Desroches, his signature,

E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, February, 2012