16th January 1895
Will of Thomas Manning
Husband of Jane Martin
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Record #938
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives

In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety five, the sixteenth day of January, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette and the reverend Hugh McGratty, Priest, and John William Thompson, farmer, witnesses requested for the effect of the present last will of Valcartier personally appeared Thomas Manning, Farmer, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier who being of sound mind and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us the said Notary and witnesses to write down and receive in due form of law his last will and testament which he has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:

Firstly and principally, I most willingly resign my soul 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 and testamentary expenses be paid by my executor hereinafter named, as soon as possible after my death.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my wife Jane Martin the use, usufruct and enjoyment during the term of her natural life of all my moveable and immoveable properties and I dispense her to make inventory. The said Jane Martin shall have the right to sale any immoveable properties at St. Ambroise, known under cadastral numbers one hundred seven, hundred eight and thirty nine and the money of that sale shall be employed to pay the mortgages on any properties at St. Gabriel of Valcartier.

Fourthly, after the death of my said wife Jane Martin I desire that my said moveable and immoveable properties of which the usufruct is hereby granted to her, shall be divided between my two boys John and Michael Manning by equal shares, but my son Michael should remain with his step mother my wife, Jane Martin, until age of majority of said Michael Manning and the said Jane Martin shall have full charge over him.

[Note: There is no “Fifthly” in the original will.]

Sixthly, I give and bequeath the sum of two hundred dollars to my daughter Mary Ann Manning that she shall have the right to take after the death of my wife Jane Martin but before the division of my said properties between my two said sons.

Seventhly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife Jane Martin as Executor of my said will.

Eighthly, 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.

The present will was thus declared by the said testator to the said Notary in presence of said witnesses, read to the said testator in presence of said witnesses, the testator declaring understanding fully and to persist therein.

Done and passed t the residence of the said testator at St. Gabriel of Valcartier on the day, month and year first herein before written under the number nine hundred thirty eight and the testator having declared his inability to sign by illness has made his cross in presence of said Notary and witnesses which have signed in presence of said testator and in presence of each other.

Thomas Manning, his mark;

High McGratty, Ptre, his signature;

ohn W. Thompson, his signature;

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature



          Thomas Manning

          Parents: Michael Manning and Ann Crotty

          Born: 26 January 1840

          Baptized: 27 January 1840

          Godparents: Étienne Falardeau and Louise Barbeau

          Church Register: Saint-Ambroise-de-la-Jeune-Lorette, Loretteville, Quebec

          1st married: Elizabeth Donovan (d/o John Donovan and Mary O’Neill)

          Date: 21 January 1873

          Church Register: Ste-Catherine, Co. Portneuf, Quebec

          2nd married: Jane Martin (d/o Francis Martin and Sarah O’Neill)

          Date: 4 September 1883

          Church Register: St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Co. Quebec, Quebec

          3rd married: Isabella Loughren (widow of Bernard Holton; d/o Thomas Loughren and Margaret Corrigan)

          Date: 15 February 1904

          Church Register: St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Co. Quebec, Quebec

(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011)

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Thomas’s wife Jane Martin died in 1903 and Thomas died in 1919.  He remarried in 1904 to Isabella Loughren who outlived him until 1929.  It is possible that he wrote another will after he remarried Isabella.  The three children mentioned in the will were from his marriage with Elizabeth Donovan.  He did not have any children with Jane or Isabella.  Isabella had three children from her marriage with Bernard Holton and the two youngest, Mary J. and Henry lived with them as they were growing up.  It is possible that a later will by Thomas might have provided for them also.