4th February 1892
Will of Andrew McCartney
Husband of Janet Wolff
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Record #503
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives

On the fourth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety two, at the request of Andrew McCartney of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, farmer, I Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the parish of St. Ambroise undersigned and Carl Nathanial Wolff, Farmer, and Curtis McBain, Grocer, of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, witnesses requested for the validity of this last will we [went to] the house of Andrew McCartney which said Andrew McCartney being of sound 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 favour 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 Executors hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath all my moveables and immoveable properties to my wife Jeannet Wolff during her life time at the charge to return at the moment of her death the remainder of my properties to James Mingies Alexander McCartney my son and my wife will not be obliged to give security and I dispense her to make inventory. My said wife will have the power to sell and mortgage my properties but with the consent of Charles Jack and James McCartney, Farmers in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier.

Fourthly, I nominate, constitute and appoint the said Charles Jack and James McCartney and the survivor of them executors of this my will with power to sell and hypothecate with my wife my immoveable properties in the interest of my estate.

Fifthly, 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 read by the said Notary to the said Testator in the presence of said witnesses who declared to understand it fully and persist therein.

Done and passed at the residence of said Andrew McCartney at St. Gabriel of Valcartier under the number five hundred & three of the minutes of the undersigned Notary and after the said reading the Testator, witnesses and Notary have signed in the presence of each other.

Andrew McCartney, his signature;

Carl Wolff, his signature;

Curtis McBain, his signature;

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature

(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August,  2011)

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Andrew died two days later at the young age of about 47 years.  His son, James, was only three years old at the time.