|29 January 1880|
Last Will and Testament of Rachel McComb
Wife of Robert Livingston
|From the Records of Notary Edouard Antill Panet|
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives
On this twenty ninth day of the month of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty, I, Édouard Antill Panet, the undersigned Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in and residing and practising in the Province of Quebec, Parish of St. Raymond, personally went to the residence in the said Parish of Saint Raymond of Robert Livingston, Farmer, at the request of Rachel McComb, wife of the said Robert Livingston, where finding the said Rachel McComb in good bodily health and of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto the said Notary and the Reverend Samuel Maudsley, Priest in Holy Orders, and Alexander Woods, Farmer, both residing in the said Parish of Saint Raymond, witnesses required for the effect of these presents, but considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the hour thereof, and being desirous of regulating her worldly affairs, whilst yet she hath the strength so to do, hath made, named and dictated à fait nommé et dicté unto me the said Notary and the said witnesses her last will and testament in the manner and form following:
Firstly, I most willingly resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God in the humble hope that he will receive the same to his favor through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord, and that my body be committed to the grave to be interred in a manner suitable to my station in life leaving it however with my Executor hereinafter named to fix and arrange the manner and expense of my funeral.
2º I will and order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my said Executor hereinafter named.
3º I give, devise and bequeath to my well beloved son, William Livingston, issue of my said marriage with my said husband Robert Livingston, all the right, title and interest which I can have, claim, demand or pretend to, in certain real estate as immoveable property hereinof be described and which was bequeathed by my said husband Robert Livingston to my said son William Livingston under & by virtue of the last will and testament and described as follows:
Two lots of land situate in the North East and South West halves of the Seigniory of Bourg Louis and known commonly as lot number sixteen but now known and distinguished upon the official plan and book of reference for the County of Portneuf and Parish of Saint Raymond as Lot Number six hundred and forty (n. 640) with the buildings and appurtenances thereto belonging.
To be by him my said son William used, enjoyed and disposed of as his own absolute property, à titre de legs particulier, under title of a particular legacy from the day of the death of the survivor of us, my beloved husband and my self, his father & mother.
And to execute this my present last will and testament I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said beloved husband, Robert Livingston, my Executor.
And I do hereby revoke all former last wills and codicils by me heretofore made wishing and desiring that these presents shall alone take place and be executed as and being my last will and testament and as such I do publish and declare the same.
It was thus made, dictated and nominated, fait dicté et nommé, unto me the said Notary in the presence of the said witnesses by the said Testatrix and was read to the said Testatrix by the said Notary, in the presence of the said witnesses, the said Testatrix persisting herein as being her last will and testament.
It was thus made, done and passed at the said residence of the said Testatrix in the said Parish of Saint Raymond on the day, month and year first above written and at the hour of four of the clock in the afternoon.
In testimony whereof the said Testatrix declaring her inability to sign her name hath made her usual mark of a cross in the presence of the said witnesses who have also signed with and in the actual presence of the said Testatrix and in the presence of each other, these presents having been first duly read in their presence as aforesaid and filed of record in the office of the said undersigned Notary under number one thousand six hundred and seventy six.
Rachel McComb, her mark; S. Maudsley, his signature; Alexander Woods, his signature; E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, December 2011