29th August 1894
Last Will of John McLaughlin
(husband of Mary Hartery)
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
Record No. 878
Transcribed from the Original Will – Quebec Archives

On the twenty ninth of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety four, before me Cyrille Renaud, Notary, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette personally came and appeared Mr. John McLaughlin, Farmer, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier 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 his last will and testament which he has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:

1º 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.

2º I desire that all my just debts, funeral expenses and testaments be paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.

3º I give and bequeath to my two sons, Francis Joseph McLaughlin and Thomas George McLaughlin that I constitute my universal legatees by equal shares all my moveable and immoveable properties to the charge to give the sum of one hundred dollars each to Michael McLaughlin my son living in Wisconsin, United States.

4º If at the moment of my death any money remains in the Banks, this money will be divided by equal shares between Mark, Hugh, Mary and Ellen McLaughlin, my other children.

5º I nominate, constitute and appoint as Executor of this my will my son-in-law Michael Woodlock.

6º 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 Thomas Hartery and Mark McLaughlin, both farmers of St. Gabriel of Valcartier & Ste. Catherine, witnesses for the effect of these presents, read to the same Testator by said Notary in presence of said witnesses who declared to understand it fully and persists therein.

Done and passed at Valcartier under Notarial Number [878] and after reading of the present the Testator, Notary and witnesses have signed in the presence of each other.

John McLaughlin, his signature;

Thomas Hartery, his signature;

Mark McLaughlin, his signature;

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, June, 2011

Note by Patricia Balkcom:  John wrote this Will about 2 weeks before his wife, Mary Hartery, passed away.  He wrote a second Will in 1900.