29th January 1863
Last Will of Owen Monaghan
(widower of Jane Quinn)
From records of Notary Phillipe Huot
Record No. 3952
Transcribed from Quebec Archives Microfilm #4M01-5102

On this day the twenty ninth of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty three, before us the undersigned Notaries Public residing at the City of Quebec, personally came and appeared Owen Monaghan, Farmer, residing at Valcartier, who being in good bodily health and of sound and perfect mind, memory and understanding desired us the said Notaries to receive and write down his last will and testament which he instantly made, published, dictated and named unto us the said Notaries in manner and form following, that is to say:

I recommend my soul to Almighty God hoping for a free pardon and remission of all my sins.

I will and direct that all my just debts be paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named as soon as convenient after my decease.

I give and bequeath unto the Priest or Curate of the Parish of Skillirsh [?] in the County of Tyrone, Ireland, the sum of twenty pounds currency to be by him distributed at his discretion amongst the poor of the said parish.

I give and bequeath unto Thomas Ferrand my son in law the sum of twenty five pounds currency.

I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Monaghan, the sum of fifty pounds currency and my half lot number seventeen on the Fourth Concession of Valcartier to be by him possessed in full & absolute property.

I give unto Catherine Monaghan widow of Thomas Clyne, the sum of thirty pounds currency.

I give and bequeath unto my youngest daughter Ann, the sum of thirty pounds currency.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Monaghan wife of the said Thomas Ferrand, the sum of thirteen pounds currency.

I give and bequeath unto my sister Bridget Monaghan widow of the late Charles McElrone, the sum of five pounds currency.

I give and bequeath unto my son Roger Monaghan who is now in Beauport, in case only that he should recover from his


, the whole of the lot number fifteen of the Fourth Concession of Valcartier and should he not recover from his [illness] I give and bequeath the said lot number fifteen unto my said son Edward Monaghan & unto my two daughters Catherine & Ann Monaghan to be possessed and enjoyed jointly between them and in case they should not agree & could not enjoy the same equally together I will & direct in that case that the said lot be equally divided between them.

And as to the rest and residue of all my property real & personal, moveable & immoveable which I may die possessed of, I give and bequeath the same unto my above named children, Edward, Catherine, Ann, Jane (Roger in case he recovers) and my other son John, who has already received his share of my succession by the means of the sale which was granted unto him by deed passed before Philippe Huot & his colleague, Notaries Public at Quebec the twelfth day of June last, whom I institute my universal & residuary legatees, share & share alike between them.

Lastly, I do nominate and appoint Mr. Thomas Madden, Farmer, of Valcartier my friend, & the said Thomas Farrand, my son in law jointly & severally to be Executors of this my present last will and testament into whose hands I dispossess myself of all my property moveable and immoveable as customary, hereby revoking and making null and void all former wills & codicils at any time heretofore by me made declaring the present to be my only true last will and testament.

It was made, dictated and named word for word by the said Owen Monaghan, Testator, unto us the said Notaries at Quebec, in the office of Philippe Huot, where Charles Henry Andrews, his confrere came & was present all the time, on the day and year first above written; and the present last will and testament having been afterwards read over and over again lu et relu to the said Owen Monaghan, Testator, by Mtre. Philippe Huot in the presence of his said colleague, he the said Testator declared that he had perfectly heard & understood the same and persisted in the contents thereof and signed the same together with us, the said Notaries in faith and testimony of the premises as act under the number three thousand nine hundred and fifty two, after these presents had been twice duly read as aforesaid according the law.

Two words erased are null.

Owen Monaghan, his signature;

C.H. Andrews, N.P., his signature;

 P. Huot, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, June, 2011

Note by Patricia Balkcom:  Owen died 15 years after writing this will.  His son, Roger, predeceased him in 1863.