|6 September 1895|
Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Murphy
Widow of Matthew Smith
|From the Records of Edouard Antill Panet|
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives
On the sixth day of September one thousand eight hundred and ninety five, before Mtre. Édouard Antill Panet, Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in and residing and practising in the Parish of Saint Raymond in the Province of Quebec and in the presence of Napoleon Moisan, Baker, and Charles Boromée Moisan, both of the said Parish of Saint Raymond witnesses required by law and expressly demanded by the Testator hereinafter named, personally came and appeared Dame Elizabeth Murphy, widow of Matthew Smith, in his lifetime of the said Parish of Saint Raymond, Farmer, of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto us Notary and witnesses from her words and actions, yet considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous of regulating her worldly affairs whilst yet she hath the strength and health left to do so, hath named, dictated and nominated unto us said Notary in presence of said witnesses her last will and testament in the manner and form following:
1º I will and order that my body be committed to the grave to be buried in a manner suitable to my station in life and according to the wishes of my universal legatee hereinafter named.
2º I give, devise and bequeath to my son Charles James Smith the whole of my right title and interest in that certain lot of land situate, lying and being in the Parish of Saint Raymond in the Second Concession of the South West half of the Seigniory of Bourg Louis known as Lot number seven hundred and thirteen of the cadastre for the Parish of Saint Raymond and County of Portneuf with the buildings thereon erected and also all my right title and interest in and to the whole of my moveable effects, household furniture, goods, chattels, and other effects which I now own or may hereafter own and which I may leave at the time of my decease, to be by him used, enjoyed and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the moment of my decease.
I will, wish and desire that the black mare instead of the grey mare be given to my grandson, Matthew John, son of Charles James, when he will be twenty one years of age, also a feather bed and bedstead which he now uses and I give, devise and bequeath unto my said grandson, Matthew John, son of said Charles James, all my right title and interest in and to that certain half lot of land situate, lying and being in the Third Concession of the South West half of the Seigniory of Bourg Louis known as lot number seven hundred and thirty of the cadastre for the Parish of Saint Raymond and County of Portneuf to be by him used, enjoyed and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the moment of my death.
I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said son Charles James Executor of this my present last will and testament.
It was thus named, dictated and nominated by the said Testatrix of her own free will and accord unto us said Notary in presence of said witnesses and the said Testatrix persisted herein after the reading thereof as fully to contain her last will and intentions.
Thus done and passed at the office of the undersigned Notary in the said Parish of Saint Raymond on the day, month and year first above written under the number four thousand eight hundred and four.
In testimony whereof the said Testatrix declaring her inability to write or sign her name hath made her usual mark of a cross in the presence of the undersigned Notary and witnesses who have each signed with and in the presence of the said Testatrix and in the presence of each other, these presents having been first duly read by said Notary to said Testatrix in presence of said witnesses.
One marginal note is good.
Elizabeth Murphy, her mark; Napoleon Moisan, his signature; Chs. B. Moisan, his signature, E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, March 2012