5th April 1898
Will of Patrick Murphy
Husband of Julia Fitzsimmons
From records of Notary Edouard Antill Panet
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives
On this fifth day of April one thousand eight hundred and ninety eight at the hour of twelve of the clock in the forenoon, at the special insistence and request of Patrick Murphy of the Parish of Saint-Bernadin-de-Sienne in the County of Portneuf, Laborer, I, Édouard Antill Panet, the undersigned Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in and residing in the Parish of Saint Raymond and Province of Quebec accompanied by Stephen P. Grogan, Clerk and Manager, and John Power, Laborer, both of the said Parish of Saint-Bernadin-de-Sienne, the witnesses expressly requested by said Testator to witnesses this his present last will and testament, repaired to the residence in the said Parish of Saint-Bernadin-de-Sienne of the said Patrick Murphy and there finding him ill in bed but of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto us Notary and witnesses from his words and actions, and being desirous of regulating his worldly affairs whilst yet he hath the strength left to do so hath named, dictated and nominated unto us, said Notary in presence of said witnesses his last will and testament in the manner and form following:
1º I recommend my soul to Almighty God my Creator.
2º 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 rites and solemnities of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and faith of which I am a member and that a funeral service be sung over my remains and another funeral service at the end of the year of my death, leaving it to my well beloved wife to have a sufficient quantity of low masses said for the repose of my soul.
3º I will and order that my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid by my Executrix hereinafter named.
4º I give, devise and bequeath to my well beloved wife, Julia Fitzsimmons, the whole of my property, moveable and immoveable, ready money, rights and actions and all other property of which I may be possessed of without any exception or reserve to be by my said wife used, enjoyed and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the moment of my death, hereby instituting her my universal legatee and devisee in full property, and execution of this my present last will and testament, extending her power as such beyond the day and year allowed by law.
It was thus named, dictated and nominated by the said Testator of his own free will and accord to us said Notary in presence of said witnesses at the said Parish of Saint-Bernadin-de-Sienne on the day, month and year and hour first above written and the same was duty read by the said undersigned Notary to the said Testator in presence of said witnesses, the said Testator persisting herein after the reading thereof as fully to embody and contain his last will and intentions.
Thus done and passed at Saint-Bernadin-de-Sienne in the residence of the said Testator, on the day , month and year first above written these presents bearing the number five thousand fur hundred and six of the original deeds remaining of record in the office of the said undersigned Notary.
In testimony whereof the said Testator declaring his inability to write or sign his name but made his usual mark of a cross in the presence of the said witnesses and Notary and in the presence of said witnesses who have each signed with and in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other.
Patrick Murphy, his mark;
S.P. Grogan, his signature;
John Power, his signature,
E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature
NOTE: Patrick Murphy married Julia Fitzsimons in St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier on 13 February 1871.
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Patrick died 2 months later on the 6th of June at the reported age of 61 years. His wife, Julia, died in 1922.