30th July 1896
Will of James Rolph
Husband of Ann McCarthy

From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Record #1145
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives

On this thirtieth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety six, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette and Thomas Lavallée and Joseph Hicks, both farmers of St. Gabriel of Valcartier witnesses for the effects of these presents, personally appeared James Rolph, Farmer, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us the aid Notary and said witnesses 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:

Firstly, I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my executrix herein after named as soon as possible after my death.

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my wife Ann McCarthy all my moveable and immoveable properties, monies in bank, etc. that I constitute my sole and universal legatee.

Thirdly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife Ann McCarthy as Executrix of this my will.

Fourthly, I revoke all wills and codicils that I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my sole true last will and testament.

Done and passed in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier under notarial number eleven hundred and forty five. And after the reading of the presents to the Testator by the Notary in presence of said witnesses the testator the Notary and witnesses have all signed in the presence of each other.

James Rolph, his signature;

Thomas Lavallée, his signature;

Joseph Hicks, his signature;

Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature

(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August,  2011)

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  James died four months later at the reported age of 68 years.  The burial record states that he had been sick for two years.