27th June 1903
Last Will of Dorothy Rourke
Wife of Robert Clark
From records of Cyrille Renaud
Quebec Archives – Translated from the Original
On this twenty seventh day of June, one thousand nine hundred and three, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary residing in the parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette, personally appeared Dorothy Rourke, wife of Robert Clark of Valcartier, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us, the said Notary and witnesses, to write down and receive in due form of law her last will and testament which she has declared in manner and form following:
1º I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.
2º I give and bequeath to my son James Clark all my moveable and immoveable properties.
3º I appoint my said son as Executor of this said will.
4º I revoke all wills I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
Done at Valcartier under Notarial Number two thousand five hundred and seven.
And after the reading of this will by the Notary in presence of James Clark and Henry Davis both of Valcartier witnesses, farmer, the Testatrix having declared her inability to sign her name has made her mark in the presence of the witnesses and Notary have signed in presence of the Testatrix and in presence of each other.
Three words scratched are void.
Dorothy Rourke, her mark; James W. Clark, his signature; Henry Davis, his signature; Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
NOTE: The spelling “Roark” is used throughout the original will.
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, July 2011
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Dorothy died the same year – December 19th – nine days after her husband died. She died one day before her 70th birthday.