31st July 1914
Will of John Rourke
Husband of Jane Neil
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On this thirtieth first of July one thousand eight hundred and fourteen, before me Cyrille Renaud, Notary residing at Loretteville, undersigned, personally came and appeared Mr. John Rourke, Farmer, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested me the said Notary 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:
1º I most willingly resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God, my Creator, in the humble hope that he will receive [it] to his favor thorough the sole merits and intercession of Jesus Christ, my Saviour.
2º I give and bequeath to my two sons, James Henry Rourke and George Thomas Rourke all my properties, moveable and immoveable wherever the same may be found and to whatever the same shall amount hereby constituting my said two sons my universal legatees and the Executors of this my will and testament, and if one of my sons died before to be married and have children, the other son above mentioned shall be his heir.
Done and passed at Loretteville under Notarial Number six thousand two hundred and twenty three. And after the reading to the Testator by the Notary in the presence of Samuel White and Jules Couture both of Loretteville, the last Accountant of the Bank, the Testator, the witnesses and Notary have signed in the presence of each other.
Marginal note good.
John Rourke, his signature;
Samuel White, his signature;
Jules Couture, his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
NOTE: John Rourke and Jane Neil were married in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Quebec City, on 19 December 1876.
Transcribed by Gerry Neville – October, 2011
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: John died December 24, 1940, at the reported age of 95 years, twenty six years after writing this will, so there may be a later will.