26th June 1889
Last Will of William Smith
Husband of Hannah Ireland
From records of Notary John Buckworth Parkin
Translated from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On the twenty sixth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine, before the undersigned Notary Public for the Province of Quebec, Canada, residing and practising in the City of Quebec, and the witnesses hereinafter named, personally came and appeared Mr. William Smith of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, in the District of Quebec, in the said Province, Farmer, who, being in good bodily health and of sound and perfect mind, memory, judgment and understanding as was manifest to us the said Notary and witnesses from his appearance, demeanour and conversation, declared unto us that he was desirous of making his last Will and Testament, which he instantly made, and which I the said Notary have herein reduced to writing in manner and form following. to wit:
I will and direct that all my just debts be paid and satisfied out of my estate by my executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my decease.
I give, devise and bequeath unto my wife Hannah Ireland the usufruct and enjoyment of all my property real and personal, moveable and immoveable that I may be possessed of at the time of my decease, to be by her enjoyed for and during her natural life.
And upon the decease of my said wife I will and direct that my property shall belong to and become the property of my son Richard Smith, of Valcartier aforesaid, Farmer, now residing with me, in full and absolute property from thenceforth forever, hereby constituting him my universal legatee, subject to the usufruct aforesaid.
I hereby revoke and make void any and all wills and codicils by me at anytime heretofore made, declaring the present to contain my only true last wishes and intentions.
I do hereby name and appoint my said wife and the said Richard Smith to be the Executrix and Executor of my present last will and testament, into whose hands I divest myself of all my property from and after my decease.
It was thus made, named and dictated word for word by the said Testator to John B. Parkin, the said Notary, on the day and year first above written at the City of Quebec aforesaid, in the presence of Matthew Aylward Hearn, Advocate, and James Cannon, Advocate, both of Quebec, called in as witnesses for the effect hereof, the said testator having signed with and in the presence of the said Notary and witnesses, who have signed in his presence and in the presence of each other, these presents having been duly read to him by the said Notary in the presence and hearing of the said witnesses, and recorded in the office of the said John B. Parkin under the number two thousand and sixty four.
W. Smith, his signature;
A. Hearn, his signature;
J. Cannon, his signature;
J.B. Parkin, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: William died May 2, 1897 at the age of 90 years. He predeceased his wife, Hannah. William and his wife, Hannah, had 12 known children, only the youngest son, Richard, is mentioned in this will.