6th December 1859
Last Will of Thomas Thompson
(Widower of Mary Carroll)

From records of Edward George Cannon
No. 3836
Quebec Archives Microfilm #4M01-1573

On the sixth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, before us the undersigned Notaries Public residing in the City of Quebec personally came and appeared Thomas Thompson, of the Parish of St. Catherine’s in the County of Portneuf, Farmer, which said Thomas Thompson, being apparently in good bodily health and of sound and perfect mind, memory and understanding requested us the said Notaries to receive and write down his last will and testament which he instantly made, dictated and named unto us word for word in manner and form following, that is to say:

I recommend my soul to Almighty God hoping for a free pardon and remission of all my sins through the intercession of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ.

I will and direct that all my just debts be fully paid and satisfied by Executor hereinafter named.

I give and bequeath unto my son James Thompson all and every the property real and personal, moveable and immoveable without any exception which I may die possessed of hereafter instituting him my said son James my universal legatee, subject nevertheless to the payment by him to his brothers, now absent from this Province, Thomas and William Thompson the sum of ten pounds current money of this Province each.

And I do hereby appoint Richard Lahy [Leahy] of the said Parish of St. Catherine’s, Farmer, sole executor of this my present last will and testament revoking all former wills and codicils at any time heretofore by me made.

It was thus made, dictated and named by the said Thomas Thompson, Testator, unto us the said Notaries on the day and year above written, and the present last will and testament having been read over and over again lu et reel au long to the said Thomas Thompson by Mtre. Edward George Cannon one of us the said Notaries in the presence of Mtre. Philippe Huot his confrere who was present all the time during the execution hereof, the said Thomas Thompson declared to have perfectly heard and understood the said will and testament and persisted in the contents thereof.

Done and passed at the said City of Quebec in the office of E.G. Cannon one of the undersigned Notaries on the day and year above written under the number three thousand eight hundred and thirty six the said Thomas Thompson Testator having signed these presents twice duly read together with us the said Notaries, in faith and testimony of the premises.

Thomas Thompson, his signature;

P. Huot, N.P., his signature;

E.G. Cannon, N.P., his signature

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, July 2011

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Thomas mentions three of his sons in the will, at least one other child, Peter, is known.