4th September 1879
Last Will of Mary White
Wife of Richard Hayes
From records of Notary Joseph Laurin
Quebec Archives Microfilm Number 4M01-4771
On the fourth day of the month of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy nine, at the request of Mrs. Mary White, wife of Richard Hayes, of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, I the undersigned Public Notary went to the residence of the said Mary White in the said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier where I found her in good health, and apparently sound of mind, memory and understanding who requested me the undersigned Public Notary to write down and receive in the form of law her last will and testament which she instantly made and dictated unto me the undersigned Public Notary in the manner and form following, viz.:
1º I recommend my soul to the Almighty God, hoping for a free pardon and remission for all my sins and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in the cemetery, leaving the care of my funeral to my Executor.
2º I will and direct that all my just debts be fully paid and satisfied out of my estate and property by my Executor hereinafter named.
3º I give and bequeath to my son Patrick Hayes my share of the land occupied now by him in the said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier in full property, en pleine propriété.
4º I give and bequeath to my son Edward Hayes the remainder of all my properties, possessions and effects real and personal of whatever kind and wherever situated, and all sums of money, which I may leave, at the time of my death, and I institute the said Edward Hayes and Jane Hayes my universal legatees in full property, en pleine propriété, at the charge by him to board and clothe his sister Jane Hayes and provide for all other wants until she shall be provided for by marriage or otherwise.
And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my son, the said Edward Hayes, my sole Executor, and in hands of whom I divest and disseize myself of all my estate and property according to law.
And I hereby revoke and make null and void all other wills and codicils at any time heretofore by me made, declaring the present to be my only true and last will and testament.
It was thus made, dictated and named by the said Testatrix to Mtre. Jos. Laurin, Notary, at the place aforesaid, in presence of the Reverend John O’Farrell, Priest and Curate of the said Parish, and of Mr. James O’Connor, Farmer, of the same place, especially demanded for and to the effect of these presents, and the present last will and testament having been read in full to the said Testatrix by the said Jos. Laurin, Notary, in the presence of the aforesaid witnesses, she declared that she had perfectly heard and understood the same and found it to contain her true last will and intentions, therefore persisted therein, at the place aforesaid, on the day, month and year first above written under the number seven thousand nine hundred and thirty.
And in faith and testimony of the premises, the said Testatrix has declared being unable to sign and write her name in the presence of the said witnesses, who have signed these presents in the presence of the said Testatrix and of the said Notary, and in the presence the one of the other, the said Notary having signed these presents in the presence of the said Testatrix and witnesses, these presents having been first duly read according to law.
Five words struck out are null.
J. O’Farrell, Ptre., his signature;
James O’Connor, his signature;
Jos. Laurin, Not. Pub., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, January, 2013
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Mary died about a year and a half later on April 28, 1881 at the age of about 66 years. Richard had died in 1879. Although she and Richard Hayes had 11 known children (at least two had died in infancy), only three children are mentioned in the Will. These may have been the children who were unmarried at the time.