19th July 1907
Will of Marguerite Woodlock
(Wife of Thomas Martin)

From records of Notary Jean Baptiste Delage
 No. 15,912
Quebec Archives Online

On this day the nineteenth of the month of July one thousand nine hundred and seven, before the undersigned Notary Public for the Province of Quebec, Canada, residing and practising in the City of Quebec and before John Payne & James McKee, Farmers, of the Parish of St. Edmond of Stoneham in the County of Quebec, witnesses to these presents, personally came and appeared Mrs. Marguerite Woodlock, of the Parish of St. Edmond of Stoneham, wife of Thomas Martin, Farmer, who has made her last will and testament as follows, i.e.:

Art. 1st. I desire and order that a service be sung on the day of my burial, another one year after and six low masses be said as soon as possible after my death for the repose of my soul.

Art. 2nd.  I give, devise and bequeath unto my son, Frank Martin

(a) all my household furniture, agricultural implements, vehicles, cattle and all other moveable effects & goods I may die possessed of;

(b) my share and all other rights of property I have in a lot of ground situate in said Parish of St. Edmond of Stoneham, being formerly lot number eleven of the Second Range of the Township of Stoneham, containing nine acres in front, more or less, by twenty eight acres in depth, and joining to the North-East the land of David McVey and to the South-West the lot hereinafter described, which lot has been purchased by my husband from John and George Staples, with my share of the house, barn and other buildings thereon erected;

(c)  In another lot of ground situate in the same parish, same Township, and Second Range, being formerly lot number ten of said range, containing about two hundred acres in superficies, and joining on the South West side the land of John Payne, as representing John Miller, and on the North East the lot above described, to have and to hold the vue property of the same from the day of my death and the enjoyment and usufruct only from the day of the death of my husband, who will enjoy also the same during his life time, without being bound of making any inventory & giving any security.

Art. 3rd. I give, devise and bequeath unto my other son, John Martin, my share of a lot of land situate in said Parish of St. Edmond of Stoneham, being the North half of South half & known and distinguished upon the plan and in the Book of Reference thereto of the Cadastre as number(17a) seventeen a of the Second Range of the Township of Tewkesbury, to have and to hold the same from the day of my death in full ownership.

The legacy made in favour of my son, Frank, is thus made at the charge of paying to his sister, Bridget Louise, a sum of two hundred dollars and a sum of one hundred dollars to each of his other sisters, Marguerite, Mary & Elisa, payable after the death of my husband.

Art. 4th. I give, devise and bequeath all my properties, moveable and immoveable, real & personal, I may die possessed of to my said husband in full ownership.

Art. 5th. I do nominate my husband my Testamentary Executor and I revoke all other testaments & last wills I may have done before this day.

This last will and testament received by Jean Baptiste Delage, the undersigned Notary, in the presence of said witnesses having been read to the Testatrix by said Notary, in the presence of said witnesses, she declared to understand well the same and has persisted in the same as containing her last intentions.

Thus done and executed at St. Edmond of Stoneham, dwelling of said Testatrix, under the number fifteen thousand nine hundred and twelve of the records of said Notary.

In witness whereof the said Notary and witnesses have signed with and in the presence of one another and in the presence of said Testatrix, who has declared not to know how to write or sign her name, after the reading done.

Eleven words erased are null.

John Payne, his signature;

James McKee, his signature;

J.B. Delage, N.P., his signature

(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – 2012)

Notes by Patricia Balkcom:  Margaret had 13 known children, of which at least 4 predeceased her. Six of the remaining nine children are mentioned in the will – missing are Thomas, James, and William.  Marguerite outlived her husband and died 19 years after writing this will (22 November 1926) at the age of 89 years.