21st May 1910
Last Will of Thomas Berry
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
Translated from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On this twenty first day of May in the year one thousand nine hundred and ten, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette, personally appeared Thomas Berry, 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:
1บ I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my Executor as soon as possible after my death.
2บ I give and bequeath to my brother John Berry the sum of fifty dollars and to my sister Maggie Berry, wife of Dan Kack, the sum of fifty dollars and my carriole, payable three years after my death.
3บ I give and bequeath all the remainder of my moveable and immoveable properties wherever the same may be found and whatever the same shall amount to my sister Elizabeth Berry, wife of Adam Aikens, that I constitute and appoint my universal legatee.
4บ I nominate, constitute and appoint my sister Elizabeth Berry and her husband Adam Aikens as Executors of this my will and testament and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
Done and passed at Valcartier in the residence of Thomas Berry under Notarial Number four thousand six hundred and seventy three. And after the reading of the present will by said Notary to the Testator in presence of Thomas Holton and Hugh Bowles, both farmers of Valcartier, the Testator, the Notary and the witnesses have signed in presence of each other.
Thomas Berry, his signature;
Thomas Holton, his signature;
Hugh Bowles, his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Thomas was a bachelor and died in 1917, eight years after writing this will. He was only 36 years of age.