19th August 1904
Last Will of Catherine Billing
Wife of David McKinley
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
Translated from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On this nineteenth day of August one thousand nine hundred and four, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette personally appeared Catherine Billing, wife of David McKinley, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, Farmer, who being of sound mind and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us the said Notary and witnesses to write down and receive in due form of law her last will and testament which she has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:
1º I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid after my death as soon as possible by my executor hereinafter named.
2º I give and bequeath to my son John Joseph McKinley all my moveable and immoveable properties wherever the same may be found and to whatever the same shall amount hereby constituting my said son John Joseph McKinley my universal legatee. To the charge by the said John Joseph McKinley to pay to is brothers and sisters the sums following:
-1º To David McKinley, the sum of one hundred dollars one year after my death.
-2º To Andrew McKinley the sum of one hundred dollars one year after David.
-3º To Francis McKinley the sum of fifty dollars one year after Andrew.
-4º To Alice fifty dollars to one year after [Frances].
-5º To Mary Marguerite the sum of fifty dollars one year after Alice.
-6º To Susan the sum of fifty dollars one year after.
-7º To Curtis McKinley the sum of fifty dollars if he comes back one year after Susan.
-8º If David McKinley bought a land and that he needs a horse, John Joseph shall be obliged to give him a horse of about one year old.
3º I nominate, constitute and appoint my son John Joseph McKinley my universal legatee and testamentary executor.
4º I revoke all will and codicils I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
Dane and passed at St. Ambroise under Notarial Number two thousand seven hundred and seventy four. And after the reading of the said will to the Testatrix by said Notary in presence of Pierre Joseph Abias Savard, Merchant & Ludger Roy, Blacksmith, both of the parish of St. Ambroise, witnesses requested for these presents, the Testatrix, the Notary and witnesses have signed with me, Notary.
Catherine Billing, her signature;
P.J.A. Savard, his signature;
Ludger Roy, his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Catherine died 10 years later at the reported age of 71 years.