23rd January 1883
Will of Mary Ann Billing
Widow of Thomas Brown
From records of Notary Charles Henry Andrews
Translated from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On the twenty third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three, at the request of Mary Ann Billing, widow of the late Thomas Brown, I the undersigned Public Notary residing at the City of Quebec in the Province of Quebec and at her residence situate in the Parish of Valcartier in the Fifth Concession did write down her last will and testament in the following words:
I do will and bequeath unto my sons Andrew and Benjamin Brown all my rights and title in and to all immoveable properties to me belonging as their own absolute property.
I do will and bequeath to my daughter Mary Jane the sum of two hundred dollars; to my daughter Margaret the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars; to my sons John and James Brown the sum of four hundred dollars each; to Eleanor Billing wife of John Clarke, the sum of fifty dollars and to my son Curtis Brown the sum of fifty dollars.
I will and bequeath to my sons John and James all the stock, the farming implements and household furniture unto my son Andrew. It was thus made and named unto me the said Notary and acknowledged and declared by the said Testatrix in the presence of William Hornby and William McBain of the aforesaid Parish, Farmer's, witnesses.
Thus done and executed on the day and year first above written and recorded in the office of Charles H. Andrews, the undersigned Notary, under the Notarial Number three thousand one hundred and fifty.
The said Testatrix having signed together with said witnesses, the present will having been first duly read she declared it to contain her true wishes and intentions.
Marginal notes good, Words struck out are null.
Mary Billing, her signature;
Wm, McBain, his signature;
William Hornby, his signature;
C.H. Andrews, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: There is a later will written in 1889.