7th January 1891

Last Will of Thomas Billing

Husband of Caroline Amelia Wolff

 

 

From records of Notary Jean Baptiste Delage

No. 10537

Quebec Archives Online

 

 

On this day, the seventh of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety one, before the undersigned Notary Public for the Province of Quebec, Canada, residing in the City of Quebec, and John William Thomson and Francis Patton, farmers, of the Parish of St, Gabriel of Valcartier, in the County of Quebec, witnesses to these presents, personally came and appeared, Thomas Billing, of the said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, farmer, who has made as follows his last will & testament:

 

1st I ratify and confirm the donation which I have made this day with my wife in favour of William James Billing, Curtis Billing, & Mary Ann Billing, my children, before J.B. Delage, Notary, & I further bequeath and devise unto them the properties moveable and immoveable which I give them by said deed of gift.

 

2nd Out of the sum due to me by John Joseph Billing, my son, if there is enough still due at my death, I give, bequeath and devise a sum of one hundred dollars to Frances Billing, my daughter, wife of James Patton payable on the day of my death; sixty dollars to Charles Stuart Billing and fifty dollars to Elizabeth Billing, wife of John Liddy after the death of my wife, and as to the balance, if a balance there is, I give to my wife the power of bequeathing the same to my children or one of them, as she will think fit. She will be entitled to the interest of the sum due by my said son during her life time.

 

3rd I appoint & name the said John William Thomson & Francis Patton, my friends, my testamentary executors & their charge will last as long as they will think proper for the execution of this my will.

 

4th I revoke all former wills made by me before this day.

 

This last will received by Jean-Baptiste Delage, the undersigned Notary, in the presence of the said witnesses, having been read by the said Notary, in the presence of the said witnesses, to the Testator, he declared well to understand the same and has persisted in the same as containing his last will & intentions.

 

Thus done & executed at Valcartier aforesaid, dwelling of the Testator, under the number ten thousand five hundred & thirty seven of the records of the said Notary.

 

In witness whereof the said Testator has signed with and in the presence of the said Notary and witnesses, who have also signed with and in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of one another after the reading done.

 

Four marginal notes are good & ten words erased are null.

 

Thomas Billing, his signature; Francis Patton, his signature; John W. Thompson, his signature; J.B. Delage, N.P., his signature

 

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NOTE:

The Deed of Donation by Thomas Billing and his wife Caroline Amelia Wolff follows:

 

7th January 1891

 

Donation by Thomas Billing and Caroline Amelia Wolff to

William James Billing, Curtis Billing, and Mary Ann Billing

 

From the records of Notary Jean-Baptiste Delage, Record Number 10537

Quebec Archives Online

 

On this day, the seventh of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety one, before the undersigned Notary Public for the Province of Québec, Canada, residing in the City of Quebec, personally came and appeared:

 

Thomas Billing, Farmer, and Caroline Amelia Wolff, his wife, by him duly authorized to the effects thereof, of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, in the County of Quebec, of the one part,

 

And William James Billing, Curtis Billing, Farmers, and Mary Ann Billing, wife of George Thompson, Farmer, by him, also present duly authorized to the effects hereof, also of said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, of the second part.

 

Which said parties of the first part do give and grant, à titre de donation entrevifs, with guarantee against all encumbrances & troubles whatever, unto the said parties of the second part accepting hereof, that is to say:

 

Unto the said William James Billing:

1º A lot of ground situate in the said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, Seigniory of St. Gabriel, Second Concession, being part of that now known and designated upon the official plan and in the Book of Reference thereto for said parish under the number (85) eighty five and containing three arpents and a half in front by thirty arpents in depth & joining on the North side the land of the late Francis Martin and on the South side that of John Joseph Billing, with the house, barn and other buildings thereon erected.

2º Another lot of ground situate in the said parish, said seigniory, & said concession, being part of that now know and designated upon said plan and in said Book of reference thereto for said parish under the numbers (80 & 81) eighty & eighty one and containing three arpents in front by thirty arpents in depth and joining on the North side the land of James Johnson and on the South side that of John Joseph Billing with the old building thereon erected.

3º Another lot of ground situate in the same parish, Seigniory of St. Ignace, concession N.W. of Lake St. Charles, containing one ardent in front by forty-five arpents in depth, more or less, joining on the North side the land of John Joseph Billing and on the South side that of Curtis Billing hereafter described, and being the centre portion of lot number (894) eight hundred and ninety four upon said official plan and Book of reference thereto for said parish.

4th All furniture & moveable effects which are in the buildings above given and on the lands above described, all agricultural implements, cattle, heresies, and generally all moveable effects which the said donors now possess, with the only exception of the sum which is now due to the donor by his son John Joseph Billing.

 

To the said Curtis Billing accepting hereof:

A lot of ground situate in the said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, said Seigniory of St. Ignace, concession N.W. of Lake St. Charles, containing one ardent in front by forty five arpents more or less in depth, joining on the North side the land of William James Billing above given and on the South side that of one Verret, which lot is the South portion of lot number (894) eight hundred and ninety four above mentioned.

 

To the said Mary Ann Billing accepting hereof:

A lot of ground situate in said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, said Seigniory of St. Gabriel, first concession, at the place called "St. Gabriel West," containing four arpents & a half in front by twenty arpents in depth, more or less, joining on the West side the land of Melechior Landrigan and on the East side that of Patrick King and now known and designated upon said plan and in said Book of Reference thereto for said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier under the number (23) twenty three.

 

As the whole is now and with which the said donees do declare themselves satisfied.

 

Said properties belonging to the said donor by and in virtue of good and valid titles.

 

To have and to hold said properties by the said donees in full ownership from this day, with the exception of one half of those given to the said William James Billing of which half the said donor doth reserve the usufruct during his life time.

 

This donation is made by the donor in consideration of the love they do bear to the donees.

 

This donation is further made at the charge by the said William James Billing of keeping with him his mother, the said Caroline Amelia Wolff, from the day of the death of the donor during her life time, and furnishing her with food, clothing and all things necessary for life and of taking care of her and in such case the said William James Billing will be bound as he doth bind and oblige himself by these presents, to pay to his said mother an annual rent of seventy five dollars by quarterly installments and in advance. And in such case the said Caroline Amelia Wolff will have the right of dwelling in the house above given, with the use of the furniture requisite.

 

The said William James Billing doth moreover oblige himself to cause to be buried the said donors and to be erected on their grave a small monument or head stone with their names engraved, to pay their debts and all their funeral expenses.

 

And for securing the payment of the above stipulated annual rent, the said William James Billing doth mortgage the immoveable properties given to him by the present Deed of Donation.

 

And by these presents the said Caroline Amelia Wolff, doth renounce to all dower, présise or couturier which she and her children can or could claim on the above described immoveable properties.

 

Thus done and executed at Valcartier aforesaid, dwelling of the said Donors, on the day, month and year first above written, under the number ten thousand five hundred and thirty six of the records of Jean-Baptiste Delage, Notary.

 

In witness whereof the said parties have signed with the said Notary, after the reading done.

 

Sixteen words erased are null.

 

Thomas Billing, his signature; Caroline, Amelia Wolff, her signature; William James Billing, his signature; Curtis Billing, his signature; Mary Ann Billing, her signature; George Thompson, his signature; J.-B. Delage, N.P., his signature

 

Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011

 

Note by Patricia Balkcom:  Thomas died on the 28th of April 1893 at the age of 69 years.  His wife survived him.