18th February 1878
Last Will of Thomas Brooks
(Husband of Mary Miller)
From Notary Records of Philippe Huot
Quebec Archives Microfilm #4M01-5106
On this day, the eighteenth of February one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight, before us the undersigned Notaries Public for the Province of Quebec, residing at the City of Quebec, personally came and appeared Mr. Thomas Brooks, farmer, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise de la Jeune Lorette, who being in good bodily health and of sound and perfect mind, memory and understanding requested us the said Notaries to write down and receive in due form of law his last will and testament which he instantly made and dictated unto us the said Notaries as follows, to wit:
I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary Miller all the property real & personal moveable and immoveable without any exception nor reserve whatsoever which I may die possessed and disposed of in full & absolute property forever from the day of my death hereby making her my universal legatee and appointing her the executrix of this my present last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and codicils heretofore by me made, declaring the present to be my only true last will & testament.
Thus done, made and executed at Quebec in the office of Philippe Huot, one of the said Notaries, in the presence of Edward George Cannon the other Notary also was present during the whole time of the execution thereof, on the day & year first above written under the number seven thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, the said Thomas Brooks having signed with & in the presence of the said Notaries, who have also both signed with and in the presence of each other and of the said Testator, these presents having been duly read according to law and the said Testator persisting therein, as containing his last wishes & intentions.
Thomas Brook, his signature,
E.G. Cannon, N.P., his signature;
P. Huot, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, July 2011
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Thomas did not die until 1911, thirty-three years after he wrote this will. Since his wife pre-deceased him, it is possible there is a later will.