27th October 1908
Last Will of Jane Carleton
(Wife of Patrick Devine)
From records of Jean-Baptiste Delage
Quebec Archives Online
On this day, the twenty seventh of the month of October one thousand nine hundred and eight, before the undersigned Notary Public for the Province of Quebec, Canada, residing and practising in the City of Quebec and before Alexander Henry Bruce McKee & John Payne, farmers, of the parish of St. Edmond of Stoneham in the County of Quebec, witnesses to these presents, personally came and appeared Mrs. Jane Carleton, of the said Parish of St. Edmond of Stoneham, wife of Patrick Devine, farmer, who has made her last Will and Testament as follows:
1º I give, devise and bequeath unto William Devine, my son, all the properties, moveable and immoveable, real and personal, which I may die possessed of, instituting him my universal legatee, to have and to hold the same in full ownership from the day of my death, but the usufruct and enjoyment only at the death of my husband to whom I give such usufruct & enjoyment during his life time.
This last will & testament is made at the charge by my son of boarding, clothing, and feeding his sister, Harriet - and of paying her when she will marry or leave the house a sum of one hundred dollars and another sum of twenty five dollars to his other sister, Jane.
2º I do nominate and appoint my son my testamentary executor and I do revoke all wills & codicils I may have done before this day.
This last will and testament received by Jean-Baptiste Delage, the undersigned Notary, in presence of said witnesses, having been read to the Testatrix by said Notary, in the presence of said witnesses, she declared to understand well the same and has persisted in the same as containing her true intentions.
Thus done and executed at St. Edmond of Stoneham, dwelling of the testatrix, under the number sixteen thousand three hundred and fifteen of the records of said Notary.
In witness whereof the said Testatrix has signed with and in the presence of said Notary and witnesses, who have also signed with and in the presence of said Testatrix & in the presence of one another, after the reading done.
Five words erased are null.
Jane Devine, her signature;
A.H.B. McKee, his signature;
John Payne, his signature;
J.B. Delage, N.P., his signature.
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, July 2011
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Three of Jane’s known thirteen children (one of her sons and her two youngest daughters) are mentioned in her will. Jane died at the reported age of 79, three years after writing this will.