28th January 1875
Last Will of William Cole
Husband of Eleanor Reilly
From records of Notary Louis Silfory Laroche,
Quebec Archives Online
Before me the undersigned Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn residing at the Parish of St. Ambroise of La Jeune Lorette in the Dominion of Canada in the Province of Quebec personally came and appeared Mr. William Cole, Farmer, of the said Parish of St. Ambroise of La Jeune Lorette in the County of Quebec, who the said William Cole enjoying his mental faculties, understanding, memory and judgment as it appeared to me the said Notary and the witnesses hereinafter mentioned by his discourses and proposals, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the moment thereof, has requested me the said Notary to receive and make out his solemn will and testament which he has dictated to me word by word as follows:
1º I recommend my soul to God Almighty and pray his Divine Mercy to forgive my sins and receive my soul in his heavenly kingdom.
2º I give and bequeath unto Mr. John Cole, one of my sons, a lot of ground situate in the said parish of St. Ambroise bounded on the north side by the parish of St. Catherines and the south side by the lands of the tenth range, on the west side by Robert Gorley, and on the east side by James Cole, the said lot of land is now known under the number sixty nine of the Plan and Book of Reference for the County of Quebec; moreover I give unto him the said John Cole all my moveable goods and effects whatever may be their amount and in whatever place they may be situated at the charge to pay to Miss Bridget Cole the sum of twenty pounds and to secure the payment of said sum of twenty pounds, the estates here especially hypothecate and mortgaged in favour of the said Bridget Cole the lot of land herein above described.
3º I do give and bequeath unto the said Bridget Cole, one of my daughters, a chest of drawers painted in red and a spinning wheel.
4º I do give and bequeath to Miss Margaret Cole the cow that she used to claim for her own, and in the case where she would not claim the said cow, she will remain the property of John Cole.
5º I do give and bequeath to Mr. James Cole, another one of my sons, a lot of ground containing three acres in from by thirty two acres in length situate in the said Parish of St. Ambroise, bounded in the north by the lands of St. Catherines, on the south side by the lands of the Mountain that is the tenth range, on the east by Patrick Anderson, and on the south side by the said John Cole, the said lot of land is now know under the number seventy of the Plan and Book of Reference for the County of Quebec.
6º I do name and appoint to execute my present will and testament the person of Charles Tate, Farmer, of the said parish St. Ambroise in the said County of Quebec.
For this done and passed at the residence of the said Testator under the notarial number sixty two on the twenty eighth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy five that the present will and testament having been read to the said Testator in the actual presence of Charles Tate, Farmer, of the said Parish of St. Ambroise, in the said County of Quebec, and Michael Darmody, also a farmer, of the Parish of St. Catherine, in the County of Portneuf, Witnesses to these presents, he, the said Testator, declared to understand it well and that such was his will. In testimony whereof the said Testator and witnesses have signed this presents together with me the said Notary, according to Law.
William Cole, his signature;
Michael Darmody, his signature;
Charles Tate, his signature;
Ls. S. LaRoche, Notary, his signature
[Translated and transcribed by Gerry Neville]
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: William died six years later in 1881. His wife had died in 1855. They had six known children, all are mentioned in the will except for Ann and William.