14th August 1894
Will of Joseph Conway
Husband of Bridget Buggy
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On this fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety four, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary residing in the Parish of St. Ambrosie of Jeune Lorette and Pierre Savard, Merchant, & François Savard, Blacksmith, both of St. Ambroise witnesses expressly required for the effect of these presents personally came & appeared Mr. Joseph Conway of the Parish of Ste. Catherine, Farmer, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us the said Notary to write down and receive in due form of law his last will and testament which he has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:
1º I most willingly resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator in the humble hope that he will receive it to his favor through the sole merits and intercession of Jesus Christ my Saviour.
2º I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my executor herein after named as soon as possible after my death.
3º I give and bequeath to my wife Bridget Buggy all my moveable and immoveable properties hereby constituting my said wife my universal legatee.
4º I nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife Bridget Buggy Executrix of this my will.
5º I revoke all wills and codicils I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
The present will was thus declared by the said Testator in the presence of said witnesses, read to the said Testator by the said Notary in presence of said witnesses who declared to understand it fully and persist therein.
Done and passed at St. Ambroise under Notarial Number eight hundred and sixty nine and the said Testator having declared his inability to sign his name has made his mark in presence of said Notary and witnesses and the Notary and said witnesses have signed in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other after due reading hereof.
Joseph Conway, his mark;
Pierre Savard, his signature;
François Savard, his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011)
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Joseph died on July 21, 1909, at 70 years of age. This was 15 years after he wrote this will, so there may be another will. His wife outlived him by 9 months.