25th December 1895
Last Will of Michael Corrigan
Husband of Jane Shea
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
Record No. 1064
Transcribed from the Original Will – Quebec Archives
On this twenty fifth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety five, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the parish of St. Ambroise [of] Jeune Lorette and the Father Hugh McGratty, Priest, and Lawrence Corrigan, Farmer, both of Valcartier in the County of Quebec witnesses requested for the effect of the presents personally appeared Michael Corrigan of said Parish of Valcartier, Farmer, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us the said Notaries 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:
Firstly, 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.
Secondly, I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my executrix hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my wife Jane Shea all my moveable and immovable properties wherever the same may be found and to whatever the same shall amount, hereby constituting my said wife my universal legatee to the charges and conditions following, that is to say: to pay the sum of four hundred dollars to each of my children at their respective age of majority. Secondly, to pay the sum of seventy five dollars each year during the time that my son Lawrence Corrigan shall remained with his mother, And thirdly to the express condition that if my said wife contracts a second marriage, she must take the sum of nine hundred dollars on my properties but she shall lose all rights on my properties and on properties to her resulting of the communauté de biens between me and the said Jane Shea.
Fourthly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife as executrix of my said & present will.
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 to the said Notary in the presence of witnesses aforesaid, read by Notary to the said Testator in presence of witnesses.
Done and passed at the residence of said Testator in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier under Notarial Number one thousand sixty four and the said Testator having declared his inability to sign his name by sickness has made his mark in presence of the Notary and witnesses and the said Notary and witnesses and the said Notary and witnesses have signed in presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other.
Michael Corrigan, his mark;
Hugh McGratty, Ptre., his signature;
Lawrence Corrigan, his signature;
C. Renaud, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, June, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Michael died the following day at the age of 50. His wife, Mary Jane Shea remarried in 1906.