15th April 1913
Will of Thomas Cullerton
From the Notary Records of John Buckworth Parkin
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On the fifteenth day of April one thousand nine hundred and thirteen, at the request of Mr. Thomas Cullerton of St. Jacques de Tewkesbury in the Province of Quebec, Canada, Farmer, I, John B. Parkin, of the City of Quebec, in the said Province went to the Hotel Dieu Hospital situate on Palais Street in the said City, where being he requested me to receive his last will and testament, which in the presence of the witnesses hereinafter named, he instantly made, named and dictated, and which I have reduced to writing, in manner and form following:
I direct that all my just debts, funeral expenses and charges be paid out of my estate as soon as possible after my decease.
I give and bequeath to Mr. Joseph McGrory of Valcartier, Farmer, the sum of fifty dollars.
I direct that the sum of fifty dollars be expended in stipends for masses for the repose of my soul.
I give, devise and bequeath to my nephews Lawrence Cullerton & Thomas Cullerton & to my niece Margaret Cullerton all and every the residue of my estate and property, real and personal, moveable and immoveable, constituting them hereby my universal residuary legatees.
And I do hereby name and appoint my said nephew Lawrence Cullerton of Valcartier, Farmer, to be the Executor of my present will into whose hands I divest myself of my estate & property from and after my decease, with power to sell real estate & whose powers as such shall extend beyond the time limited by law for the execution of wills until the final execution hereof.
I revoke all wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare the present to contain my only true last wishes and intentions.
It was thus made, named and dictated by the said Testator to the said Notary in the presence of Reverend Hugh McGratty, Priest, & Edward Power, Policeman, both of the said City of Quebec, as witnesses for the effect, and after his present will had been read over to him the said Testator by the said Notary in their presence, he declared to have perfectly heard and understood the same and persisted therein.
It was thus done and executed at the said City of Quebec in the Hotel Dieu Hospital aforesaid to remain of record as one of the minutes of the said Notary, under the number six thousand four hundred and three, the said Testator having declared not to know how to write his name, requested to do so by the said Notary, has made his mark of a cross in the presence of the said Notary and witnesses, who have signed in his & in the presence of each other, according to law.
Thomas Cullerton, his mark;
Hugh McGratty, Ptre., his signature;
Edward Power, his signature;
J.B. Parkin, N.P., his signature
(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011)
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: I have not found a burial record for Thomas. He would have been 77 years old when he wrote this will. His nephews and niece mentioned in the will were children of his brother, Patrick.