25th September 1897
Last Will of George Moore Fairchild Sr.
(Husband of Kezia Temple)
From records of Notary John Strang
Record No. 1824
Transcribed from the Original Will Quebec Archives
On the twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety seven, before the undersigned Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in and for the Province of Quebec in the Dominion of Canada and residing in the City of Quebec in the said Province and, Azarie Bédard of St. Ambroise de la Jeune Lorette, Esquire, Physician & Surgeon, and Joseph Martel Esquire, Druggist of the same place, the witnesses hereunto subscribing personally came and appeared George Moore Fairchild of Valcartier in the said Province, who declared unto the said Notary and witnesses that considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of its hour he was desirous of making his Last Will and Testament and of thereby disposing of the property both real and personal, moveable and immoveable of which he might de seized and possessed or in any wise entitled to at the time of his decease, accordingly the said George Moore Fairchild did dictate and name this his Last Will and Testament to me John Strang Notary Public and also to and in the presence of the said witnesses and which I the said John Strang did reduce to writing, word for word, as dictated to us by the said Testator and as follows:
In the name of God, Amen. I George Moore Fairchild of Valcartier, Province of Quebec Canada being of sound mind, memory and understanding, do make. publish and declare this as and for my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking, making null and void all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made.
First: I hereby direct my Executrix hereinafter named, to pay and discharge all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses out of my personal estate as soon as may be after my decease.
Second: I give, devise and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Kezia Temple Fairchild all my personal property including my Life Insurance policies and, also all my real estate that I may die seized and possessed of wherever it may be located, for her sole and separate use, benefit and maintenance during her life.
Third: It is my will that my said wife shall be at liberty to sell and dispose of all or any portion of my real estate either at public or private sale as she may deem most advantageous and beneficial thereof and to give proper and sufficient Deeds therefore, and to invest the proceeds arising from said sale or sales in first class Bonds and Mortgages upon property located in the United States of America or Canada, and to use and apply the whole of the interest accruing from the investment of the said principal sum or sums on said Bonds and Mortgages to her own separate and personal use and maintenance during her lifetime.
Fourth: It is my will that at the death of my said wife, the whole of the said real estate or the principal sum of said Bonds and Mortgages and the interest that may be due on the same shall be equally divided between my son George Moore Fairchild Junior and my daughter Grace B. Hessenberg, wife of Fritz Hessenberg now residing in London England for their and each of their sole use and benefit during their and each of the individual lives.
Fifth: But should my daughter Grace B. Hessenberg die without leaving and child or children her surviving then and in that event it is my will that the whole of the said real estate or the principal sum of said Bonds and Mortgages and the interest that may be due thereon shall go to my said son George Moore Fairchild Junior and his children forever, but he the said George Moore Fairchild Junior shall have the sole use and benefit thereof during his lifetime, and after his decease the same shall be equally divided among his children share and share alike who shall then possess the same in absolute property forever.
Lastly: I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my wife Kezia T. Fairchild sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament into whose hands I do hereby disseize and divest myself of all my property real and personal moveable and immoveable according to the usage and custom of the Province of Quebec, hereby declaring that the powers and authority of my said Executrix shall continue beyond the year and a day after my decease and until the fill and perfect execution of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby further declare that my said Executrix shall not be required to give Bond or Bonds for the faithful performance of her trust, the law of any State Court or Country notwithstanding. Thus done, dictated and named by the said Testator to the said John Strang Notary, in the presence of the said witnesses at the Hotel of Mr. St. Armand situate in the Parish of St. Ambroise de la Jeune Lorette, the hour of eleven of the clock in the fore noon of the day, month and year first hereinbefore written the original hereof remaining of record in the office of John Strang the said undersigned Notary under the number one thousand eight hundred & twenty four. And after these presents had been duly read to the said Testator by the said John Strang Notary in the presence of the said witnesses, he the said Testator declared that he understood the same perfectly and did persist therein as containing his last wishes and desires. In witness whereof he the said Testator hath signed these presents with and in the presents with and in the presence of the said undersigned Notary and witnesses who have also signed the same in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other , all the formalities required to constitute a will in authentic form having been herein duly fulfilled.
Forty one words struck out are null. Seven marginal notes approved.
George Moore Fairchild, his signature;
Azarie Bédard, M.D., his signature;
Joseph Martel, his signature;
John Strang, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, June, 2011
Note by Patricia Balkcom: George died six years later on July 19, 1903, at the reported age of 75 years.