30th March 1916
Will of Julia Fitzsimmons
Widow of Patrick Murphy
From Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Transcribed from the original at the Quebec Archives
On the thirtieth day of March one thousand nine hundred and sixteen, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary residing at Loretteville, undersigned, personally appeared Julia Fitzsimmons, widow of the late Patrick Murphy, residing at St. Gabriel of Valcartier, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested me the said Notary to write down and receive in due form of law her last will and testament which she has declared in manner and form following:
1º I most willingly resign my soul in the hands of Almighty God 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, testamentary and funeral expenses be paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.
3º I give and bequeath to my son John Murphy all my moveable and immoveable properties wherever the same may be found and at whatever the same shall amount hereby constituting my said son my universal legatee and the Executor of this my will and testament.
4º I revoke all wills I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
Done and passed at Valcartier at the residence of John Murphy under notarial number six thousand eight hundred and sixty one.
After the reading of the present will to the Testatrix by the Notary in the presence of Patrick John Davidson and David Michael Davidson, Farmers, both of St. Gabriel of Valcartier witnesses requested for the present will, the Testatrix having declared her inability to sign her name by sickness, has made her mark in presence of the Notary and witnesses who have signed in the presence of the Testatrix and in the presence of each other.
Julia Fitzsimmons, her mark;
P.J. Davidson, his signature;
Michael Davidson, his signature,
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, 2011
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Julia died six years later on September 6, 1922 at 79 years of age. She had at least five children but at least three of them died as children.