17th November 1879
Last Will of Mary Flanagan
Wife of Patrick Kenedy
From records of Notary Joseph Laurin
Quebec Archives Microfilm Number 4M01-4770
On the seventeenth day of the month of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and seventy six, at the request of Mrs. Mary Flanagan, wife of Patrick Kennedy, of the Parish of St. Catherine, I the Public Notary undersigned went to the residence of the said Mary Flanagan in the said Parish of St. Catherine, where I found her the said Mary Flanagan being apparently sound of body and of mind, memory and understanding who requested me the undersigned Public Notary to write down and receive, in due form of law, her last will and testament which she instantly made and dictated unto me the undersigned Public Notary in the manner and form following, viz.:
1º I recommend my soul to the Almighty God, hoping for a free pardon and remission for all my sins and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in the cemetery, leaving the care of my funeral to my Executor.
2º I will and direct that all my just debts be fully paid and satisfied out of my estate and property by my Executor hereinafter named.
3º I give and bequeath to my son, Patrick Kennedy, living with me, all my properties, possessions and effects real and personal of whatever kind and wherever situated, and all sums of money, which I may leave, at the time of my death, and I institute the said Patrick Kennedy my universal legatee in full property, en pleine propriété.
At the charge by the said Patrick Kennedy, my universal legatee, to pay to my daughter, Anne Kennedy, twenty pounds currency, after my death.
And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my son my sole Executor, and in hands of whom I divest and disseize myself of all my estate and property according to law.
And I hereby revoke and make null and void all other wills and codicils at any time heretofore by me made, declaring the present to be my only true and last will and testament.
It was thus made, dictated and named by the said Testatrix to Mtre. Jos. Laurin, Notary, at the place aforesaid, in presence of Mr. James Shea, Labourer, and Michael Donovan, Farmer, both of the aforesaid Parish of St. Catherine, especially demanded for and to the effect of these presents, and the present last will and testament having been read in full to the said Testatrix by the said Jos. Laurin, Public Notary, in the presence of the aforesaid witnesses, she the said Testatrix declared that she had perfectly heard and understood the same and found it to contain her true last will and intentions, therefore persisted therein, at the place aforesaid, on the day, month and year first above written under the number seven thousand four hundred and twenty one.
And in faith and testimony of the premises, the said Testator has declared that she could not write nor sign her name, in presence of the above witnesses and the said Public Notary who have signed these presents in the presence of the said Testatrix and in the presence the ones of the others, these presents having been first duly read according to law.
One word struck out are null.
James Shea, his signature;
Michael Donovan, his signature;
Jos. Laurin, Not. Pub., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, January, 2013
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Both Patrick and Mary wrote the same Will on the same day so they must have made an agreement that their son, Patrick, would care for them and then inherit their property. They had eight known children, two of whom had predeceased them. Mary lived for twelve years after this Will. She died on June 13, 1890 at about 84 years of age. It’s possible she wrote a later Will.