12th September 1895
Last Will of James Gray
(Husband of Mary Elizabeth Harper)
From the Notary Records of Edouard Antill Panet
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives
On this twelfth day of September one thousand eight hundred and ninety five at the hour of three of the clock in the afternoon, before Mtre. Édouard Antill Panet, the undersigned Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in and residing and practising in the Parish of Saint Raymond in the Province of Quebec and Dominion of Canada and in the presence of Gaudiose Plamondon, Farmer, and Philomon Leboeuf, Saddler. both of the said Parish of Saint Raymond witnesses required by law and expressly demanded by the Testator hereinafter named for the purpose of witnessing his last will and testament, personally appeared Mr. James Gray of the said Parish of Saint Raymond, Farmer, in ill health but of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appeared unto us Notary and witnesses from his words and actions and being desirous of regulating his worldly affairs whilst yet he hath the strength left to do so, hath named, dictated and nominated unto us Notary and witnesses his last will and testament in the manner and form following:
1º I recommend my soul to Almighty God my Creator and my body to the grave to be buried in a manner suitable to my station in life.
2º I will and order that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid by my Executrix hereinafter named.
3º I give, devise and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary Elizabeth Harper the whole of my property moveable and immoveable, real and personal, ready money, rights and actions, and all other property I may die possessed of to be by her used, enjoyed and disposed of in full property and ownership from and after the moment of my decease hereby instituting her my universal legatee and Executrix of this my present last will and testament hereby revoking and repealing all other former wills and codicils by me heretofore made.
It was thus named, dictated and nominated by the said Testator unto us said Notary and witnesses of his own free will and accord and the said Testator persisted herein after the reading thereof as fully to embody and contain his last will and intentions.
This done and passed at Saint Raymond aforesaid in the office of the said undersigned Notary on the day, month and year first above written under the number four thousand eight hundred and five.
In testimony whereof the said Testator declaring his inability to write or sign his name hath made his usual mark of a cross in the presence of the said undersigned Notary and witnesses who have each signed with and in the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other, these presents having been duly read by said Notary to said Testator in presence of said witnesses.
James Gray, his mark;
Gaudiose Plamondon, his signature;
Philomon Leboeuf, his signature;
E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature
NOTE: James Gray and Mary Elizabeth Harper were married 30 April 1857 (St. Andrews Presbyterain Church, Quebec City).
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, February, 2012