17th June 1883
Last Will of William Gray
(Husband of Sarah Ann Livingston)
From the Notary Records of Edouard Antill Panet
Transcribed from the Original at the Quebec Archives
On the seventeenth day of the month of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty three, at the hour of two of the clock of the afternoon, at the special request of William Gray, Farmer, residing in the Parish of Saint Raymond, I, Édouard Antill Panet, Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn in and residing and practising in the Parish of Saint Raymond in the County of Portneuf and Province of Quebec accompanied by Thomas Gendron, Esquire, Doctor of Medicine, and Alexander Woods, Farmer, both residing in the said Parish of Saint Raymond, witnesses called and required by law for the purposes hereof, personally repaired to the residence of the said William Gray in the said Parish of Saint Raymond and there finding him ill in bed and suffering, but of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appears unto us Notary and witnesses and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous of regulating his worldly affairs whilst yet he hath the strength so to do, hath in the presence of said witnesses named, dictated and nominated, fait dicté et nommé, unto us said Notary his last will and testament in the manner and form following:
1º I recommend my soul to Almighty God, my Creator, in the humble hope that he will receive the same to his favor through the sole merits of Jesus Christ my Lord.
2º I will and order that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid by my Executrix and Executor hereinafter named.
3º I commit my body to the grave to be interred in a manner suitable to my station in life, leaving it to my Executrix and Executor hereinafter named to fix and arrange the manner and expense of my funeral.
4º I give, devise and bequeath to my well beloved wife Sarah Anne Livingston the whole of my property, real and personal, moveable and immoveable, money, rights, actions, claims and demands of whatsoever nature the same may be, and to whatsoever amount the same may come to, without exception or reserve, to be by her used, enjoyed and disposed of as she may see fit and proper in full property and ownership from and after the moment of my decease, hereby instituting her my residuary legatee and devisee in full property and ownership and Executrix of this my present last will and testament, also hereby nominating and appointing my father, John Gray, of the Parish of Saint Raymond Executor of this my present will & testament and revoking all former last wills, testaments and codicils by me heretofore made, wishing and desiring that the present alone be followed.
It was thus named, dictated and nominated, fait dicté et nommé, unto us Notary and witnesses by the said Testator of his own free will and accord and without any suggestion or indication on the part of any person or persons whomsoever, at the said residence in Saint Raymond on the day, month, year and hour first above written.
In testimony whereof the said Testator hath signed with and in the presence of said 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 first duly read by the said Notary to the said testator in the presence of said witnesses, these presents bearing the number two thousand three hundred [and fifty six] of the originals remaining of record in the office of the undersigned Notary.
William Gray, his signature;
Thos. Gendron, M.D., his signature;
Alexander Woods, his signature;
A.E. Panet, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerald Neville, February, 2012