23rd April 1921
Last Will of Mary Gurry
(Wife of James Bowles)
From records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
On this twenty third day of April, one thousand nine hundred and twenty one.
Before me Cyrille Renauld, Notary, residing in Loretteville, undersigned, personally appeared Mary Gurry, wife of James Bowles, farmer and butcher, residing at Ste. Catherine, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested me the said notary to write down and receive in one form of law her last will and testament which he has declared in a manner and form following that is to say
Executor thereinafter named as soon after my death and one hundred (?)
dMasses for my soul after my death.
Done and passed at Ste Catherine in the house of said testator under notorial number eight thousand five hundred and eighty one. After the reading of the present will to the testator by the notary in presence of Napoleon Beaumont and Donat Beaumont, farmers, both of Ste Catherine, the testator, the notary and witnesses have signed in the presence of each others.
<signed> Mary Gurry Bowles
<signed> Napolean Beaumont
<signed> Donat Beaumont
<signed> C. Renauld, N.P.
Transcribed by Patrick and Barbara Keily, Feb. 2012
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Mary died about 6 weeks after writing this will. She died on the 6th of June 1921 at 60 years of age. Her seven youngest children are mentioned in the will. She and James Bowles had 14 children – four of whom died in one week in 1888. They were aged 2 through 5 years and died of diphtheria. Husband, James, died 2 months after Mary’s death.