3rd July 1893
Will of Patrick Hayes
Husband of Martha McCoubray
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On the third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety three, before me Cyrille Renaud Public Notary residing in the parish of St. Ambroise and Masters William Rourke and Patrick Murphy, farmers residing at Valcartier, witnesses asked for this present testament, personally appeared Patrick Hayes, residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us, the said Notary and witnesses, to write down and receive in due form of law his last will and testament which he has declared in manner and form following, that is to say:
Firstly and principally, I most willingly resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator in the humble hope that he will receive it to his favour through the sole merits and intercession of Jesus Christ my Saviour.
Secondly, I desire that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as possible after my death.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my son Richard Hayes a land being number four hundred and fifty five on the cadastral plan for the Parish of Valcartier bounded in front by River aux Pins, South West by Patrick Hayes and on the North East by William Rourke.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to Robert Hayes my son a sawmill situated on the River aux Pins bounded in front by River aux Pins, on the North west by the from road, on the North East by Mistress Forte(?) and dependencies, this is made at the charge and condition that the said Robert Hayes will work during five years after my death to the profit of my wife Martha McCoubray and family.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath all my other moveable and immoveable properties to my said wife Martha McCoubray to the charge by her to pay the sum of three hundred dollars to my son Richard Hayes by instalments of one hundred dollars by year the first instalment beginning one year after my death, and to the charge by my said wife to pay all my just debts.
Sixthly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife Martha McCoubray as Executor of this my will.
Sevently, I revoke all wills and codicils I may have heretofore made and I declare the present to be my only true last will and testament.
The present will was thus declared by the said Testator to the said Notary and witnesses and by the said Notary in presence of said witnesses read to the said testator who declared to understand it fully and to persist therein.
Done and passed at the residence of the said Testator at Valcartier the day, month and year first heretofore written under the number six hundred and ninety and signed by the said Testator and witnesses also hereunto subscribing in his presence and in the presence of each other.
Patrick Hayes, his signature;
William Rourke, his signature;
Patrick Murphy, his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011)
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: It is interesting that the will states that he actually went to the office of the Notary to make the will as he died the same day. Patrick and Martha had ten known children – the youngest being only six when he died. He was 53 years of age.