16th June 1896
Will of Walter Knox
Widower of Mary Clarke
From the Notary Records of Cyrille Renaud
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On this sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety six, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise undersigned, personally appeared Walter Knox residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, Farmer, who being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding hath requested us the said Notary 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 favor 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 herein after named as soon as possible after my death.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my children as their share in the succession of their mother and as also their share in my succession the amount after described:
To Elizabeth Knox the sum of five hundred dollars and one cow.
To Grace Knox the sum of five hundred dollars and one cow.
To Thomas Knox the sum of one hundred dollars.
To Walter Knox the sum of one hundred dollars.
To Mary Knox the sum of one hundred dollars.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath all my moveable and immoveable properties to my son William Knox to the charge to pay all my debts, but the right of my children above named will be paid only after the full payment of the lands bought of Mrs. Sarah Pozer the 15 June 1886. The said William Knox will be obliged to entertain the said two cows to his sisters.
Fifthly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my said son William Knox as executor of my said will.
Sixthly, 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 in presence of Alexandre Boucher, Doctor of St. Ambroise, and Charles Wolff, Farmer of Valcartier, and by the said Notary in the presence of said witnesses read to the testator, who declared to understand it fully and persist therein.
Done and passed at Valcartier at the residence of the said Testator under Notarial Number one thousand [one hundred and twenty seven] and signed by the testator with and in presence of said witnesses and Notary also hereunto subscribing in his presence and in the presence of each other after due reading hereof.
Marginal note is good.
Wlater Knox, his signature;
C.S. Wolff, his signature;
Alexandre Boucher, M.D., his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
Parents: Thomas Knox and Grace Neil
Born: Abt. 1824, Scotland
Married: Mary Clarke
Date: 14 April 1852
Church Register: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Quebec City
(Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011)
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Walter died eight years later on the 4th of July 1904 at the age of about 72 years. His wife, Mary, had died in 1866. They had seven children. One of them, John predeceased Walter in 1871, the other children are all mentioned in the will.