25th August 1883
Will of Johanna Landers
Wife of Malachy Landrigan
From the Notary Records of Edouard Antill Panet
Transcribed from the Original Will at the Quebec Archives
On this twenty fifth day of August one thousand eight hundred and eighty three, at the special insistence and request of Dame Johanna Landers, wife of Malachy Landrigan, Farmer, both residing in the Parish of Sainte Catherine, I, Édouard Antill Panet, the undersigned 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 John Woodlock and Thomas Hartery, both farmers residing in the Parish of Saint Gabriel of Valcartier, witnesses called and required by law for the purposes hereof, reported to the residence in the said Parish of Sainte Catherine of the said Malachy Landrigan, and there finding the said Dame Johanna Landers sick and ill in bed, but of sound and disposing mind, memory, judgment and understanding as it appears unto us Notary from her words and actions, yet knowing and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous of regulating her worldly affairs whilst yet he had the strength left so to do, hath, in the presence of the said witnesses named, dictated and nominated fait dicté et nommé unto the said Notary in the presence of said witnesses 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 merits and intercession of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
2º I will and order that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be first paid by my Executor hereinafter named.
3º I will and order that my body be committed to the grave to be interred in a manner suitable to my station in life and according to the rites and solemnities of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and faith of which I am a member, and that a funeral mass be sung over my remains the day of my funeral and another service a year from the date of my death.
4º I give, devise and bequeath to my well beloved husband Malachy Landrigan the whole of my property, real and personal, moveable and immoveable, ready money, actions, rights of actions, and other property, of whatever nature and kind the same may be, to whatever amount the same may come to, and wherever situate, without exception or reserve, which I may be possessed of at the time of my decease, to be by my said husband used, enjoyed and disposed of as he may see fit and proper, in full property and ownership from and after the moment of my decease hereby instituting him my residuary legatee and devisee in full property and Executor of this my present last will and testament, and hereby revoking all other and former wills 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 said Notary in the presence of said witnesses, of her own free will and accord and without any suggestion or induction on the part of any person or persons whomsoever, on the day, month and year first above written, at the hour of nine of the clock in the forenoon.
Thus done and passed at the said residence of the said Malachy Landrigan in the Parish of Sainte Catherine.
In testimony whereof the said Testatrix declaring her inability to sign or write her name hath made her usual mark of a cross in the presence of the said undersigned Notary and witnesses who have each signed in the presence of the said Testatrix and in the presence of each other, these presents having been first duly read by the said Notary to the said Testatrix in presence of the said witnesses, and bearing the number of two thousand four hundred and [eight] of the deed remaining of record in the office of the said undersigned Notary.
Johanna Landers, her mark;
John Woodlock, his signature;
Thomas Hartery, his signature,
E.A. Panet, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerry Neville – August, 2011
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Johanna died two months later on October 25th at the age of 50 years. She had 10 children, eight of whom were living at the time of her death.