21st August 1874
Last Will of Agnes McCartney
Widow of Alexander Wright
From the records of Notary Louis-Silfroy LaRoche, Record Number 52
Quebec Archives online
Before me the undersigned Notary Public duly admitted, commissioned and sworn, residing at the parish of St. Ambroise de la Jeune Lorette in the Dominion of Canada in the Province of Quebec personally came and appeared Dame Agnes McCartney, spouse to the late Alexander Wright in his lifetime Farmer of the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, which said Agnes McCartney enjoying her mental faculties, memory, judgment, and understanding as it appeared to me the said Notary and the witnesses hereinafter mentioned by her discussion and proposals, and considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the moment thereof, has requested me the said Notary to receive her solemn will and testament which she has dictated to me word by word as follows, namely,
1º I recommend my soul to God Almighty and pray his Divine Mercy to forgive my sins and receive my soul in his heavenly kingdom.
2º I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Wright all my goods moveable and immoveable of which I may die possessed, whatever may be their nature and amount and in whatever place they may be situated, to have and to hold, after my decease, my said goods, moveable and immoveable as of them to him appertaining as as he thinks proper after my said decease, instituting him my universal legatee, at the charge of my said legatee to pay all my funeral expenses.
3º At the charge moreover to pay to Miss Janet Wright, my daughter, and to Mr. Alexander Wright, one of my sons, each the sum of two hundred dollars, in the course of the year after my said decease and without interest, and to feed and clothe them as long as they like to stay with him and no longer.
4º I name and appoint to execute my present will and testament, the person of my son Robert Wright, in the hands of whom I remit my said goods according to law.
For thus be dine and passed at St. Gabriel of Valcartier at the residence of the said Testatrix, under the number fifty two in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy four, the twenty first of August in the afternoon, and the present will and testament having been read to the said Testatrix, in the actual presence of Mr. Henry Ward and John Neil, both of the said Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, farmers, witnesses to these presents, she declared to understand it ewell, comprehend and persisted and the said Testatrix being requested to sign, she did sign these presents with the witnesses and me the Notary according to the Law.
Four marginal notes are approved, fifteen words erased are null.
Agnes McCartney, her signature
Henry Ward, his signature
John Neil, his signature
Ls.S. LaRoche, Notary, his signature
[Translated and transcribed by Gerry Neville]
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Agnes' gravestone states she died September 20th, one month later at the age of 56 years.