2nd September 1899
Will of Bernard McGratty
(widower of Sarah Trimble)
Transcribed from records of Notary Cyrille Renaud
Record # 1650
On this second day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine, before me Cyrille Renaud, Public Notary, residing in the Parish of St. Ambroise of Jeune Lorette, undersigned, and Charles Wolff and Carl Wolff, both farmers residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, witnesses requested for the effects of these presents, personally appeared Bernard McGratty, old carter of the City of Quebec now residing in the Parish of St. Gabriel of Valcartier, Gentleman, 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 declared in manner and form following, that is to say:
Firstly, 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 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 the St. Bridget Asylum the sum of fifty dollars and to the Society St. Vincent de Paul of St. Patrick the sum of fifty dollars.
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my son the Rev. Hugh McGratty, Priest of St. Gabriel of Valcartier the remainder of all my moveable and immoveable properties wherever the same may be found and to whatever the same shall amount hereby constituting my said son my universal legatee.
Fifthly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my said son Hugh McGratty as Executor of this my will and testament.
Sixthly, I revoke all will and testament 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 declared by the said Testator to the said Notary in the presence of the said witnesses and read to the Testator, by said Notary in presence of said witnesses, who declared to understand it fully and persist[ed] therein.
Done and passed at St. gabriel under notarial number sixteen hundred and fifty. And signed by the Testator with and in the presence of Notary and witnesses also hereunto subscribing in his presence and in the presence of each other.
Two marginal notes are good. Six words struck out are null.
Bernard McGratty, his signature;
Chs. Wolff, his signature;
Carl Wolff, his signature;
Cy. Renaud, N.P., his signature
Transcribed by Gerry Neville – April, 2012
Note by Patricia Balkcom: Bernard died one year later on the 21st of December, 1900 at the reported age of 78 years.