22nd November 1876
Last Will of Elizabeth Thompson
Wife of Nicholas Lawless
From records of Notary Jean Baptiste Delage,
Quebec Archives Online
On this day the twenty second of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy six,
Before the undersigned Notary Public for the Province of Quebec in the Dominion of Canada, residing in the City of Quebec and William Cole and James Cole of the Parish of St. Ambroise, County of Quebec, Farmers, witnesses to these presents, personally came and appeared:
Elizabeth Thompson of the Parish of St. Ambroise, said County of Quebec, widow of the late Nicholas Lawless, in his life time of the same place, farmer, who has made her last will and testament as follows:
I give, devise & bequeath to Patrick Lawless, my son, all the property, moveable and immoveable, real and personal which I may die possessed of, instituting him my universal legatee in full ownership at the charge of paying to Ann Lawless, his sister, a sum of eighty dollars.
This last will and testament received by Jean Baptiste Delage the undersigned notary, in the presence of said witnesses to the said Testatrix, she declared well to understand the same and has persisted in the same as containing her last intentions.
Thus done and executed at St. Ambroise, dwelling of the said testatrix, on the day, month and year first above written, under the number four thousand three hundred and fourteen of the records of the said notary.
In testimony whereof the said notary and witnesses have signed in the presence of one another and in the presence of the said testatrix who declared not to know how to write nor sign her name, after the reading done.
Thirteen words erased are null.
William Cole, his signature;
James Cole, his signature,
J.B. Belage, N.P., his signature
[Translated and transcribed by Gerry Neville]
Notes by Patricia Balkcom: Elizabeth died 7 years later, in 1883, at the reported age of 84 years. Her husband, Nicholas, had died in 1851.