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Haywood D. Bell - 1883
[This was a lengthy estate and in 2 separate folders.  The first folder was entitled H.D. Bell and the second, Haywood D. Bell.    I did not abstract several of the documents in the folders.] 

5 Jan 1883 - List of personal property that was assigned to Elizabeth BELL, widow of H.D. BELL, deceased.  Total amounted to $532.00.  /s/ J.L. DeCORMIS, A.J. PELL, W.D. BARNARD

18 Jan 1883 - Account of sales of the personal property of H.D. BELL, decd, sold by J.E.C. BELL, administrator.  Various buyers were Wilson PELL, Wm. SAWYER, Wm. H. BRAY, Jefferson SNOWDEN & Charles BELL.  Total sale $182.33.  /s/ J.E.C. BELL, Admr

25 Jan 1883 - Inventory of notes & bonds belonging to the estate of H.D. BELL, decd, taken by J.E.C. BELL in the presence of S.H. MORGAN.  Several notes like these were listed--1 bond drawn by John S. CAFFEE for $20 dated Jan. 11, 1874 and due the next day (Bad); 1 note drawn by Sylvanus BELANGE for $15.00 dated Dec. 11, 1877 and due the next day (Bad)  /s/ J.E.C. BELL, Admr

13 July 1883 - Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem.  It appearing to the Court that John J., Bettie, Annie, Lula and Jos. BELL are infants under 21 years of age and without guardian, it is therefore ordered by the Court that H.M. SHAW be appointed guardian at litem of said infants.  /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Probate Judge

13 Aug 1883 - Writ of Dower.  Elizabeth A. BELL, widow of H.D. BELL, lately filed her petition in Court against J.E.C. BELL, administrator, John J. BELL, Bettie, Annie, Lula & Jos. BELL, by their guardian ad litem, H.M. SHAW, heirs at law of her said husband, and it was ordered that a writ of dower be issued to the Sheriff in her behalf as to the following lands:  The home tract containing 233 acres, a part of the BIGGS tract containing 473/4 acres, the swamp tract containing 65 acres on Indian Ridge and the Knotts Island tract, known as the "Peter tract" containing 175 acres.  Commissioners are to allot and set off to Elizabeth A. BELL 1/3 of said lands including the dwelling house, buildings and improvements thereon.  /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Judge of Probate

26 Aug 1883 - Widow's Dower Allotted.  Elizabeth A. BELL was allotted 1294/10 acres and was also allowed to cut timber for firewood and rails.  [A drawn plat of this land was found in the 2nd folder]  /s/ A.O. DEY, J.F. FROST, W.H. COWELL, Commissioners

16 Feb 1885 - 5 Jun 1885 - Bettie E. BALL, in account with Elizabeth A. BELL, her guardian

15 Mar 1885 - Sold on Knotts Island for Mrs. E.A. BELL, guardian for the heirs of H.D. BELL estate.  This was corn that sold for $154.15 minus J.J. BELL's share of $30.83 bringing the total to $123.32.  /s/ S.D. WATERFIELD

5 June 1885 - Receipt from Joseph BUNNEL to Mrs. E.A. BELL for $6.16 for thrashing out & delivering 154 bushels of corn belonging to the heirs of H.D. BELL.

3 Sept 1886 - Petition to Divide Land.  John J. BELL vs. Bettie BELL & Elizabeth A. BELL, guardian to Ann, Lula & J.E.C. BELL, JR.  The petition of John J. BELL, heir at law of H.D. BELL, shows that he is, together with Bettie BELL, who is above the age of 21 years, & Ann, Lula & J.E.C. BELL, JR., the last 3 are minors with Elizabeth A. BELL as their guardian, tenants in common of three tracts of land situated in Currituck County, to wit:
    Home Tract - adjoining the lands of Geo. SNOWDENs heirs, Isaac SNOWDENs heirs & Jos. L. DeCORMIS, containing 273 acres.
    Swamp Tract - which is surrounded by the lands of B.C. BELL's heirs, containing 63 acres.
    Knotts Island Tract - adjoining the lands of Walter CAPPS, Henry WHITE, Devany WATERFIELD, Malachi WATERFIELD tract and Knotts Island Bay containing 150 acres.

Petitioner further asks that commissioners be appointed to divide said lands into equal parts and upon hearing this petition it is ordered that commissioners are to divide the lands described in the petition and to allot to the petitioner John J. BELL one share in the lands of H.D. BELL, deceased, it being one-fifth part thereof in value and allot the balance of four-fifths to be held in common to the defendants Bettie, Ann, Lula & J.E.C. BELL.  Petitioner, John J. BELL, was allotted 1053/10 acres as his 1/5 share.  /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

27 June 1887 - Notice to File Exception to Report.   Jno. J. BELL vs. Bettie BELL & Elizabeth A. BELL, guardian to Ann, Lula & J.E.C. BELL, JR.  You will take notice that the report of the commissioners to divide the lands named in the above action has been filed in my office.  Whereupon you have 10 days to file exception to report or report will be confirmed by Court.  /s/ H.B. ANSELL, CSC

NOTE:  Cemetery records show Haywood D. Bell being born Feb. 8, 1830 and dying Dec. 4, 1882.

[Source: Currituck County Record of Estates 1812-1926; Vol. Ashby-Brumsey (Microfilm G.030.1862908)]

This estate was contributed by Kay Midgett Sheppard. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!

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