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J. [Joseph] E. C. Bell - 1906

7 Aug 1906 - Application of Guardian & Guardian's Oath - Mary A. BELL states that Joseph E.C. BELL [Jr.] and Burwell Baxter BELL are orphans and minors without guardian and that their estate is worth about $2500.00 and that she is the proper person entitled to letters of guardianship on their estate.  /s/ Mary A. BELL  [her guardian's oath follows]

not dated - Widow's One Year Allowance - Commissioners met and set apart to Mrs. M.A. BELL, widow of J.E.C. BELL, deceased, a one year allowance of $300.00 out of the stock, crop and provisions on hand [2 pages of items followed].  The commissioners found that there are no members of the family under 15 years of age.  /s/ J.L. DeCORMIS, P H. MORGAN, W.D. BARNARD, Commissioners

28 Sept 1906 - Application for Letters of Administration & Administrator's Oath - Mary A. BELL, states that J.E.C. BELL [Sr.] is dead without leaving any will and testament and that she is the proper person entitled to administer on his estate which is worth about $3084.00 and that Love E. BREWER of Wake Forest, NC, Caleb B. BELL, Maggie BELL, Joseph E.C. BELL minor, & Baxter V. BELL [listed as Burwell Baxter Bell in above document]  minor, all of Shawboro, NC are entitled as heirs thereof.  [her administrator's oath follows]

18 Mar 1908 - Application for Letters of Administration de bonis non* - P.H. MORGAN, states that J.E.C. BELL is dead without leaving any will and testament and that he is the proper person entitled to Letters of Administration de bonis non.  He also states that the value of the said estate so far as can be ascertained is about $3000.00 and that C.B. BELL, administrator of Mary A. BELL, widow of J.E.C. BELL, deceased, of Shawboro, NC, C.B. BELL of Shawboro, NC, B.B. BELL of Shawboro, NC, J.E.C.BELL [Jr.] of Shawboro, NC, Mrs. Love BREWER of Wake Forest, NC and Mrs. Maggie STOVER of South Boston, Va. are entitled as heirs thereof.

18 Mar 1908 - Petition to Sell Evidence of Indebtedness with Order - P.H. MORGAN, administrator de bonis non of the estate of J.E.C. BELL, deceased, states that he has either been unable to collect, or deems insolvent, the following evidences of indebtedness belonging to the said decedent: Obligation due the estate from A.M. HAWKINS for $7855.00 borrowed on April 20, 1906.  [An order dated, March 19, 1908, was given to P.H. MORGAN to sell said evidence of indebtedness after 20 days notification posted at the Court House and 4 other public places in Currituck Co, for cash to the highest bidder and make returns of the proceeds of said sale to this Court.]

17 Dec 1908 - Final account of P.H. MORGAN, administrator D.B.N., of the estate of J.E.C. BELL - Mentions received $4063.11 from C.B. BELL, admr of Mary A. BELL, decd.  Paid to the distributees as follows:
   C.B. BELL, Admr of Mary A. BELL, deceased, her distributive share - $955.712/3
   
Mrs. L.B. BREWER her distributive share - $1159.612/3
   
Mrs. M.B. STOVER her distributive share - $1159.612/3
   C.B. BELL his distributive share - $1159.612/3
   G.A. STOVER, guardian of J.E.C. BELL, minor, his distributive share - $1159.612/3
   G.A. STOVER, guardian of B.B. BELL, minor, his distributive share - $1159.612/3

(*Latin for "of goods not administered" and refers to assets still remaining in the estate after the death or removal of the estate administrator.  The second administrator is called administrator bonis non and distributes the remaining assets.)

NOTE:  Cemetery records show that Joseph E.C. Bell was born May 16, 1843 and died July 27, 1906.  His wife, Mary A. (Baxter) Bell was born Oct. 31, 1856 and died Dec. 10, 1907.  Joseph E.C. Bell, Jr. was born in 1888 and Burwell Baxter Bell was born in 1890.

[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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