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Letitia Culpepper - 1880
[This was a lengthy estate and not all documents in the folder are transcribed below.]

17 Aug 1880 - Inventory of the personal property belonging to the estate of Letitia CULPEPPER, decd.  /s/ Thomas SANDERLIN, Admr [a small list of items followed]

Saturday, 4 Sept 1880 - Acct. of Sales of personal property belonging to the estate of Letitia CULPEPPER, decd, sold by Thos. SANDERLIN, admr .  Various buyers were: Washington CULPEPPER, Armor SEARS, Wm. BALLANCE, W.H. CHARLTON, John CREEKMORE, and Silas WILLIAMS.  [The list of items & buyers was 4 pages long]

not dated - Petition of W.A. POWERS shows that he is seized as a tenant in common with the defendants, hereinafter named, of two undivided 1/9 parts of the two following described tracts of land, one which is situated entirely in Currituck County and the other which is situated almost entirely in the adjoining county of Norfolk, Virginia.
    First - a tract of land on the Virginia State line adjoining the lands of S.D. CULPEPPER's heirs on the East, GARRETT and LINDSAY on the South, and W.A. POWERS on the West, containing 27 acres, more or less.
    Second - a tract of land also situated on the Virginia State line adjoining the lands of Jefferson ETHERIDGE, Noah McPHERSON & wife, DOWDY's new road and the lands of the heirs of S.D. CULPEPPER, containing 67 acres, more or less.  About 7 acres of this land extends over into Norfolk County.

Letitia CULPEPPER died seized and possessed of these two tracts of land and at her death descended to her heirs-at-law who are nine in number.  Your petitioner further shows that he purchased from James CULPEPPER, who is a son of Letitia CULPEPPER, one undivided ninth part of the said lands and that he purchased of William CHARLTON and wife Sally (who is a daughter of Letitia CULPEPPER) one other undivided ninth part of said tracts and is therefore seized and possessed of 2/9 thereof.  Your petitioner further shows that the defendant Delilah CULPEPPER, wife of Henry T. CULPEPPER and daughter of Letitia CULPEPPER, is seized of 1/9 part; Elizabeth POWERS, wife of C.C. POWERS and daughter of Letitia CULPEPPER is seized of 1/9 part; that C.C. POWERS is seized of 2/9 of said land--one of which he purchased from Joshua CULPEPPER, son of Letitia CULPEPPER, and the other from Washington CULPEPPER, another son of Letitia CULPEPPER; that Joseph CULPEPPER and Walter CULPEPPER, sons of Letitia CULPEPPER, are each seized of 1/9 part; and that Mary CULPEPPER, daughter of Leitita CULPEPPER is seized of 1/9 part.  The three last named tenants in common are infants under the age of 21 and without guardian and that the said Mary CULPEPPER, Walter CULPEPPER, H.T. CULPEPPER and his wife Delilah are non-residents of the State of North Carolina.  Your petitioner further states that he desires to have partition of said land made amongst himself and the defendants according to their respective rights.  /s/ Starke & Martin, Attys. for Petitioner

James E. GARRETT and A.T. GARRETT make oath that they are well acquainted with the two tracts of land described in the foregoing petition and that owing to the size of the tracts, the quality of the land, and the number of persons entitled to shares, they do not believe that actual partition could possibly be made without serious injury to the parties.  /s/ J.E. GARRETT; A.T. GARRETT

[no month or day] 1883 - W.A. POWERS vs. H.T. CULPEPPER & wife Delilah, C.C. POWERS & wife Elizabeth, Joseph, Walter & Mary CULPEPPER.  We, the undersigned commissioners appointed by an order of the Superior Court to allot and set apart to C.C. POWERS & wife Elizabeth, their share consisting of one third part in the lands of Letitia CULPEPPER, deceased, proceeded on the __ day of ___ 1883.  We assign and appropriate to C.C. POWERS & wife Elizabeth 30 acres on the South East end of the larger home tract of the said Letitia CULPEPPER marked in plat hereto annexed No. 1 in severalty bounded as follows: Beginning at a gin in the edge of the main road & in N. McPHERSON's line, then with said road North 2 degrees West, 18chains to a state, thence North 40 degrees East 20 chains to Jefferson ETHERIDGEs line, thence with said line South 40 degrees West 12.15 chains to the first station valued at $____.  The balance of said home tract of 371/2 acres and marked No. 2 in the plat and the small tract of 221/2 acres mentioned in the petition making 60 acres in all is assigned to W.A. POWERS, Delilah, Joseph, Walter & Mary CULPEPPER and is that portion of Letitia CULPEPPERs estate ordered by said Superior Court to be sold for their benefit.  Valued at $_____.  No. 2 is to pay to No. 1 the sum of $_____.  /not signed/  [NOTE:  This unfinished document appears never to have been recorded.]

4 June 1883 - Petition to Sell Real Estate for Division.  W.A. POWERS against H.T. CULPEPPER & wife Delilah, C.C. POWERS & wife Elizabeth, Joseph CULPEPPER, Walter CULPEPPER & Mary CULPEPPER, the last 3 infants by their guardian ad litem, S.C. SIMMONS.  It appearing that H.T. CULPEPPER and his wife Delilah, Mary CULPEPPER and Walter CULPEPPER are non-residents of the State of North Carolina therefore the Court orders that publication be made for 6 successive weeks in the Economist, Elizabeth City, Pasquotank Co., N.C.

14 Aug 1883 - "I hereby certify that I published in the Economist for six successive weeks a notice to all non-residents of this state who might be interested in the matter of the petition of W.A. POWERS.  /s/ H.B. CREECY

4 Feb 1884 - Petition to the Court of W.A. POWERS to sell land for partition vs. C.C. POWERS and others.  L.D. STARKE, Special Commissioner appointed by the said Court, entered in the above cause on the 5th day of September 1883 to sell certain lands described in the proceedings as follows, to wit:
    That on Monday, Feb. 4, 1884 at 121/2 o'clock p.m. at the Courthouse door I proceeded to sell the 22 acre tract to W.A. POWERS for the sum of $200.00 and the second tract of 26 acres for the sum of $725.00.  The purchaser paid down in cash the sum of $231.25 and executed his 2 bonds each for a like sum.  Title was retained to secure these deferred payments.  /s/ L.D. STARKE, Special Commissioner

4 Feb 1884 - To the Clerk of Superior Court.  "I have this day attended the sale of the lands of Letitia CULPEPPER sold by an order of Court by Col. L.D. STARKE, Commissioner, and I hereby certify that I am satisfied with the sale and have no objection to the confirmation of the same."  /s/ H.T. CULPEPPER for self, & wife D. CULPEPPER

29 Feb 1884 - Confirmation of Commissioner's Report

22 Feb 1886 - Letters of Guardianship.  It being certified to the undersigned Clerk of Superior Court for Currituck County that Walter CULPEPPER and Mary R. POWERS (nee CULPEPPER), are minor orphans without guardian and W.A. POWERS having applied for guardianship of said minor children has duly qualified.  /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

Feb 1884 - Mar 1887 - L.D. STARKE, Special Commissioner, in account with the heirs of the Letitia CULPEPPER estate under a decree of sale made by the Superior Court of Currituck County, NC on the 5th day of September 1883 in the matter of the petition of W.A. POWERS versus H.T. CULPEPPER and wife and others.

Feb. 4, 1884 By amount for which the first 22 acre tract was sold - W.A. POWERS purchaser $200.00  
Feb. 4, 1884 By amount for which the second 26 acre tract was sold - W.A. POWERS purchaser $725.00  
Feb, 4, 1884 To amt. paid John HUMPHRIES for crying the land   $2.50
Feb, 4, 1884 To amt. paid H.B. ANSELL, CSC, costs   $2.50
Feb, 4, 1884 To amt. paid H.B. ANSELL, CSC, costs   $8.00
Feb, 4, 1884 To amt. paid L.D. STARKE, commissioner   $18.50
Feb, 4, 1884 To amt. paid Starke & Martin, Attys. for drawing petition   $20.00
Apr. 30, 1884 To amt. paid Delilah CULPEPPER in distribution   $29.91
Feb. 4, 1885 By interest on $231.25 amount of the purchaser's first bond for the deferred payment for one year ending this day $13.87  
Feb. 17, 1885 To amt. paid W.A. POWERS in distribution   $141.52
Mch. 5, 1885 To amt. paid Joseph CULPEPPER in distribution   $70.86
Mch. 28, 1885 To amt. paid Delilah CULPEPPER in distribution   $40.95
Feb. 4, 1886 By interest on purchaser's second bond for $231.25 for two years ending this day $27.75  
Feb. 24, 1886 To amt. paid W.A. POWERS   $86.60
Feb. 24, 1886 To amt. paid W.A. POWERS, guardian of Walter CULPEPPER and Mary POWERS   $228.30
Mch. 17, 1886 To amt. paid Delilah CULPEPPER   $43.30
Apr. 6, 1886 To amt. paid Joseph CULPEPPER   $43.30
Feb. 4, 1887 By interest on purchaser's third and last bond for $231.25 for three years ending this day $41.62  
Mch. 15, 1887 To. amt. paid W.A. POWERS - 2 shares   $82.58
Mch. 15, 1887 To. amt. paid W.A. POWERS, guardian - 2 shares   $82.58
Mch. 15, 1887 To. amt. paid W.A. POWERS taxes for 1883   $5.55
Mch. 15, 1887 To amt. paid Joseph CULPEPPER   $41.29
Mch. 29, 1887 To amt. paid Delilah CULPEPPER   $41.29
Mch. 29, 1887 Starke & Martin for services to the several distributees   $8.45
  $1008.24 $1008.24
W.A. POWERS as assignee to Sarah CHARLTON and James CULPEPPER represented 2 shares
W.A. POWERS as guardian of Walter CULPEPPER and Mary POWERS represented 2 shares
Joseph CULPEPPER represented 1 share
Delilah CULPEPPER represented 1 share
     The whole being 6 shares

[Source: Currituck County Record of Estates 1812-1926; Vol. Brumsey-Ferebee (Microfilm G.030.1862909)]

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