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Abiah Etheridge - 1791

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State of North-Carolina

By the Justices of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter-Sessions; for the County of (Blank)
     It being certified unto Us, That Abiah ETHERIDGE late of Currituck County is dead, and hath made no last Will or Testament in Writing and Willis ETHERIDGE Esquire Husband prayed Administration on the said Estate the Same is accordingly Granted. The Administration Qualified by taking the Oath by Law appointed, and Returned a Inventory, a Copy of which is hereunto annexed.
     These are therefore to impower the said Willis ETHERIDGE Esquire to enter into, and upon all and singular the Goods and Chattels, Rights and Credits of the Deceased; and the same into his Possession take, wheresoever in this State to be found; and an Inventory thereof to return according to Law; and all the just Debts of the Deceased to pay and the Residue distribute agreeable to Law in Such Case made and provided.
     Witness Hollowell WILLIAMS Clerk of the said Court, at Currituck the XXVII Day of November in the XVII Year of the Independence of said State, Anno Dom. 1793.
     /s/ Hollo WILLIAMS CCC

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State of North Carolina
     This Instrument of Writing contains a true and perfect Inventory of all the Goods Chattels Rights and Credits of the Estate of Abiah ETHERIDGE late of Currituck County Deceased, so far as is come to my hands, or I know of Viz., To Negroe called Kate Ship & child, November the 23th 1793.
     /s/ Willis ETHERIDGE

Copy examined
     Test. Hollo WILLIAMS CCC

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State of North-Carolina}            February Term 1794  
    Currituck County      }

James MORSE by William BLAIR his Attorney, complains of Willis ETHERIDGE late of Currituck County Esquire.
     For that whereas the said James MORSE on the twenty fifth day of (blank) in the Year of our Lord One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety One at Currituck County, was Possessed of the Goods and Chattels following, To wit. One negroe female slave named Katy SHIP of the price of One Hundred & Fifty Pounds & a Negroe Boy slave named Jehu of the Price of One Hundred Pounds as of his own proper Goods and chattels and being so possessed thereof he the said James MORSE afterwards that is to say, on the same Day and Year, at the County aforesaid casually lost the said Goods and Chattells, and the said Goods and Chattels afterwards, that is to say, on the same Day and Year, at the county aforesaid, came to the hands and possession of the said Willis ETHERIDGE by his finding the same, whereby the said Willis ETHERIDGE then became and now is possessed thereof; nevertheless the said Willis ETHERIDGE though often required hath not yet delivered the said Goods and Chattels to the said James MORSE but hitherto hath refused, and still doth refuse to deliver, and now unjustly detains the same.  Whereupon the said James MORSE says that he is injured, and hath sustained damage to the Value of Two Hundred Pounds.  And thereof he brings suit, and prays the Aid and Assistance of this Worshipful Court.
     /s/ Will BLAIR Plts. Atto.

Pledges of Prosecution
    
John DOE And Richard ROE

[On the back of this page is written: MORSE vs ETHERIDGE; Currituck County; Febry Term 1794]

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I Edward Mack MOSELEY Clerk of the Court of the County of Princess Anne in the Commonwealth of Virginia do hereby Certify that the Deed of Gift hereto Annexed from Abia MORSE to her children, Mary Mackie, Rebecca, Lydia and William is a true copy from the Record of the said County, In Testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said County this 22d day of August 1795.
     /s/ E.M. MOSELEY Clk

Page 5 [Annexed Princess Anne Co., Va. Deed of Gift]
     To all to whom this present Writing shall come I Abia MORSE of Princess Anne County send Greeting. Know Ye that I the said Abia MORSE as well for and in Consideration of the natural Love and Affection which I bear to my well beloved Children to wit. Mary Mackie, Rebecca, Lidia and William of the County aforesaid also for divers other good causes and Considerations me hereunto Moving hath given and granted and by these presents do give and Grant and Confirm to my following Children as hereafter Named.  I give to my Daughter Mary Mackie One Negro girl named Keziah after my decease to her and her Heirs forever.  Also give to my Daughter Rebaca one Negro Girl Named Cloe to her and her Heirs for ever To be delivered to her when ever demanded.  Also give to my Daughter Lidia One Negro Girl named Katty SHIPP after my decease to her and her Heirs for ever.  Also give to my Son William one Negro Boy named Argil after my decease to him and his Heirs for ever.  To have and to hold the aforesaid Slaves to my said Children as above mentioned to them and their Heirs for ever, Excepting as before Excepted, to the only proper Use and Behoof of the aforesaid Children and to them and their Heirs for ever against the lawful Claim of me and my heirs, and all Person or Persons whatsoever shall and will warrant and for ever Defend by these Presents. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 18th day of May 1772.
     /s/ Abia [Her x mark] MORSE   seal

Signed Sealed And Dd In Presence of us
     John ACKISS
     Eras HAYNES
     Peter SIMMONS

At a Court Held for Princess Anne County July the 8th day 1773 This Indenture of Gift from Abia MORSE to her Children Mary Mackie, Rebecca, Lidia and William, was proved by the Oaths of the three Witnesses hereto and ordered to be Recorded.
     Copy Test
          E. M. MOSELEY Clk

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Princess Anne County State of Virginia
     I John HANCOCK SEN. Chief Justice of the said County do hereby certify, and make known, that Edward M. MOSELEY is Clerk of the Court of said County, that the seal hereto annexed is the Seal of the Said County that the attestation of the said Edward M. MOSELEY to the within Deed of Gift is in due form, and that full faith and Credit ought to be given to it given under my Hand & Seal this 23d day of August 1795.
     /s/ John HANCOCK SEN.

     On Considering the acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia passed in the year 1705 & 1727 respecting Slaves I am of opinion that the Negroe slaves given by the within Deed of Gift to those Children of the Donor who died intestate Unmarried & without issue will go to the Heirs at law in the same manner they would have discended had the property have been land instead of slaves provided the children did previous to the first day of January in the year 1787 and that the other Brothers & Sisters are not entitled to a distributive share of the value of such slaves the acts of Assembly making the Heir at law accountable to the other Brethren only where the slaves descend to heir from the Father or Mother of the said Heir but in this case the descent being out on the Heir by the death of two of her Sisters does not come within the Act of Assembly and cannot retain that part of it which declare Negroes shall descend as Landed property.
     /s/ William MARSHALL
             
Returned? 8th July 1792

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At a Court held at the Court House for the County of Princess Anne the 2d day of February 1795 in the 19th Year of Commonwealth of Virginia.
     On the Motion of Anne MORSE who made oath according to Law Certificate is granted her for Obtaining Letters of Administration on the Estate of James MORSE Decd in due form giving Security, and thereupon she together with William HUTCHINGS Henry SALMONS and Anthony MURPHY her Securities entered into and acknowledged a Bond in the penalty of Six Hundred Pounds for her due and faithful Administration of the said --------------
     I Edward Mack MOSELEY Clerk of the Court of the County of Princess Anne hereby certify that the above in a true copy of the Letters of Administration granted by the said Court to Anne MORSE on the Estate of her deceased Husband James MORSE. In Testimony whereof I have hereto Set my Hand and Affixed the Seal of the said County the 21st day of May 1795 and in the 19th year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
     /s/ E. M. MOSELEY C.S.A.C.

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Princess Anne County State of Virginia
     I John HANCOCK SEN. Chief Justice of the said County do hereby certify, and make known that Edward M. MOSELEY is Clerk of the Court of said County, that the seal hereto annexed, is the Seal of the said County, that the within Letters of administration, and attestation of the said Edward M. MOSELEY are in due form, and that full faith and Credit ought to be paid of them.  Given under my Hand and seal this 22d day of August 1795.
     /s/ John HANCOCK

[On the back of this page is written: Copy of Letters of Administration on Js MORSE's Estate]

[SOURCE: Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS); Edenton District Superior Court Estates Records 1756-1806; MARS ID: 398.6.204 (Box); Microfilm: C.201.1905430]

NOTE:  According to Ancestry.com a James Morse married Anna Ward in Princess Anne Co., Va. on March 6, 1779.  I have no idea whether this is the same James Morse mentioned in the above documents or an entirely different James Morse. [kms]

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