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Sarah F. Bell
April 3, 1877 - June 8, 1883
[Probate was found in the estate records]

State of North Carolina}
    Currituck County     }

In the name of God Amen!  I Sarah F. BELL, being of sound & disposing mind & memory do make publish & declare this as my last will & testament in manner & form as follows --

Item 1.  I give & bequeath unto James W. DOZIER and Francis G.C. HUNTER, children of E.F. DOZIER & Nancy his wife, dead, one note of one thousand dollars principle & interest, said note was drawn by E.F. DOZIER and made payable to me, dated the 20th day of March 1873.

Item 2.  I give and bequeath unto my brother Jason BELL all the residue of my estate & property of every kind, real personal & mixed, to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Item 3.  I hereby make my brother Jason BELL the sole executor to this my last will & testament.  Given under my hand & seal the 3rd day of April 1877.
             /s/ Sarah F. BELL

The attestors to this will & testament of Sarah F. BELL witness her signature at her request - in her presence and presence of each other
     W.H. COWELL
     Jos. L. DeCORMIS


State of North Carolina}    In the Probate Court
    Currituck County     }    This 4th day June 1883
     A paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of Sarah F. BELL, deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned Judge of Probate for said County, by Joseph L. DeCORMIS for Jason BELL, the executor therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said Sarah F. BELL was proved by the oath and examination of J. L. DeCORMIS and W.H. COWELL, subscribing witnesses thereto; and it appearing on said examination that the said Sarah F. BELL was of full age to make a will and of sound mind and disposing memory and under no restraint or undue influence; and declaring in presence of said witnesses when she signed her name to said paper writing, that the said paper writing so signed, and witnessed, was her last will and testament.  Therefore, it is ordered, adjudged, and declared that the said paper writing thus exhibited and proved be and is, in all respects declared to be the last will and testament of the said Sarah F. BELL.  Let the same with this decree be recorded.
     H.B. ANSELL, Probate Judge

Jason BELL came forward and qualified as executor by taking the oath prescribed by law.  This 8th day June 1883.
     H.B. ANSELL, P.J.


 State of North Carolina}
    Currituck County      }
    I, Jason BELL, do solemnly swear that I believe this paper writing to be and contain the last will and testament of Sarah F. BELL that I will well and truly execute the same by first paying his debts and then his legacies, so far as the said estate shall extend, or the law will charge me, and all other duties pertaining to the office of Executor I will discharge according to law, to the best of my skill and ability.  So help me God.
    /s/ Jason BELL
        Sworn and subscribed before me, this 8th day of June 1883.
            /s/ H.B.. ANSELL Probate Judge

[Source for will: Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse; Microfilm G.030.1548672)]
[Source for probate: Currituck County Record of Estates 1812-1926; Vol. Ashby-Brumsey (Microfilm G.030.1862908)]

This will 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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