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Ferdinand Bonney, Sr.
Mar. 22, 1899 - June 2, 1904
[no probate was attached to this will but was found in the estate records]

  North Carolina  }
Currituck County}

I Ferdinand BONNEY SR. of the aforesaid County and State, being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make and declare this my last will and testament.

First - I lend to my wife Nancy E. BONNEY during her life time all of my property both real and personal, at

Second -  her death I give to my son William E. BONNEY one fourth of the SMITH land binding J.M. JONES and others.

Third - I give to my son Ferdinand BONNEY the part of my home land from west gate (which is in northwest corner of yard) to the Bay, provided that he shall pay to my daughter Lydia A. JONES the sum of one hundred dollars within six months from the date of my death.  I also give to my son Ferdinand BONNEY a piece of woodland containing ten acres which I bought of John GARRISON.

Fourth - I give to my daughter Bettie MUNDEN wife of John E. MUNDEN the part of my home land from said west gate to the public road.

Fifth - I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Nancy E. BONNEY my lawful executrix to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I the said Ferdinand BONNY, do hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of March 1899.
     /s/ Ferdinand [his x mark] BONNEY SR.    Seal

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Ferdinand BONNEY SR. to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
     W.A. COOPER
     E.D. BOWDEN


  North Carolina  }    In Superior Court Before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk
Currituck County}    In Re Estate of Ferdinand BONNEY, SR., deceased
    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Ferdinand BONNEY, SR., dec'd., is exhibited before me for probate by Nancy E. BONNEY, executrix therein named and the due execution thereof by the said Ferdinand BONNEY, SR., dec'd. is duly proven by the oath and examination of E. D. BOWDEN and W.A. COOPER, subscribing witnesses thereto: and it is further shown to the satisfaction of the Court by said witnesses that the said Ferdinand BONNEY, SR. was at the time of making said will, was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will and under no restraint to their knowledge, information or belief.
    It is thereupon considered, adjudged and decreed, that said proof is sufficient and according to law and that said paper writing is and contains the last will and testament of Ferdinand BONNEY, SR., dec'd.  And on motion it is ordered that said will be admitted to probate and recorded in the Book of Wills of Currituck County as such filed as provided by law in the office of Clerk of Superior Court of said County.
    It is further ordered that said Nancy E. BONNEY be allowed to qualify as executrix as provided by law.  Dated this 2nd day of June 1904.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court


State of North Carolina}    Before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court
    Currituck County     }    In the Matter of the last will of Ferdinand BONNEY, SR., dec'd.
    Nancy E. BONNEY being sworn, doth say: That Ferdinand BONNEY, SR., late of said county, is dead, having first made and published her last will and testament; and that Nancy E. BONNEY is the executrix named therein.
    Further, that the property of the said Ferdinand BONNEY, SR. consisting of one cow, hogs, horse, mule, household & kitchen furniture, farming implements &c. is worth about $250.00 and that Nancy E. BONNEY is the party entitled under said will to the said property.
/s/ Nancy [her x mark] BONNEY
        Sworn and subscribed before me, the 2nd day of June 1904.
            /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court


 State of North Carolina}
    Currituck County      }
    I, Nancy E. BONNEY, do solemnly swear that I believe this paper writing to be and contain the last will and testament of Ferdinand BONNEY, SR., deceased; and 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/ Nancy [her x mark] BONNEY
        Sworn and subscribed before me, this 2nd day of June 1904.
            /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

[NOTE: According to cemetery records, Ferdinand Bonney was born Nov. 27, 1827 and died Jan. 15, 1904.  His wife, Nancy E. Bonney was born Dec. 1, 1833 and died Jan. 3, 1924.  Both are buried in the Bonney-Litchfield Cemetery on Knotts Island, NC.]

[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)]

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