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Timothy Bowden
Mar. 20, 1909 - April 6, 1914
Currituck Co. Will Book 5; pg. 460-462
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I Timothy BOWDEN of Knott’s Island County of Currituck and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament to wit:

   First - At my death I desire all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as conveniently as can be.

   Second - At my death I leave all my property both real and personal to my beloved wife Mary Francis the term of her natural life.

   Third - At the death of my wife Mary Francis I give what is known as the Marsh Tract to my son E.D. BOWDEN where he now resides to him and his heirs forever.

   Fourth - At the death of my wife Mary Francis I give to my grandson Walter L. BOWDEN a piece of land off the east end of my home farm beginning at a post at the south part of said farm where I have a getting over place going out from my south from my home running a straight line to a post on the north side, this piece 71 yards wide on each end and is about 162 yards running the lane that runs north and south between my farm and James BOWDEN to him and his heirs forever.

   Fifth - At the death of my wife Mary Francis, the balance of my home farm I give to my grandson Benjamin E. SMITH to him and his heirs forever.

   6th At the death of my wife Mary Francis I give to my son E.D. BOWDEN and my grandson Benjamin E. SMITH all of my interest in the swamp and Jesse’s Knoll to them and their heirs forever.

   7th I nominate and appoint my son E.D. BOWDEN to be my executor to this my last will and testament and hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

   In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused my seal to be affixed this 20th day of March 1909.

/s/ Timothy [his x mark] BOWDEN

Signed sealed published and declared as his last will and testament by the above testator in our presence and in the presence of each other.

Witness
    W.A. COOPER
    Alonzo ANSELL

                  North Carolina, Currituck County                    }    In the Superior Court Before the Clerk
In the matter of the will of Timothy BOWDEN, deceased}
    The paper writing hereto attached and purporting to be the last will and testament of Timothy BOWDEN, deceased, is exhibited before the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court of Currituck County, North Carolina by E.D. BOWDEN the executor therein named and thereupon the following proof thereof is taken by the oath and examination of Alonzo ANSELL one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and of W.A. COOPER as follows.

North Carolina, Currituck County
   Alonzo ANSELL being duly sworn deposes and says that he is a subscribing witness to the said paper writing now shown him purporting to be the last will and testament of Timothy BOWDEN deceased and that he saw the said Timothy BOWDEN execute this writing as his  and that affiant attested it in the presence and at the request of said Timothy BOWDEN deceased; and that at the time of its execution said Timothy BOWDEN was in affiants opinion of sound mind and disposing memory.  Affiant further swears that as a witness in the presence of affiant and that affiant saw him sign the same, and that said W.A. COOPER is now dead.
    /s/ Alonzo ANSELL

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 6th day of April 1914.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court.

North Carolina, Currituck County
   J.B. JONES being duly sworn deposes and says that he is well acquainted with the handwriting of W.A. COOPER, one of the subscribing witnesses to the paper writing purporting to be the will of Timothy BOWDEN deceased, which is hereto attached, dated the 20th day of March 1909, having often seen him write and that the name of the said W.A. COOPER subscribed as a witness to said will is in the genuine hand writing of the said W.A. COOPER.
    /s/ J.B. JONES

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 6th day of April 1914.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

   North Carolina }
Currituck County}    In the Superior Court
   It is therefore considered and adjudged by the court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of Timothy BOWDEN deceased let the said will together with the probate be recorded and filed this 6th day of April 1914.
        /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

                               Currituck County                              }    In Superior Court Before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court
In the matter of the will of Timothy BOWDEN deceased}
   E.D. BOWDEN being duly sworn doth say: That Timothy BOWDEN late of said County is dead, having first made and published his last will and testament and that E.D. BOWDEN is the executor named therein.
   Further that the property of said Timothy BOWDEN consisting of household and kitchen furniture farming utensils and real estate is worth about $1500.00 so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application; and that Mary Francis Widow, E.D. BOWDEN, BENNIE E. SMITH are the parties entitled under said will to the said property.
    /s/ E.D. BOWDEN

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 6th day of April 1914.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

[NOTE:]  See Timothy & Mary Frances Bowden in the 1860 Currituck census.  Cemetery records shows that Timothy & Mary Frances Bowden are buried in the Smith Cemetery on Knotts Island.  Timothy's headstone states "Died Oct. 1, 1913, Age 77 years.  Mary's headstone states "Born June 3, 1838; Died April 3, 1918.  Mary's death certificate states her father as John Beasley and her mother as Mollie Wicker.

This will was contributed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse.  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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