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Wm. Braithwaite of Princess Anne Co., Va.
Nov. 2, 1893 - April 1894

In the name of God Amen.   I Wm. BRAITHWAITE of the county of Princess Anne in the State of Virginia do make this my last will and testament as follows --

First I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as may be convenient.

Second I loan to my beloved wife Harriet Ann BRAITHWAITE for and during the term of her natural life the use of my farm and plantation of hand situated on Lynhaven River in the County of Princess Anne and on which I now reside.

Third From and after the decease of my said wife I give devise and bequeath unto my two youngest children Henry and Harriet Ann BRAITHWAITE share and share alike said farm and plantation of hand to them and their heirs forever.

Fourth After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife all of my personal estate of whatsoever kind or so it may consist at the time of my decease to wit, household and kitchen furniture beds and bedding silver glass and crockeryware cutlery live stock of all kinds which may be on said farm or elsewhere in the said County poultry oysters in cove? agricultural implements in fact every species of personal and chattel property of which I may die possessed including all moneys bonds or notes after paying the legacy as mentioned in the next clause of this my will.

Fifth I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Annie T. JAMES the wife of S.W. JAMES the bond now due by Jno. S. WOODHOUSE together with a sufficient amount of other bonds and money or either as will make up the sum of two thousand dollars.

Sixth I give devise and bequeath unto my son William T. BRAITHWAITE all of my right title and interest of in and to all that certain farm and plantation of land on which he now resides situated near Jacksondale in the County Princess Anne to him and his heirs forever.

Seventh I give devise and bequeath unto my son James G. BRAITHWAITE to him and his heirs forever the North part of my farm and plantation of land situated near Eastern Shore Chapel in the said County of Princess Anne the dividing line beginning on the road at a partition fence near the farm now owned by Mrs. Thomas B. GRESHAM and running along said fence to the first ditch from thence running parallel with the back land to the Chatham road on the East and thence down said Chatham road to the corner of a pine thicket on said farm thence North along said pine thicket to the end of said thicket thence a straight line through the woods to the line of CORNICK and myself.

Eight I give devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary E. IVES the wife of M.T. IVES to her and her heirs forever the balance of said last mentioned farm lying south of said dividing line.

Ninth I now own one hundred acres of Marsh land in Currituck County North Carolina with some stock thereon.  Should the same be not disposed of during my lifetime I give devise and bequeath in equal shares the said marsh land and whatsoever stock there may be thereon to my two sons William T. and James G. BRAITHWAITE and to my daughter Mary E. IVES to them and their heirs forever.

And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife executrix of this my last will and testament and respectfully request the Court in which she may offer to qualify to do so without giving security.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2 day of November in the year 1893.
    /s/ Wm. BRAITHWAITE    Seal

Signed sealed published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
     Dr. Emerson LAND
     Israil GRIGGS

Virginia -- At a County Court held for Princess Anne County on the 2nd day of April 1894.
    The last will and testament of Wm. BRAITHWAITE deceased was this day produced in Court and proved by the oaths of Dr. Emerson LAND and Israel GRIGGS the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Harriet BRAITHWAITE the executrix therein named who made oath thereto entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $8000 without security the testator having requested that none be required and the Court deeming [smudged] as the law directs certificate is granted to the said Harriet BRAITHWAITE for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form and the said bond is ordered to be recorded.
     Teste - A.E. KELLAM    CC

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne
    To wit, I, A.E. KELLAM, Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid in the State of Virginia do certify that the above is a true copy of the will of Wm. BRAITHWAITE deceased of record in this office.  Witness under my hand and official seal this January 30th 1895.
    A.E. KELLAM    Clerk

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne
    To wit, I, J.M. KEELING, Judge of the County Court for the County of Princess Anne in the state of Virginia do certify that A.E. KELLAM whose name is signed to the copy of the annexed will of Wm. BRAITHWAITE was at the time of so doing Clerk of the County Court of said County and I further certify that I am well acquainted with the handwriting of said A.E. KELLAM Clerk as aforesaid and his signature thereto I believe to be genuine.  Given under my hand this 30th day of April 1895.
    J.M. KEELING    Judge

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne
    To wit, I, A.E. KELLAM, Clerk of the County Court for the County aforesaid in the State of Virginia do certify that J.M. KEELING whose name is signed to annexed certificate was at the time of so doing Judge of the County Court of said County and I further certify I am well acquainted with the signature of the said Judge and his signature thereto I believe to be genuine.  Given under my hand and seal this April 30th 1895.
    A.E. KELLAM    Clerk

A copy Book No. 5; Page 200
    A.E. KELLAM    Clerk

[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]

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