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Andrew Bray
Exhibited and Proved at November Term 1825
Currituck Co. Will Book 3, p. 208-209

I Andrew BRAY of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, do hereby make and declare this my Last Will and Testament.

I give and devise unto my beloved Wife Jane BRAY all of my estate both real and personal consisting of goods and chattles lands and tenements, notes, bonds, accounts, money etc to have and to hold the same during the time she continues my widow or until the youngest child that I now have or may hereafter have arrives to the age of twenty one years for the purpose of raising and educating my Sons John BRAY, Andrew BRAY and all the children I may hereafter have, but if she should marry before the youngest child that I have or may hereafter have arrive to the age of twenty one years—it is my will and desire that my estate both real and personal be divided between the said Jane BRAY and my Sons John and Andrew and all the children that I may hereafter have in the same manner the law wold have divided it if I had have died intestate, but if she continues my widow until the youngest child that I now have or may hereafter have arrives to the age of twenty one years—it is my will and desire my estate both real and personal be divided as follows (viz) all the lands and tenements where of I am now siezed and posesed, with stock upon farm, household, furniture, farming utensils, notes, bonds, accounts, money etc to have and to hold to her during the time she the said Jane BRAY continues my widow, it is also my will and desire that the residue of my estate consisting of negroes etc be divided equally share and share alike between the said Jane BRAY, John and Andrew BRAY and all other children that I may here after have to have and to hold to them and here heirs forever, but the said Jane BRAY should marry after the youngest child that I now have or may here after have arrives to the age of twenty one years it is my will and desire that all the lands, that I am now sized and posesed of be divided in the same manner as if I had died intestate—but if all the children which I now have or may hereafter have should die under the age of twenty one years and without having children lawfully begotten of their body living at the time of their death, then and in that case I give and devise unto my beloved Wife Jane BRAY all of my property both real and personal to her and her heirs forever. I witness of this my Last Will and Testament, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty fifth day of June Anno Domini Eighteen Hundred and Twenty Five.
    /s/ Andrew BRAY
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Signed, sealed, published declared by the above Named Andrew BRAY as and for his Last Will and Testament In presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
Attest
    Joshua BAXTER
    William F. BAXTER

“Interlined on thirteenth from the top have” [In the original]

The Last Will and Testament of Andrew BRAY was exhibited in open Court and proved by the oaths of Joshua BAXTER and Wm. F. BAXTER subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. When Jane BRAY came into open Court and qualified and bonded as administrator with the will annexed and ordered that letters of administration issue.
    James G. HALL DCLK

Recorded and examined Feby 15th 1826
    James G. HALL DCLK

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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