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John R. Bright
May 26, 1849 -  Nov. Term 1851
Currituck Co. Will Book 4 ; pg. 163-164
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   In the name of God Amen, I John R. BRIGHT considering the uncertainty of life and the duty of being prepared for death do make and ordain this my last will and yestament in manner and form following to wit:

   Imprimis I give to my Son John B.F. BRIGHT my old or upper farm and negroes John, Jim, Charles and Betty and the future increase of the said Betty to him his heirs executors and administrators forever.

   2 I give to my Son Oscar F. BRIGHT negroes Martha, and her child Ann Eliza, boy Durant, and Miles and the future increase of the said female upon condition however that he releases and conveys to my Son John B.F. BRIGHT all his the said Oscars right title and interest in and of the farm above given to the said John B.F. BRIGHT and in case he refuses or fails to make such release and conveyance then and in that case I give the said negroes Martha, Ann Eliza, Durant and Miles and the increase of the said female to the said John B.F. BRIGHT.

   3 I give to my Daughter Amanda C. BRIGHT my lease held property and tavern at the Court House, and negro Caton upon condition however that she releases and conveys to my Son John B.F. BRIGHT all her right title and interest in and of the farm above given to him and in case she refuses or fails to make such release and conveyance then and in that case I give the said lease held property and negro Caton to the said John B.F. BRIGHT and whereas Samuel H. LAND is entitled to a share in the above farm given to my Son John B.F. BRIGHT which I wish my said Son to purchase I give to my Son John B.F. BRIGHT four hundred dollars to be raised out of the estate & property belonging to me and not expresely disposed of if sufficient after the payment of my debts and if not sufficient the deficiency to be made up by an equal to be contribution of my legatees.  I direct my executor hereinafter named to sell my farm called Boulls for the best price he can obtain for it at private or public sale as to him may seem best and also to sell all my estate and property not hereby given away as well what I now as what I may hereafter acquire and after the payment of debts and the legacy of four hundred dollars to my Son John B.F. BRIGHT I wish the proceeds equally divided between my three children and in case I should hereafter dispose of any of the estate and property hereby expresely given away I wish the devisee or legatee whose devise or legacy I may dispose of to receive an equitable comminsation? out of the property hereafter acquired or by equitable contribution from those whose devise or legacy had not been distributed.

   Last I appoint my Brother Jesse B. BRIGHT executor of this my last will and testament witness my hand and seal this 26 day of May in the year of our Lord 1849.

    /s/ J.R. BRIGHT seal

Signed sealed published and declared in our presence
    R.R. HUBARD
    Daniel WHITEHURST
    F.F. FLANNAGAN

At a court held for Princess Anne County, the first day of April 1850 this last will and testament of John R. BRIGHT deceased was proved by the oaths of J.R. HUBARD, Daniel WHITEHURST and B.F. FLANNAGAN the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Jesse B. BRIGHT the executor therein named who made oath thereto and with Wilson M. BONNEY and James R. WARD his securities entact? into and acknowledged aloud in the penalty of six thousand dollars conditioned according to law certificate is granted him for obtaining probate thereof in due form.
    Test. J.J. BURROUGHS CC

State of Virginia
Princess Anne County to wit:
   I John J. BURROUGHS Clerk of the County Court of Princess Anne aforesaid in the State of Virginia do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of John R. BRIGHT deceased of the order of the said County Court granting probate of the said will and recordation thereof and of the qualification of Jesse B. BRIGHT the executor therein named taken from the records of the said County Court of Princess Anne. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said Court at the Court House, this 22 day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty one and in the 75th year of the Commonwealth.
    /s/ J.J. BURROUGHS

State of Virginia
Princess Anne County to wit:
   I Elzy BURROUGHS presiding magistrate of the County Court of Princess Anne aforesaid in the State of Virginia do certify that John J. BURROUGHS who hath give the preceding certificate is Clerk of the said Court and that his said attestation is in due form given under my hand and this 22nd day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
    /s/ Elzy J. BURROUGHS J.P.

Currituck County Court - Novr. Term 1851
    A copy of the last will and testament of John R. BRIGHT was exhibited in open court and ordered recorded.
        Attest B.T. SIMMONS CCC

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