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John Caton, Sr.
May 3, 1880 - July 5, 1880

State of North Carolina}
     Currituck County    }
May 3th 1880

Know all men by these presence that I John CATON SR. being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this to be my last will in manner and form following.  I have divided my home farm into five shares and put post at each end of such division and my children know of such post and lines.  The first share beginning at the west end of my said farm I give at my death to my grand son Romulos FULFORD to his and his heirs forever.  The second share which includs my residence I leave to my wife during her natural life then I lend the said share to my son John during his life time and then the said share to his lawful children.  If he should leave no children bornd in wedlock nor their issues then the said share to go to my lawful heirs.  The third share which my son James now live on I lend to him during his natural life and then to his children or their issues if any, if non then the said share is left to my lawful heirs.  The fourth share I give to my two grand children Apollas and Mary Jane DOXEY to them and their heirs forever.  The fifth share which is the last share and adjoins Tull Creek Road I give to my daughter Sarah Jane to her and her heirs forever.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in the presents of day and date as above written.
        /s/ John [his x mark] CATON    Seal

Attest
     Jason BELL
     J.F. FROST

   

 Currituck County   }    In the Probate Court - July 5th 1880

    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John CATON is this day exhibited for probate and the execution of which is duly proved by the oath and examination of Jason BELL & J.F. FROST subscribing witnesses thereto and it appearing that the said John CATON was of full age to make a will and of sound mind and disposing memory and under no restraint or undue influence and declaring in presence of said witnesses when he signed his name to said paper writing that the said paper writing so signed and witnessed was his last will & testament.  Therefore it is adjudged and decreed that the said paper writing thus exhibited and proved be and is hereby declared to be the last will and testament of the said John CATON.  Let the same be recorded and filed
        /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Probate Judge

Recorded in Will Book No. 5; pages 71 & 72

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

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