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Wilson Cooper, Sr.
Dec. 16, 1868 - April 9, 1870

In the Name of God Amen.  I Wilson COOPER SR. of the State of North Carolina and the County of Currituck being of sound and disposing mind do make and publish this to my last will and testament in manner and form follows viz --

Item 1st I leave all of my property both real and personal to my wife Sarah COOPER during her widowhood or life time to use or dispose of for the benifit of her and her children that constitutes her family.

Item 2nd I give and bequeath to my son Wilson COOPER JR. a piece of land off the East End of my home tract of land commencing at Tully L. CAPPS' and Mary ANSELL line runing a North course to Edmund A. BEASLEY line to a post to him and his heirs forever.

Item 3rd  At the death of my wife Sarah COOPER I give my home tract land to my two son's Wm. A. COOPER and Samuel A. COOPER to be equally divided and to be valued by two disinterested persons and to pay to my daughters Sally Ann COOPER, Biancy B. COOPER and Julia J. COOPER their proportionable part of the valuation of said tract of land to them and their heirs forever.

Item 4th  At the death of my wife Sarah COOPER I give my tract of land purchased at the sale of Zacariah WATERFIELD, decd. known as the Swamp tract of land to my two son's Wm. A. COOPER and Samuel A. COOPER to be equally divided and to be valued by two disinterested persons and to pay to my daughter's Sarah A. COOPER, Biancy B. COOPER and Julia J. COOPER their proportionable part of the valuation of said tract of land to them and their heirs forever.

Item 5  At the death of my wife I give to daughter Sarah A. COOPER one bed and furniture, first choice, one chest and one table to her and her heirs forever.

Item 6th  At the death of my wife Sarah COOPER  I give to my daughter Julia J. COOPER one bed and furniture, second choice to her and her heirs forever.

Item 7th  At the death of my wife Sarah COOPER  I give to my daughter Biancy B. COOPER one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.

Item 8  At the death of wife Sarah COOPER I leave the ballance of my personal property to be sold and after paying my just and lawfull debts the ballance arising from the sale of my personal property to be equally divided between Wm. A. COOPER, Samuel A. COOPER, Sarah A. COOPER, Biancy B. COOPER, and Julia J. COOPER to them and their heirs forever.

Lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my two son's Wm. A. COOPER and Samuel A. COOPER executors to this my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused my seal to be affixed this the 16th day of December 1868.
        /s/ Wilson [his x mark] COOPER SR.    Seal

Signed Sealed and delivered In presence of us
     Caleb W. BEASLEY
     E.W. JONES

   

Currituck County - In the Probate Court

    A paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Wilson COOPER SR, deceased, is found among the valuable papers in the office of the Judge of Probate for said County, and it appeared from an endorsement on said paper that it has been exhibited before the Judge as aforesaid that is on the 10th day of January 1870 before whom the due execution thereof by the said Wilson COOPER SR. was proved by the oath and examination of Caleb W. BEASLEY and E.W. JONES, the subscribing witnesses thereto, though its execution as aforesaid does not appear of record.  On this day personally appeared Wm. A. COOPER, one of the executors therein named, and again exhibited said paper, and the due execution thereof by the said Wilson COOPER, SR. was proved by the oath and examination of Caleb W. BEASLEY, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, who being duly sworn doth depose and say, and for himself deposeth and saith, that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown him purporting to be the last will and testament of Wilson COOPER, SR.  That the said Wilson COOPER, SR. in the presence of this deponent subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing, which is now shown as aforesaid, and which bears date on the 16th day of December 1868.
    And the deponent further saith that the said Wilson COOPER, SR., the testator aforesaid, did at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid, declare the said paper writing so subscribed by him, and exhibited, to be his last will and testament, and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said will as an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of the said testator.  And this deponent further saith that at the said time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will as aforesaid, and at the time of the deponent's subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto as aforesaid, the said Wilson COOPER, SR. was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will, and was not under any restraint to the knowledge, information or belief of this deponent, and further this deponent saith not.  This 9th day of April 1870 before me
        /s/ M.V.B. GILBERT, Probate Judge

[On the back of this will is written:]
        In the Probate Court
        Jany. 10th 1870
        J.B. LEE, P.J.

        April 9th, 1870
        M.V.B. GILBERT, Pro. Judge

        "Record of Wills" pp. 6-7
        M.V.B. GILBERT, P.J.

        Charges paid J.B. LEE
        So say executors

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

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