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Wilson Corprew
April 12, 1854 - August 1854

I Wilson CORPREW of the County of Norfolk and State of Virginia do make this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows to wit:

Item 1.  I do order and decree that my executor or executors administrator or administrators whomsoever he or they may be do proceed to sell the following negroes private or at publick auction on a credit of six months with intrust [sic] from date, Riddick, Lucinda, Ellick, Dinah, Jacob, Caesar and Old March and the money arrising from such sale to be collectd and invested as I may hereafter direct.

Item 2.  I give to Philip NORTHEN son of Philip NORTHEN decd. my old & faithful servan Jenny and fifty dollars yearly and every year during the life of said Jenny to be paid out of my estate.

Item 3.  I loan to my daughter Elizabeth S.J. CORPREW during her natural life all the residue of my real and personal estate and the intrust and dividends accruing from all monnies bonds notes and after the death of my said daughter Elzabeth I give the whole of my estate not devised to his [sic] issue or issues who may attain the age of sixteen years and in the event of no such issue or issues left to attain that age above mentioned I leave my estate as I may hereafter direct.  To William ETHEREDGE the son of Caleb ETHEREDGE a tract of land in Va. lying and beginnig on the 12 foot ditch and runig along said ditch a south course to the forks of the 4 & 5 foot ditch thence a west course along the 8 foot ditch to the extreme end of my back line all the land north of the said 8 foot dich in that body belonging to me I give to him and his heirs forever and the followg negroes, Mary Jane Peter and Cartwright all the remainder of my estate I leave to be divided between Philip NORTHEN the son of Philip NORTHEN decd. Martin J. CORNICK, Miles S. WILSON.

Item 4  It is my will and desire that my estate may be settled according to the laws of North Carolina and that my exicutor or executors administrator or administrators are to settle my estate and to act as guardian to my daughter during her infancy and all proceeding thereof relative to my estate to be returned to the worshipful court of Currituck County, NCarolina.

Item 5.  After all my debts are paid the balance which may be due from the report of the audit made and returned to be immediately invested into bank stock in the Farmers Bank or Exchange Bank at Norfolk Va. and lastly I nominate and appoint Philip NORTHEN of Curritu[ck] County and Miles S. WILSON of Princess Ann County my whole and sole executors and guardian to my daughter and in the event of her intermarriage my executor or executors administrator or administrators shall cause the said husband of my daughter to give bond and good security for the fourthcoming and safe keeping of all the property so delivered to him or them as the will direct in the penal sum of double the amount of the property so delivered to him or them and in case of a refusal to comply with the above stipulation it is my will and desire that my executor or executors adm or adms to retain the property in their possession and the proceeds and income therefrom to be paid to my daughter Elizabe[th] yearly and every year during her natural life and after her death to go in the manner above described that is to her issue or issues who may attain the age of sixteen years and in case there should be none to the above named person & their heirs to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other former will or wills heretofore made by me.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this the twelth day April 1854.
    /s/ Wilson CORPREW    Seal

Signed sealed published and declared this to be my last will & testament.
[no witnesses signed]

Instruction

After my executor or executors adm or adms have duly qualified to the will it being my wish and desire for them to rent out all my lands for produce on such terms as they may think most beneficial to my estate & make or cause to be made such improvements as they may deem beneficial to the intrus [sic] of my estate and to sell any of my negroes that may prove unmanageable and invest the money in bank stock as herein mentioned in my will.
    /s/ W. CORPREW

   

At a Court begun and held for Norfolk County at the Court-house on Monday the 21st day of August 1854

    A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Wilson CORPREW deceased, was produced in Court by Philip NORTHEN and Miles S. WILSON the executors therein named and there being no subscribing witness thereto, William P. JONES, John JAMES, James R. FULFORD, and Authur EMMERSON being first sworn severally deposed that they are well acquainted with the testators hand writing and verily believe that said writing and the name thereto subscribed to be wholly written by the testators own hand.  Whereupon the said writing is ordered to be rendered as the live last will and testament of the said Wilson CORPREW deceased.  And on the motion of Phillip NORTHEN and Miles S. WILSON the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with Wm. WHITE, John JAMES and H.O. WESTON their securities entered into & acknowledged a bond in the penalty of fifty thousand dollars with condition according to law which bond is ordered to be recorded.  Certificate is granted the said Phillip NORTHEN and Miles S. WILSON for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form.
    Teste
        Authur EMMERSON Cl.

State of Virginia
Norfolk County to wit:
    I Authur EMMERSON Clerk of the County Court for Norfolk County in the State of Virginia aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true transcript from the records of the said Court.
    In testimony whereon I hereto set my hand and annex the seal of the said Court this 26th day of August 1854 in the 79th year of the Commonwealth.
        /s/ Authur EMMERSON, Cl.

Virginia, County of Norfolk, to wit:
    I L. GAYLE presiding Justice of the County Court for Norfolk County, do certify that Authur EMMERSON who has given the preceding certificate, is Clerk of the said Court and that his said attestation is in due form.
    Given under my hand this 26th day of August 1854.
        /s/ L. GAYLE, Presiding Justice of Norfolk County Court

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

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