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Currituck County Wills
Oct. 15, 1859 - Feb. Term 1861
Currituck Co. Will Book 4 ; pg. 243-244
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State of North Carolina
I Elizabeth COWELL of the county and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make ordain publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all others by me heretofore made in manner as follows to wit:
Item 1st After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expences by my executor herein after named, I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Joseph F. COWELL one horse his choice, one yoke of oxen, his choice of two milch cows and calves, six sheep, four hives of bees, one bed, bedstead & necessary furniture his choice, one writing desk one clock in the parlor, six cain bottom chairs, one rocking chair, one pair of and irons, little table that stands in the parlor, all of the carpets on the floors and window curtains, a small mirror in the parlor all the glass ware that usually stands on the bureau in the parlor, all of the cooking utensils, wood ware, and the hand mill to him and his heirs forever.
Item 2nd I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Virginia COWELL the bureau that stands in the parlor and a china cup to her and her heirs forever.
Item 3rd I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Mary McNIDER the small set of china to her and her heirs forever.
Item 4th I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Adelia POYNER the set of china with flower and handles to her and her heirs forever.
Item 5th I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Love WHITEHURST my set of old silver spoons to her and her heirs forever.
Item 6th I give and bequeath unto Amanda WILSON one bed bedstead & necessary furniture the one assigned by my executors herein after named to her and her heirs forever.
Item 7th To my Grandson Wm. H. COWELL I leave my bible.
Item 8th I give and bequeath unto my Grand Children Martha KENNY, Mary F. McNIDER, Joseph F. COWELL, Wm. H. COWELL, Cincinatus COWELL, and Virginia COWELL Eighteen Hundred dollars to be equally divided among them share and share alike to them and their heirs forever.
Item 9th It is my will and desire that my Grandson Joseph F. COWELL have the land bidden off by me at the Clerk and Masters sale known as the home tract by his paying the amount of the notes executed by me to the Clerk & Master to my executor herein after named to have and to hold the said lands with the appurtenances to him and his heirs forever.
Item 10th I give and bequeath the residue of my estate and property after my death and the payment of the foregoing legacies to be equally divided amongst all of my lawful heirs and distributes share and share alike but the portion that my Grandson Hamilton COTTER, would be entitled to it is expressly my desire and will that he receives nothing from the said residue unless he pays the note made by him to James M. FEREBEE and to which I am surety. If my executor has to pay the said note out of my estate, then my will is that the said Hamilton COTTER receive only the amt over and above the amount of said note and would make him equal in the distribution of the residue if any, and the distributive share in said distribution to which my Grandson James HUTCHINS would be entitled it is my will and desire that my executor pay over to Peter WHITEHURST to hold in trust for the benefit of said HUTCHINS children.
I nominate and appoint my Grandson Wm. H. COWELL the sole executor to this my last will and testament, who I wish to take possession all the residue of my estate after giving off the special legacies above mentioned & sell to the best advantage in his judgment to make the above distribution.
In testimony whereof I the said Elizabeth COWELL have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 15th day of Oct. A.D. 1859.
/s/ Elizabeth COWELL seal
Signed sealed published & declared by the said Elizabeth COWELL as & for her last will & testament in presence of us who at her request and in her presence & in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness hereto.
John F. FROST jurat
John H. HALSTEAD jurat
See minute docket Feby. Term 1861 for probate
Recorded J.W. BAXTER, CCC
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