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Alexander W. Cox of Norfolk Co., Va.
Sept. 16, 1856 - Mary Term 1859

In the name of god amen.  I Alexander W. COX of the County of Norfolk and State of Virginia blessed be God being of sound mind and perfect memory knowing that it is appointed unto man once to die do make and publish this to be my last will and testament in the manner as follows - to wit -

First it is my will and desire for all of my just debts be paid.

2nd I give and bequeath unto my brother William C. COX all of my land that I now own in Currituck County N. Carolina.

3rdly I loan unto brother James W. COX one fourth of my property that I haven't disposed of to hold his natural life and then to Thos. GRAY & John F. GRAY.

4th I give the resadue to be equally divided among my three brothers namely Wm. C. COX, Brickhouse B. COX & David COX.

Lastly I make and ordain my brother David COX my executor to this my last will and testament in witness wheroff I have hereunto set my hand seal this Sept. 18th 1856.
        /s/ Alexander W. COX        Seal


State of North Carolina}
    Currituck County     }  Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions May T. 1859

    A paper writing without subscribing witnesses purporting to be the last will and testament of Alexander W. COX deceased, is exhibited for probate in open Court by David COX the executor therein named; and it is thereupon proved by the oath and examination of Philip NORTHERN that the said will was found among the valuable papers of the said Alexander W. COX after his death and it is further proved by the oath of and examination of three competent & credible witnesses, to wit, the said Philip NORTHERN, Wm. G. WILSON and Joseph WILSON, that they are acquainted with the handwriting of the said Alexander W. COX, having often seen him write and verily believe that the name of the said Alexander W. COX subscribed to the said will and the said will itself and every part thereof, are in the hand writing of the said Alexander W. COX.  And it is further proved by the [unreadable] of the three last mentioned witnesses that the said hand writing is genuinely? known to the acquaintances of the said Alexander W. COX.
    It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper writing is the last will and testament of the said Alexander W. COX and the same is ordered to be recorded and field.  Whereupon the said David COX the executor therein named appeared in open Court and qualified as executor thereto.

        /s/ J.W. BAXTER, CCC

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

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