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John D. Cox
March 1, 1854 - May Term 1854
I John D. COX of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina do make this my last will and testament in the manner and form as follows (to wit)
Item 1 I give to my beloved wife one negro woman Nancy one horse and one rockaway to her and her heirs forever.
Item 2 I loan to my brother Caleb COX negro man Bob during his natural life and after his death to his son Charles O. COX to him and his heirs forever.
Item 3 I loan to my brother Davis COX negro boy Charles during his natural life and after his death to his issue or issues and in case of no such issue or issues then and in that case I give the above named boy Charles to my brother Caleb COX son Charles O. COX to him and his heirs forever.
4 I loan to my brother Jackson COX a negro girl George Anna during his natural life and after his death to his issue of issues and in case there should be no such issues then I give the above named girl George Anna and her increase to my brother Caleb COX son Charles O. COX to him and his heirs forever.
5 And after all my just [debts] are paid the remains of my estate not disposed of I leave to my beloved wife Frances to her and assigns forever and lastly I nominate Wilson CORPREW of Norfolk County Va. my whole and sole executor 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 seal this the first day of March 1854.
/s/ John D. COX Seal
Signed Sealed published and declared this to be my last will and testament in presence of
Josiah [his x mark] GAMMON Jurat
John DALY Jurat
Currituck Court of P & Q Sessions May Term 1854
This paper writing is brought into Court by Caleb COX and is offered for probate as the last will & testament of Jno. D. COX, decd., in the presence of his widow Frances [next several words unreadable] that Josiah GAMMON & John DALY being duly sworn depose & say severally that they heard the testator, acknowledge his signature thereto; that he published the same as & for his last will & testament in their presence and at his request; that he was at the time thereof of sound and disposing mind and memory. It is therefore ordered by the Court that the same be and is hereby admitted to probate as a [next several words unreadable]. Let it be recorded.
/s/ J.W. BAXTER, CCC
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John D. COX, decd. is produced in Court and offered for probate by Caleb COX, said paper writing in the following words, letters and figures, to wit - (Here insert the will.) and the widow of said Jno. D., to wit, Frances D. COX, being present, the ___ and for___ executor of said paper writing is and for the last will and testament of said Jno. D. COX is proved by the witnesses thereto, viz. Josiah GAMMON & John DALY, who being sworn severally proved they heard the testator acknowledge his signature thereto; that he published said paper writing as and for his last will and testament; that they subscribed thereto as witnesses in his presence and at his request, and that he was at the time thereof of sound and disposing mind & memory; and therefore it is ordered by the Court that said paper writing be and it is hereby admitted to probate as a will [next few words unreadable]. Let it be recorded. At the same time Wilson CORPREW renounces & the widow of said Jno. D. COX to wit Frances D. COX comes into Court & ____ from the said last will and testament which is allowed, ___ therefore on motion she is appointed admr. of her said husband & enters into bond in the sum of $5000 with Wm. MA __N & Frances JAMES sureties, agreeable to order of the Court.
Recorded in Book No 4; Page 183
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
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