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Caleb T. Crank
Jan. 17, 1880 - Oct. 23, 1880

I Caleb T. CRANK of the County of Currituck in Poplar branch Township in the State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memery but considering the certainty of death do make and declare this my last will and tistament in manner and form as follows

Item 1  After my death and the death of my wife Salley CRANK I give Mary Margaret DOWDY all of the land I owne on Powells Point in said county to her her life time and then from whence it came.

Item 2  After paying all of my just debts and fewnerel expences and baring expences I give to Mary Margaret DOWDY all of my chattle property of every kind to her and her heires in fee simple for ever.

Item 3  I commend my soul to god and wish when dead to be decently berred.

Given under my hand and seal this the 17 day of January 1880 in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty.
        /s/ Caleb T. CRANK    Seal

Signed & Sealed in the presence of
     John A. DUTCHER
     Sidney G. GALLOP


  North Carolina     }    In Probate Court
Currituck County   }    October 23d 1880

    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Caleb T. CRANK is this day exhibited for probate and the execution thereof duly proved by the oath and examination of John A. DUTCHER and G.G. GALLOP subscribing witnesses thereto, and it appearing on said examination that the said Caleb T. CRANK was of full age to make a will and of sound mind and disposing memory and under no restraint or undue influence and declaring in presence of said witnesses when he signed his name to said paper writing, that the said paper writing so signed and witnessed was his last will and testament.  Therefore it is ordered, adjudged and decreed that the said paper writing thus exhibited and proved is in all respects declared to be the last will and testament of the said Caleb T. CRANK.  Let the same with this decree be recorded.
        /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Probate Judge

Recorded in Will Book No. 5 pages 76 & 77
Oct. 25th 1880
Died Sept. 20th 1880

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

NOTE:  This was sent from Annie Lee Wightman on Dec. 23, 2005 -  The following is from my grandmother Beacham's copy of  Biographical History of the Primitive or Old School Baptist Ministers of the United States:

Elder C. T. Crank (note: Caleb's middle name was likely Toler) of North Carolina.  He appears on mainland Currituck in censuses. "In early life he was a captain of merchant ships on the Atlantic and was noted for his honesty in all the duties of his life.  He was born in Currituck County, N. C., August 7, 1821, united with the church  October 1852 and ever lived a faithful member. He was appointed deacon in June 1860, and fulfilled the office in faithfulness and was, in 1867, given a liberty to exercise his gift.  He was ordained in 1872 and boldly contended for the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ until he fell asleep in death, September 20, 1880. Elder Crank was greatly beloved by all who knew him for his honest deportment, was a good neighbor and failed not to attend to the poor and afflicted and it can be well said of him he has fought a good fight, finished his course, kept the faith and henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness which the righteous judge shall give all who loves his appearing."  This book was edited by Elder R. H. Pittman and entered into the Library of Congress records in 1909. (Inside the cover is written Mrs. D. Beacham, Kitty Hawk, N. C.)

This will was contributed by Kay Midgett Sheppard. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!




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