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No date on will - May Term 1854
I Wiloughby DOWDAY of the County of Currituck and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
Item I lend unto my wife all the cleared land on the west saide of the road where her father now lives also the water field on the WOODHOUSE tract of land during her natrul life also sixty dollars in money also five wood and nail timbers.
Item I give to my sister Clarky BEASLYs children all my land that I own to be equely divided betwein them at my wife death.
Item I want my mother to have her maintenance out of my estate.
Item I want Clarky BEASLY to have her maintenance out of my land.
Lastly I nominate and apoint Lancelot POYNER the whole sole executor to this my last will and testament.
/s/ Willuehby DOWDY
In presents of
Zechariah B. MORSE Jurat
Edmond [his x mark] DOWDY Jurat
Currituck County Court} May Term 1854
The within paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of Willoughby DOWDY decd exhibited for probate in open Court by Lancelot POYNER, executor therein named and the due execution thereof by the said Willoughby DOWDY is proved by the oaths of Zachariah B. MORSE & Edmond DOWDY the subscribing witnesses thereto.
It is therefore considered by the court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will & testament of the said Willoughby DOWDY and the same is ordered to be registered & files - and thereupon the said L. POYNER executor therein named duly qualified as such by taking the oath required by law.
Attest J.W. BAXTER CCC
Recorded in Book No. 4, Page 185
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
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