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No date on will - Nov. 24, 1884
[See his estate record here]
In the name of God, Amen.
I John DOXEY of the County of Currituck in the State of North Carolina, being of sound disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following, to wit.
Item. Whereas I with all of my children, excepting Frances V. MATHIAS, decd, did make deed to Jos. SIMPSON for a certain piece of land in Currituck County, North Carolina near Tulls Creek by deed bearing date Jany. 3, 1882, which is of record in Registers office of Currituck County, and whereas the children of said Frances V. MATHIAS are minors, to wit Florence MATHIAS & James MATHIAS, now if they shall when they arrive at full age make to said Jos. SIMPSON his heirs and assigns a fee simple title for their interest in said lands, then and in that case I give and bequeath unto my children, to wit Grandy DOXEY, Ann Matilda GRAY, Florence MATHIAS and James MATHIAS children of Frances V. MATHIAS, dec'd, the children of Jas. DOXEY, decd, to wit Pyrous GEORGE M.A. GEORGE David W. SAWYER and Amanda E. SAWYER and Lydia B. BELL, all of my property of every description both real and personal, share & share alike, that is to say to Grandy DOXEY one share, Ann Matilda GRAY one share, Florence MATHIAS and Jas. MATHIAS one share, Pyrous GEORGE M.A. GEORGE David W. SAWYER and Amanda E. SAWYER one share, and Lydia B. BELL one share to them and their heirs in fee simple forever.
Item. But if the said Florence MATHIAS and Jas. MATHIAS when they arrive at full age shall refuse to make title as aforesaid to said Jos. SIMPSON then and in that case it is my will and desire that my property of every description be divided amongst my other heirs as above named, and that the said Florence MATHIAS and Jas. MATHIAS to have no part or lot of any of it.
/s/ John [his x mark] DOXEY Seal
Signed sealed and published and declared by the testator John DOXEY to be his last will & testament and we by his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as attesting witnesses thereto
North Carolina } In the Clerk's Office of the Superior Court
Currituck County }
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John DOXEY having the names of A.O. DEY and R.E.L. SIMMONS as subscribing witnesses thereto is this day offered for probate by J.F. GRAY and C.M. BELL, whose wives Ann Matilda GRAY and Lydia B. BELL, respectively, are heirs therein, and the execution thereof proved by the oath of R.E.L. SIMMONS, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and it was also proved by the oath of R.E.L. SIMMONS, J.M. WOODHOUSE and Wm. H. BRAY, that they are well acquainted with the signature of A.O. DEY the other subscribing witness to the said will, having frequently seen him write and that the signature affixed as a witness to the said paper writing to be the signature of said A.O. DEY, and that the said DEY is a non-resident of the State of North Carolina, and it if further proven by the oath of R.E.L. SIMMMONS that said A.O. DEY signed his name to said will as witness, in his presence and at the time said R.E.L. SIMMONS signed the same, at the request and in the presence and at the time that said John DOXEY signed the said paper writing.
And it appearing that the said John DOXEY was of full age of sound mind and disposing memory and under no restraint or undue influence, it is ordered and adjudged that the said paper writing be and is in all respects declared to be the last will and testament of the said John DOXEY. Ordered to be recorded & filed. There being no executor named in said will and Mrs. Sarah DOXEY widow of the testator having signed a paper writing denoucing her right to administer on said estate in favor of J.F. GRAY, the said J.F. GRAY thereupon qualified by giving the proper bond and taking the oath prescribed by law. Letters of administration with will annexed was issued to him. This November 24th day 1884.
/s/ H.B. ANSELL Clerk Superior Court
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
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