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Oct. 18, 1871 - May 31, 1895 (no probate was attached to this will but was found in the estate records)
State of North Carolina}
Currituck County }
October 18th 1871 }
I John DUKE of the County and State aforesaid considering the uncertainty of my future earthly existence do make this my last will & testament revoking all others.
Item 1st My executrix hereinafter named shall provide a decent burial for my body & pay all expenses incurred thereto.
Item 2d She shall also pay all of my just debts (if any) as she deems proper.
Item 3d I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Henrietta DUKE all of my household & movable property in & out doors in fact everything that belongs to me. I also give to my beloved wife Henrietta all of my lands including swamps, high woodland & cleared, in fact everything I possess of every & all species of property I hereby give & bequeath forever & in fee simple to her after paying my just & honorable debts & lastly I constitute & appoint my beloved wife Henrietta my lawful executrix to all intents & purposes as aforesaid mentioned. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal the day & date as above written.
/s/ John [his x mark] DUKE
Signed Sealed & made in the presence of
Henry S. SIMMONS
31 May 1895 - A paper writing purporting to the the last will and testament of John DUKE, dec'd., with witnesses John and Henry S. SIMMONS, is exhibited for probate by Henrietta DUKE, the executrix named therein and proven by the oath of Henry S. SIMMONS, the other witness having died. /s/ Henry S. SIMMONS, H.B. ANSELL who attested to the signature of John SIMMONS, dec'd.
31 May 1895 - Executor's Oath rendered to Henrietta DUKE. /s/ Henrietta [x] DUKE
[Source for Will: Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse (Microfilm G.030.1548672]
[Source for Probate: Currituck County Record of Estates 1812-1926; Vol. Brumsey-Ferebee (Microfilm G.030.1862909)]
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