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Jan. 20, 1854 - Recorded Oct. 4, 1854
I Dennis W. DUNTON 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 that is to say.
1st Item. I give to my wife Sarah DUNTON two feather beds first choice one magany table one big chest one filly named Rachel one horse cart five head of sheep first choice five stacks of bees first choise ten head of hogs first chois three cows and calfs first chois one beef stear first chois twenty five barrels of corn two barrels of pork two hundred pounds of bacon one hundred pounds of lard twenty five dollars to buy flour and coffee and sugar.
2nd Item. I lend to my wife the land and plantation whereon I now live and also a prevaledge in my Frances SALYER swamp. I also lend to my wife one third of the hire of my negros. I also lend to my wife my half of the wind mill at A.B. DUNTONs during her life or widowhood.
3rd Item. I give to my daughter Mary Jane DUNTON my land on Piny Island where Caleb BALANCE formerly lived also my new patron [sic] at mouth of walkers creek also one half of newfound creek Island also one Island caled hog pen creek Island. I also give her seven hundred dollars in notes and one negro man named Jefrey and one negro woman named Sidney and her increas also two feather beds second choice also one seckaterry and book case also one clock to her and her heirs forever.
4th Item. I give to my son Sanford D. DUNTON the plantation whereon I now live also fifty acres of swamp land I bought of Frances SALYER also all my land on the west side of Piny Island formerly belonging to Peggy GRAY also my swamp land in the back woods that I heired from my father also all my right and title of the Herferd? track and new patron ling to the east of lungreen near Judeys Cave also one half of mary Island also one negro man named George also one named Miles also one negro girl named Molley also two feather beds third choice one silver watch one gun that I bought at John ALLENs sale one sofa one writing desk also one half of my wind mill at A.B. DUNTONs also one hundred dollars in cash to him and his heirs for ever.
Item. I leave the remainder of my pereshable estat that I have not already given away both within and without doors to be sold for six months credit and the proceeds or amount arising from the sale of said property to be equally divided between my wife Sarah DUNTON my daughter Mary Jane DUNTON my son Sanford D. DUNTON.
And I also do appoint Edmond SIMMONS the whole and sole executor to this my last will and testament given under my hand and seal this the 20th of January 1854.
/s/ D.W. DUNTON Seal
L. POYNER Jurat
D.C. LINDSEY Jurat
Peter [his x mark] HOLOWA
Recorded in Book No. 4 Page 192 & 3
Oct. 4th 1854
Edmond SIMMONS brings into Court a paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Dennis S. DUNTON and being date of 20 Janry 1854 and purporting to be signed by said Dennis W. DUNTON and to be witnessed by L. POYNER, D.C. LINDSEY & Peter HOLLOWAY as witnesses thereto said paper writing.
And said Lancelot POYNER and D. C. LINDSAY two of the witnesses aforesaid and being first duly sworn, secondly proved that they saw said Dennis W. DUNTON sign & seal said paper as and for his last will and testament; and heard him say . . . . . It is ordered, adjudged, decreed and considered by the Court the said paper writing be and it is hereby admitted to probate as the last will & Testament of said DUNTON at the same time Edmond SIMMONS is granted and qualified as Executor to said will. Test: W. BAXTER, CCC
[Source: Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse] Microfilm G.030.1548672
[Source: Currituck County Record of Estates 1812-1926; Vol. Brumsey-Ferebee] Microfilm G.030.1862909
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