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Jan. 31, 1895 - no probate attached to this will
I Andrew J. ETHERIDGE 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 ---
First (1st) That my executor shall provide for my body a decent burial and pay all funeral expences together with my just debts out of the moneys that may first come into his hands as a part of or parcel of my estate.
Item. I leave to my wife Elizabeth ETHERIDGE during her natural life one half of the plantation (the Eastern half) upon which I now reside together with all buildings and priveledges thereunto belonging in satisfaction for and in leiu of her dower and thirds of all my real estate.
Item. I lend to my son Matthias D. ETHERIDGE the westward half of the plantation upon which I now reside then I give the same to be equally divided between the three children of Matthias D. ETHERIDGE and Alameda TILLITT and their heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my said wife Elizabeth the first choice of cow and calf and her choice of one of the other cattle also five of the best hogs and her choice of sow and pigs that may be left at my decease together with all of the domestic fowls and all of the provisions on hand at the time of my death.
Item. I leave to my said wife Elizabeth all of my household and kitchen furniture except two beds with bedding and steads.
Item. I give to my son Matthias D. ETHERIDGE two beds with bedding and steads and one cane bottom rocking chair to be his forever.
Item. After the death of my wife Elizabeth all the real and personal property not herein givin away I lend to my son Matthias D. ETHERIDGE and then I give to his three children and Alameda TILLITT, equal, and their heirs forever.
Item. I leave my horse and cart and farming utensils to be used jointly by my wife and son Matthias D. ETHERIDGE.
Item. I wish my executor in case money is needed to pay any debts that I may owe at the time of my decease to dispose of my two canoes and apply the proceeds to the payment of said debts and pay any surplus that may be to my son Matthias D. ETHERIDGE or his heirs. In case no money is needed to pay debts I give and bequeath to my son Mathias D. ETHERIDGE and his heirs forever my two canoes with sails and appurtenances thereunto belonging.
And lastly I do appoint my trusty friend Thomas BARRETT my lawful executor to all intent and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof. In witness whereof I the said Andrew J. ETHERIDGE do hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this the 31st day of January 1895.
/s/ Andrew [his x mark] J. ETHERIDGE Seal
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Andrew J. ETHERIDGE to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
[NOTE: Cemetery records indicate that Andrew Jackson Etheridge was born March 25, 1825 and died March 21, 1896.]
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
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