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Dorcas Etheridge
Sept. 1, 1841 -  May Term 1855
Currituck Co. Will Book 4 ; pg. 199
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The last will & Testament of Dorcas ETHERIDGE deceased

   In the name of God Amen. I Dorcas ETHERIDGE of the State of North Carolina Currituck County being weak and feeble in [body] but of sound mind and memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form as follows:

   First I commit my soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently buried and as touching my worldly substance which it has pleased God to bless me with I dispose of and give as follows to wit:

   Item 1st I bequeath to my Son Jackson ETHERIDGE the tract of land whereon I now reside with all the appurtenances thereto belonging the same to him and his heirs forever. I give my [son] Jackson ETHERIDGE one horse named Prodgie and all of my stock of cattle, and one bed and furniture, the best I have.  I also give to my Son Jackson ETHERIDGE all the lands which I heired at the death of my brother Mathias DAVIS but have not got it in possession (as the widow DAVIS  resides on it at this time) I give it the said land to my Son Jackson ETHERIDGE by his paying to his sister Polly ETHERIDGE one half the price of it when he gets it in possession or one half of the amt it will rent for from year to year, that is if Polly ETHERIDGE my daughter is living at that time or an heir begotten of her body.  If not I want my Son Jackson ETHERIDGE to have it the said land to him and his heirs forever. If I should die with a crop of corn on hand I give my Son Jackson ETHERIDGE one third of said crop of corn and the residue of my crop of corn etc sold for the benefit of my daughter Polly ETHERIDGE.

   Item 2nd I bequeath to my daughter Lydia TAYLOR one bed and furniture and one pot and spider to her and her heirs forever.  

   Item 3rd I bequeath to my daughter Polly ETHERIDGE one chest and all of my clothes and all the property I have in possession not given away in this will I desire to be sold for the benefit of my daughter Polly ETHERIDGE.

   Lastly I appoint my friend Mr. Hodges GALLOP sole executor to this my last will and testament to which I annex my signature this 1st day Sept. 1842.

    /s/ Dorcas [her x mark] ETHERIDGE seal

Signed sealed in the presence of
    R. H. BALLARD     jurat
    James BEAN

North Carolina - May Term 1855
Currituck County - Court of Pleas & Quarter Session
   The foregoing paper writing was exhibited in open court & propounded for probate as the last will & testament of Dorcas ETHERIDGE dec’d by Hodges GALLOP the executor therein named, Wm. SIKES & Lydia his wife having been notified to the proceedings & represented by counsel & the due execution of said paper writing by the said Dorcas ETHERIDGE is proved by the oath and examination of R.H. Ballard one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & it is further proved by him & by Wm. HARRISON that James BEAN the other subscribing witness is not a resident of this State and that his signing thereto is in the own proper hand writing of the said BEAN. It is therefore considered by the court that the foregoing paper writing & every part thereof is the last will & testament of Dorcas ETHERIDGE dec’d and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed and thereupon the said Hodges Gallop executor as aforesaid duly qualified as such by taking the oath required by law.

Recorded the 23 day of June 1855

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