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Jefferson Etheridge
July 23, 1884 - Sept. 25, 1885

I Jefferson ETHERIDGE of the County of Currituck, and State of North Carolina, being in sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existance, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say -

First - That my executor or executrix herein after named shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all funeral expences together with my just debts howsoever and to whomsoever owing out of the money that may first come into his or her hands as a part or parsel of my estate.

Item 1st - I give and devise to my beloved wife all of my real estate consisting of the homestead whereon I now reside containing sixty acres more or less one other track of land whereon I formerly resided containing fifty six acres more or less  also one other track of land I purchaced from Carey? ETHERIDGE containing fifty six acres more of less to have and to hold to her the said Edy ETHERIDGE for and during the term of her natural life.

Item 2nd - I give and devise to my eldest daughter Adeline ROACH wife of Benjamon F. ROACH all of that track of land whereon she now resides containing fifty six acres more of les also the track of land I formerly resided on containing fifty six acres more of less to have and to hold after the death of my wife Edy by paying over to my daughter Angerona RITTER wife of Joseph RITTER one hundred and fifty dollars to her and her heirs in fee simple forever.

Item 3rd - I give and devise to my youngest daughter Angerona RITTER wife of Joseph RITTER all of the track of land whereon I now reside to have and to hold after the death of my wife Edy to her and her heirs in fee simple forever.

And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my daughter Adeline ROACH my lawful executrix to all intents 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 hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I the said Jefferson ETHERIDGE do hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of July 1884.
            /s/ Jefferson ETHERIDGE [his x mark]    Seal

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Jefferson 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 hereto.
     H.S. ETHERIDGE
     Wm. H. POWERS

  North Carolina  }   
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    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Jefferson ETHERIDGE is exhibited for probate in open Court by Adeline ROACH the executrix therein named, and the due execution thereof by the said Jefferson ETHERIDGE is proved by the oath and examination of H.S. ETHERIDGE and Wm. H. POWERS, the subscribing witnesses thereto.  And it appearing that the said testator at the time of making and signing said paper writing was of full age to make a will, of sound and disposing mind and under no restraint or undue influence.  It is therefore considered, adjudged and decreed by the Court, that the said paper writing and every part thereof, is the last will and testament of the said Jefferson ETHERIDGE and the same is hereby ordered to be recorded and filed.
    And therefore the said Adeline ROACH, executrix, as aforesaid, duly qualified as such by taking the oath prescribed by law.  This 25th day of September 1885.
     /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

Recorded in Book No. 5 pages 122-23 & -24

[Note: Cemetery records indicate that Angerona Etheridge was married to Joseph Rutter, not Ritter as the will clearly states.]

[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]

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