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May 21, 1878 - Mar. 7, 1881
I Frances GORDON 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 & form following, that is to say:
First: I give and bequeath to my grand son Caleb GORDON apart of my land commencing at the center of the ewepon nursery and running in a straight line westerly to Emily WHITE's land and all of the land I possess to the South of that line, together with the buildings included, if he should die without a lawful or lineal heir I then give it to my grandson Edmund GORDON to him and his heirs.
I lend to my daughter Caroline WATERFIELD one half of the other half of my land adjoining the land I gave to my grandson Caleb GORDON as long as she lives at her death I give and bequeath it to her daughter Fanny WATERFIELD to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I lend the balance of my land on the north end of my farm to my daughter Fanny WATERFIELD as long as she lives at her death I give and bequeath it to her daughter Permelia WATERFIELD to her and her heirs forever. I give to my grandson Edmund GORDON five dollars.
I leave all of my personal property to be sold and the proceeds arising therefrom to be applied to the paying of my burial expenses and should there be any money remaining I give it to all my heirs.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my daughters Caroline WATERFIELD and Fanny WATERFIELD sole executrixs of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made.
In witness whereof, I the said Frances GORDON do hereunto set my hand and seal this the 21st day of May A.D. 1878
/s/ Frances [her x mark] GORDON Seal
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Frances GORDON to be her last will and testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
Malachi J. WATERFIELD
Currituck County - In Probate Court
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Frances GORDON is offered for probate and the execution thereof duly proved by the oath and examination Elias WILLIAMS, the subscribing witness thereto and it appearing that said Frances GORDON was of full age to make a will, of sound mind and disposing memory, and under no restraint or undue influence. It is ordered adjudged and decreed that the said paper writing thus proven be and it is hereby declared to be the last will and testament of said Frances GORDON. Let the same be recorded and filed. This March 7th 1881.
/s/ H.B. ANSELL, Probate Judge
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
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