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John T. Hampton
Nov. 15, 1877 - Aug. 29, 1884
[This will was very dim with several small insertions which were very hard to read.
If you have any doubt, you may need to look at the original.]

This the last Will & Testament of J.T. HAMPTON

I J.T. HAMPTON of Currituck County N. Carolina being of a sound mind & memory doth make this my last will & testament in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & seventy seven.  After bequeathing my body to its Mother Earth & my soul to Almighty God I doth will all of my property as follows. {to wit}

Item the 1st}  That the beach land that I own lying in the WHITE & WHITEHEAD pattern to be sold for the purpose of paying all of my lawful debts with my money & notes that I may have on hand also for the same purposes & also with my canoe.

Item the 2nd}  One horse & buggy & one horse cart & harness I lend unto my wife Nansey during her life & all of my stock consisting of hogs & cattle & all of my house hold & kitchen furniture, all except one bed & fixtures which is a low stead of an old fashion & one two barrell gun which I give to my nephew Lee DUNTON.

Item the 3rdI lend unto my wife Nansey during her life all of the land whereon I now live and also all of my provisions that is on hand namely corn &.c and all of my right & interest in the fishery at the beach.

Item the 4th}  I lend unto my wife Nansey a privilige in Piney Island Marshes & also a privilige in my right of the WHITE farm at the North end of Churchs Island for the purpose of her stock.

Item the 5th}  I lend unto my son Nathaniel Perce HAMPTON the farm whereon he now lives lying at the North end of Churchs Island also Piney Island land & my right in Cedar Islands & also my right in the Brant? Marshes all of the above named land I lend at my death.  And also all of my lands at the death of my wife Nansey ____ to N.P. HAMPTON for life.

Item the 6th}  I give unto the lawful heirs of my son Nathaniel Pierce HAMPTON all of the land & chattle property that belongs to me at the death of me & my wife Nansey & if my son should die without a bodily heir then my property to go back into the HAMPTON family.

Item the 7th}  I give unto my wife Nansey 2 beds & fixtures that was formerly her own, 6 stool chairs, 3 rocking chairs 2 wash stands & bowls one clock 2 chest one trunk 2 looking glasses one safe & all of the books that formerly was hers.

I also leave my son N.P. HAMPTON execitor to this my last will & testament.
This Nov 15th 1877.
    /s/ John [his x mark] T. HAMPTON    Seal

Attest
     J.L. MORRISETT
     N.N. HAMPTON

August 25th 1884 - I hereby deputize C.E. ANSELL to execute the written papers.
    /s/ Wm. H. BRAY, Shff.

State of North Carolina: Currituck County
        To Pierce HAMPTON, Nancy HAMPTON & Lee DUNTON, heirs at law and devicees of John T, HAMPTON, deceased
Take notice, that the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court of said County has been informed of paper writings being found in the house of Jno. T. HAMPTON, deceased, purporting to be his last will and testament with Pierce HAMPTON named therein as executor, and attested by Jos. MORRISETT & N.N. HAMPTON as subscribing witnesses thereto and Mrs. Nancy HAMPTON, widow & heir of said deceased, having applied to the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court of said County, to have said paper writing produced in Court for proof & probate.  Therefore Friday the 29th day of August 1884 is set for the hearing of the matter at Currituck Court House when and where you can appear & take such steps in the proceedings, ____ ___ as you may deem proper, and that Pierce HAMPTON in case of its probate, to qualify as executor or renounce his claim as such, as he may deem best.  And Pierce HAMPTON & Nancy HAMPTON in whose custody the said paper writings may be, is hereby commanded to produce the same before the Clerk aforesaid on the day set for the hearing of the matter as aforesaid.
Given under my hand this the 26th day of August 1884.
    /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

State of North Carolina    }   To the Sheriff of Currituck County
    Greeting:  You are hereby commanded to summon Joseph MORRISETT & N.N. HAMPTON, personally to be and appear before the Clerk of the Superior Court of said County at Currituck Court House on Friday the 29th day of August 1884, in the matter of proving a paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of the late John T. HAMPTON, which paper writing, at the end thereof, each of your names is subscribed as witnesses thereto.  Herein fail not.
Witness, H.B. ANSELL, Clerk of said Court at office in Currituck the 26th day of August 1884.
    /s/ H.B. ANSELL, CSC

Executed on all the parties except MORRISETT, Aug 26th 1884.
    /s/ C.E. ANSELL, D. Shff    fee $2.10

PROBATE OF WILL

State of North Carolina    }    SS.  In the Superior Court
    Currituck County         }

     A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John T. HAMPTON, deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by Pierce HAMPTON the executor therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said John T. HAMPTON is proved by the oath and examination of J.L. MORRISETT and N.N. HAMPTON the subscribing witnesses thereto, who, being duly sworn, doth depose and say, and each for himself deposeth and saith that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown him purporting to be the last will and testament of John T. HAMPTON that the said John T. HAMPTON made his mark as his signature after it had been subscribed by J.L. MORRISETT at the request of the said testator in the presence of this deponent, subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing, now shown as aforesaid, and which bears day of the 15th day of November 1877.
     And the deponent further saith, that the said John T. HAMPTON the testator aforesaid, did, at the time of subscribing his name ["making his mark" was inserted here] as aforesaid, declare the said paper writing so subscribed by him and exhibited, to be his last will and testament, and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said will as an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of said testator.  And this deponent further saith, that a the said time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will as aforesaid, and at the time of deponent's subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto, as aforesaid, the said John T. HAMPTON was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will, and was not under any restraint to the knowledge, information or belief of this deponent: And further these deponents say not.
     /s/ J.L. MORRISETT      Seal
         N.N. HAMPTON         Seal

Severally sworn and subscribed this 29th day of August 1884 before me
    /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

ORDER FOR PROBATE OF WILL

State of North Carolina    }    In the Superior Court
    Currituck County         }

     A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of John T. HAMPTON was the 29th day of August, 1884 filed in this Court by N.P. HAMPTON, the executor named therein, for probate, and the execution of the same duly proven by the oath and examination of J.L. MORRISETT& N.N. HAMPTON subscribing witnesses thereto; and it appearing on said examination that the said John T. HAMPTON was of full age to make a will and that he was of sound mind and disposing memory and under no restraint or undue influence; that they witnessed said at the request and in the presence of the said testator, and in the presence of each other by subscribing their names thereto and at the time said testator signed the same.
     It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreed that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of the said John T. HAMPTON and it is ordered recorded and filed.  September 1st 1884
    /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

EXECUTOR'S OATH

State of North Carolina}    ss. In the Probate Court
     Currituck County    }
    I, N.P. HAMPTON, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I believe this paper writing to be and contain the last will and testament of John T. HAMPTON deceased; and that I will well and truly execute the same by first paying his debts and then his legacies as far as the said estate shall extend, or the law will charge me, and that I will well and faithfully execute the office of executor agreeable to the trust and confidence reposed in me, and according to law, so help me God.
    /s/ N.P. HAMPTON
        Sworn and subscribed before me, this 8th day of Sept. 1884.
            /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

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

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