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Thomas J. Litchfield
Nov. 27, 1906 - Jan. 21, 1907

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, of the County of Currituck, in the State of North Carolina, do make this my last will and testament, as follows:

I direct that my body be decently buried, in a manner corresponding to my estate and situation in life, but with as little expense as may be consistent therewith.

Second: - I direct that all my just debts be paid as soon after my decease as conveniently may be, and to that end charge my whole estate, real and personal with the same.

Third: - I give to my beloved wife Willie Love LITCHFIELD, the whole of my estate, both real and personal, and wheresoever situate, in fee simple forever.

Fourth: - I do appoint Dr. W.T. GRIGGS to be executor of this my last will and testament.

Fifth: - I hereby revoke all other and former will and codicils, by me at any time heretofore made.

Witness my hand and seal this 27th day of November in the year nineteen hundred and six.
    /s/ Thomas J. LITCHFIELD

Signed, published and declared by Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, as and for his last will, in the presence of us, who in his presence, at his request, and in the presence of one another, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
     E. BALLANCE
     Ivor A. PAGE

PROBATE OF WILL WITH EXAMINATION OF WITNESSES THERETO

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

     A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by Dr. W.T. GRIGGS the executor therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said Thomas J. LITCHFIELD is proved by the oath and examination of E. BALLANCE and Ivor A. PAGE 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 Thomas J. LITCHFIELD that the said Thomas J. LITCHFIELD  in the presence of this deponent, subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing, now shown as aforesaid, and which bears date of the 27th day of November 1906.
     And the deponent further saith, that the said Thomas J. LITCHFIELD the testator aforesaid, did, at the time of subscribing his name 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 at 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 Thomas J. LITCHFIELD 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/ Ivor A. PAGE      Seal
         E. BALLANCE    Seal

Severally sworn and subscribed this 17th day of January 1907 before me
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

ORDER FOR PROBATE OF A WILL

  North Carolina }    In the Superior Court before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk
Currituck County}   In Re Estate of Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, deceased
    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, dec'd, is exhibited in open court for probate by Dr. W.T. GRIGGS the executor therein named; and the due execution thereof by the said Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, dec'd, is duly proven by the oath and examination of E. BALLANCE and Ivor A. PAGE subscribing witnesses thereto; and it is further shown to the satisfaction of the court by said witnesses that the said Thomas J. LITCHFIELD was, at the time of making said will, of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will and under no restraint to their knowledge, information, or belief:
     It is thereupon considered, adjudged, and decreed, that said proof is sufficient and according to law and that said paper writing is and contains the last will and testament of Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, dec'd..  And it is ordered that said will be admitted to probate and recorded in the Book of Wills of Currituck County and as such filed as provided by law in the office of the Clerk of Superior Court of said county.
    Dated this the 17th day of January 1907.
     /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk of Superior Court

APPLICATION FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY

  North Carolina }    Before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court
Currituck County}   In the Matter of the will of Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, dec'd.
    Dr. W.T. GRIGGS being sworn, doth say: That Thomas J. LITCHFIELD, late of said county, is dead, having first made and published his last will and testament; and that Dr. W.T. GRIGGS is the executor named therein.
    Further, that the property of the said Thomas J. LITCHFIELD consisting of horse, mule, fishing outfit & co__, boats, is worth about $300.00, so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application; and that Willie Love LITCHFIELD, widow, Poplar Branch, N.C. is the party entitled under said will to the said property.
/s/ W.T. GRIGGS
        Sworn and subscribed before me, the 21st day of January 1907.
            /s/ E.W. ANSELL    Clerk Superior Court

EXECUTOR'S OATH

  North Carolina  }       
Currituck County }
    I, Dr. W.T. GRIGGS, do solemnly swear that I believe this writing to be and contain the last will and testament of Thomas J. LITCHFIELD that I will well and truly execute the same by first paying his debts and then his legacies, so far as the said estate shall extend, or the law will charge me, and all other duties pertaining to the office of Executor I will discharge according to law, to the best of my skill and ability.  So help me God.
    /s/ W.T. GRIGGS
        Sworn and subscribed before me, this21st day of January 1907.
            /s/ E.W. ANSELL    Clerk Superior Court

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

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