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Martha A. Meekins of Dare Co., N.C.
May 30, 1900 - Sept. 28, 1900

I Martha A. MEEKINS of the County of Dare and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind do make, declare and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me.

First.  I loan to my brother Augustus W. BRUMSEY the tract of land I now own in the County of Currituck state aforesaid, and in Crawford Township, adjoining the lands of said Augustus W. BRUMSEY and others containing sixty acres more or less for the term of his natural life and after the death of my said brother, I give and bequeath unto my niece Martha Susan PARKER one half of the aforesaid tract of land--the half on the south side of said tract, to have and to hold to her and her heirs in fee simple.

Second.  After the death of my said brother, I give and bequeath unto my nephew Julius L. BRUMSEY one half of the aforesaid tract of land--the half on the north side of said tract, to have and to hold to him and his heirs in fee simple.

Third.  I hereby appoint my brother Augustus W. BRUMSEY my whole sole executor to this my last Will and testament.  In witness whereof, I, the said Martha A. MEEKINS do hereunto set my hand and seal this the 30th day of May 1900.
    /s/ Martha A. MEEKINS    Seal

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Martha A. MEEKINS to be her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request and in the presence of said testator subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
     Sevility V. BRUMSEY
     Gertrude BRUMSEY
     E.W. ANSELL

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 Martha A. MEEKINS deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by Augustus W. BRUMSEY the executor therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said Martha A. MEEKINS is proved by the oath and examination of Sivility V. BRUMSEY & Gertrude BRUMSEY the subscribing witnesses thereto, who, being duly sworn, doth depose and say, and each for herself deposeth and saith that she is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown them purporting to be the last will and testament of Martha A. MEEKINS that the said Martha A. MEEKINS  in the presence of this deponent, subscribed her name at the end of said paper writing, now shown as aforesaid, and which bears date of the 30th day of May 1900.
     And the deponent further saith, that the said Martha A. MEEKINS the testator aforesaid, did, at the time of subscribing her name as aforesaid, declare the said paper writing so subscribed by her and exhibited, to be his last will and testament, and this deponent did thereupon subscribe her 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 her name to the said last will as aforesaid, and at the time of deponent's subscribing her name as an attesting witness thereto, as aforesaid, the said Martha A. MEEKINS 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/ Sivility V. BRUMSEY      Seal
         Gertrude BRUMSEY        Seal

Severally sworn and subscribed this 28th day of Sept. 1900 before me
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

APPLICATION FOR LETTERS WITH WILL ANNEXED

  North Carolina }    Before E.W. ANSELL, C.S.C.
Currituck County}    In the Matter of the last will of Martha A. MEEKINS
    Augustus W. BRUMSEY being sworn, doth say: That Martha A, MEEKINS, late of said county is dead, having first made & published her last will and testament; and that Augustus W. BRUMSEY is the executor named therein.  The said Augustus W. BRUMSEY applies for Letters with the will annexed, on the estate of the said Martha A. MEEKINS.
    Further, that the property of said Martha A. MEEKINS consisting of one cow is worth about $2.00 and that so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application and that Martha S. PARKER, Katie TATUM, Zach MOSS, Annie DUNCAN & Augustus W. BRUMSEY are the parties entitled under said will to the said property.
/s/ A.W. BRUMSEY
        Sworn to and subscribed before me this Sept. 28th 1900.
            /s/ E.W. ANSELL    CSC

PROBATE OF A WILL

  North Carolina }    In the Superior Court before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk
Currituck County}    In Re Estate of Martha A. MEEKINS, deceased
    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Martha A. MEEKINS, dec'd, is exhibited in open court for probate by Augustus W. BRUMSEY, the executor therein named; and the due execution thereof by the said Martha A. MEEKINS, dec'd, is duly proven by the oath and examination of Sivility V. BRUMSEY and Gertrude BRUMSEY subscribing witnesses thereto; and it is further shown to the satisfaction of the court by said witnesses that the said Martha A. MEEKINS 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 Martha A. MEEKINS, 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.
    It is further ordered that said Augustus W. BRUMSEY be allowed to qualify as executor provided by law and enter upon the discharge of the duties imposed by said trust.  Dated this the 28th day of Sept. 1900.
     /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk of Superior Court

EXECUTOR'S OATH

  North Carolina  }    SS. In Superior Court       
Currituck County }
    I, Augustus W. BRUMSEY, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I believe this writing to be and contain the last will and testament of Martha A. MEEKINS deceased; 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 an executor agreeable to the trust and confidence reposed in me, and according to law, so help me God.
    /s/ A.W. BRUMSEY
        Sworn and subscribed before me, this 28th day of Sept. 1900.
            /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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