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A.J. Pell
Sept. 25, 1897 - Sept. 23, 1898

State of North Carolina}
     Currituck County    }

I, A.J. PELL, of the County and State aforesaid, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Mary E. PELL, during her natural life, the land and premises on which I now reside, the same conveyed to me by G.W. WILLIAMS and any other property, real or personal, that I may own at the time of my death, and I hereby give her the right to sell any or all of the Chattel property, for her benefit should she desire to do so.

Item  After the death of my wife Mary E. PELL, the land and premises conveyed to me by G.W. WILLIAMS, beforementioned, and all other real estate of which I may be possessed at the time of my death and all the personal property remaining after the death of my wife Mary E. PELL I dispose of as follows:

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lizzie GREGORY two thirds (2/3) of same; I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Willie PELL one sixth (1/6) of same; I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Clara PELL one sixth (1/6) of same, the aforesaid real and personal property to them and their heirs forever.

Item  I nominate, constitute and appoint my wife Mary E. PELL Executrix to this my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on this the 25 day of September 1897.
    /s/ A.J. PELL    Seal

Witness:
    /s/ G.W. WILLIAMS
    /s/ T.D. AYDELOTT

Witnessed by us at the request of A.J. PELL in each others presence and in the presence of him on the said 25 day of Sept. 1897.
    /s/ G.W. WILLIAMS
    /s/ T.D. AYDELOTT

PROBATE OF A WILL

  North Carolina  }    In the Superior Court before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk
Currituck County}    In Re Estate of A.J. PELL, deceased
    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of A.J. PELL, dec'd., is exhibited in open court for probate by Mary E. PELL, Executrix therein name; and the due execution thereof by the said A.J. PELL, dec'd. is duly proven by the oath and examination of G.W. WILLIAMS and T.D. AYDELOTT subscribing witnesses thereto; and it is further shown to the satisfaction of the court by said witnesses that the said A.J. PELL 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 A.J. PELL, dec'd.  And on motion 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 proved by law in the office of the Clerk of Superior Count of said County.
    It is further ordered that said Mary E. PELL be allowed to qualify as executrix as provided by law and enter upon the discharge of the duties imposed by said trust.  Dated this the 23rd day of July 1898.
     /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 A.J. PELL, dec'd.
    Mary E. PELL being sworn, doth say: That A.J. PELL, late of said county, is dead, having first made and published his last Will and Testament; and that Mary E. PELL is the executor named therein.
    Further, that the property of the said A.J. PELL consisting of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, &c. is worth about $150.00, so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application; and that Mary E. PELL is the party entitled under said will to the said property.
/s/ Mary E. PELL
        Sworn and subscribed before me, the 23rd day of July 1898.
            /s/ E.W. ANSELL    Clerk Superior Court

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 A.J. PELL, deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by Mary E. PELL the executrix therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said A.J. PELL is proved by the oath and examination of G.W. WILLIAMS and T.D. AYDLETT 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 A.J. PELL that the said A.J. PELL  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 25th day of September 1897.
     And the deponent further saith, that the said A.J. PELL 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 A.J. PELL 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/ G.W. WILLIAMS      Seal
         T.D. ADELOTT          Seal

Severally sworn and subscribed this 23rd day of July 1898 before me
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

EXECUTOR'S OATH

State of North Carolina}        SS. In the Superior Court
    Currituck County     }
    I, Mary E. PELL, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I believe this paper writing to be and contain the last will and testament of A.J. PELL deceased; and 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 that I will well and faithfully execute the office of an executrix agreeable to the trust and confidence reposed in me, and according to law, so help me God.
    /s/ Mary E. PELL
        Sworn and subscribed before me, this 23rd day of September 1898.
            /s/ E.W. ANSELL

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

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