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William Shinault
Dec. 8, 1902 - June 7, 1913
Currituck Co. Will Book 5; pg. 441-443
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 North Carolina
Currituck County

   I William SHINAULT of the aforesaid county and State being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this my last will and testament.

   First: My executrix hereinafter named shall pay all funeral expenses, together with all my just debts out of the first moneys which may come into her hands belonging to my estate.

   Second: I give and bequeath to my sister Margaret DRISGILL if she be living at my death, the sum of three hundred dollars to be paid by my executrix within three months from the date of my death, if my sister above mentioned, should die before my decease my desire is that the above named amount (three hundred dollars) shall go to my wife Clara SHINAULT.

   Third: I give and devise to my beloved wife Clara SHINAULT all the balance of my estate both real and personal to use as she pleases during her natural life should there be a remainder at the death of my wife Clara SHINAULT, I give the same to be equally divided among Dora TOPPING, Vertie GRIGGS, and my surviving sisters.

   Fourth: I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Clara SHINAULT my lawful executrix to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same without having to give bond, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said William SHINAULT do hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of December 1902.
    /s/ Wm. SHINAULT     seal

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William SHINAULT to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

Witness
    E.W. ANSELL
    G.W. WILLIAMS

State of North Carolina}
  Pasquotank County    }  ss. In the Superior Court
   A paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Wm. SHINAULT deceased is exhibited be fore me the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court for said County by Clara SHINAULT (through her atty. A.M. SIMMONS) the executrix therein mentioned and the due execution thereof by the said Wm. SHINAULT is duly proven by the oath and examination of E.W. ANSELL and G.W. WILLIAMS the subscribing witnesses thereto who being duly sworn doth depose and say and each for himself deposeth and saith that he is a subscribing to the paper writing now shown him purporting to be the last will and testament of Wm. SHINAULT that the said Wm. SHINAULT in the presence of this deponent subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing which is now shown as aforesaid and which bears date of the 8th day of December 1902. And the deponent further saith that the said Wm. SHINAULT 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 in the presence of each other. And this deponent further saith, that at the same time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will as aforesaid, and at the time of the deponents subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto as aforesaid the said Wm. SHINAULT 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/ E.W.ANSELL
   
/s/ G.W. WILLIAMS

Severally sworn and subscribed this 7th day of June 1913.
    /s/ G.R. LITTLE, Clerk Superior Court

State of North Carolina}
  Pasquotank County    }  ss. In the Superior Court
     It is therefore considered and adjudged by the court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of Wm. SHINAULT deceased. It appearing that E.W. ANSELL one of the witnesses to said will is Clerk of Superior Court of Currituck County, N.C.  Let the said will together with the probate be recorded and filed in Currituck County, N.C. This 7th day of June 1913.
/s/ G.R. LITTLE, Clerk Superior Court - Pasquotank County, N.C.

                           Currituck County                             } In the Superior Court before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court
In the matter of the will of Wm SHINAULT deceased}
   Clara SHINAULT being duly sworn doth say: That Wm. SHINAULT late of said County is dead having first made and published his last will and testament and that Clara SHINAULT is the executrix named therein.
   Further that the property of the said Wm. SHINAULT consisting of notes, money in banks at Norfolk, Va., & open accounts, household & kitchen furniture is worth about $11000.00 so far as can be ascertained at date of this application and that Clara SHINAULT widow, Coinjock, N.C. Margaret DRISGILL Mathews Court House Va., who died during the month of April 1913, Dora TOPPING wife of Robt. BRETT, Norfolk, Va., Vertie GRIGGS wife of Walter E. WILLIAMSON, Virginia Beach Va., Bettie ROLLINS, Sarah FOREST Portsmouth Va., Jennie INSLEY, Messic, Va., Lummie CALLIS, Mathews Court House Va., Missouri WHITE, Expo Va., Millie ASHBURY, West Norfolk, Va. are the parties entitled under said will to the said property.
    /s/ Clara SHINAULT

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 6th day of June 1913.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

Clara SHINAULT came forward on the 13th day of June 1913 and qualified as executrix according to law and Letters Testamentary was issued to her.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, C.S.C.

[NOTE:]  Marriage records show that Wm Shinault, son of Richard Shinault, married Clara Ballance, daughter of Jno. & Mary Jane Ballance, on Dec. 11, 1879.  William & Clara were living in the Crawford Twp. of Currituck Co. in 1880.  He was listed as age 24, an engineer and born in Virginia.  Clara was age 21 and born in NC.  They had no children at that time.  In 1900 William and his family were on Churches Island, Currituck County and he was a Lighthouse Keeper, born Sept. 1851.  Clara was born Feb. 1857.  Their children: a son, Alverta born Feb. 1883 in NC, a daughter, Pearl F. born July 1885 in VA, and a daughter, Dora T. born Feb. 1889 in NC.

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