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Feb. 11, 1854 - May Term 1854
In the Name of God Amen.
I Ann SIMMONS of the State of North Carolina & County of Currituck in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Four the 11th day of Febuary [sic] do make ordain and declare this instrument which is written and subscribed with my name to be my last Will and Testament revoking all others. All my debts of which there are but few and none of magnitude are to be punctually and speedily paid and the Legacies herein after bequeathed are to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit and in the manner directed.
Item All the goods and Chattles that I have accumulated since the death of my Husband to be equally divided between my Children John, Edmond, Benjamin, Samuel and Sally SIMMONS.
Item My Negro Man Joe I want equally divided in valuation among my Children aboved named to give (Joe) his choice of homes among them and which ever he (Joe) selects for a home among my children I want him to take (Joe) and pay over to the rest of the Children each one his propotion [sic] according to valuation at that time of (Joe Negro man).
Lastly I Constitute and appoint my son Benjamin SIMMONS Executor of this last will and Testament in witness of all and of each of the things herein Contained I have set my hand and seal this the day and date above written.
/s/ Ann [her x mark] SIMMONS Seal
Demetrius H. CHERRY Jurat
Benjamin F. TAYLOR Jurat
Currituck County Court May Term 1854
The written paper writing purporting to be the last will & Testament of Ann SIMMONS was exhibited for probate in open Court by Benjamin T. SIMMONS, the Executor therein named and the due execution thereof by the said Ann SIMMONS is proved by the oaths and examination of Demetrius H. CHERRY & Benjamin F. TAYLOR, the subscribing witnesses thereto. It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will & Testament of the Said Ann SIMMONS & the same is ordered to be Recorded and filed. And thereupon the said Benjamin T. SIMMONS, Executor as aforesaid, duly qualified as Such by taking the oath required by law.
[On the back of this will is written: May Term 1854 - Recorded in Book No. 4; Page 181 & 182]
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
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