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James J. Spratt
Mar. 26, 1850 - Codicil: Nov. 9, 1850 - May Term 1851
Currituck Co. Will Book 4 ; pg. 159-160
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In the name of God Amen the twenty Sixth day of March one thousand Eight hundred and fifty.

   I James J. SPRATT of the State of Virginia and County of Princess Anne being sick and weak in body but perfect in mind and memory thanks be given unto God, for it there of calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed form men to die have a mind to make this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz: first

   Item 1st I give my Son James SPRATT two farms in Currituck County with a right in the Great Swamp over the Goose Pond to him and his heirs forever they are Capp and Cthrfd? land.

   2nd I give my Son Caleb SPRATT the farm I purchased from Caleb DUDLEY in Princess Anne County on the northward end of Knotts Island to him and his heirs forever.

   3rd I give my Son Thomas SPRATT the farm were on I now live in Princess Anne County to him and his heirs forever.

   4th I give my Son Jackson SPRATT the farms that I purchased from William WILLIAMS and Willoughby DOUGE commissioner to sell Isaac WILLIAMS land up to a line by me made with ten acres in Currituck County in the Capps Swamp and a privilege to ewepon at the north end to him and his heirs forever.

   5th I give my Daughter Sally Anne SPRATT two farms in Currituck County purchased from Solomon SPRATT and William DUDLEY and a farm bot of Tully BEASLY and Southard unto to her and heirs from the public road east side to the gofat? go to the S. SPRATT land.

   6th I give my wife Julia SPRATT Five Hundred dollars in cash and her choice of one of my horses and one bed and a set of drawers purchased from James D. MOSELY to her and her heirs forever.

   7th I give my three Grand children of James D. MOSELY and Mary his wife one hundred dollars in cash equal alike to be kept in the hands of my wife Julia SPRATT not draw interest nor drawed out of her hands by law but for her lay out for them as they need it

   And all the remainder of my estate of what kind soever to be sold by my executor the money arising to be divided equal amongst my children as the law directs and equal privilege of my Bank land given to Caleb, Thomas & Jackson.

   Lastly I nominate and appoint my worthy friend Robert DUDLEY my hole and sole executor to this my Last Will and Testament. In witness where of I the sd. James J. SPRATT have hereunto set my hand seel the day and year first above written.

    /s/ James J. SPRATT Seal

In the presents of us
    John WILLIAMS
    Robert WILLIAMS
    Enock [his x mark]WATERFIELD
    Ezra B. HOLLY

   This being my will & desire I leave to my wife Julia two tracts of land lying in Holland Swamp the MOSELY and NEWMAN tracts in Princess Anne County to have the profits to her own till my daughter Mary MOSELY heirs become twenty one years of age and then to my Grand children forever this November the 9th 1850

    /s/ James J. SPRATT seal

As witness my hand & seal
    John WILLIAMS
    Ezra B. HOLLY

At a Court held for Princess Anne County the 2nd day of December 1850 this last will and testament and codicil of James J. SPRATT deceased were proved by the oaths of John WILLIAMS Ezra B. HOLLY two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Robert H. DUDLEY the executor therein named who appeared and made oath thereto and with Jesse B. BRIGHT, Caleb SPRATT and Robert WARD his securities entered into and acknowledged aloud in the penealty of six thousand dollars, conditioned according to law which bond is ordered to be recorded and certificate is granted him for obtaining probat of said will and codicil in due form.

Test: J.J. BURROUGHS CC

State of Virginia
Princess Anne County to wit:
    I John J. BURROUGHS Clerk of the County Court of Princess Anne aforesaid in the State of Virginia do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament and codicil of James J. SPRATT deceased of the order of the said County court granting probate of the said will and codicil and of the qualification of Robert H. DUDLEY the executor therein named taken from the records of the said County court of Princess Anne. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed the seal of the said court at the Court House this 22 day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty one, in the 75th year of the commonwealth.
    /s/ J. BURROUGHS CC

State of Virginia
Princess Anne County to wit:
    I Elzy BURROUGHS presiding magistrate of the said County court of Princess Anne in the State of Virginia do certify that John J. BURROUGHS who hath given the proceeding certificate is Clerk of the said court and that his said attestation is in due form, Given under my hand this 22nd day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty one. Elzy BURROUGHS J.P.

A copy of the last will and testament of James J. SPRATT was exhibited in open court at May Term 1851 by Robt. H. DUDLEY executor therein named and it was ordered recorded 

Examined and recorded B.T. Simmons CCC
    B.T. SIMMONS, CCC

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