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John W. Stone of Princess Anne Co., Va.
July 22, 1879 - May 1880

I, John W. STONE of the County of Princess considering the uncertainty of life, do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time made.

1. I direct that all my just debts shall be paid.

2. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary J. SPARROW the sum of Ten Dollars.

3. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Fannie W. BROCK, the wife of William BROCK, the sum of Two hundred and ten Dollars, to be paid to her by my executrix in six annual instalments of Thirty five Dollars each, without interest, from the date of my death, provided however, that should any one or more of said instalments become over due and unpaid, then the same shall bear interest from the date when payment thereof should have been made.

4. I give and bequeath to my daughter Hattie W. STONE, the colt called "Rebel" now known as hers.

5. I give and bequeath to my son Johnnie W. STONE, the colt called "Telegraph" now known as his.

6th  I give and bequeath to my daughter Hattie W. STONE and to my son Johnnie W. STONE, to be by them held jointly, share and share alike, all my cattle in the following mark, to wit: Swallow fork and under Keel both ears, and dew flapped, which cattle are now known as theirs.

7th  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Fannie T. STONE, all my cattle in the following mark, to wit: Swallow fork and under and over Keel both ears, and dew flapped.

8. The residue of my estate, both real and personal, after the payment of my debts, and the specific legacies aforesaid, I give, devise and bequeath unto my wife Fannie K. STONE, absolutely.

9th I appoint my said wife, Fannie K. STONE, executrix of this my Will, and desire that she shall not be required to give security upon her qualification.

In witness whereof, I have to this my Will, set my hand and seal this 22d day of July, in the year 1879
    /s/ Jno. W. STONE    Seal

Signed, published and declared by John W. STONE, as and for his last Will, in the presence of us, who in his presence and at his request, and in the presence of one another, have hereunto signed our names as witnesses thereto.
    J.E. STRAWHAND
    Jesse V. EWELL
   

At a County Court held for Princess Anne County on the 3rd day of May 1880.
    The will of John W. STONE, deceased, was this day produced in Court and proved according to law by the oaths of J.E. STRAWHAND and Jesse V. EWELL, the two subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded as the true last Will and Testament of the said John W. STONE, deceased.
    And on the motion of Fannie K. STONE, the executrix therein named who made oath thereto according to law, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Two Thousand Dollars, without surety as directed by the Will (and the Court seeing no cause therefor) conditioned as the law directs, Certificate is granted the said Fannie K. STONE for obtaining a probate of said Will in due form and the said bond is ordered to be recorded
    Teste              J.E. STRAWHAND, CC
    A copy Teste  A.E. KELLAM, CC
        by E.M. SENECA, D.C.

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne, to wit:
    I, A.E. KELLAM, Clerk of the County Court for the County of Princess Anne and State of Virginia, do certify that the foregoing and annexed copy of the last will and testament of John W. STONE and the probate thereof is a true and full transcript from the Records of said Court.
    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, at my office, this 18th day of September, A.D. 1895, in the 120 year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    /s/ A.E. KELLAM    Clerk Princess Anne County Court Va.

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne, to wit:
    I, J.M. KEELING, Judge of the County Court of the said County of Princess Anne, do certify that A.E. KELLAM, who hath given the preceding certificate is Clerk of the said Court, and that his said attestation is in due form.  Given under my hand, this 18 September A.D. 1895.
    /s/ J.M. KEELING    Judge of the County Court of the County of Princess Anne

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne, to wit:
    I, A.E. KELLAM, Clerk of the County Court of the said County of Princess Anne and State of Virginia, do certify that J.M. KEELING whose genuine signature appears to the certificate above, is the only Judge of said County Court, and that his official acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit.
    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, at my office, this 18 day of September, A.D. 1895, in the 120 year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    /s/ A.E. KELLAM    Clerk Princess Anne County Court

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

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