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William C. Tatum
May 26, 1882 - June 9, 1882

State of North Carolina}
    Currituck County     }

In the name of God, Amen. I William C. TATUM of the county and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory do hereby make publish and declare this my last will and Testament in manner and form as follows.

Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Spence H. TATUM the tract of land on which he now resides situated in the Back Woods in said county and State and bounded by the lands of Bethuel BALLANCE, the BAXTER tract and others, to him and his heirs forever.

Item  I give and bequeath unto my grand daughters Sarah Frances and Addie Caroline, daughters of Thomas ONEAL twenty five dollars each, to be paid to them by my executrix herein after named to them and their heirs forever.

Item  After satisfying all my just and honest debts to be paid by my wife Amanda and children I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Amanda the tract of land on which I now reside situated in said county and State on Coinjock Bay and bounded on all sides except on the water by the lands of Lovey NICHOLSON together with all all [sic] other property both personal and real estate of which I may be seized and possessed at the time of my death to her and her heirs forever.

I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Amanda executrix to this my last Will and Testament.

In testimony whereof I the said William C. TATUM do hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of May 1882.
    /s/ W.C. TATUM     Seal

Signed sealed published and declared by the said William C. TATUM to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us and in presence of each other who at his request and in the presence of each other, who at his request [sic] and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto
   J.J. BAXTER
   V.L. PITTS

PROBATE OF A WILL

  North Carolina  }    In the Probate Court
Currituck County}    June 9th 1882
    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of W.C. TATUM was this day exhibited by Amanda TATUM, executrix therein named, in Court for probate and the execution thereof duly proved by the oath and examination of V.L. PITTS and J.J. BAXTER subscribing witnesses thereto.  And it appearing that the said W.C. TATUM was of full age to make a will, was of sound mind and was under no restraint or undue influence.  Therefore, it is adjudged by the Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of W.C. TATUM and let the same be recorded & filed.
    /s/ H.B. ANSELL Probate Judge

EXECUTOR'S OATH

State of North Carolina    }    SS. In the Superior Court
     Currituck County        }
    I, Amanda TATUM, do solemnly swear or (affirm) that I believe this writing to be and contain the last Will and Testament of W.C. TATUM, deceased; and that I will well and truly execute the same by first paying his debts and then his legacies, as 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 executor agreeable to the trust and confidence reposed in me, and according to law, so help me God.
     /s/ Amanda [her x mark] TATUM

Sworn and subscribed before me, this 9 day of May [sic - June] 1882.
     /s/ H.B. ANSELL, Probate Judge

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

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