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Ann Bethany Waterfield
July 12, 1897 - Aug. 5, 1898

North Carolina, Currituck County

I Ann Bethany WATERFIELD of the aforesaid County and State, being of sound mind but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make and declare this my last will and testament.

First.  My executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial and pay all funeral expenses out of the first money which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.

Second.  My will and desire is that all real property which I now own consisting of the farm on which I now live together with the farm on which my sister Polly LITCHFIELD now lives, all of which is undivided, but that my share (which is one half) after due advertisement shall be sold by my executor and after paying all just and lawful expenses the surplus shall be equally divided and paid over to my husband J.B. WATERFIELD and my children Fanny W. ANSELL, James W. ANSELL and Mattie C. WATERFIELD in equal proportion, share and share alike.

Third.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Fanny W. ANSELL two pictures, one photo of her father the other of her Grandmother.

Fourth.  And whereas my said children Fanny W. ANSELL, James W. ANSELL and Mattie C. WATERFIELD are minors, now my will and desire is that my husband J.B. WATERFIELD be and he is hereby constituted and appointed guardian of the said Fanny W. ANSELL, James W. ANSELL and Mattie C. WATERFIELD.

Fifth.  I hereby constitute and appoint my friend husband J.B. WATERFIELD my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof, I the said Ann Bethany WATERFIELD do hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of July 1897.
    /s/ Ann Bethany [her x mark] WATERFIELD        Seal

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Ann Bethany WATERFIELD to be her last will and testament in the presence of us, who at her request and in her presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
    David JONES
    W.J. SMITH

  PROBATE OF WILL

State of North Carolina}    In Superior Court Before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk
     Currituck County    }    In Re Estate of Ann Bethany WATERFIELD deceased
    A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Ann Bethany WATERFIELD, dec'd, is exhibited in open court for probate by J.B. WATERFIELD, executor therein named; and the due execution thereof by the said Ann Bethany WATERFIELD, dec'd is duly proven by the oath and examination of David JONES and W.J. SMITH subscribing witnesses thereto and it is further shown to the satisfaction of the court by said witnesses that the said Ann Bethany WATERFIELD was, at the time of making said will of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will and under no restraint to their knowledge information or belief.
    It is thereupon considered, adjudged and decreed that said proof is sufficient and according to law and that said paper writing is and contains the last Will and Testament of Ann Bethany WATERFIELD dec'd.  And on motion it is ordered that said Will be admitted to probate and recorded in the Book of Wills of Currituck County and as such filed as provided by law in the office of the Clerk of Superior Court of said County.
    It is further ordered that said J.B. WATERFIELD be allowed to qualify as executor as provided by law and enter upon the discharge of the duties imposed by said trust.  Dated this the 29th day of July 1898.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

EXECUTOR'S OATH

State of North Carolina}    SS.  In the Superior Court
    Currituck County     }
    I, J.B. WATERFIELD do solemnly swear or (affirm) that I believe this writing to be and contain the last Will and Testament of Ann Bethany WATERFIELD deceased; and that I will well and truly execute the same by first paying her debts and then her 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/ J.B. WATERFIELD

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 5th day of Aug.1898.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

APPLICATION FOR LETTERS TESTAMENTARY

State of North Carolina}    In the Matter of the Last Will of Ann Bethany WATERFIELD, dec'd.
     Currituck County    }    Before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court
    J.B. WATERFIELD being duly sworn doth say: That Ann Bethany WATERFIELD, late of said county, is dead, having first made and published her last Will and Testament; and that J.B. WATERFIELD is the executor named therein.
    Further, that the property of said Ann Bethany WATERFIELD consisting one bed and one set of chairs is worth about $6.00 so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application; and that Fanny W. ANSELL, James W. ANSELL, Mattie C. WATERFIELD and J.B. WATERFIELD are the parties entitled under said will to the said property.
    /s/ J.B. WATERFIELD

Sworn to and subscribed before me the 5th Aug. 1898
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

[On the back of the will is written: Ann Bethany WATERFIELD's Will; Recorded Book of Wills pg. 264]

NOTE: Ann Bethany Cooper, daughter of Wilson & Miriam Cooper, married Jerome B. Ansell on March 2, 1875.  Jerome died five years later on Sept. 12, 1880 at the age of 29.  Ann Bethany then married Joacum B. Waterfield on June 18, 1883.  Ann's sister, Polly Cooper, married John B. Litchfield on April 14, 1875.

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

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