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Sarah Adelia White
May 7, 1888 - Oct. 12, 1894 Norfolk, Va.
North Carolina }
Whereas a certified copy of the last will and testament of Sarah Adelia WHITE recorded in the Corporation Court of the City of Norfolk, state of Virginia, has been offered to be recorded in office of the Clerk of Superior Court of Currituck County and it not appearing in the certified probate or exemplification of the said will that the said will was executed according to the laws of this state as to real property:
Now, therefore, to L.D. STARKE, SR., Greeting-- We reposing special trust and confidence in your integrity, do hereby authorize and empower you to take proof at such time and place as you may appoint, touching the execution of said will by taking the examination, on oath, of at least three creditable witnesses as to the handwriting of Said Sarah Adelia WHITE in said will, and further take proof, on oath, that said will was found among the valuable papers and effects of the decedent or was lodged in the hands of some person for safe keeping, to the end that said certified copy may be duly recorded in this state. And the examinations by you taken, the same to transmit sealed with your seal to the Clerk of the Superior Court of Currituck County, North Carolina.
In testimony whereof the undersigned has hereunto set his hand and affixed the seal of said Court at Office in Currituck this the 13th day of May 1901.
/s/ E.W. ANSELL Clerk Supr Court
State of Virginia} SS
City of Norfolk }
Pursuant to the annexed commission to me directed by the Clerk of the Superior Court of Currituck County, North Carolina for the purpose of taking proofs as to the execution of the will of Sarah Adelia WHITE according to the laws of North Carolina, L.D. STARKE, Commissioner under the authority thereof, on the 15th & 18th day of May 1901 at the Clerk's Office of the Corporation Court of the City of Norfolk, Virginia, proceeded to take the following depositions to the following creditable witnesses who were first respectively sworn in upon the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God to make true answers to all such questions as might be asked them of and concerning the will of Sarah Adelia WHITE and its execution.
[The depositions were very lengthy but here is a synopsis of each witness. kms]
1. Sallie R. ETHERIDGE [listed as ELDRIDGE in other places] states that she is 39 years old, is a resident of Norfolk, Va. and her occupation is taking care of her family; that Sarah Adelia WHITE is dead and that she shrouded her; that she was familiar with the handwriting of Sarah Adelia WHITE and that she believes the signature on the will is hers. /s/ Sallie R. ELDRIDGE
2. Ivor A. PAGE states that he is 37 years old, a resident of Norfolk City, Va. and that he is a lawyer; that he is familiar with the handwriting of Sarah Adelia WHITE and that he is certain that the signature on the will is that of Sarah Adelia WHITE; that she submitted the will to him in her lifetime. /s/ Ivor A. PAGE
3. E.M. BAUM states that he is 44 years old, a resident of Norfolk City, Va. and is a lawyer; that he is familiar with the handwriting of Sarah Adelia WHITE and that he believes the signature on the will is that of Sarah Adelia WHITE. /s/ E.M. BAUM
4. Jasper B. WHITE states that he is age 39, a resident of Currituck Co., NC and is a dealer in games; that Sarah Adelia WHITE was his wife; that he is familiar with the handwriting of Sarah Adelia WHITE and that he is certain that the signature on the will is that of Sarah Adelia WHITE; that the will was found after her death and he had it proved before the Corporation Court of the City of Norfolk. /s/ Jasper B. WHITE
North Carolina } In the Superior Court
It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court from the exemplification of the record hereinafter mentioned that the last will and testament of Sarah Adelia WHITE deceased a citizen of the City of Norfolk State of Virginia has bee duly proved and allowed in the proper Court of Probate of said City and state according to the laws of said state and it further appearing that the said Sarah Adelia WHITE left property in the County of Currituck State of North Carolina and it appearing that said will was not probated according to the laws of North Carolina, so as to transmit title to real estate in North Carolina and thereupon the Clerk of the Superior Court of Currituck County issued a Commission to L.D. STARKE SR. of Norfolk City Virginia to take proofs touching the execution of said will by taking the examination, on oath, of at least three credible witnesses as to the handwriting of said Sarah Adelia WHITE in said will, and further take proof, on oath, that the said will was found among the valuable papers and effects of the decedents or were lodged in the hands of some person for safe keeping to the end that said certified copy may be duly recorded in the State of North Carolina and transmitted the said exemplified copy of the said will to L.D. STARKE, SR. And it further appearing to the Court by the returns of said STARKE to said Commission, that he took the examination of the Clerk of the Corporation Court of the City of Norfolk, Virginia by whom he proved that he was the proper custodian of the records of the Corporation Court aforesaid, that the will of Sarah Adelia WHITE was duly probated and recorded in said Court on the 12th day of October 1894, and that he produced before said Commissioner the original of the will of said Sarah Adelia WHITE and declared that upon examining the exemplified copy of said will exhibited to him by said Commissioner that it was a correct copy of said original will, and it also further appearing that the said Commissioner in said Clerks Office and with said exemplified will before him examined three credible witnesses to wit: Sallie B. ELDREDGE, Ivor A. PAGE and E.M. BAUM and by them proved on their oath that they are acquainted with the handwriting of said Sarah Adelia WHITE having often seen her write and verily believe that the name of Sarah Adelia WHITE subscribed to said will and the said will itself and every part thereof is in the handwriting of said Sarah Adelia WHITE and it is further proved by the evidence of the three last mentioned witnesses that the said handwriting was generally known as follows: Sallie B. ELDREDGE and Ivor A. PAGE say that said handwriting was generally as well known as is generally the case; And it further appearing by the report of said STARKE upon the oath and examination before him, of J.B. WHITE the executor named in said will that the said will was deposited with him for safe keeping.
It is therefore ordered and adjudged by the Court that the exemplification of said will and of its probate in the proper Court of Norfolk City, State of Virginia which has been produced and exhibited here duly certified and authenticated and which has been duly proved before said L.D. STARKE Commissioner under the Commission aforesaid according to the laws of North Carolina is the last will of said Sarah Adelia WHITE and that the same be allowed, filed and recorded in this Court as the last will of said Sarah Adelia WHITE with the returns of said STARKE of the manner of executing said commission. This 20th day of May 1901.
/s/ E.W. ANSELL Clerk Supr Court
Copy of Sarah Adelia White's will
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, Sarah Adelia WHITE, of the City of Norfolk in the State of Virginia, do make this my last will and testament as follows:
I. Firstly, I do direct that my body be decently buried in a manner corresponding to my estate and situation in life but with as little expense as may be consistant therewith.
II. Secondly, I direct that all my just debts be paid as soon after my decease as conveniently may be, and to that end charge my whole estate real and personal, with the same.
III. Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my beloved husband Jasper Beauregard WHITE in testimony of my affection for him all my real estate whatsoever with the appurtenances thereto belonging, in fee simple, situated in the State of North Carolina and Virginia.
IV. Fourthly, I also give and bequeath to my beloved husband, as his own absolutely all of my insurance policies or policy together with the emolument? arising therefrom.
V. Fifthly, I also give and bequeath to him as his own absolutely all of my household goods and furniture, plates, chinaware, household linen, paintings, prints together with all the utensils of every sort and all the provisions and supplies of all kinds in or belonging to my house in Norfolk, Virginia where I now reside or where I shall reside at the time of my death.
VI. Sixthly, As to all the rest and residue of my estate as well real as personal wheresoever situate and being of whatsoever nature and kind and not herein before given, bequeathed and devised I do hereby give, devise and bequeath the same to my beloved husband, and to his heirs, administrators, executors or assigns forever.
VII. Seventhly, I do appoint my beloved husband Jasper Beauregard WHITE to be my executor of this my last will and testament and I direct that he shall not be required to give any security for the faithful execution thereof.
VIII. Eighthly, I hereby revoke all other and former wills and codicils by me at any time heretofore made.
Witness my hand which I have set to this my will this 7th day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and eighty eight.
/s/ Sarah Adelia WHITE
Signed and published by Sarah Adelia WHITE as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
/not signed by any witnesses/
VIRGINIA -- In the Corporation Court of the City of Norfolk, on the 12th day of October 1894
A paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Sarah Adelia WHITE, deceased, was this day produced in Court by Jasper Beauregard WHITE Executor therein named, and offered for probate; and there being no subscribing witnesses thereto, I.A. PAGE and W.S. WHITEHURST were sworn and severally testified that they were well acquainted with the handwriting of the said Sarah Adelia WHITE and verily believed the said paper writing and the name thereto subscribed to have been written wholly by her own hand.
Whereon it is considered by the Court that the said paper writing is duly and fully proved, and it is ordered that the same be recorded as the true Last Will and Testament of the said Sarah Adelia WHITE, deceased.
And on the motion of the said Jasper Beauregard WHITE who took the oath required by law, and entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of one thousand dollars, conditioned according to law, without security, the said will directing that none should be required, certificate is granted the said Jasper Beauregard WHITE for obtaining a Probate of said will in due form. And it is ordered that the said bond be recorded.
Junius A. COLEMAN D.C.
[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]
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