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G.W. Williams
Sept. 23, 1897 - Aug. 3, 1914
Currituck Co. Will Book 5; pg. 463-465
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State of North Carolina}
    Currituck County     }

   I G.W. WILLIAMS of the County and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following:

   Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife CLARA WILLIAMS during her natural life all the real estate I may own at the time of my death, the real estate being at this writing (7/8) seven eighths of the Tully WILLIAMS lands and the land and premises conveyed to me by A.J. PELL and wife; all the moneys notes and personal property of all kinds I give and bequeath to her forever.

   Item After the death of my wife all the real estate mentioned herein I give and bequeath to my heirs in fee simple forever.

   Item I nominate constitute and appoint my wife Clara WILLIAMS executrix to this my last will and testament.

   I hereby state that I wrote this will with my own hand and do hereby sign the same in the presence of no one on this the 23 day of September 1897 under seal.
        /s/ G.W. WILLIAMS seal

   North Carolina }
Currituck County}    In the Superior Court
   A paper writing without subscribing witnesses purporting to be the last will and testament of G.W. WILLIAMS deceased is exhibited for probate in open court by Clara WILLIAMS executrix therein named and it is thereupon proved by the oath and examination of Clara WILLIAMS that the said will was lodged in her hands for safe keeping; And it is further proved by the oath and examination of three competent and credible witnesses to wit: E.R. JOHNSON, J.L. DeCORMIS and A.M. SIMMONS that they are acquainted with the handwriting of the said G.W. WILLIAMS having often seen him write and verily believe that the name of the said G.W. WILLIAMS subscribed to the said will and the said will itself and every part thereof is in the handwriting of the said G.W. WILLIAMS.
   And it is further proved by the evidence of the Three last mentioned witnesses that the said handwriting is generally known to the acquaintances of the said G.W. WILLIAMS.
   It is therefore considered and adjudged by the Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of the said G.W. WILLIAMS and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed. This 3rd day of August 1914.
        /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court.

North Carolina, Currituck County - In the Superior Court
   A paper writing without subscribing witness purporting to be the last will and testament of G.W. WILLIAMS, deceased is exhibited for probate in open court by Clara WILLIAMS executrix therein named.  And Clara WILLIAMS being duly sworn say that the said will was lodged in her hands for safe keeping.
    /s/ Clara WILLIAMS

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of August 1814.
    s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

North Carolina, Currituck County - In Superior Court
   A paper writing without subscribing witnesses purporting to be the last will and testament of G.W. WILLIAMS deceased is exhibited for probate in open court by Clara WILLIAMS executrix therein named. And E.R. JOHNSON, J.L. DeCORMIS and A. M. SIMMONS being duly sworn do state each for himself that they verily believe such will and every part thereof is in the hand writing of G.W. WILLIAMS whose name is subscribed thereto and that the said handwriting is generally known to the acquaintances of said G.W. WILLIAMS.
    /s/ E.R. JOHNSON
   
/s/ J.L. DeCORMIS
   
/s/ A.M. SIMMONS

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of August 1914.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court.

                                Currituck County                           }    In the Superior Court
In the matter of the will of G.W. WILLIAMS deceased}    Before E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court
   Clara WILLIAMS being duly sworn doth say: That G.W. WILLIAMS late of said County, is dead, having first made and published his last will and testament and that Clara WILLIAMS is the executrix named therein.
   Further that the property of said G.W. WILLIAMS consisting of cattle, hogs, sheep, farming utensils, horse, household & kitchen furniture, notes and real estate is worth about $5622.00 so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application; and that Clara WILLIAMS Currituck, N.C., Tully WILLIAMS minor age 16 yrs, Bettie WILLIAMS age 13, Clara WILLIAMS age 11, Maggie WILLIAMS age 10, Nellie WILLIAMS age 6, Sarah WILLIAMS age 4, Rosa WILLIAMS age 2, minors whose P.O. is Currituck, N.C. are the parties entitled under said will to the said property.
    /s/ Clara WILLIAMS

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of August 1914.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, Clerk Superior Court

The said Clara WILLIAMS came forward and qualified as executrix by taking the oath prescribed by law and Letters were issued to her this Aug. 3rd 1914.
    /s/ E.W. ANSELL, C.S.C

[NOTE:]  According to his death certificate, George Whitfield Williams was the son of Tully Williams & Bridget Baxter.  He was born Nov. 23, 1847 and died July 25, 1914.  Clara was the daughter of Thomas D. Aydlett and Mary Owens.  She was born Jan. 29, 1874 and died Nov. 30, 1928.  George and Clara married in Currituck County on May 2, 1897.  They are both buried in the Tully B. Williams Cemetery in Currituck, NC.  Clara is buried next to George, however, her tombstone says "Wife of W.E. Ballance" and her 1928 death certificate states that at the time of her death she was married to W. Elwell Ballance and they show up as husband and wife in the 1920 census.  Clara is 46 and Elwell is a 60-year old farmer.

This will was contributed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse.  No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information. Thank you!

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