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Francis R. Baird
Mar. 15, 1877 Norfolk, Va. - 1885
Will Book 1; pgs. 32-36
also found in Tyrrell Co., NC Will Book 4; pg. 114

Francis R. Baird's Will.

I Francis R. Baird of the city of Norfolk, State of Virginia, make this my last will hereby revoking all former wills.  I hereby devise and bequeath my estate and property, real and personal, as follows.

First to my beloved wife Pauline G. Baird I give all of my individual personal property.  I also give to her one hundred dollars per month to be paid to her each and every month from the date of my decease until the final settlement of my estate.  The amount or sum so said is intended for the support of herself and our infant daughter Gertrude during the settlement of my estate and is in addition to all other bequest made or that may be made in this my will.

To my sister Elizabeth O. Baird I give one thousand Dollars.

To my Brother John Baird I give one thousand Dollars.

These two bequest to my sister and brother to be paid by my executors as soon as they may have the means in their hands to do so.

After deducting all the bequest named above, the balance or residue of my estate is to be divided as follows:

To my daughter Annie L. Wolcott or her heirs, one third part.

To my infant daughter Gertrude L. Baird one fourth of the remaining two-thirds.

Then to my beloved wife Pauline G. Baird I give all of the balance or residue of my estate.

It is my desire that my executors hereinafter named may not endanger the advantageous settlement of my estate or seriously inconvenience my present partner in business by any endeavor to make a too hasty disposition of my interest in the copartnership of Baird & Roper.

It probably will be to the advantage of all concerned that my interest remain in the business as it now is for say two years after the date of my decease granting my surviving partner some compensation annually for his attention to what had been my duty in the business.

I leave this matter to be determined by my executors and my surviving partner trusting to the good judgment and intentions of both parties.

I hereby appoint John R. [Richardson] Kilby of Suffolk, Va. and his son L. [Livingston] Clay Kilby of Norfolk, Va. Executors of this my will.

In witness whereof I have signed sealed and published and declared this instrument as my will at the City of Norfolk State of Virginia on this Fifteenth day of March in the tear Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Seven.
    /s/ Francis R. Baird  (Seal)

The said Francis R. Baird at the said City on the said 15th day of March in the year Eighteen hundred and Seventy Seven signed and Sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his last will.  And we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of Each other have here unto written our names as subscribing witnesses.
    /s/ Chas Schroeder
   /s/  E.V. White

Virginia:
    In the Corporation Court of the City of Norfolk, on the sixth day of July A.D. Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Seven
    On the motion of John R. Kilby and L. Clay Kilby the executors named in the last will and testament of Francis R. Baird, who made oath thereto and together with John L. Roper their surety who justified his sufficiency on oath entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Sixty thousand dollars conditioned according to law.
    Certificate is granted the said John R. Kilby and L. Clay Kilby for obtaining a probate of said will in due form.
    And it is ordered that the said bond be recorded.
Test W. H. Hunter C.C. by Westwood A. Todd D.C

State of Virginia
City of Norfolk, to wit:
    I Samuel Kimberly Clerk of the Corporation Court of the said City of Norfolk and State of Virginia, do hereby certify that the foregoing and annexed copy of the will of Francis R. Baird dec'd and the certificate of the Proof thereof &c are true abstracts 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 15th day of December A.D. 1885 in the 110 year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
/s/ Samuel Kimberly C.C. by. B.C. Smith D.C.

State of Virginia
City of Norfolk, to wit:
    I D. Tucker Brooke Judge for the Corporation Court of the said City of Norfolk and state of Virginia do certify that Samuel Kimberly who hath given the preceeding Certificate is Clerk of the said Court. And that his said attestation is in due form.
    Given under my hand, this 15th day of December A. D. 1885.
/s/ D. Tucker Brooke, Judge of the Corporation [Court] of the City of Norfolk

State of Virginia
City of Norfolk, to wit:
    I Samuel Kimberly Clerk of the Corporation Court of the said City of Norfolk and State of Virginia, do hereby certify that D. Tucker Brooke whose genuine signature appears to the certificate above, is the only Judge of the said Corporation Court, and that all his official acts 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 15th day of December A.D. 1885 in the 110 year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
/s/ Samuel Kimberly C.C. by. B.C. Smith D.C.

This will was transcribed by Kay Midgett Sheppard. 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.

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