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In the name of God, Amen. I James Franklin Craddock, of the county of Dare, and State of North Carolina, being weak in body and of sound mind, memory and understanding, praise be God for the same, do make this, my last will and testament, in manner and form following:
I give, devise and bequeath, unto my beloved wife, Jane E. Craddock, that which belongs to her according to law.
I give and devise to my son, James C. Craddock, all my property real, personal, and mixed of what nature or kind soever, and wheresoever the same shall be at the time of my death. I subscribe to the above with the understanding that my son, James C. Craddock shall pay over to my daughter, Julia A. Mann, fifty ($50.00) Dols. within two years after my death.
I do nominate, constitute and appoint my trusty friend, Robert L. Midgett, my lawful executor to all intents and purposes, to execute this my lat will and testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same, and every part and clause thereof. I, James Franklin Craddock, hereby revoking and making void all and every other will or wills at any time heretofore made by me, and do declare this to be my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I, the said James Franklin Craddock have hereunto set my hand, this the 28th August 1896.
/s/ James Franklin Craddock
Signed, declared and published by the above named James Franklin Craddock as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
B.F. Gard, J.P.
State of North Carolina} In Superior Court
Dare County }
A paper writing purporting to the last will and testament of James Franklin Craddock, Deceased, is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court for said County by B.F. Gard one of the Witnesses, and the due execution thereof by the said James Franklin Craddock is proved by the oath and examination of B.F. Gard, the subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown purporting to be the last will and testament of James Franklin Craddock, that the said James Franklin Craddock in the presence of this deponent subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing now shown as aforesaid and which bears date of the 28th day of August 1896.
And the deponent further saith that the said James Franklin Craddock the testator aforesaid, did at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid declare the said paper writing so subscribed by him to be his last will and testament, and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said will as an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of the said testator, and this deponent further saith that at the said time when he said testator subscribed his name to said last will as aforesaid at at [sic] the time of deponent's subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto as aforesaid, the said James Franklin Craddock was of sound mind and memory of full age to execute a will and was not under any restraint to the knowledge information or belief of this deponent. And further this deponent say not.
/s/ B.F. Gard Seal
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 22d day of June 1898.
/s/ J.B. Jennett, Clerk Superior Court
This will was submitted by Vickie Craddock and 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.