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Sabra Dailey
July 23, 1903 - Aug. 9, 1905
Will Book 1; pg. 130

North Carolina}
  Dare County }

Sabra Dailey of the aforesaid State and County, 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 decent burial suitable to the wishes of my friends and pay all funeral expenses together with all my just debts out of my property or the first monies coming into his hands from my estate.

Second, I give and devise to my friend Frank S. Spruill all my rights and title to the lands now owned by me and being a part of the California tract of land on Roanoke Island.

Third, I hereby constitute and appoint W.G. Forbes my lawful Executor, to execute this my last will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same.

In witness whereof I the said Sabra Dailey do hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of July 1903.
    /s/ Sabra [her x mark] Dailey      (Seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Sabra Dailey 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.

Witness
    Susan F. Simmons
    Henry J. Simmons

State of North Carolina}    SS: In Superior Court
         Dare County       }
    A paper purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Sabra Dailey deceased is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court for the said County by  W.G. Forbes the executor therein mentioned and the due execution thereof by the said W.G. Forbes by the oath and examination of Susan F. Simmons and Henry J. Simmons  the subscribing witnesses thereto: who being duly sworn doth depose and say and each for herself deposeth and saith that she is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown her purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Sabra Dailey that the said Sabra Dailey in the presence of these deponents subscribed her name at the end of said paper-writing which is now shown as aforesaid and which bears date of 23rd day of July 1903.
    And the deponent further saith that the said Sabra Dailey the testator aforesaid did at the time of subscribing her name as aforesaid declare the said paper-writing as subscribed by her and exhibited to be her last Will and Testament and this deponent did thereupon subscribe her name at the end of said Will as an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of said testator. And this deponent further saith that at the same time when the said testator subscribed her name to the said last Will and Testament as aforesaid and at the same time of the deponents subscribing her name as an attesting witness thereto as aforesaid the said Sabra Dailey 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 these deponents say not.
    Susan F. Simmons
    Henry J. Simmons

Severally sworn and subscribed this 5th day of June 1905.
    Theo. S. Meekins, Clerk Superior Court

North Carolina}
  Dare County }        S.S:  In the Superior Court
    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 Sabra Dailey, deceased. Let the said Will together with the probate be recorded and filed.  This 9th day of August 1905.
    Theo. S. Meekins, Clerk Superior Court

NOTE: This is an African-American woman who, according to the 1900 Dare Co. (Nags Head Twp.) census, was born January 1853 and was married to Martin Dailey circa 1884.  According to this census they had no living children.

This will was transcribed by Marla Beasley. 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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