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William B. Davis
Nov. 2, 1907 - Jan. 25, 1908
Will Book 1; pg. 143

State of North Carolina}
       County of Dare     }

I, William B. Davis of Roanoke Island Dare County and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory but knowing the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make and declare this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following, that is to say,- First  That my Executor herein after named shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends and pay all funeral expenses together with my just debts whatsoever due to whomsoever owing out of the money that may first come unto his hands as a part or parcel of my estate.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my nephew William C. Daniel all the residue of my estate both real & personal after paying my just debts and funeral expenses to him and his heirs.

My will & desire is that Niaris McPherson shall be allowed to reside at the place and home where she now resides on my land, until her death, or so long as she may desire.  That my Executor named herein is hereby directed and empowered to sell according to his best judgment or as he may be advised all or such part of my household and kitchen property and land in such way and manner as will be best for the interest of any person or persons to whom I may be indebted at my death or for the payment of my burial expenses.

And last I do hereby constitute and appoint my nephew William C. Daniel my lawfull Executor to all intents & purpose to execute this my last Will and Testament according to the true intent & meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and Testaments by me made.

In witness whereof, I the said William B. Davis do thereunto set my hand and seal, this, 2nd day of November, 1907.
    /s/ William B. [his x mark]  Davis

Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said William B. Davis to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request  and in his presence do subscribe our name as witnesses thereto.
    Walter Alexander
    Sophy Gregorey

State of North Carolina}    ss: Superior Court
         Dare County       }
    A paper writing purporting to be the Last will and testament of William B. Davis deceased, is exhibited before me the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County by William C. Daniel the Executor therein mentioned and the due executor thereof by the said William B. Davis by the Oath and examination of Walter Alexander and Sophia Gregory, the subscribing witnesses thereto: who being duly sworn do depose and say and each for himself deposeth and saith that they as subscribing witnesses to the paper writing was shown them purporting to be the last will and testament of William B. Davis, that the said William B. Davis in the presence of the deponents subscribed his name at the end of the said paper writing which is now shown as aforesaid, and which bears date of the 2nd day of November 1907.
    And the deponents further say, that the said William B. Davis, the Testator aforesaid, did at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid declare the said paper-writing so subscribed by him and exhibited to be his last Will and Testament, and these deponents did thereupon subscribe their names at the end of said will as attesting witnesses thereto, and at the request and in the presence of said Testator. And these deponents further say that at the same time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last Will as aforesaid, and at the time of the deponents subscribing their names as attesting witnesses thereto, as aforesaid, the said William B. Davis 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 these deponents: and further these deponents say not.
    Walter Alexander
    Sophie Gregory

Severally sworn and subscribed, this 25th day of January 1908, before me.
    R Bruce Etheridge, Clerk Superior Court

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