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Thomas A. Dough, Sr.
Dec. 21, 1905 - Mar. 5, 1906
Will Book 1; pg. 133

North Carolina}
  Dare County }

I Thos. A. Dough Sr. of the above State and County being of feeble health physically but of sound mind sufficient to know the ? and purpose of this instrument do make and declare this the following to be my last will and testament.

First  I give and bequeath to my Step son A.H. Etheridge who has Kept supported and kindly treated me in my declining years, all my personal property consisting of Horses, Cattle, sheep, Boats, Beds, and all other of whatever kind and nature. 

Second I hereby authorize and appoint the said A.H. Etheridge my step son my Executor for the purpose of proving and conveing into effect the provisions of this my last will and testament.

Signed and sealed this 21 day of Dec. 1905.
    /s/ Thos. A. (his mark) Dough Sr.      (Seal)

Signed in his presence at his request and signed by us in the presence of each other.

Witness:
    W.T. Basnight
    A.D. Etheridge

State of North Carolina}    SS: Superior Court
         Dare County       }
    A paper purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Thos. A. Dough Sr. deceased is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court for the said County by A.H. Etheridge the Executor therein mentioned and the due execution thereof by the said A.H. Etheridge by the oath and examination of W.T. Basnight and A.D. Etheridge the subscribing witnesses thereto; who being duly sworn doth depose and say and each for himself deposeth and saith, that he is a subscribing witness to the paper-writing now shown him purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Thos. A. Dough Sr. that the said Thos. A. Dough Sr. in the presence of this deponent subscribed his name at the end of said paper-writing, which is now shown as aforesaid and which bears date of the 21st day of December 1905.
   
And the Deponent further saith That the said Thos. A. Dough Sr. 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 this deponent thereupon subscribed his 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 testator subscribed his name to the said last Will as aforesaid and at the time of the deponents subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto as aforesaid, the said Thos. A. Dough Sr. was of sound mind and memory of full age to execute a Will and was not under any Restraints to the knowledge or information or belief of this deponent:  And further these deponents say not.
    W.T. Basnight
    A.D. Etheridge

Severally sworn and subscribed this 5th day of March 1906, before me.
    Theo. S. Meekins, Clerk Superior Court

North Carolina}    SS: Superior Court
  Dare County }
    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 Thos. A. Dough Sr. deceased.  Let the said Will together with the probate, be recorded and filed.  This 5th day of March 1906.
    Theo. S. Meekins, Clerk Superior Court

INTERESTING NOTE: The Coastland Times -Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000; pg. 7A
   
"...On April 30, 1894 Roanoke Colony Membership Association acquired the Fort Raleigh site from Thomas A. Dough. Tuesday, August 19, 1913 records show that a celebration took place at "new pavilion, near Old Fort Raleigh." The Roanoke Colony Membership Association transferred the Fort Raleigh site to North Carolina Historical Commission January 10, 1934 and July 14, 1939 it became part of United States National Park Service..."

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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