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Spencer Etheridge
Sept. 2, 1919 - Jan. 13, 1922
Will Book 1; pg. 272

State of North Carolina}
      County of Dare      }

I, Spencer Etheridge of the aforesaid County and State, being of sound mind, but realizing the uncertainty of my earthly existence do hereby make and declare this my last will and Testament.

First:  My executor, hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives, and pay all funeral expenses, together with all my just debts, out of the first moneys which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.

Second:  I give and devise to my nephew, R. Bruce Etheridge all the land that I possess on Roanoke Island, Dare County, North Carolina, being my home place, containing One Hundred Acres and bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the Ware Point on Croatan Sound and running an easterly course with a line of marked trees binding Wm. S. Etheridge line to a Red Oak: thence South 30 east by a line of marked trees to a dead pine and oak:  thence South 40 West by a line of marked trees to Croatan Sound;  thence northerly and westerly with the sound to the First Station, to contain fifty acres.  Also beginning on the Westerly side of Roanoke Island at a Cypress about One Hundred yards to the North of Ware Point, running an easterly course to a marked Pine near Tart Etheridges fence; thence a North course so far as to bring a Westerly course back to the river, to contain fifty acres, these tracts being the Same land conveyed to Spencer Etheridge by Van Buren Etheridge and wife by deed dated June 5th, 1876 and recorded in the register of Deeds Office in Dare County in Book B, page 245.  To have and to hold to him, the said R. Bruce Etheridge, his heirs, and assigns in fee simple forever.

Third:  I  also give and bequeath to my nephew R. Bruce Etheridge, all my personal property of whatsoever Kind that I may be possessed at my death, including household and kitchen furniture, money, livestock, or any other thing of value, he to have the Sale and undisputed possession of the same and to use and enjoy the same as he may see fit.

Fourth:  I hereby constitute and appoint my nephew, the said R. Bruce Etheridge, my lawful executor to all intents and purposes, to execute this my last Will and testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same, and every part and clause thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other Wills and testaments by me heretofore made.  It is also my desire that my said Nephew, R. Bruce Etheridge, shall serve as Executor without bond.

In witness whereof, I, the said Spencer Etheridge, do hereunto set my hand and seal This the 2nd day of September, 1919.
    /s/ Spencer Etheridge  ( Seal )

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Spencer Etheridge to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, do Subscribe, our names as witnesses thereto.
    T.R. Creef
M.L. Daniels

State of North Carolina}  
         Dare County       }
    A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of  Spencer Etheridge deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by R.B. Etheridge the executor Therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said R. Bruce Etheridge, by the oath and examination of  T.R. Creef and M.L. Daniels, the subscribing witness 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 Spencer Etheridge: that the said Spencer Etheridge, in the presence of this deponent, subscribing his name at the end of said paper writing, which is now shown as aforesaid, and which bears date of the 13 day of January 1922.
    And This Deponent Further Saith That the said Spencer Etheridge 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 did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said 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 said testator.
    And this deponent further, saith that at the same time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said Will & Testament as aforesaid and at the time of the deponents subscribing his name as attesting witness thereto as aforesaid, the said Spencer Etheridge 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.
    T. R. Creef     (Seal)
    M. L. Daniels (Seal)

Severally sworn and Subscribed this 13 day of January 1922, before me.
    S.C. Tillett, C.S.C

North Carolina}        In the 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 Spencer Etheridge, deceased.  Let said Will, together with the probate, be recorded and filed.  This 13 day of Jan. 1922.
    S.C. Tillett, Clerk Sup. Court

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