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In the name of God, Amen.
I, William Hays of the county of Dare and state of North Carolina, being weak in body and of sound mind, memory and understanding, praise be to 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, Margaret R. Hays, during her life time all of my property both real and personal and mixed or what nature or kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be at the time of my death. And at the death of my said wife Margaret Hays, I give all the said property which remains to my three grandchildren, Margaret E. Hays, Isaac C. Hays and Lovie S. Hays. And I do nominate and appoint my said wife sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, 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 William Hays have hereunto set my hand this 3rd day of May AD 1884.
/s/ William Hays
Signed, delivered and published by the above name William Hays 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.
State of North Carolina}
Dare County } In the Superior Court
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of William Hays dec'd is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of Superior Court for said county by Margaret R. Hays, the Executrix therein mentioned and the due execution thereof by the said William Hays by the oath and examination of C.B. Blivins and G.B. Blivens, 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 William Hays, deceased; that the said William Hays 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 3rd day of May 1884.
And the Deponent further saith that the said William Hays, 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 as 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 the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will as aforesaid, and at the time of deponent's subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto as aforesaid the said William Hays 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.
/s/ C.B. Bliven
Severally sworn and Subscribed before me this 13th day of February 1886 before me
/s/ John W. Evans, Clerk Sup. Court
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