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State of North Carolina}
Dare County }
I, Daniel W. Meekins, of Roanoke Island, Dare County, and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
First: That my executor hereinafter named, may provide for my body such burial as may be most suitable to him and pay all Funeral expenses, together with my just debts, howsoever and to whomsoever owing, out of the moneys that may First come to him as a part of parcel of my estate or otherwise pay same from such source and means as he may deem proper.
Item: I give and devise to my beloved son, William L. Meekins, the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars.
Item: I give and devise to my beloved son Ephraim the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars.
Item: I give and devise to my beloved daughter, Deloria Dough, the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars.
Item: I give and devise to my beloved son, Isaac Chauncey Meekins, the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars.
Item: My will and desire is that my youngest son, Johnson Marchant Meekins, for and in consideration of his faithful care and attention of my last wife and his step-mother during her life time and to me in the past and the further consideration that he will care for me according to my reasonable needs and maintenance for the remainder of my life, shall have, after paying out debts due and owing by me, the remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of every kind and thing that I may be possessed at my death.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved son Johnson Marchant Meekins my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and Testament, without giving any bond, 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 Testament by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof, I the said Daniel W. Meekins, do hereunto set my hand and seal, this the 29th day of January 1903.
/s/ Daniel W. Meekins (Seal)
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Daniel W. Meekins to be his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presences, do subscribe our names and witnesses thereto.
John W. Evans [dead before the 1944 probate]
State of North Carolina} In the Superior Court
Dare County }
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Daniel W. Meekins, deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by Johnson Marchant Meekins the executor therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said Daniel W. Meekins is proved by the oath and examination of O.J. Jones, one of 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 Daniel W. Meekins; that the said Daniel W. Meekins, 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 29th day of January 1903.
And This Deponent Further Saith, That the said Daniel W. Meekins 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 an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of said testator. And this deponents further saith 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 his name as attesting witness thereto, as aforesaid, the said Daniel W. Meekins 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.
Severally sworn and subscribed, this 10th day of August 1944 before me.
C.S. Meekins, Clerk Superior Court
NOTE: Daniel W. Meekins, son of William Meekins and Delora Daniels, was born on Roanoke Island (Currituck Co.) on Feb. 13, 1832 and died on March 29, 1915. He was first married to Sarah E. "Sallie" Etheridge on Aug. 18, 1854 and to them were born 6 known children:
1) William Lawrence Meekins (1856-1934); married Eliza Matilda Tillett
2) Walter Meekins (c1859-before 1870)
3) Ephraim Meekins (1861-1940); married Margaret Frances "Maggie" Dough
4) Delaria/Delora Meekins (1864-1920); married John Thomas Dough
5) Babel Meekins (c1866-before 1880)
6) Isaac Chauncey Meekins (1868-1948); married Emma Gertrude Baum "Gertie" Midgett
Daniel's 2nd marriage occurred on Feb. 12, 1874 when he married Emily Marchant. They had 2 children:
1) Johnston Marchant Meekins (1876-1960); never married
2) Leonard L. Meekins (1879-before 1903)
Daniel's 3rd marriage occurred in 1885 when he married Martha Brumsey (1840-cSept. 1900). They had no children.
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