WILL OF PRESTON A. LEDBETTER - 1914
Transcribed from a photocopy of the original by Ruth Duncan of Tujunga, CA
Posted September 4, 2010 by Myrtle Bridges
State of North Carolina
County of Richmond
I, P. A. LEDBETTER, of the aforesaid County and State, being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do
make and declare this my last will and testament:
FIRST: I give and devise to my son, T. M. Ledbetter and his wife, Elizabeth Poole Ledbetter the tract of land known as the "Swamp Place",
containing about one hundred and forty acres, and all the River tract except what is given my grand-daughter, Claudia McMillan Ledbetter,
for and during the term of their natural lives, and after the death of the survivor, to my grandchildren born from the marriage of T. M.
Ledbetter to Elizabeth Poole Ledbetter, in fee simple, to be equally divided between them. If either T. M. Ledbetter or Elizabeth Poole
Ledbetter should die and the survivor marry again, it is my will and desire that the children born from the said marriage of T. M. Ledbetter
and Elizabeth Poole Ledbetter should become seized and possessed of the lands given and devised in this paragraph immediately upon said
SECOND: I give and devise to my grand-daughter, Claudia McMillan Ledbetter the following described tract of land; Beginning at the upper
end of al old canal in the middle of the bed of Little River and runs South 45 West about 38 chains to the edge of the purlic road at
what is known as the Turnpike Bridge; thence with the ditch passing through what is known as the meadow North 17-1/4 West to the head
of the ditch; thence from the head of said ditch North 19 West 20 chains to the point in the middle of the run of what is known as the
thoroughfare, a beech and maple pointers, forming what is known as the Big Island; thence up the various courses of the thoroughfare to
its intake from the main channel of Little River; thence up the various courses of the middle of the bed of said river to the beginning.
This gift and devise to Claudia McMillan Ledbetter is given & intended to prevent her from sharing with her other brothers and sisters in
the property given and devised in item ONE of this will.
THIRD: All the residue of my property I give and devise and bequeath to my children, to be equally divided between them.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, the said P. A. Ledbetter, do hereunto set my hand and seal, this 31st day of July 1914.
Erasures and [illegible] in lines 4 & 5 of this page were made before the signing of this instrument.
P A Ledbetter (SEAL)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said P. A. Ledbetter to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who,
at his request and in his presence, to subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
H. C. Dockery, Jr.
W Steele Lowdermilk
Since writing my last will and testament dated July 31, 1914 as above set out I have decided to add this codicile for the purpose of
appointing T. M. Ledbetter my executor and I do hereby appoint the said T. M. Ledbetter executor of this my last will and testament
and desire that he should be allowed to qualify without giving bond.
This Aug 1, 1914 P. A. Ledbetter
W. Steele Lowdermilk
H. C. Dockery, Jr.
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