Will of Robert G. Pridgeon & Wife's Petition ~ 1868

Transcribed by Joan S Dunn

  Last Will and Testament I Robert G. Pridgeon of the county of Duplin and the state of North Carolina being of Sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, I do make and declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First-That my Executor (hereafter named) shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all funeral expenses together with my past debts howsoever and to whomsoever being out of the monies that may first come into his hands as a part or parcel of my estate Item. I give and devise to my beloved wife all my real estate and all my personal perishable propert of every description and kind to have and to hold to her the said Eleanor Pridgen for and during the time of her natural life. Item. My Will and desire is that all my real estate after the death of my beloved wife the said Eleanor Pridgeon shall be sold by my Executor (hereinafter named) out the proceeds arising from said sales, divided in equal proportions between my children share and share alike to them and each and every one of them . Their executors, administrators and assigns absolutely forever. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend AG Moseley my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my Last Will and Testament according to the intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other will and testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said Robert G. Pridgen do hereunto set my hand and seal this the 22nd day of February AD 1868 Robert G. Pridgen Seal Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Robert G. Pridgeon to be his last will and testament in the presence of us when at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto. G. Pridgen AG Mosely George Pridgen and Adolphus G. Moseley later appeared befor the Probate Court in Duplin County and swore that the Will was indeed that of Robert G. Pridgen State of North Carolina Superior Court Duplin County Fall Term 1868 To the Honorable the Judge of said Court: The petition of Eleanor Pridgen widow of Robert Pridgen deceased respectfully showeth to your Honor that her said husband died leaving a last will and testament in Duplin County, during the month of last which will has been duly admitted to probate in the proper Court and the dissent of your petitioner has been duly signified in open Court and entered of record to the same. Your petitioner further showeth that the said testator left surviving him the following children. Jesse Pridgen of Green County, Mary Woolvin, wife of Joel(Jack) Woolvin, Sally Dobson, wife of Perry Dobson, Jane Lewis is the wife of Henry Lewis of Sampson County, Lafayett Pridgen of Wayne County, George W. Pridgen, Harper Pridgen of Green County, Susan Barden, wife of Buckner Barden who are his only devices and heirs at law. Your petitioner further showeth that her said husband at the time of his death was seised(possessed?) in fee simple of a tract of land siterated in said county adjoining the lands of Dr.M Moore, James R. Hurst, Perry Dobson, and Mary E, Cooper and containing by estimation three hundred and fifty-seven acres. Your petitioner further showeth that she desires to have her dower in the said land alloted to her and to that end she prays your Honor to order a writ to be issued to the Sheriff commanding him to summonon five persons qualified to act as Jurors to view the aforesaid tract of land and to allot and set apart to her dower in said premises according to law and make a report of the proceedings under their hands to court. May it please your Honor to order Summons with copies of this petition to be issued to the said Jesse Pridgen, Mary Woolvin and her husband Jack Woolvin, Sally Dobson and her husband Perry Dobson, Jane Lewis and her husband Henry Lewis,Lafayette Pridgen,George W. Pridgen, Harper Pridgen and Susan Bardin and her husband Buckner Barden requiring them to appear in the Court within the time prescribed by law and show cause, if any, they can why the prayer of your petitioner shall not be granted And your petitioner as in duty bound shall every pray.. Allen. Attorney for Petitioner J D Southerland

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