Thursday, August 14, 2008

William Lett of Brunswick County, will dated 1885

Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book #21, page 426:
"I William Lett, of Brunswick County, Virginia, being this day of a mind and memory sufficient to decide for myself and dispose of my estate real and personal, I do therefore make this my last will and testament. I will first state I did heretofore make my will and place it in the hands of Robert D. Turnbull to keep during my life, and having received information that the said will is lost or misplaced, I make this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to E. M. Harris in fee simple all of my estate, real and persona, except as hereafter mentioned. I give to William Lett Harris $2,000.00 in money out of my estate to educate and prepare him for a physician and also the portion of land which I have before told E. M. Harris should be his, and which I desire E. M. Harris to cut off and assign to the said William Lett Harris. Now I make this my will to the exclusion of all that would be my heirs. In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this the third day of February one thousand, eight hundred and eighty-five. William Lett. Witness: A. J. Braswell, William H. Stark, S. J. Moseley.

Brunswick County Court. October Term 1885. A writing purporting the last will and testament of William Lett bearing date on the 3rd day of February 1885 was this day again produced in Court by E. M. Harris and the said E. M. Harris as the next friend of William Lett Harris an infant, by council, in order to be proved, and Addie Eliza, Myra Lee, Viola Mertice, Minnie Florence, Annie Ethel and Wildie Lett Pitchford, infants by Charles E. May, their guardian ad litern it appeared by council and opposed the proof of the said will, both parties waving a jury. Whereupon diverse witnesses were sworn and examined, and the deposition of W. D. Elam and other papers read, and the parties aforesaid by their council fully heard; On consideration whereof it is the opinion of the Court that the said William Lett, deceased at the time of executing the writing aforesaid, was of sound and disposing mind and memory and was under no undue influence. And W. H. Starke and R. J. Braswell two of the subscribing witnesses to said writing, having testified in Court that the said William Lett signed and published the same in their presence, and in the presence of Samuel J. Mosely, the other subscribing witness, all being present, together, as and for his last will and testament, that they subscribed their names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the testator, and at his request, and that the said testator was of sound sense and memory as far as they knew and believed. It is ordered that the said writing be recorded as the last will and testament of the said William Lett deceased. And on the motion of E. M. Harris, administration with the will annexed upon the estate of the said William Lett, is granted to R. Turnbull, who qualified and gave bond in the penalty of $15,000.00 with E. M. Harris as his security and conditioned according to law. Certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration on said estate in due form. Teste. R. Turnbull, Clerk.

(The following two pieces of information were recorded in Warren County, North Carolina.)
State of Virginia. Brunswick County, to wit: I G. R. Mulley, Clerk of the County Court of the County aforesaid in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of William Lett, deceased, the original of which is now on file in my office. And I do further certify that the certificate attached thereto is a true copy of the County Court of said County, admitting the said will to probate, and ordering the same to be recorded as the true last will and testament of said William Lett deceased. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, this 11th day of February AD, 1895.

North Carolina, Warren County. Superior Court, November 9th, 1895. Before William A. White, Clerk of said Court. It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court from the duly certified copy of the last will and testament of William Lett, deceased, which has been proved and exhibited before the Court, that the said will has been duly proved and (?) and allowed according to the laws of the State of Virginia. It is therefore ordered and adjudged that the said will and its probate in the proper Court of the County of Brunswick and State of Virginia, which has been produced and exhibited here, duly certified, be allowed, filed and recorded in this Court. William A. White, C.S.C."

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