Will of William E. Pridgen

May 11, 1864


I, William E. Pridgeon, formerly of Sampson County in the State of North Carolina, but now being in the service of the Confederate States of America, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make, publish, and declare this instrument of writing to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form as follows. To wit,

It is my will and desire, that my Executrine hereinafter named, shall procure for my body a decent burial, and shall pay all funeral expenses, out of the money that shall first come into her hands as a part or parcel of my Estate together with all just debts, to whomsoever owing.

Item: 1st I will, bequeathe and devise to my beloved wife, Emily J. Pridgeon, all my property, of whatsoever kind or nature that I may be seised or possess of, real, personal and min-ed to have and to hold the same to her use and behoof, in fee simple for ever.

Item:2nd I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Executrine to this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void, all wills by me heretofore made. In testimony whereof I , the said William E. Pridgeon have hereunto set my hand and seal this day of May 11th AD 1864

Signed, sealed and declared by the said William E. Pridgen to be his last will and Testament in our presence and in the presence of each other who at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto..

Tho. H. Holmes
R A Moseley
Samuel C. S. Selby
L. H.? Best

W.E. Pridgeon (His own writing)

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