Amanuensis Monday: The Will Of Mary Mitchel Jones

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This will is another treasure that I came across fairly recently. Let me give you some background on who's it is. Mary Mitchel Jones (Jan 21, 1823--Feb 22, 1900) was my 3rd great grandmother, wife to Cesar Jones (abt 1821--Aug 14, 1899.) My 3rd great grandparents died about 6 months apart. I wasn't surprised to see that their deaths were so close together. So often it seems that couples die this way. Anyway, after searching through North Carolina, Probate Records for Carteret County on Family, I came across the will of Mary Mitchel Jones.

Image courtesy of North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 Carteret Wills, 1898-1916, Vol. C Image 44

Image courtesy of  North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 Carteret Wills, 1898-1916, Vol. C  Image 45

Image courtesy of  North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 Carteret Wills, 1898-1916, Vol. C  Image 45

Carteret County:  In Superior Court 
In the Matter of the              } Before L. A. Gamer
Will of Mary M. Jones            Clerk Superior Court

Elizabeth Jones being duly sworn dost sage that Mary M. Jones late of said county, is dead, having first made and published her last Will and Testament; and that Elizabeth Jones is the proper person entitled to Letters of Administration on the estate of the said Mary M. Jones no execution being named in the will further, that the property of the said Mary M. Jones consisting of House & lot & 6 shares in the Shepards Point land Co. is worth about $250, so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application; and that Elizabeth Jones, Oliver Jones, Violet Ann DVaugn, Caroline Jones, Wm Jones, A. H. Jones M. City N.C. all over 21 years old, are the parties entitled under said will to the said property
Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 13th                                    Elizabeth Jones
day of June 1900
          L. A. Gamer
               Clerk Superior Court.
Morehead City N.C.
                                                                   Marcn 25th 1898
This certifies that I Mary M. Jones Do will & convey or give my House and Lot to my Daughter Elizabeth Jones To come in full possession and owner After my Death.

I have six shares in the Shepard Point Land Company in my name, three shears belongs to myself and Husband. Caesar & Mary M. Jones.
To which, I want devided among my six children Names to wit, - Oliver  Violet Ann  Caroline  Alexander, William & Elizabeth Jones
The other three Shears belongs to Oliver & Caroline Jones and Warren DVaughn, my son in Law.
     Mary M Jones             }
     Alexander H. Jones     }          Witness
     Elizabeth Jones           }          Oliver Jones
     Rosa Jones                  }          W. H. Jones

State of North Carolina    } ss
        Carteret County       }  In the Superior Court. 

A paper purported to be the last Will and Testament of Mary M. Jones deceased is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of The Superior Court for said County by Elizabeth Jones and the dire execution thereof  by the said Mary M. Jones by the oath and examination of Alexander H. Jones and Rosa Jones the subscribing witness thereto who being duly sworn each depose and say and each for himself deposed and saith, that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown him, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Mary M. Jones that the said Mary M. Jones in the presence of this deponent subscribed her name at the end of said paper writing, which is now shown as aforesaid, and which hears date of the 25th day of March 1898 And the deponent further saith that the said Mary M. Jones the testatrix aforesaid did at the time of subscribing her name as aforesaid declare the said paper writing so subscribed by her, and exhibited to be her 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 Testatrix  And this deponent further saith, that at the said time when the said testatrix subscribed her name to the said last Will as aforesaid and at the time of the deponents subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto, as aforesaid, the said Mary M. Jones 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                           Alexander H. Jones,
subscribed, this 13th day                           Rosa Jones
of June 1900, before me,
             L. A. Gamer 
                       Clerk Superior Court,
North Carolina          }ss
Carteret County        }          In the Superior Court
It is therefore considered and adjudged by this Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last Will and Testament of Mary M. Jones, deceased, Let the said Will together with in probate be recorded and filed
     This 13th day of June 1900
                                    L. A. Gamer
                                                  Clerk of Superior Court


  1. Very interesting, thanks! So she left her house and lot to Elizabeth, and the stock shares divided among the other children.

    In the legal language, there certainly is a lot of energy spent on attesting that this is in fact the will of Mary M. Jones, that she was of sound mind, and that Elizabeth Jones us entitled to present the will.

    I wonder how much $250 was worth in 1900? A lot more than today.


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