State of North Carolina, County of Mecklenburg
I A. C. Shields of said County and State being of Sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this instrument to be and Contain my last Will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
Item 1st I will and devise that all my just debts be paid
Item 2nd I will and devise to my beloved wife Jane A. Shields all of my real and personal property wherever Situated during her life time and at her death I will that the said real and personal property be equally divided among my Six children namely: Thos. L. Shields W. B. Shields Robt. H. Shields C. L. Shields Mollie J. Shields and Maggie L. Shields.
Item 3rd I will and devise to my son David H. Shields one dollar in Cash and no more.
Item 4 Should any of my Six children above named to wit: Thos. L. Shields W. B. Shields Robt. H. Shields C. L. Shields Mollie J. Shields & Maggie L. Shields die without
issue then and in that case his or her portion of my estate shall be equally divided among the Survivor or Survivors of my children except David H. Shields.
Item 5 I hereby revoke and declare null and void all other wills heretofore by me made
Item 6 I hereby Constitute and appoint my wife Jane A. Shields and my son W. B. Shields my Sole Executors of this my last will & testament
Witness my hand and Seal this 12th day of August AD 1884
A. C. Shields (seal)
Signed Sealed and delivered
in the presence of us
D. G. Maxwell
J. W. Cobb
North Carolina, Mecklenburg County
Upon the attached proof it is now considered and adjudged by the Court that the foregoing paper-writing & Every part thereof is the last will & testament of A. C. Shields decd. therefore let the said will, together with the application, the proofs & this order be recorded & filed. This the 12 day Oct 1899
J. A. Russell CSC
Source: Copy of will submitted by Sandra Shields Griffin. Transcription by Susan Shields Sasek
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