Lenoir County, North Carolina
From the Walter Dunn Family Bible: Helen Melissa Dunn was born 29 Apr 1847 to Walter and Cynthia Dunn and died 19 Apr 1881. She married Dr. George Kendrick Bagby 11 Jun 1867. She, her husband and four infant children are buried in Dunn Cemetery that sits in a field next to the home. Tombstone Photos
Their children were: Walter Kendrick, unmarried; Gertrude Medernach, m. W. M. Creasy; Charlie, m. Carrie Joyner; other children died in infancy. North Carolina Wills by Alexander Martin
15 March 1858 - Bk 7 p 26 – Indenture – John Tull and Cynthia his wife to William W. Dunn – for natural love and affection for our brother and $10 – the late Walter Dunn Sr., dec by his Will submitted to the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions on Jan Term 1851 devised to Cynthia Dunn, widow of sd Walter during her life 2 tracts "the house tract together with the Lewis C. Desmond and Elizabeth land" – adj Henry Tull’s corner of the William Lovick land, corner of Henry Black land, Wooten Branch to Jericho Swamp, to Daniel Desmond land, to Popular Branch, William Croom’s land, to the house tract, to Henry Tull’s corner of the land bought of William B. Rhem and wife, Rudy Branch, Shadrack Loftin, John C. Washington, to Henry Tull’s corner of the Lovick land – 700 acres – sd Walter Dunn in the next to last clause of sd Will devised the above lands after the death of his wife, Cynthia, to be equally divided between Martha Ann J. Dunn, William W. Dunn, Synthia Ann Dunn, Theresa F. Dunn, Rachel Almira Dunn and Melissa A. Dunn – provided they all live to be 21 years old or marry – the above children are his 6 youngest – if they arrive at 21 or marry they are to receive their portion leaving the rest in common stock – the sd Cynthia Ann Dunn has intermarried with the sd John Tull and we convey our share to him. Wit: Geo. Washington. Cynthia privately examined. Enrolled 30 June 1858, Stephen White, ROD. Re-enrolled 12 June 1885, G. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
15th of March 1858 (no exact date but around..) - Bk 9 p 442 – Deed – Samuel H. Rountree and Martha J. his wife executed a deed to William W. Dunn for $300 – the late Walter Dunn Sr. dec by his Will probated Jan Term 1851 devised to Cynthia Dunn his widow for her life 2 tracts viz – 1st the home tract together with the Lewis C. Desmond and Elizabeth Desmond land – adj Henry Tull’s corner of the William Lovick land, Henry Blackland, Wooten’s Branch, Jericho Swamp, Daniel Desmond’s land, Poplar Branch, William Croom, the Croom home tract, Henry Tull’s corner of the land bought of William B. Rhem and wife, Reedy Branch, Shadrack Loftin, John C. Washington – of 700 acres – Dunn’s Will specified after the death of his widow the land was the be divided between Ann J. Dunn, William W. Dunn, Cynthia Ann Dunn, Theresa F. Dunn, Almira R. Dunn, and Melissa H. Dunn, provided they all lived to be 21 or marry – should any not live or marry then the rest to be divided equally between my youngest 6 children - the sd Martha Ann J. Dunn intermarried with the sd Samuel H. Rountree – the Rountrees were pd $300 by William W. Dunn for their undivided interest. ______Nov. 1885. Wit: Wright Sanders. Martha privately examined. Enrolled 30 June 1886, Geo. L. Hodges NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
31 Jan 1870 – Bk 7 p 207 – Indenture – John Tull and Winnie R. his wife to William E. Faulkner - $1710 for 178 acres – tract adj G. K. Bagby and wife, Wm. Fields, Dunn. Winnie privately examined. Enrolled 20 April 1870, Book 38, pp 517, 518, A. C. Wadsworth, ROD. Re-enrolled 3 Oct. 1885, Geo. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
13 April 1871 – Bk 7 part two p 269 – Indenture – George K. Bagbey and Helen M. his wife to J. H. Stevenson - $2,000 for 410 acres – tract adj Wm. Fields, Wm. Faulkner, Warren Kilpatrick, Wilson Tilghman, NS Briery, Dunn, Wooten’s Branch, Jericho Branch, Thomas Becton, W. B. Kilpatrick – being the tract allotted to sd Helen B. Bagby in the division of the lands of her father, Walter Dunn dec. Wit: William Arthur. Helen privately examined. Enrolled 16 Oct 1871, Book 39, pp 429, 430, 431, A. C. Wadsworth, ROD. Re-enrolled 27 Oct., 1885, Geo. L. Hodges, ROD. NC Archives Lenoir County Deed Book Abstracts
Lenoir County, NC Record of Wills, 1869-1891, Vol. A - NC Archives, Microfilm C.059.80001
I Helen M. Bagby of the county of Lenoir and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainly of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
First. That my hereinafter named executor shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends and pay all funeral expenses together with my just debts howsoever and to whomsoever owing out of the moneys that may first come into his hands as a part or parcel of my estate.
Second. That it is my will and desire that all my property of every description shall at my death belong to my children who may then be living. It is further my will and desire that a proper judicial tribunal shall appoint a good and discreet person who shall hold said property in trust for the benefit of said children and that the proceeds therefrom shall be expended for their maintenance and education and it is further my will and desire that each child on arriving at the age of twenty one years or shall marry shall be entitled to draw out from the common stock his or her equal share said share to be his or hers in fee simple. It is further my will and desire that should any of said children die before they are twenty one years of age or marry then and in that case the survivors shall inherit the share of said deceased child or children.
I hereby appoint and constitute my beloved husband George K. Bagby of the aforesaid county and state my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I said Helen M. Bagby do hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of September one thousand eight hundred and eighty.
North Carolina, Lenoir County, Probate Court July 11, 1883
Cynthia Dunn et als
It appearing to the satisfaction of this court that the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Helen M. Bagby dec'd was by a jury regularly impaneled in Greene County Superior Court to which the issue in this case was removed for trial, declared by their verdict to be the last will and testament of Helen M. Bagby the same having been certified from the Superior Court of said county to the Superior Court of this County and from the last named court to this court to proceed with said paper writing according to law.
It is now here considered and adjudged that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of the said Helen M. Bagby and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed.
It appears further to the court that George K. Bagby the executor therein named has qualified as such by taking the oath required by law.
W. W. Dunn, Probate Judge
State of North Carolina, Lenoir County, In the Probate Court