Her brother has the deed, unless he destroyed it.
by Lisa Y. Henderson
State of North Carolina, To the Sheriff if Wayne County } Greeting – You are commanded to summon Wm. Burnett to be and appear before the Judge of Probate of Wayne County at the Court House in Goldsboro on Friday the 17th day of September 1875 at 11 A.M. and testify under oath, upon the hearing of a motion now pending in the Probate Court of said County, made by Mary Lynch Ex parte – And also to bring with him the said Wm Burnett and produce at the time and place aforesaid a certain deed or paper writing executed by the late Wm Smith to the late Himerick Lynch, conveying to the said Lynch a lot of land in the town of Goldsboro, at the Southwestern corner of West Centre and Elm Streets – or conveying to him an interest [illegible] – And that he also bring and produce as aforesaid any paper in his possession relating to said land or the title of the said Lynch thereto. Herein fail not under the penalty prescribed by law.
Witness W.T. Yelverton Judge of Probate for Wayne County the 16th day of September 1845. /s/ W.T. Yelverton Probate Judge
North Carolina, Wayne County }
Mary Lynch Ex parte } In the Probate Court
Mary Lynch swears that she is the widow of Himerick Lynch deceased, who died during the year 1865 seized of a lot of land in Goldsboro on the Southwestern Corner of West Center and Elm Streets which had been conveyed to him by Wm. Smith now decesed – that before the death of the said Himerick he had left said deed in the hands of Wm Burnett, who now has the same in possession if it has not been destroyed. Affiant further swears that she has never had dower, or homestead assigned to her out of said land or any other land of the said Himerick Lynch and that she is advised that she is entitled thereto, and has an interest in said land, and that said deed has never been proven and Registered. Mary X Lynch
Sworn to before me Sept 16th 1875 W.T. Yelverton
Estate Records, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives.
In the 1850 census of North Side of Neuse, Wayne County: Himerick Lench, 32, painter, wife Mary, 32, and Susan Burnet, 10.