(after stating the facts). The counsel for the appellants excepted to the ruling of the Clerk, and likewise that of the Judge, in respect to the ante-nuptial agreement mentioned, but it does not appear affirmatively how the latter came before the court. A copy of the agreement is sent up as a part of the transcript of the record.
In this Court, the counsel for the appellees moved, at the present term, to affirm the judgment, upon the grounds that no error is assigned in the record, and there is no statement of the case on appeal for this Court.
The proceedings are certainly very informal, and do not present the exception to the decision of the Court appealed from, with precision; but we are of opinion that the grounds of error *224assigned informally, appear sufficiently in the record, to enable us to pass upon their merits.
Regularly, when an appeal is taken from a decision of the Clerk, acting as and for the Court, to the Judge thereof, he should “prepare a statement of the case, of his decision, and of the appeal,” and sign the same. This statement should embrace the material facts, copies of necessary paper writings, or such papers themselves, to the end the Judge may review the decision of the Clerk appealed from upon its full merits. The Code, §254. And upon appeal from the decision of the Judge in such case to this Court, there should be a statement of the case upon appeal as in other cases. The Code, §256.
But when the grounds of error appear sufficiently assigned in the record itself in terms or by necessary implication, without such statement upon appeal, the Court will consider and pass upon their merits. State v. Crook, 91 N. C. 536, and cases there cited ; State v. Byrd, 93 N. C. 624.
It appears by necessary inference, that the ante-nuptial agreement was before the Clerk, and considered by him, and he based bis judgment in part upon it, and it likewise so appears that it was considered and construed by the Judge upon the appeal to him. The informal exceptions to the rulings of the Clerk, and the decision of the Judge, appearing in the record, show, by plain implication, that the appellants deny the correctness of the construction .placed upon the ante-nuptial agreement by them. The agreement is sent up as part of the transcript, not, it is true, in the orderly manner and connection in which it ought to appear, but still in such way as that this Court can see its purpose and connection, with sufficient distinctness to enable it to decide the questions in respect to it, intended to be presented by the appeal. It is not suggested that the copy of the agreement is not a correct one of the original passed upon by the Clerk and Judge, and it must be taken as such, and treated as if it were set out in its proper place, in connection with the errors assigned.
*225The appellees are not, therefore, entitled to have their motion to affirm the judgment, for the causes stated, allowed. The case must be heard and determined upon the grounds of error as they appear informally assigned in the record. To this end it will be continued, ami stand for argument at the next term. It is so ordered.