Chatham County Wills - C - D  - 1998-present - Sue Ashby

Will of Samuel Carter - Dated 3 Nov., 1802
Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A. pg. 182 (22)
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001 (1798-1819)

Chatham County, North Carolina. The 3 day of the 11 Month 1802
My Last Will and Testament is as Follows.
1st I appoint my sons, John and Samuel Carter my executors then I first
do discharge all my just debts and funeral expenses.
2nd I give to my sons Samuel and Mordecai Carter my Mills and Lands, the
Lands to be Equally divided by a North and South line. Samuel to have
the the East part and Mordecai to West with full right to be enjoyed and
possessed by them and their Heirs forever With the reserve for My wife
Mary of one third part of the grist mills profits. Also one, third of
the meadow during her widow hood she paying one fourth part of costs
which may arise in keeping of the same but in case the said Samuel or
Mordecai should die without lawful issue the survivors shall pay to my
children named in the last page, the sum of Eighty four/five? dollars
yearly
for six? years and shall ____ all the land and mill aforesaid and if one
of them should incline to sell that he gives his partners the first
offer of purchase. Also, that the said Samuel and Mordecai pay yearly to
their Mother during her widowhood 200 sheep each and one hundred of
beef,
Also that Samuel & Mordecai aforesaid pay each to my son Robert Carter
the following Legacy, Samuel two hundred dollars and Mordecai one
hundred
fifty.
3. I give to my son John? Carter, my desk.
4. I give to my son Robert Carter five dollars.
5th I give to my son Samuel Carter My clock and large Bible.
6th I give to my wife aforesaid ___ ____ her choice of my horse
creatures
Saddle and bridle one cow and three sheep with all my household
furniture
& Books except the bequeathed aforesaid to dispose of at will -----
-----
peaceable possession of my dwelling and privilege of freewill? during
her
widowhood.
7th Lastly all my other Estate whatsoever I give to my children namely
John Carter, Edward Carter Mary Butler, Margaret Stubbs and Elizabeth
Sellels? to be Equally divided among them  --- ? fourteen dollars to ?
John in consideration of the cash aforesaid and sixty? dollars cash to
Edward for a note I discharged for him. In witness whereof I set
my hand and seal the day and year above said__
                                Samuel Carter {Seal}
Witnesses
Nathan Dixon
Thomas Hadly
Benjamin Vestal

The said lawful Issuance Interlined before & Signed and
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Will of John Clark
Chatham Co., NC, Record of Wills - Vol. D, 1858-1866
NC State Archives Film # C.022.80003, pg. 141

"The last will and testament of John Clark, deceased having been lost
and an order of the County court of Chatham November Term 1864 having
been made upon proof before said Court of the Loss of said will and
said Court having declared that in pursuance of Law the witnesses to
said will write out the contents of said will- therefore we Joseph
Yarbrough and Milley G. Riggsbee of Chatham Co. State of North Carolina
witnessed the last will and testament of John Clark deceased do declare
and publish that said John Clark did execute his last will and
testament in form as follows to wit; said John Clark gave one half of
his land to his two sons John and Winship and one pine chest all the
rest of his property to his wife Winney during her lifetime and at her
death the landed property to be equally divided between Wesley, Thomas
and Joseph and directed his debts to be paid out of his Estate. In
testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hand as witnesses this 14th
day of Nov., 1864.
Joseph Yarborugh (Seal)
Milley G. Riggsbee (Seal)

(My note: John's wife Winney is listed as Winney Lea, in the 1850
census of Chatham. It looks as if Lea is her last name. Don't know why
it would be so, instead of Clark. Their children are listed as J.
Wesley, b. abt 1837; Henry (called Harry, later), b. abt 1838; Thomas,
b. abt 1840; Joseph, b. abt 1844; Jackey, (female) b. abt 1846; and
Fanney, b. abt 1852. These two girls are not named in the inheritance.
Winship Clark in the 1850 census was b. abt 1827. The sons John and
Winship are probably sons by his first wife, Margaret, (was she a
Caldwell?) who died in 1834. He had other sons by her (Jefferson,
George W. and Alexander) and why they are not listed in the
inheritance, I don't know. I "think" this may be John Jefferson Clark,
the son of Alexander and Phoebe Jefferson Clark. Their son John
Jefferson was b. abt 1782, which fits with the age given by this John
in 1850 as 66 (b. 1784) Please contact me if, you have any further
information on this family, to prove or disprove my tentative
assertions.
Sue Ashby
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Will of Nancy Clark, dated 25 Jan, 1858
Chatham Co, NC Record of Wills 1858-1866
Vol. D, pp. 16, 17
NC State Archives film # C.022.5001

Will of Nancy Clark
This the 25th day of January in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Eight
hundred & fifty Eight I Nancy Clark being of sound mind and disposing
memory do herewith make this my last Will and Testament in the words
following to wit.
Item first- my Will and desire is that at my decease my body be
decently buried according to the christian custom of the country and my
executors pay out of My Estate all necessary funeral expenses and all
my just debts.
Item Second- I give and and bequeath unto my son James Clarke the mare
and colt that I now own.
Item Third I give and bequeath all the rest of my estate to be equally
divided between my Two daughters Martha Johnson the wife of James
Johnson and Winny Clark unless the mare and colt or either of them
should die or be disposed of before this will takes effect so that my
son James Clark take nothing by the bequest made to him in the second
item then and in that case My will and desire is that all my estate
be equelly divided between the said James Clark Martha Johnson wife of
James Johnson and Winny Clarke and lastly I constitute and appoint my
brother Hezekiah Henderson my Executor
in and to this my last will and testament
Signed published and executed in the presence of Isaac Henderson
William Newlin Nancy (her X mark) Clark {Seal}
Nov. Session 1858
Duly proved in open Court & Executor qualified.

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William Collins Will, dated January 6, 1791
Chatham Co., NC, Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 39 (b)
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the name of god amen I William Collins fo e County of Chatham in the
Provense of North Carolina being through the abundant mercy and
goodness of god tho weak in body yet of a sound and perfect
understanding and memory do Constitute this my Last Will and Testament
and desire it to be received by all as such I give to my Wife Sarah
Collins one fether bead and furniture one pewter dish and half a dosen
of pewter plates after paying of my debts then the rest to be sold and
divided between my deareter Mary Collins and my Sun James Collins
equally between them and do Constitute them Executors of this my Last
Will and Testament and trustees for my wife and Children In Witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal
Daniel Hackney Executer
Test
William Barnett
Russel (his X mark) Doauty
Rebeck (her X mark) Dorset
Signed William (his X mark) Collins {Seal}
January 6th day 1791
A Copy Teste John Ramsey, C. C.

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Will of John Lett Cook - Dated April 9, 1800

Son, William

Children by my first wife, Riten?

My loving wife, Winney

Two sons Gideon and Fearney Jenkins Cook

Two daughters, Gilly and Cynthia Cook

Exec: William Goodwin and wife Winney Cook

Wit: John Sawyer, Susannah Mason, W. Cook

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Abstract of Will of Mary Cook - Dated 24 da.------- 1834- Probated Aug. Court 1834.

Will Bk. C, pg. 6.

"son, John Cook, my brother Joseph Fooshee. Children of my daughter Ann Pilmenton (Pilkenton?) grandson, Abraham West; my daughter Mary Fike;

Children of my daughter Susannah Curl

Exr: son, John Cook

Wit.: S. More, C. Lutterloh

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Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills - (1798-1819) Vol. A, pp. 177, 178
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

Will of James Copeland - dated 30 September, 1793 - no probate date
 

In the Name of god, Amen. I James Copeland of the county of Chatham and
State of North Carolina, planter, Being sick and weak in Body But of
perfect Mind and Memory thanks be given unto God Calling in to Mind the
Mortality of My body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once
to Die do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say
princippally and first of all I give and recomend My soul into the hand
of Almighty God that give it and My body I recomend to the Earth to be
Buried in decent Christian Buriel at the Discretion of my Executors
Nothing Doubting But at the general Resurrection Receive the same again
by the Mighty power of God and as Touching such worldly Estate wherewith
it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give Devise and Dispose
of the same in the Following Manner and form.

First. I give to my well Beloved Wife Elisabeth all and singular My
movable Estate containing My household furnature togather with my stock
of Every kind of Beasts and fowls and my Land that I Now live upon and
all the Lands that is Now in my posetion after all my just Debts is paid
during her widowhood and then I give to my son John copeland one hundred
and sixty acors. One hundred acors of the same Being part of  a tract
Entered by me James Copeland for My self and Daniel Copeland and the
other sixty was Entered  by Me James Copeland for my self also I give to
my son Daniel Copeland after the widohood of my Wife I  give and
Bequeath the Moveble part of my property containing the household
furnature and stock of  Every kind to my well beloved children By Name-
Lillah (?) Bryant, Daniel Copeland, Silvy Bryant, James Copeland, Liddy
Branton, Elisabeth Lasetor, Frankey Lasetor, Susannah Ellitt (Elliott?),
William Johnston, Sarah McIver? and Richard Johnston, whom I own as my
children although Known by the Name of  Johnston and McIver, Sealley
Copeland, John Copeland, Dolley Copeland, David Copeland, Anney
Copeland, Cloe Copeland. I likewise constitute make and ordain Daniel
Copeland and Thomas Branton,  the sole Executors of this My Last Will
and Testament and do hereby Disavow Revoke and disanull all and  Every
other former Testaments Wills Legacies Bequests and Executors by me in
any wise before named  Willed and Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming
this and no other to be my Last Will and testament in  Witness Whereof
I, the said James Copeland have hereunto set my hand and seal this
thirtyeth Day of  September in the Year of Our Lord one Thousand Seven
Hundred and Ninety Three.
                                James Copeland   {Seal}

Signed Sealed Published
Pronounced and Declared By the Said
James Copeland as his last
Will and Testament in the presents
of us who in this presents and in the
presents of Each other have hereto
subscribed our Names
Benjamin Gunter
Richard Gunter
Isac Bright, his mark "B"

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William Copeland Sr. Will, dated 11 Nov. 1789, no probate date

Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates (1782-1799) Vol. 1, pg. 43(b), 44
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the name of God amen I William Copeland Sr. of the County Chatham
and State of North Carolina being week in body but of perfect mind and
sound memory thanks be to god and calling to mind that it is appointed
by the almighty Creator for all mortal man once to die therefore am
Willing that what it hath pleased God to bestow on me as to temporal
goods I give in the following manner and my soul I recommend into my
saviours hands who redeemed by his precious blood and as to my body I
recomend to the ground to be disantly buried at the discretion of my
Executors after named nothing doubting but I shall receive it again at
the last day by the mighty power of god.
I promise I give and bequeath to my son Richard Copeland the use of the
land and plantation whereon he now lives on during his natral life and
his wives and he to pay the taxes yearly containing fifty acres from
the meadow branch up new hop Creek and after their death to the heirs
lawfully begotten of his body forever and in case no such heir to
Richard Copeland son of John Copeland to him and his heirs forever
Item I give and bequeath to my son John Copeland the use of that tract
of land I now live on from the meadow branch down to the River during
his and his wifes natrael life and he to pay up the taxes yearly
Containing one hundred and twenty five acres and after their death to
William Copeland son of John Copeland to him and his heirs forever only
my Will is that my wife is to have the use of the old orchard & the
field I now lend together with stock of every kind with all working
tools and household furniture & and lastly I do nominate and appoint my
Brother James and John Copeland to be Executors to this my last Will
disanulling and revoking all other former Wills by me made heretofore
In Witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 11th of
November 1789
Signed Wm. Copeland

Signed Seald Published and delivered
this to be my Will in presents of us
James Langston
James (his X mark) Langston Jnr
France (her X mark) Hill
A Copy Test John Ramsey C.C.

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Will of James Crow, dated 16 July, 1792, probated Feb. Term 1795
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.50001, 1781-1799
Vol. 2 pg. 38
" In the name God amen, I James Crow of the County of Chatham in North
Carolina being in body but of sound mind and memory thanks to almighty
God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my body and
knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and
ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form
following,
First and principally I recommend my immortal soul into the hands of
the almighty God who gave it hoping through the merits of my blessed
redeemer to receive life everlasting and as to my worldly estate
wherewith it hath been pleased God to bless me I give and dispose of it
as follows -
First my will and desire is that all my just debts be regularly
discharged
Item I give to my beloved son John Crow ten shillings to him his heirs
and assigns forever-
Item I give to my beloved son James Crow ten shillings to him and his
heirs forever-
Item I give to my beloved son Stephen Crow ten shillings to him his
heirs ten shillings to him his heirs and assigns forever-
Item I give to my beloved son Reuben Crow then shillings to him his
heirs and assigns forever-
Item I give to my beloved son Isaac Crow ten shillings to him his heirs
and assigns forever
Item I give to my beloved son Abel Crow ten shillings to him his heirs
and assigns forever
Item I give to be beloved son William Crow ten shillings to him his
heirs and assigns forever
Item I give to my beloved daughter Hannah Brown ten shillings to her
her heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give to my beloved daughter Abba Riller {I believe this is a
form of the fairly common name "Averilla"} Pilkenton ten shillings to
her, her heirs and assigns forever
Item, I give to my grandson Levy Crow ten shillings to him his heirs
and assigns forever
Item I give to my granddaughter Annas {possibly Annis, another common
southern name} Crow ten shillings to her her heirs and assigns forever
Item I give to my two sons Reuben Crow and Isaac Crow all the land
belonging to the plantation whereon I now live to be divided between
them according to the line of agreement as it now stands the upper part
to Reuben and the lower part to Isaac them their heirs and assigns
forever.
Item I give to my beloved son Reuben Crow a tract land containing fifty
acres lying on Collinses Mountain to him his heirs and assigns forever-
And all the residue and remainder of my estate of what kind or quality
soever it may consist my will is that it may be sold and equally
divided between the above named persons only with this reserve that
Abbariller Pilkinton have two shares and the rest all an equal share to
them their heirs and assigns forever-
Lastly I constitute and appoint my two sons John Crow and Stephen sole
Executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of July one thousand
seven hundred and ninety two.
Signed James (his X mark) Crow {Seal}
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us
Vachel Clark Jurat
Richard Cate Jurat
Kennon Brown
A Copy Test. John Ramsey C.C.
Returned Feb'y Term 1795

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Will of Joseph Crump, dated 10 Dec. 1795, Probated Aug. (1796?) Chatham
Co., N.C.
NC State Archives, film # C.022.50001, Vol. 2, pg. 88
( He is probably Quaker)

In the Name of God, Amen -
I Joseph Crump being of perfect Helth & memory do now make my Last Will
& Testament first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of him who
gave it Trusting through his mercy to be receiv'd into the mentions of
eternal Bliss.
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Patty Crump all the whole
of my real & personal Estate to the only use of her during her life or
Widdow hood and my Negroes Richard & All I give her forever and at her
death She may dispose of them at her own discretion then at her marriage
or death the Rest of my Estate to be divided among my Children hereafter
Nam'd -
Item I give to my Son John Crump my tract (word omitted - Land?) of
lying at the ford of Haw River -
Item I give to my Son William Crump the tract of land where on I the
said Joseph Crump now live the rest of my Negroes and their Increase
with My Horse Selum to be divided between my two sons John & William
Crump to be divided equally by my Executors which I shall hereafter name
and if they cannot make an equal division the Odds shall be made up to
eh other in Cash-
Item I ordain that all my household furniture & Stock of any kind shall
be equally divided between my four daughters hearafter nam'd Judith,
Sally, Sely & Patty Crump -
Item I also appoint my beloved wife Patty Crump and my trusty friend
Dirus/Dicus?  Browder to act and to take the Natural care of my before
nam'd children as tho I myself was present and as to the interment of my
Body I leave to the discretion of the above apointed executers. As
Witness whereof I do hear unto Set my hand & Seal this tenth day of
December in the year of Our Lord 1795.
Sign'd Joseph Crump  {Seal}
Sign'd & Read
In presents of
Abel Olive (X)
Joseph Johnson (X)
Prov'd at August Court by the Oaths of Abel Olive & Joseph
Johnston
A Copy Test. John Ramsey  C.C.
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Will of Andrew Culberson
Chatham Co., N.C. wills Bk. A pg. 45, dated abt 1802
N.C. State Archives film # C.02280001, Vol. A (1798-1819)

Contributor's Note:  It is very, very faint (the microfilm) and I am sure
there may be some errors where I could not quite make a word out. But, the
spelling is original and so is the wording. <g> Odd, how they said things but,
you have to remember the person writing the document had a lot to do with
how it sounded.

"In the Name of God Amen, I Andrew Culberson of the state of North
Carolina and County of Chatham, farmer, being verry sick and weak in
body but perfect in mind and memory Thanks be given unto God. Calling
unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for
all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament
that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul
into the hands of the Almighty God that gives it and my body I recommend
to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion
of my Executors and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath
pleased to bless me with in this life I give and devise and dispose of
the same in the following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath to Ann my dearly beloved wife the dwelling
house I now live in for her to possess during my (her) widowhood and the
third part of the Plantation during my (her) widowhood.
Also, one loom? and bed and furniture and one cow and one chest and
table too (two) pewter dishes ten pewter plates and dozen delf (delft?)
plates half a dozen spoons and Coffee pot, the black cattles, one sorrel
mare, colt, two years old.
Also, I give unto my son John all the land that I possess in this County
for him and his heirs freely to possess for ever and I further give unto
my son John one sorrell horse, colt near one year old. I also give unto
my son Samuel the sum of five pounds to be raised out of my Estate.
I also give unto my Daughter Elizabeth the sum of too (two?) pounds ten
shillings to be raised out of my Estate.
I also give unto my Daughter Mary the sum of two pounds ten shillings to
be raised out of my Estate.
I also give unto my Daughter Rachel the sum of Five pounds ten shillings
to be raised out of my Estate.
I also give unto my Daughter Rebekah one bed and furniture and bedsted?
one cow and calf one walnut chest one spinning wheel, one saddle and
bridle and fifty five dollars, half dozen of pewter plates, half dozen
of
tea ware and big bible? too pewter dishes two pewter basons, half dozen
spoons and dutch oven and pot.
I also give unto my Daughter Susanna one feather bed and furniture
Bedsteds one cow and calf one Walnut Chest one spinning wheel, one
saddle and bridle and ninety five dollars and dutch oven and pot and
dreser? (dresser?) furniture equal with Rebekah.
I also give unto my daughter Sarah one feather bed and bedsted and
furniture one cow and calf one case of drawers one spinning wheel one
saddle and bridle and ninety five dollars and dutch oven and pot and
dreser furniture equal with Rebekah .
I also give unto my Daughter Rhoda one feather bed and bedsted and
furniture one cow and calf one case of drawers one spinning wheel one
saddle and bridle and ninety five dollars. One Dutch oven and pot and
dreser furniture Equal with Rebekah.
The remainder part of my personal property to be Equally divided among
my children and wife evenly. My wife Anna, Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary,
Rachel, Rebekah, John Susanna, Sarah, Rhoda & Anna. ( he doesn't mention
Anna anywhere else in the will.)
I also appoint Samuel Culberson and William Jones to constitute and make
and ordain the sole executors of this my last will and testament and I
do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and disannul all and every other
former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests & Executors by me in any
way before named, willed and bequeathed. Testifying and confirming this
and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of February, in the year of
our Lord One? Eight hundred and two.
                                Andrew (his \\\x mark) Culberson {Seal}
Signed, sealed published pronounced and
bestowed? by the said Andrew Culberson as
his last will and testament in the presence
of us who in his presance and in the presants
of each other have hereunto
subscribed our names
Enterlined ? before signed
John Carter
Thomas Cashat (x)
John Cashat (x)
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Chatham County Record of Wills (original)
Vol. B. (1818-1833) pg. 328 (original pages 13, 14, 15)
NC State Archives film # C.022. 80001

I've left the spelling and punctuation as in the original and it is as
close as I can get to an exact transcription.

Will of William Curl - 28th Jan. 1818 (this man is Quaker)

I William Curl of the County of Chatham in the State of North Carolina
being of sound & deposing mind, to make and ordain this my last will
and testament. first after my decease that my body be decently intered
and all my just debts paid, I give bequeath unto my beloved Wife
Mary, the Hall a large room of the house I now live in & kitchen
all the orchard and meadow and the little field by the barn &
priviledge of what Timber she may want for repairs and other necessary
use, and fire wood, one cow her choice the grey horse, the Ewe & Lamb;
one half of my stock of hogs her choice, one Plough, one pair Plough
Gears, 1 Hoe, one axe, all the grain and Provition (provision?) on hand
and in the ground together with that half of the Hogs above mentioned
for her use & support together with my daughter Ruth & her daughter
Polly- all my Household furniture, or so much of it as may be Judged
necessary for her & my daughter Ruth & her daughter Polly. All the
above I give unto my beloved Wife during her natural life or widowhood.
All the property she had & brought with her after I married her I give
& bequeath the same unto her forever; I give & bequeath unto my
daughter Ruth one cow, her choice, next after her Mother, one yearling,
mare colt, the use of the loom have Kitchen & room (do not understand
that phrase)
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ruth, daughter Polly, one cow
named Lilly- I Will & bequeath unto my daughter Mary Twenty dollars-
will and bequeath unto my son William Thirty dollars. I will all my
moveable Property except what I have above divised to be sold & the two
legacies above mentioned to be paid out of the proceeds of it. The
balance to be equally divided amongst all my daughters, namely Hannah,
Elizabeth, Mary, Keziah & Ruth. It is my will and desire that my
beloved Wife should have a decent & sufficient support during her
natural life or widowhood- therefore for that purpose I enjoin upon my
sons George, Benjamin and James each one to Pay in proportion
to the value of his fund (?) hereafter will to them a sum sufficient
for her support yearly & that each of them shall yearly cut a Hall to
her House (?) Fifteen Waggon load of Fire wood- give and bequeath unto
my sons George and benjamin all that track (tract) and body of land
they both now live on; the lick branch, running thru said tract; I
give and bequeath unto my son George that is on the South side of said
branch where he now lives- I give & bequeath unto my son Benjamin that
part on the North side of said of said (repeated) branch, where he now
lives, to them their heirs & assigns forever each ones part to be
valued if they think necessary, exclusive of the improvements
thereon. and that one who it shall be thought to have the most valuable
part exclusive of improvements shall pay to the other the sum that his
part my be judged deficient in value.
I will and bequeath unto my son James all the land and Plantation where
I now live, subject to the encumbrance before mentioned to him his
heirs & assigns forever. I hereby appoint constitute and appoint my
sons George and Benjamin my whole and sole Executors of this my last
will and Testament hereby disannulling & revoking all others. I will
further that if my said widow should marry & after her decease, that
the property willed to her for that time be sold or divided. that is to
my my daughter Ruth one third part the other two thirds equally
divided, between all my other daughters. In witness, whereof I have
hereunto set my hand & seal this 28th 1st mo. 1818.
Wm. Curl {seal}
John Newlin
Clabourn Guthrie
Proved February Term 1818
by Clabourn Guthrie
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WILL OF HENRY JACKSON DENNIS
Moore Co., N.C. Will Bk. D., pg. 455

MY NOTE: This will, can ONLY be found, in the county courthouse in
Carthage, NC. and, they will not make copies of it. So, this is a
transcription, as close as possible to exact, as I can get.
The will does not give his full name but, I found his name, Henry
Jackson Dennis, in deed documents. He was son of Anderson and Mary
Dennis of Chatham Co.

State of North Carolina {
Moore County            {

        In the name of God, Amen.
I, H. J. Dennis of Moore County and State aforesaid, being of sound mind
and memory but considering the uncertainty 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 Executor herein after named 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 money that may first come into their hands
as a part or parcel of my estate.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Ann C. Byrd, wife of
John Byrd the sum of One Dollar to be paid by my Executors within two
years from the time of my death out of any moneys belonging to my estate
not otherwise disposed of which sum together with the advancements she
had from me at the time of her marriage, and sundry small advancements
since the time, will make her a fair and equitable portion according to
the value of my real and personal estate, to her and at her disposal
forever.

Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Adalade McIver, widow
of D. R. McIver, deceased, the sum of One Dollar as her right and
property forever to be paid by my Executors in the same manner as the
last bequest and is made under the same view in reference to the former
advancements.

Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Margaret Parker, wife
of Alexander Parker, the sum of One Dollar as her right and property
forever to be paid by my Executors in the same manner as the last
bequest and is made under the same view in reference to the former
advancements.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Flora Isabella Byrd
wife of Marshal Byrd the sum of Ten Dollars as her right and property
forever, to be paid by my Executors in the same manner as the last
bequest and is made under the same view in reference to former
advancements.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son, Henry C. Dennis in the sum of One
Dollar as his right and property forever to be paid by my Executors in
the same manner as the last bequest and is made under the same view in
reference to the former advancements.

Item.  I give and bequeath and devise to my beloved wife, Flora Ann
Dennis all my property both real and personal of every description of
what nature or kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be at the time
of my death and not otherwise disposed of in my will, to her use and
benefit during her natural life or widowhood, and then to be equally
divided between her heirs, by me, to their use and behoof forever.

Item.  And whereas my five children (by my beloved wife Flora Ann
Dennis) to-wit: Mary Dora, John William, James Calvin, Jane and Daniel
Baker are all minors.: Now therefore my will and desire is that my
beloved wife Flora Ann Dennis is hereby constituted and appointed
Guardian of these, my five children, to have and to hold the custody and
guardianship both of their respective persons and estates, until they
shall severally arrive at the full age of twenty one years.
And, lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Flora
Ann Dennis and my trusty friend G. B. Worthy my lawful executors to all
intents and purposes to execute this my 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 the said H.J. Dennis do hereunto set my hand and
seal this 22nd day of March A.D. 1890.
                                H.J. Dennis
Signed, Sealed, Published and
declared by the said H.J. Dennis to be his
last will and testament, in the presence of us, who
at his request and in his presence
do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
A.J. Sloan
J.R. Watson

The will was presented in court on 20 May, 1896 and recorded 23rd May,
1896.
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Joseph Dennis Will, dated 22 Feb., 1793- no probate date
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.50001, Vol. 2, pg. 58

"In the Name of God Amen, I Joseph Dennis of Chatham County and State
of North Carolina being of sound disposing mind and memory thanks be to
Almighty God for it, however not know how soon my change may come do
make and ordain and constitute this to be my last Will & Testament in
manner & form following.
Imp's. [Imprimis]
I leave to my loving wife Mary Dennis the use of my Plantation whereon
I now live likewise the use of Every other part of my Estate of
whatsoever kind that shall not be otherwise disposed of in this will,
all which I leave her the use of during her widowhood.
Item.
I leave to my sons Anderson Dennis [some words marked out here and
unreadable] & Richard Dennis the whole of the land whereon I now live
containing 700 acres after their Mothers decease to be equally
possessed by them, and to share equally the _______ and advantages of
the said seal ? of land, etc.
Item
I leave to my son Anderson Dennis the use of one bay horse bridle and
one cow and calf One bed & furniture and whatever else he has gott now
in possession. But, if my son Anderson Dennis should die without
leaving any issue lawfully begotten of his body my desire is, that his
part of the personal Estate may be equally divided amongst his sisters
that is then living as the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten to
them and their heirs forever.
Item
I leave to my son Richard Dennis one bay horse bridle & saddle, one bed
and furniture one cow and Calf and whatsoever he hath of mine now in
his possession to him and his heirs forever etc.
Item
My desire is that if either of my sons should die not leaving any
lawfull issue of their bodies lawfully begotten the remain parties
shall heir all the land and any other advantage pertaining to them and
their heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to Daughter Rebecca Dennis, Mary Dennis and
Nancy Dennis all the Estate of whatsoever kind that i have left my wife
Mary Dennis the use of after her decease Especially my still which I
desire may be considered part of my personal estate with all kinds of
my personal Estate of Every kind to be equally divided amongst them of
my Daughters or the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten of them
during their life?
Lastly
I leave my wife Mary Dennis whole & sole Executrix of this my last will
and Testament utterly revoking all other wills heretofore made by me.
In witness whereof I do hereunto sett my hand this 22nd day of February
one thousand seven hundred & ninety three
Signed Joseph Dennis
Test.
Thomas Griffis X
John Bowers X
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Chatham Co. NC - Record of Wills (originals)

NC State Archives Film #C.022.8001

Vol. B (1818-1833) pg. 388

Note: the last name of the daughter Sally in the original is different that the one that has been transcribed by others online..

 

Will of George Dismukes

Dated 31 July 1821 - Probated August Session 1821

 

In the Name of God, Amen. I George Dismukes of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina make and publish this my last will and testament.

First I lend to my beloved wife four negroes, Harry, Chiey?, Flora & Milly, during her life or widowhood as much of the household furniture and stock as the executors think necessary during her life or widowhood. After her death or marriage the land to be equally divided between my sons, George Dismukes and Charles Dismukes. I give to son Elisha Dismukes' children one Negro girl named Lucinda(?). Say that my daughter Nancy Scurlock has had her her part. My son William Dismukes has had his part. My grandson Stanton (or Stanford?) Poe has all that I intend to give him. Which the deed of gift will show as recorded in Court.

Item, I give my son Alexander Dismukes, a Negro Man named Humphrey & one Tract of land on Harlands Creek joining Allen Goodwin and others containing One hundred and fifty acres.

Item, I give to my Executors Stephen Moore and George W. Dismukes one Negro girl (marked through) woman named Mary and her increase for the use of my daughter Rachel Hambles? (Hamblen, Chambless?) during her natural life and should she die without issue then in that case the part left her to be equally divided between my children and children's children living.

Item, I give to my son, George W. Dismukes two Negroes Ben and Daniel, one bed and furniture, a good horse, one cow and a calf and other stock, to being with. Also one lot in Haywood say the second choise out of four.

Item, I give unto my son, Charles C. P. Dismukes two Negroes, Arthur and Dick, one lot in Haywood he is to take his choise.

Item, I give my son John W. Dismukes one lot in Haywood.

Item, I give to my daughter Elizabeth Moore one lot in Haywood, my desire is that that tract of land in Harland's Creek where John Forshee lives should be sold and as much and as much of the stock as will pay my just debts.

Item, I give to my daughter Sally HAYNES two negroes Charlotte and Sal? Sol? and a horse with fifty dollars the remainder of my property at the death of my wife to be sold and equally divided among my children. Lastly I constitute my son in law Stephen Moore and my son George W. Dismukes as Executors to this my last will and Testament

Signed, Sealed & Acknowledged in presence of, Hasten Poe

                                                                                                G. Dismukes  (Seal)

31st July A.D. 1821

Proved August Session 1821.


Chatham Co., NC- Record of Wills (originals)
NC State Archives film # C.022.8001
Vol. B (1818-1833) Pg. 408

Will of Sarah Dixon  - This is a Quaker woman
9 Jan, 1830

Be it ever remembered that I Sarah Dixon of North Carolina Chatham county
being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make
and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following
(viz) Item 1st I give to my two sons Joel Dixon and Silas Dixon twenty five
dollars each
Item 2nd I give to each of my twin grand sons Phineas Dixon and Elihu Dixon
ten dollars and if either of them shall die whilst in minority or without
lawful issue the surviving one to receive the other legacy.
Item 3 My will is that all my property of whatsoever kind or nature be sold by
my Executors hereafter named and the proceeds thereof together with my bonds
cash and accounts be equally divided among all my children namely Joel Dixon,
Silas Dixon, Zimri Dixon, John? Dixon, Ruth Haydock Edith Rubottom and Sophia
Woody my grand Daughter
Sophia Rubottom to have an equal part including two dollars which she will
heir by my husband Nathan Dixon's will and if she shall die whilst in minority
or without issue her Legacy is to be equally divided among my above named
children
I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my son Joel Dixon of Morgan County
State of Indinia (Indiana) as guardian to receive from my executors and have
the care of Phineas Dixon's Elihu Dixon's and Sophia Rubottom's legacies.
I do also nominate constitute and appoint my son John? (this could be Jehu)
Dixon and son-in-law James Woody sole executors of this my last will and
Testament. In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of
the first month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty.

                                Sarah Dixon  {seal}

Signed sealed and pronounced by
the said Sarah Dixon to be her last will and Testament in presence of
Sam'l Dowd
Lewis Jones             The foregoing will was proved by the oath of
                        Sam'l Dowd at Feby term 1830 whereupon James
                        Woody was qualified as executor.
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Will of John Doan-  Dated 1801

Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A,
pg. 181 (22)

Be it remembered that I John Doan of Chatham County and State of North
Carolina being far advanced in years and of perfect mind and memory, I
do make and ordain this my last and Testament in the following manner
and form.
First I order that my just debts be paid together with my funeral
charges.
Item  I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Doan a sufficient
maintenance from that part of my land whereon I now live, during her
natural life or widowhood to be provided at the expense of my son
Ephraim Doan.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Ephraim Doan the tract of land I now
live on as far as the line which divides the same from the piece of land
which I purchased of Thomas Doan together with the half part of the
piece of land which I bought of Daniel Williams to him and his heirs
forever on condition that he will allow and provide for his Mother a
sufficient maintenance from time to time as before Expressed. likewise
to wit, that said Ephraim Doan do pay to his brother Jesse Doan the sum
of seventy five dollars. Also, I give and bequeath to my son Ebenezer
Doan, that piece of land which I purchased of Thomas Doan above
mentioned and whereon said Ebenezer now lives together with the
remaining half part of the piece of land which I bought of Daniel
Williams above paid to him and his heirs forever he paying out of the
loan/land? to his brother Jonathan Doan, the sum of sixety two dollars
and a half.
Item I give and bequeath to my sons Thomas, Joseph and Jacob? Doan to
each of them one dollar.
Item I give my daughter Hannah Davies? one good Feather (Bed?) or the
value thereof.
Item . I give to my daughters Ruth Marshill, Martha Marshill and
Elizabeth Bartly to each of them two dollars.
Item- I give to Mary Williams, Daughter of Isaac Williams now living
with me, one good Feather bed or one cow at my executors discretion
likewise I will that the said Mary William have her ____ _____ ____ ___
Eighteen years of age _____  _____ _____ _____till she arrives the
aforesaid age of Eighteen years. Item I give  to my grand Daughter sarah
and Mary children of my daughter Mary Shandle? deceased  to Each of them
three? shillings
Item- I give to my wife Elizabeth Doan all the remaining part of my
estate to ----- ------- and lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my
wife Elizabeth Doan Executrix and my son ephraim Doan Executor of this
my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal this thirtyeth day of the ___ (10th?) month in the year of
our lord one thousand Eight Hundred and one.
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced
and declared by the said John Doan
as his last Will & Testament
                                John Doan {Seal}
in the presence of us
Thomas Dixon
Benjamin Dixon (Jurat)
Jesse Hinshaw
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Contributor's Note:  The spelling, capitalization and punctuation are
unchanged from the original document.  The words in [ ] are my editorial
comments.

Will of Benj'n Dodd - pg. 483 (37) Will Bk. C, 1834-1857, Chatham Co., NC

" In the name of god (amen) I Benj'n Dodd being of Sound mind and memory
blessed be god do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in
manner and form following (to wit) first I do hereby confirm the gifts
of property that my son Griffin Dodd hath had of me before this date and
I do also confirm the Gift of all that property that my son Herbert has
had of me before this date. that is the bed and sorrel colt that H. Dodd
has had in his possession but ---- (can't read it) at my house, the colt
is mane (named?) Henry, I do also confirm the Gifts of property that my
two daughters Mary Mandosit & Sopha  [or Sophia] has had of me before
this
date and secondly I do Lone to my Dear Wife Martha Dodd the use of all
of my Land the lower tract as well as the tract whereon I now Live
during her lifetime or widowhood and at her death or marriage the Low
tract I give to my son James  3rd I do Lone unto my wife the use of all
the stock of horses cows sheep hogs geese Cart farming tools Crop of
every kind household and kitchen furniture During her life time or
widowhood, with the exception that enough of my stock and crop be sold
to pay my Debts and as the children my mary [may marry] of [off] I wish
for them to have a good bed and furniture and such things as the other
children had when they left me  the above condition is still Carried
further that Nancy Thompson Dodd my eldest Daughter to have the tract of
land whereon I now live includind [including] the flowers tract also one
? clock six stodd [steady?] chairs ---- ? and choice chest and side
saddle at the death or marriage of her mother the other chest side
saddle and arm chair I give to my youngest daughter Norcina to take
---fful ? at the same time Nancy Thompson Dodd does. my gun I give to my
son James and at the death of my wife or marriage with any person else I
wish for all my property not specially given away to be sold and the
money arising from such sale be equally divided between my four
daughters  4th I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife and Nancy T.
Dodd my daughter to be my Executors to this my Last Will and Testament
in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. this
25th of April in the year of our Lord 1836.

                                           his
                                Benjamin    X      Dodd          {Seal}
                                           mark

  Test. Wm. Merritt
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Contributor's Note:  The spelling, capitalization and punctuation are
unchanged from the original document.

Will of Herbert H. Dodd  Pg. 523 (116, 117) Will Bk. C. 1834-1857
Chatham Co., NC

"In the name of God I Herbert H. Dodd of N.C Chatham County being of
Sound and disposing mind blessed be god do this the twenty eight day of
August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and forty make
and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner following that is
to say first I give and bequeath to my wife Martha S. Dodd fifty cents
at my decease I give to Wright D. Dodd my tract of land and the other
property belonging to me after paying my debts at the age of twenty one
years of age. if Wright D. Dodd deceases before he is lawfully married
and has no heirs except his mother I desire for my property to be
equally divided between Mary T. Bennett and William B. Bennett. I give
Martha S. Dodd what I wished her to have in the first item. Charles
Bennett is to remain on my land on he same terms and is to have the use
of all the open land the ensueing year and longer if my land becomes os
it is not worth the same terms I desire it to be --- (and?) all the
other property sold except my bed and furniture I desire Wright D. Dodd
to have the use of it and I hereby make and ordain my friend Charles
Bennett executor of this my Last Will and Testament and guardian for
Wright D. Dodd  In witness whereof I the said Herbert H. Dodd have to
this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day above
written.
                                 Hubert H. Dodd {Seal}

signed sealed and published and declared by the said Herbert H. Dodd the
Testator as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of these who
were present at the time

singed (signed) and sealed thereof   Isaac Edwards (Jurat)
                                                            his
                                                     James ( X ) L. Dodd
                                                            mark
(Jurat)

Chatham Court               }   This certifies that the foregoing Last
February Sessions, 1841     }   Will and Testament of Herbert H. Dodd
dec'd was proved in the open court by the  oaths of Isaac Edwards and
James L. Dodd the subscribing witnesses thereto ordered to be recorded
whereupon Charles Bennett the Executor therein named appeared in open
court and was duly qualified as such

Test. N. A. Stedman C.C.C.
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Contributor's Note:  The spelling, capitalization and punctuation are
unchanged from the original document.

James Dodd Bk. C. pg. 478 ,1834-1857- Chatham Co., NC

" In the name of god amen I James Dodd being of sound mind and memory
blessed be to God do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in
the manner Following to wit) Item the first. I give Jess to my two sons
Wm. and James with the exception that the Boy Jess is to work with their
mother during her life time or widowhood or James becomes of age then in
that case they are to take Jess in possession.
2nd I do lone all of my land stock of every Kind household and Kitchen
furniture and all of my tools of every description to the use and
benefit of my wife Martha Dodd During her life time or widowhood and at
Either her death or marriage with any person then in that case I give
all of my land stock of every Kind and Household furniture tolls of
every sort to my daughters then living to be Equally divided among them
such things as she thinks right so as not to give more than one share my
shotgun I give to James my youngest son & if Wm. or James should die
before James becomes of age the other is to have Jess
Letta is to work with my wife Martha Dodd during her life time or
widowhood and then she is to go to my daughters then living.
Thirdly I wish for my debts be paid out of my crop and if not enough
some of the stock must be sold with the crop to make enough. Fourthly,
and lastly, I do appoint my wife Martha Dodd and my son William
Executors to this my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 6th of may 1835

                                James Dod (Seal)

witnessed by as
Wm. Merritt                             The forgoing Last Will and
Wm. A. Long                             Testament of James Dodd
                                        dec'd was duly exhibited in open
                                        court and proven by
                                        the oath of William
                                        Merritt a subscribing witness
                                        thereto and ordered to
                                        be recorded whereupon
                                        Martha Dodd the
                                        executrix therein named appeared
                                        in open court and was
                                        duly qualified
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John Douglas Will dated 9 Feb., 1800, proved May 1800
Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, (1798-1819) Pg. 167B, 168
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

In the name of God, Amen. I John Douglas of the County & State of North
Carolina being weak, of Body but of sound mind & memory thanks be to
almighty God for it there calling to mind the mortality of my body and
knowing that is appointed for all men once to die, I do & ordain his my
last Will & Testament that is to say principally & first of all I give &
commend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it, and my Body
I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian burial
at the discretion, Exec'rs, nothing doubting but at the general
resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the might of God and as
touching such worldly Estate where with it has pleased God to bless me
in this life.
I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First - I give to my beloved wife Rachael Douglas during her natural
lifetime, the Land whereon I now do live with all the appurtenances
thereunto belonging. The land on the North side of the great Branch I
give to Tabitha Pearson conditional that if Charles Pearson comes on the
land to live and takes care of Rachael Douglas and sees to her concerns
as quickly as he ca make it convenient after my death and will let my
negro fellow Abraham live with him after the death of Rachael Douglas,
if he should be the longest liver.
And from the death of Rachael Douglas I free him for 99 years and then
the land on the South side of the great Branch to be sold and the money
to be given to Gensa (Jinsa) Famm or Fomm ?
Two sheep I give to Sally Smith to be found in my stock what of my stock
that my wife wishes to be sold I desire my Exec'rs to sell
My Carpenters tools I have in the care of James Smith for his use and my
family use.
I do hereby utterly disallow and revoke and disannul all and every other
former testament, wills Bequests & Execu'rs by me in anywise before
named willed and bequeath satisfying & confirming this and no other to
be my last Will & Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of
in the year of our lord Christ - 1800. Lastly I appoint my beloved
friends Thomas Tatom and James Smith, Exec'rs of this my last Will &
Testament.
                        John (his mark) Douglas   {Seal}
In presence of
Jessie Smith
Hannah Moss (X)
                        Proved May, 1800 by the Oath of Hannah Moss
                                        J.R.
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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - WILLS - William Duffy, 2 Sep 1807
                        --------

William Duffy Will - 1807, Pr. 1810
Chatham Co. Record of Wills 1798-1819
NCSA film # .002.80001
pg. 155

I William Duffy being very sick and weak in body but in complete perfect
and sound disposing mind and therefore? an hereby make my last will and
testament hereby revoking all others whatsoever. And if I should not be
also (also?) after this will is completed, to to dye the same in my
security in Fayetteville, where I usually of late deposited the papers
most valuable to me as a private man. I desire any wise? of those whom
I may intrust with the execution of this my will may do & for me, and
at all want that I may be considered as done. This will all being in my
own hand writing.
And as to my estate I give, devise and bequeath all my estate real and
personal in possession or in action to Thomas Testo? and A. D. Murphey &
W.T.B. Greene, Esquires my worthy and unremitting friends & their heirs
and assigns forever., in trust done & with power to them or any two of
them, or if but one qualifies then with power to that one, & his heir
survivor or survivors and his or their heirs & assigns or their lawful
attorney or attorneys deputy, therefore to sell & convey in absolute
property and in fee simple in otherwise howsoever at his or their
discretion all and singular my said estate real and personal & to vest
the proceeds in such other estates real or personal or to make such
other disposition of the same processes in whatever manner he or they
shall think for the purpose of paying my debts. And in trust for the
sole and separate and entire use and benefit of my most dear
affectionate and ardently beloved wife Peggy her heirs, Executors,
administrators & assigns forever. And if she should hereafter marry,
then to make such settlements upon her of the Estate hereby divised to
her as they or any of them properly qualified may thnik fitting,
provided alwasy that wheras I sold my sweetly beloved neice Eliza
Sanderson, Land under the authority of Bladen Co. Court to Traverse
Hartley for $640 and I did not intend to take away any part thereof or
the interest thereof from her but I have laid out I believe nearly three
times that sum on her maintnenance, education and necessary expenses;
and my estate has greatly failed through namely? of causes- if the
estate hereby divised to my Wife after paying to my dear Elizab the said
sum with interest shall have a sum not less than two thousand dollars to
my Wife, then I direct mymy siad Trustees or any one or more of them as
aforesaid, to pay the said sum of $640 to my said beloved neice on the
day of her coming of age or sonner if they conveniently can with
interest until the day of my death or her said coming of age. whichever,
shall first happen.
To my dearly beloved sisiter Harriet, I leave fifity dollars per annum,
until she is married or is otherwise provided for to the same amount by
any other other legacy a permanent provision.
Ellen Duffy my other sister is alway provided for If only double the sum
of $640.
viz $1280 less then that sum be all that my be left for my amicabel &
beloved wife & neice then I direct that 3/5 of what my be left in the
hands of my said trustees maybe settled in manner aforesaid on my wife &
two fifths on my niece in manner directed. for her by this will provided
always that my neice is not to have the $640 & interest or any part
either of principal or interest thereof and the 2/5 also in case
whatsoever. and if more than $1280 and less thean $2000 be left my
trustees to have power to proportion the share of each according to the
above rule viz 3/5 5o my wife & 2/5 to my neice.
And I do hereby appoint my most beloved wife my Executirx and my
Trustees my Executors of this my Will
Chatham 2 Sept.ember 1807
                        Wm. Duffy  {Seal}
I add as part of thi will and at the time of making it what the fatigue
of setting up had caswed me to forget for a moment; I am sorry my
situation will not enable to provide for my Wife's Brothers & sisters as
I wanted especially for Betsy & William whom I dearly love but I request
my beloved Pewggy to keep Betsy & my neice with her if she properly can
till they are married. The debt due in my name to Robt. Adams? is not
mine but Mr. Acotts. I know he wil pay it if he can.  I request Mr.
Toste & Mr. Murphey to be Eliza's Guardian.

The above will of William Duffy dec'd was duly proved at November Term
1810 by the oath of B. Lightfoot, Atlas Jones and Murdock McKing. who
were qualified to his handwriting.

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Contributor's Note:  The spelling, capitalization and punctuation are
unchanged from the original document.  My editorial comments are found
in  [   ].

George Dunkin Will - Chatham Co. Wills, Vol. 1, pg. 19
NC State Archive film # C.022.50001

In the name of God amen   I George Dunkin of Chatham County and State of
North Carolina being in perfect helth mind and memory do make and
appoint this to be  my last Will and Testament __  I lend to my mother
Eliz'th Dunkin for her support all my estate consisting of Horses Cattle
Hoggs Bedds with their furniture household furniture working tools and
all my Estate of whatever kind for her perticular support during her
life and after her Death I give it all to my Brother Peter Dunkin to him
and his Heirs forever i appoint and name my Brothers Matthew Dunkin and
Peter Dunkin Executors to this my last will and Testament in Witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of June 1778.

Signed in presence of
Richard Kennor
Spencer Stuat [Stuart?]         Signed George  (his  X mark )  Dunkin
{Seal}
        Proved August Sessions 1784 by the Oath of Spencer Stuart
            A Copy Teste  John Ramsey C.C.
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  The foregoing Last Will and Testament of Benj'n Dodd dec'd was duly
witness in open court and proved by the oath of William Merritt a
witness thereto and ordered to be recorded whereafter Nancy T. Dodd
Executrx thereto appeared in open court and was duly
qualified                Test. Thos. Ragland C.C.