Chatham County Wills - H - J - K
 


                                                    copyright 1998-present - Sue Ashby
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Wiil of Joseph Hackney - Dated Jan 2, 1800

Beloved wife Anna

Three Daughters Mary Ward, Jemimah Jones, Ann Jones.

Sons in Law, Louis Edie Jones, Robert Ward, Bradford Jones

Rest of estate to be divided between, John, Joseph, William, Daniel, Robert and Lott and daughter, Sarah Williams, Mary Badham, Ailsey Adcock, Amey Bynum.

Exec: Wife Anna, John Daniel and Mark Bynum

Wit: William Knight, Soloman Dorsett, W. Marsh

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Will of Jeremiah Hadly, dated 28 October 1786, no probate date
Chatham Co. Record of Estates (1782-1799) Vol. 1, pg. 26(b), 27, 27(b)
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

(Note: Jeremiah Hadley/Hadly was of the Quaker Faith - reference the
difference in the wording of the will at the beginning and the dating
at the end. - Sue)

Be it remembered that I Jeremiah Hadly of Chatham County in North
Carolina being sick and weak of Body but perfect in memory thanks be to
almighty god therefor, and calling to mind The uncertaintys of life for
setting my outward affairs do make this present writing my last Will &
Testament hereby revoking & making void all other Wills & Testaments by
me heretofore made Either vocally or in writing delivered & do ratify &
confirm this present writing____
My Will is firstly that my Executors herein after named do pay &
discharge all my Just Debts & funeral Expenses__
2ly I give to my Daughter Lydia Cox Wife of Samuel Cox the sum of five
shillings
3ly I give to my son Joshua Hadley two Hundred acres off of the per
part of the Tract of Land I now live upon to him & his Heirs forever,
it is my Will also that he pay thirty pounds lawfull Money to my son
James Hadley when he comes to the age of twenty years___
4thly I give to my son Jeremiah Hadley the remaining part of the Tract
of Land now live upon to him and his heirs forever it also is my Will
that he pay unto my son John Hadley at the age of Twenty years Thirty
pounds Lawfull Money
5ly It is my Will that my beloved wife shall have the whole Houses and
buildings belonging to this place I live on during her life or
widowhood for the support of my young children and also to have the
Education of my young children
6ly I give to my son Jeremiah Hadly one sorrel colt that come of a Mare
call blaze and a mans saddle to him & his heirs forever___
7ly I give to my beloved wife my Household furniture of all sorts with
all my implements of Husbandry and all my other tools with all my stock
of all kinds the above mentioned Colt excepted to dispose of as she may
think best___8ly it is my Will that my son James Hadley and John Hadley
shall have ten? pounds each paid them when they arrive to the age of
twenty years
9ly I leave to my Daughters Mary, Sarah, Patience & Jane Hadly the
remaining part of my Money Bonds Notes & Book Debts to be equally
divided amongst them to be paid to each as they come to the age of
Eighteen years__
10ly I do constitute & appoint my truly & well beloved wife Mary Hadly
and trusty friend Hugh Moffett to execute this my Last Will and
Testament In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
twenty Eighth Day of the tenth Month Commonly Called October Anno
Domini one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Six
Signed Jeremiah Hadley

Witness Present
Nathan Dixson
Hannah Moffett
A Copy Teste John Ramsey C.C.
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John Hart Will, dated 20 March, 1845 probated Feb., 1848
Pg. 210, vol. C.
Chatham Co, N.C., Record of Wills (originals)
N.C. State Archives Microfilm No. C.022.80001

"In the name of God, Amen, I John Hart of the county of Chatham & State
of North Carolina being of Sound & perfect mind & memory (blessed be
God) do this 20th day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand
Eight Hundred and Forty five make and publish this my last Will &
Testament in manner following that is to say first, after selling one of
my negro boys & a sufficiency of my other property that can be most
conveniently spared to satisfy my debts I give & bequeath to my wife
(Elizabeth Hart) all the rest of my property (during?) her life time &
after her death I want it divided between my children in the following
manner viz.
I leave to my son William Hart one dollar
to my daughter Sarah Beal's children one dollar, who was the wife of
Thomas Beal of Tennessee
to my daughter Mary Gilmore's children one dollar who was the wife of
Samuel Gilmore Senr.
to my daughter Dilly Goodwin the wife of James Goodwin one dollar
to my daughter Elizabeth Self the wife of Balaam Self one dollar
to my daughter Nancy Hart one dollar
to my daughter Rebeca Ward (the wife of John Ward) one dollar
to my daughter Dicy Galloway, the wife of Sherwood Galloway one dollar
to my son John Hart one dollar
to my son James Hart, one dollar
One dollar to my son Thomas Hart
One Hundred dollars to my daughter Margaret Fields, who is the wife (of)
Jas. S. Fields, ten dollars
to my daughter Jane Perry who is the wife of Nicholas Perry, two dollars
to my son Hugh Hart I give & bequeath One Hundred and fifty acres of
land which is to include the dwelling house where I now reside & the
balance of my tract of land to be equally divided between my sons Elisha
Hart, Nathaniel Hart, Samuel Hart & my daughter Lucy Hart.
If, after disposing of my property as above mentioned there remain a
surplus on hand, I wish it to be equally divided between my two sons
Hugh Hart & Nathaniel Hart & my two daughters Jane Perry & Lucy Hart but
if there should not be enough of my property to give to each of my
children the portion I allotted them above, each ones portion must be
scaled down in proportion to the sum I have bequeath to them. And I
hereby make and ordain my worthy friend Hugh K. Guthrie Executor of this
my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I the said John Hart have to this my last Will &
Testament set my hand and seal the day & year above written.
signed sealed & published & declared
by the said John Hart the Testator
as his last will & testament in the
presence of us who were present at
the time of signing and sealing thereof
James C. Guthrie
Roderick A. McIver
German B. Guthrie
                                        John (his X mark) Hart  {Seal}

Chatham County , February Sessions 1848
this certifies that the foregoing last will 7 testament of John Hart
decd was proved in open court by the oaths of Rodk. A. McIver & German
B. Guthrie subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded
whereupon Hugh B. Guthrie the Executor therein named appeared open court
& was qualified
Teste N. A. Stedman C.C.C.
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Will of Hasten H. Hearn, dated 1891, Probated - April 6, 1892
copy of original from NC State Archives, Search Room

"I Hasten H. Hearn of the county of chatham and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, That is to say that I desire my executors herein after named to pay my funeral expenses and all just debts however and to whomever owing out of the moneys that may first come into their hands as a part and parcel of my estate.
Item I. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Eliza Hearne, a life estate in the home place on which I now reside except as hereinafter named together with  with one hundred and fifty dollars to be paid to her by Executors out of the proceeds derived from the sales of my personal property.
Item II.  I will that my son Stephen Hearne have a home on the home place with his mother while she lives and after the death of my wife Eliza that he have full possession of the same during his natural life then at his death to descend to his heirs.
Item III. I give and bequeath to my son Atlas J. Hearn all the tract of land on which he now lives during his natural life then to his heirs.
Item IV. I give and bequeath to my duaghter Julia Boon the tract of land on which she now lives during her life together with enough more? of my home land adjoining the same to make it up to (70) acres and at her death to her heirs.
Item V. I give and bequeath to my daughter Cornelia Griffin (50) fifty acres of land on the north end of my home tract during her natural life then to her heirs.
Item VI. I give and bequeath to my son John Hearn (7) seven acres more off of, the south end of house tract of land adjoining the land that I have given to him heretorfore during his life then to his heirs.
Item VII. I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy, one half of the Johnson place containing (150) one hundred and fifty acres more or less during her life then to her heirs. I also give and bequeath to four of my grand children, viz, Geneva Womble, John Henry Womble, Nittie Womble and Romulus Womble, being the children of my daughter Elizabeth Womble the other half of the Johnson land together.
Item VII. I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Carrie A. Womble the Green place and also fifty dollars in money or it's equivalent to be paid by my executors after my just debts are paid.
Item VIII. My will and desire is that after my just debts are paid that the proceeds arising from the residue of my estate be equally divided between my children share and share alike.
Item IX. I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons, Atlas G. Hearn and Stephen H. Hearn my executors to this my last will and testament to execute the same according to it's true intent and meaning and every part and clause thereof declaring utterly void all former wills by me made.
Given under my hand and seal } H. H. Hearn   {Seal}
on the ____ day of _____ 1892
in presince of.
J. H. Farrell
W.O. Farrell.

Attached to the will are the "Letters Testamentary "
Chatham County - in the Superior Court
In the matter of the will of H. H. Hearne } Before S. M. Holt, Clerk Superior Court.
Atlas G. Hearne being duly sworn, doth say:
That H. H. Hearne, late of said County, is dead, having first made and published his last Will and testament; and that Atlas G. Hearne & Stephen (Hearne) are the executors named therein.
Further, that the property of the said H. H. Hearne consisting of Land and personal property: the personal property worth about $200.00, so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application, and that Atlas G. Hearne, John E. Hearn, Julia Boon, Cornelia Griffin, Nancy Hatch, Stephen H. Hearne, Carrie Womble, Janice Penny?, Henry Womble, Nettie Johnson, Rom. Womble are the parties entitled under said will to the said property.
A. G. Hearne
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 6gth day of April, 1892
S. M. Holt, Clerk Superior Court

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Will of Nancy Heathcock, dated 31 Dec., 1795, probated, Feb. 1795
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.50001, Vol. 2, pg. 69

" In the Name of God Amen I Nancy Heathcock of the County of Chatham
being in a very low state of helth and of perfeck mind and memory
thanks be to God do make and Ordain this my last will and testament,
that is to say I give and bequeath my sole unto God
As touching my worldly goods I give and bequeath unto Sarah
Lorton/Serton/Lerton/Lenton?? one feather bed and furniture one mare
and saddle One cow five pewter plates two dishes one bason and all the
rest of my clothing & household furniture & Mech. One cow & ??? and one
Cow hide except one feather bed and one Sheet.
One heifer I give to my granddafter Nancy Heathcock the grandafter of
Willliam Heathcock. I also appoint my sun William Heathcock Executor of
this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal this 31st of December 1795 Signed sealed in presence
of us.
Test.
Robert cobb Sr.
Penelopy (her P mark) Cobb
Nancy (her mark) Heathcock {Seal}

Proved at Feb'y sessions 1795 by Rob't Cobb.
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Will of Austine Hightower -Vol. 1, pg. 18b, Chatham Co., NC Wills.
C.022.50001

In the name of God Amen - I Austine Hightower of Orange County and State
of North Carolina being in perfect health and Sound in mind and memory do
make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following to wit,
I recommend my Soul to almighty God who gave it and my body, to the Earth
to be buried in a decent Christian manner at the discretion of my executor
in certain expectation of a glorious resurrection  at the last day___and
as to my wourldly Substance as hath pleased almighty God to bestow on me I
give and bequeath in the following manner
In primis__ my Will is that my Just debts be first paid
Item   I lend to my beloved wife Martha my negroe man named Roger during
her natural life or widowhood and at her desease or intermarriage his
value to be equally divided amongst my Children agreeable to their
distrabution shares as in the succeeding clause expressed___
Whereas I have heretofore given to my son William a negroe girl named
Sook eight years old also a Horse Bridle and Saddle and to my son John one
hundred acres of deeded Land and an entry adjoining  the same and to my
son Austine one cow and calf and to my son Sterling one Mare Saddle and
Bridle and to my son Henry an entry of Land a feather bed and cow and Calf
and to my Daughter Amelia a negro girl named Bass four years old all which
my Will is at my desease shall be valid and Considered as part of my
estate and the whole of my said estate real and personal to be equally
divided by lott amongst my wife Martha and those of my Children that shall
survive to Matrimony or the age of Twenty one years to be paid and
delivered to them by me executors as they shall arrive to that period and
lastly, I constitute and ordain my trusty friends and sons John
Hightower and Stirling Hightower executors and my beloved wife Martha
Hightower executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all
other Wills
In Witness whereof I have unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 6th
day of February 1782

Signed Sealed Published
and declared in presence of
John Hogan
William Parton                  signed Austin Hightower  {Seal}
Mary Hogan

proved August sessions 1784 by the oath of John Hogan
            A Copy Teste  John Ramsey CC
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Will of Jessie Hinshaw, Made 22 Feb., 1784, Proved May Court, 1797
Chatham Co, NC, Rec. of Estates, 1782-1799 Vol. 2, pg. 127
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001
[Jessie Hinshaw is Quaker- the words "In the Name of God" at the
beginning of the will have been marked out, nor does he use the name of
the month]

I Jessie Hinshaw of the County of Chatham & province of North Carolina
being infirm in body but of sound Memory & knowing that it is appointed
once for all men to die do this 22nd day of the second month and the
year 1784 make and ordain this my last Will & Testament, In manner
following, that is to say I do will and give to my Eldest son John
Hinshaw twenty shillings and to my son Joseph Hinshaw twenty shillings
to my Daughter Ruth Moon Twenty shillings to my Daughter Abigail Weisner
twenty shillings to my Grand Daughter Hannah Hinshaw Twenty shillings I
do give and bequeath to my Loving wife Abigail Hinshaw all the Remainder
& residue of my goods chattles and moveables for her own use and
property that is now in the premises as long as she lives my widow, But
if she marries it is my will that she has a Horse Creature & her side
saddle & a feather Bed & furniture and after her deces'd I give to my
son Jessie Hinshaw the plantation & tools thereunto belonging with the
loom & Tackling? I do also make & ordain my Loving Wife Abigail Hinshaw
my Executrix & my friend John Marshall sole executer of this my Will
Contain'd
In Witness whereof I the said Jessie Hinshaw hath to this my last Will
and Testament set my Hand & Seal this day & year above Written.

Sign'd seal'd & Deliver'd by the Sign'd
said Jessie Hinshaw as and for
his last Will and Testament
in the precence of us who
where prescent at the signing
sealing thereof
Jacob Moon (X)
Ruth Moon
Benjamin Marhsall
Jessie Hinshaw {Seal}
Proved at May Term 1797 by the Oath
of Jacob Moon a subscribing witness thereto Whereupon the Execut'x &
Excut'r was qualify'd.
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Henry Holaday, Sr., dated 3 Aug., 1800, Proved Nov., 1800
Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A (1798-1819) Pg. 174, 174B
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

In the Name of God, Amen. I Henry Holaday, Senier, of the County of
Chatham  and State of North Carolina, planter, being in health of body
and perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God. Calling to mind
the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men
once to Die. I Do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament, that
is to say, principally and first of all I Recommend to be Buried in a
Decent and Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors and
as touching Such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with
in this life. I give and demise and dispose of in the following manner
and form.
First of all that my funeral Charges and Lawful Debts be paid.
Item. I give unto my son Henry Holaday all that track of land where I
formerly lived, with all and singuler the privileges and profits
arising there from.
I give unto my fore Daughters, that is to say Hannah Andrew, Abigail
(McCracken?), Rebekah Hinshaw and Mary Quakenbush, three pounds, ten
shillings, each of them.
 Deborah Deal and Sarah Newlin, having been left a like share by a
former Will and since paid as their receipts will, show it is my desire
that Deborah Deal and Sarrah Newlin be therewith content.
I give unto my Grand Children to wit, my son Robert Holaday's son Henry,
likewise, Thomas Holaday, Daughter, Mary, likewise my Daughter Abigail
McCracken's, Daughter and son, Mary and Henry. Likewise Rebecah
Hinshaw's Daughter, Mary, likewise my son Henry Holaday's son Henry,
Each of the above named grand Children the sum of twenty shillings.
I give unto my son Robert Holaday's son William my big Coat my Will is
that such of my Estate as is not already bequeathed and named be equally
divided between my four sons to wit: Samuel Holaday, Robert Holaday,
William Holaday and Thomas Holaday, share and share alike. Both
Principal and in trust to this Date and this Interest arising here after
to go to my son Thomas for his trouble and expence. Lastly, I Constitute
and appoint my son Thomas Holaday, my sole and Executor fo this my last
Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke  disalow and disannull all and
Every former testament Wills and legacies bequests Executors by me in
any wise before named willed or bequeathed. Ratifying and Confirming
this and no other to be my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I
hath hereunto set my hand & seal this third day of August in the year of
Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred.
                Henry ('H', his mark) Holaday (Seal}
Signed Sealed and published
pronounced and declared by the said
Henry Holaday Senier as his last will
and testament in the presents of us and
in the presence of each other
hath hereunto set our names
Jacob Marshill, Junior (affirmed)
Isaac Shugart (affirmed)
NOTE: These witnesses were Quaker, since they did not "swear" or make an
"oath" to anything. They only "affirmed" the statements they made.
                Proved at Novem'r, 1800
        By the affirmation of Jacob Marshal Jr.
        & Isaac Shugart, subscribing witnesses
Test. Thos. Ragland, C.C.
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Will of Reuben Hollowell - Dated 17 ___? 1799

My two sons, John and Levi

Wife, Martha Hollowell

Exec:Wife Martha and son John

Wit: William Dodd, George Williams, Thomas Vinson

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Elisha Hunter Will dated April 7, 1778, Proved in Feb. 1782
Chatham Co., NC, Minutes, Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
1778, pg. 412
State Archives film @ C.022.30001
 

In the Name of God Amen I Elisha Hunter of Chatham and Province of
North Carolina being weak of Body but of sound memry besed be God for
the same I do make and ordain this my last Will and Testarment in
manner that is to say I give to my son Elijah one tract of land wher
his Plantation now is.. also I give to my son Elijah one Mair and
Saddle also I give him two Cows and Calves I give to my son John all
the rest of my land from his line to the old Road also I give to my son
John my Still, also I give to my son Elisha all my land that is over
the Creek in my Survey and as much on this side as will make 100 a.
also give him one mair and saddle and two Cows and Calves Also I give
to my son Aaron all the rest of my land where I now with the Old
Plantation after my wifs deceas I lend the same to her (in) her life
time further I give to my son James 100 pounds to be paid out of my
money and the intrust to be his. I give to my Dafter Mary one Negro
Garl Cald Tamer I give to my Dafter Sarah one Negro Garl cald Jane My
Will is that if Either of the Garls should die in nonage that the
living one should have her Negro also if Either of my three youngest
sons die in nonage the living shall have theire part dived Betwixt them
I give to my Wife Margret one Negro Wench cald Sall and all her
increase from this time forever also I give to my Wife all my stock of
Horses Cattle and hogs and sheep and I give to my Wife all my household
goods and Plantation tools forever my Will is that my Wife shall pay
all my Lawfull debts and I give to my Wife all my outstanding debts and
I make and ordain my Wife to be my Executrix of this my Last Will and
Testament signed this 7th day of April 1778
Elisha Hunter {Seal}
Wit: Peter Rennolds
Thomas (his mark "T" Brown
Feb. Court 1782 - the above Will duly proved in Open Court per the oath
of Peter Ronnald and ordered to be Registered
A. Clark C.C.
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Margreat Hunter Will, dated November 9, 1791, no probate date
Chatham Co., Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pp 39(b), 40
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

{My Note- this is one of the worst wills to try and extract. The
spelling is so different than modern day and a word may be spelled 5
different ways in this one document. Sentences are incorrect or
incomplete, also. The lady may have tried to write it herself but, I
don't think so as she only made her mark. Probably had a friend or
relative write it and didn't know the friend or relative didn't write
very well) Hopefully her descendants can understand enough of it to get
the names of her children.

November the 9th 1791 In the name of god I Margreat Hunter of the
County of Chatham being of sound memory and of good do shew/spide?
(sentence and word not easy to understand, as if some of the sentence
was not written down) and also I gave to my son James Hunter two
negroze Jacob & Ros & 1 Bed & fronetur (furniture) to be delived to him
when he arives to the age of 21 years & 1 Horse & 2 yews big with Lam
and  2 ? cows big with calf at his freedom day and also I leave to my
son Aaron Hunter to same fiten ? as how that his father left him and 1
negro gal Calld twin and 1 bed & furnature and 1 Hors brydel and Sadel
and 2 yews & 2 Cows to be delive to him when he do arive to the age of
21 years and also I gave to my son Andrew Hunter 2 negrose Caled Sylah
& Tansy & 1 bed and furnatur and 1 horse brydel & Sadel & 2 Cow to be
delivered to him when he doth arive to the age of 21 years & my Will
and desire is that my neger gal Caled Jane I hold remain with my thre
sons James Jr. Aaron & Andrew to be ecally divided between theme when
thay dow arive to age if the said Sary Hunter doth not bar a twin
Child, for her husband Ely Embson and if shee shold bare a Child to
live & he that have that neger a gal Caled Jean to be deliver to her
when James Hunter arives to age fo 21 years, and my Will and desier is
that my negro wench Caled Sal shall remain with my three Sons till James
arives to age of 21 years if she have 2 Children 1 Shall be Elijah
Hunter and the other sale be John Hunter and if not she shall be sold
and forty pounds of her prase I desir to be given to my two grans sons
Elijah & Elisha 20 pounds to each when they arive to age of 21 years &
my Will & desair is that my Wagin remain fer the use of my sons till
Andrew comes of age & then to be Sold & the money equly divided between
my 3 youngest sons & the rest of my household furniture Horses Catel &
Hogs & sheep shall be sold all but for the familys use & the money
equaly divided betwene my five sons and my Will & desier is that these
my two sons Elijah Hunter and John Hunter should be my executrs to this
my Last Will and testament to Maneg and setel all my afares as tha have
hear unto set thear hand and seals
day and date above reten
William Moody Elijah Hunter
Isaac Hill John Hunter

Syned Margerat (her V mark) Hunter {Seal}
A Copy Test
John Ramsey, C. C.
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Aaron Jones Will - dated 11 March 1792 - no probate date
(Quaker)

To all Christian people to whom these presents may come greeting__
Whereas I Aaron Jones of the County of Chatham & State of North
Carolina calling to mind the uncertainty of time and great certainty of
death do this Eleventh day of the third month In the year of our lord
one thousand seven hundred & ninety two make & publish this as my Last
Will & testament in manner & form as followith In the first place
it is my Will & I order that my Body be decently buried, Secondly that
my Just debts be paid I will & bequeath to my Daughter Mirium ? one
heifer with a white face a nu (new?) harness and it is my will that my
Daughter Jemmimah shall have a brown coloured Heifer with a modled
face & it is my Will that my Daughter Hannah shall have a brendle
heifer with a small matter of white in her face & It is my will that my
Daughter Sarah & my Son Aaron shall Each of them have two pounds and it
is my Will that my plantation be sold and the profits arising therefrom
& the rest of my personal that is not willed it is my Will that my
beloved wife Hannah shall have the whole of It after my Just debts is
paid, Lastly * constitute & appoint my friends Thomas Lindly & Joshua
Hadley my whole and sole Executors In Trust for the Intents and
purposes herein mentioned In Witness whereof In Witness whereof
(repeated) I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and year above
written
Charles Jones
Isaac Hadley
Sarah Lindly Signed Aaron (his X mark) Jones {Seal}
A Copy Test. John ramsey C. C.
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Will of Matthew Jones, dated December _ 1793
Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates, Vol. 2, pg. 6, 6b, 7, 7b
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

I Matthew Jones of Chatham county Being weak in Body but of sound and
disposing mind and memory and understanding do make this my last Will
and Testament that is to say first I direct that all my Just Debts and
funeral Expenses be paid Then I give & devise to my Dear & beloved wife
Elizabeth Jones the following negroes, To Wit, Charles, jack, Lettice
and Lydia, also Two Beds and furniture and all the Househould furniture
Except the other Bed and their furniture I also give to my wife
Elizabeth Jones an Equal dividend of all my Horses Cattle & Sheep to
be divided between her and my Son Thomas Jones & Polley Jones I also
give to my beloved wife Elizabeth Jones one half of my Hogs all of the
aforesaid devised I give and bequeath to my Wife her Heirs and assigns
forever I also lend to my Wife Elizabeth Jones during her natural life
the following negroes To Wit. (torn) __ar, Will and Judy and at her
Decease to be Equally divided between my surviving children__
Item I give and bequeath to my son Robert Jones my wailing Boy negro
Ned one Horse Colt called Tippo two feather Beds and furniture as also
one Tract of parcel of Land called the poison fields containing five
hundred and sixty acres to him and his Heirs forever (here there is an
X and above the line Mat Jones as if he were initialling an entry but,
there is no mark through or change ?) as also Two hundred Dollars when
Collected from John Mebane Esquire which said money my son Robert Jones
is to purchase a negroe to pay Samuel Landrum now living in South
Carolina between the age of Twelve and Twenty _
Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Jones all that Tract or
parcel of Land whereon I now live containing five Hundred and Thirty
Six acres more or less I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas Jones
the following Negroes, To Wit, Isaac, John, Davey, Little Ned, James,
Peter, Daniel, big Milley, Hannah, and Penney, to him and his Heirs
forever I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas Jones one third part
of my Horses Cattle and sheep as also Two feather Beds and furniture
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter mary Jones one Tract or parcel
of Land being and lying in Chatham County whereon Micajah McGee now
lives containing Two Hundred and Seventy five acres more or less to her
and her Heirs forever as also the following negroes, To Wit, Ben, Sam,
little Charles, Hanibal, Alick, Pender, little Milley, Beck, Phebe, and
Grace, to her and her Heirs forever__
Mat Jones

Also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Jones Two feather Beds and
furniture as also one third part of Horses Cattle and Sheep as also one
half of my Hogs - I also Will and Direct that all the negroes Divised
to my wife Elizabeth and my Daughter Mary jones work together the
ensuing year on the plantation whereon I now live and at the expiration
of the year the crop to be equally divided between my wife Elizabeth
and my Daughter Mary - I also Will and direct that the negroes Divised
to my son Thomas Jones work on the plantation Called the poison fields
and the profits arising there from I give to my son Thomas Jones - I
give and bequeath also to my sons Robert Jones and Thomas Jones all
that tract or parcel of Land lying over the mountains on Harpeth River
containing one Thousand and Twenty Eight Acres more or less to them and
their Heirs forever _ I also give and bequeath to my sons Robert and
Thomas Jones and my Daughter Mary Jones Mat Jones all that Tract or
parcel of Land lying over the mountains Called forked Ear to them and
their Heirs forever Except five Hundred acres of said Tract which said
five Hundred acres of Land belongs to my Brother John Jones and to be
Deeded to my said Brother or his Heirs by my Executor or Executors _
Item I leave my present crop of Tobacco and the residue of money due on
John Mebanes Bond not yet divised together with fifty Barrells of Corn
If necessary to pay my Just Debts the corn to be taken from my
plantation Called the Poison Fields _ and lastly I give and bequeath to
friend Philip Meroney Sen'r all that Tract or parcel of Land lying in
Chatham County caled Hog Thurells ? containing fifty acres more or less
to him and his Heirs forever Also I do appoint my sons Robert Jones and
Thomas Jones Joint Executors of this my Last Will and Mat. Jones
and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made In
Witness whereof I have hereunto to this
my last Will and Testament contained
in five sheets of Paper set my hand at the foot of the four first
sheets thereof and my hand and seal to the fifth Sheet
and last thereof this
(nothing written) __ Day of December in the year of our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and ninety three-
Signed Sealed subscribed
and declared by the Testator
in the presence of us who
in his presence and in the
presence of Each other have
subscribed our names as
Witnesses at his request
Brantley Jones
John Minter Signed Mat. Jones
A Copy
Test John Ramsey C.C.
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The will of Jesse Johnson Chatham County Record of Wills Vol. B 1818-1833 pages 211-212 (North Carolina State Archives Microfilm c.022.80001) dated 18 July 1830
NOTE: This will was submitted by David Richards richadj@gmail.com

In the name of God Amen this 19th July in the D 1830 I Jesse Johnson of Chatham County and the State of North Carolina being weak in the body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thake being given to god for the same. Calling to mind the mortality of mankind and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die. I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in maner and form following that is to say my will request is that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid. having give my other children what I intended to give them
 

I will give and bequest unto my daughter Hannah Johnson my mare name flower and also one cow and calf. I also give and bequest unto my daughter Hannah Johnson all my household and kitchen furniture during her life or as long as she live single.  after her death   I will give and bequeath unto her two sons Enos and Mathias Johnson all this Household and kitchen furniture to be divided between  the two I give and bequeath unto said Enos and Mathias my track of land where I know live at this time to be equal divided between them.  I will and bequeath said land  unto them thare Heirs assigns forever. I will and bequeath unto the said Enos and Mathias Johnson all rest of my stock on hand my waggon and all my farming tools.  I give and bequeath the said property unto them thare Heirs assigns forever.  said two sons to be bound to maintain thare mother and her have has priviledge in my House. I hereby make and ordain my worthy friend John Culberson Executor of this my last will and Testament witness whereof.  I the said Jesse Johnson have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above mentioned.
signed sealed and delivered by sd Jesse Johnson the testor as his last will and testament  in the presence of us who so are present at the time of signing and sealing tharof
 
John Record                                             Jesse Johnson
Lemri  Carter                                             mark        seal
John Culberson
 
The foregoing last will and testament of Jesse Johnson deacs. was duly exhibited in open court and was proved by the oaths of John Record Lemri Carter and ordered to be recorded whereupon John Culberson the executor therein named appeared in open Court and was duly qualified
        Test
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Will of William Jordan
Chatham Co, NC Record of Wills, Vol. C., 1834-1857, pp 668
NC State Archives Microfilm # C.022.80001
 

William Jordan of the County of Chatham & State of North carolina being
of sound mind & memory but considering the uncertainty of my Earthly
existence do make & declare this my last Will and testament in manner &
form following that is to say first that my executors hereinafter named
shall provide for my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of
relations & friends & pay all funeral expenses together with my just
Debts however & to whomsoever owing out of the moneys that may first
come into his hands as part or parcel of my estate.
Item I will & bequeath to my beloved Wife Rebecca Jordan all of my
estate both real & personal during her lifetime to her sole use &
benefit? of.
Item I will & bequeath at the death of my Wife to my beloved Son
Malory/Maloy? M. Jordan all my lands containing two deeds one from
Isaiah ? Redyard the other from Hesekiah Harman lying in said County of
Chatham & state of North Carolina on the waters of Bloody? Creek
bounded on the south by Hiram/Himan Fox & on the North by James Edwards
as specified in said deeds together with all woods ways waters ---n
(ink blot) mineral & appointed? names? thereunto consecrated to have &
to hold to the said Malory Jordan his heirs & assigns in fee simple
forever.
Item I will & bequeath to my son Maloy Jordan a Black Woman by the name
of Alzady to him and his heirs & assigns forever.
Item I will & bequeath to my son H. H. Jordan my Black man by the name
of Joseph to him his heirs assigns forever. Also one Hundred & twenty
five dollars in Cash to be paid to the executors out of the personal
estate. My Will and desire is that all the residue of my estate if any
after taking out the divices & legacies above mentioned shall be sold &
the debts owing to me collected & if there should be any surplus over &
above the payments of debts expenses & legacies that such surplus shall
be equally divided & paid over to my sons Maloy & H. H. Jordan share &
share alike to them & each of them their executor administrators &
assigns absolutely for ever. And lastly I do hereby constitute &
appoint my trusty sons Maloy & H. H. my lawful executors to all intents
& purposes to execute this my last will & Testament according to the
true intent & meaning of the same every part & clause thereof hereby
revoking & declaring utterly void all other wills & testaments
heretofore made. In witness whereof I said William Jordan do hereby set
my hand & seal, Jan'y 26 1855. Signed sealed published & declared by
the said Wm. Jordan to be his last Will & testament in the presence of
us who at his request & in his presence do subscribe our names as
witness thereto.
his
Wm. (N) Jordan
mark

Jessee E. Pugh
Thos. W. Matthews
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Will of John Justice, dated April 6, 1790, proved August Session, 1794
Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates, Vol. 2, pg. 19b,20,20b
 

In the name of God amen I John Justice of the county of Chatham in
North Carolina being infirm in body but of sound mind and memory thanks
be to almighty God for the same and calling to mind the mortallity of
my Body and knowing 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 God that gave it hoping through the merits of my blessed
redeemer to inherit life everlasting and my Body I recommend to the
Earth to be buried at the Discretion of my Executors and as to my
Worldly Estate wherewith it hath been pleased God to bless me I dispose
with it in the following manner
Vizt. First my will is that all my Just Debts be regularly discharged-
Item I give to my beloved wife Elizabeth Justice during her Natural
life four negroes namely Hannah, Peter, Jacob, & Poll,-
Item I give to my beloved son John Justice after the death of my Wife,
my negroe fellow Jacob to him his Heirs and assigns forever_
Item I give to my beloved son David Justice my negroe fellow named
Phill to him his heirs and assigns for ever -
Item I give to my beloved son William Justice one negro girl named Lyd
to him his heirs and assigns forever _
item I give to my beloved son Henry Justice one negro boy named Jem to
him his Heirs and assigns forever -
Item I give to my beloved son Stephen Justice one negro girl named
Chloe to him his Heirs and assigns forever___
Item, I give to my beloved son Allen Justice one negroe Boy named Isaac
to him his heirs and assigns forever
Item, I give to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Pickard after the death
of my wife Elizabeth Justice one negroe woman named Hannah to her and
her assigns forever _
Item, I give to my beloved daughter Keziah Justice one negroe boy named
Ned to her and her assigns, forever
Item, I leave two negro girls namely Nan and Dinah to be sold and
Equally divided between my Eight children namely John, Elizabeth,
David, William, Henry, Stephen, Keziah and Allen to them their heirs
and assigns forever _
Item I lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth Justice one feather Bed and
furniture and likewise all my household furniture and working tools
that is not herein mentioned during her natural life and at her Death
to be Equally divided between my six youngest children _
Item, I give to my beloved son David Justice one feather Bed and
furniture and two Cows and Calves to him his Heirs and assigns forever
and two head of Sheep
Item I give to my son William Justice one feather Bed and furniture Two
Cows and Calves and two head of Sheep, to him his heirs and assigns
forever _
Item I give to my son Henry Justice one Horse and Saddle one feather
Bead and furniture two cows and calves and two head of Sheep to him his
heirs & assigns forever -
Item, I give to my son Stephen Justice one Horse and Saddle one feather
Bed and furniture two Cows and Calves and two head of Sheep to him his
heirs and assigns forever Item, I give to my Daughter Keziah Justice
one Horse and Saddle one feather Bed and furniture two Cows and Calves
& two head of Sheep to her her Heirs and assigns forever _
Item, I give to my son Allen Justice one Horse and Saddle one feather
Bed and furniture two Cows and Calves & two head of Sheep to him his
heirs and assigns forever _
Item, I give to my grandson Samuel McAdams one Horse and Saddle one
feather Bed and furniture One Cow and Calf & two head of Sheep to him
his heirs and assigns forever, Item, I give to my grandDaughter
Elizabeth Pickard the feather Bed and Chest that I lent to her father
Wm. Pickard to her her heirs and assigns forever _
Item, I lend the use of the Plantation whereon I now live with all the
Lands thereunto belonging and likewise one Horse and Saddle to my
beloved wife Elizabeth Justice during her natural life _
I desire that the plantation whereon I now live with all the Lands
thereunto belonging at the decease of my Wife Elizabeth Justice my be
sold and Equally divided between my six youngest Children, namely
David, William, Henry, Stephen, Keziah, and Allen to them their heirs
and assigns forever_
Lastly, I constitute and appoint my beloved Wife Elizabeth Justice
Executrix and my beloved sons David and William Justice Executors of
this my last Will and Testament, In Witness whereof I do hereunto Set
my hand and Seal this Sixth Day of April one thousand seven hundred and
Ninety _
Sign'd Seal'd and published
in the presents of us
Thomas Snipes
EHereller/Effereller ?? (his X mark) Moore
August Sessions 1794 proved in open Court by the Oaths of Thomas Snipes
& Effereler Moore
A Copy Test John Ramsey C.C.
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Will of Henry Kelly, Made 23 Oct. 1784, proved May Court 1796
Chatham Co., NC Rec. of Estates, 1782-1799, Vol. 2, pg. 80-81
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the name of God Amen I Henry Kelly of the Parrish of Saint
Bartholomew & County of Chatham In the State of North Carolina, Being
weak and sick in Body, but of perfect sence and memory thanks be to the
almighty for the same and after Recommending my soul to God who Gave it
and my Body to be Decently inter'd In Christian like manner by my
executors Hereafter mention'd I hereby testify these to be my last will
& testament as followeth.
Item, I give and bequeath to my loving wife Mary Kelly after all my
just debts is paid all my estate wheather Real or Personal during her
natural life or Widowhood and if she should marry again my will and
desire is that their shall be an equal division of my estate amongst my
wife & children as shall then be a living and if she does not marry at
all at her Death I desire there to be an equall division of my estate
amongst my children then a living __
Item I do hearby appoint my Friend William Merritt and my Loveing Wife
Mary Kelly the executors of this my Last Will & Testament Revoaking
every other. In witness hereof I have set my hand this twenty third
day of October, 1784.
Henry (his H mark) Kelly
Test
Betty Barbie
William Merritt
John Merritt (X)
Prov'd at May Court 1796 by the oath of John Merritt
A Copy Test John Ramsey C.C.
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Richard Kemp Will, dated September 11, 1789, no probate date
Chatham Co., Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 34 (b), 35
NC Archives film # C.022.50001

(My note Richard Kemp is of the Quaker Faith)

I Richard Kemp of Chatham County and province of North Carolina this
Eleventh day of the Ninth Month Commonly Called September i the year of
our lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy Nine being of a perfect
mind and memory blessed be god and knowing it is appointed to all men
once to die __
I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament and as touching
such worldly Estate as it hath pleased god to bless me with in the I
give and devise and dispose of in the following manner (Viz)
first I ordain and constitute my son Joseph Kemp and my beloved Wife
Susannah Kemp to be my only and sole Executers of this my Last Will and
Testament
I allow my funeral Charges and Just debts to be first paid out of my
Estate __
Item I give and devise unto my Eldest son Joseph Kemp all my Right
property Claim and demand whatsoever of the land and Improvement
whereon he now lives to be freely possessed and enjoy'd by him his
heirs and executors or assigns forever also I allow him to have five
pounds of my money out of my Estate. Item I also give and devise unto
my son Benjamin Kemp
The improvement I bought of Levi Johnson with all my claim of vacant
land thereunto belonging I allow also to my said son Benjamin Kemp one
Cow and a pair of plow Irons I also allow my said son Benjamin Kemp and
my beloved wife Susannah Kemp my Waggon and hind geers Item I give to
my daughter Susannah Kemp one feather Bed which is Called hers with all
the furniture thereunto belonging one Cow one small Spinning wheel
Item I give and devise to my Daughter Marjary Hinshaw five shillings to
e paid her out of my Estate Item I give and devise to my daughter
Prudence Kemp one Cow and one bed one small spinning wheel
Item I give and devise to my son Richard Kemp the place whereon I now
live to be freely possessed and enjoyed by him when he cometh to the
age of one and twenty provided allways I give and bequeath to Rachel
the furniture belonging to the said bed, Item I give and devise to my
beloved my beloved wife, peaceable possession of the said Land and
Emprovement whereon I now live during her Life time or widowhood I also
give and bequeath to my son Richard Kemp one Mare and all my farming
tools __
Item I give and devise to my Daughter Reachel Kemp on feather Bed one
Cow one small Spinning Wheel I also give and bequeath to my said
Daughter Reachel all the furniture belonging to the said Bed, Item I
give and devise to my beloved wife Susannah Kemp my Case of Drawers her
feather bed and furniture thereunto belonging and her side Saddle I
also give and allow my Wife one third of my personal Estate likewise I
allow the remainder of my personal Estate to e valued or sold and to be
equally Divided amongst my four daughters viz (Susannah, Margary,
Prudence & Rachel, I also allow my wearing appearel to be divided
between my three sons In Witness and Testimony whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this day and year above written
Signed Sealed and declared
in the presence of
John Jenkison
Anthony Chamness
Joshua Chamness
Signed Richard Kemp {Seal}
A Copy Test. John Ramsey C. C.
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Book A pgs 284-285                (Thanks to Nancy Frame, a descendant, for this will)
Chatham Co, NC

Exerpts from the Will of James Kirby
January 20, 1800
Proved February 1816

In the name of God, Amen. I, James KIRBY of the County of Chatham and State
of North Carolina, being very weakly in body but of perfect 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 unto the Hand of Almighty God that gave it and my
body I recommend to the earth and as touching that worldly Estate wherewith
it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise and dispose of
the same in the following manner and form....

I lend unto Elizabeth my Dearly beloved wife during her lifetime the tract of
land whereon I now live....and, after her decease, I give to my son Wiley
Kirby....I also give unto my son Wiley a parcel of land lying on the waters
of Bush Creek bounded by John HERNDON's and Herbert HAYNES' land and Jacob
FLOWERS' land. One sorrel mare named Favor and her colt, two cows and calfs,
two sows and pigs and 25 pounds in cash...

I give two shillings, six pence (to the following:) Simon POWELL, Nancy
PARKER, Elisha POWELL, Cammil POWELL, Elnathan DAVIS and Johnthan Wright
DAVIS.

And all the rest of my estate after my decease to be equally divided between
my daughter Sarah and son James, My daughter Elizabeth, my son Wright, my
daughter Anne, my son Isaac, my daughter Rebecca, my daughter Nancy, my
daughter Emily(Cindy), my son Wiley. And I do hereby make and ordain my sons
Wright KIRBY and Isaac KIRBY executors of this my last will and testament in
witness whereof I the said James KIRBY to this my last will and testament set
my hand and seal this 20th of January 1800.

Signed, sealed and declared in the presence of us
Isaiah COLE
Green Flowers

James Kirby  (his seal)

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Will of Gideon Kirksey - Dated May 23, 1803, Probated Aug 11, 1811

Wife, Mary

Son, Abraham, William, Gideon and Isaac Hackney, and William Poe

Daughters,  Sarah Owens, Mary Mosely and Martha Henry

Wit: Wm. Edwards, John Ray

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Gideon Kirksey, Edward, John, Sarah and Isaac Kirksey, heirs of Isaac Kirksey and his wife, Mary and John Griffin, Joe Breazille, and his wife Rebeccah, Michael Blocker and his wife Rossy, Kanon Breazel and ____ King his wife, heirs of William Griffith and his wife Sarah appoint Christopher Kirksey their attorney to secure their part in the estate Rebeccah Richman alias Kirksey    dated Jan 9 1800

Wit: William Kirksey, Downey H_____, Benjamin Clement

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