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Will of William Lasater Sr.   Chatham Co., NC Wills Vol 1 (1782-1794)
Pg. 17,18 - NC State Archives Film # C022.50001

"In the name of God amen I William Lasater Senr. of Chatham county being
in low state of helth but in perfect memory do hereby make my last Will
and Testament and do dispose of all my worldly good in the Manner
following Impremis
I recommend my soul into the hands of the almighty God hoping through
his mercy to bee happily received in the menshons [mansions?] of Eternal
Bliss and as for the Interrent [internment] of my Body I submit those
whom I leave behind doubting not but they will have it buried in a
Christian Manner.
Item... I give and bequeath unto my dear beloved Wife Kesiah Lasater a
Mare and hur Saddle two cows and calves and all the Stock of Hogs there
to beloning [ belonging] one feather Bead and forniture and her Wheal
and Chards [ possibly carding combs, used for cleaning and carding wool
and cotton]  and one Dish and Bason and six Spoons and one Pot and also
three Linning Wheals  and likewise I lend unto my Dear beloved Wife
during her life or widowhood my plantation and Two negros Thean and
Charles
Item... I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Lasater one Iron Pot and
Twenty Shillings in Money to him the said Thomas Lasater and his Heirs
forever.____
Item....I give and bequeath unto Daughter Mary Bell Ten pounds in Money
To her the said Mary Bell and her heirs forever
Item....I give and bequeath unto my son Abner Lasater the Eight part of
my home plantation as well as two negros above mentioned which I leave
to be sold at the death of my wife or as soon as she may again marry, to
him the said Abner Lasater his Heirs forever
Item....I give and bequeath unto my son William Lasater the eight part
of the above manshoned [ mentioned] land and negroes agreeable to the
Conditions of Abner Lasater to him the said William Lasater his Heirs
forever___
Item....I give and bequeath unto my son Esekiah Lasater the Eight part
of the above manshoned [ mentioned ] land and negroes agreeable to the
condition of Abner Lasater to him the Esekiah Lasater his Heirs
forever___
Item....I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Lasater the Eight part of
the above Manshoned [mentioned] Land and negroes agreeable to the
Condition of Abner Lasater to him the said Jacob Lasater his Heirs
forever___
Item....I give and bequeath unto my son James Lasater the Eight part of
the above Manshoned [ mentioned] Land and negroes agreeable to the
condition of Abner Lasater to him the said James Lasater his Heirs
forever_____
Item....I give and bequeath unto my son Hardy Lasater the Eight part of
the above Menshoned [mentioned] Land  and negroes agreeable to the
condition of Abner Lasater to him the said Hardy Lasater his Heirs
forever ____
Item....I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sary Lasater the Eight part
of the above manshoned Land an negroes agreeable to the Condition of
Abner Lasater to her the said Sary Lasater hur Heirs forever ___
Item....and last of all I do hereby appoint my son William Lasater Jun'r
and Thomas Bell to act for me as Executors towards the said good
Chattels which I have heretofore Devided and bequeathed also all and
every part and residue of my while Estate I give and bequeath unto those
whom I have appoint to act as Executors first to pay all my Just Debts
and funeral Charges and the remainder and residue to be equally Devided
to those whom I do hereafter mention that in  Abner Lasater, William
Lasater, Esekiah Lasater, Jacob Lasater, James Lasater, Hardy Lasater,
Sary Lasater Cloe Lasater to them and their Heirs forever___
So therefore I do resign my soul into the hands of him that gave it
hoping for a happy resurection revoking and disall nulling all Wills
heretofore by me made and do acknowledge to be my last Will and
Testament this forth Day January one thousand seven hundred and Eight
fore

Signed and Sealed                                    William Lasater
In presence of
Thomas Gunter
James Copland
Proved in open Court February session 1784 by the oaths of Thomas Gunter
& James Copland
        A Copy Teste    John Ramsey C.C.

[ Thomas Bell and his Mary (Lasater) Bell, are buried in the Bell/Clark
cemetery out on the point in Jordan Lake, past the park and public
ramps.. The Corps of Engineers did not move the graves, to create the
lake,  after loosing a law suit, filed by the family.  It hasn't been
flooded, yet..
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NC State Archives C:022.80003, pg. 81, 82. Chatham Co., NC Wills.
I did break the sentences where the 1st, 2nd, etc. were written. to make it easier to read.

pg. 81

" I Hardy Lasater of the county of Chatham & State of North Carolina being low in health but Sound in mind and memory and considering the certenty of death do make and declare this my last will and Testament in maner and form as follows.
1st - that my Executors Shall provide for me a decent Burial such as my friends may desire and pay all funeral charges togather with all my Just Debts out of the first moneys that may come into hands as a part or parsel of my estate
2nd - I give and devise to my beloved wife Rebeca Lasater one third part of the land where I now reside containing the mansion house and all ne-sary out houses to gather with all my Negroes household and kitchen furnatures farming Tools and Stock of all kinds I loan her during her natural life
3rd - I give and devise to my daughter Mehaly Crutchfield the use of a Tract of land whereon she no resides containing one hundred Acres then at her death to the lawfull heirs of her boddy
pg. 82
4th - I give and devise to my Daughter Sarah S. Brown one Negro girl name Jane which she has now in possesion
5th - I give and devise to my Son William J. Lasater the of land whereon I now reside with the resise ? made in the second clause of this will and at the death of my wife Rebeca Lasater to have the hole tract is that the residue of my Estate
6th - At the death of my wife Rebeca Lasater my desire is that the residue of my estate bee equally divided between all my heirs Abner Lasater, Malinda Petty, Mahaly Crutchfield, Sarah S. Brown, Mary Thomas and William J. Lasater with the Exception that Mahaly Crutchfield has received one hundred and forty Dollars which amount is to be made up to the other heirs out of the estate that is on (one) hundred and forty Dollars each after that all to share equally
7th - Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my Two sons Abner & William J. Lasater my Executors to all intents and purposes to Execute this my last will and Testament according to true intents and meanings of the same and every part & clause there by  Revoking and declaring uterly void all other wills heretofore made by me in witness where of I have set my hand and Seal this 22nd July 1861
Signed Sealed and delivered in presents of
J. S. Lasater
B. D. Johnson                                                                                    Hardy Lasater  (Seal) "

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Chatham Co., NC Wills. Vol. 1 (1782-1799)
pg. 26 a,b  NC State Archives film # c022.50001

In the Name of God, Amen I John Ledbetter of the County of Chatham and
State of North Carolina being thro the abundant mursey of God tho weake
thoe weake [repeated phrase by the clerk] of Body yet of sound mind and
memory do constitute this my Last Will and Testament and desire it to be
received by all asuch. imprimus I most humbly bequeath my soule to God my
maker beseaching his most gracious acceptance of it thro the all
sofitiance [sufferance/sustenance?] merits and midiaon (mediation ?] of my
most compasonate redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be an atonement
for my sins and is able to save to the uttermost all that cum unto God
by him seeing he ever livet to make intercession for them and who I
trust Will not reject mee a returning penetant sinner when I cum unto him
for mursey in this hope and confidence I render up my soule with comfort
humbly beseaching the most bleased and glorious trinity one God most holy
most murciful and gratious to prepare mee for this time of my dissolution
and then to take mee to himself into that peace and rest and in comparable
felicity which he has prepared for those that love and deare his holy
name amen blesed bee God imprimus: I give my Body to the earth from
whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at
the last day as for my Burial I disire if my bee with ought pomp or
state at the discretion of my deare wife and executors hereafter
mentioned as to my worldly Estate I will and posidefly [positively]
order that all last debts bee paid. Item I give my beloved wife Amy
Ledbetter the remainder of my wourldly Estate of what kind or qunty
[quantity ?] whatsoever it be for terme of life and then to disspouse of
it as she pleases Lastly I constitute my beloved wife and my son John
Ledbetter ext'rs of this my Will and Testament this 1 day of December
1785
                        Signed  John Ledbetter  his mark    {Seal}
    [ an "I"  with a cross bar through the middle of it]
Test
James Smith
Mary Ledbetter         A Copy   Test John Ramsey  C.C.
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Contributor's Note:  The spelling, capitalization and punctuation are
unchanged from the original document.

Chatham Co. NC  Wills Vol. 1, (1782-1799) pg. 46a
NC State Archive Film # C022.5001

"In the Name of God Amen I John Ledbetter being weak in body but of a
sound memory do make this my last Will and Testament revoking all other
Wills heretofore. Imprimus I give and bequev unto my son James Ledbetter
one sertain Track [ certain tract] or parcel of Land lying on the South
Side of the road and if he the said James Ledbetter should Die without
heirs Lawfully begotten of body then the Land to be equally divided
between my two Daughters Vine [or Cine] Ledbetter and Tase Ledbetter and
as for the rest of my Estate I lend it to my Wife Elisebeth Ledbetter to
rase my Children or during her life or widowhood and if she the said
Elisebeth Ledbetter should Die or Marry then to be equally divided between
my to Daughters above mentioned also I do appoint my Wife Elisebeth
Ledbetter and Marmeduke Daniel my lawful Executors In Witness Whereof I
have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eight day of November in the year
of our lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety  one___

Signed John Ledbetter  {Seal}

In presents
Jude Smith  his X mark
Gillum Daniel                 A Copy Test    John Ramsey C.C."
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William Ledbetter of Chatham County, NC Wills Vol. A
(1798-1819)  Pg. 315 (299 written) NC State Archive film # C022.8001

"In the name of God, Amen, I William Ledbetter of the county of Chatham
and State of North carolina do make and publish the following to be my
last Will and Testament. My Will is that my son Edward Ledbetter shall
have the Just sum of Fifty Dollars in Money. My will further is that my
Grandson Alsey Ledbetter shall have my horse that I am now in possession
of and fifteen Dollars in Money. My Will further is that my wife shall
have during her life one Cow & Calf, one Bed and furniture and a
sufficiency of Corn, Wheat and Meat for her support. My Will further is
that all my property not before bequeathed shall be sold and an equal
division made among the rest of my Children. Lastly, I nominate my
friend James Collins and my son William Ledbetter both of the County of
Chatham, the Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this the 2nd day of April
Anno Domini 1818.
                    William Ledbetter  his  X mark    {Seal}

Signed Sealed and declared by Wm. Ledbetter to be the last Will &
Testament

in presence of us.
John Thompson
Asa Stone               Proved May 1818 by John Thompson and Asa Stone
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Will of Charles Letterloh
Chatham Co., NC Record of Wills, 1858-1866
Vol. D, pp. 14, 15, 16
NC State Archives film # C.022.8003

In the name of God Amen I Charles Letterloh of the County of Chatham
and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory but knowing
the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and publish, and
declare This my last Will and testament. hereby revoking and annulling
all former Wills by me made
ITEM 1st I Give and bequeath to my living wife Elizabeth all the land
south of Dry Creek now owned by me during her naturel life
ITEM 2nd I Give and bequeath to my said wife Elizabeth during her
natural life the following negroes to wit.  Haywood, Oliver, Jim &
Senderella and her Two children.
ITEM 3rd I Give and bequeath to my loving Elizabeth Ten Good Milch cows
four Good mules, thirty head of hogs a choice waggon and Gear. A buggy
& Harness The black smiths Tools and farming utensils and Tools
sufficient to cultivate the the land Given her for her lifetime in Item
1st and the household & kitchen furniture
ITEM 4th I Give and bequeath to my loving son Washington and to his
heirs forever at the death of his Mother my said wife Elizabeth the
land south of dry Creek. Given in Item 1st to the said Elizabeth during
her natural life.
ITEM 5th It is my Will and desire that at my Death all the property
both real and personal of which I Die in any manner possessed or seised
(seized) and not otherwise disposed of in this will shall be divided
into eleven equal shares, one of which shares I Give and bequeath to my
loving son Charles and his Issue forever
 A second I Give and bequeath to my loving son Thomas and to his issue
forever
A Third I Give and bequeath to my loving son Edward and his Issue
forever
A fourth I Give and bequeath to my loving son William and his issue
forever
A fifth I Give and bequeath to my loving son Washington and to his
Issue forever
A sixth I Give and bequeath to my executors herein after named and
their heirs in trust for my loving son Frederic and his Issue forever
A seventh I Give and bequeath to my Executors hereinafter appointed and
named, and to their heirs forever in trust for the sole and seperate
use of my loving Daughter Sophia free from the claim or claims of her
present or of any future Husband and after her death to her issue
forever An Eighth I Give and bequeath to my said Executors and their
their heirs forever in trust for the sole and seperate use of my loving
Daughter Ellen wife of Nathaniel Alston free from the claim or claims
of her said husband Nathaniel or of any other future husband and after
her Death to her issue forever,
A ninth I Give and bequeath to my said Executors in trust for the sole
and seperate use of my loving Daughter Louisa wife of Esly Hunt free
from the claim or claims of her said husband Esly or any future husband
and after her death her issue forever-
A Tenth I Give and bequeath to my said Executors in trust for the sole
use and seperate use of loving Daughter Norma (or Hannah?) wife of J.J.
Rogers free from the claim or claims of her said husband or any future
husbands and after her death to her issue-
An Eleventh I Give and bequeath to my Executors hereinafter appointed
in trust for the sole and seperate use of my loving daughter Catherine
Wife of Alfred Smith free from the claim or claims of her said husband
Alfred or any future husband and after her death to her issue forever
ITEM 6th If any of my children shall died before or after the division
mentioned in Item 5th without issue surviving them it my will and
desire that the portion which would have gone to the child or children
so dying without issue surviving shall go and be divided equally among
my surviving children or their issue in the same manner and my said
Executors hereafter appointed and named shall be declared trustees in
the same manner and for the same purposes of the portion coming to any
one fo my children for whom they have been appointed trustees in
Item 5th as if the property had been conveyed to them directly and
specially upon saId trusts
ITEM 7th It is my will and desire that if any of my children shall died
either before or after the division mentioned in Item 5th leaving Issue
surviving the issue of such child or children so dying shall be
entitled to the portion to which hs her or their parent would have been
entitled to had he or she survived
ITEM 8th It is my will and desire that at the division mentioned in
Item 5th each of my children shall be charged with that property I have
given off to each of them at the valuation put upon the property by me
at the time fo the Giving for which valuation See a book kept by me for
that purpose.
ITEM 9th At the Division Washington is not to be charged with the value
of the land Given him in this will after the death of his Mother my
wife Elizabeth but it is my will and desire that he shall have the land
entire.
ITEM 10th It is my will and desire that the property to wit. The
negroes Haywood Oliver, Jim and Cenderrela and the two children given
by this will to my loving wife Elizabeth during her natural life, shall
at her death be divided equally, among all my children in the same
manner and my Executors declared Trustees for the same purposes as
provided in item 5th
ITEM 11th I hereby authorise and empower my Executors hereinafter
nominated and appointed as trustees to sell the property given to them
as trustees for the benefit of my said children and also to rent hire
or otherwise dispose of the same provided the profits of such selling
renting or hiring be disposed of in good faith to the use and benefit
of my said children for whom they are appointed trustees as aforesaid.
ITEM 12th I hereby nominate and appoint my son Thomas S.Letterloh and
my loving friend William P. Hadly Executors Executors(repeated) of this
my last will and Testament
Witness my hand and seal This 18th day of September in the Year of our
Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and fifty four
            C. Letterloh Sen. {Seal}

Signed declared and published by the above named Charles Letterloh as
and for his last will and testament in presence of the underwritten
persons who at his request and in his presence have attested the same
             Sidney Smith
             Carney Bynum
I Charles Letterloh named as the Testator in the will to which this is
annexed do hereby make this present codicil which I do order and direct
shall be taken as a part of my annexed last will and testament and
which will in all respects, excepting wherein it is altered or changed
by the codicil to my said Will. I do hereby republish and affirm
I hereby nominate and appoint my loving son Washington J. Letterloh
co-executor with my son Thomas S. Letterloh of this my last will and
testament in the place of my friend Wm. P Hadly. in Witness whereof I
have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this 23rd day of March 1835
Jno Manning
A. F. Olmsted                  C. Letterloh Sen {Seal}
Nov. Session 1838
The foregoing last will & testament of Charles Letterloh was duly
proved in open court by the oath of Sidney Smith & Carney Bynum the
witness thereto as also the codicil by Jno Maning & A. F. Olmsted & the
Executors therein named were duly qualified.
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Chatham Co., NC Record of Wills, Vol. A, 1798-1819, p. 270
NC State Archives Film # C.022.80001

Will of Elizabeth Lutterloh

Chatham County December 24th 1811
I Elizabeth Lutterloh being of sound mind and memory do make this my
last Will annulling and revoking all other heretofore by me made. My
desire and intention is that my three sons Charles Henry and Lewis
share and enjoy all my worldly estate equally amongst them-- And that
my Excut'rs hereafter mentioned shall make such division as soon after
my decease as possible in the most equitable and equal manner possible
Charging Charles Lutterloh with the sum of Seven Hundred Dollars, the
valuation of Two Negroes advanced to him the 13th day of January
1808 and also charging my son Henry lutterloh Two hundred and eighty
seven pounds ten Shillings, advanced to him April 2 1810. And I appoint
Thomas Snipes Esq'r Guardian to Lewis Lutterloh should he not be of age
at my decease to receive and receipt for his share of my estate and
such share of my Estate as my (may) be coming to Henry it be placed in
the hands of Bassil Manly Esq'r and Charles Lutterloh in Trust for my
son Henry should he not be in the County at my decease and that my
Executers by and with the consent of such of my sons as may be in the
County at my decease may sell convey and make title my estate in case
they cannot conveniently divided the same. And I direct my Executers or
any of them to convey and make a title in fee simple to Ed Jones of the
Lands adjoining Clarks Ferry of which the said Edward Jones is in
possession and has the original Deeds for- In case I do not make such
conveyance before my decease, I have formerly sold the same to him for
$400. And I direct my executors to divide my Slaves a much as possible
to the satisfaction of my sons present at my decease. And I appoint my
friends Basil Manly Thomas Snipes and Executers of this my last Will
and Testament. As witness my hand & seal
in the presence of
Elizabeth (Cornisford?)
Elizabeth Lutterloh {Seal}
P.S. It is my Will and desire that in case my son James should be alive
and appear personally, then he shall have an equal share with my three
sons before mentioned.
Elizabeth (Cornisford?) Elizabeth Lutterloh {Seal}
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Chatham Co., NC. Record of Estates (1782-1799) Vol. 1 Pg. 21b, 22 a & b
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

Will of Caleb Lindsey - dated 17 Oct. 1784 no probate date

In the name of God Amen I Caleb Lindsey of Chatham County & State of
North Carolina planter being in a low state of health in Body perfect
mind & memory thanks be given unto God Calling to mind the Mortality of
my Body and knowing that it is apointed for all men once to die Do make
& ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principally and
first of all I give and recommend my sole unto the hands of almighty
God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a
decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors Nothing
doubting but at general resurection I shall receive the same again by
the might power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith
pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the
same in the following manner and form Itam______
I give and bequeath to my Well beloved son John Lindsey one Negro man
named David for which he is to pay forty pounds good and Lawfull Money
of this State to be Equelly divided amongst the surviving Children of
my son Caleb Lindsey deceased as they arive at lawfull age___also I
give to my Daughter Joan Martain one Negro girl named Mary her and her
increase to her only use and benifit___ Also I give to Elizabeth Durham
one Negro boy named Solomon to the only use and benifit of her___also I
give to my daughter Judith Spurling one negroe boy named Carry for
which she is to pay Eight pounds good and Lawfull Money of this State
to my Daughter Sarah as a part of her Legacy of my Estate___ also I
give to my daughter Susanah Baker one negroe boy named Isaac to which
she is to pay seven pounds good and Lawfull Money of this State to my
daughter Sarah as a part of her Legascey of my Estate___I also give to
my son James Lindsey one Negroe Man Rubin with one hundred & thirty
Eight acres of Land be the same more or less where my daughter in Law
Mary Lindsey now lives together with one fether Bead and furniture one
Cow and Calf and all my working tools and one Iron Pott for which he is
to pay fourty pounds good and Lawfull Money of this State to be equally
divided amongst the surviving Children of my son William Lindsey
deceased & as they arive at Lawfull age and six pounds of the Money to
my Daughter Sarah Lindsey____ I likewise give to my daughter Sarah
Lindsey one Hers (horse?) and cattle and sheep too feather Beds and
furniture together with all My Household furniture other than what
is above mentioned and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanull
all and every other former Testament Wills and Legacies bequeaths and
Executors by me in anywise before named Wills and bequeaths and
Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto unto set my hand and seal
this the fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one
thousand Seven hundred and Eighty four___
Signed seal'd published and declar'd by Caleb Lindsey to be his last
Will and Testament in presents of us
William Pickard
Caty Pickard Signed Caleb Lindsey {Seal}
A Copy Test. John Ramsey C.C.
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Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, pg. 190
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.8001

In the Name of God, Amen
I William Lucas of the County of Chatham and State of North Carolina
being weak in body but sound in min and of perfect memory, Blessed be
god, do make and constitute this my Last Will and Testament revoking and
disannuling all others.
I give my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken in sure certain of
the resurrection there of again at the last day.
I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God again humbly beseeching his
most gracious acceptance thereof into Eternal life through his well
beloved son, Jesus Christ.
As to my worldly Estate, I will and hereby? order that ll my just debts
be paid.
Item. I lend unto my daughter Ann Pope, three negroes. (VIZ)
one woman named Penny, Also one named Easter & her increase and a boy
named George during her natural life and at her decease I give the above
mentioned negroes to the heirs of said Ann Pope lawfully begotten of her
body, to be equally divided share and share alike.
Item. I lend unto my daughter Winifred Clark, one Negro Man named Peter.
Also a negro boy named Jack, during her natural life and at her decease
I give the above mentioned Negroes to the heirs of said Winefred Clark,
lawfully begotten of her body to be equally divided share and share
alike.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Pope two hundred dollars
to be taken out of my Estate to her and her heirs forever.
The rest and residue of my Estate both real and personal I give to my
two Daughters (namely Ann Pope & Winefred Clark to be equally divided
share and share a like to them and their heirs forever.
I do hereby nominate appoint and ordain Winship Steersman(Stedman) and Alexander
Clark, my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament in
testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 1th day of
August, 1805.
                        Wm Lucas {Seal}
Signed Sealed & acknowledged
in presence of us
Geo. Martin
William Riddell
My Note:
Wm. Lucas' daughter Winefred was married to Alexander Clark (III). They
moved to Williamson Co., Tenn. I have quite a few of their descendants,
if anyone is interested. Sue
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Will of Henry Lewis Lutterlow dated May 8, 1791
pg. 100- Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates
Vol. 2 (1795-1799) Archives film # C.002.5001
 

In the name of God, Amen, I Henry Lewis Lutterlow, In the County of
Chatham and State of North Carolina Merchant being in perfect Helth and
of sound mind and memory and understanding, that considering the
uncertainty of this transitory Life do make publish and Declare this my
Last Will and Testament in manner and form following/
Whereas I Know of no person so worthy of my affection and esteem as my
dear Wife Elizabeth Gratham/Grutham/Greetham Lutterlow, I do hereby
give devise and bequeath unto her, her Heirs Exeter's and
administrators all my Estate wheresoever and whatsoever and of what
nature Kind and quantity soever the same may be; and I do also appoint
my said Dear wife [ink blot] whole and sole executrix of this my Will,
Hereby revoking and making void all other and former Will and wills by
me at anytime heretofore made, This is only on Conditions as Long my
Dear wife Elizabeth Gratham/Grutham/Greetham Lutterlow remains my
Widow, if she marries again, it is My Will that my Estate whatsoever or
wheresoever both real or personal shall be sold and Equally divided
share and share alike amongst my children James Gratham, Charles
Lutterlow and Henry Lutterlow for which purpose I appoint in Regard
to Her Marrion(sic) again the following gentlemen to be my executors;
(viz) John Williams Esquire, Mr. James Newland and Simon White;
Sign'd Henry L. Lutterlow
 

pg. 101

To see my Will fullfilled, I leave to my son Charles Lutterlow My gold
watch Fold chain & Do.(ditto) seals and Trinkets belonging to the same
my Silver Shoe & Knee buckles my silver Hetted (headed?) Sword and my
Pistols above his share I leave to my son Henry Lutterlow all my silver
& Gold medals my Gold Sleave Buttons and my Gun It is further my Will
that no security or Bond to fullfill this my will shall be demanded of
my Dear Wife Elizabeth Greetham/Grutham
[My note: her last name does not look at Gratham, but I've not seen the
name Greetham or Grutham, before]
Lutterlow, as I have sufficient Reason to be satisfied that when ever
she should be inclined to marrie she will acquaint the before mentioned
three Gentlemen with her Intention or should my Dear wife Elizabeth
Greetham Lutterlow think proper to sell any of my personal property or
Land property or the whole of my property whatsoever or wheresoever and
remove into another part of the world she as full power so to do
without Controul should she dye before all my sons are of the age of
twenty one in that case the Eldest of my sons shall take care of the
Plantation till the second son comes of age (of twenty one , blacked
out with ink) then the Two Jointly to take care of the Plantation till
the youngest comes of age of Twenty one years, then all and every part
of my Estate shall be divided share and share alike by my three sons
and -- (divide?) them as the(y) ? can best agree amongst themselves;
whosoever should, neader (neither?) of my sons be of the age of Twenty
one years, when my Dear wife Dies Then my executors, John Williams
Esquire, James Newland and Simon White, will take care to have my sons
bought up, Rent out the Plantation and negroes or Keep a Overseer
whichever the think but, till the Eldest comes of age, then the
management will fall to the Eldest son, but at the same time My
executr's before mentioned will overlook my eldest son or sons, till
the youngest is of the age of Twenty One Inspect their or his acct's
and when ever the(y) find him or them intrasagent (intransigent) take
the mannagement out of his or their hands and give him or them yearly
the Profit of his or their share till the youngest comes of the age of
Twenty one years, and it is my particular Desire that my son or sons
consult and advise with my executors. (towit) John Williams, esquire
James Newlin and simon White as the are my particular friends and I
Know them to be very Good Honest and Worthy men, I leave Each of my
executors a Gold morning Ring as a token of my Regard for them,
Sign'd Seal'd and delivered by me and by my Order and Request this
Eight Day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and
Ninety one and in the fifteenth of America's Independence
Chatham County State of North Carolina May 8, 1791
signed
Henry Lewis Lutterlow
In prescence
James Baker
John Williams
John A. Williams
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M

Will of David Maddox
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.50001, Vol. 2, pg. 34
made 8 Nov., 1794, probated Feb. session, 1795

"In the name of God Amen, I David Maddox of the County of Chatham and
state of North Carolina, being weak in body but of perfect mind and
sound memory thanks to almighty God But calling to mind that it is
appointed by the almighty Creator for all men once to die therefore am
willing that God hath bestowed on me I give in the following manner and
first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of my saviour who
redeemed it by his precious blood and my body I recommend to the ground
to be buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named
nothing doubting but I shall receive it again at the last day by his
almighty power and as to such worldly estate as God hath bestowed on me
I give in the following manner-
I primise, I lend to my beloved wife Salley Maddox my Negroe girl Alse
during her life.
Item I give and bequeath to my son William Maddox one third part of my
tract land adjoining my son Talton's tract.
Item I give & bequeath to my son John Maddox one third of my tract of
land adjoining Ramseys line.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Michael Maddox the middle part of m
tract of Land containing my houses and plantation and my desire is for
my wife to live with her youngest son Michael during her life and after
all just debts paid my will and desire is that each of my children as
they shall come of age the shall receive one horse bridle and saddle to
be raised out of my estate and after the death of my beloved wife my
will and desire is that the remainder of my estate with my Negroe girl
aforesaid lent to my beloved wife with all her increase after my wife's
death be equally divided among all my children
And lastly I do nominate and appoint my beloved wife Salley Maddox and
my beloved son Talton Maddox and William Lucas to be Executors to this
my last will and testament and I do b these presents disanul and revoke
all other and every former will heretofore made in testimony whereof I
have ratified and confirmed this be my last will and no other this
eighth day of November Anno Domini 1794-
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared to be his last will in
presence of us who in his presence and presence of each other have
enterchangeably set our hands the day and year above written.
James Langston Jurat
Talton Madox Jurat
Signed David (his X mark) Maddox {Seal}
A Copy Test. John Ramsey, C.C.
Returned Feb. Session 1795
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Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, pg. 193b
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

Robert Marsh Will dated 14 Mar., 1801

MY NOTE: This will is typed and then microfilmed.

In the name of God Amen, I Robert Marsh of the county of Chatham & State
of North Carolina being in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to
God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is
apointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will &
testament. - Viz.
Principally & first of all I give & recommend my Soul into the hands of
almighty God that gave it me & my body to the earth to be decently
buried at discretion. Nothing doubting, but at the general resurrection,
I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as
touching such worldly estate thereunto it hath pleased God to bless me
with in this life. I give demise & dispose of the following manner &
form. First I give & bequeath to my ^un^ married children the Sum of
twenty pounds each. North Carolina currency to be paid at their marriage
to be raised & levied out of my estate: also I give unto my son Charles
Marsh the sum of five Shillings Sterling' and the balance of my estate
to be equally divided betwixt the rest of my children John William,
Robert, Joseph, Henry & Alexander my Sons & Elizabeth Brantley, Barbara
Griffith, Mary Hackney, Nancy Dilliard, Martha Lambert, Sarah Davis,
Frances Taylor, Eliza Stuart, and Henrietta My daughters. And I do
hereby constitute make & ordain William Marsh & Daniel Hackney the sole
executors of this my last will and testament; And do hereby disannul,
revoke & disallow all & every other former testament, Wills legacies
bequests & executors by me in any wise before named Will'd bequeathed,
ratified & confirmed this & no other to be my last Will & testament. In
witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this fourteenth day
of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & one

                                Robert Marsh {Seal}
Signed, Sealed, Published &
Pronounced & declared by the
sd. Robert Marsh as his last
Will & testament in the
presence of us who in these
presence & in the presence
of each other have hereto
subscribed our names.
Solomon Dorsett
James Collins
Matthew Daly
John Marsh
        Proved by Solomon Dorsett & by James Collins.
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John Marshill Will, dated May 5, 1787, no probate date
Chatham Co., NC, Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pps. 31,31(b),32
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

(My Note. John Marshill is of Quaker faith)

I John Marshill of Chatham County & State of North carolina being in
perfect health and sound memory but knowing the mortality of my body
and that is appointed for all men once to die I do make and ordain this
my Last Will and Testament in manner following and as touching such
worldly Estate as hath please the lord to bless me with I bequeath give
devise allow and dispose of in manner as follows my Just debts and
funeral charges to be first paid and of my Estate I give and bequeath
to my dear and well beloved Wife Ruth Marshill the black mare Called
Javel (?) to be her own property only she must give to my son Joseph
her first Colt and after share her increase with her unmarried Children
I also give her the Case of Drawers her bed and furniture side sadle
and all the household furniture provided she share them with her
Children as they may grow to require them and to have her maintainance
on the plantation that I now live on with all priviledge of house
Orchards etc and all the moveables substance after such Legacies are
paid as I direct whilst she remains my widow but no longer I also give
to my son Jacob Marshill twenty Shillings. I also give my son William
Marshill twenty Shillings _ I give to my son John Marshil five pounds I
give to my Daughter Ruth Marshill a feather Bed and furniture and the
Chest that is Called hers A spinning wheel and side sadle and bridle &
a cow and Calf, and I give to my Daughter Hannah Marshill a feather bed
and furniture a spinning wheel side saddle and Bridle a Cow and Calf
and Each of them last named twenty Shillings I also give all my Lands
that I no hold not knowing better how to order it at this time to my
four youngest sons
(Vizt) Benjamin, Joseph, Isaac, and Abram, & all of them a
proportionable share of the stock of horses and cattle, I also allow
Isaac to have the plantation that I now live on with twenty acres to
his share more than any of the rest by reason the Land is much worn and
Let the Land be divided in the best manner to the advantage of the
meadow grounds,, But if my four sons Choose not to have the Land
divided so let the Land be sold and the greatest of the prices be given
to the two youngest,, otherwise let such who keep the land pay the
Others and Equal price as may be agreed upon and it is my Will that if
any of them my Children decease without Issue that their Legacy be
Equally divided between the others, and if the Land be not sold I allow
my Eldest son Jacob to pay to him that may have the worst thereof
fifteen pounds above it in my possession at this time I allow my
Joyners tools to be divided amongst my son as may best suit. It is also
my Will that my two grandsons John Marshill & John Dobbins have twenty
shillings Each__
I also ordain and appoint my two sons Jacob & William with Ruth their
Mother my whole and equal Executors and Executrix of this my Last Will
and Testament,, To act in my room and in my stead as trustees of the
whole and do charge and thusly require them to discharge their trust
faithfully
In Witness and Testimony whereof John Marshill hath set my hand and
affixed my seal this tenth day of the 5th
Month commonly called May and in the
year one thousand seven hundred Eighty seven
Singed and sealed in the presence of us
William Marshill
John Davis
William Marshill Junior
Signed John Marshill {Seal}
A Copy Test John Ramsey, C. C.
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Clementine Martin Will dated 2 Nov., 1799, proved Nov. 1799

In the name of God Amen. I Clementine Martin of the State of North
Carolina in the county of Chatham being of sound mind. Do make this my
last Will and Testament revoking all Wills by me heretofore made.
Imprimis, after all my just debtors and funeral expenses are paid, I
give and devise my property as follows.
Item. It is my Will and desire that all my property both real and
personal be equally divided between my two sons Clementine and Samuel
Martin, to be equally divided by my Executors to this my last Will and
Testament. Revoking all Wills by me heretofore made.
                I denominate John Thompson     }
                             Clementine Martin } Exec'rs

Signed Sealed and declared
to be my last Will
This 2nd day of November, 1799
                                Clementine (his mark) Martin
John Sinclar
Archibald McIntyre - Jurat
                                Proved Nov., 1799 by
                                A. McIntire
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George Martin Will - Dated 4 Nov., 1800

I George Martin of Chatham County and State of North Carolina Thinking
it needful for the telling of my ______ goods? do make this my last will
and testament making void all former wills and confirming this present
writing.
Firstly, I will that my executors herein after named to pay all my just
debts and Expence of Burial.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my sons Adam Martin and Samuel Martin
the tract of land whereon I now live containing three Hundred acres as
my deeds describes to be equally divided between them the West end for
Adam and the East End Samuel with their paying fifty Dollars, or
property to the value Each of them to be equally divided Between their
brothers and sisters Viz:
Margaret George Jane John Rachel Mary Sarah Catharine and Ann.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hanah Sixty two silver
Dollars or the value there of in good property. Also one Feather bed
bedstead and furniture. Also one pewter dish, two pewter plates and one
skillet and one breeding sow.
Lastly, I appoint my sons Adam Martin & Samuel Martin to Execute this my
last will and testament. In wittness whereof I set my hand and seal this
4th day of November, 1800.
                        George Martin  {Seal}
Witnesses
James Underwood Senr.
James Edwards
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Thomas Matthews Will - dated August 17th, 1785
Chatham Co., NC, Wills and Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 20(b),21
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Matthews of the county of Chatham in
the State of North carolina being weak in Body but of sound memory
blessed be God, do this day, August the seventeenth in the year of our
Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty five make and publish this
my last Will and Testament in manner following that to say, first I
give to my Daughter Sarah Morgan one Shilling Sterling- also I give and
bequeath to my son William Matthews one Shilling Sterling- also I give
and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Griffith one Shilling Sterling also
I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Matthews one Shilling Sterling
also I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Matthews one Shilling
Sterling also I give and bequeath to my son Ezekiel Matthews one
Shilling Sterling - also I give and bequeath to y Daughter Margaret
McDade one Shilling Sterling also I give and bequeath to m loving wife
Margaret Matthews all my goods chattels and personal Estate such as
Horses Cattle Hogs and Household furniture all my farming and
carpenters Tools during her life and after her death I leave unto
Ezekiel Matthews two oldest Daughters to them their Heirs and assigns
forever and I make and ordain my Loving Wife Sole Executrix of this my
Will in trust for the intents and purposes in this my Will Contained In
Witness whereof I the said Thomas Matthews have to this my last Will
and Testament Set my hand and seal this Day and year above written
Signed Sealed and delivered
in the presence of us...
George Hobson
Jese Hobson
Adam Moffitt
Signed Thomas (his X mark) Matthews {Seal}
A Copy Test John Ramsey, C.C.
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Will of James McMasters - 1788 - Chatham Co. NC Wills
Vol. 1, pg. 46b, 47 - NC State Archives film # C.022.50001
 [Mr. McMasters is likely of the Quaker Faith]

I James McMasters of the County of Chatham, this twenty sixth Day of the
third month in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & Eighty
Eight being of perfect mind and memory blessed be God and knowing that
it is appointed for all men to Die, do make this my last will and
Testament touching such Estate as hath please God to bless me with I
give and dispose of in the following manner first-
I constitute and appoint two of my sons William & Andrew McMasters to be
my only & sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament allowing my
funeral charges and Just debts to be first paid out of my Estate __ I
give unto my son John the sum of five Shillings __ I give unto my son
James the sum of five Shillings __ I give unto my daughter Elizabeth the
sum of five Shillings __ I give unto my daughter Sarah the sum of five
pounds & the Chest that was her mothers
I will & demise give & bequeath all that 167 acres of Land on the North
side of the Sout[h] fork of Rocky river whereon I now live to two of my
sons, vizt. Jonathan & Lewis to be freely enjoyed & possessed by them &
their Heirs forever and to be equally divided between them __ I give
unto other two of my sons namely Samuel & Simon all the rest of my Land
on the south side of sd south fork being 171 acres to be freely enjoyed
and possessed by them & their heirs forever and to be equally divided
between them __ I give unto my son William the sum of Ten pounds I give
unto my son Andrew the sum of Ten pounds I give unto my son Samuel the
sum of Ten pounds, I give unto my son Jonathan the sum of ten pounds __
I give unto my son Simon the sum of Ten pounds I give unto my son Lewis
the sum of Ten pounds __ I will and demise unto my beloved wife Susanna
on bed & furniture one Cow together with all the rent, profit &
advantage ? of the plantation whereon I now live during her life
I will that all the remainder of my Estate be equally divided between my
two sons William & Andrew
In Witness and Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the day
and year the day and year first above written     Signed James (his O
mark) McMasters

Signed & sealed in }
Presence of us       }
Wm. Vestal
Nathan Vestal
David Vestal                        A Copy  Test  John Ramsey, C.C.
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John McSwane Will dated 1 Oct., 1799 - Proved Nov. term, 1799
Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, (1798-1819) pg. 149-B
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

In the  name of God Amen, I John McSwane of North Carolina and Chatham
County being thru the mercy of God, 'tho weak of body yet of perfect
memory do constitute this my last will and Testament and desire it to be
Received by all as such. Imprimis:
I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker and I give my body to the
earth, from whence it was taken. As to my worldly estate I order that
all my debts be paid after which I give to my loving wife for term of
her life the remainder of my estate, consisting of the land which I now
live on and stock and after death to my sons Dennis & Edward/Edmond McSwane and
their heirs to be divided equally between them.
And as constitute them Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 1st day of
Oct., Anno Domini, 1799
                        John (his mark) McSwane  {Seal}
Test.
John Edwards
Eleanor (her mark) Edwards
Martha (her mark) McSwane
                                Proved Nov'r Term, 1799
                                by John Edwards.
                                Examined JR
                                (should be John Ramsey, C.C.)
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CHATHAM COUNTY, NC - WILLS - Michael Medlin, 11 Mar 1807
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Michael Medlin Will - 1807
Chatham Co. NC. Record of Wills
Vol. A, pg. 167
NCSA film # .002.80001

In the Name of God Amen. I Michael Medlin of Chatham County State of
North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God
do this Eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and seven make and publish this my last will and testament in
following that is to say.
First I lend to my loving wife Mary all my real and personal estate
during her life or widowhood. After which I give it all to my John
Medlin if he should live to arrive to the age of Twenty One years. If
not to be equal divided between Polly and William Barker daughter and
son
of Stephen Barker. And I hereby make and ordain my wife Mary and Stephen
Barker executrix and executor of this my last will and testament. In
witness whereof I the said Michael Medlin have to this my last will and
testament set my hand and seal, the day and year above written. Signed
Sealed published and declared by the said Michael Medlin, the testator
as his last will and testament in presents of us who were present at the
of signing & sealing thereof.
                        Michael (his X mark) Medlin {Seal}
Parish Cross
William Rollings.
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Charles Millakin Will dated May 12, 1785 - no probate date
Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 24(b), 25, 25(b)
NC State Archives Film # C.022.50001

I(n) the name of God amen I Charles Millakin of Chatham County and
State of N. Carolina being sick and low in health but of perfect mind
and memory do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in
manner and form following first I recommend my soul into the hands of
almighty God who gave it and my Body to be decently buried in a
christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Ann one negro woman named
Penney to her and her heirs forever I also lend her the Household and
Kitchen furniture during her life and at her death to be Equally
divided amongst all my son and daughter___Item I give and bequeath to
my son Robert the Lands and plantation whereon he nw lives in the
County of Orange and one negro woman named Fillis to him and his
Heirs forever___
Item I give and bequeathe to my son James the Lands and plantation in
Orange county, whereon he now lives to him and his Heirs forever also
my Dun mare___
Item I give and bequeathe to my son Charles A Horse to be purchased by
my Executors at fifteen pounds price and a suite of clothes that is
made for me____
Item I give and bequeathe to my sons George and Quaintain the Lands and
plantation whereon they now live to be Equally divided between them to
them and their Heirs forever A negro Child by the name of Mike to
George and his Heirs A young Horse named Snip to my son Quaintain
Item I give and bequeathe to my Daughter Jenny Stewart twelve pounds
Currant money and to my grand Daughter Rachel Stewart on Cow and
Calf___
Item I give and bequeathe to my grand Son Quaintain Stewart A negro
girle named Lisse to him and his Heirs forever
Item I give the Lands whereon I live to be sold or divided as my best
suit my sons if sold the moneys arising therefrom to be Equally divided
amongst them and when the debts Collected be Equally Divided between my
sons Robert James and Charles Lastly I do appoint and constitute my
beloved wife Ann my sons Robert and George my Executrix and Executors
of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all
former Wills by me made Ratifying and Confirming this to be my last
Will in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
Seal this 12th Day of May in the year
of our Lord 1785

Signed Seal'd published
and delivered in presense of
Mat Jones
Micajah McGee
William (his X mark) Hamblet
Signed Charles (his X mark) Millakin {Seal}

A Copy Test John Ramsey C. C.
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Will of John Minter - Dated June 14 1797

Wife Elizabeth Minter

Sons, Joseph, John and Morgan Minter

Daughter, Agnes Evans

My six children Morgan Minter, Judith Womack, Elizabeth Burns, John Minter, Jane Riddle, Joseph Minter.

Exec; John Minter and Joseph Minter

Wit: John Ramsey, H. M. Russell, Revil Calebron

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Will of Philip Minter, dated 23 March 1796, proved Mary Court 1706
Chatham County NC Record of Estates, Vol. 2, pg. 80
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001 - 1782-1799

In the name of God amen I Philip Minter, Tayler (tailor) of Chatham
County and State of North Carolina being of perfect mind & memory and of
a disposing mind do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in
manner & form as follows (to wit)
first  that my Body shall be Buried in Decent like Manner & that my
funeral expences shall be paid out of my Property & the Rest shall be
divided as follows
I give and bequeath unto James Minter of Chatham County and State
aforesaid one Black west Coat ( what they called a weskit?) and Breaches
and one Black pair of Stockings one fine shirt Doubled hem'd Ruffled;
I give to John Evans one fine shirt Ruffled Trim'd with Lace one pair of
strip'd silk stockings one spotted Vest casimer (cashmere) Jacket,
I give to Charles Evans one fine Ruffles Shirt hem stich, one strip'd
(striped) Jacket, one Cravat;
I give and bequeath unto Abner Hill (or Hile ?) Minter my watch Two
shirts one pair shoe & New Buckles, I give unto John Minter of Chatham
county one Hatt.
I give unto John riddle Jun. one Lin'd Colour'd Casimere Colour'd Coat,
one yellow silk & cotton Vest & Breaches and my will and desire is that
the rest of my cloths shall be sold to help pay of my debts & also my
will and desire is that all my acc'ts shall be collected & the money
arising from the acc'ts and the Money I have shall be equally divided
between Celah Minter, Susanna Evans & Elizabeth Michaur? Minter all of
Chatham County and my will & desire that Joseph Minter of Chatham County
to be my Executer, and do appoint the said Joseph Minter executer to
this My last Will & Testament. In the year one thousand seven Hundred &
ninety six.
                                        Philip (his X mark) Minter {Seal}

Sign'd Seal'd & Deliv'd in the
Precence of us this 23rd March 1796
Joseph Brantley Jun'r (X)
Thomas (his X mark) O'Kelly
                Prov'd at May Court 1796 by the oath of Joseph Brantly Jun'r
                A Copy Test John Ramsey, C.C.
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John Mise Will, dated November 21, 1784, no probate date
Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pg. 32, 32(b)
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001

In the name of God amen the 21st of November one thousand Seven hundred
and Eighty four I being in good health and of sound memory thanks be to
almighty God & Calling to remembrance the uncertain Estate of this
Transitory life, and all flesh must yield to death when it shall please
God to Call do make, Constitute, ordain & declare this my last Will and
Testament in manner & form following, revoking & annulling by these
presents all and every Testament or Testaments, Will or Wills
heretofore by me made or declared either by word or writing, and this
is to be taken for my last Will and Testament & none other. and being
penitent & sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sins past most
humbly desire forgiveness for the same and commit my soul into the
hands of almighty God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried
in a Christian like manner___ and for the settling of my temporal
Estates and such goods & chattels and debts as it hath pleased God for
above my deserts to bestow upon me, I do order give and dispose of the
same in manner & form following that is to say___ first I will that all
the debts & dues I owe to right or conscience to an person or persons
whatsoever shall be well & truly contented & paid by my Executors John
Smith & my well beloved wife Mary Mise__
Item I give and bequeath to William Smith the plantation whereon I now
live with an Equal part of all my land on the North side of Bear Creek
the other half the Land on the same side the sd Creek to Ambrose Smith
brother to Wm. Smith and son of Lucy Smith daughter of my well wife
Mary Mise only John Smith & Lucy his wife to live on & hold possession
of the sd land on the north side of the sd Creek during their lives and
then to sd to be equally divided Between Wm. and Ambrose Smith &
Ambrose to have the upper part and provided William Smith should die
without Heirs, his brother Isaac Smith shall possess his land' I give &
bequeath to Lucy smith Daughter of my well beloved wife one Negro woman
named Tim also I give to Ambrose Smith one Bay mare & one Cow & Calf to
Wm. Smith I give one horse branded on the rump thus B one Tract of land
lying on the south side of Bear Creek to be sold & the money Eaqually
divided Between Wm. & Ambrose Smith_
Item I give & bequeath all my household furniture to Wm. Smith, after
the decease of my self and wife.
Witness my hand this twenty first day of November seventeen hundred and
Eighty four

Test
John Rosson
John (his X mark) Smith
Joseph Stevens
Signed John Mise {Seal}
A Copy Test
John Ramsey, C. C.
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Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, pg. 189b
N.C. State Archives film # C.022.80001

I Hugh Moffit of Chatham County, North Carolina having disposed of
affairs in order to move with my family to the Norwest Territory think
best in cases of Mortality to leave the following as my Will.
Fist I give to my wife Hannah four hundred Dollars with all my other
property whatsoever, except what is willed to my children as follows &
paying my just debts.
Secondly To Robert I give five dollars.
Thirdly to John & Joshua each five.
Also a certain tract of Land in Randolph County, State aforesaid, on the
waters of Deep River joining Jacob Edwards & John Johnsons Land, the
boundaries of which are described in the grants in my name for said
land, to each an equal share to them their heirs & assigns forever.
Fourthly to Charles Joseph Jeremiah & Nathan each one hundred Dollars.
Lastly, I appoint my sons Charles and Joseph my Executors in Witness
Whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of the tenth
months 1799
                        Hugh Moffit {Seal}
 (Hugh Moffit is Quaker)

Witness
Jesse Dixon
Nathan Dixon
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Chatham Co., N.C. Record of Wills, Vol. A, pg. 191
N.C. Archives film # C.022.80001

Will of James Moon

To All Christian People to whom these presents shall come, Greeting.
Know ye that I James Moon of the county of Chatham and state of North
Carolina Connuddesing (supposed to be Cognizant?) of this transatory
life and being infirm in body but in perfect sence do this Twenty Second
day of March one thousand Eight Hundred and Two Make and Publish this my
Last Will and Testament in Manner Following that is to say first-
I desire that my body be decently buried. I also desire that my funeral
Expences be paid and then my just debts be paid.
I will and bequeath to my well beloved wife Ann two cows and one Mare,
two sheep one pot and lark? her bed and furniture to her and her heirs
and assigns for ever.
My will is that my wife live on my plantation with privilage of said
plantation and farming utensils while she remains my widowe. I do
bequeath unto my daughter Lurany Barns two shillings and six pence
to my son John two shillings and sixpence. Also to my Daughter Charity
Piggott two shillings and sixpence. Likewise my son Jacob two shillings
and sixpence and to my Daughter Rachel two shillings and sixpence
Also fire tongs, pot lack/lark/luck and hook, one yearling calf to my
Daughter Hannah Bass Two shillings and sixpence. Also to my granson
Joshua Murffy one cow and yearling and it is my Will after my wifes
decease or Marriage to give and bequeath to my son Jacob one hundred
acres of Land to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Inclosing the
dwelling house where I now live.
Also I will and bequeath to my son Thomas Ninety Eight Acres of Land in
the South side of my plantation and the land to be divided by and East
West Line Between them, to him and his and assigns forever.
{Then there is three lines of writing that has been marked through). As
best I can tell they say:
Also my right and title of land in _____I give and bequeath apart ____
whilest sensible  the 15th day of March, 1805. ___ ___ children and ____
____ ____ ____ ____ the rest unreadable.
Then:
likewise it is my will that the remainder part of my household furnature
be to my wife her life time or term of widow hood and after her decease
to be equally divided Between my Daughter Rachel and son Thomas Except
one large Pewter dish to my son Jacob. I hereby disallow and disannul
all other wills or testaments ratifying and confirming this and no other
to be my last Will and Testament. Lastly I make ordain constitute and
appoint my Beloved wife and son Jacob to be Executors of this my Last
Will and Testament to answer the intent and purpose herein contained in
witness whereof I the said James Moon hath to this my Last Will and
testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

                        James Moon  {Seal}
Signed and Sealed in the presence of us
Jesse Hinshaw
John (his mark "E" Moon
Rachael Moon
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Charles Morgan Will, dated Nov. 12, 1787, no probate date
Chatham Co., NC Record of Estates, Vol. 1, pps 32(b), 33
NC State Archives film # C.022.50002

In the name of god amen I Charles Morgan of the County of Chatham being
thro 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 & Testament and desire it to be received by all as such
imprimis I most humbly bequeath my soule to god my maker beseeching his
most acceptance of it thro the all sufficiant merits and mediation of
my most compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ who gave him himself to an
attonement for my sins and is able to save to the utmost all that come
unto god by him seeing he ever liveth to make intersession for them and
who I trust will not reject me a returning penitent sinner when I come
to him for mercy in this life and confidence I render up my soule with
comfort humbly beseeching the most blesd and glorious trinity one god
most holy most merciful and gracious to prepare me for this time of my
dessolution and then to take me to himself unto that peace and rest and
incomparable felicity which he has prepared for those that love and pr
his hold name amen blessed be god
imprimis I give my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full
assurance of its resurection from thence at the last day as for my
Burial I desire it may be desant without pomp or State at the
discretion of my executors heareafter mentioned who I doubt not will
manage it with all requisite prudence, as to my wourdly Estate I Will
and order that al my just debts be paid, Item, I give to my six son
name Joseph Morgan, & Charles Morgan Jr, Edward Morgan & John Morgan &
Zachariah Morgan & William Morgan and my two Daughters Hanna West and
Rachel Stewart this house and Land and Mill wherein I no live and all
the residues and remander of my wourldly Estate of what kind or quality
so ever ti be only the Beds and furniture thereunto belonging that I
now ly on to be Equally divided amongst my six sons & two Daughters
above named to them their heirs and assigns forever the Bed and
furniture above mentioned I give to my grand daughter Jean Stewart to
her her heirs and assigns forever lastly I do Constitute and appoint my
son Charles Morgan and Joseph Morgan executors of this my Last Will and
Testament In Witness whereof I have
hereunto set my hand the 12th day of
November in the year of our Lord 1787
Witness
John Stewart
James Smith
I Charles Morgan here I take off my seal and declar this to be my Last
Will and Testament
A Copy Test. John Ramsey C. C.
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Will of Fereby Morgan - 16 Oct., 1843.
Chatham Co., N.C.  Will Bk. C. 1834-1857
Microfilm # C.022.80001, pg. 546 ( old pg. #163-164)

In the name of God Amen. I Fereby Morgan of the County of Chatham &
State of North Carolina being of sound & perfect mind & memory blessed
be God do this sixteenth day October 1843 doe & make & publish this my
last will & testament in manner following that is to say that first of
all my just debts are to be paid out of my estate the balance of my
property I dispose of in the following manner
First. I give & bequeath unto my grandson Andrew Jackson Morgan One cow
& calf one bed & furniture one sow & pigs & one small chest, the balance
of my Estate after paying my debts and the above Legacies if any remain
let it consist of what it may I lend unto my son John Morgan during his
life time and after his death to go to the above named Andrew Jackson
Morgan & Zachariah Morgan them and their issue.
I consider that my daughter Polly Brewer (inserted 'the') wife of Abel
Brewer my daughter Rachel "RICHARD" wife (of) Samuel "RICHARDSON" (NOTE:
the difference in the last name) & the children of my daughter Jemima
Taylor who is now dead have had their full share of my Estate and I
hereby make and ordain my worthy friend Lucien Burnett Executor to this
my last will & testament, In witness whereof I the said Fereby Morgan
have to this my last will & testament set my hand and seal the day &
year above written & signed sealed & published & declared by the said
Fereby Morgan the Testatrix as her last will & testament of whoever
present at the time of signing & sealing thereof
                Fereby (her mark- looks like a blob) Morgan  {seal}
Test
A. H. Dismukes
pg. 164
Chatham County May Sessions 1844
this certifies that the foregoing last will & Testament of Pherebe
Morgan dec'd was proved in open court by the oath of A. H. Dismukes the
subscribing witness thereto & ordered to be recorded whereupon Lucian
Burnett the Executor therein named appeared in open Court & was duly
qualified.
Test.  N.A. Stedman, C. C. C.
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Will of Jane Murry, dated 1 June, 1795, proved Aug. term 1798
Chatham Co., NC, Record of Estates, Vol. 2, pg. 131
NC State Archives film # C.022.50001 - 1782-1799

In the name of God, Amen. I Jeany Murry of Chatham County & State of
North Carolina, being of sound & perfect mind & memory Bless'd be god do
this 1st day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred
& ninety five make & publish this my Last Will & Testament in manner
following that is to say
first I recommend my soul to god who gave it not Doubting but he will
dispose of it as best suit his Godlike Wisdom and my Body to be burried
in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Exe'r and as to the
worldly goods which it has pleas'd God to bless me with I will that hey
be disposed of in the following manner, that is to say my Will and
Desire is that the Tract of Land where on I now live containing one
hundred & forty four acres, be equally divied (divided) between my three
children (viz) Jane Jessie & Sarah Murry said Jessie to have the part
adjoining Isaac Brooks and Balaam Thompsons line said sarah to have her
part adjoining Jessies part and Jane to have the part whereon the
plantation now is. sd. Jessie to have one Cow & the House with one half
of the Hoggs. said Sarah to have one cow with half of the Hogs all the
Household furniture to be divided between my Daughters Jane & Sarah to
my Daughter Ann my Hackle and Spools further I appoint my son and
Daughter Jessie & Jane my sole executors of this my last Will &
Testament and I do hereby disannul & Revoke all other or former Wills by
me made.
In Witness whereof I have hearunto set my hand & seal this day and date
above written.
                                                Sign'd Jane Murry
Sign'd seal'd and publish'd
and declared by the Testatrix
as her Last will & Testament
in precence of us who have
hereunto subscribed our names
as Witnesses in her precence and
in the precence of Each other
Balaam Thompson
William Dixon & Sam'l Graves (X)

Duly Proved at Aug't. Term 1798 by the oath of Sam'l Graves the
subscribing Witness thereto___
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James Neal Will - 2 Jan 1834-Aug 1834
Chatham Co., NC - Record of Wills (original)
NC State Archives film # C.022.8001
Vol.C- 1834-1857, pg. 6 (467-468)

In the Name of God Amen, I James Neal of the County of Chatham and
State of North Carolina being weak of body and Remembering that it is
appointed for all men Once to die do make and ordain this my last Will
and Testament and do hereby revoke and make Null and Void all other
wills by me made, do naming this Only to be my last and as regards
the estate that it has Pleased God to bless me with I dispose of in the
following manner, viz,
First it is Will and desire that my beloved Wife and Executor or
Executors dispose of such part of my estate as my wife thinks can most
conveniently be spared to sell, all just claims, against the same.
Secondly, my will and desire is that all the estate I die in possession
of both real and personal, and, of whatever description it may be
after settling my Just debts shall Remain with and be enjoyed by me
beloved wife during her life (Thirdly My Will and desire is at My
Wife's death the property above named shall be immediately possessed by
my daughter Mariah J. Petty and be to her use and benefit during her
life after my daughters death My Will and desire is all the above
named property with the increase shall be equally divided among and
between all my above said daughter Mariah J. Petty's surviving children
in case my one or more of my Grand Children should have married and
left Issue and is dead before such division, my desire is that such
Great Grand Child or children should have such part as though my
Grand Child was living.
My Will and desire is that all the property that I have put in
possession of my son in law of whatever nature, it be to belong to him
and disposable of by him agreeable to his will and Pleasure. Lastly I
hereby appoint my beloved wife my executor and my beloved friend Edward Rives my Executor
Signed and Sealed this 2nd day January 1834
In Presence of James Neal {Seal)
David Harris
Thomas {"T" his mark} Clark

Chatham county- this certifies that the foregoing Last Will and
Testament of James Neal was duly proved in Court of Pleas and Quarter
Sessions August term 1834 by the oath (of) David Harris and Thomas
Clark {T his mark) subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be
Recorded Witnesses ? Edwd' Rives and (my wife executor), Abigail Neal,
Executors therein named and was qualified.

( This will has a lot of overwriting at the end but, I have tried to
read and extract it as closely as possible SA)
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See William Norwood Will here:
 norwood_will.html