Cathrine Marsh Cashwell has submitted the 1832 will of Elizabeth Carver, and the will of James Marsh which he wrote in 1816. Thank-you Cathrine. Myrtle Bridges.    Posted Aug. 27, 1999

In the name of God, Amen, I, Elizabeth Carver of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina being week in body though sound in mind blessed be God for his mercy do make and publish and declare this my last will and testament in the word, following viz:

In the first place, I give and bequeath of my son, Robert Carver, the following Negro slaves namely, Caesor, Susan, Randal & Dianna, the daughter of Charity, to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever.

Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my son, William Carver the following Negro slaves namely, Solomon, Paul, Judy & Kinerva to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever.

Thirdly, I give and devise to my son, Robert and William Carver one tract of land containing fifty acres lying on the Wilmington Road one mile above Rockfish Creek to have and to hold to them and their heirs forever.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my fired Joshua Carmon the following Negro slaves namely Doosey, Diana the daughter of Elsey. Iam, Roda and Tom to have and to hold the said Negro slaves subject to the following ------------ (that is to say for the sole and ------------ & benefit of my daughter Julia Carmon and her children and in the count of her death without issue then the said Joshua Carman shall convey the title to the said Negroes ... of my daughter Julia -- request him so do.

Fifthly, I give, bequeath and devise to my son, Isham and my daughter Sidney Carver all the residue of my real and personal estate to be divided between them share and share alike. But it is my will and desire that my executrix herein after named shall pay and discharge all debts............I may one and funeral expenses out of this part of my property so given to my son, Isham and daughter, Sidney and the said Isham and Sidney are hereby equally charged with the maintenance and support of all my old and faithful Negroes slaves not here in before given and bequeathed to my other children during the natural lives of the said old Negro slaves.

Sixty, I hereby nominate and appoint my son, Isham Carver and my son in law --R. Carmon Executrix of this my last will and testament.

Signed and published Elizabeth (X) Carver
and declare as my last will
and testament in presence of
this 15th day of Feby 1832
Thomas Ledgbert
Colin McRae proven: March Term 1837.


State of North Carolina, Cumberland County. In the name of God Amen I, James Mash, Senior of the State and County afforesaid being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament. In manner of follows this 22 day of October in the year of Lord 1816.

I leave unto my beloved wife, Sarah Mash, the plantation where on I now live containing sixty acres of land during life of time, after her death to be equally divided between my two daughters, namely Elizabeth Mash and Mary Mash to have and to hold forever.

I give unto my two daughters, namely Elizabeth Mash and Mary Ann, two beds and furniture. With stock of cattle and house furniture.

I gave unto my daughter, Margaret Bond, one bed and furniture, 1 cow and calf. Which she has already received.

To my son, John Mash, one 100 acres of land lying joinning Odoms pond and his old place.

I give unto my son, James Mash one 100 acres of land lying joinning of John Marsh piece.

I give unto my son, Absalom Mash one hundred acres of land already conveyed to him.

I give unto my son, Evan Mash, Sixty acres of land lying joining the dividing line betwwen and and Bones joining the plantation on the north east and also I give unto him fifty acres lying joinning Absalom Mash back end between the bay pond and Indian Camp and to have the above mentioned properties forever.

If John Mash and James Mash and Evan get their compliment of land, they must after my death and Sarah Mash make up twenty four dollars to Margaret Bone. Which is eight dollars a piece for them each. Thereby appoint Isaac Newberry, Sr. and Benjamin Newberry as my Executors. To and according to this my Last Will and Testament. Signed and sealed in the presents of us.

James Mash
his X
James Sims
his X
John Graham

No proven date recorded.

Legal documents show the name Mash/Marsh used referring to the same person within the same document. Shortly after the date of James Mash's will, his children began to use the name Marsh exclusively.

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