Franklin County Wills

Will of Sally Dales-1859


Franklin County, North Carolina
Book U, Pg. 6

This my last Will and Testament
I will and bequeath to my daughter SALLY one loom and gear, on Bed and Bedstead, one cow and calf, one ox and cart, one red painted chest, one table and one dinner pot. All my things in the press and my hogs, I also wish her to have, all my property that not specified in this will at my death.
I will and bequeath to my daughter WINNIE, one bed and bedstead, and bed clothes, and two red painted chairs.
I will and bequeath to my daughter ELIZABETH, one red painted table, one cow and calf.
I never want any of my property sold at my death, I want my three daughters, SALLY, WINNIE, and ELIZABETH to have it as I have left it. This March 12th 1859
SALLY DALES ("X" her mark)

The within will is this day proved before me by the Oath of A. N. HAMLETT, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. Nov. 23, 1868.

by W. H. FARNUM, D.C.


(Note: Sally Dales was the widow of William Dales, Free Persons of Color who first showed in Franklin County in the 1830 Census. Statements by her grandson, James Lewis Richardson, [1841-1922) in an 1896 Application to the Dawes Commission, indicates that Sally was the daughter of Leven Evans. Sally's will was the subject of a long court action, which brought to light her additional family members. Her children were Elizabeth, wife of Nathan Mills; Winnie, wife of Isaac Evans, a.k.a. West; Sally, widow of Henry Mills, had eight children who used the DALES surname; Mary, wife of Mason Richardson.  Not mentioned in the will were:  Henry, who was married to Mariah King; Adeline, wife of James Hilliard Richardson; Fannie, wife of Peter Scott.)

The entire Will and Estate of Sally Dales, along with additional information can be found here:

Estate of Will and of Sally Dales, 1868