Franklin County Wills

Wills and Estates, Pt. 3

Will of WILLIAM ANDREWS-1818
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1820-1823
Volume G, Page 16

Last Will & Testament of WILLIAM ANDREWS dec'd
In the name of God Amen, I WILLIAM ANDREWS of Franklin County & State of North Carolina being of of perfect & sound mind & memory blessed be God, do this 25th day of December 1818 make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner following that is to say,
Item.  I give to my wife MARY ANDREWS, one third of my personal property to her & her heirs forever. I also lend unto my said wife, MARY ANDREWS, on third of my Land including the house wherein I now live, during her natural life & after her death to desend to my heirs appointed by Will.
Item.  I lend unto AILSEY ADAMS, the land I bought of ROBERT MILTON, during her natural life & after her death to desend to my heirs appointed by Will. Also I lend unto said AILSEY ADAMS, one fourth of my personal property (after my wife first having one third) during her natural life and then said property to return to my heirs appointed by Will.
Item.  The balance of my Estate, I give & bequeath unto MARTHA ANDREWS ADAMS & MARY ANDREWS ADAMS, & SARAH ANDREWS ADAMS, to them & their heirs forever to be equally divided between them, also what property I accumulate after the making of this Will, I wish it to be divided according to the tenners of this my Will. and further my desire is that my Exrs. hereafter named to act & divide the foregoing property agreeable to the said Will. I also appoint HENRY HUNT, BENJAMIN HUNT, SAMUEL TAYLOR, & JOSHUA PERRY all of the County aforesaid Exr's to this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I the said WILLIAM ANDREWS have to this my Will & Testament set my hand and seal, this the day & date above written.

WILLIAM ANDREWS

Signed in the presence of
M. BRIDGES, Jurat
SAM'L TAYLOR
IRA JACKSON, Jurat

 

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Will of THOMAS ARENDELL -1819
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1820-1823
Volume G, Pages 9-10

The Last Will & Testament of THOMAS ARENDELL dec'd
In the name of God Amen, I THOMAS ARENDELL of the County of Franklin & State of North Carolina, being weak in body but of sound mind & memory thanks be given to God for it; calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament, that is to say; first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God Almighty that gave it and my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors; nothing doubting at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again, as touching such worldly Estate; wherewith it hath pleased God almighty to bless me with in this life, therefore I give & dispose of the same in the following manner-
Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife RACHAEL ARENDELL, one hundred acres of Land where I now live, with half the orchard and half my barrells, & half the still, two feather beds, & furniture, two cows & calves, two sows & pigs, the killd??? & riding chair and the rone filley by the name of Fancey; the bowfat[?] & all it contains; with all the kitchen utensils, & half my working tools, with all my sheep; hereafter, also my Negro man MURFY, my Negro woman BECK; and her child DAVY; my Negro woman FANNY, to be proposed by her as long as she lives in this world, and after her death, all her property to be disposed of as shall under this Will be divised.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my daughter GILLIFINELL all the property that she has in her possession to be possessed by her & her Heirs forever, her Land being valued at $200 dollars by me THOMAS ARENDELL.
Item.  I give & bequeath unto my Daughter NANCY FERRILL, all the property that she has in possession to be possessed by her & her Heirs & assigns forever, her land valued at 200 dollars by me THOMAS ARENDELL.
Item.  I give and bequeath to my son BRIDGES ARENDELL also the property that he has in his [sic] at this time to be possessed by him & his Heirs & assigns forever, his land valued at 550 dollars by me THO'S ARENDELL.
Item.  I give & bequeath unto my Daughter PARTHENY MATTHEWS all the property that she has in her possession to be possessed by her and her Heirs & assigns forever, her land valued at 200 dollars by me THO'S ARENDELL.
Item.  I give & bequeath unto my Daughter MAHALY FERRILL all the property that she has in her possession to be possessed by her & her Heirs and assigns forever, her land valued at 200 dollars by me THO'S ARENDELL.
Item.  I give and bequeath unto my son RICHARD ARENDELL all the property that he has in his possession to be possessed by him and his Heirs & assigns forever, his Land valued at 550 dollars by me THOMAS ARENDELL.
Item. I give to my son BENJAMIN ARENDELL, all the property that he has in his possession, to be possessed by him and his Heirs & assigns forever his land valued at 600 dollars by me THO'S ARENDELL.
Item.  I give and bequeath unto my son THOMAS BOON ARENDELL all the rest of this tract of land with his Mother's after her death, one feather bed & furniture, two sows & pigs, one cow & calf, one hiefer yearling, one dish, 6 plates, three knives & forks, three chairs, half the barrells & half the still after his Mother's death her part of barrels & still his allowing 75 dollars for them and 550 dollars for his land valued by me THO'S ARENDELL, and all the rest of my property that he has in his possession to be possessed by him & his Heirs & assigns forever.
Item.  I give & bequeath unto my Daughter THERESY SANDERS all the property she has in her possession, to be possessed by her & her Heirs and assigns forever one Negro girl by the name of BARBERY valued at 200 dollars by me THOMAS ARENDELL, also one sow & pig or 10 dollars, three chairs or $1.50 cts, also 8 dollars to make her saddle a good one, with the rest to be possessed by her & her Heirs forever.
Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Daughter MATILDA YOUNG, all the property that she has in her possession, to be possessed by her & her Heirs & assigns forever, also one Negro girl by the name of CHEANY valued at 200 dollars, by me THO'S ARENDELL. one side saddle or 14 dollars, one sow & pigs or 10 dollars, three chairs $1.50 cts to be possessed by her & her Heirs & assigns forever.
All the rest my estate that is not will'd away, that is to say, one Negro woman by the name of MILLEY & one Negro boy by the name of SAM & one feather bed & furniture, one sorrell mare by the name of Wildfly, with two lots of land that fell to me of the Estate of FRANCIS PERRY dec'd, the lots of land after Old Mother PERRY's death all to be sold to the highest bidder, at the discretion of my Executors by my request is that the Negroes should be sold in the family; after paying my just debts out of the money arising from this sale, the balance to be divided between my six daughters, GILLY, NANCY, PARTHENY, MAHALEY, THERESY, and MATILDA; but take notice that GILLY's part & PARTHENY's of this sale to by in the hands of the Executors to give to them as they think they stand in need of it, for it, not to pay one debt of ALSEY FERRILL's, nor BENJAMIN MATTHEWS, but holy to the use of the said girls & their children as they stand in need. Take notice after my wife's death all the property that is left her above, that is then existing, the four Negroes and in case of any to be sold at the discretion of my Executors, and the money arising from that sale, after making my six daughters equal with the boys, according to the valuation above, then the balance to be equally divided between my Eleven children, GILLY, NANCY, BRIDGES, WILLIAM, PARTHENY, MAHALEY, RICHARD, BENJAMIN, THOMAS B, THERESY & MATILDA, but GILLY's & PARTHENY's part of this sale to be left in the hands of the Executors to do with as the others above except ALSEY & MATTHEWS should die or either of them then the Executors to pay over all the money in their hands to GILLY & PARTHENY, take notice also if the said GILLY & PARTHENY should die, for the money to be equally divided between their children without paying any debt whatsoever of their husbands. And I appoint WILLIAM ARENDELL & THOMAS B. ARENDELL my Executors of this Will, and I do hope that my Executors will fulfil my request in this Will every part & title of the same. My request is that all the money of the two girls GILLY & PARTHENY to be put out upon Interest for their profit and their children after them, except the executors after them to otherwise to let them have some as they stand in need. This to be my last Will & Testament and I do revoke and disnul all other Will or Wills this & no other to be my last Will. Given under my hand & seal this the 9th February 1819.

THO'S ARENDELL

Test
ROBT. HICKS
ROBERT FREEMAN, Jurat
JOSEPH YOUNG, Jurat

Take notice that there is one note on ALSEY FERRRIL for 70 Dollars, if he dies before a division, fling away the note, if not, demand no Interest for the note. BENJAMIN MATTHEWS 30 Dollars if he dies fling it away if not, no Interest, but if living they must come in the girls part.

THO'S ARENDELL

Take notice that I give my grand son ALLICK DUKE ARENDELL one sow and one heifer, that came from RICHARD's old cow. Given under my hand 9th Feb'y 1819.
ROBT HICKS
ROBERT FREEMAN, Jurat
JOSEPH YOUNG, Jurat
 

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Will of BENJAMIN A. E. BRICKELL-1841
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1840-1844
Volume L, Pages 30-31

In the name of God amen I, B.E.A. BRICKELL of the County of Warren & State of North Carolina being of sound mind & memory do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following, viz;
Item 1st. I give to my brother ARCHIBALD D. CRUDUP three Negroes to wit, MINGO, CAROLINE & RICHARD and their future increase to him and his heirs, but in the event of his dying without a lawful issue it is my will and desire that the Negroes above disposed of should go to my brother EDWARD A. CRUDUP & my sister MARTHA A. CRUDUP, but in the event of either or both of them dying without lawful issue that the Negroes go to my Mother's brothers & sisters.
Item 2nd. I give to my brother EDWARD A. CRUDUP three Negroes, to wit, HENRY, MARY LOUISE[?], and ELIZABETH and their future increase to him and his heirs forever. But in the event of his dying without a lawful issue it is my will and desire that the Negroes herein given to EDWARD A. CRUDUP should go to ARCHIBALD D. CRUDUP & MARTHA A. CRUDUP but in the event of either or both of them dying without lawful issue that the Negroes go to my Mothers Brothers & Sisters.
Item 3rd. I give to my sister MARTHA A. CRUDUP five Negroes, to wit, MARY & her infant child, & her three children LYDIA, HARDY & ROBBIN and their future increase to her and her heirs but in the event of her dying without lawful issue it is my will and desire that the Negroes herein given to MARTHA A. CRUDUP should go to ARCHIBALD D. CRUDUP & EDWARD A. CRUDUP but in the event of either or both of them dying without lawful issue that the Negroes go to my Mother's brothers & Sisters.
Item 4th. I give to my Sister MARINA K. HAYT two thirds of a bond which I hold against my brother JAMES H. CRUDUP dec'd and the other third of said bond I give to my niece SARAH B. ELLERSON 1 bond given for two hundred and fifty dollars dated 27 October 1836, but in the event of the above named bond not being paid by my step father JOSIAH CRUDUP or my two brothers ARCHIBALD D. CRUDUP & EDWARD A. CRUDUP that the Negroes herein given them be hired out by my Executors untill the above named bond & int. is received from hire of said Negroes.
Item 5. I give to my cousin ARCHIBALD D. ALSTON my bureau.
Item 6th. I give to affectionate Aunt ELIZABETH C. ALSTON after paying my just debts all the monies that may be due if any.
Lastly I nominate, constitute and appoint my two Uncles ARCHIBALD H. DAVIS & NICHOLAS B. MASSENBURG Executors to this my last Will & Testament. As witness my hand & seal, this 30th November 1840.

BENJAMIN A.E. BRICKELL

Signed in presence of us
EDWARD ALSTON
JOHN C. DAVIS Jurat
 

State of North Carolina
Franklin County
Court of Please & Quarter Sessions
June Term 1841

I, SMITH PATTERSON, Clerk of the Court aforesaid certify that the foregoing will was exhibited in open court for probate and the execution thereof duly proved by the oath of JOHN C. DAVIS a subscribing witness thereto and was on motion ordered to be recorded.

Attest
S. PATTERSON Clk


(This was the son of Benjamin Brickell & Ann Maria Davis; the elder Brickell left a will dated July 1812 in Franklin Co.; Ann Maria was the dau/of Archibald Davis & Elizabeth Hilliard. See the Davis-Massenburg Family Bible  for further info)


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Will of MOSES CARR-1841
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1840-1844
Volume L, Page 16

I MOSES CARR being far advanced in age but being sound in memory & in mind and memory it is appointed for all men to die and I do ordain this to be my last Will & Testament.
First it is my wish after my decease for my beloved wife to enjoy this same as a loan whereupon I now leave during her a natural life and after her decease, to my son WILLIAM CARR to him and his heirs forever.
Second. I give unto my son WILLIAM CARR the land and plantation called the COLLIER Tract to him and his heirs forever.
Third. I lend unto my beloved wife MOLLY during her natural life three Negroes (to wit) LOTTY, PEGGY & SARAH and after her decease for my son WILLIAM CARR to have the aforesaid Negroes LOTTY, PEGGY and SARAH to him and his heirs forever.
Fourth. I lend unto my beloved wife MOLLY CARR all my stock of horses, cattle and all my household & kitchen furniture during her natural life and after her decease for my son WILLIAM CARR to have all the stock of cattle, horses and household & kitchen furniture to him and to his heirs forever.
Fifth. I give to my daughters POLLY PERRY, ELIZABETH HIGHT, SARAH BROWN and JANE LYMAN five shillings each to them and their heirs forever.
Sixth. I give unto JAMES W. HARE five shillings to him and to his heirs forever.
I appoint WILLIAM CARR and my wife MOLLY CARR Executor & Executrix to this my last Will & Testament. Witness I MOSES CARR have hereunto put my hand & seal the 16th day of April 1830.

MOSES CARR ("X" his mark)

Witness
THO'S L. KING Jurat
JOSEPH M. SMITH Jurat

State of North Carolina
County of Franklin
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
March Term 1841

I certify that the foregoing Will was exhibited in open court for probate and the execution thereof duly proved by the oath JOSEPH M. SMITH a subscribing witness thereto and was thereupon ordered to recorded & filed.

Atest
S. PATTERSON Clk
 


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Will of REBECCA HILL- 1820
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1820-1823
Volume G, Page 9

The last Will & Testament of REBECCA HILL dec'd

In the name of God Amen, I REBECCA HILL, of the County of Franklin being of sound & perfect mind & memory, do this twenty fifth day of August Eighteen hundred & twenty in the Year of our lord make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner following, to wit, I give to my three living children & THOMAS BODDIE (to wit) WILLIAM JOHNSON, REBECCA FOSTER, MARY GOODLOE, THOMAS H. BODDIE. These i give & bequeath all my property to be equally divided amongst them so as that each one of them have an equal share. I the said REBECCA HILL have to this my last Will & Testament, set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

REBECCAH HILL ("P" her mark)

attest
ELIJAH B. PERRY, Jurat
LEATHY JOHNSON (her mark)


N.B. I wish DAVID S. GOODLOE and WILLIAM JOHNSON to be my Executors. I give my clothes to REBECCA FOSTER & MARY GOODLOE.

 

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Will of MARGARETTA A. MACON -1847
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1844-1848
Volume M, Page 222

In the Name of God Amen I MARGARETTA A. MACON of the County of Franklin and State of North Carolina being weak and feeble of body but of sound mind and memory knowing that it is appointed for all to die do make and constitute this my last will and testament revoking all others.

1st. It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid out of the monies in had if any or out of the crop on hand at my dec'd.

2nd. In obedience to my dec'd husbands will desiring me to give ELIZABETH SHARP MACON DEBNAM certain property therein named. It is my will and desire that ELIZABETH M. DEBNAM have Negro girl LUNA and her increase. Also one bed bedstead and furniture to her & her heirs forever But should the said E.S.M. DEBNAM die without issue then the above Negro & increase and the &c to return back and be equally divided between my husbands lawful children.

3rd. Also in obedience to my dec'd husbands will I give to my daughters ARABELLA and SALLY one bureau each and as he left to my disposal the bureau that did belong to me I give it to my son SEBASTIAN to them and their heirs forever.

4th. The crop in hand at my death after paying all my debts to be equally divided between my children ARABELLA SALLY & SEBASTIAN and ELIZABETH S.M. DEBNAM.

5th. I give to my daughters ARABELLA & SALLY my carriage and Harness and to each of them three table clothes three towels and one set of valans to each, also one new bed quilt to each which they have quilted to them and their heirs forever.

6th. I give to my son SEBASTIAN my one cart & waggon and plantation tools my Fathers old family Bible and my Dictionary, also two table clothes and two towels to him and his heirs forever.

7th. I give to my three children ARABELLA, SALLY and SEBASTIAN to furnish their beds all the bed clothes I had before my marriage marked in my original name, also two pairs of sheets, and two pair of pillow cases to each bed, with the usual winter clothing to each bed, also to each of the three children I give one white counterpane, which has been made since my marriage, to them and their heirs forever.

8th. It is my will and desire that the crop on hand at my dec'd be sold the proceeds of which be applied to the payment of my debts and the remainder if any to be equally divided among my three children ARABELLA, SALLY and SEBASTIAN and ELIZABETH S.M. DEBNAM which I give to them and their heirs forever.

9th. It is my will and desire that the money I may have on hand. Should there be any deficiency of the proceeds of the crop to pay my debts that deficiency to be paid out of the money on hand and the remainder if any to be equally divided among my three children ARABELLA, SALLY and SEBASTIAN. Also the balance of property I may have, whether money paper, land, Negroes or perishables of whatever name in kind it may be which I have not disposed of. I give to my three children ARABELLA, SALLY and SEBASTIAN all of which I give to them and their heirs forever, and in this case and in all cases where they, my children ARABELLA, SALLY and SEBASTIAN receive property from me and either diing without issue the survivor or survivors or their issue to heir the property of the dec'd or should two of them die without issue the survivor or his or her issue to heir the whole property.

Lastly, I nominate and appoint my friends DOCTOR WILLIE PERRY, ROBERT B. GILLIAM and JOHN NICHOLSON my lawful Executors to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of December A.D. One thousand eight hundred and forty five.

MARGARETTA A. MACON

Signed and Seal in presence of
THOS. D. WRIGHT
DAN'L S. HILL


State of North Carolina
Franklin County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Sept Term 1847
The execution of the foregoing will was duly proven in open Court on oath by THOS. D. WRIGHT and DAN'L S. HILL the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded.
attest
Y. PATTERSON, CCC

 

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Will of NATHANIEL MACON-1843
Franklin County Wills & Inventories, 1840-1844
Volume L, Page 181-183

In the name of God Amen, I NATHANIEL of the County of Franklin and State of North Carolina being of Sound and perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, viz, I wish all my just debts to be paid and satisfied by the collection of all like debts due to me and should the debts due me when collected be sufficient to pay and satisfy all all my just debts, It is my wish and desire that my Executors sell enough of my property to pay them which they in their discretion think most advisable.
Item. I lend to my wife during her natural life the following Negroes namely FERRY, NANNY, WINNY, SUCKEY, MILLY, EMILY, GINNY, LUNA, ISHAM, TOM, DANIEL & JACK together with all my household and kitchen furniture also my stock of horses, hogs, cattle & sheep and all the tract of land on which In now live.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son GEORGE a Negro man named FRANK together with all the other property he had heretofore received of me.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son GIDEON H. all the money I have furnished him with together with
all the other property I have heretofore given him.
Item. I give and bequeath to my two grand sons ROBERT DEBNAM and MACON DEBNAM the two Negroes that I lent to my daughter BETSEY named RACHEL and LUCY with their increase on the express condition under written Viz it is my wish and desire that if ROBERT or MACON DEBNAM should either die without a lawful heir the surviving one should have the property I have given him and in case they both decease without a lawful I wish and desire BETSY SHARP MACON DEBNAM to have all the property I have given to each of them should she be living if dead I wish and desire the above mentioned property to return back and be equally divided among my lawful heirs and if BETSY SHARP MACON DEBNAM should die without a lawful heir it is my wish and desire that all the property she received from my Estate return back and be equally divied between all my lawful heirs.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter PRISCILLA DEBNAM one Negro woman named LOUISA and her increase together with all the other property she has heretofore received of me.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son NATHANIEL T. one Negro man named BOB together with all the other property he has heretofore received of me.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son GEORGE for the entire use and benefit of my son ROBERT two Negroes, to wit, EDGAR & SIMON, one bed stead bed and furniture one yellow horse & saddle. It is my wish and desire that my son ROBERT shall choose his home among his Brothers and Sisters or remain with my Wife if he prefers to do so.
Item. I give and bequeath to my three last children ARABELLA, SALLY and SABASTIAN one Negro girl named MARIAH and her increase one Negro woman named POLLY and all her increase one Negro man named SOLOMON also to each of the the three last children ARABELLA, SALLY and SABASTIAN one bed stead bed and furniture each also one horse, cow and calf to each of the last three children mentioned. It is my wish and desire that my Wife give to my granddaughter BETSEY SHARP MACON DEBNAM and at her death one Negro girl or woman she may think best but if the said BETSEY SHARP MACON DEBNAM should given up marry before the death of my Wife, it is my desire she should give him the Negro at the time of his marriage and if the said BETSEY SHARP MACON DEBNAM should die without a lawful heir it is my desire the said Negro return back to my lawful heirs. It is furthermore my desire the said BETSEY SHARP MACON DEBNAM have one bed stead, bed and furniture.
Item. It is my wish and desire that all the property I have given to my last Three children be kept and remains in the possession of my Wife during her natural life. It is my wish and desire if either or all of the last three children mentioned should marry that my wife shall have the privilege to give to them such property as she may think properly out of that named and given to the said three last children. It is my wish and desire that my Executors rent out one half of the saw mill belonging to JOHN WILSON and myself or sell it with the parcel of land adjoining it as they may think best.
Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my son GEORGE W. MACON and THOMAS R. DEBNAM Executors to this my last will and Testament.
It is my wish and desire at the death of my Wife that all my Estate, real personal and perishable be equally divided among my children namely GEORGE W., GIDEON H., PRISCILLA DEBNAM, NATHANIEL T., ROBERT T. JOHN, ARABELLA, SALLY & SABASTIAN. It is my wish and desire that BETSEY SHARP MACON DEBNAM share equally with my other children in the division at the death of my Wife except in the Negroes. It is my wish and desire that my Wife give to ARABELLA and SALLY MACON each bureau.
It is my wish and desire at the death of my wife that my faithful servant FERRY and his wife NANNY have the privilege of choosing for themselves a master and it is my wish and desire my Executors shall let them go a moderate valuation. Also my son SABASTIAN to have Negro ISHAM at valuation. It is furthermore my wish that my wife have the privilege of disposing of her bureau as she may choose. In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this the 9th day of August A.D. Eighteen Hundred and forty three.

NATHANIEL MACON (Seal)

Assigned and Acknowledged
in the presence of
THOS. D. WRIGHT
N. P. CARSON

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Estate of Nathaniel Macon- 1847

An Inventory of the Property now in the Possession of the Widdow of NATHANIEL MACON dec'd this 5th April 1844, according to his Last Will & Testament.
[Among the listing of property owned by the deceased are the list of Slaves]

Negroes:
FERRY, WINNY, ISHAM, SUCKY, TOM, DANIEL, SUSANA, CARY, MILLY and EMILY.

Negro Boy HENRY given to her Mother by the will of dec'd.

Two Negro men EDGAR & SIMON which was given <phrase is smeared> MACON for the use of ROBERT MACON which I have delivered to said GEO. W. MACON.

Negro man SOLOMON, woman MARIAH, POLLY and their children now in the possession of MRS. MACON, which is willed to ARABELLA, SALLY and SABASTIAN MACON.

THOS. R. DEBNAM, Ext'r
of NATHANIEL MACON, Dec'd

Inv. of the property of NATH'L MACON dec'd
Rec'd in Book L, Folio 213

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State of North Carolina
Franklin County

Know all men by these presents that we NATHANIEL T. MACON and GEORGE W. MACON are held and firmly bound unto THO'S K. THOMAS, Clerk & Minister for Franklin County in the sum of Five Hundred dollars to the which payment well and truly to be made we and each of us bind ourselves our heirs executors and administrators jointly severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seal this 14th day of December 1847.
The condition of the above obligation is this that whereas the said NATHANIEL T. MACON purchased the tract of land sold by THO'S K. THOMAS M.G. of Franklin County on the 1st day of December 1847 at the price of Twenty five hundred dollars and whereas the heirs of the late NATHANIEL MACON, or all who are of the age of Twenty one years have released and discharged the said NATHANIEL T. from the said purchase now of SABASTIAN MACON who is under the age of Twenty one years shall also when he arrives at his majority shall release and discharge the said NATHANIEL T. and if ELIZABETH SHARP MACON DEBNAM shall also release and discharge the said NATHANIEL T. or if the said NATHANIEL T. shall satisfy the sum which THO'S K. DEBNAM her guardian may require of him as the difference as her share due his word between the amounts arising from the first sale and the amount arising the re-sale of said land- then the obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and effect.

N. P. CARSON

N. T. MACON (seal)
GEO. W. MACON (seal)

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State of North Carolina, Franklin County
Nov'r 6th 1847

We the undersigned Commissioners, being chosen by the legatees of NATHANIEL MACON dec'd for the purpose of dividing the Negroes belonging to the estate of the aforesaid NATHANIEL MACON dec'd after being duly sworn have proceeded this day to value and divide as follows, to wit;
First, the whole valuation amounting to three Thousand three hundred and twenty four dollars, $3324, making each ones distributive share three hundred and sixty nine dollars and thirty three and 1/3 cents.
In accordance with the will of NATHANIEL MACON dec'd, Negro man FERRY was privileged to choose whom he might serve, and he made choice of ARABELLA MACON his young Mistress, and she agreed to receive him, he was valued at one hundred & fifty dollars and that GEORGE W. MACON pay to the aforesaid ARABELLA two hundred and nineteen dollars thirty three & 1/3 cents making her distributive share $369.33 1/3.
And further in accordance with the will of NATH'L MACON dec'd SEBASTIAN MACON was privileged to take Negro ISHAM at valuation, said Negro valued at four hundred dollars, and that SEBASTIAN pay thirty dollars & sixty-six & 2/3 cents as hereafter named.
The balance of the Negroes being seven, they were valued and drawn for as follows, to wit;
GIDEON W. MACON drew WINNY valued at one hundred & fifty dollars and that he receive from GEORGE W. MACON one hundred and eleven dollars thirty three 1/3 cents he further receives from N. T. MACON one hundred and eight dollars the aforesaid sums added together makes his distributive share $369.33 1/3.
ROBERT T. MACON drew TOM, valued at two hundred & twenty five dollars and that N. T. MACON pay sd. ROBERT twenty two dollars Sixty six 2/3 and that SEBASTIAN MACON pay sd ROBERT thirty dollars Sixty six 2/3 cents and SALLY MACON pay sd ROBERT ninety one dollars. the aforesaid sums added together makes his distributive share $369.33 1/3.
JOHN R. MACON drew EMILY valued at two hundred & Eighty three dollars and that SALLY MACON pay to sd. JOHN MACON Eighty six dollars thirty 33 1/3 cents. The above sums added together makes his distributive share $369.33 1/3.
THOMAS R. DEBNAM in right of his petition(?) drew DANIEL, valued at three hundred & fifty dollars and that SALLY MACON pay sd DEBNAM nineteen dollars thirty three 1/3 cents the aforesaid sums added together makes his distributive share $369.33 1/3.
GEORGE W. MACON drew JACK, valued at Seven hundred dollars, and that he pay to ARABELLA MACON as before named two hundred & nineteen dollars thirty three 1/3 cents, and that he pay the further sum of one hundred & eleven dollars thirty three 1/3 cents to GIDEON H. MACON these two sums taken from the seven hundred dollars leaves his distributive share of $369.33 1/3.
SALLY MACON drew SUSANNA valued at five hundred & sixty six dollars, and that she pay to ROBERT MACON ninety one dollars and that she pay to JOHN R. MACON eighty six dollars thirty three 1/3 cents, and that she pay THOMAS R. DEBNAM nineteen dollars thirty three 1/3 cents. These sums above named added together taken from the sum of $566 leaves her distributive share $369.33 1/3.

Given under our hands & seals the day and date above written.
JOSEPH SIMS
DAVID HUNT
JOHN WILSON

Returned in Open Court & confirmed
Dec'r Sessions 1847
atest
Y. PATTERSON, CCC

Report of Commissioners to divide Negroes of NATH'L MACON
Ret'd to Dec'r Co. 1847
Record Book M, Page 232


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This indenture made 1st March in the year of our Lord 1845 between NATHANIEL MACON of the first part & PETER S. FOSTER of the second part all of the County of Franklin & State of North Carolina, witnesseth that the said NATHANIEL MACON for and in consideration of the sum of Three hundred & seventy four dollars, to him in hand paid by the said PETER S. FOSTER the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and himself fully satisfied has bargained, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell & deliver to the said PETER S. FOSTER his heirs & assigns forever the one tenth part, it being his distributive share in the Estate of NATHANIEL MACON(dec'd) in the following named Negroes & their increase, to wit - FERRY, ISHAM, JACK, TOM, DANIEL WINNY, EMILY, CARY SUSANAH & MILLY & also all the right interest which he the said NATHANIEL MACON has following tracts or parcels of land, to wit, One known as the home tract adjoining the lands of ELIZABETH TOOL, THOS. WYNN & others, supposed to contain six hundred acres or thereabouts be the same more or less and also one other tract known as the HICKS tract, supposed to contain one hundred acres more or less adjoining the lands of DANIEL S. HILL, MRS. HOLLAND CARSON & others, with all & every the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appurtaining. And the said NATHANIEL MACON as hereby covenant to & with the said PETER S. FOSTER that he has before the execution of this Deed full rights, absolute & lawful authority to the said premises & land and he does agree hereby to warrant and forever defend the right & title of the same to him the said PETER S. FOSTER, his heirs & assigns forever. In witness whereof I the said NATHANIEL MACON known in this instrument as the party of the first part have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the day & date above written.

NATHANIEL T. MACON

Signed, Sealed & delivered
in presence of
ALEX'R S. MOORE
SIMON G. HAYES


State of North Carolina

Be it remembered that on this 13th day of October 1847 before me WILLIAM A. BATTLE one of the Judges of the Superior Court of Law and Courts of Equity for the State aforesaid, came SIMON G. HAYES one of the subscribing witnesses to the above written deed and duly proved its execution.
Let it be registered.

WM. H. BATTLE, J.S.C.L.C.E.


 

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Will of NATHAN McMILLIN-1819
Franklin County, Wills & Inventories 1820-1829
Volume G, Pages 9-10

The Last Will & Testament of NATHAN McMILLIN,dec'd
In the Name of God amen, I NATHAN McMILLIN of Franklin County & State of North Carolina, being sick but of perfect sound mind & memory and calling into mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principly and first of all
I give and bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it me & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned and as making such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give demise and dispose of the same in the manner & form following-
First I lend unto my wife ANN McMILLIN all my lands, my two Negroes, AMA & PITSY, one feather bed & furniture, one sett of blacksmiths tools, all my cattle, & hogs, except what I shall hereafter give away to my children, to her during her natural life. My will and desire is that my Executors shall sell as many of my cattle & hogs, as will raise two hundred dollars, for the use and behoof of my son MICAJAH McMILLIN and I do hereby authorize them to sell at private sale or public sale any time within Two years, and I do hereby desire that no person whatever shall interrupt or disturb her in her property or business during her natural life.
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter ANN McMILLIN, one cow & calf, one feather bed & furniture, her first choice & ten dollars to her, her heirs & assigns forever.
Thirdly, I give & bequeath unto my daughter MARY McMILLIN one cow & calf, one feather bed & furniture, her first choice and ten dollars to her, her heirs & assigns forever.
Fourthly, I give & bequeath unto my two daughters ANN & MARY McMILLIN my dwelling houses together with thirty acres of land lying round the houses during their single life.
Fifthly, I give & bequeath unto my two sons ELI & NATHAN McMILLIN after their mothers dec'd, one Negro man by the name of PETER, & one Negro woman by the name of AMA, to them & their heirs and assigns forever. likewise one feather bed and furniture, to each of them, their first choice.
Sixthly, I give & bequeath unto my two sons WILLIAM & BERRY McMILLIN, all my lands to be equally divided between them, at their mothers dec'd also one colt to my son BERRY McMILLIN & one sorrell horse to my son WILLIAM McMILLIN to them, their heirs & assigns forever-
Seventhly, I give & bequeath to my son MICAJAH McMILLIN two hundred dollars to be raised out of my cattle & hogs that I have lent to my wife for that purpose to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Eighthly, I give & bequeath unto my son WILLIAM McMILLIN, one feather bed & furniture to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Ninthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughters, SARAH COCKRUM, PRISCILLA SMITH, & MARGARET SUGAN ten dollars, each of them their heirs & assigns forever.
Tenthly, I give & bequeath unto my wife ANN McMILLIN one bay mare together with all the rest of my estate as well within doors, or without, for he, to dispose of as she may hereafter think proper.
Lastly, I nominate and appoint my wife ANN McMILLIN my Executrix and ELI McMILLIN my Executor to this my last Will & Testament. And I do hereby revoke and disanul every other legacy Will or bequeath by me willed, or bequeathed and I do ratify & confirm this and no other to be my last Will & Testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24 day of April 1819.
NATHAN McMILLIN

Test
T. B. ARENDELL
THOMAS ARENDELL
JOHN PERRY (Spt)
 

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Will of NATHAN PATTERSON-1847
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1844-1848
Volume M, Pages 247-248

In the Name of God, Amen I NATHAN PATTERSON of the County of Franklin and State of North Carolina, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God), do make and publish this my last Will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,

First, I give and bequeath unto my oldest daughter CAROLINE M. HUNTER the following Negro slaves, to wit, MARTHA and her two children, JANE and RACHEL, FANNY,GABRIEL, PATTY, BRIANT, ADALINE, VINEY, MATILDA, MERICA and CLARY and their further increase, to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my eldest son FRANCIS PATTERSON Negro boy NICHOLAS, and one bay colt called Chance to him and his heirs forever-
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son SAMUEL T. PATTERSON Negroes, GUSTON and BOB and one grey colt to him & his heirs forever-
Item. I give and devise unto my two sons FRANCES and SAMUEL T. jointly and equally the following property, to wit, Negro Slaves, EPHRAIM and his wife MILLY, SENECA and Old RACHEL, also the following lands & improvements, to wit, All my Lands and Improvements on Tar River which lie near to and adjoining the Town of Louisburg including my Mills and mill seat, being the lands which I purchased of JAMES LANGGON. The heirs of JESSE KITCHEN dec'd & others but not including the lands on Tar River which formerly belonged to KINCHEN WILLIAMS, to them and their heirs forever-
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter ELIZABETH B. TURNER the following Negro Slaves to wit, CATO, MARY, ISIDORA, MARIAH, LUCY, SAM, SERINA, JO ARMSTEAD, BEN, DICK and MINGO together with their future increase, to her and her heirs forever-
Item. I give and bequeath unto ANCELLA B. WESTRAY the following Negro Slaves, to wit, NED, HANNAH, LEAH, SOPHA, NELLY, ALFRED, HENRY, PEGGY, & LOUISA and HELEN together with their future increase to her and her heirs forever-
Item. I give and bequeath unto YOUNG PATTERSON the following Negro Slaves, to wit, HENDERSON, WILLIAM, GEORGE, MARIAH, IMMOGENE, GUY, MALVINA and LOUISA together with their future increase to him and his heirs forever. In trust specifically for the purpose following, that is, to hold the said Negro Slaves in his own possession, if he choose, and approprate the hire to the use and only use, from year to year of my daughter MARIAM S. TUNSTALL or if the said YOUNG PATTERSON shall think best, he may put the said Negroes into the possession of my said daughter MARIAM TUNSTALL, but may at any time resume possession of the same, and again appropriate the yearly hire to her use. Should he think proper to do so, desiring it to be distinctly understood that the said Negroes nor their hire shall be subject to the payment of any debts which my son in law PEYTON R. TUNSTALL may now owe, or may hereafter contract, nor be subject to be disposed of by him at anytime.
Item. I give and devise to ANCELLA B. WESTRAY my tract of land on which I now live including the LATASTE tract on which JAMES BARROW now lives containing about four hundred acres together with all improvements to the same belonging to her and her heirs forever-
Item. I give and devise to my sons FRANCIS and SAMUEL of the tract of Lands which was purchased of THOMAS and JAMES PERRY containing about Seven hundred acres, to them and their heirs forever-
Item. My will and desire is that my Executor hereafter named shall sell all and every part and parcel of my property not before disposed of on such time and times as he may think best, and out of the proceeds pay all my just debts and the residue after paying the expenses of carrying this my last will and testament into execution he my said Executor shall dispose of as follows, To wit, to be equally divided between my four oldest children that is CAROLINE M. HUNTER, ELIZABETH B. TURNER, FRANCIS PATTERSON and SAMUEL T. PATTERSON.
Lastly. I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my friend and brother YOUNG PATTERSON my lawful Executor to all intents and purposes, to execute this my last will and testament. And whereas I have been long engaged in business of different kinds & engaged in different partnerships of property of different sorts, about which there may be continuations or law suits, I do hereby authorize my said Executor to settle all accounts claims or demands which may be due to or from me together with all difficulties about Titles, by compromise refference or in such way or such terms as he may think best and it is my will and desire that my said Executor shall in making out and returning an Inventory of my estate not be required to return only such amounts and a list of such effects as he may think necessary or valuable not wishing him to be held responsible for anything more than actually comes into his hands as Executor aforesaid particularly desiring that he shall not be enjoined by an liability to my said legatees in the settlement of my estate further than for effects which actually come into his hands.
In witness whereof I the said NATHAN PATTERSON do hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of February 1845-
N. PATTERSON

Signed & Sealed in presence of
WILLIE PERRY
WILLIAM JONES


State of North Carolina
Franklin County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
September Term 1847

I YOUNG PATTERSON Clerk of the Court aforesaid do hereby certify that the within will is duly proven in open court on oath by Doct. WILLIE PERRY and WILLIAM JONES the subscribing Witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be Recorded.

attest
Y. PATTERSON CCC
 

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Will of BENNETT PERRY - 1840
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1840-1844
Volume L, Pages 15-16

I BENNET PERRY of the County of Franklin and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and disposing memory thanks be to God for the same, being mindfull of my mortality do make publish and ordain this my last Will and Testament. First and principally my body to the dust from whence it was taken. When it shall please God to separate them, to be buried decently at the discretion of my Executrix and secondly what worldly Estate it has please God to give me I give and dispose of in manner and form following, Viz:
Item 1st.  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife NANCY PERRY one Negroe boy HENDERSON as willed to me by my Father JA'S PERRY dec'd or all my part of said Estate after paying all my debts. I also lend all my property of every description to my aforesaid wife during her natural life or widowhood.
Item 2nd. I give and bequeath to my daughter LUCINDA PERRY one tract of land containing ninety six acres known by the name of the Caster Tract, to her & her to her heir forever.
Item 3rd.  I give and bequeath to my son, BURKLEY PERRY, eighty acres of land whereon he now lives it being a part of a tract known as GAY tract the lines to be run from the creek a west course to him
Item 4th.  I give and bequeath to my son RUTHERFORD PERRY one hundred acres of land it being the GAY tract, one horse, cow & calf, sow & pigs and one feather beds & furniture to him and his heirs forever.
Item 5th. I give and bequeath to my two daughters equally ESTHER and MARY one Negroe girl RINDY and her increase one bed & furniture each and cow and calf each one chest each & one loom twenty acres of land it being the balance of the known as the GAY tract to them and their heirs forever.
Item 6th.  I give and bequeath to my two sons BENNET and JOHN S. PERRY one Negroe boy PUNCH and woman RINDY, the tract of land whereon I now live JOHN S. portion to embrace the mansion house, one horse each one cow & calf each one sow & pigs each one bed & furniture each one beaxfot [bureau?] to JOHN S. exclusively, them and their heirs forever.
I hereby publish and declare this and none other to be my last Will and Testament to which I constitute and appoint my beloved wife NANCY PERRY my Executrix.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd day of December n the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty.

BENNETT PERRY

Witness
SAM'L YOUNG Jurat
JA'S BAKER JR. Jurat


State of North Carolina
Franklin County

Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
March Term 1841

I certify that the foregoing Will was exhibited in open Court for probate and the execution thereof duly proved by the oath of JAMES BAKER JR. a subscribing witness thereto & was therefore ordered to be recorded & filed.

Attest
S. PATTERSON Clk.

 

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Will of JOHN PERSON-1841
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1840-1844
Volume L, Pages 27-28

In the name of God Amen. I JOHN PERSON of the County of Franklin in the State of North Carolina being of sound and disposing mind and memory (blessed to God) do make and publish this my last Will and Testament revoking all others by me made heretofore. I give and bequeath unto my wife SALLY PERSONS six Negroe slaves, to wit, ISAAC, CHARLOTT, MARY ANN, LITTLE WESLEY, HAYGOOD[?], and JORDAN. They being the same I got by her in marriage. And also I give and bequeath unto her my said wife all my household and kitchen furniture, and plantation tools, stock and poultry of all kinds except my black horse called Gen to her and her heirs and assigns forever. I also give her all the money and money & debts due me in this state. I also loan to her during her natural life all the land and the improvements therein which I own in the County of Franklin.
2nd. I give and bequeath unto my friend and brother-in-law JESSE PERSON of Franklin two Negroes (to wit) NANNY & Black WESLEY and my black horse called Gen and the debts due me from persons living in Tennessee, to wit, NAT HART, KINCHEN WILLIAMS & ALFRED HICKS. I also give and bequeath unto the said JESSE PERSON the whole of my Franklin land and the remainder and revenue in the same together with all the improvements thereon for him to have the use and benefit thereof after the death of my wife. I also give and bequeath to the said JESSE PERSON all the lands I own in the Counties of Granville & Person adjoining the lands of WILLIAM THOMAS, SOLOMON O'BRYANT, ELEY MURROW[?], MRS. WILKERSON, YOUNG's Heirs & others of which shall be unsold at the time of my death, making the said JESSE PERSON the sole devisee in fee simple of all my land or real estate to him and his heirs forever- Reserving to my wife the use of my Franklin land during her life only.
3rd. My will is furthermore that my friend and devisee JESSE PERSON shall out of my Granville and Person lands pay off all the debts which I may own at the time of my death
4th. I hereby appoint my wife SALLY PERSON and JESSE PERSON Executrix and Executor to this my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have unto set my hand and affixed seal this 28th of July A.D. 1840.

JOHN PERSON

Witness
RICH'D NOBLE Jurat
WM. H. STROTHER Jurat


State of North Carolina
Franklin County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
June Term 1841

I, SMITH PATTERSON, Clerk of the Court aforesaid certify that the foregoing will was exhibited in open court for probate and the execution thereof duly proved by the oaths of RICH'D NOBLE, & WILLIAM H. STROTHER Subscribing who upon thereto[?] and was on motion ordered to be recorded.

Attest
S. PATTERSON, Clk
 

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Estate of JAMES VINCENT-1818
Franklin County Wills & Inventories 1817-1819
Volume F, Page 219

Pursuant to an Order of the Worshipful the County Court of Franklin We the undersigned as Jurors attended by the County Surveyor proceeded to Survey and Lay off to SARAH VINCENT, Widdow & Relect of JAMES VINCENT- Dec'd her Dower in the Land of which her dec'd Husband deed ses'd and possessed beginning on a maple on Beaverdam Branch running down the various courses of sd. Branch to a corner pine thence Et 42 pole to a Pine thence No. 64 Et. 50 pole to a persimmon thence Et. 3 pole to a pine then So. 19 Et. 130 pole to a post Oak thence Et. to the first station containing, Eighty Eight & 2/3 acres being 1/3 of 266 acres of which JAMES VINCENT, dec'd Seas'd and possessed all of which will more fully appear by reference to the plat of the Surveyor hereunto annexed given under our hands & seals this 7th June 1820.

THOS. STOKES
WM. COPPAGE
VAN LEONARD
WILLIAM ONEAL
ELIAS NELMS
ROBT. JONES
L. C. BOBBITT
WM. BERRY
JOSEPH LANCASTER
JOHN BARTHOLOMEW
GEORGE GRAVES
WILLIAM TERRY



Plat of the Land of which JAMES VINCE dec'd ses'd and possessed, plated 100 pole to an inch. GG

266 Acres
[diagram of a plat appears here]

No.1 25 acres-$4.00-per $100 - FANNY VINCENT
No.2 25 acres-$4.00-per $100 - SALLY VINCENT
No.3 25 acres-$2.75-per $ 68.75- JAMES VINCENT
No.4 25 acres-$2.75-per $ 68.75- ELIZA VINCENT
No.5 25 acres-$2.75-per $ 68.75- HARTY VINCENT
No.6 25 acres-$2.00-per $ 50.00-WARREN L.P.GUPTON
No.7 25 acres-$2.00-per $ 50.00-DAVID VINCENT
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Beginning at the hand on a Maple on Beaverdam Branch running down the various courses of sd Branch to a Pine thence Et 42 pole to a Pine thence No 64 Et 50 pole to a persimmon thence Et 138 pole to a Red oak thence So 1 degree Wt 233 pole to a maple on Dear Branch thence up the various courses of sd Branch to two willow oaks thence No 3 Wt 207 pole to a post oak thence Et to the first station containing 266 acres.
G. GLENN, Surv'r
 

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