BASS Family Wills
Submitted by Denise Goff
Will of Simon Bass-1825
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 15
Simon Bass will Halifax Co., NC
In the name of God Amen,
I Simon Bass being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain
this my last Will and Testament
Firstly, It is my will and desire that my Executors pay out of my Estate all my Just debts
Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margaret during her life
ll my property and demands of every kind and description that may remain after paying my debts and after her death I give the above mentioned property to be
equally divided between my children Benjamin, Madison, Mary Jane, James Lawrence, Sarah
Eliza, Frances John, and Margaret Pugh.
I nominate and appoint my friends James Turner and
William Whitfield my sole Executors to this my Last Will and Testament. In
testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal 17 Sept. 1825 Simon Bass
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in presence of
R. L. Marshall
Nov. Ct. 1825
There this Will was exhibited in open Court and duly proved by oath of R.L. Marshall
a subscribing witness thereto and in motion ordered to be recorded Whereupon James R
Turner one of the Executors named therein came forward and was duly qualified thereto.
Teste. R Eppes
Will of Dennis Bass-1818
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Page 624
In the name of God Amen. I DENNIS BASS of Northampton County in State of North Carolina being in
bad health but of sound and disposing memory, do make and ordain this to be my last will & testament, revoking all others by me heretofore made.
First - I wish all my just debts to be made.
Secondly - I lend unto my beloved wife two feather beds, and furniture, all my household & kitchen furniture, my bay mare, two cows and calves, and the
money arising from the sale of my land, deducting fifty dollars from the sale of sd land which fifty dollars I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM P.
Thirdly - I give and bequeath unto BENJ'N D. BASS my grandson one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.
Fourthly - I give unto my grand daughter MARY A. BASS one feather bed and furniture to her and her Heirs forever.
I give my Executor hereafter named full and ample power, to sell my land and apply the money as above divided. I also give unto my wife all my stock of
hogs in addition to the above named property, during her natural life. It is my will & desire that all the property loaned my wife for life at her death
should be equally divided between my two grand children BENJ'N D. BASS and MARY A. BASS, to them and their Heirs forever.
Lastly - I nominate and appoint my friend Doct'r ISAAC EDWARDS my whole & sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament revoking all others by me
heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Thirteenth day of October, Eighteen hundred & Twelve.
DENNIS BASS ("X" his mark)
TIPPOO S. BROWNLOW
August Sess'n 1818
Then this Will was exhibited in open court & duly proved by the oath of TIPPOO S. BROWNLOW one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & who says that the
Testator was at the time of signing & publishing the same of sound mind & disposing memory and on motion ordered to be recorded.
RICHARD EPPES, Clk
Will of Benjamin W. Bass-1877
Halifax County Wills
Will Book 6, Page 170
Halifax County - Probate Court 1877
State of North Carolina
March 27, 1877
I, Benjamin W. Bass, of the county and state aforesaid do hereby make and
ordain and publish this my last will and testament (to wit)
Item 1st I give and bequeath to my son Andrew S. Bass my entire interest
in the Mill situated on Chockayette Creek near the Aquaduct now owned jointly by Mrs.
Harriet T Ponton and myself for the exclusive use of himself and family
Item 2nd It is my will and desire that all the balance of my estate both real and personal shall remain in the possession of my wife
Fannie during her life or widowhood and at her death I give and bequeath
the same to my daughter Pattie Florance Bass and to her heirs forever and
if my daughter Pattie Florance Bass shall marry at any time before the
death of my aforesaid wife Fannie then she shall draw from my estate her
legal share of said estate two thirds and if one shall die without a lawful heir it is my desire that my aforesaid estate shall go to the children of my
son Andrew S. Bass and their heirs forever.
Item 3rd I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Fannie as Executrix to
this my Last Will and Testament and full power to settle up my Estate to receive and pay out any moneys that may be due me at my death and to close up my
business as heretofore set forth and it is further my desire that she request and appoint anyone she may select to assist her in the performance of the
duty all expenses to be paid out of my estate aforesaid.
Given under my hand and seal this day and date above written.
B W Bass (seal)
Witnesses: J B Zollicoffer
A R Zollicoffer, MD
J L Bass
Halifax County Probate Court 1877
State of North Carolina
Halifax County } In the Probate Court
The foregoing paper writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of B W Bass,
deceased, is exhibited for probate in open court by Fannie Bass, the
executrix therein named and the due execution thereof by the said B W Bass
is proved by the oath and examination of J B Zollicoffer, A R Zollicoffer,
and J L Bass the subscribing witnesses thereto. I is therefore considered
by the court, that the said paper writing, and every part thereof, is the Last Will and Testament of the said
B W Bass and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed. And thereupon the said Fannie
Bass Executrix as aforesaid hereby qualifies as such, by this and subscribing the oath required by Law. And it is adjudged by the Court that
said will is sufficient to pass both real and personal property.
This 9th day of May AD 1877
Clerk Superior Court and Probate Judge
Denise Goff and
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