(Note: Henry Edwards lived in the part of Edgecombe that became Halifax County)
(transcribed by Edward C. DeShields, Jr.)
In the name of God Amen. I Henry Edwards of Edgecomb County in No. Carolina;
being very Sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and Memory, Thanks be given to God, yet 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 and Testament, that is to say Principally, and first of all, I give and Recommended my
Soul into the Hands of God that Gave it, and my Body I Recommend to the earth, to be Buried in Christian decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors; not
doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again; and as touching such worldly Estate as it hath Pleased God to Give me in this life, I
Give, Demise, Bequeath, and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form
First I give to my three Sons Nathan, Britain and Jesse, my Plantation and all my land to them and their Heirs forever to be Equally Divided as they
themselves can agree and if any of them should die, the Survivor or Survivors to depose and Divide the Plantation and land as aforesaid.
Lastly I Constitute, Nominate, ordain, and appoint my Sons Samuel and Henry Executors of this my will and testament to see that all things be performed to the
true intent and meaning thereof. _____ _____ And I hereby Disallow, Revoke and do Satisfy and Confirm this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of January in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Eight.
Signed sealed and
delivered in the presence of us
Arthur Bowin Jun.
Henry Edwards (seal)
John Norwood Sr
Edgecombe County June Court 1758
The Within Will was on Oath Exhibited by the Executors therein Named; and proved by the Oath of Arthur Bowin and John Norwood Evidences thereto and at the
same time the Executors within Named Qualified According to Law which is proved to be certified.
Test Jos. Montfort Clerk ct.
Britain Edwards Sr. Will - Written May 11, 1813 - Probate November Court 1817
In the name of god amen I Britain Edwards Sr of the State of North Carolina and the county of _____ Edgecombe being sick but of perfect mind and memory
thanks be to all mighty god for the same and Calling to mind that a man has once to die and as done be my last will and Testament in a manner
Item I give bequeath to my Daughter Bytha Eagle one Hundred and thirty eight dollars to at my death one hundred and twelve dollars has been paid before _____
_____ _____ ______
Item I give and bequeath to my son Harmon Edwards all of my land that I am possessed with likewise.
Item I give and bequeath all the machinery belonging to the plantation before mentioned such as all the croks and all the cider Barrels and all working tools
belonging to the plantation & etc. & etc.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Harmon Edwards one Negro Boy the name of Isaac after my death it being for his Brother parte by the name of Gray Edwards
Likewise I give him one feather bed and furniture one Cow & calf two ewes and lamb and Twenty dollars ______
In the steed of a suite of clothing ________
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter in law Ciely Edwards one feather bed and furniture __________
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Nancy Edwards one negro boy by the name of Ben and one feathered bed one furniture one cow and calf two ewes and lambs
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sillar W Edwards one Negro girl by the name of Mary after my death to and one feather bed and furniture one cow & calf
two ewes & lambs
Item I give and bequeath to my son in law Thomas Dunford one negro girl by the name of Ester one feather bed and furniture one cow and calf two Ewes and lambs
Item I give and bequeath to my son in law Chapman Norvill one negro girl by the name of Silvy one feather bed and furniture one cow and calf two Ewes and
lambs and 9 dollars instead of a cloke ______ _____ _____ _____ _____
Item my desire after all my lawful debts paid and at the time above mentions all the property I have of also I desire to Value and equally divide amounts All
my children By the Bytha Eagle Siley Edwards ____ Britain Edwards Junior __ Nancy Edwards Bryant Edwards ____ Sillar W Edwards Sally W Dunford Harmon Edwards
Lucinda Norville _____ _____ _____
Item I leave Siley Edwards & Harmon Edwards my two Executors
I do and declare this to be my last Will
or wills & Testament declaring forever other will wills heretofore by me to be void and of no fact
Witness where I have hereunto set my hand & offact my seal this the 11 day of May 1813 signed sealed publicked to be my last will & Testament the presents
of us _____ _____ _____
Edward Cobb Junior Britain Edwards (seal)
Jonas Cobb (his mark)
Edgecombe County November Court 1817
The written last Will and Testament of Britain Edwards, Sen. died was exhibited in open Court for Probate and was duly proved by the Oath of Edward Cobb
Jun. and Jonas Cobb the two subscribing witness thereunto And Siley Edwards & Harmon Edwards the Executors named in the said Will were at the same time
qualified thereunto -
Order that the same be certified & the Will Recorded -
Tent E Hallek
Britain Edwards Sr - Will - Record Book E Page 165 - 1817