Halifax County, North Carolina
Book 3, Page 245
Transcribed by Blanche Wallace

His name was actually “Hadaway” and appears as that in the 1790 census and other documents. His descendants today use “Hadaway”

Copy made at North Carolina Archives 04 June 2010 by Sallie Belperche
Office of Clerk, Superior Court Halifax County, North Carolina
Wills – Loose Papers, Halifax County,
Box: C.R.047.801.7
Folder: Hattaway, William 1795 (the will is a photocopy – not an original)
[There is a note on the folder that reads: “Added 21 Nov 1974 by F. D. Gatton”]
The entire document is in one hand, including signatures of all parties.


In the Name of God amen I William Hattaway of the County of Halifax & State of North Carolina being of sound & disposing mind and memory, do without any Frivolous Formalities in manner and form following to wit, Imprimis [sic]. My will and desire is that all my Just debts & funeral expenus [sic] be first paid and satisfied. Item I lend unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Hataway all my land and plantation whereon I now live for & during the Term of her natural life or widowhood also all the Rest of my Estate be it of whatsoever nature or kind, both within and without doors, except the Legacys herein after mentioned. Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Hattaway, one feather Bed & furniture to her her heirs & assigns for ever. Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Sally Hattaway one feather Bed and furniture to her her heirs and assigns for ever. Item I give devise and Bequeath to my Sons Thomas Hattaway, David Hattaway & Jesse Hattaway an Equal share of my land & plantation whereon I now live after the death or marriage of their mother Elizabeth Hattaway to them their heirs & assigns for ever. Item I give & bequeath after my wifes [sic] death to my Six children, to wit, Mary Morriss, Thomas Hattaway, Elizabeth Hattaway, David Hattaway, Jesse Hattaway and Salley Hattaway all the rest of my Estate not heretofore bequeathed to be equally divided amongst them, Share & Share alike to them their heirs and assigns forever. Item and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my wife Elizabeth Hattaway Thomas Hattaway, David Hattaway and Jesse Hattaway My whole and sole executors of this my last Will & Testament utterly revoking & disannulling all other will or wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this nineteenth day March A.D. 1787
Signed Sealed Published & declared

William Hattaway {seal}

In presence of us}

William Wootten, Francis Wootten


Halifax County
February Sessions 1795 then this will was Executed in open court & duly proved by the oath of Francis Wootten one of the Subscribing witnesses thereto and on Motion ordered to be Recorded, whereupon Thomas Hattaway one of the Executors in the said will named came in & was duly Qualified thereto

L Long, CCS


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