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 Some Halifax County Wills, Pt. 3

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(Transcribed by Deloris Williams)

 

Will of William Alston-1816

Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Page 580

 


In the Name of God Amen, I WILLIAM ALSTON of Halifax County and State of North Carolina, being low in health but firm in mind do this Ninth day of March One thousand Eight Hundred & Sixteen make this my last Will & Testament, revoking all others heretofore made by me-
Item 1st) It is my Will & desire that my Executor should pay all my just debts
Item 2nd) It is my Will & desire that my land should be sold at one and two years credit, the money arising to be equally divided between my Wife & son, should my son die before he arrives of the age of Twenty one years I give the whole to my wife her Heirs and assigns for ever
Item 3d) It is my will & desire that my Negroes should be equally divided between my Wife & son, should my son die before he arrives at the age of Twenty one I give the whole to my Wife, they and their increase to her, her heirs & c for ever.
Item 4th) It is my will and desire that my stock and all my perishable property except the Household & Kitchen furniture to be sold and the money to be divided between my wife and son, the Household & kitchen furniture I wish to be equally divided between them and should my son die before he arrives at the age of Twenty one, I give the whole to my Wife her Heirs &c forever
Item 5th) It is my Will and desire that my beloved wife ELIZABETH ALSTON, and JOHN PATRICK should qualify as Executrix & Executor to this my last Will & Testament, Witness whereof I hereunto affix my hand & seal this Ninth day of March one Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixteen.

W. ALSTON

Teste
TIPPOA S. BROWNLOW Jt
B. BALLARD Jt



Halifax County
May Session 1816

Then this Will was exhibited in Open Court & duly proven by the oaths of TIPPOA S. BROWNLOW & BENJAMIN BALLARD the two subscribing witnesses thereto & on motion ordred to be recorded. Whereupon ELIZABETH ALSTON & JOHN PATRICK The Executrix & Executor therein named came in & was duly qualified thereto.

Witness
RICHARD EPPES CCt
 

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Will of WILLIAM BRINKLEY- 1796
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Volume 3, Pages 270-271

In the Name of God Amen, I WILLIAM BRINKLEY of the County of Halifax & State of No. Carolina being weak in body but of a perfect & sound mind & memory thanks be to almighty God for the same & calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing it is appointed for man once to dye, Do make and ordain this & no other to be my Last Will and Testament, that is to say first I recommend my body to the dust from whence it came to be buried in a Christian like manner at the sole discretion of my Executors, and my Soul I recommend into the hand of God that gave and as for my worldly Estate which it hath pleased the almighty God to endow me with I dispose of in the following manner that is to say, First of all I desire all my just debts & funeral charges to be paid then the residue of my Estate I dispose of in the following manner.
Item- I give my full pure mare a sorrel her bridle and saddle she is now possessed of one bed and furniture is her own and I give her another bed & furniture to CHARITY HUNT & likewise I give the said CHARITY HUNT the daughter of PATTY GAY that is now the money that I attached and lived on the land belonging formerly to HENRY HUNT deceased her father the attachment now lying in Court of Franklin and likewise I give to the said CHARITY HUNT & SHEROD GAY son of the said PATTEY GAY the land where the said PATTEY GAY now lives equally to be divided as men can divide it between them
Item- after my just debts is paid, I give all the rest of my Estate real & personal to CHARITY HUNT's children, WILLIM BRINKLEY HUNT, ROBERT HUNT, SARAH HUNT & POLLEY HUNT to be divided in Three parts, WILLIAM BRINKLEY HUNT and ROBERT HUNT to draw two parts & SARAH HUNT and POLLEY HUNT to have the other one part between them as equal as men can divide for them all and I give the above Estate to the above mentioned children if any of them lives to have children to heir this Estate, my desire is to continue the Estate to the race of the four children above mentioned if not to return to ROBERT BRINKLEYs children the said ROBERT BRINKLEY is deceased half to them and the other half to my sisters and their heirs. My will and desire is that if I have not money enough due me to settle my just debts that my Executors whom I shall hereafter appoint, may have liberty to sell such as they may think proper of my property as much as will settle my just debts. I do hereby constitute and appoint my true & Trusty friends JNO. MATHEWS, JEREMIAH BRINKLEY, JESSE STEDEVANT, STERLING HARWELL my sole Executors to this my Last Will & Testment and for them to dispose o such of my property either real or personal so as they my think it will be advantagious to my Estate if it should require any to settle my just debts and I do hereby disanul & revoke all other wills & testaments and I do hereby publish & promote this and no other to be my Last will & Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 12th day of May 1795.

WILLIAM BRINKLY

Signed, Sealed Published and pronounced in the presence of
JAMES CONNOR, EPHRAIM DANIEL, WILLIAM BRINKLEY

Halifax County Court
November Sessions 1796 then this will was exhibited in open Court and duly proved by teh oath of WILLIAM BRINKLEY one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & on motion ordered to be recorded and thereupon JERRY BRINKLEY one of the Executors therein named came in and was duly qualified to the same.

Witness
L. LONG, CCk
 

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Will of Benjamin Carter -1796
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Volume 3, Page 270

In the Name of God Amen, I BENJAMIN CARTER of Halifax County & State of No. Carolina being of sound & perfect mind & memory, blessed be Go, do this 22nd day December in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & ninety five make & publish this my last will and Testament in manner, following, that is to say,
First, I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife MARY CARTER all my Estate Personal & real Estate unto her & her heirs forever & I hereby make and ordain my beloved wife MARY CARTER Executor of this my last will & Testament.
In Witness whereof I the said BENJAMIN CARTER have to this my last will & testament
Set my hand & Seal the day & year above written
Signed Sealed published & declared by the said BENJAMIN CARTER the Testator as his last will & Testament in the presence of us who were present at the time of Signing, sealing, thereof
WOOD J. HAMLIN, WM. ALLEN, RICHARD JUSTISS


Halifax County Session
August Sessions 1796 then this will was exhibited in Open Court duly proved by the oath of WOOD JONES HAMLIN on of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded, whereupon MARY CARTER the Executrix therein named came in & was duly qualified to the same.
Witness
L. LONG, CC

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Will of Lemuel Carter - 1910
Halifax County Wills 1910-1918
Volume 9, Page 32

North Carolina
Halifax County

I LEMUEL CARTER of Halifax County and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory but considering my earthly existence uncertain do make & declare this my last will & testament.
First, my executor herein after named shall give my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives and pay all my funeral and burial expenses together with all my just debts out of the first money that may come into his hands belonging to my estate, second I give and devise to my beloved wife OCTAVO CARTER 4 acres of land around my dwelling house, where I now reside during her natural life in satisfaction of her down and thereas in my land and at the death of my wife OCTAVO CARTER, the above described land is to descend to JOHN BOWSER said land is in Roanoke Rapids Township, Halifax County North Carolina adjoining the lands of T. J. ROOK, Mrs. M. E. MORECOCK dec'd & others & described as follows commencing at a white oak stump Mrs. M. E. MORECOCK's corner on T. J. ROOK's line running east 100 yards down Mrs. MORECOCK's line to an Iron stake thence south to MOLLIE WALKER's line thence west up MOLLIE WALKER's line to T. J. ROOK line, 100 yards, thence north along T. J. ROOK's line to the beginning supposed to contain 4 acres more or less. Third, I want my household & kitchen furniture sold to pay my debts. 4th If I leave any land not sold after my death, I give to my daughter MARGARETTE BOWSER in fee simple. 5. I hereby constitute & appoint my brother J. W. CARTER my lawful executor to all intents & purposes to execute this my last will & testaments according to the true intent & meaning of the same and every part & clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said LEMUEL CARTER do hereunto set my hand and seal this the 30 day of September 1910.

LEMUEL CARTER ("X" his mark)


Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said LEMUEL CARTER to be his last will & testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

Witnesses
J. W. VINCENT
PETER FLEMING

North Carolina - Halifax County

A paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of LEMUEL CARTER deceased is exhibited in Open Court by J. W. CARTER the executor therein named for probate & the due execution thereof by the said LEMUEL CARTER is proved by the oath & examination of J. W. VINCENT & PETER FLEMING the subscribing witnesses thereto. It is thereupon adjudged by the Court that the said paper writing & every part thereof is the last will & testament of said LEMUEL CARTER dec'd & that the same is executed with the formalities requisited to pass both real & personal property.
Let the same with this probate be recorded, this Jan'y 12, 1911.

S. M. GARY
Clerk Superior Court

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Will of William Carter-1810
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Pages 500-502
 

In the Name of God Amen, I WILLIAM CARTER of Halifax County and State of North Carolina calling to mind the certainty of Death, and being low of body but sound in mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will & testament revoking all others.
Imprimis. It is my will & desire that all my just debts shall be paid.
Item. I lend unto my loving Wife DEANITIA CARTER during her natural life, to wit, HARRY, ABBY, BEDY and HARRIOT, and at her decease to go to my sons; WILLIAM CARTER, THEODERICK CARTER, JOSEPH CARTER & FRANCIS CARTER, to be equally divided between them & their heirs forever. Also I lend unto my loving Wife during her natural life a tract of land where FRANCIS COLEY now lives adjoining the lands of WILLIAM PIKE & WOOD J. HAMLIN containing by estimation Fifty acres be the same more or less It is also my Will & desire should my wife wish to remove from the said land that my son FRANCIS CARTER may sell it for the best price he can get and deliver her the money which shall be her own right and property and at her disposal.
Item. I lend unto my loving Wife DEANITIA CARTER during her natural life two beds & furniture, four cows & calves, forty head of hogs my young sorrel mare & small sorrel horse, eight head of sheep, my household and kitchen furniture, twenty barrels of corn, one of the above beds, her choice to be and at her own disposal and at her decease to be divided equally between all my surviving children.
Item. I give unto my son WILLIAM CARTER in addition to what I have already given him, Two Negroes RHODY & LUCY to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son JOSEPH CARTER in addition to what I have already given him, three Negroes HANNAH, WILL & DICK to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son THEODORICK CARTER two Negroes DILSY & CHARLES to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I lend unto my Daughter MARY SAWYER, MARIA & CRITA, during her natural life and at her decease to be equally divided between her children to them & their heirs forever.
Item. I lend unto my daughter MARTHA BAKER during her life my Negroes HOLLY & SALL and their increase, and at her decease to go to her children to them and their heirs for ever.
Item. I lend unto my daughter NANCY BOSTON during her life four Negroes, AMY, DICY, FRANK & FANNY and at her decease to go to her children, to them and their heirs for ever.
Item. I lend unto my daughter LUCY PIKE during her life my Negroes JUDE her son BENJAMIN and her increase and at her decease to go to her children, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my grandaughter POLLY HARRIS a Negro girl SERENER to her and her heirs for ever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my son FRANCIS CARTER the land and Plantation whereon he now lives, it being the land I bought of MARK & NATHAN RICKMAN, also two Negroes MACLIN & SILVY. Also my old faithful Negro fellow DICK, he is to take care of and support as long as he lives/in addition to what I have already given him to him & his heirs for ever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson BELFIELD N. CARTER a Negro boy named SQUIRE to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson WILLIAM CARTER, son of FRANCIS CARTER a Negro boy named BRISTIL to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my grandaughter LOUISA JONES CARTER a Negro girl called MARTHA to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath unto THORNTON MALLARD son of JOHN MALLARD deceased a black colt to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son FRANCIS CARTER one bed & furniture to him & his heirs forever.
It is my Will & desire that the residue of my property which I have not willed away shall be sold by my Executors hereinafter named upon a credit of twelve months and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided between my four sons, to wit, WILLIAM CARTER, JOSEPH CARTER, THEODORICK CARTER and FRANCIS CARTER to them and their heirs forever.
It is my Will and desire should any dispute arise between my Legatees respecting my Will above written that all such disputes shall be settled by arbitration each party choosing one person thence too in case of disagreement to choose the third and their decision shall be final and binding.
I hereby nominate and appoint my son FRANCIS CARTER & my friend WOOD JONES HAMLIN my whole and sole Executors to this my last Will and Testament signed, sealed this the 17 day of March Eighteen hundred & Ten.

WILLIAM CARTER ("X" his mark)

Signed, and acknowledged in the presence of
WOOD J. HAMLIN
JESSE CARTER ("X" his mark)
BENJ. CARTER ("X" his mark)


Halifax County
May Sessions 1810

Here this Will was exhibited in Open Court and duly proved by the oaths of WOOD J. HAMLIN & BENJAMIN CARTER two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded. WOOD J. HAMLIN one of the Executors therein named came into Open Court and renounced his Executorship on the same and it was ordered that his dissent be entered of record. Whereupon FRANCIS CARTER one of the Executors therein named came into Open Court and was duly qualified thereto.

Witness
H. J. BURGESS, Clk



(Note: The son named WILLIAM CARTER, mentioned in this will, was a Revolutionary War soldier whose pension file can be viewed here)

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Will of Samuel Copeland-1786
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Pages 105-106

In the Name of God Amen I SAMUEL COPLAN of Halifax County and State of North Carolina being very sick but in perfect sense and memory Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.
First I recommend my Soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executors and as for what Worldly goods it hath pleased to God to bestow on me. I give in manor and form as following that is to say I lend to my loving Wife JANE COPLAND the plantation and tract of Land whereon I now live on during her natural life. And after her death I give the said land to my son BOLDING COPLAN to him and his heirs for ever I give to my son ISAM COPLAN five shillings
I give to my daughter ANN COPLAN five shillings my Will and desire is that all the rest of my Estate to be valued the said Estate to remain in my wifes hands and what ever it is valued to for it to be equally divided--
Between my wife & children that is SARAH COPLAN BOLDING COPLAN and MARTHA COPLAN & MARY COPLAN and for my wife to pay them of as they shall come of age I do appoint my Loving Wife JANE COPLAN Executor of this my Last Will and Testament

SAMUEL COUPLAN

Test
WILLIAM TAYLOR
ISAAC RICKS Jurat

SARAH COUPLAND Qualified


Halifax County Session
February Court 1786

Then this Will was exhibited in Open Court and Duly proved by the Oath of ISAAC RIX one of the subscribing witnesses thereto who on his Oath did say that he saw the Testator Sine, Seal publish and declare the same to be his last Will and Testament and also that he believed him to be of sound mind and disposing memory and that he saw WILLIAM TAYLOR subscribe himself as witness thereto whereupon SARAH COUPLAND was qualified as Executor thereto and on motion order to be recorded.
Test WM. WOOTTEN, CCt

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"Halifax County North Carolina, Court Minutes, Vol. I, 1784-1787" , Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. -February Court 1786:
804 - The Last Will and Testament of SAMUELL COUPLAND dec'd was exhibited in open Court and Proved by the Oath of JOSIAH DIXON a witness thereto &c who on his Oath Said he saw the Testator sign the same &c as also WM TAYLOR a Witness subscribe himself a Witness thereto whereupon JANE COUPL[AND] and Qualifyed according to law & on M O R.

805 - Ordered that the Estate be sold agreeable to Law.

813 - Bond SAML COUPLAND and PETER MORGAN to JOHN NORWOOD Exhd and proved
RICHARD WHITAKER.

May Court 1786
1029 - Acct sale of the Estate of SAML COUPLAND dec'd returned by JNO BRADFORD Depy Sheff &c.

August Court 1786
1063-Ordered that So much of the Estate of SAMUL COUPLAND deceased be sold agreeable to law as Will be sufficient to satisfy the Just debts of the decadant and reported &c.

1162 - BOLING COUPLAND orphan of SAMUEL COUPLAND dec'd bound unto WILLIAM SOUTHERLAND to learn the art and Calling of a Black smith aged 13 years.

 

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Will of William Coupland-1782
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Page 281

In the Name of God Amen. I WILLIAM COUPLAND of the County of Halifax & State of North Carolina being sick of body but of sound memory do first of all bequeath my soul to God who gave it me hoping through the meritorious passion of our Lord and Saviour to obtain free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins. My body I desire may be disposed of in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as for the worldly good which it hat pleased God to bestow upon me I dispose of in manner and form following,
Viz- Imprimmis my Will and desire is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
Item, I give and bequeath all my Estate both real & personal to my daughter MARY COUPLAND to her & her heirs forever provided she should live to have lawfull issue but if she should die without such issue then my Will & desire is that my estate shall go to my Sister CHARLOTT COUPLAND to her and her heirs forever except one hundred pounds Virginia money in Specie which said sum of one hundred pound my Will and desire is be made out of my Estate immediately after the death of my daughter MARY COUPLAND & if she should die without issue and given to my grdson MACKINNY LONG and his heirs for ever.
Item, I make constitute and appoint my Trusty Friend NICHOLS LONG Sen'r of the State of No. Carolina and WILKINSON GODWIN of the State of Virginia Executors of this my last Will and Testament utterly revoking and disanulling all former Will and Testament by me made and I do also appoint the Executors above mentioned to be Guardians to my daughter MARY COUPLAND. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this fourth day of January One Thousand Seven hundred Eighty two.

WILLIAM COUPLAND

Signed, Sealed & published in presence of
CHA'S PASTURE, J. TILLERY Jurat, CHA'S SAUNDERS



Halifax County
Inferior Court
February 18th, 1782

The above Will was exhib. in Open Court and duly proved by oath of JOHN TILLERY one of the subscribing witnesses and NICHOLAS LONG Sen'r came into Court & quallified as Executor with all the necessary quallifications.
Agreeable to Law ordered to be recorded.

Test
WM. WOOTTEN C.Co't

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"Halifax County North Carolina, Court Minutes, Vol. I, 1784-1787" , Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. -May Court 1785
#426 - On Motion of ISAAC RIX guardian of BENJAMIN SHERWOOD dec'd & by consent of Col.LONG Guardian to MARY COUPLAND orphan to WILLIAM COUPLAND who was administrator of BENJN SHERWOOD & who acts as Executor of COUPLAND, ordered that JOHN BRANCH, RICHARD KEARNEY, ROBERT HULM & JOHN HAYWOOD or any three of them do Settle and report to the Court the Transactions of the Said COUPLANDS admrs to Sherwood & the Guardianship of the sd COUPLAN for BENJ SHERMAN.

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Will of Thomas Day- 1810
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Page 502

In the Name of God Amen I THOMAS DAY of Halifax County and State of North Carolina being in a low state of health but in my rite mind & memory do constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament Imprimis, I lend unto my beloved Wife ELLENDER DAY all my estate real and personal during her widowhood to raise her children with, and if there should be any of my estate left after her death or widowhood then to be equally divided among my living children.
I do appoint my Wife ELLENDER DAY my Executrix of this my last Will & Testament. In ???? whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 24th December 1809.

THOMAS DAY ("X" his mark)

Signed, Sealed, and delivered in the presence of
THOMAS MILES, DAVIS BAGBY, & WILLIS LONG.

Halifax County
May Session 1810

Then this Will was exhibited in Open Court and duly ordered by the oaths of THOMAS MILES & DAVIS BAGBY two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded. Thereupon ELLEN DAY the Executrix therein named came into open Court and was duly qualified thereto.

Witness
H. J. BURGES, Clerk

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Will of Joseph Harvey -1816
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Page 580

State of North Carolina, Halifax County
Know all Men that I JOSEPH HARVEY do make this writing to be & contain my last Will & Testament (to Wit) It is my desire that my Executors herein after named shall as soon as possible sell the land which I am to have of JOHN G. BLOUNT Esq'r in the State of Tennessee & pay every debt I owe. The balance of the money arising from the sale I give to my wife ELIZABETH HARVEY to be at her disposal believing she will use it for the benefit of herself & our Children as they may most need & deserve it. I also give my said Wife all the little property I have to be used by her as she pleases. I nominate & appoint my said Wife ELIZABETH my Executrix & DOCTOR SIMMONS J. BAKER, my worthy Friend COLO. HUTCHINGS G. BURTON & my son in Law JOHN DEVEREUX my Executors to this my last Will & Testament. Given under my hand & Seal this 26 day of September 1815.
JOSEPH HARVEY

Teste
H. G. MONTFORT Jt
JOHN KING ("X" his mark)

Halifax County
May Session 1816

Then this Will was exhibited in Open Court & duly proven by the oath of HENRY G. MONTFORT one of the subscribing witnesses thereto- who also proved the hand-writing of JOHN KING the other subscribing witness who is dead & on motion ordered to be recorded.

Witness
RICHARD EPPES CCt
 

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Will of Lucy Harwell- 1818
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Volume 3, Page 631

In the name of God Amen, I LUCY HARWELL of the County of Halifax & State of North Carolina, being of sound mind & memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing its appointed once to die do make and ordain this as my last Will and testament.
1st Item. My will and desire is that my son WILLIAM J. HARWELL shall have the followings Negroes hereafter named with their following increase, to wit, KING, STERLING, MOLLY & LINDA also SUSIE and SIDNEY them and their increase to him and his heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my son WM. J. HARWELL one certain tract of land lying and being in Halifax Cty No. Carolina being the land I purchased of JOHN DUBERRY adjoining the lands of PETER AVENT and DOCT'R BURGES known by the name of ADAMS Tract, to him and his heirs forever.
2d. I give and bequeath unto my son ALFRED HARWELL Negro woman named FRANK to him and his heirs forever.
3d. I give and bequeath unto my daughter MARTHA COLE one Negro woman named LUCY and one Negro boy named ALBERT, also one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
4. I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter LUCY COLE one Negro girl named ANTINET and her increase to her and her heirs forever.
5. I give and bequeath unto my daughter SALLY VINCENT one bed and furniture and one cow & calf to her and her heirs forever.
6. I give and bequeath unto my son MARCUS A. HARWELL one bed and furniture and one cow & calf to him and his heirs forever.
7. My desire is that the residue of my Estate real or personal may be sold by my Extr. hereafter named and after paying all my just debts the remaining balance to be equally divided between my sons WM. J. HARWELL and MARTHA COLE to them and their heirs forever.

I dou hereby nominate and appoint my son WM. J. HARWELL and my friend MACKLIN BASS Executors to this my last will & testament revoking all others by me heretofore made.
Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of us
as the Last Will and Testament of }                      LUCY HARWELL
October 16th, 1818
ISAAC EDWARDS, JOHN HOCKADY

Halifax County
Feb'y Session 1819

Then this Will was exhibited in Open Court and duly proved by the oath of ISAAC EDWARDS and JOHN HOCKADY the two subscribing witnesses thereto who says that the Testator was at the time of subscribing & acknowledging the same of sound mind & memory & on motion ordered to be recorded, Whereupon WILLIAM J. HARWELL one of the Executors in said Will named came in and was duly qualified thereto.

Witness
RICHARD EPPES, CCt

 

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Will of Isham Hawkins-1817
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Volume 3, Page 610

In the name of God Amen, I ISHAM HAWKINS of the State of No. Carolina & County of Halifax being weak in Body tho of sound mind memory & calling to mind the Mortality of my Body & knowing it is appointed for Man once to die do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament.
1st. My will & desire is that all my just debts should be paid by my Executors hereafter named by any ways or means they may think best for the benefit of my Estate & take such vouchers as they may judge proper.
2d. I give & bequeath to my daughter PATSY DAVIS one bed & furniture, one cow & calf, half dozen Pewter plates, one Negro boy by the name of JINKINS and one hundred & fifty dollars, to be paid her by my Executors after the time limited by law to settle my estate.
3ly. I give my son AMBROSE two Negroes to wit, TOM & WINSON, one tract of land known by the name of Morris, containing Ninety acres more or less, one cow & calf, one sow & piggs, one mare, bridle & saddle, one bed & furniture.
4ly. I give to my daughter NANCY BAGBY, one Negro Girl by the name of PEN, & Two hundred & fifty dollars, to be paid after the settling my Estate as before observed, one bed & furniture, one cow & calf, one sow & piggs
5ly. I give to my daughter CHARITY PARKER one bed & furniture, one cow & calfs, one bay mare, one Negro boy JERRY, & one girl by the name of CHANY, with her increase.
6ly. I give to my son GABRIEL, one bed & furniture, one cow & calf one sorrel mare, bridle & saddle, one Negro man by name ONIS.
7ly. I giver my daughter POLLY, one bed & furniture, one cow & calf, one Negro girl BETTY & one boy by name HARRY, one chest, one bridle & saddle
8ly. I give to the surviving children of my son WILLIAM dec'd Negro girl by the name of JENNY with her increase, to be equally divided amongst them, at the time the youngest child arrives to the age of Twenty one years.
9ly. I give to my grand son ISHAM HAWKINS Extra in the settling of my Estate, one horse bridle & saddle, say worth Sixty dollars. All the balance of my Estate to be equally divided amongst all my children then living, and I do nominate & appoint my sons, AMBROSE & JOHN HAWKINS my whole & sole Executors to this my last Will & Testament, revoking all others made by me In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 26th April 1817.

ISHAM HAWKINS SR. ("X" his mark)

Witness
M. BASS
JESSE N. FAULCON

Halifax County
Nov'r - Sep'r 1817

Then this Will was Exhibited in open court & duly proven by the oath of MACKLIN BASS one of the subscribing witnesses is thereto & on motion ordered to be recorded- Whereupon, AMBROSE HAWKINS & JOHN HAWKINS the Executors in said Will named came in & was duly qualified thereto.
Witness
RICHARD EPPES, Clk

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Will of Thomas Haynes- 1796
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Volume 3, Page 267

In the Name of God Amen THOMAS HAYNES of Halifax County & State of North Carolina being very sick & weak of body but of sound sense & memory thanks be to God calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will & Testament by & principally & first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form, first I give & bequeath unto my nephew CHRISTOPHER HAYNES son of WILLIAM HAYNES one Negro fellow named HAMPTON to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my nephew JOHN GORDON son JOHN GORDON one negro fellow named JACOB to him & his heirs forever, I also give him the sd JOHN GORDON one set of black smiths tools to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my above said nephew CHRISTOPHER HAYNES son of sd. WILLIAM HAYNES one Negro fellow named EPHRAIM to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my nephew THOMAS GORDON son of JOHN GORDON Six hundred & thirty Eight Acres land be same more or less lying in Cumberland in Davidson County on Sycamore Creek to him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my nephew JAMES GORDON my riding horse bridle & saddle t him the sd JAMES GORDON & his heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath unto my nephew THOMAS HAYNES son of CHRISTOPHER HAYNES one horse colt him & his heirs forever.
Item. I lend to my nephew EATON HAYNES one mare colt during his life.
Item. I give & bequeath to my sister MARY HAYNES one bed & furniture to her & her heirs forever; I also give to her the said MARY HAYNES one chest to her & heirs forever.
Lastly, I nominate & appoint my nephew CHRISTOPHER HAYNES to be my sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament & this & no other to be my last will & testament & I do hereby disallow & make void all other Wills & Legacies heretofore made by me, as witness I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 2nd day of May one Thousand seven hundred & ninety six.

THOMAS HAYNES

Witness
SHADRACK BELL, MARMADUKE BELL
 

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Will of Samuel Porter -1809
Halifax County Wills 1781-1824
Will Book 3, Page 502
 

In the Name of God Amen, I SAMUEL PORTER of Halifax County and State of North Carolina being poorly in body but of sound mind & memory knowing that it is appointed unto men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following That is to say. I lend unto my beloved wife MARY PORTER my Land & Plantation and my Negro man DANIEL and my Negro woman MILLEY and her choice of the young Negroes with all my stock of horses, cattle & hogs with all my household furniture during her life or widowhood, and after death or in case she should marry or at her death, all to be equally divided amongst my children excepting the Negroes before mentioned.
Item. I give to my son JOHN PORTER the Negroes that I lent to my Wife, vizt, DANIEL & MILLEY, with one bed and furniture and the balance of my Estate be equally divided in Seven parts on for NANCY HERVY, one for SALLY APSBY, one for POLLY SCOGINS Children, one for ELIZABETH DAMERON, one for WILLIAM PORTER, one for SAMUEL PORTER and one for LUCY PRITCHETTs Children to be divided as equal as can be by lot. I do hereby appoint my Beloved Wife MARY PORTER, WILLIAM PORTER and NEVILL GEE Executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking all other Wills by me made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness my hand & Seal this the 14 January Eighteen hundred and Seven.
SAMUEL PORTER


Acknowledged before us
CHRISTOPHER PRITCHETT, ONEY HERVEY

Halifax County
May Session 1810

This Will, which appears to have been proved at November Sessions 1809, but was never registered was exhibited this Court and duly proved by the oaths of ONEY HERVY and XPHER PRITCHETT the subscribing witnesses thereto and the motion ordered to be recorded. The Exrs. named in the Will failing to appear. Administration with the will annexed on the said estate was granted to NEVILL GEE.

Witness
H. J. BURGES, Clk
 

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Will of William H. Richardson - 1916
Halifax County, North Carolina
Will Book 9, Pages 393-395

State of North Carolina
Halifax County
I, W. H. RICHARDSON of the County of Halifax State of North Carolina make my last will and testament and am of a sound mind. To my wife PENNA RICHARDSON I bequeath all my personal property household and kitchen furniture I again bequeath to my wife PENNA RICHARDSON my home place containing 35 acres to have full possession as her own untill my youngest child EDNA RICHARDSON reaches the age of 21 years then after the expiration of the 21 years then this real estate above mentioned are to be sold to the highest bidder then after paying my burial expenses and any other debrs that I may have contracted the remainder is to be equally divided among all my children and wife if she be living.

W. H. RICHARDSON ("X" his mark)


Witness: J. N. GREEN
Witness: B. D. LYNCH


State of North Carolina
Halifax County
S. S. In the Superior Court

A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of W. H. RICHARDSON deceased is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of the Superior Court for said County by the executor therein mentioned and the due execution thereof by the said W. H. RICHARDSON is proved by the oath and examination of B. D. LYNCH the subscribing witness thereto, who being duly sworn hath depose and say, and each for himself deposeth and saith that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown purporting to be the last will and testament of W. H. RICHARDSON that the said W. H. RICHARDSON in the presence of this deponent, subscribed his name at the end of said paper writing, now shown as aforesaid, and which bear date fo the ___ day of ___ 19___.
And the deponent further saith that the said W. H. RICHARDSON the testator aforesaid, did, at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid, declare the said paper writing so subscribed by him and exhibited to be his last will and testament, and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said will as an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of the said testator. And this deponent further saith, that at the said time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will as aforesaid, and at the time of deponents subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto, as aforesaid the said W. H. RICHARDSON was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will, and was not under any restraint to the knowledge, information or belief of this deponent; and further these deponents say not and the other subscribing witness being dead it is proved by the oath and examination of H. N. QUALLS and S. L. STOKES that they are acquainted with the handwriting of the said J. A. GREEN having often him write and his signature to said will in his own proper handwriting.

B. D. LYNCH
H. W. QUALLS
S. L. STOKES

Severally Sworn and subscribed this 22 day of March 1916 before me
J. M. GARY
Clerk Superior Court

It is therefore considered, ordered and adjudged by the Court that the said paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of W. H. RICHARDSON, dec'd, and the same with the foregoing certificates and examination are ordered to be recorded and filed.
This 5 day of April 1916.
J. M. GARY
Clerk Superior Court

(This was the son of James Richardson & Patsy Dales)

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Will of Bennett R. Wilkins- 1860
Halifax County, North Carolina
Will Book 5, Page 87

 

Halifax County Court, November Term 1860

The last Will and testament of BENNETT R. WILKINS of Halifax County State of North Carolina written the 3rd day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and Sixty (1860)

Item 1st. I wish the following Negroes to be sold on a credit of six months, namely SIMON, BILL and NED, the bonds to be well secured, I also wish the crop stock and other articles not needed for the support of the family and the carrying on the farm to be sold.
Item 2nd. I give and bequeath unto my daughter LOUISA WILKINS Two Thousand five hundred dollars ($2500) to be paid her in good bonds a the money by my Executrix.
Item 3rd. I wish all the balance of my property to be kept together and the Farm to carried on for the common use and benefit of my wife and minor children ROSCOE, PATSEY, WILLIAM WEST, DAHLIA & LIZA DICK the children to be educated and supported from the profits and interest.
Item 4th. I leave all my property not given away in the second item to my wife and five last named children to be equally divided each child to have his or her part as he or she arrives of age or married, my wife keeping for herself over and above her equal proportion all of the household and kitchen furniture.
Lastly I appoint my wife JANE Executrix to this my last Will and testament with full power to sell or by and convey and act in all aspects as I could myself were I living.

B. R. WILKINS ("*" his mark)

Signed sealed & acknowledged
in the presence of
H. JOYNER
MAT C. WHITAKER

A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of BENNET R. WILKINS is propounded for probate and the same is proved by the oath of HENRY JOYNER one of the subscribing witnesses thereto at February Term of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Halifax County 1861. It is therefor ordered that the said paper be held for further probate owing to the absence of M. L. [sic] WHITAKER the other subscribing witness, and at May Term of said Court 1861 the said paper writing is proved by the oath of MAT C. WHITAKER the other subscribing witness thereto. It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper writing and every part of it is the last Will and testament of BENNET R. WILKINS, ordered that the same be recorded together with this probate.
Ordered that JANE WILKINS the Executrix therein named be permitted to qualify as such.

Witness JAS. H. WHITAKER, Clk.

 

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