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 Some Halifax County Wills, Pt.6

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Will of Gideon Alston-1831

Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Pages 78-80


In the name of God Amen.
I GIDEON ALSTON of the County of Halifax and State of North Carolina being of a perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for the do this nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty one, make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following. To wit;
My desire and will is that my dwelling house and the following land beginning on Fishing Creek at the mouth of Parkers Branch thence up the branch to a deep bottom that runs to a point of woods just above my fence on the path that leads to MRS. BAKER's, thence a straight line to Reedy creek at the mouth of the Sheep branch thence down Reedy creek to the mouth of Fishing Creek thence up Fishing Creek to the mouth of Gum Swamp, thence up Gum Swamp to the old mill, thence along the path from the old mill to my Bridge on Fishing Creek, thence up the creek by the meander thereof to the begining. I also give her (my) daughter BETSEY C. ALSTON, the following Negroes (to wit) ROSE, FED, DRED, EASTER, BELINDA, AGGY & EDY, AGGY's child & ISAAC to her & her heirs and assigns forever.
I give my son JOHN ALSTON the Negroes heretofore put into his possession and the land I purchased of ROBERT BRINKLEY containing by estimation fifteen hundred & thirty three acres, be the same more or less, the priviledge of my will excepted to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item. My son GIDEON being dead I give his two children HANNAH SEMORE and GIDEON ALSTON the tract of land my son GIDEON died in possession of being in the County of Warren and State aforesaid containing my estimation one thousand acres be the same more or less to be equally divided between them share & share alike, but if both of the children should die underage and leaving lawful issue of their body, then it is my will & desire that the lands thus given return to my family and be equally divided among my daughter and their heirs & GIDEON HARRISS the son of daughter TEMPERANCE dec'd in as one equal heir.
Item. My daughter TEMPERANCE being dead, I give her son GIDEON ALSTON HARRIS the following Negroes (to wit) BUCK, DANIEL, MARINA and her child ELIZABETH, their future increase. I also give her son STEPHEN BOBBITT the following Negroes (to wit) NED & LARRA & their future increase but should the two boys GIDEON A. HARRIS and STEPHEN BOBBITT die under age and lawful issue of their body then it is my will & desire, the said Negroes, return to the children of my daughter MARYAN BOBBITT it to be equally divided among them, the understanding is should either die underage and lawful issue.
Item. I lend my daughter MARYAN BOBBITT the following Negroes, to wit, MARTIN, SARAH, LYDIA, NANCY & TIPPO & their future increase during her natural life and at her death to be equally divided among her children.
Item. I give my land I lately purchased of JOHN PEARSON to my two daughters FRANCES & ARRABELLA, to be equally divided agreeable to the number of ones FRANCES to have the house that THOMAS WYRE lives in at this time, and ARABELLA the house & improvements that JOHN PEARSON now lives in land not included improved for cultivation in the division.
Item. I give my daughter FRANCES the following Negroes to wit, DANIEL & LOUISA with their future increase to her her heirs & assigns forever.
Item. I give my daughter ARRABELLA the following Negros, MINERVA & BOB to her, her heirs and assigns forever with their future increase.
Item. I give my daughter AMMARILLA the following property, to wit, the lands I purchased of ZACARIAH SULLIVAN, & WILLIAM BRINKLEY with the mill erected thereon, and appertenances thereunto belonging. Also the following Negroes, BRADY & HAGAR, with their future increase to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I give my son JESSE A. ALSTON, all my lands in the fork of Gum Swamp & Fishing Creek that I have not already given away and the following Negroes, to wit, WILEY, SETH, & BARBARY & their future increase to him his heirs, and assigns forever.
Item. I lend my son ERASMUS ALSTON my lands lying between the lands that I have given my daughter BETSEY and the lands I have given my son GIDEON's children bound by Fishing Creek & Reedy Creek. I also lend him the following Negroes (to wit) HENRY, BUCK & BRIDGET, to be in the care of my son JOHN for the use of him and his heirs.
Item. I give my daughter MATILDA the following Negroes, to wit, VIOLET, FELISHA, JEMIMA Jun'r, CINTHIA & CORNELA, LUCY, EUPHAMA & GEORGE.
Item. I give my daughter DOLLY C. ALSTON the following Negroes (to wit) GRACE & BOWERS with their future increase to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Item. the balance of my Negroes not already given away I desire to be equally divided between FRANCES, ARRABELLA, AMMARILLA and DOLLY.
Item. I give my daughter BETSEY, my carriage & horses.
Item. The balance of my lands not already given away, I desire to be equally divided between my daughter DOLLY, GIDEON A. HARRIS & GIDEON C. BOBBITT, son of my daughter MARYAN.
Item. All my stock, household & kitchen furniture &c I desire to be equally divided between BETSEY, FRANCES, ARRABELLA, AMMARILLA, DOLLY, JESSE A. & ERASMUS except the carriage horses already given away.
If the money due and my crop is not sufficient to settle my just debts, my desire is that it shall be equally taken out of the legacies that the stock & household furniture is given to. I do appoint WILLIAM BRINKLEY my sole Executor to this my last will and testament disannulling and revoking all other wills & testaments do make & ordain this & no other to be my last Will & Testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the day and year above written.

GID ALSTON

Signed & Sealed in the presence of
CLEMSON HARPER
WILLIS BENNET



State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
November Term 1831

Then this last will and testament was exhibited in open court and duly proved by the oaths of WINDSON HARPER and WILLIS BENNETT two subscribing witnesses thereto, who says that the Testator was at the time of signing the same of sound mind & disposing memory; on motion the same was ordered to be recorded whereupon WILLIAM BRINKLEY the Executor therein named came forward and was duly qualified thereto.

Witness
M. H. PETTWAY, Clerk
 

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Will of John Alston- 1831
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Pages 75-76

In the Name of God Amen. I JOHN ALSTON of the County of Halifax and State of North Carolina being of sound mind & memory knowing the uncertainty of life & certainty of death, do make, ordain & establish this my last will & testament annulling & revoking all others heretofore by me made.
1st. It is my will & desire that all my property I may die possessed with of every kind quality or description should remain in the possession & under the direction and management of my beloved Wife MARGARET ALSTON.
2d. And as my children or either of them arrive at lawful age or marry, my wife under the direction of my Executors are authorised and impowered to advance to such child such part of my Estate as she may think proper, but in no instance to advance more than an equal share of my estate; In the event of my wife's marrying again, it is my will & desire that the whole of my estate be equally divided share & share alike, between my wife and all my children, taking into consideration the advances I have made towards my son in law MARION SAUNDERS. It is also my will & desire that at the division, my three youngest children, namely BLAKE, LUCY and MAJOR, have each a likely young Negro about their ages, more than the rest; And at my wife's death my will & desire is that her part be equally divided between all my surviving children. Lastly I nominate & appoint my friend EDWARD ALSTON of Warren County and my son in law MARION SAUNDERS Executors of this my last will & testament. Given under my hand & seal this 17th day of February in the year of our Lord 1831.
JOHN ALSTON

Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of
WILLIS A. WILLCOX
JOHN CARTER


State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
August Term 1831

Then this last Will and Testament of JOHN ALSTON was exhibited in open court and the execution thereof duly proved by the oath of JOHN CARTER one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded. Whereupon MARION SAUNDERS one of the Executors therein named came into open court & qualified thereto.

Witness
M. H. PETTWAY clk

pr JNO. H. HARWELL
 

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Will of Levi Browning-1839
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, page 176

Know all men by these presents that I LEVI BROWNING of the County of Halifax of the State of North Carolina do make and publish this my last Will & Testament, 1st committing my soul & body into the hands of my Redeemer. I dispose of my worldly goods on the following manner unto my son BENJAMIN I give & bequeath the tract of land on which I now live containing about One hundred acres the same being more or less reference being have to the former deed, which I bequeath unto him and his heir forever. I also give him BENJAMIN all the stock of cattle and hogs that I may die possessed of and I do give & bequeath unto my son BENJAMIN and daughter BETSEY to be equally divided between them my beds & other furniture I may possess at my death.
Signed, sealed & delivered in the presence of 15 January 1839.

LEVI BROWNING ("X" his mark)


Witness
HENRY W. GARY
SAMUEL PEARCE


Halifax County
Febr Court 1839

Then the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of LEVI BROWNING was exhibited in open court for probate and being duly proved by the oath of HENRY W. GARY one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & on motion was ordered to be recorded.

Witness
J. H. SIMMONS, Clerk
 

 

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Will of John Carter-1848
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Pages 268-269

In the name of God, Amen. I JOHN CARTER SR. of the County of Halifax, State of North Carolina being of sound mind & memory do make, publish & declare this be my last will & testament hereby revoking all others.
Item 1st. I wish my body burried in a Christian manner
Item 2nd. I wish all my just debts paid out of such of my perishable Estate as to my Executor may seem best.
Item 3rd. I have heretofore made provisions for my sons, WELDON, JOSEPH & HARTWELL & RICHARD and also for my daughter, and for this reason I make none in this will.
Item 4th. I give to my son SAMUEL CARTER and in the event of his death before mine, to his children one sorrel horse called Sir William.
Item 5th. I lend to my beloved wife MARTHA, during her natural life all the residue of my property, real, personal & perishable and at her death, I give the same to my son WILLIAM and his heirs forever. This gift to him is made as well out of a sense of justice or of affection, for his valuable services to me in my old age in contributing to the support of his parents their family.
Item 6th. I desire that my perishable estate may not be waisted, and such parts or portions thereof as may be used & consumed, I wish replaced with the increase thereof if on hand the death of wife, and to go as the part or portion not consumed or used.
Item 7th. I earnestly hope that my wife will permit my friend MARTHA VICK to live with her as they have heretofore done, further, if the said MARTHA should survive my wife, my son WILLIAM will take proper care of her, this I recommend & wish to be done, but it is not under to be and injunction, or condition of my legatees enjoying their legacy or a charge thereon.
Item 8th. I have a little grandson name JOHN RICHARD GREGORY for whom I feel a just affection & especially lament his destitute condition being without parents or brother or sister he is now living with me, and I would give him a legacy if I could do so and discharge my ?? to my wife & my son WILLIAM, all that I can do is to request that my son WILLIAM will take care of him after my death, and bring him up to work, affording him as much education as he can. This request is not intended as a condition nor a charge on the legacy of my son WILLIAM.
Item 9th. I hereby nominate constitute & appoint my son WILLIAM CARTER my Executor of this my last will & testament. In testamony of all which I have hereunto affixed my hand & seal this the 13th day of July A.D. 1845.

JOHN CARTER

Signed sealed & published & declared in the presence of us
B. F. MOORE
BENJA. EDMUNDS
JOS. H. WALKER


Halifax County Court
November Term 1848

Then the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of JOHN CARTER was offered for probate and the same being duly proven by the oaths lf BENJA. EDMUNDS & JOS. H. WALKER two of the subscribing witnesses thereto is ordered to be recorded whereupon WILLIAM CARTER the Executor named therein is duly qualified.

Witness
W. W. DANIEL, Clerk
 

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Will of Dudley Clanton-1853
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, pages 353-355

Halifax County, November Court 1853
I DUDLEY CLANTON of the County of Halifax and State of North Carolina, do ordain and establish this my last will and testament in manner & words as follows.
In the first place I desire all my landed and real estate to be sold by my Executor and the money arising from said sale to be applied as a primary fund to the payment of all my debts, and should such money be insufficient to pay my debts then it is my wish that so much of my personal estate as may be necessary be sold and applied to the payment of such debts as may remain unpaid after the fund so arising from my landed and real estate shall have been exha??
In the second place, it is my wish that after my debts have been paid so as aforesaid, that the money remaining raised out of my landed and real estate as aforesaid, should there be any, to go to my friend FREDERICK N. McWILLIAMS in trust and confidence as hereinafter declared. And I further wish that so much of my personal estate be sold by my Executor as will be sufficient together with the fund so left to my friend FREDERICK N. McWILLIAMS as aforesaid should there be any remaining as aforesaid to make up the sum of Five thousand dollars, which sum of five thousand dollars so raised do aforesaid. I give to my friend FREDERICK N. McWILLIAMS and his heirs to the following trust, uses and purposes, that is to say, that he shall pay over annually to my Mother, to her sole and separate use, during her coverture the interest of the said sum of five thousand dollars, and in case of discoverture, should her expences require more than the annual interest of said sum of five thousand dollars then the said McWILLIAMS is hereby authorized and empowered to pay to her so much of the principal of said sum of money as he is his own judgment and discretion may think requisite; and if my friend the said McWILLIAMS should at any time under circumstances as aforesaid pay to my Mother any portion of the principal of said sum, he is not to be accountable for said payments in any subsequent legatee of said fund; and at the death of my Mother, I wish the said sum of five thousand dollars, or so much thereof as shall be remaining on the hand of my friend the said McWILLIAMS to be equally divided between the two sons of my Aunt FRANCES TUNSTALL deceased but if either of them should die before he arrives at the age of twenty on years and without issue then I wish the whole of the said sum to go to his surviving brother.
In the third place, I give to the elder of my said Aunt FRANCES TUNSTALLs sons my gold watch and chain formerly worn by my brother, and I also give to his brother my other gold watch and chain and I wish the elder son to have the diplomas of my Father, my Brother & myself and request that he shall keep them.
And I also give him the gun formerly owned by my Uncle JESSE RHYMES with the request that he let my Mother keep it as long as she desires; and I also give to him all my books, and gold shirt buttons; and to his youngest brother I give my gold pencil.
In the 4th place, I give to my friend THOS. H. CHRISTMAS my favourite buggy horse Prince; and my slave BEN to my friend FREDERICK N. McWILLIAMS in confidence that he will be well treated.
In the 5th place, I give my slave GUS to the elder son of my Aunt FRANCES TUNSTALL deceased and appoint my friend FREDERICK N. McWILLIAMS his guardian with respect to this slave only and desire that he shall have the sale slave GUS put to some mechanical trade.
In the sixth place, I lend to my Uncle WM. C. CLANTON during his natural life the two slaves my Brother JESSE R. CLANTON inherited from my Grandmother RHODA BALTHROP, and at his death I give said slaves to his son WILLIAM CLANTON.
In the 7th place, I lend to my Uncle WILLIAM C. CLANTON all the rest of my property during his natural life and at his death I desire it to be equally divided between the two sons of my Aunt FRANCES TUNSTALL deceased but, the value of slave GUS, shall be assessed and taken into consideration at the time of division and charged to the share of the elder son, so as to make both shares equal at the time of division, but should either of them die without issue, and under twenty one years of age and intestate leaving his brother heir survivor, then I wish the whole to go to the surviving brother, and in case both should die before they are twenty one years old without issue and intestate I wish the whole of the said property to go to my cousin GEORGE CLANTON the son my my Uncle LANDON CLANTON.
I do intend this my last will and testament to be on execution of all powers created and vested in me by the last will and testament of my brother JESSE R. CLANTON.
In the 8th place I constitute and appoint my friend FREDERICK N. McWILLIAMS my sole Executor to this my last will and testament.
I earnestly request that the sons of my Aunt FRANCES TUNSTALL deceased be kind and generous to their sister and render her assistance on all proper occasions.
Given under m hand and seal this the 16th Feb'y 1853.

D. CLANTON

Witness
A. M. QUALLS
H. Y. BURT


Codicil of explanation to the foregoing-
My brother JESSE having bequeathed to me the profit of his estate during my life with the power to dispose of the estate as I may choose, which power I am advised gives an estate to me for all beneficial purposes, I have and the term my property in the foregoing will as including all that I have of my own property and what I have the power to dispose of. In other words I have considered the property over which I have the power of appointment as my own. 1853 Oct 28.
D. CLANTON

Signed & published in our presence we subscribing in the presence of the testator as witnesses requested thereunto
B. F. MOORE
CHAS. N. WEBB


Codicil 2nd to my will
I give to my Friend FRED. N. McWILLIAMS in trust my slaves, to wit, girl JANE and my man ABRAM for the sole and separate use and benefit of my Mother with liberty for her to dispose of them by deed or will.
Item 2d. I revoke so much of my will as disposes of my slave GUS, and do now bequeath him to my friend F. N. McWILLIAMS. Oct. 30th 1853.
D. CLANTON

Signed and published in our presence as a codicil to this will in subscribing our names as witnesses in his presence.
B. F. MOORE
CHAS. N. WEBB



Halifax County
November court 1853
Then the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of DUDLEY CLANTON dec'd is offered for probate and the execution of the same & publication thereof was duly proven by the oaths of A. M. and H. Y. BURT the subscribing to the same. At the same time the execution of two codicils annexed to the said will as part thereof were duly proved by the oaths of B. MOORE and CHARLES N. WEBB the subscribing witnesses thereto, and thereupon the said will and codicil are ordered by the court to be certified & recorded. And thereupon F. N. McWILLIAMS the Executor named in said will came into court and is duly qualified as such.

Witness
WM. W. DANIEL, Clk
 

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Will of Willis Daniel-1828
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Pages 46-47

 

In the Name of God Amen.
I WILLIS DANIEL being sick in body but of sound mind and memory, do make and constitute this my Last Will and Testament.
First I recommend my soul to God, and my body to the grave, to be buried at the discretion of my friends.
Item, my will and desire is, that my farm continue to be made and housed without any interruption.
Item, I loan to my daughter HARRIETTE one Negro boy HARK and on Negro girl LIZA to be delivered to said HARRIETTE, and continue with my said daughter HARRIETTE untill she arrives at the age of Twenty one years, the said Negroes to be delivered to my said daughter HARRIETTE the first of January 1829. I loan to my beloved wife JUDITH DANIEL all my lands and Negroes, plantation utensils, stock, and all my perishable personal estate during her natural life of widowhood, to be kept together for the purpose of raising my children and schooling &c.
My wish and desire is that my children as they arrive at the age of twenty one years, that they should as they come of age, draw their part of the Negroes.
I have in hands about Four hundred and fifty dollars, which I wish to be put to the best advantage.
I have on hand about Twenty five barrells of brandy to be disposed of to the best advantage. My wish and desire is that my children when arriving to the age of twenty one should have a horse. It is my desire that my Executor should pay all my just debts.
I do hereby constitute and appoint to this my Last Will and Testament, my beloved wife JUDITH DANIEL and VALENTINE BAILEY my executors.
Signed, Sealed in presence of, this the 8th day of June 1828.

WILLIS DANIEL

Test.
V. BAILEY


Halifax County
August Co. 1828

Then this will was exhibited in open court, and the same was duly proved by the oath of VALENTINE BAILEY a subscribing witness thereto. And on motion ordered to be recorded. Whereupon JUDITH DANIEL executrix mentioned therein came forward and was duly qualified thereto.

Witness
M. H. PETTWAY, Clk
 

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Will of Massey F. Ellen- 1831
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 76

I MASSEY F. ELLEN of the County of Halifax & State of North Carolina being of sound mind but weak in body do beqeathe & dispose of my property as follows, this Twenty Eighth day of September and year one thousand eight hundred & thirty one viz-
All my property or share of property whether landed or otherwise I will & bequeath to MARTHA J. SMITH only child and daughter of ALEXANDER SMITH and in case of said MARTHA JANE dying under age & without issue I will that the said property shall be equally divided between my sisters children and the lawful heirs of EATON F. ELLEN. Moreover it is my will that ALEXANDER SMITH have the use of my property as long as he lives. To execute this my last will & testament I appoint ROBERT VINSON & PETER his brother my Executors. In confirmation of this my last Will & Testament witness my hand and seal on this 28th day of September the year of our Lord 1831.

MASSEY F. ELLEN ("X" her mark)

Witness present
JOS. J. GRAY
JESSE MOORE


State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
November Term 1831

Then this last Will and Testament of MASSEY F. ELLEN, was exhibited in open court and duly proved by the oath of JOSEPH J. GRAY one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. And on motion, it was ordered to be recorded.

Witness
M. H. PETTWAY, Clk
 

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Will of Margaret Evans-1837
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 212

In the name of God amen. I MARGARET EVANS of Pitt County North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory do this 26th day of June in the year of One thousand Eight hundred and thirty seven make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows. That is to say first I wish all my just and lawful debts to be paid. Secondly I give and bequeath to my Nephew PEYTON R. TUNSTALL the sum of one thousand dollars $1000. Thirdly. I give to my friend MARY T. ARMSTEAD one Negro girl named ANA AMANDA. Fourthly. I give to PEYTON R. ATKINSON one Negro boy named GEORGE. Fifthly. I give to WILLIAM F.R.M. ATKINSON one Negro girl named MARTHA ANN. Sixthly. I lend the residue of my Estate to JOHN H. ANTHONY his wife and my niece LUCY L. M. ANTHONY during their natural lives and after their death to be equally divided among the children of my said niece LUCY L. M. ANTHONY.
Lastly. I hereby make and order my worth friend JOHN H. ANTHONY of Halifax County Executor to my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said MARGARET EVANS have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed sealed published and declared by the said MARGARET EVANS the testator as her last will and testament in the presents of us who were present at the time of the signing and sealing thereof. June the 26th 1837.

MARGARET EVANS

Witness
A. H. JOHNSON
JAS. C. ALBRITTON

Halifax County, August Court 1842
This paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of MARGARET EVANS being offered for probate and the Execution thereof duly proven by the subscribing witnesses A. H. JOHNS and JAS. C. ALBRITTON. The Court doth declare the same to be fully proven as the last will & testament of the Testator and order that the same be recorded whereupon J. H. ANTHONY qualified as executor.

Witness
J. SIMMONS, Clk
 

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Will of Arthur Green- 1830
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Pages 62 -63

In the Name of God Amen
I ARTHUR GREEN of the County of Halifax & State of N. Carolina being of sound mind & memory, thanks be God for the same, do this 25th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & thirty, make ordain & publish this my last will and testament. In manner and form following, that is to say,
Item 1st. I lend unto my beloved wife ELEANOR GREEN during her natural life, all my land & plantation whereon I now live, Including House and all the household furniture, and every thing appertaining there unto, and all the kitchen furniture, stock of horses, hogs, cattle, sheep, and all & every other stock that I may die possessed of; being in and upon the aforesaid plantation, together with all the corn, fodder, wheat &c all the Negroes to wit, ESTHER, FRANK, EDNEY & her Child LOUISA, ELIZER, JIM, MOSES, AMIE, AGNES, DAVID, ALLEN, JACOB, TOM, ESTHER the 2nd, HARRIET and POLLY, the above property remains as above noted, except that which of the same may herein after be named.
Item 2d. After the death of my before mentioned beloved wife ELEANOR GREEN, I give and bequeath the whole of the same above mentioned property to be equally divided between my beloved niece PATSY POWELL, and my wife's grand daughter MARY ANN WATSON to them and their heirs forever, the Negroes and their increase included.
Item 3rd. It is my wish and desire that my trust Negroes BEN & NANCY for their long faithful and meritorious services should at the death of my wife, be liberated and freed of their bondage, and that I desire my friend HENRY GARRETT to attend to the same, and see that they so liberated and freed. It is my desire that the aforesaid BEN & NANCY should at the death of my wife have a part of the tract of lands, which said land I purchased of JOHN S. SHEPPARD to wit, that part of the said tract, which lies on the North side of the roads leading from Halifax Town to the Marsh swamp, & which said lands adjoins the lands of MAJOR WILLIAMS, MUNGO T. PONTON and others. Also I give & bequeath to them one cow & calf, 1 sow & pigs & a certain bay mare called Jin, to them & their heirs forever.
Item 4th. I give and bequeath unto my beloved brother JOSEPH JOHN GREEN, a certain tract of land which aid land I purchased of ANDREW HARPER adjoining the lands of JAMES BISHOP and others, said to contain by estimation one hundred acres to him and to his heirs forever.
Item 5th. I give and bequeath unto my beloved brothers JOSEPH J. GREEN & HARDY GREEN to be equally divided between them all my proportion of my father's Estate which I may heir, and is as yet undivided to them and their heirs forever.
Item 6th. I give & bequeath to my wife's son WILLIAM WATSON the sum of five hundred dollars to be paid to him by my Executor out of such monies as he may think best. And last of all I leave my friend HENRY GARRETT to this my last Will & Testament my Executor to carry into effect the same, in the best way & manner in his judgment he may think fit. In Witness whereof I the said ARTHUR GREEN have hereunto set my hands and seal to this my last will and testament the day and year above stated.
Interlined before signed.

ARTHUR GREEN

Signed, sealed & acknowledged in presence of
JOHN T. CLANTON
REBECCA B. HIPKINSTALL

State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
3rd Monday of May 1830

Then this last Will & testament of ARTHUR GREEN deceased was exhibited in open court and was duly proved by the oath of JOHN T. CLANTON one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion it was ordered to be recorded. And thereafter the Executor HENRY GARRETT therein named came into open court and duly qualified Executor thereto.

Witness
W. H. PETTWAY, Clk
 

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Will of Elenor Green-1841
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 200

In the name of God Amen I ELENOR GREEN of the County of Halifax & State of North Carolina being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in the Manner & form following, to wit
Item the first, I give and bequeath to JOHN THOMAS WEBB my bay horse called Mohawk
Item the 2nd, I give and bequeath my two slaves BEN and NANCY his wife to MARTHA ANN WEBB & in case of her death to her sister MARY ELIZABETH both of whom are the daughters of ALLEN I. and MARY ANN WEBB
Item 3rd, I give and bequeath to my grand daughter MARY ANN WEBB all the monies that may be due me from sons TOM WATSONs Estate
Item 4th, After paying all my just debts I give and bequeath all the property of every description I may die possessed of to ALLEN I. WEBB
Item the 5th, I hereby authorise and constitute my friend ALLEN I. WEBB with full authority to carry this my last will and testament into effect.
In testimony of all which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of August A.D. 1841.

ELENOR GREEN ("X" her mark)

Signed & delivered in presence of
THOMAS OUSBY
M JOURDAN


Halifax County November Court 1841
Then the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of ELENOR GREEN was exhibited in open court & offered for probate. The execution of which was duly proven by the oath of M. JOURDAN one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. And on motion it was ordered to be recorded. Whereupon ALLEN I. WEBB the Executor therein named came into open court & was duly qualified as such.

Witness
JAMES SIMMONS Clk
 

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Will of Nancy R. Hawkins-1839
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Pages 176-177

 

State of North Carolina
Halifax County

Know all persons that I NANCY R. HAWKINS have ordained & published this as my last will & testament.

First. I will that my just debts be paid out of my money and perishable estate other than my slaves. After they are paid my will is that all the residue thereof be divided into four parts and whereof I give to my brother WILLIAM and to my brother BENJAMIN and to the children of THOMAS G. STONE by my sister & one to my brother REDDEN J. HAWKINS.

Second. I give my slaves to BENJAMIN & WILLIAM HAWKINS to be equally divided equally between them but they are to pay my brother R. J. HAWKINS one fourth of the value of said slaves & to MR. STONE's children aforesaid likewise one fourth of the value thereof.

Third. If I have any property besides what is included in the foregoing items whether real or personal I will that it be sold & the proceeds divided into four parts one to my brother WILLIAM one to my brother BENJAMIN one to my brother REDDEN and one to MR. STONE's children aforesaid.

Fourth. I appoint my friend B. F. MOORE my Executor with full power & authority to carry into effect the provisions of this my will and especially with full power and authority to sell any land that may fall under the operation of the third item.

In testimony of which I have set my hand & seal this the 20th day of October A.D. 1838.

NANCY R. HAWKINS

Signed, sealed published & declared in the presence of us
MARY R. WHEATON
T. W. MATHEWS


Halifax County
Feb. Court 1839

Then the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of NANCY R. HAWKINS was offered for probate & the same was duly proved by the oath of T. W. MATHEWS one of the subscribing witnesses thererto & on motion ordered to be recorded. B. F. MOORE, the executor therein nominated came into open court & qualified as such.

Witness
J. H. SIMMONS, Clerk
 

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Will of George King-1825
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 177

In the name of God amen. I GEORGE KING of Halifax County and State of North Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind & memory blessed be God for the same do this the 9th day of September in the year of our Lord 1825 makes this my last Will & Testament that is to say I commend my soul to the hands of Almighty God who gave it me & my body to the earth from whence it came in hope of a joyful resurrection through the merrits of my Saviour Jesus Christ as for that worldly estate it has pleased God to bless me with. After paying my just debts & funeral expenses &c I dispose of as follows
1st. I give unto my beloved wife SOPHIA KING all my estate real and personal to do as she pleased with. I leave my wife SOPHIA KING and THOMAS GREEN Senior my Executors to settle my estate.

GEORGE KING ("X" his mark)

Witness
H. T. JACKSON
H. J. WELDON


Halifax County
Feb. Court 1839

Then the foregoing paper writing was offered in open court for probate & was duly proved by the oath of H. T. JACKSON one of the subscribing witnesses thereto was ordered to be recorded whereupon SOPHIA KING the executrix named therein came into open court & was qualified as such.

Witness
J. H. SIMMONS, Clerk

 

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Will of Ann Pitts- 1830
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 64

In the name of God Amen. I ANN PITTS of Halifax County in the State of North Carolina being week & feeble of body but of sound mind ad disposing memory, thanks be to God for the same, and knowing that is appointed once for all flesh to die, do this 3rd day of February in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty make this my last will & testament in manner & form following viz~~
Item 1. I give & bequeath to my grand son THOMAS PARHAM one Negro man FRED, that he has already in his possession, and one other Negro boy named AARON, and I also give him up one note of hands that I hold against him for money lent to him the amt of which will appear by reference thereto, to him and his heirs forever.
Item 2d. I give and bequeath to my daughter NANCY WELDON the lands and Plantation whereon she lives and the following Negroes viz~~
ADAM, DANIEL, FANNY, AMY, CHARLOTTE, DORCAS, and SANDY them & their increase to her & her heirs forever.
Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my daughter MARTHA HARRISON's children that may be living at the time of my death, the following property or money viz~~
One hundred & Eighty eight Dollars to be paid them by my Executors, out of the sales of my property when due and my will is that the land & plantation whereon I now live be sold by my Executors and the monies arising from such sale be equally divided between my said daughter MARTHA HARRISON's surviving children and my son JOHN PITTS to them and their heirs forever.
Item 4th. I give and bequeath to my daughter SILVIA LANE's three children the following Negroes viz~ ISAAC, EASTHER, ELIZA & her two children HANNAH & WILLIS and EDEY and her child HAYWOOD and three hundred dollars in good bonds to be paid them by Executors I will and wish the said Legacy not to be divided untill the youngest of them above mentioned children should arrive the age of twenty one years and if either of them should die before they arrive to that age the others or other to have it to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son WALTER PITTS the following Negroes viz~~ TIM, SARAH, GREEN, MANERVI, CLANTON & ROSE to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son JOHN PITTS the following Negroes viz~~ HARRY, PRINCE, FRANK, SIMON, MARIAH, & SALLY them & their increase to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I will & wish that all the rest and others of my Negroes that I have not given away in this my last will & testament, together with all the rest and residue be it of whatsoever value or kind, be sold by my Executors hereinafter named, and the monies arising from such sale be equally divided between my three following children namely - my daughter NANCY WELDON, and my two sons WALTER and JOHN PITTS to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my two sons WALTER and JOHN PITTS my whole and sole Executors to this my last will & testament hereby revoking & disannulling all other will or wills by me made or assigned.
In testimony whereof I the said testatrix ANN PITTS
have hereunto set my hand and seal in presence of
ANN PITTS

J. NICHOLSON
P. P. HARVEY

State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
3rd Monday of May 1830

Then this last will and testament of ANN PITTS was exhibited in open court and was duly proven by the oaths of JOHN NICHOLSON and PEYTON P. HARVEY the subscribing witnesses thereto. And on motion it was ordered to be recorded. And thereafter WALTER PITTS and JOHN PITTS the Executors therein named came into open Court and qualified as Executors thereto.

Witness
M. H. PETTWAY, Clk
 

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Will of Willowby Sorey-1830
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 65

I WILLOWBY SORREY of the State of North Carolina Halifax County do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz; I give and bequeath to my granddaughter SALLY PRICE the sum of forty dollars, and to my granddaughter MARY PRICE the like sum of forty dollars & to my granddaughter JULIA PRICE the like sum of forty dollars & to my grandson LEWIS PRICE the like sum of forty dollars & to my grandson PATON PRICE the like sum of forty dollars. I give unto my grandson JAMES PADEN the sum of forty dollars, I give & bequeath unto my wife JULIA SORREY, one bay horse cart & wheels, three choice cows & calf, one feather bed & furniture, and all my stock of Bees brandy still, and apple mill & all my home plantation utensils, household & kitchen furniture, one yoke of oxen, & cart. And I give and bequeath unto my daughter JULIA PRICE twenty shillings. I give and bequeath unto my daughter SALLY PADEN the sum of twenty shillings. My wish and desire is after reserving a support for my family for the next year, that all my perishable property shall be sold on a credit of twelve months and the money divided equally between my three sons & daughters ELIZABETH, viz - HILLARY M. SORREY, JOHNSTON SORREY & ELI SORREY and my daughter ELIZABETH SORREY. I give and bequeath unto my wife JULY SORREY my home tract of land her lifetime, after her decd my wish and desire is that the said tract of lands shall be equally divided between my four youngest children above named. I give & bequeath unto my four youngest children above named alll my other lands to be equally divided between them. I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren namely SALLY PRICE, MARY PRICE, JULY PRICE, LEWIS PRICE and PAYTON PRICE one certain, which tract of land I purchased of WHITMELL PRICE May 11th in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and twenty nine This my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all my other former wills by me at any time heretofore made as witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the 12th of Nov. in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & twenty nine.

WILLOWBY SOREY ("X" his mark)

Witness
JOSEPH BRYAN
HARDY BRYAN ("X" his mark)

State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
3rd Monday of May 1830

Then this Last will and testament of WILLOWBY SOREY was exhibited in open court and was duly proven by the oath of JOSEPH BRYAN one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. And on motions it was ordered to be recorded.

Witness: M. H. PETTWAY, Clk

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Will of Wade W. West-1831
Halifax County Wills 1825-1854
Will Book 4, Page 80

Name of God Amen.
I WADE W. WEST, make this my last will and testament for the purpose of having my property distributed as I wish.
1st. I lend unto my father WM. M. WEST, my Negro man HANK, so long as he should live and at his death for him to go to my son WILLIAM.
2D. I give unto my dearly beloved wife ELIZABETH H. WEST one hundred dollars a year for two years to be raised out of my estate by my Executor.
3rd. I wish all my just debts paid and my two Negro men SURRY and LEW to be sold by my Executor, and the money laid out in Negro girls or young women.
4th. I want my estate to be equally divided between my dearly beloved wife ELIZABETH and my much loved son WILLIAM.
5th. If my son WILLIAM should die before he comes of lawful age of 21 years old I wish all my property to go to my beloved wife ELIZABETH H. WEST.
6ly. I leave my father WILLIAM M. WEST Executor to my will and on my Estate in this state, and also on my Estate in Alabama. I leave my father guardian to my son, this 25th July 1831.

WADE W. WEST
Halifax, N. Carolina

Witness
JNO. A BINFORD
WILLIS A. WILLCOX


State of North Carolina
Halifax County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
November Term 1831

Then this last will & testament of WADE W. WEST was exhibited in open court & duly proved by the oath of JOHN A. BINFORD who says that the Testator, at the time of signing the same, was of sound mind & disposing memory. On motion it was ordered to be recorded. Whereupon WILLIAM M. WEST the Executor therein named came forward & was duly qualified thereto.

Attest
M. H. PETTWAY, Clerk


 

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