Contributed and Transcribed by Beth Collins
Will of John Stovall, 1781
County, North Carolina, Will Book 1, page 313
In the name of God, Amen. I,
John Stovall, of Granville County and State of North Carolina being of
sound and perfect mind & memory, blest be God.
I do this twenty-ninth day of July in the year of our Lord, One
thousand seven hundred and eighty one make and publish this my last Will
& Testament in manner & form following that is to say, first let
all my just debts be paid.
Secondly I lend unto my beloved wife during her life in widowhood
all my land whereon I now live, also four negroes, vist:
Aggy, Anthony, Jacob & Jane, likewise all my household &
kitchen furniture, likewise all my stock of horses, cattle, sheep, &
hogs while she lives a widow. Secondly,
when eve my marries or dies, I give & bequeath my land lent unto her
unto my son Drury Stovall.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son Bartholomew Stovall,
after my wife’s marriage or decease my negro Anthony.
Fourthly I give unto my son Josiah Stovall my negro Aggy, Robin
and Hannah & their increase after my wife marries or
Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son William Stovall after my
wife marries or dies my negro Jacob.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Drury Stovall after my
wife marries or dies my negro girl Jane and her increase.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath unto my three granddaughters,
Rebecca Stovall, Susan Stovall, Mary Stovall, daughters of Thomas
Stovall, after my wife marries or dies, all my beds and furniture to be
equally divided between them.
Eightly, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law, Owen Griffin, my
negro girl named Patt & her increase, my bell mettle skillet, Dutch
oven and looking glass.
Ninthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Stovall my
negro woman Fanny and her increase from this time.
Tenthly, I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son John Stovall, son of Thomas Stovall, my negro boy James, likewise my saddle with a horse to be raised out of that part of my estate to be sold, the horse to be worth Ten or Twelve pounds V.C. to be judged by executors to be worth that sum in the year one thousand seven hundred & seventy four, likewise all my wearing apparel.
Eleventhly, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law Aaron Pinson a
negro girl names Phillis and her increase from this time.
Twelfthly, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law William Poole my negro girl named
Dilsey and her increase from this time.
Thirteenth, I give and bequeath unto my son John Stovall a negro
boy named Abraham.
Fourteenth, I give unto my son George Stovall five shillings
sterling to be raised out of that part of my estate that is to be sold.
Fifteenth, I give and bequeath unto my son Drury Stovall my
brandy still & the appurtenances.
Lastly, my will and desire is that after my wife’s marriage or
death that all the remainder of my estate not already bequeathed be sold
and the money arising from the sale be equally divided between all my
children except my son George and I hereby constitute & appoint my
sons Bartholomew Stovall, Benjamin Stovall & Drury Stovall executors
of this my last Will & Testament revoking all other wills by me
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th
day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred &
seal’d and Declared to be the last Will & Testament of the said
John Stovall in the presence of us who was in the room with him.
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