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Granville County Wills & Estates, Pt.3

Estate of HENRY ANDERSON-1855
Granville County, North Carolina
(selected documents from the estate)

Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
August Term A.D. 1855
Your petitioners RODY ANDERSON, POLLY ANDERSON, NELLY ANDERSON, VIRGINIA ANDERSON, WINNY ANDERSON, JOHN BASS & his wife NANCY, KINDNESS ANDERSON, EMILY ANDERSON, JANIE ANDERSON, WILLIAM ANDERSON, and SAMPSON ANDERSON, infants under twenty one years of age, by their next friend AUGUSTINE LANDIS, respectfully showeth with your worships, that HENRY ANDERSON late of said County, died intestate, leaving him surviving RODY ANDERSON, POLLY ANDERSON, NELLY ANDERSON, VIRGINIA ANDERSON, WINNY ANDERSON, NANCY ANDERSON, PARTHENIA ANDERSON, KINDNESS ANDERSON, EMILY ANDERSON, JANA ANDERSON, ATKINSON ANDERSON, WILLIAM ANDERSON, and SAMPSON ANDERSON, his children and only heirs, at law, upon whom his real estate descended to be held by them as tenants in common, each being entitled to one thirteenth part thereof. And your petitioners further show, that the said intestate, at the time of his death, was seized in fee simple of a tract of land, situatedd in the County aforesaid adjoining the land of MEREDITH CRUSE, JNO. TIPIT, and others and your petitioners further show that RODY ANDERSON, VIRGINIA ANDERSON WINNY ANDERSON, POLLY ANDERSON, and NELLY ANDERSON have bargained and sold there interest in said land to MEREDITH CRUSE and NANCY ANDERSON hath bargained & sold her interest in said land LEMUEL HOBGOOD, and further more that said CRUSE & HOBGOOD have refused to join in this petition and your petitioner further show that since the said RODY ANDERSON, VIRGINIA ANDERSON, WINNY ANDERSON, POLLY ANDERSON, and NELLY ANDERSON, and NANCY ANDERSON have bargained & sold their interest in said land to said CRUSE and HOBGOOD, that ATKINSON ANDERSON, one of the heirs of HENRY ANDERSON and tenant in common with your petitioners & JOHN VOLENTINE & his wife PARTHENIA, hath died, intestate & without widow leaving him surviving your petitioners & PARTHENIA VOLENTINE, his only heirs at law upon whom his interest in the said HENRY ANDERSON estate deceased. To the end herefore, that the said Defendants may answer the premises that the said land may by a decree of your Worships be sold on such terms as your Worships may deem just and reasonable, and that the proceeds of said sale may be divided among your petitioners and said Defendants according to their respective interest in said land, and may be paid to or secured for them respectfully according to law and the course of this Court. May it please your worships to grant unto your petitioners the states writ subpoena to the said CRUSE & HOBGOOD, respectively to be directed, commanding them to appear & answer &c. And to order publication to be made as to the said JOHN VOLUNTINE & wife, who reside by the limits of his state, notifying them of the filing of this petition and directing them to appear & answer &c. And your petitioners in duty bound, will ever pray.
W. H. JENKINS, Solicitor for Petitioners

It appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that JNO. VOLUNTINE & his wife reside beyond the limits of this state; it is therefore, on motion, order by the court, that advertisement be made for six weeks successively at the Court House in Oxford, and at three other public places in Granville County, and also in the Raleigh Register, notifying the said defendants of the filing of this petition, and that unless they appear at the next term of this Court & answer the petition, the same will be taken pro confesso, and bind ex parte as to them.

An amended petition was filed in 1857:
North Carolina
Granville County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
May Term 1857

To the Worshipful Justices of said Court
The amended petition of KINDNESS ANDERSON, JOHN VOLENTINE & PARTHENA his wife, JOHN BASS and NANCY his wife, JOHN PRICE & JANNA his wife, and of WILLIAM ANDERSON, SAMPSON ANDERSON & EMILY ANDERSON infants under age of twenty one years by AUGUSTINE LANDIS, their next friend- Plaintiffs
against
MEREDITH CRUSE, LEMUEL HOBGOOD, & JOHN TIPPIT, Defts.

Humbly showeth that your Petitioners the said KINDNESS ANDERSON, WILLIAM ANDERSON, SAMPSON ANDERSON and EMILY ANDERSON in their own right respectively and your petitioners JOHN VOLENTINE & PARTHENA his wife in right of the said PARTHENA, your petitioners JOHN BASS & NANCY his wife in right of the said NANCY, and your Petitioner JOHN PRICE, JANNA his wife in right of the said JANNA, and the defendants MEREDITH CRUSE, LEMUEL HOBGOOD & JOHN TIPPIT are seized and possessed in Fee simple as tenants in common thereof in the manner and proportions hereinafter mentioned in and of a certain tract or parcel of land situate and lying in Granville aforesaid on both sides of Boling Creek adjoining the lands of LIGON HOBGOOD, MEREDITH CRUSE, BURWELL PITCHFORD, JOHN H. TIPPIT, JOHN W. PITTARD and perhaps others, and containing about 206 acres it being the tract of land mentioned and described in the deed of conveyance therefore from THOMAS STEEL to EDWARD BASS bearing date the 9th day of November A.D. 1792. Your petitioners further show that your petitioners KINDNESS ANDERSON, EMILY ANDERSON, WILLIAM ANDERSON, and SAMPSON ANDERSON are entitled in their own right respectively each to one thirteenth of one fifth and to one twelfth of one thirteenth of one fifth of the whole of the said tract of land. And that your Petitioners JOHN VOLENTINE & PARTHENIA his wife are entitled in right of the said PARTHENIA to one thirteenth of one fifth & to one twelfth of one thirteenth of one fifth of the whole of the said tract of land. The your Petitioners JOHN PRICE & JANNA his wife are entitled in rights of the said JANNA to one thirteenth of one fifth & to one twelfth of one thirteenth of fith of the whole of said tract of land. And that your Petitioners JOHN BASS & NANCY his wife are entitled in right of said NANCY to one thirteenth of one fifth and to one twelfth of one thirteenth of one fifth of that portion of the said land lying on the west side the said Creek. And that the Deft. JOHN TIPPIT is entitled three thirteenths of a fifth and to three twelfths of a thirteenth of a fifth of a small part of that portion of the said tract of land lying on the east side of said Creek which small part aforesaid contains about four acres & seventy two poles, and is bound as follows, beginning at a red oak on the Oxford Road running east 17 poles to a sweat gum in J. E. MONTIGUE line thence by his and TIPPIT line North 84 poles to a stake on the road then along said road to the beginning. That the Deft. LEMUEL HOBGOOD is entitled to one thirteenth of a fifth and to one twelfth of a thirteenth of a fifth of all that portion of the said tract of land being on the east side of the said Creek including the small part of about 4 acres and 72 poles aforesaid. And that the Deft. MEREDITH CRUSE is entitled to four fifths and five thirteenth of a fifth and five twelfths of a thirteenth of a fifth of the whole of the said tract of land except a small part of about 2 acres & 72 poles aforesaid. And also to four fifths and two thirteenths of a fifth and to two twelfths of a thirteenth of fifth of the small part of about 4 acres & 72 poles aforesaid. And that your Petitioners further show that your Petitioners the said WILLIAM ANDERSON, SAMPSON ANDERSON & EMILY ANDERSON and JANNA PRICE are infants under the age of twenty one years and the said AUGUSTINE LANDIS is their Guardian and that your Petitioner JANNA PRICE is also under the age of twenty one years. Your Petitioners further show that they are desirous of having a partition of the said land and an allotment to them respectively of their respective shares thereof in severalty, but that an actual division of the same cannot be made without material injury to same or all of the parties interested therein and your Petitioners are advised that they are entitled to have the said land sold for the purpose of partition but that by reason of the infancy of some of your Petitioners, as aforesaid it is necessary that such sale should be made by & under the order or decree of some court having jurisdiction in the premises, Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray your Worship that the said tract of land may be ordered to be sold in such manner and upon such terms as your Worships may deem just & reasonable, and that the shares of the proceeds of such sale to which your Petitioners respectively may be entitled may be paid over or otherwise secured to them respectively in such manner as your Worships may think proper to direct, and that to this end a subpoena or subpoenas (together with a copy or copies of this petition) may be issued to the said Defts. LEMUEL HOBGOOD, MEREDITH CRUSE & JOHN TIPPIT commanding them & every of them to be and appear before your Worships in the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions to be held for the County of Granville in the Court House at Oxford on the 1st Monday of May next there then to answer all and singular the matters aforesaid and that such further or other order, direction and decree may be made in the previous as to your Worships shall seem next.
And your Petitioners shall ever pray &c.
 

(Henry Anderson was the illegitimate son of Jesse Chavis & Rhoda Anderson; his mother married Darling Bass in 1797)

 

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Will of LEWIS ANDERSON-1783
Granville County Wills 1772-1787
Will Book 1, Page 439

In the name of God I LEWIS ANDERSON of the County of Granville In Saint Johns Parish being weak in body but of sound & perfect mind & memory blessed be god for the same. I do make & ordain & publish this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following, that is to say first I give & devise to my eldest son SHADRACH ANDERSON my land & plantation on the east side of the East fork of Fishing Creek which I bought of THOMAS BRADFORD by estimation one hundred acres, and one Iron pot called his & noted in the family & one cow & calf & one Bed.
I give to my son LEWIS ANDERSON my plantation whereon I now live to have & to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever & also one cow & calf & one feather bed & also my grey horse Derbin.
The remainder part of my moveable estate after my Just debts & funeral expenses are paid I will that it be sold by my executors & the money arising therefrom to be equally divided between my four daughters & grand daughter LIDDIA ANDERSON, Vizt ELISHA TABOURN, TAMAR BASS, MARY BASS, & SARAH TYLOR & LIDDIE ANDERSON. I further ordain Will & require that my son LEWIS ANDERSON may be guardian to his brother SHADRACK ANDERSON & I further Will that his land nor any thing that I have given him in this Will shall not be sold by him nor given nor disposed by him in any manner.
Lasty I appoint MR. THOMAS HICKS & MR. ROBERT HESTER Executors of this my last Will & Testament. I do hereby revoke all other & former Will & Wills by me made & declared this only to be my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I the said LEWIS ANDERSON have hereunto set my hand & seal this twentieth day of January in the Seventh year of the Independence of this State of North Carolina &c In the year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred & eighty three.

LEWIS ANDERSON ("X" his mark)

Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of us
ROBERT HICKS JNR.
JOHN LOCK
LUCRETIA BOYD

Granville County Ss May Court A.D. 1785
This Will was duly proved by the oaths of ROBERT HICKS JNR. & JOHN LOCKE and ordered to be recorded.

Attest
REUBEN SEARCY CC
 

(Lewis Anderson, b.abt 1713, was married to Sarah Bass, daughter of John Bass of Bertie Co.)

 

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Will of DARLING BASS-1839
Granville County Wills 1844-1845
Will Book 16, Page 334

In the name of Almighty God amen. I DARLING BASS of the County of Granville and State of North Carolina being of a sound and deeply impressed with the thought of this life and how uncertain the same is have made this my last will and testament.
1. Item. I want my body to be buried in a Christian like manner
2. Item. At my decease I want all my just debts paid.
3. Item. I want my loving wife RODAY to have all my property during her life of widowhood if she marries she is only to have what the law will allow her if my executors or administrator should think my wife is wasting the property, he is to take it away from her and place it where I want it to go that is to HENRY ANDERSON.
Item 4th. My will and desire is that at the desire of my said wife all my property be given to her son HENRY ANDERSON my wife son she had by JESSE CHAVIS before I married her.
Item 5th. I want HENRY ANDERSON to take care of his mother and the property.
Item 6th. My will and desire is that when HENRY ANDERSON dies I want all the property I give him to be equally divided among all his lawful children and if any of them should be underage I want there part placed in the hands of some safe person and keep for them untill they are of age.
This my last will and testament signed in the presence of November 14, 1839.

DARLING BASS ("X" his mark)

JOHN MALLORY
ELIZA J. MALLORY
MARY T . MALLORY

North Carolina
Granville County
August Court A.D.1845

The execution of the last will and testament of DARLING BASS dec'd was duly proved on oath in open court by JOHN MALLORY & ELIZA J. MALLORY Subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded on motion JOHN MALLORY was appointed administrator with the will annexed of the said DARLING BASS and entered into bond with WM. S. McCLANAHAN & LESLIE GILLIAM securities and duly qualified as such no executor having been appointed in the said will.

Witness
JAS. M. WIGGINS, Clk
 
(Darling Bass son of Edward Bass & Tamer Anderson; his wife, Rhoda Anderson, had son Henry Anderson, by Jesse Chavis, prior to their marriage in 1797)

 

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Will of EDWARD BASS, 1790
Granville County Wills 1796-1803
Will Book 5, Page 116

In the Name of God amen, I EDWARD BASS of the County of Granville being very sick and weake in body of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling into mind the mortality of Body and knowing that is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last Will & testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of almighty that gave it and 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 almighty power of God and of touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased that God to bless me with in this life I give demise and dispose of in the following manner & form.
Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife TAMOR my lands where I now live together with all my household furniture and stock of all kinds during her natural life after my just debts being paid.
Item. I give to well beloved son JASON BASS my lands after his mother death
Item. I give and bequeath to well beloved Children after their Mothers death the residue of my estate namely STEPHEN LEWIS TRUSTING DARLIN PRUDENCE MARY ANN TAMAR MORDECAI DEMPSEY TESTINA to be equally divided among them.
I likewise constitute make and ordain THOMAS HICKS & LEWIS ANDERSON my Executors In Witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 17th Day of March Anno Domini 1790

EDWARD BASS

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said EDWARD BASS as his last Will and testament in the of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
ROBERT HICKS JUN'R
MOSES BASS

State of North Carolina
Granville County
November Court 1800

The foregoing last Will & testament of EDWARD BASS deceased
was duly proven in Open Court by the Oath of ROBERT HICKS JNR as subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded
Teste STEP SNEED Clk

February Court 1801 LEWIS ANDERSON came into Court and Qualified as Executor to the above Will.
Teste STEP. SNEED Clk
 

(Edward Bass, b. 1728, son of Edward & Lovewell Bass of Northampton Co; his wife was Tamer Anderson, d/o Lewis Anderson)

 

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Estate of MOSES BASS-1838
Granville County
State of North Carolina
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
May Term A.D. 1838

To the Worshipful Justices of the Court aforesaid.
The petition of MASON BASS widow & relict of MOSES BASS dec'd late, Humbly sheweth to your worships that MOSES BASS late of the County of Granville departed this life intestate in the month of January 1838 leaving your petitioner his widow & that he died seized & possessed in fee simple of a tract of land situate lying & being in the Northwest part of Granville containing Sixty acres more or less. Your petitioner prays your worships to grant to her a writ of Dower directed to the Sheriff of Granville County commanding him to summon a Jury of good & lawful men to lay off & allot to your petitioner her dower in the said tract of land in the County of Granville & to put her into possession thereof & to make known to the next Term of this Court term he shall have executed this Writ.
Your petitioner further sheweth the only surviving heirs & children of the deceased MOSES BASS to wit, AMY, CHESLEY, WOODSON, MARIA, & HILLIARD are infants under the age of twenty one years & she prays further that process may issue making them parties to this petition & commanding them &c.
H. S. ROBARDS atto. for Petitioner

State of North Carolina
Granville County
August Court, A.D. 1838

This petition coming on to be heard it is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the Court that the Sheriff summon a jury of good and lawful men, unconnected with the parties, and entirely disinterested, to go upon the lands mentioned in the petition & lay off and allot to MASON BASS the petitioner one third part thereof as her dower & to put her into possession of the same; and that he make report to the next Term of this Court how he shall have executed this writ.
Witness
JAS. M. WIGGINS, Clk

State of N. Carolina
Granville County

In obedience to an order of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of the County & state aforesaid directing the Sheriff to summon a Jury of good & lawful men to view & lay off & allot to MASON BASS One third part of the land set forth in the foregoing petition. We the undersigned Jurors being summoned & sworn by the Sheriff according to law do report as follows. We have been on the land aforesaid with DOCTOR ALLEN H. HIGGS as the Surveyor & do allot to said MASON BASS one third part thereof as follows vizt Beginning at a fore & aft tree a pine in BROWN's & BASS' line, thence north 35 poles to Black jack, thence West 10 degrees north 82 pole to a stake, thence South 46 poles to a black jack corner, thence East to the beginning containing 20 acres & 40/100 embracing the dwelling house out houses and spring & we have put her in possession of the same. Given under our hands & seals the 31st October 1838.
Witness
L GILLIAM Shff
Signed:
THOMAS J. HICKS
JOHN MALLORY
ABR. SPENCER
JOSIAH ROBERTSON
W. B. JONES
GEORGE BOSWELL
GROVES HUNT
LYMAN LATHAM
JONATHAN JONES
ANDREW BADGETT
JOHN P. HUNT
BENETT HESTER

State of North Carolina
Granville County
November Court A.D. 1838
The foregoing report was duly returned by LESLIE GILLIAM Sheriff, confirmed by the Court and ordered to be recorded and registered.
Witness
JAS. M. WIGGINS, Clk

(Moses Bass, b. abt 1794 [U.S. Army Enlistment in 1814] was married 1st in 1809 to Betsy Pettiford, 2nd in 1826 to Mason Evans)

 

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Will of NATHAN BASS-1837
Granville County Wills 1837-1840
Will Book 14, Page 20

In the name of God, Amen. I NATHAN BASS of the County of Granville & State of North Carolina being of sound mind & disposing memory do ordain this to be my last will & testament revoking all former Wills by me made.
1st.  I want all my just debts paid by my Executor hereafter named for him to sell such property as I shall not hereafter will for the payment of my debts.
2nd. I give & bequeath unto my wife MARTHA BASS one desk, one bed & necessary furniture, one spinning wheel, one flax wheel, one cow & calf, one sow & pigs, the choice of my horses, one side saddle, one pot & oven, one set of knives & forks, half dozen puter plates, two decanters, one tub & pail. I also loan unto my wife MARTHA BASS during her life ten acres of land to include the dwelling houe that I now live in & also the out houses, to be laid off as she may think proper (reserving one acre of land around the Grave yard for a family burying ground) And I loan her my still during her life and at her death I give the above still & ten acres of land to WARNER TANNER [sic] better known by the name of WARNER BASS to him & his heirs forever.
3rd.  I give & bequeath unto the aforesaid WARNER TINER all of that part of my land lying South of the Big path running from WILLIAM BRADFORDs to MRS. ANN S. TAYLOR's in the tract I now live on to the line of LEWIS PETIFORD, one black horse, which he has now in possession, one cart, and one half doz. puter plates to him & his heirs forever.
4th.  I give & bequeath unto LEWIS PETIFORD who married my daughter DIZA fifty acres of land be the same more or less being the land on which the said PETIFORD now lives bounded by the land of JOSHUA HUTCHINSON dec'd & others and one pot to him & his heirs forever.
5th.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter HONOR JONES that part of my land not already divided (that is) all on the East side of the Pathway frm my house to WILLIAM DIMENTs to her & her heirs forever.
6th.  I give & bequeath to my son JESSE BASS five shillings to him & his heirs forever.
7th.  I give & bequeath to my Grandson LEMUEL VALENTINE five shillings to him & his heirs forever.
8th.  I give & bequeath unto my daughter SALLY PETIFORD five shillings to her & her heirs forever.
All the property I have not named in the above will I want my Executor to sell and if there should be more than will pay my debts i want it equally divided between my wife MARTHA & WARNER TINER. I the said NATHAN BASS do hereby appoint WILLIAM BRADFORD Executor to this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 2nd day January A.D. 1835.

NATHAN BASS ("X" his mark)

Signed & acknowledged in presence of us
D. A. PASCHALL
BENJ'A KITRELL
A. H. WALKER

State of North Carolina
Granville County
August Court A.D. 1837
The execution of the foregoing last Will and Testament of NATHAN BASS dec'd, was duly proven on oath in open court by DANIEL A. PASCHALL and ANDERSON H. WALKER two of the subscribing witnesses thereto. And BENJAMIN KITRELL the other subscribing witness being dead, DANIEL A. PASCHALL made oath that the signature "BENJA KITRELL" is in the proper handwriting of BENJAMIN KITRELL & that he witnessed the same in the presence of the other Witnesses. On motion it is ordered to be recorded.
Witness
JAS. M. WIGGINS, Clk
 

(Nathan Bass, b. abt 1752, illegitimate son of George Anderson & Lovey Bass; he was married 1st to Sarah Bass, 2nd to Martha Bass)

 

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Estate of ISAAC CHAVIS-1837
North Carolina
Granville County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
February Term 1837

To the worshipfull, the Justices of the Court aforesaid

This the Petition of BETSEY CHAVIS respectfully sets forth that her late husband ISAAC CHAVIS died some time in the year ________ intestate & that among other property of which had died seized & possessed was a certain tract or parcel of land situate & being in the County of Granville aforesaid containing by estimation one hundred & fifty acres be the same more or less the said land lying on the waters of Island Creek & bounded as follows agreeably to deed duly proven & registered GIDEON GOOCH fo????? to said decedent (and which your Petitioner prays may be taken as a part of her prayers& petition) (to wit) beginning at a sweet gum & two persimmon trees, JAMES JOHNSTON's corner thence by his line south 100 poles, to a white oak, GIDEON GOOCH's corner, thence north by his line, 134 poles, to a post oak said GOOCH's corner, in MOSS's line, thence by his line west 60 poles to a small gum, HUNT's line, thence by his line south 34 poles, to a white oak HUNT's corner thence by his line 160 poles to the begining.
Your petitioner furthermore sets forth that she is the widow & relict of the said ISAAC CHAVIS & as such is entitled to dower in said land agreeably to the laws of the Estate. She therefore prays that the Sheriff be directed to summon a jury of good & lawful men whose duty it shall be to view the premises & assign to her dower agreeably to act of Assembly in such case made & provided and make return thereof to the next Term of this Court and your Petitioner will as in duty bound ever pray &c.
SPENCER O'BRIEN
Sol. for Petitioner


BETSEY CHAVIS
ISAAC CHAVIS
The Heirs of dec'd ISAAC CHAVIS
Petition for Dower

(Isaac Chavis, b.abt 1766, son of Jacob Chavis & Elizabeth Evans [d/o Thomas Evans of Mecklenburg Co,VA]. Isaac's wife, Betsy Chavis was Elizabeth Evans, b. abt 1760, daughter of Major Evans)

 

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Will & Inventory of JOHN HARE, 1820
Granville County Wills 1821-1824
Will Book 9, Page 5

I JOHN HARE of the County of Granville and State of North Carolina being of sound mind do hereby make the following disposition of my property. I vest my friends RICHARD BULLOCK and LEONARD HENDERSON Executors of this my last Will with the full entire and unlimited management of all my property both real & personal of every description to be managed by them as they may think best for the benefit of my creditors and my wife and children by making such sales of the Estate real or personal as they may judge best always taking care so long as the property will admit of it to provide my wife and children with a home. I loan to my wife all my property not used in the payment of my debts I wish it kept together for the benefit and support of herself and children under the following regulations should my wife marry I wish the before mentioned persons to set a part for her such a portion of my property real and personal as they may judge just right and Equitable taking into view all circumstances which I loan to her during her life should she not marry she may have set a part such portion of the property as the before mentioned persons may think she would be justly and equitably entitled to being into view all circumstances which I also loan to her during her life but I wish it to remain with the other unapproriated property for the benefit of herself and such of the children as may not have had their alottment the property so loaned in either case with the increase which may have accrued. I give her full power at her death to divide as she may think proper among my children or their heirs or representatives should any child or children be dead and have left issue. As my children come of age or marry and they wish it, the before mentioned persons are to set a part for them such part of the unappropriated property as they may think just right & equitable taking into view every circumstance. I wish it so managed or as nearly so as it can be that my children may alternately share what property I give them as nearly equal as possible after the death of my wife all the property of every description which may remain after my wife has had her allotment and each child its allotment with any increase which may have accrued is to be equally divided among all my children and the issue of any deceased child such issue representing such deceased child in such way as the before mentioned persons may judge best. Should either the before mentioned RICHARD BULLOCK or LEONARD HENDERSON die before all the trust of my will are performed I wish that the survivor should perform the same taking to his assistance my friends JAMES BULLOCK, JOHN TAYLOR JUN'R and THOMAS TURNER or either of them. In testimony of the above I hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of December 1820.

JOHN HARE

Signed in presence of
MARY McL. BRYANT
JOS. H. BRYANT

State of North Carolina
Granville County
May Court A.D. 1821

The Execution of the foregoing last Will and Testament of JOHN HARE deceased was duly proven on oath in open court by MARY McL. BRYANT and JOSEPH H. BRYAN the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion it was ordered that the same be recorded. At the same time came forward RICHARD BULLOCK and LEONARD HENDERSON named as Executors in said Will and duly qualified as such.
Witness
STEP K. SNEED Clk


North Carolina
Granville County

An Inventory of the personal estate of the late Dr. JOHN HARE taken by the undersigned his Executors on the day of April A.D. 1821
Twenty five Negroes to wit:
DELPHIA, DELILAH, PETER, STEPHEN, HANNAH, LUETILIA, VICE, FRANKEY, JOHN, OLIVER, MIMA, BILLY, NANCY, SIMON, WINNEY, FREDERICK, LEWIS, NELSON, AGGY, ERASMUS, HARRY, WAT, GEORGE, BOB, HARRISON & MILLS

A listing of Names for Notes and Bonds:
JESSE G COBB to FRANK N W BURTON assigned to Dr. JOHN HARE
ROWLAND HARRIS
JABEZ DUTY
ELIJAH WILKERSON
ROBERT WILLIAMS
THOMAS JORDAN
JONES ELLINGTON
JONATHAN H JACOCKS
HORACE A BURTON & COL. CROCKET of Tennessee
COALEY WEAVER
NATHANIEL WILLIAMS JR
BENJAMIN GRISHAM
WILLIE GRISHAM
JESSE BROWN
PRESLY ROOKER
JAMES FALCONER
MERRYMAN BARNES
WILLIAM WILLIAMS
JAMES STARK
ANDREW RHEA, now of Georgia

Signed
RICH'D BULLOCK
LEO. HENDERSON

State of North Carolina
Granville County
May Court A.D. 1821

The foregoing Inventory was duly returned on oath in open court by RICHARD BULLOCK and LEONARD HENDERSON Executors and ordered to be Recorded.

Witness
STEP K. SNEED Clk

 

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Will of JOHN MITCHELL-1787
Granville County Wills 1787-1796
Will Book 2, Page 13

In the name of God amen I JOHN MITCHELL being of sound & perfect mind & memory blessed be God do this 22nd day of April in the year of our lord 1787 make & publish this my last will first my desire is that all my just debts be paid. Secondly I give to my beloved wife PHILIS MITCHEL all my worldly Estate Real & personal all my Rights & credits together with all my debts due to me to her her heirs & assigns forever. I hereby make & appoint my beloved wife PHILIS MITCHEL Executrix & my beloved & trusty friend MEMUCAN HUNT & WILLIAM HUNT Executors of this my last will & testament in witness whereof I the said JOHN MITCHELL have to this my last will & testament set my hand & seal this the day & date above written.

JOHN MITCHEL

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said JOHN MITCHEL the Testator as his last will & testament in the presence of us who are present at the time of signing & sealing thereof.
WM. HUNT
S. SNEED
ELIJAH MITCHEL

Granville County Ss
May Court A.D. 1787
This Will was duly proved by the oath of STEPHEN SNEED which was ordered to be recorded. Then PHILIS MITCHEL qualified as Executrix & WILLIAM HUNT Exr. to the said Will.
Teste
REUBEN SEARCY CC
 

 

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The following concerns John Mitchell's guardianship of his step-daughter, Betsy Williams, b. 1770, daughter of William Williams (1733-1775) & Phillis Beckham-Williams; Mitchell had married Phillis in 1777. Betsy Williams had just turned 15 years old when she married Sterling Yancey in 1785.

Estate Agreement between YANCEY & MITCHEL
It is this day agreed between STERLING YANCEY & JOHN MITCHEL a Guardian for the Wife of the said STERLING YANCEY formerly known by the name of BETSEY WILLIAMS that they make a settlement in manner & form following viz't he the said JOHN MITCHEL confessed & agreeth that he hath not keep any account nor at present hath any amount demand or claim against the Estate of the said Ward which he received into his possession & care agreeable to a Division of the Estate of WILLIAM WILLIAMS dec'd & that he is ready & willing to deliver the same into the hands of the proper owner or claimants & he the said STERLING YANCEY agreeth that he hath not any demand amt or claim against the said JOHN MITCHEL for anything more than the estate delivered to him as Guardian & the Increase thereof and should there be a loss of any part or parcel of the sd Estate so it appeareth to be not through the negligence of the sd JOHN MITCHELL as Guardian he the said STERLING YANCEY is bound not to call on the said JOHN MITCHEL to account for it as witness these hands & seal this 8th day of February 1786
STERLING YANCEY
JOHN MITCHEL

Teste
JOHN WEBB

Granville County Ss
February Court A.D. 1786
This agreement was rendered into Court & ordered to be recorded.

Teste
REUBEN SEARCY CC

 

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Estate of EMILY D. SNEED, 1827
State of North Carolina
Granville County

Administrators Bond:
Know all men by these presents, That we SAMUEL F. SNEED, WILLIAM M. SNEED and STEPHEN K. SNEED are held and firmly bound unto HUTCHINS G. BURTON, Esquire, Governor &c of the State of N. Carolina, and his successors in Office in the sum of Eight thousand Dollars current money; to be paid to the said Chairman, or his successors. To the which payment, well and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents; sealed with our seals, and dated this 11th day of May A.D. 1827.
The Condition of this obligation is such, That if the above bounden SAMUEL F. SNEED, Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of EMILY D. SNEED deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of the deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, knowledge or possession, of the said SAMUEL F. SNEED or into the hands or possession of any person or persons for him and the same so made, do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, to the Court of the county aforesaid, within ninety days from the date of these presents; and the same goods, chattels and credits, and all other goods, chattels and credits, of the deceased, at the time of his death, which at any time hereafter shall come into the hands or possession of SAMUEL F. SNEED or into the hands of possession of any person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to law; and further do make or cause to be made, a true and just account of his said Administration, with ninety days after these presents; and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators' account the same being first examined and allowed by the Court of the said county - shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, to which the same shall be due, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of the act, in that case made and provided; and if it shall appear that any will or testament, was made by the said deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named, do exhibit the same into our making request to have the same allowed and approved of accordingly; if the said SAMUEL F. SNEED above bounden, being thereunto required, do render the said letters of administration, approbation of such testatment being first had and made in the said Court- then this obligation to be void and of no effect - otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

SAM'L F. SNEED
WM. M. SNEED
STEP K. SNEED

Signed and Sealed in the presence of
WM. H. OWEN


An Inventory of the personal property of EMILY D SNEED Deceased which came to the hands of SAMUEL F. SNEED her Administrator
One Negro man ADAM
One Negro Woman FANNY & Child BRADLEY
One Negro Woman LUCY
One Negro Woman MINERVA
One Negro Girl JULIA ANN

Debts due 1st January 1828
JOHN W BURTON ---$17.50
JOHN W SMITH & ALEX'R WILSON ---$75.00
BENJAMIN BULLOCK ---$17.50
SAM'L F. SNEED ---$21.00
Total:----------$131.00

Bond from JOHN W SMITH & JOHN RICKS due Jan'y 7, 1827, $1700
The following persons are indebted to the Estate but the amount of their Debts has not been ascertained- WM. M. SNEED, JAMES SNEED & RICHARD SNEED.
The Estate is indebted to the following persons:
ELIJPH BRAINERD Adm'r of C. BRAINERD- $7.50
ROYAL MADOX--$30.00

The following Articles have been released by the Distributees of the said Intestate to SARAH W. GREEN.
All her wearing apparel and household furniture- also a carriage & pair of horses.
8th Nov 1827
SAM'L F SNEED Adm'r

 

An account of Sales of the Estate of EMILY D. SNEED Dec'd made by SAMUEL F. SNEED administrator on the 17th day of December 1827 at Williamsborough on a Credit of twelve Months.
STEPHEN K SNEED - Negro Man ADAM $701
WILLIAM M GREEN - Girl LUCY - 377
WM. M. GREEN - ditto MINERVA -502
JUNIUS SNEED - ditto JULIA ANN - 200
SAMUEL F SNEED -woman FANNY & child BRADLEY- 600
TOTAL .........................$2380

State of North Carolina
Granville County
February Court 1828
The foregoing account of Sales of the Estate of EMILY D. SNEED decd ws duly returned on oath in open Court by SAMUEL F. SNEED admr. and ordered to be recorded
Witness
STEP K SNEED Clk

(This was Emily Dudley Sneed (1797-1827) daughter of Stephen Sneed & Mary Williams; Stephen K., William M., Junius, James, Richard & Samuel F. Sneed, and Sarah W. Green were 7 of her 9 siblings.)

 

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Estate of JEMIMA (MITCHELL) SNEED- 1832
Granville County, North Carolina

State of North Carolina
To the Sheriff of Granville County-Greeting
You are hereby commanded to summon ABSALOM HUNT if to be found in your County, personally to come and appear before the Justices of our Court of Pleas Quarter Sessions, to be held for the County of Granville, at the Courthouse in Oxford, on the first day of May next, then and there to testify, and the truth to say on behalf RICHARD BULLOCK, Admr of JEMIMA SNEED in a certain matter of controversy in our said Court depending, wherein RICHARD BULLOCK Admr is Plaintiff and WILLIAM M. SNEED is Defendant. Annd this you shall in no wise omit, under the penalty prescribed by law.
Witness STEPHEN K. SNEED, Clerk of said Court, at Office, in Oxford, the first Monday February A.D. 1833.
Issued 10th day of April A.D. 1833.
STEP K. SNEED, Clk

RICHARD BULLOCK, Admr., Issued WM M. SNEED
To May Court 1833
ABSALOM HUNT To hand 11th April, Executed.
L. GILLIAM, Sheriff



JEMIMA SNEED, Deceased, RICHARD BULLOCK
Administrators Bond
May Court 1832

State of North Carolina
Granville County
Know all men by these presents, That we RICHARD BULLOCK, WYATT CANNADY & GIDEON FREEMAN, are held and firmly bound unto MONTFORT STOKES, Governor of the State aforesaid, and his successors in Office in the sum of Three hundred dollars current money; to be paid to the said Governor, or his successors. To the which payment, well and truly to be made we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents; sealed with our seals, and dated this 11th day of May A.D. 1833.
The Condition of this above obligation is such, That if the above bounden RICHARD BULLOCK, Administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of JEMIMA SNEED deceased, do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels rights and credits of the deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, knowledge or possession, of the said RICHARD BULLOCK or into the hands or possession of any person or persons for him and the same so made, do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, to the Court of the county aforesaid, within ninety days from the date of these presents; and the same goods, chattels and credits, and all other goods, chattels and credits, of the deceased, at the time of his death, which at any time hereafter shall come into the hands or possession of himself or into the hands of possession of any person or persons for him do well and truly administer according to law; and further do make or cause to be made, a true and just account of his said Administration, with ninety days after these presents; and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels and credits, which shall be found remaining upon the said Administrators' account the same being first examined and allowed by the Court of the said county - shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively, to which the same shall be due, pursuant to the true intent and meaning of the act, in that case made and provided; and if it shall appear that any will or testament, was made by the said deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named, do exhibit the same into court making request to have the same allowed and approved of accordingly; if the said RICHARD BULLOCK above bounden, being thereunto required, do render the said letters of administration, approbation of such testatment being first had and made in the said Court- then this obligation to be void and of no effect - otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

R. BULLOCK
WY CANNADY
GIDEON FREEMAN


On or before the 25th day of December 1825 we ABSALOM HUNT Principal and WILLIAM WILLIAMS JUN'R security, promise to pay to WILLIAM M SNEED agent and Attorney for JEMIMA SNEED of the State of Tennessee the sum of one Hundred Dollars; also on the 25th day of December 1826 the further sums of One Hundred Dollars for value received - subject to the following condition vizt, That it the said JEMIMA SNEED or said WILLIAM M. SNEED her attorney shall make or cause to be made to the said ABSOLOM HUNT a good & sufficient Deed and release to our Sixth part of the land devised in the Will of SOLOMON DAVIS deceased to be sold at the death of MISSENIAH MITHELL then the above before to be demanded but nevertheless to go on upon interest till discharged.
Witness our hands & Seals this 18th day of September 1824

ABSOLOM HUNT
WM. WILLIAMS JUNR

Witness
HOWELL SATTERWHITE


State of North Carolina
To the Sheriff of Granville County-Greeting:
You are hereby commanded to take the body of WILLIAM M. SNEED if to found in your bailiwick, and him safely keep, so that you have him before the Justices of our County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, at the Court to be held for the County of Granville, at the Courthouse in Oxford, on the First Monday in February next, then and there to answer RICHARD BULLOCK Administrator of JEMIMA SNEED deceased of a plea of inss?? on the case to his damage Three Hundred Dollars ($300)
Herein fail not, and have you then and there this Writ.
Witness STEPHEN K. SNEED, Clerk of our said Court, at Office, in Oxford, the First Monday of November and in the 57th year of the independence of said State, A.D. 1832.
Issued the 23 day of January 1833.

STEP K. SNEED Clk

(This was Jemima Ann Mitchell wife of Philip Sneed; she was the daughter of Abraham Mitchell & Messeniah Davis, and the granddaughter of Solomon & Elizabeth Davis)
 

 

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Will of ALEXANDER SNELLING, 1778
Granville County Wills 1772-1787
Will Book 1, Page 186

In the name of God Amen I ALEXANDER SNELLING in the County of Granville being very sicke but of Sound and perfect mind and membre thanks be to Allmighty god for the same do ordain this my last Will & Testement in manner and form following, first I commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty my Blessed Redeemer & my body to the Earth in Such Christian like manner as to my Executors hereafter shall think fit and as to what Estate it hath pleased god to bestow upon me I give and Bequeath in manner and form following
I give and bequeath o my son BARNET SNELLING one Horse colt and I give and bequeath to my loving Wife ANN SNELLING all my Estate during her Natural life I give and bequath to my son BARNET SNELLING my land to him and his ears forever. After my wife deceast to be divided between FRANCES SNELLING my daughter and ANNA SNELLING my daughter and CATTRON SNELLING my daughter & JAMES BLACKLEY my son in law and ELIZABETH my daughter in law to be equally divided among them and if my son BARNET SNELLING should deceas without a eair then the land to be divided between my daughter FRANCES SNELLING and my sun in law JAMES BLACKLEY. And lastly I do ordain and appoint my loving Sun in law JAMES BLACKLEY and my Sun BARNET SNELLING Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
ELICKANDER SNELLING ("-" his mark)

Signed Sealed and delivered
in presence of Teste
SOLOMON SMITH
QUILLA SNELLING ("Q" his mark)


Granville County
August Court, A.D. 1778
This Will was duly proved by the oath of SOLOMON SMITH and on motion was ordered o be recorded. At the same time JAMES BLACKLEY qualified as Executor to the said Will.
Teste. REUBEN SEARCY C.C.
 

(Alexander Snelling, b. 1716, son of Aquilla Snelling & Mary Goar of Middlesex Co., VA; brother of Aquilla Snelling, 1723-1779 Granville Co. )

 

 

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Estate of AQUILLA SNELLING-1779
Granville County, North Carolina
(Selected records from the estate)

Administrators Bond
North Carolina, Know all men by these Presents that LETTICE SNELLING, JOHN HENDERSON & JOHN PEACE JNR. are held and firmly bound unto RICHARD CASWELL Esqr. Governor &c in the full and just sum of four thousand Pounds Proclamation Money to be paid to the said RICHARD CASWELL, His Successors or Assigns to the which payment will and truly to be made we bind our heirs Executors and administrators Jointly and Severally firmly by these Presents Sealed with our seals and dated this 3rd Day of Feb'y Anno Dom 1779.
The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above Bounden LETTICE SNELLING, Administrator of all and Singular the Goods & Chattles Rights and Credits of AQUILLA SNELLING Deceased, do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the Goods and Chattles Rights and Credits of the Deceased, which have or shall come to the Hands Knowledge or Possession of the said LETTICE SNELLING or into the Hands or Possession of any other Person or Persons for her and the same so made, Do exhibit or Cause to be exhibited unto the Seceretarys Office and one Attested Copy thereof to the County Court where orders for administration passed within Ninety Days, after the Date of these presents and the same Goods Chattles and Credits, and all other the Goods Chattles and Credits of the Deceased at the Time of his Death which at any Time hereafter shall come into the Hands or Possession of the said LETTICE SNELLING or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons of the said SNELLING, Do well and truly administer according to Law and further do make or cause to be made a true and Just Account of said administration within one Year after the Date of these Presents and all the rest and Residue of the said Goods Chattles and chattle credits which shall be found remaining upon the said Administration an Account, the same being first Examined & allowed by the Governor and Council General Court or County Courts shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the same shall be due pursuant to the true Intent and Meaning of the act in that case made and provided then this Obligation to be void and of none Effect or else to Remain in full force and virtue.
LETTICE SNELLING ("X" her mark)
JOHN HENDERSON
JNO. PEACE JUNR

Signed Sealed & Delivered in the Presence of
THOMAS GRANT


Listed among the Inventory of AQUILLA SNELLING, 1 Negro, not named

Account of Sales of the Estate of AQUILLA SNELLING, Dec'd; list of those who purchased:
 

BENJAMIN TUDER
LETTIS SNELLING
DELILAH SNELLING
TABITHA SNELLING
LABAN HAZELWOOD
JOHN ROGGERS
WILLIAM SMITH
WILLIAM HICKS
JAMES TUDER
HUGH SNELLING

THO'S NUBY
TURNER HARRIS
WILLIAM OGLEVIE
BRISSEY PARRISH
NATHAN HAWLEY
JOHN SHEPARD
NIMROD BROOMET
WILLIAM REEVE
ROB'T HARRIS JNR
HUGH SNELLING, purchased slave named BALL
(Aquilla Snelling, b. 1723, son of Aquilla Snelling & Mary Goar, Middlesex Co.,VA; his wife was Lettice Chavis, d/o William Chavis & Frances Gibson)

 

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Will of LYDDA VANDYKE-1778
Granville County Wills 1772-1787
Will Book 1, Page 188

Granville County, June 28th, 1778
I LYDDA VANDYKE now lying on my sickbed for death as I suppose & believe: And having a small matter of household goods which I have a right to & as my daughter CATRINE CONNER hath lived along with me these many years and have taken care of me in my feeble old age its my desire that she may be possest with all my right and property after this life is extended with me and for the said to be & remain her right and property forever. the said goods be not of value to make a Will but being in hopes the Honourable Court of Justice of said County will maintain the right to her as I have left her.

LYDDA VANDYKE ("/" her mark)

Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of
JOHN ADCOCK
RODY VAUGHAN ("X" her mark)
NANCY CONNER ("X" her mark)

Granville County, Ss August Court 1778
The aforesaid Instrument of Writing was duly proved by the Oath of JOHN ADCOCK which was ordered to be recorded.
Teste
REUBEN SEARCY CC

 

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Will of NATHANIEL WILLIAMS-1831
Granville County Wills 1830-1833
Will Book 12, Page 41

In the Name of God Amen I NATHANIEL WILLIAMS of Granville County and State of North Carolina do make and publish this writing as and for my last Will and Testament.
It is my will and desire that my Executors hereafter named do dispose of such part and so much of my personal Estate as shall be sufficient to discharge my just debts, at their discretion
Item. I lend to my wife MARY all the residue of my estate both real and personal during the term of her natural life or for so long as shall remain my widdow and whenever my sd wife shall die or marry it is then my will and desire that my whole estate both real and personal be disposed of by my Executors hereafter named in the following manner, viz, That my son NATHANIEL retain my Negro slave DARCAS now in his service together with her present children and future increase.
I give unto my wife MARY my Negro slave PETER to dispose of as she may think proper.
I give unto my son ABNER my Negro slaves BOB and MILLEY and increase.
I give unto my son WILLIE WANMOTH my Negro slaves SAM and FRANK.
To my son WILLIAM I have given lands which is all I design for him it being in my judgment a full portion.
I give to my daughter MARY my Negro slaves BETTY, CREASY, MARY children of sd BETTY together with their future increase.
I give to my daughter AGATHA, LUCY and BARBARA and PARTRICK son of sd Negro slave LUCY and their future increase.
I then will that my slaves ARTER and CHARLES together with all the ballance of my estate both real and personal be sold by my Executors (hereafter named) to the highest bidder on twelve months credit and that the money arising from sales be equally divided among my sons ABNER and NATHANIEL and WILLIE WANMOTH and daughters MARY and AGATHA after giving to WILLIE WANMOTH one hundred dollars extra.
Lastly I do constitute and appoint my sons ABNER and NATH WILLIAMS whole and sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament revoking all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day of January A.D. 1823.

NATH WILLIAMS SR.

Signed Sealed pronounced and declared in the Presence of us
SAMUEL J. HARRIS
THOMAS REEKS
NATHANIEL W. DANIEL

State of North Carolina
Granville County
February Court A.D. 1831

The execution of the foregoing last Will and Testament of NATHANIEL WILLIAMS SEN'R deceased was duly proven on oath in open court by SAMUEL J. HARRIS, THOMAS REEKS and NATHANIEL WILLIAMS JUN'R who is named as one of the Executors in said Will came forward and duly qualified as such.
Witness
STEPH K SNEED Clk

August Term A.D. 1843
ABNER WILLIAMS named Executor in the foregoing Will came into Court and duly qualified as such.
Witness
JAS M WIGGINS, Clk
 

(Nathaniel Williams, b. abt.1737, son of John Williams & Mary Womack; he was brother of Judge John Williams [1731-1799])


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