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Will of ELIZABETH ALSTON, 1853
Granville County Wills
Will Book 19, Page 332

In the name of God Amen. I ELIZABETH ALSTON of the County of Granville and State of North Carolina being in good health and of sound and disposing mind do make, ordain and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, viz,
Item. I give and bequeath to my brother GEORGE ALSTON's Children, to wit, GEORGE, WILLIAM, HENRY, and PHILIP ALSTON, the following Slaves, PORTER, PHILIP and LYDIA an the increase of the latter.
Item. I give and bequeath to my sister MRS. TEMPERANCE DAWSON the following slaves, to wit, ABRAM, GEORGE, SHARPER, JENNY, JANE and ROSE and the increase of these latter.
Item. I bequeath to my Sister MRS. MARY LEWIS my slave BRISTER.
Item. The balance of my Negroes I bequeath and dispose of as follows, one fourth of said Negroes I give to my Sister MRS. CHARITY WORTHAM, one fourth of said Negroes I give to my Sister EVELINE ALSTON and of the remaining fourth of said Negroes I give one half to my niece MRS. MATILDA FOSTER; and the other half of the said remaining fourth I give and bequeath to PETER FOSTER M.D. in special trust nevertheless that he pay over the profits arising from the labor of said Negroes to my niece MRS. MARGARET WHITFIELD during her natural life and at her death divide the said Negroes equally among all her children, and it is my desire that the husband of the said MRS. MARGARET WHITFIELD have no interest in or control over the said Negroes, or in or over any other property or money which I may hereafter bequeath to my niece the said MRS. MARGARET WHITFIELD.
Item. I devise all my land in Granville County to my Sister MRS. MARY LEWIS, on condition that she pay to my Sister MRS. CHARITY WORTHAM five hundred and fifty dollars and to the children of my brother GEORGE ALSTON to wit, GEORGE, WILLIAM HENRY & PHILIP ALSTON, the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to be divided equally between them.
Item. It is my desire and bequest that my Slaves NANCY and GRANNY ROSE be allowed to select their owner.
Item. To my Sister EVELINA ALSTON I bequeath all my silver spoons and ladle.
Item. It is my desire and direction that all my household furniture of every description be divided as follows, one fourth to each of my sisters MARY LEWIS, CHARITY WORTHAM and EVELINE ALSTON and of the remaining fourth one half to my niece MATILDA FOSTER and the other half of said fourth to PETER FOSTER M.D. in truth for my niece MARGARET WHITFIELD and her husband not to have any interest or control over it.
Item. It is my direction that my plantation tools, carriage & horses and stock of every description be sold, and the proceeds applied to the payment of my debts and the residue of such proceeds after paying my debts be divided as follows, one half to my niece MRS. MATILDA FOSTER and the other half to PETER FOSTER M.D. in trust for my niece MRS. MARGARET WHITFIELD.
Item. I bequeath to my sister MRS. MARY LEWIS all my kitchen furniture of every description and all of my estate not disposed of in this testament.
Item. I hereby appoint MR. JAMES M. BULLOCK and my Nephew EDWARD A. LEWIS Executors of this my last will and testament.
Item. In testimony of all the above will which is written upon one sheet of paper. I have hereunto solemnly set my hand and affixed my seal this the third day of November Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred & fifty three.

ELIZABETH EMILY ALSTON

Signed sealed and published in our presence who sign our names in the presence of the testatrix and at her request.

T. L. HARGROVE
O. F. MANSON


North Carolina
Granville County
February Court 1854

The execution of the foregoing last will and testament of ELIZABETH EMILY ALSTON deceased is duly proven on oath in open court by DOCTOR O. F. MANSON one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and filed. At the same time came forward JAMES M. BULLOCK & EDWARD A. LEWIS named Executors in said will and duly qualified as such.
Witness
A. LANDIS Clk

 

Estate of ELIZABETH ALSTON
Division of Slaves, Pg. 570

Statement showing the valuation and division of the Negro Slaves bequeathed to MARY LEWIS, CHARITY WORTHAM, EVELINE ALSTON, MATILDA FOSTER and PETER FOSTER in trust for MARGARETT WHITFIELD and the last will and testament of  ELIZABETH ALSTON dec'd:
Name Age Value
JAMES
EDMOND
ROBERT
WARREN
JESSE
RICHARD
OLIVER
DAVID
HARRY
GRANVILLE
JOHN (mason)
HANNAH & 2 chd, HELEN & EDNEY
MINERVA & 2 chd, CHARLES & WINEY
LILY & 2 chd, CONIS & MARIAH
SALLY & 2 chd., SESAR & POLLAS(?)
ROSETTA
ROXANNAH
EMILY
BETSY
LIZZIE (1 eye)
LE ANN
YORK
MOSES

NELSON
CLANCY
RUTHIE
27
28
18
19
22
35
36
30
40
45
24
22
25
26
27
28
6
17
18
36
9
7
5
5
60
45
900.00
900.00
900.00
900.00
900.00
850.00
700.00
1000.00
800.00
750.00
1300.00
1200.00
900.00
800.00
1050.00
1000.00
375.00
850.00
750.00
400.00
500.00
450.00
350.00
350.00
150.00
150.00
Sub-Total: $19,175.00
OLD NANCY chooses MARY LEWIS, amount allowed - $75
GRANNY ROSE chooses EVELINA ALSTON, amount allowed - $75
---- 150.00
Total: $19,025.00
Lot No.1 MATILDA FOSTER:
JAMES - $900.00
LIZZIE & Children YORK & MOSES - 1200.00
NELSON - 350.00


Lot No.2 PETER FOSTER trustee M. WHITFIELD:
JESSE - $900.00
LILY & 2 Children - 800.00
CLANCY - 150.00
LE ANN - 500.00


Lot No.3 CHARITY WORTHAM:
EDMUND - $900
DAVID - 1000.00
EMILY - 850.00
ROSETTA - 1000.00
ROXANNAH - 375.00
OLIVER - 700.00

Lot No.4 MARY LEWIS:
ROBERT - $900.00
JOHN (mason) - 1300.00
BETSY - 750.00
GRANVILLE - 750.00
SALLY & Children - 1450.00
Deduct amt for OLD NANCY - $75.00


Lot No.5 EVELINE ALSTON:
WARREN - $900.00
HENRY - 800.00
HANNAH & 2 Children -HELEN & EDNEY - 1200.00
RUTHIE - 150.00
RICHARD - 850.00
MINERVA & 2 Children - 900.00
Deduct amt for GRANNY ROSE - $75.00
 
N. Carolina
Granville County
The undersigned having been appointed by the County Court of said County for that purpose, being first duly sworn, did in the 30 day of December 1854 proceed to divide the Negro Slaves bequeathed under the last will and testament of ELIZABETH E ALSTON, dec'd that s to say Lot No.1 assigned to MATILDA FOSTER. Lot No.2 assigned to PETER FOSTER, trustee for MARGARETT WHITFIELD. Lot No.3 assigned to CHARITY WORTHAM. Lot No.4 assigned to MARY LEWIS. Lot No. 5 assigned to EVELINE ALSTON. We have caused the more valuable lots to pay to those more inferior so as to make them equal, all of which will appear to the foregoing statement.
Respectfully submitted
JAMES R. DUTY
ISRAEL W. HARGROVE
EDM'D TOWNES
J. P. BLACKWELL

North Carolina
Granville County
February Court Anno Domini 1855

Ths foregoing report of the division of slaves of ELIZABETH E. ALSTON was duly returned in Open Court by the Commissioners which was confirmed and ordered to be recorded.
Witness

A. LANDIS, Clk 

(Elizabeth Emily Alston was the daughter of Philip Guston Alston & Mary W. Harris)

 

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Will of GEORGE ANDERSON, 1758
Granville County, North Carolina
Secretary of State Office
SS 881, Pg 155

In the name of God amen this Sixth Day of July in the year of Our Lord 1757 I GEORGE ANDERSON of St. John's Parish and County of Granville being sick and weake of body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in maner and form following
Imprimis. that is to say I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife MARY all my Estate real and personal - dureing her natural life and after her dec't to my Daughter EAVE ANDERSON and her heirs and in case she dies without issue I give my land and plantation whereon I now live to my brother WILLIAM ANDERSON's son GEORGE ANDERSON and his heirs and assigns forever and the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between him and ELIZABETH UNDERWOOD daughter of JOHN UNDERWOOD and their heirs forever and I do hereby nominate and apoint my beloved wife MARY ANDERSON and OSBORN JEFFREYS my whole and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament whereby revoking and disalowing all other former wills or bequests by me heretofor made satisfiing this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Day and yeare above written
GEORGE ANDERSON ("D" his mark)

Assigned Sealed Published Pronounced
and Delivered by the sd GEORGE ANDERSON
to be his last will and testament in
the presents of us the Subscribers

JAMES BRAZER ("J" his mark)
WILLIAM ANDERSON ("M" his mark)
THO'S SMITH

At a Court held for Granville County 7 March 1758.
This Will was proved in due form of Law by the Oaths of WILLIAM ANDERSON & THOMAS SMITH two of the witnesses thereto, and was ordered to be recorded.
Teste
DAN'L WELDON CC
 

 

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Will of WILLIAM CHAVIS, 1854
Granville County Wills
Will Book 19, Page 334

I WILLIAM CHAVIS of the County of Granville, State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, do make and constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit,
Item 1st. I loan to my mother during her natural life, the tract of land in Beaverdam district, whereon she now lives and after her death, to be sold by my Executor herein after named, and the proceeds arising from said sale I give to my wife during her natural life or if dead to be equally divided among my children.
Item 2nd. I give to my wife DELILAH CHAVIS, during her natural life or widowhood, all the balance of my property both real and personal, and at her death to be equally divided among my children. But should m said wife marry again, then & in that case, I request my Executor, to take into his possession and management the whole of said property, for the use and benefit of my said wife and children, so as to prevent a waste of the same.
Item 3rd. I do hereby constitute and appoint COL. LEWIS PARHAM Executor to this my last will and testament. Witness my hand and Seal this the 26 day of Jany A.D. 1854.

WILLIAM CHAVIS ("X" his mark)

Witness
W. W. DEMENT
W. H. PASCHALL

North Carolina
Granville County
February Court 1854

The execution of the foregoing last will and testament was duly proved on oath in open Court by WM W. DEMENT and WM. H. PASCHALL the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
At the same time came forward COL. LEWIS PARHAM name Executor in said will and duly qualified as such.

Witness
A. LANDIS Clk
 

 

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Will of ARCHIBALD ERSKINE HENDERSON -1853
Granville County Wills 1851
Will Book 19, Page 242

In the name of God Amen, I A. E. HENDERSON of sound mind do make this my last will I give to my loving wife ANNE E. HENDERSON all my property of every kind and I make her executor to this my last will. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this the eighth of October A.D. 1847.

A. E. HENDERSON

North Carolina
Granville County
May Court A.D. 1853

The foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON deceased is propounded for probate by MRS. ANN E. HENDERSON the Executrix therein named and it is proved by the oaths of THOMAS NEWTON, JAMES TURNER & WILLIAM M. SNEED, upon their examination in open court that the handwriting of the said deceased is generally known by his acquaintances that the signature (A. E. HENDERSON) subscribed to the said will is in the proper hand writing of the said deceased and that said will and every part thereof is also in the proper hand writing of said deceased and that the same was found by them amongst his subscribe papers & effects. It is therefore ordered that the said paper writing be admitted to probate as the last will and testament of the said A. E. HENDERSON and that the same be filed and recorded.
Witness - A. LANDIS Clk


We whose names are hereunto annexed have this day found among the valuable paper of the late A. E. HENDERSON the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will of said HENDERSON & we farther more believe said will to have been written by A. E. HENDERSON dec'd this 24 April 1853

W. M. SNEED
JAMES TURNER
THOMAS NEWTON ("his cross" mark)


North Carolina
Granville County
August Court 1853

ANNE E. HENDERSON named as Executrix in the above last Will and testament of A. E. HENDERSON came into Court and duly qualifies as such.
Witness
A. LANDIS Clk
 

A.E. HENDERSON Estate
 

State of North Carolina
Franklin County
In Equity
March Term 1854

The joint & several answers of LEONARD HENDERSON, ANNE E. HENDERSON, JAMES TAYLOR & SUSAN his wife, WILLIAM B. G. SNEED, and RICHARD HENDERSON, EFFIE HENDERSON, CATHERINE HENDERSON and ANNA B. SNEED infants under the age of twenty one years by JAMES M. WIGGINS, their guardian ad litem appointed by the Court in their behalf, Defendants to the bill of complaint of JOHN TRUMAN and others, Plaintiffs.
These Defendants for answers to the said will say they admit the several matters and things in said bill stated to be true in manner and form as the same are therein and hereby set forth and alledged. And this defendant ANNE E. HENDERSON further severally answering saith she cheerfully submits it to the Court to decide whether or not according to the rules of this honorable Court the estate of her testator ought to be reimbursed out of the land in the bill mentioned or out of the rents issued & profits thereof the sums of money advanced and refunded by her testator out of his proper funds for the purposes of the trusts in said bill mentioned as therein is stated and in what the same shall be reimbursed. And these Defendants RICHARD HENDERSON, EFFIE HENDERSON, CATHERINE HENDERSON, and ANNA B. SNEED infants humbly submit their rights and intents in the premises to the care and protection of the Court. And these Defendants further answering say they have declined to act in and are anxious to be discharged from the said trusts and they submit to such desire in the premises as to your Honor shall seem must[?] and they humbly pray to be hence dismissed with their costs and charges &c

M. V. LANIER
Sol.
 
State of North Carolina
Granville County
In Equity
March Term 1854

To the Honerable Judge of the Court of Equity of the County of Granville aforesaid

The Bill of Complaint of CEPHAS DANIEL & ANNA his wife, JOHN STOVALL & LUCY his wife, WILLIAM WEAVER & NELLY his wife, ELIZABETH DANIEL, and SIMON T. DANIEL (all of the said county of Granville) and McDONAL O BRIAN & EDNEY his wife who reside out of this State - Plaintiffs
Against
ANNE E. HENDERSON Executrix of ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON Deceased of the said County of Granville - Defendant

Humbly complaining shew unto your Honor your orators and oratrixes the said CEPHAS DANIEL & ANNA his wife, JOHN STOVALL & LUCY his wife, WILLIAM WEAVER and NELLY his wife, ELIZABETH DANIEL, SIMON T. DANIEL, and McDONALD OBRIAN & EDNEY his wife that by a certain Indenture bearing date the first day of December A.D. 1840 made or expressed to be made by and between your orator the said CEPHAS DANIEL of the one part and ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON of the other part your orator the said CEPHAS bargained solemnized and assigned certain slaves and other personal property in the said Indenture specified to the said ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON his executors and administrators but nevertheless in special trust and confidence to for and upon the purposes and trusts following, to wit, That the said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators should hold the said property in trust for the sole and separate use and benefit maintenance and support of ANNA DANIEL wife of said CEPHAS during her natural life and should and might annually receive and pay over to the said ANNA wife of the said CEPHAS for the sole and separate use and benefit maintenance and support of her the said ANNA during her natural life anull the liens and profits of the said property and that the said liens and profits of said property should under no possible circumstances be liable to the debts and creditors of said CEPHAS- that said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators might, if he or they should think proper so to do, let the said property be and remain in the possession of the said ANNA DANIEL so long a time only as the said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators should in his or their discretion think proper and during the time said property should remain in the possession of the said ANNA the said ARCHIBALD and his executors and administrators should not be accountable for the liens and profits of the same. That if the said ANNA should die leaving the said CEPHAS her surviving then the said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators might if in his or their discretion they should think proper so to do pay over annually to the said CEPHAS so much of the liens and profits of the said property as might be necessary only for his maintenance and support during his life the amount necessary for his maintenance and support to be in the discretion of the trustee the balance of said liens and profits to be reserved for the children of said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife. That at the death of the survivor of the said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife, the said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators were empowered and required to convey by a proper deed for that purpose the Negro girl DELIA in said Indenture named and her increase and one of the beds, bedsteads & furniture & cows & calves in said Indenture mentioned to EDNEY DANIEL daughter of said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife to her her executors and administrators or if EDNEY should then be dead leaving no child or children then to such child or children if dead leaving no children the said property and its increase should be subject to the same provisions and limitations as in the said Indenture after expressed in regard to the other mentioned property. That at the death of the survivor of the said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife the ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators were empowered and required to convey by a proper deed for that purpose Negro girl JANE in said Indenture named and her increase and one of the said beds, bedsteads and furniture and cows & calves in said Indenture mentioned to NELLY DANIEL daughter of said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife to her her executors and administrators or if NELLY should then be dead leaving a child or children then to such child or children if dead leaving no children the said property and its increase should be subject to the same provisions and limitations as in said Indenture after expressed in regard to the other mentioned property. And the said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators were thereby empowered, required and enjoined to convey by proper deed for that purpose at the death of the survivor of the said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife the balance of the Negroes in said Indenture mentioned, to wit, ESTHER, WILLIAM, WASHINGTON, and their increase to all the children of said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife each one an equal portion to his or her executors and administrators the said EDNEY and NELLY DANIEL included without taking into consideration the property therein before given them. And at the death the survivor of the said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife the said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators were empowered and required one of the said beds, bedsteads & furniture, cows & calves to SIMON DANIEL son of said CEPHAS & ANNA and the other mentioned bed, bedstead and furniture & cow & calf to BETSY DANIEL daughter of said CEPHAS & ANNA to them their executors and administrators. And that at the death of survivors of the said CEPHAS & ANNA his wife should any child or children be then dead leaving children such child or children so left to represent his, her or their deceased parent or parents. And said ARCHIBALD his executors and administrators were empowered and authorized out of the liens and profits of the property thereby conveyed to pay off and discharge all unavoidable charges & expenses attending the execution of said trust & property including doctors bills &c and a reasonable compensation for his trouble or trustee. As in and by the said Indenture to which our orators & oratrixes crave leave to refer when produced will fully appear.
Your orators and oratrixes further show that your orator SIMON T. DANIEL and your oratrix LUCY who is the wife of your orator JOHN STOVALL, NELLY who is the wife of your orator WILLIAM WEAVER, EDNEY who is the wife of your orator McDONAL OBRIAN, and ELIZABETH in the said Indenture called BETSEY, are the children of your orator and oratrix CEPHAS DANIEL & ANNA his wife in said Indenture mentioned, & referred to and are their only children. And your orator and oratrixes further shew that the said ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON accepted the said trust and faithfully executed the same until sometime in the year 1853 when the said ARCHIBALD departed this life after having first made and published his last will and testament in writing in due form of law to his personal estate and that afterwards to wit at the May Term 1853 of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of the County Court of Granville County the said last will and testament was duly proved in the said Court and at the August Term 1854 of said Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions ANNA E. HENDERSON the defendant hereto in the said will named executrix thereto duly qualified as such and thereby became and is the legal personal representative of the said ARCHIBALD. And your orators and oratrixes further shew that the said ARCHIBALD in exercise of the discretionary authority conferred upon him by the said indenture permitted the said trust property to remain in the possession of said ANNA and that the said property at present consists of one two-horse waggon, five head of cattle, two beds, bedsteads & furniture and the following slaves, to wit, ESTHER, DELIA, WILLIAM, WASHINGTON, JANE, MARY, MARTHA and FRANCES an infant. And that the same is subject to the payment of four dollars & twelve cents to the estate of said ARCHIBALD for taxes ordered on account of the same. And your orators and oratrixes further shew that the said defendant is whom they are advised the legal title to the said trust property has become and is now vested as the legal personal representative of the said ARCHIBALD, declines to act in the trust of the said Indenture and is desirous to be discharged therefrom but by reason that no power is named in the said indenture for the appointment of a new trustee your orators and oratrixes are advised that notwithstanding the said defendant is entitled to be discharged therefor the said trust yet she cannot be discharged therefrom nor any new trustee appointed without the aid of this Honorable Court. To the end therefore that the said defendant may answer the premises and that it may be referred to the master of this Honorable Court to appoint a new trustee under the said indenture in the place and stead of the said defendant, and that the said defendant may be directed to execute such instrument as may be necessary for conveying said trust property to such new trustee upon the trusts of said indenture and that thereupon the said defendant may be discharged from the same; and that your orators and oratrixes may have such further or other relict as the nature of the circumstances of this case may require. May it please your Honor to grant unto your orators and oratrixes the State's writ of subpoena to the said ANNA E. HENDERSON to be directed commanding her to be and appear before your Honor in the Court of Equity to be held for the County of Granville in the Court house at Oxford on the first Monday of March A.D. 1854 and there and then to answer the premises and further to stand to perform and abide such further order direction and decree therein as to your Honor shall seem most. And your orators & oratrixes shall ever pray &c.
R. B. GILLIAM, Sol.

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Estate of ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON, Granville County, NC
August Term 1854
Following Slaves were included in the Inventory of property to remain with ANNE E. HENDERSON, and were the subject of a Court dispute with some of the children & grandchildren of the deceased:
ESTHER
DELIA
WILLIAM
WASHINGTON
JANE
MARY
MARTHA
FRANCIS
, an infant

 

(This was Archibald E. Henderson [1801-1853] son of Leonard Henderson & Frances Farrar)

 

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Will of JOHN L. HENDERSON-1848
Granville County Wills 1846-1848
Will Book 17, Page 181

In the Name of God Amen. I JNO L. HENDERSON of the County of Granville state of North Carolina being of sound mind & memory do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament.
I give & bequeath to my sister ANNE E. HENDERSON her Ex'rs admin. & assigns forever my Negro boy OSCAR.
I give to my brother WILLIAM F. HENDERSON his Ex'rs, admin. & assigns forever Negro boy JOHN (son of PEGGY & PLEASANT)
I give to my neice FRANCES ANN my bay horse Rosy Beau.
I give to my neice SUSAN M my sorrel colt (called Suck's colt)
I give to my niece LUCY F one of my colts.
I give to my nephew LEONARD HENDERSON my library & the balance of my stock of horses.
All the rest and residue of my Estate of every kind I now have or may hereafter have I give & bequeath to all the children they now have or may hereafter have of ARCHIBALD E. & ANNE E. HENDERSON to them, their heirs & assigns forever to be equally divided between them, share & share alike. My will is that these daughters FRANCES ANN, SUSAN M. & LUCY F. shall have choice of my Negroes, ANNE having first, SUSAN second & LUCY third choice. I hereby constitute & appoint my brother ARCHIBALD E., my nephew LEONARD HENDERSON Ex'rs to this my last will & testament. Witness my hand & seal this the 4th Oct 1845.

JNO L HENDERSON

Witness
JEREMY HILLIARD
JAMES NEWTON

North Carolina
Granville County
February Court A.D. 1848
The execution of the last will and testament of JOHN L. HENDERSON Deceased, is proved as follows by THOMAS NEWTON one of the subscribing witnesses thereto who also deposed that JEREMY HILLIARD, who is absent from the State, signed the same as a witness in hid presence & in the presence of the Testator. L A. PASCHALL being sworn saith that the signatures JNO. L. HENDERSON and JEREMY HILLIARD are in the proper handwriting of the said HENDERSON & HILLIARD. It is considered by the Court that the execution of the said will is duly proved & on motion ordered to be recorded.

Extract from the Minutes - JAS. M. WIGGINS clk


North Carolina
Granville County
County Court, November Court 1858

LEONARD HENDERSON one of the Executors named in the foregoing last Will and testament of JOHN L. HENDERSON, deceased comes into Court and duly qualifies as such.
Witness
A. LANDIS Clk
 
State of NC
Granville County
Directed to the Honourable Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Granvill[sic] County Feby Term 1859. We the Commissioners after being duly sworn S.S. ROYSTER, WILLIAM GILLIAM & JAMES TURNER appointed at Nov Term 1858 to divide the Negroes bequeathed by JNO. L. HENDERSON to R. B. HENDERSON, EFFIE H. HENDERSON, & CATHARINE B. HENDERSON do lay off and allot to the said R. B. HENDERSON the following Negro Slaves viz; LAVENIA & Child POLLY ANN; CLAY, CARY, & LUCY, STANLY & TIMOTHY valued at $4800.33/100.
To said EFFIE: PEGGY & Child CATE, WILLIAM, PAUL, ELIZABETH, BALDY, ALLICE & EMILY valued at $4900.
To the said CATHARINE: SAVRY WILL, HAYWOOD, ANNETT & FRANKY valued at $4425..
The said RICHARD to pay to the said CATHARINE $92.33.100.
EUPHEMIA to pay said CATHARINE $283.33/100 to equalize the division whereunto we hereunto set our hands and affix our seals this 21st January 1859.
S.S. ROYSTER
WM. H. GILLIAM
JAMES TURNER

(John Leonard Henderson [1797-1847] son of Leonard Henderson & Frances Farrar)

 

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Will of SAMUEL HENDERSON, 1783
Granville County Wills 1772-1787
Will Book 1, Page 369

In the name of God Amen. I SAMUEL HENDERSON of Granville County in the State of North Carolina do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament.
First my Will is that my loving wife ELISABETH shall enjoy the land & plantation whereon now live, during her natural life and after her decease I give the same to my son PLEASANT to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Secondly I lend to my said loving wife all my other estate during her natural life and after her death to be equally divided among all my Children who shall be then living. And lastly, I do hereby appoint my said loving wife ELISABETH ELISABETH [sic] Executrix & RICHARD HENDERSON Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 10th day of May 1778.

SAMUEL HENDERSON ("S" his mark)

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced
& declared in presence of
LEN. H. BULLOCK
JNO. WILLIAMS


Granville County
August Court A.D. 1783

This Will of SAMUEL HENDERSON dec'd was duly proved by the oaths of the Hon. JOHN WILLIAMS esq. & LEN. H. BULLOCK and ordered to be recorded. then ELISABETH HENDERSON qualified as Executrix to the said Will.
Teste - ASA SEARCY CC


An Inventory of the Estate of SAMUEL HENDERSON, Deceased, as far as hath come to the knowledge of the Executrix Nov. 4, 1783, a listing of farm and household supplies; includes one Slave, not named.


Granville County
August Court A.D. 1786
Ordered that the Sheriff summon ELISABETH HENDERSON wife of SAMUEL HENDERSON deceased to appear at next Court to render an Acct of Guardianship to SALLEY MORGAN, a base born child of MOLLEY MORGAN.
Teste
REUBEN SEARCY CC

 

(Father of Col. Richard Henderson)

 

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Will of WILLIAM JEFFREYS, 1829
Granville County Wills
Will Book 11, Page 210

In the name of God Amen. I WILLIAM JEFFREYS SEN'R of the County of Granville & State of N. Carolina being in perfect health & of sound & disposing mind & memory last considering the uncertainty of this Life & the certainty of Death do make & constitute this my last Will & Testament in manner & form followng, To wit,
Item 1st. I lend to my beloved wife DARCAS JEFFREYS the land whereon I now live & one Negro man by name of MACK one bed & other household & kitchen furniture as she may need to her sole use & benefit during her natural life.
Item 2nd. It is my wish after the Death of my said wife that the said land be equally divided between DAVID JEFFREYS, WILLIAM JEFFREYS, STEPHEN JEFFREYS, ELIZABETH JEFFREYS, SALLY JEFFREYS.
Item 3rd. I lend to DAVID JEFFREYS one Negro girl by the name of AVEY during his natural life & at his death to be divided among his children.
Item 4th. I lend to my son WILLIAM JEFFREYS JR. one Negro girl by the name of HELLEN during her natural life & at his death I give said Negro to his son CHARLES ENOCH to him and his Heirs forever.
Item 5th. I lend to my daughter POLLY GILLIAM one Negro girl by the name of GILLEY during her natural life & at her death I give said girl to her son LESTTER GILLIAM to him & his heirs forever.
Item 5th[sic]. I lend to my son STEPHEN JEFFREYS on Negro boy by the name of HARD during his natural life & at his death to his children if any but if he should die without issue I wish said to be divided among my sons & daughters heretofore named.
Item 6th. I lend to my daughter ELIZABETH JEFFREYS one Negro girl by the name of JINNEY during her natural life & at her death to her children if any but if she should die without issue I wish said girl to be divided among my children heretofore named.
Item 7th. I lend to my son JOHN JEFFREYS one Negro woman by the name of NUTTY during his natural life and at his death to be equally divided among his children.
Item 8th. I lend to my daughter SALLY JEFFREYS at the death of my said wife one Negro man by the name of MACK during her natural life & at her death to her youngest child, LITTLETON WASHINGTON to him & his heirs forever.
Item 9th. I give to my son GREEN JEFFREYS my daughter FANNEY TRAILLER & my son [blank] JEFFREYS wife PRISCILLA five shillings each to them & their heirs forever.
Item 10th. I desire that my faithful servants EADY & DINER have liberty to live with which of my children they may think proper & that they be provided for in the family during their natural lives.
Item 11. I give to my son STEPHEN JEFFREYS my daughters ELIZABETH JEFFREYS & SALLY JEFFREYS one cow & calf each to them & their heirs forever.
Item 12th. I desire that all the balance of Estate which has not yet been divided be sold & after paying my just debts the balance to be divided among those who have Negroes of the least value so as to make them equal with those of greater value.
Item 13th. I desire that DAVID JEFFREYS & SHEM MEGEHEE be appointed Executors to this my Last Will & Testament & I do hereby revoke all others from replying against it as such. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 1st Day of September A.D. 1825.

WILLIAM JEFFREYS SR. ("X" his mark)

Assigned & acknowledged in presence of us
SHEM COOKE
JEREMIAH RUST
W. G. BOWERS

State of North Carolina
Granville County
August Court A.D. 1829

The execution of the foregoing last Will & Testament of WILLIAM JEFFREYS SEN'R dec'd was duly proven on oath in open Court by SHEM COOKE and JEREMIAH RUST two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded at the same time came forward DAVID JEFFREYS who is named as one of the Executors in said Will and duly qualified as such.

Witness
STEP. K. SNEED Clk
 

 

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Will of EDMUND JONES, 1782
Granville County Wills 1772-1787
Will Book 1, Page 351

In the name of God Amen. I EDMUND JONES of Granville County and State of North Carolina being weak and low in body but of perfect memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. To wit, I first & foremost my Will and desire is that all my lawful debts should be paid by my Exec'r hereafter mentioned and my Will and desire is that my land in Caswell County should be sold to pay the aforesaid debts. Secondly all the rest of my estate I lend to my loving wife SARAH JONES during her life or widowhood and at her death or marriage my will and desire is that all my estate both real and personal should be equally divided among all my children then living I also appoint my father in law JOHN PETTIPOOL and my loving friend MOSES STREAT Executors of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & eighty two.

EDMUND JONES ("X" his mark)

Signed Sealed Publishied & Declared in presence of
ROBERT SANDFORD ("X" his mark)
SARAH PETTYPOOL ("X" her mark)
GEORGE MOORE

Granville County SS
November Court A.D. 1782
This will was duly proved by the Oaths of ROBERT SANDFORD & SARAH PETTIPOOL and ordered to be recorded, then JOHN PETTIPOOL & MOSES STREAT qualified as Executors to the said Will.
Teste
REUBEN SEARCY CC
 

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Will of GINNEY MITCHELL, 1811
Granville County Wills 1808-1816
Will Book 7, Page 205

July the 26th Day in the Year 1811.
I GINNEY MITCHELL of Granville County, State of North Carolina in the Name of God Amen.
Being in sound mind and memory being onwell [sick] and calling to mind I am bound to die do make my last Will and Testament to my son JESSY MITCHELL I give I gave five shillings currency. to my son DAVID MITCHELL . I give one ax, one plow hoe, one grubbing hoe, one bed & furniture, one dish & one bason. to my daughter MOLLEY IVENS I give one coffy pot and one pewter plate and one white earthen cup and one pint one largest tin cup. To FENNEL HARRIS I give one small pot and one pan. to JOHN HARRIS I give one new pewter plait, one pint pewter bason, one white earthen cup, one pint tin cup. to RUTH EVANS I give one white punch bole, and one drinking glass and one half pint tin cup and one half the feathers of a bed, and half the furniture the other half to JOHN HARRIS, and to MOLLY EVINS I give one chest and one flowered dish and one flax wheel, I also give JOHN HARRIS one back chest. My wearing coes[sic: clothes] to be equall divided among all my Daughters. Given under my hand and seal.

GINNEY MITCHELL ("O" her mark)

Attest
NAT. ESTIS
JOHN SMITH ("X" his mark)



State of No. Carolina
Granville County
November Court A.D. 1811

The executor of the foregoing last Will and Testament of GINNEY MITCHELL was duly proven in open court by the oaths of NATHANIEL ESTIS and JOHN SMITH two of the subscribing witnesses to the same and ordered to be recorded.
Witness
STEP. SNEED Clk
 

 

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Will of JOHN PITTARD, 1821
Granville County Wills
Will Book 9, Page 7

In the name of God Amen. I JOHN PITTARD SEN. of Granville County N. Carolina do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.
In the first place I give and bequeath unto my three daughters which is now living with me, vizt, ANNE PITTARD, REBECKAH PITTARD and LETTY PITTARD each of them one choice bed and furniture and all the other property clothing furniture &c which has generally been claimed by them and called theirs all of which I give and bequeath unto them and their Heirs forever. All the tract of land on which I now live an I have heretofore given to my said daughters ANNE, REBECKAH and LETTY which it is still my wish they should have.
In the Second place. I wish all the rest and residue of my Estate of every description to be sold on a credit of twelve months and the money arising from such sale (after paying my just debts out of it) to be divided in eight equal parts for the purpose of dividing equally between my loving wife FRANKY PITTARD and my children SARAH MONTAGUE, SAMUEL PITTARD, JOHN PITTARD, FANNEY WILLIAMS, THOMAS PITTARD, JAMES PITTARD and my deceased daughtr MARHA SUMMERHILL's five children all of which I give to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly I do hereby appoint my two sons JAMES PITTARD and JOHN PITTARD Executors to this my last Will and Testament. Signed, Sealed and acknowledged this Eleventh day of December, Eighteen hundred and Twenty.
JOHN PITTARD

In the presents of
ALEX'R SMITH
JOSEPH REN ("X" his mark)


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

The Execution of the foregoing last Will and Testament of JOHN PITTARD deceased was duly proven on oath in open Court by ALEXANDER SMITH one of the subscribing witnesses thereto & on motion it was ordered that the same be recorded. And at the same time came forward JAMES PITTARD and JOHN PITTARD JUN'R named as Executors in same will and duly qualified as such.
Witness
STEP. K. SNEED Clk


Inventory of the Estate of JOHN PITTARD dec'd March 27, 1821; acknowledged in May Court 1821.
Included the names of 5 Slaves:
NED
ISAAC
WILLIS
HUMPHREY
HANNAH

 

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Will of EVAN RAGLAND, 1778
Granville County Wills 1772-1787
Will Book 1, Page 199

In the name of God Amen I EVAN RAGLAND of the County of Granville and State of North Carolina, being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God tho weak in body yet of sound and perfect understanding & memory do constitute this my last Will and Testament an desire it to be received by al as such.
Imprimis.  I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it thro the all sufficient merits and meditation of my most compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be an attonement for my sins and is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them & who I trust will not reject me a returning penetent sinner, when I come to him for mercy. In this hope and confidence I render up my soul with comfort humbly beseeching the most blessed and glorious trinity one God most holy most merciful and gracious to prepare me for the time of my resolution and then to take me to himself into that peace and rest and incomparable felicity which he has prepared for those tat love and fear his holy name. I give my body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day. As to my burial I desire it may be decent at the discretion of my Executors herafter named as to my worldly estate I will and dispose of it in manner following. to wit. My will and desire is that all my just debts be paid and I lend to my loving wife AMEY RAGLAND the use of the plantation I now live on with as much of the land thereunto adjoining as I shall hereafter devise to my son REUBEN RAGLAND together with the use of two horses Ballface & Toby, a cart, cartgeers, plugh & ploughgeers and all the plantation utensils I now possess and all my household furniture, except such as I shall hereafter particularly name and bequeath to my children, during her widowhood or term of her natural life which ever of those two circumstances may first happen four Negro fellows, to wit, PETER, JIM, WINDSOR and JACOB together with all my stock of cattle hogs & sheep except such as I shall hereafter give to my children.
Item.  I give and bequeath to my son BENJAMIN RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever one Negro man called SQUIRE.
Item.  I Will and devise to my son WILLIAM RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever al that tract tenement or parcel of land situated on Flat Creek whereon he now lives containing by estimation three hundred and twenty acres be the same more or less. I also give and bequeath unto my said son WILLIAM RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever one Negro man called TOM one Negro boy DRUMMER & all and every article of my stock or property of what kind soever belonging to the said plantation whereon he now lives. I also lend him my Negro boy SAMSON until my son GEORGE RAGLAND arrives to the age of Twenty one years. And after the marriage or death of my wife AMEY RAGLAND I give and bequeath to my said son WILLIAM RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever my Negro man called PETER.
Item.  I give and bequeath to my son EVAN RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever my Negro boy called SAM fifty pounds Virginia currency or proc. money at the usual exchange and after the death or marriage of my wife AMEY RAGLAND my Negro man called JIM to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item.  I give and bequeath to my son STEPHEN RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land lying on Indian Creek a branch of Nutbush being by estimation four hundred fifty and be the same more or less also one Negro woman called DOLL, one Negro boy called JO, thirty pounds hard money, one bed and furniture, one horse bridle and saddle, two cows & calves, one desk and one dutch oven and after the death or marriage of my wife AMEY RAGLAND my Negro man called WINDSOR.
Item.  I give and devise to my son GEORGE RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever two hundred acres of land out of the tract I now live on be the same more or less and batting & bounding as follows, to wit, beginning at the mouth of a little branch on the south side of Flat Creek at the lower end of my plantation which lies on that side of the said Creek making for a corner ash standing near the said creek then up the said branch to its head, thence strait from the head of the said branch to my east and west line, thence an east course down the said line to my corner tree, thence down my lower line to the creek thence up the meander of the said creek to the beginning for compliment also one Negro woman named JENNY one Negro boy called JEFFREY and one Negro boy called SAMPSON after the loan which I have already made to my son WILLIAM RAGLAND of the last mentioned by shall expire, one horse bridle and saddle two cows & calves one bed and furniture & thirty pounds in hard money.
Item.  I give and devise to my son REUBEN RAGLAND his heirs and assigns forever all the remaining part of the tract of land I now live on including my plantation and an entry of land adjoining with the appurtenances &c also one Negro man named CHARLES one Negro boy named BOB one mare and colt, one bed and furniture two cows & calves eighty pounds hard money a walnut chest and table one corner cupboard one whipsaw and one crosscut saw two large pots my still and its furniture and after the death or marriage of my wife AMEY RAGLAND my Negro man named JACOB.
Item.  I give and bequeath to my daughter MARY ANN BARKER her heirs and assigns forever one Negro boy named HARRY one Negro girl named DORCAS and one walnut table.
Item.  I give and bequeath to my daughter AMEY GLASS one Negro woman named ESTHER one Negro girl named PEGG one Negro boy named BUCKINGHAM and after the death of her mother one large bible, to her, her heirs and assigns forever. And my will and desire is that all the residue & remainder of my estate of what kind soever and of which I have not already made particular bequests either forever, for term of life or during widowhood be disposed of by my Executors and the moneies arising therefrom be equally divided amongst such of my children as shall then living. An furthermore it is my will and desire that my Executors hereafter named expose to sale upon the death or marriage of my wife AMEY RAGLAND all that part and dividend of my estate which I have lent her during her widowhood or term of her natural life except such part thereof as I have divided into particular legacies amongst my children and the monies arising therefrom be equally divided amongst my children which shall be then living. Provided that if either of my sons, GEORGE or REUBEN should die without issue before they arrive to the age of twenty one years in that case I devise to the survivor his heirs and assigns forever al the land I have hereby devised to him the then deceased and in case my sons GEORGE & REUBEN RAGLAND should both die before they arrive to the age of twenty one years or without issue it is in that case my will and desire that the lands devised to them respectively be sold and the monies arising from the sale thereof be equally divided amongst such of my children as shall be then living.
Lastly.  I do constitute and appoint my wife AMEY RAGLAND Executrix, CUTBIRD HUDSON, THOMAS REEKS, & AMBROSE BARKER Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made. & I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife AMEY RAGLAND, AMBROSE BARKER & WILLIAM GLASS guardians to my children, STEPHEN, GEORGE & REUBEN RAGLAND. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th day of April A.D. 1778.
EVAN RAGLAND

Signed Sealed pronounced published & Declared to be the last Will and Testament of EVAN RAGLAND in presence of us

BROMFIELD RIDLEY
FRANCES RIDLEY
DUDLEY SNEED


Granville County Ss
November Court A.D. 1778
The last Will and Testament of EVAN RAGLAND deceased was duly proved by the oath of BROMFIELD RIDLEY Esqr. and DUDLEY SNEED and on motion ordered to be recorded, and AMEY RAGLAND qualified as Executrix & THOMAS REEKS & AMBROSE BARKER as Executors to the said Will.
Teste
REUBEN SEARCY CC

 

Slaves names in the Estate of EVAN RAGLAND
Granville County Wills
Will Book 1, Page 226.

November 9th day 1778
A true Inventory of the Estate of EVAN RAGLAND deceased & n now taken in possession by the Executor:
Slaves-
PETER
JIM
WINDSOR
JACOB
CHARLES
CATE
JENNY & two children
JEFFREY
BOB
DOLL & her son JOE
SAMSON
in possession of WILLIAM RAGLAND

Granville Count Ss
Feb Court A.D. 1779
This Inventory was rendered into Court by AMBROSE BARKER Executor & ordered to be recorded.
Teste
REUBEN SEARCEY CC
 

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Will of WILLIAM RAGLAND, 1825
Granville County Wills
Will Book 9, Page 397

In the name of God Amen. I WILLIAM RAGLAND of Granville County ad State of North Carolina being week of body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, viz,
Imprimus. It is my will and desire that my Executor hereafter to be named do sell as much of my estate as will be amply sufficient to discharge all my just debts, this property may be sold on such a credit as my Executor may think best.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter NANCY CREATH widow of SAMUEL CREATH, the value of the tract of land on whereon I now live after deducting that part heretofore deeded to my son WILLIAM to her and her heirs forever to be disposed of as she may think proper.
Item. It is my will and desire that my Executor do sell the rest and residue of my Estate & retain as much as will be amply sufficient to support my old slave CATE plentifully & the residue I wish divided into three equal parts one third to my daughter POLLY HARGIS, one third to my daughter FANNY BOOTH & the other third equally divided between the children of my dec'd daughter CHARITY WILSON & in case of the last mentioned family of children becoming extinct before arriving at lawful age, It is my will and desire that this portion be equally divided between my daughters POLLY HARGIS & FANNY BOOTH.
Item. It is my will that my sons EVAN & WILLIAM receive no more of my Estate as they have already rece'd their full share. Lastly I appoint my friend JAMES RIDLEY my only Executor in testimony which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of October A.Domini 1823.

WILLIAM RAGLAND

In presence of witnesses before assigned
Test
JOHN O'BRIAN
LEO'D CARDWELL

State of North Carolina
Granville County
February Court A.D. 1825

The execution of the foregoing last will and testament of WILLIAM RAGLAND dec'd was duly proven by oath in open court by JOHN O'BRIAN & LEONARD CARDWELL the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded. At the same time came forward JAMES RIDLEY named as the Executor in said will and duly qualified as such.
Witness

STEP. K. SNEED Clk

 

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