Will of Mithias Miars 1770
Transcribed by Peggy Reece Bruckner, April 27, 2000,
from copy at the North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, NC
(all spelling and punctuation is as found in the original)
In the Name of God Amen. I Milhias Miars of the County of Granvell being vary sick and week in body, but of perfekt Mind and Memory thanks be given unto God Calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and knowing thatt it is appointed for all men once to die do Make & ordaine this my last will & Testament that is to say ______ and first of all I give and recomend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God thatt give itt and my body I recomend to the Earth to be buried in Desent Christian buriall att the discresion of my Executors doubling _____but att the generall Resureckshon I Shall receive the Same again by the Mighty power of God And as touching ____worly Estate with wish itt has pleased God to Bless me in this life I give demise & dispose of the Same in the following Mannor and form
Item I Give and bequeath to my well beloved Granson Milhias Cockelreace Son of Tabolt Cockelreace one hundred acres of land liing in the County of Granwell on the North Side of the mill Crick and joyningShearmons Land to him and his heirs and asignns for Ever
Item I Give and bequeath to my Loving wife Mary Miars all the Rest of my Estate Riall and personall Except what I have before given to her and her heirs or asigns for Ever and after She the Said Mary Mithias Departs this Life thatt itt is my Desire thatt Michall Cockelreace Shall have this plantation and Mill and also the said Michall Cockelreace to have one negor boy called Tomas and a negor fellor cald Isack and Jabold Cockelreace to have a nigor _____called Nell as also that the Rest of my Estate __ Horses hogs Sheepe & __ to be Equally Divided betwicks the two Boys Michall & Tabolt for Ever
and I further Conssitute my Son Michall Cockelreace And my wife Mary Mathias Miyers Execuketers to this my Last will & testament & Do here by userly Disalow revoke and disanull all & every other former Testaments wills legasis Bequest and Excutors by me in any ways before nameed wiled & bequeathed Ratified & Continued this & no Other to be my Last will & Testament in withess whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand & Seale this first Day of March 1770 Signed Sealed & acknowledge this my last will and testament in the presents of us
provided by Oakly & Saunders
|In the name of God, Amen. I Seth petty pool of Granville County and State of North
Carolina being weak of body but of perfect sense and memory thanks be to God therefore Calling to mind the mortality of man and that it is appointed
once for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament first I recommend my Soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and
my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discrection of my Executors and as touching my worldly Estate which it hath pleased
God to bless me with I dispose of in the following manner and form
Item I lend my loving wife during her natural life or widowhood the plantation with part of the Tract of land whereon I live it being that part of the tract adjoining to the plantation on the south side of the road supposed to be three hundred & twenty acres with all my household and kitchin furniture & all the stock of every kind on the said plantation, and at her death or mariage it is my desire that my daughters Elisabeth petty pool Mary pettypool Sarah petty pool Jane petty pool nancey petty pool may have each of them a feather bed & furniture and the remainder of all my personal Estate to be Equally divided amongst all my children, William petty pool John petty pool Elisabeth petty pool Mary petty pool Seth petty pool young petty pool Jessey petty pool Jane petty pool & Nancey petty pool Sarah petty pool Phillip pettypool & Clayborn petty pool to them and there heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Seth pettypool all my Land on the south side of Aaron's Creek and one rifled gun to him and his heirs forever
Item I give and bequeath to my son young pettypool on the north side of Aarons Creek belonging to the said survey that I bequeath to my son Seth petty pool his aforementioned part beginning at a little field at a branch on the South side of said Creek running down the said creek to my lower line being one hundred acres of land more or less to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my son John pettypool the residue of all that survey of land above mentioned beginning at the upper side of said little field at the above mentioned branch running up the said creek and including the land and plantation where on I formaly lived on to make it one hundred acres more or less to him and his heirs forever. Item it is my desire that the land that I lent my wife at her death or mariage shall be equally divided between three of my sons namely Jessey pettypool Phillip petty pool and Clayurn petty pool Jesseys part to join the land of my son John's land to them the said Jessey petty pool Phillip petty pool and Clayburn petty pool and their heirs forever. I do appoint my sons William petty pool & young petty pool Executors of this my Last will and Testament Revoking all other former wills by me written and made and declaring this to be my Last Will this 23rd day of June 1789.
|In presence of
James Jones Jurat
|Granville County August Court 1789
This Will was duly proven in open court by the oath of James Jones, one of the subscribing witnesses & was ordered to be recorded.
Test. A Anderson C C
Will S. Pettypool
Wm Pettypool qualified
Granville County wills NC CR 044.801.31
Will John Shearmon, Senr.-1784
|In the name of God, Amen. I, John Shearmon Senr. of the County of Granville and State of
North Carolina, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, but calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for
all men once to die, do make, ordain, constitute and appoint this my last will and testament revoking all other wills heretofore made -
That is to say, first of all I recommend my soul into the Hands of God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried at the descression of my Exctr. hereafter named and as Touching my worldly estate that it has pleased God to bless one with, I give and Bequeath in the following manner, To Wit:
I Give to my Beloved Wife, Catherine Shearmon, to be her own property and to be by her given to whom she pleaseth, one negro girl named Debey, about two years old, three feather Beds & furniture and all my Earthenware & likewise, I lend to my said wife, during her natural life or widdowhood the residue of my whole Estate.
(paraphrasing from here out)
To my son, Mishael Shearmon, after the death or marriage of my said wife, the land on the SE side of Little Creek, a fork of Stoney Creek, whereon I now live, including my dwelling house and plantation, also 4 negroes, to wit: Joe, Dorcas, George and Sue, also my house cloak, and two work horses, which he may choose out of stock, and 1 case of bottle, firedogs and my large iron pot, 1 pewter dish, 1 basin, 1 cart, together with all my working tools and books, 2 books excepted, and 1 iron pot rack.
To my son, John Shearmon, 1 silver watch and two books of Bunyon's works, 1 being large and the other small.
Daughter, Ellender Meadows, my riding chair and all the gear thereto belonging.
Son in-law, Phillip Lewis, 1 negro woman named, Bet, with her increase if any, he paying 2/3 of her value to my sons, John & Mishael SHEARMON (viz) 1/3 part to each of them after the wench is valued by 2 honest men.
Son in-law, John Cash, 1 negro girl named, Nan, which is now in his possession.
Granddaughter, Mercey Lewis, wife of Thos. Lewis, 1 negro girl named, Amey.
Granddaughtter, Sarah Lewis, daughter of Phillip Lewis, 1 negro named Jane.
I give after the death or marriage of my said wife, Catherine Shearmon, all the rest of my stock, household goods and estate whatever, that has not been given away, to my sons, John & Mishael Shearmon, equally divided between them.
Lastly, I do nominate and appoint my son in-law, Phillip Lewis and Mishael Shearmon, Executors of my Will.
Dated 24 Mar 1784
signed John his V mark Shearmon
Witnesses: William Gill, Jurat; Presiller her x mark Baggett, Jurat; Elizabeth PARKER, Jurat; James his x mark Brinkly
Whereas I, John Shearmon Senr. of Granville County and State of North Carolina made the above Will on the 24th day of March 1784 and therein did not leave nor give anything to my son in-law, Thomas GOSS and am not fully satisfied with that part of my Will and it is my desire that the Before mentioned and former will as far as it respects (those other persons named) to remain in full force, but I do give and bequeath to the above said Thos. GOSS, 5 shillings current money. And it is my desire that this be esteemed a codicil or an amendment to the former Will.
Dated 4 Apr 1784
May Court 1784, proven by the same witnesses and ordered to be recorded, Phillip Lewis and Mishael Shearmon qualified as Executors thereto.
Will of John Stovall, 1781
Granville County, North Carolina, Will Book 1, page 313
|In the name of God, Amen. I, John Stovall, of Granville County and State of North
Carolina being of sound and perfect mind & memory, blest be God. I do this twenty-ninth day of July in the year of our Lord, One thousand seven
hundred and eighty one make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following that is to say, first let all my just debts be
Secondly I lend unto my beloved wife during her life in widowhood all my land whereon I now live, also four negroes, vist: Aggy, Anthony, Jacob & Jane, likewise all my household & kitchen furniture, likewise all my stock of horses, cattle, sheep, & hogs while she lives a widow. Secondly, when eve my marries or dies, I give & bequeath my land lent unto her unto my son Drury Stovall.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son Bartholomew Stovall, after my wife’s marriage or decease my negro Anthony.
Fourthly I give unto my son Josiah Stovall my negro Aggy, Robin and Hannah & their increase after my wife marries or dies.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son William Stovall after my wife marries or dies my negro Jacob.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Drury Stovall after my wife marries or dies my negro girl Jane and her increase.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath unto my three granddaughters, Rebecca Stovall, Susan Stovall, Mary Stovall, daughters of Thomas Stovall, after my wife marries or dies, all my beds and furniture to be equally divided between them.
Eightly, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law, Owen Griffin, my negro girl named Patt & her increase, my bell mettle skillet, Dutch oven and looking glass.
Ninthly, I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Stovall my negro woman Fanny and her increase from this time.
Tenthly, I give and bequeath unto my Grand Son John Stovall, son of Thomas Stovall, my negro boy James, likewise my saddle with a horse to be raised out of that part of my estate to be sold, the horse to be worth Ten or Twelve pounds V.C. to be judged by executors to be worth that sum in the year one thousand seven hundred & seventy four, likewise all my wearing apparel.
Eleventhly, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law Aaron Pinson a negro girl names Phillis and her increase from this time.
Twelfthly, I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law William Poole my negro girl named Dilsey and her increase from this time.
Thirteenth, I give and bequeath unto my son John Stovall a negro boy named Abraham.
Fourteenth, I give unto my son George Stovall five shillings sterling to be raised out of that part of my estate that is to be sold.
Fifteenth, I give and bequeath unto my son Drury Stovall my brandy still & the appurtenances.
Lastly, my will and desire is that after my wife’s marriage or death that all the remainder of my estate not already bequeathed be sold and the money arising from the sale be equally divided between all my children except my son George and I hereby constitute & appoint my sons Bartholomew Stovall, Benjamin Stovall & Drury Stovall executors of this my last Will & Testament revoking all other wills by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty one.
Sign’d seal’d and Declared to be the last Will & Testament of the said John Stovall in the presence of us who was in the room with him.
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