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Will of William Williams - 1775

Will Book 1, Page 144

 

[Note: William Williams, b. 1733, was the son of John Williams (1704-1770)  & Mary Womack who settled in early Granville Co. with their sons in the mid-1700's, that also included John, aka Judge John Williams (1731-1799), Charles (ca 1735-1819), Nathaniel (ca 1737-1831). William was married to Phillis (maiden name believed to be Beckham), who later married John Mitchell in 1777. William & his brothers were partners with their cousin, Richard Henderson, in the Transylvania Company venture in Kentucky, and he had travelled with Daniel Boone to that new territory where he died at Boonesborough, probably as a result of the December attack by the Cherokee Indians. His children were John "Jacky" Williams, d.1778, never married; Samuel Farrar Williams, mar. 1st, Hannah Sneed, 2nd Elizabeth Stephens; Mary Williams, mar. Stephen Sneed; Salley Williams, mar. Samuel Hogg; and Betsy Williams, mar. Sterling Yancey.]

 

 

In the name of God amen I William Williams of the County of Granville in the province of North Carolina now being at Boonsborough in the colony of Transylvania and weak & sick of body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be to almighty God & Calling to mind the uncertainty of this transotary life & that it is appointed once for all men to die do make & declare this to be my last Will Testament in Manner & form following that is to say first My soul I recommend to almighty God My saviour and Redeemer in whom & in whos merrits I trust assuredly to be saved & to have full Remission of all My sins & to Inherit Eternal life my body I commit to the ground to be decently Buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as for the settling of my worldly Estate and such goods & chattles as it hath pleased God in his great Mercy to bestow upon me I Dispose of the same in Manner & form following that is to say
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Item- As I am considerably Indebted my desire is that my Executor hereafter named prov'd as soon as times and circumstance will permit to make a collection of all debts due to me & the monies arising from said Collection to apply towards discharging such debt as I Justly owe and if those Monies are not sufficient for that purpose that they then sell & dispose of an Improvement call Guins place & the money arising therefrom to to apply to the same use and if that is Not sufficient that then my Executors dispose of so much of my personal Estate as shall answer the purpose of discharging all my debts after which being done my desire is that all the Rest & residue of my Estate both real & personal be appraised by three honest free by the court appointed for that purpose & recording to such appraisment my Estate to be divided in the following manner to wit, that my loving wife have and enjoy the manner plantation during her natural life with two hundred acres of Land adjoining which plantation & two hundred acres of Land after my wife deceas I leave to be equally divided between my two sons John & Samuel Farrar according to quantity & quality the residue of my Lands whereon I now live & leave to be equally divided immediatly after my debts being paid between my two sons John & Samuel Farrar John taking his first choice the aforesaid land to each one his own particular part to them their heirs and assigns for ever, and after all my debts being paid and the Residue of my estate both real & personal being appraised as aforesaid That my loving wife, my three daughters Mary Betsey & Sally each have paid to them by my two sons afsd either in personal estate at its praise vallue or in Money to each one, one eighth part of the whole apprais value & all the rest & residue of my estate to be equally divided between my two sons John & Samuel Farrar as afs'd. notwithstanding the above bequests it is my will & desire for the satisfaction of my security(?) & the safty (?) of my securities that if any thing should happen so that what I have left to be disposed of for the payment of my debts should be insufficient then it is my Will & desire that my executors dispose of and they are hereby impowered to sell & dispose of any part or parcel of my real or personal Estate for the payment of my just debts and the residue of my Estate to be disposed of among my Wife & Children as nearly as maybe to the aforesaid propotion and I hereby appoint my loving wife executrix my two sons John & Samuel Farrar, My Brother John Williams and my friend Col. Richard Henderson Executors of this my last will & testatment hereby revoking & disallowing all other wills heretofore by me made & and declare this only to be my last will & testament made this twenty fifth day of December Anno Dom 1775.

(signed)
William Williams

Sealed pronounced & declared in presents of us

Jno. Floyd
Bromfield Ridley Jurat
Charles Williams

Granville County May Court Anno Dom 1777~~~~
This Will was duly prov'd by the Oath of Bromfield Ridley esq - and on motion was order'd to be recorded. at the same time Phillis Williams wife of the said William Williams deceas'd qualified as Executrix and John Williams esq- and John Williams son of the said William qualified as Executors to the said Will

Test Reuben Searcy C.C.

November Court Anno Dom 1777
Samuel Farrar Williams Qualified as an Executor to this Will

Test Reuben Searcy CC
 

 


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