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John Bush Estate 1767

From the Bute County Wills & Inventories 1760-1800 C. R. 0.5.801.1 pg. 21,22

Contributed  by R. McNeal  

In the name of God Amen.  I do bequeath my sole to God that gave and my worldly goods to  wit. V. S. foloweth--------------------

Itom to leave to my wel bel loved son Jeremiah all that part of land on the East side of Five pund Creek except one acree to him and his heaes for ever Lawfully be gotten of his one body.
Itom to leve to my well be loved wife Ann all the rest of my land dureing of her life and after her deceas to my well beloved son John to him and his heres forever
Iton do leve to my Grand son Solomon Jackson my gun
Itom do leve to my son John one Coult---------
Itom do leve to my wife Ann all the rest of my worly estate to dispose of as she shall think fit To witness where of I have set my hand and seal this 20th day of August 1767.
Wm Mothershead  (SP) ?                                                
Peter Jackson 
 John  X  Bush  (orig. wax seal)
Hardy Walker Jr.

Bute County  May Court 1771

This will was presented  in court by Ann Bush the Executrix who makes oath there to and proved by the oath of Hardige Walker one of the witness hereto the same was ordered to be recorded and Letters Testamoney granted to said Ann Bush who was qualified accordingly.  Test. Ben. MCulloch C. C.
The inventory of the estate of John Bush dec.
Two cows and one yerling
Tow pots and a skilet one frieng pan
Four Basons and one Dish thre plates
Seven spoons tow bee hives tow feather bedes
Tow bedsteds one Chest Three chairs
One jug Two pitchers Two mugs one jear
Two botles one fro and a Drawing knife
One ax and jointe, One adze (sp)?, One we hoose
One plou nige ges, two mares and filey
One proclomation money 30..5..0
One hogeshead cros, six hogs
Nine yards and half calinico , one sadling bridle
one linen whell and a woling whell two tables one sifting two casks one
One churn, one washing tub, one pale, one pigeion, one earthen pan, one gun
Two Rugs, Two blankes and two shetes
One tobaco box, One pair of pot hooks
One box yarn, one peac of a spoon one hat and other clothing
(     ) meat corn and seven hens and a cock two bulls one  womans sadle
one keap huk, ten yards of Brounleman 
Ann  X  Bush
Bute County August Court 1771
The inventory of the estate of John Bush Decd was returned into court by Ann Bush the executrix on Oath  orderd to be recorded                     Test.
Ben. MCulloch C.C.



Will of John Christmas  (10 Jan. 1743 - 13 May 1777)
Bute County, North Carolina Will Book 2 p.129-130

Contributed by Ginger Christmas-Beattie


In the name of God Amen. I John Christmas of the Parish of Saint John of the County of Bute being sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same and calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life and being willing to settle my worldly affairs, in order do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following: First I commit my soul to God who gave it hoping through the death and merits of Jesus Christ my Savior to be made partaker of the never fading joys of immorality as the day of resurrection as for what temporal estate hath pleased God to bestow on me, I give and bequeath the same in manner and form following that is to say First I give and bequeath to my loving wife Ann Christmas to her heirs forever five featherbeds and furniture, likewise I lend to my loving wife all the rest of my household furniture, together with my stock of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep, except what I shall hereafter mention, likewise lend to her two Negroes Viz! Joe and Doll. Now my will and desire is that my executor do sell my bay mare giving what credit they think proper (and my Tobacco) with which money is my desire my debts should be paid, and if not enough, the rest to be paid out of the money arising from the sale of the mare, and if any left my Executors pay it out for the use of my children. Now my will and desire is that my loving wife do keep all this my estate together on my land if she thinks fit, but do not move it without the consent of my Executors which land I do lend her during the space of fourteen years, in case she lives a widow, in case she marries the land to be taken into the hands of my executors for the use of my son Henry all above which I lend her to bring up my children upon, till the youngest arrives to the age of fourteen years, at which time whereto my three children in case either dies, there will be an equal division. My will and desire is that in case my wife marries, my son Henry live with either of my executors as they think proper.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Henry Christmas to him and his heirs forever all my land.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my three children to them and their heirs forever all my estate that will be found in the hands of my wife at the time of the division Viz! Henry, Mary and Martha CHRISTMAS, and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Thomas Christmas and William Duke Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void and null all form or wills heretofore made, and confirm this my last will and none other to be my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of April in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven. John CHRISTMAS {seal} Presence of W. Kellow and Thomas Green.

North Carolina State Bute County May Court 1777 This will was presented in court and proved by the oath of William Kellow and Thomas Green the witnesses hereto, and the same was ordered to be recorded, and letters testimonial was granted to Thomas CHRISTMAS and William DUKE the executors who were qualified accordingly. Test Thomas Macken C.C.

[Out of respect of the Ethnic heritage of the Slaves I have listed them as Negro or Slave where the records do not capitalize the words.]



The Estate of Thomas Christmas  (1730-1768)
Probate records, Warren Co. NC Vol. 1 pp.105-109

Contributed by Ginger Christmas-Beattie


Know all men by these presents that we Temperance Christmas, Nathaniel Peebles and Thomas Christmas all of the County of Bute in the province of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency William Tryon in the just and full sum of two hundred and fifty pounds proclamation money to be paid unto the said William Tryon his Successors or Assigns to which payment well and truly to be made we bind yourselves and every of us jointly and severely for and in the whole our heirs executors and administrators and every to them presents. Sealed and dated the 19th day or February Anon Dom. 1770.

The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bound Temperance Christmas Admrx. Of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Thomas Christmas, deceased late of the county of Bute 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 Temperance Christmas or into the hands or possession of any person or persons for her, and the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited into the Secretary's 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, chattels and credits, and all other goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death which at any time after shall come into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for her, do well and truly Admr. According to law, and further do make or cause to be a just and true account of her Administration within one year after the date of these presents, and all the rest and residue of the said goods, chattels and credits which shall be found remaining upon the Administratrix account the same being first examined and allowed by the Governor and council, Superior Court or County Court, 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 of Assembly in the case made and provided and if it shall appear that any Will and Testament was made by the said deceased and the Executor therein named do exhibit the same into the said making request to have it allowed and approved of accordingly if the said Temperance Christmas being thereunto required do render and deliver the said letters of Administration, approbation of such Testament being first had and made in the said Court then this obligation to be void else to be and remain in full force.

Temperance Christmas {seal} (her mark)
Nathaniel Peebles {seal}
Thomas Christmas {seal}
Sealed and delivered in the presence of:
Bute County February Court 1770
This bond was acknowledged in open court and whereupon it was ordered to be recorded.
Test Benjamin McCulloch C.C.

An inventory of the estate of Thomas Christmas, deceased taken the 13th day of February 1770, to wit:
1 set of Smith tools sold for 12 5S, 3 beds and furniture of feathers, I bed without furniture of same kind, 19 head of sheep, 26 hogs of different sizes, 3 iron pots, 1 frying pan, 4 dishes pewter, 4 pewter basins, 6 pewter plates, 2 tin pans, 2 jugs, 1 candle stick, 2 smooth bored guns, one of them sold for 12 10S, 1 box iron heaters, a parcel of joiners and carpenter tools, 2 chisels and 1 gauge of turners tools, 1 spinning wheel, 1 sword, 1 looking glass, a parcel of old books, 1 chest, 1 table, 1 case of knives and forks, 4 chairs, 1 hone razor and strap, 4 bells, 3 pair cards, 1 fiddle, 3 bedsteads, 1 loom, 12 geese, 1 mans saddle and bridle, 1 woman's saddle and bridle.
Returned February Court 1770
Pr. Temperance Christmas, Admrx.

A just account of the sale of the estate of Thomas Christmas, deceased March 23rd, 1770

Joseph Hackney some carpenter joiners & turners tools 1 0S 6P
Philemon Hawkins 1 jointer hand saw & sword 1
William Neal 1 smooth gun 2 5
Benjamin Ward 1 fiddle 25 / & Dutch oven 8 / 1 13
Thomas Wright 1 razor hone & strap 7 6 6 6S

Temperance Christmas Admrx.
To 2 pots 15/ 1 bed & furniture 610S 7 5S
To 1 " 80/ 1 " 8"6" 12 16
To 1 " 86/6 and 1 box iron & candle stick 4/ 4 10 6
To some pewter and 2 jugs 1 13
To 1 table 5/ and 1 chest 4/ 9
To 10 chairs 31/ 1 woman's saddle 40/ 3 11
To 1 mans " 10/ 15 head of sheep 81/ 4 11
To 1 frying pan 4 25 head of hogs 101/ 5 5

This ended the copy that was sent to me.

Warren County North Carolina Deed Book 3 pp.229-230

This indenture made this tenth day of February one thousand seven hundred and seventy by and between William Duke of the county of Bute in the province of North Carolina of the one part and Thomas Christmas of the county and province of the other part. Witnesseth that the said William Duke for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds to me in hand before the sealing and delivering hereof have bargained, sold and made over unto the said Thomas Christmas a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the county of Bute and bounded as follows, to wit, beginning at Wolbanke's old line at post oak thence along a line of new marked trees Howze's new road to a black jack, thence down the said road to two pines thence along a line of new marked trees Charles Burk's line on a hickory thence along said line to the corner of the said Burk's line on a pine thence along Wolbanke's old line to the beginning containing one hundred acres more or less with the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, interests and profits, thereunto belonging of every part thereof unto the said Thomas Christmas his heirs and assigns forever to have and to hold the said misusage tract or parcel of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to the only proper use and behoove of him the said Thomas Christmas his heirs and assigns forever and the said William Duke doth for himself his heirs and covenant promise and agree to and with the said Thomas Christmas that the premises aforesaid and clear of all manner of encumbrances and the said Thomas Christmas his heirs and may and notwithstanding any act or thing committed, done or suffered shall and lawfully may and ever hereafter have hereunto hold, use, occupy, process and enjoy the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal the day and year first above written.

William Duke {seal}

Sealed and delivered in presence of: James Moore and John Christmas

Bute County February Court 1771

William Duke acknowledged this deed to Thomas Christmas to be his act and deed and on motion the same is ordered to be registered.        

Test Benjamin McCullock C.C.




Will of John Perdue dated 1768 proved 1769

Transcribed and submitted by Jonathan DeMai  


In the name of God & Gods name this being the last Will and Testament of John Perdue being now of perfect memory and judgment thanks be to God for it.

and first of all I Give and bequeath my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the earth to be Buried in A Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors and family.

Secondly I give and bequeath to my beloved Son John Perdue that Tract of land where on he now lives from Jonathan Johnson Creek down to owens Creek all over owens Creek of the North Side of the said [document torn]

Thirdly I give and bequeath to my two beloved Sons Joel Perdue & Morris Perdue the land and plantation Where on I now live to be devided between them at the discreation of James Moore and that they may have the benefit of the land as Soon as They have judgment to manige their Business

and The hows and plantation I give the use of and benefit of to my beloved wife during her life.

Fourthly and like wise I give and bequeath to my beloved wife my lot of land that I had of John Dawson during the time I leased it for, and her life, and if she should dye before the time is out I give it to my Son Richard Perdue. . . . . .

Fifthly I give and bequeath to my beloved Sons William Perdue Joseph Perdue & Adams Perdue five Shilings Sterling a peace

Sixthly I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Phebe Perdue one feather bed Bed & firneture

and Seventhly & lastly I do give and bequeath to my beloved wife my three negros Jack & Peter & Will to have the use of her life and at her death if the aforesaid negros are living or any of them I give Them to my beloved Sons Richard Perdue & Bevil Perdue &Liliston Perdue, to be praised by fir persons with the rest of my estate not yet mentioned which I also give the use of to my beloved wife During her life & then to be devided with the praise value of the negros, between my three beloved Children Blackman Perdue Sally Perdue and Ann Perdue , and if the value of the negros is more than that of the household estate and Stock then the A fore said persons to wit Richard & Bevel & Liliston, shall pay out of their vallu, So that they, the Six Last named children Shall have A Just and equal Devesion of all

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Field Perdue one fether Bed and firneture to be paid at The Death of my wife or be fore If it can be Spared, . . . . . . . . .

As also I do appoint James Moore and my wife Sarah Perdue My hole and Sole executeers of all my Buisnes in witness where of I have here unto Set my hand and fixed Seal the 24th Day of March 1768 . .

Signed  Sealed                                                              John hisXXXmark Perdue {seal}

In preants of us

 Suanna Moore Juror

Ann Moore Juror

Bute Sct. February Court 1769

This will was proved by the oaths of Susanna Moore & Ann Moore the Witneses hereto and on Motion it was Ordered to be recorded

Then James Moore ^one of the Executors therein named Qualified as such and was Ordered to be Certified

                                                            Test      Ben McCulloch C. C. 




Tucker Abstracts

From Bute Co., NC Will Books - 1764-1779 

Contributed by Gail Shearin

20 Oct 1765 - Sale of land - witness: Benj. Tucker

31 Oct 1765 - William Wood, Jr. and wife, Martha, to George Tucker, 40 pds. Va. Money for 185 A. on west side Little Creek in fork of the Great Creek & Little Creek, part of a patent of 670 A. - witness: Wood Malone

9 Oct 1766 - Trade of land - witness: Benj. Tucker

4 Nov 1768 - Sale of land - witness: Benj. Tucker

15 Oct 1770 - Penuwell Wood to Bennett Wood - sale of land adj. to William Wood and said Bennett Wood - witness: George Tucker

28 Nov 1770 - Sale of Estate of Thomas Harris mentions William Tucker, Sr. and John Tucker, Jr.

26 Oct 1771 - Sale of land - witnesses: Bennett Wood and George Tucker

1 Dec 1772 - Sale of land - Witnesses: George Tucker and Charles Wood

30 Nov 1773 - Sale of land - witnesses: Wood Malone and George Tucker

6 Feb 1774 - Will of John Melone mentions son-in-law, George Tucker - witnesses Leu Tucker and Mary Tucker

4 May 1774 - Bond paid by George Tucker to build bridge. Bid to build bridge was submitted in Feb. 1773 Court Term

9 Nov 1774 - Transfer of money to George Tucker by Frederick Malone

15 Apr 1776 - Sale of Estate of Henry Foote mentions George Tucker

7 Apr 1778 - Jones Kendrick to Lew Tucker

29 Apr 1778 - Estate of George Tucker - Exor. L(I)ew, Lue Tucker

8 Nov 1777 - Will of George Tucker mentions wife, Jemima and son, Lieu Tucker - witness: Molly Tucker

May 1778 Court - Will of John Morey mentions Jemima Tucker, Bennitt Wood, Aaron Shearin, Lewis Tucker, Henry Shearin




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