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Will of SALLY JOHNSTON-1848
Warren County, North Carolina
Will Book 39, Page 406

I, SALLY JOHNSTON of Warren County and the State of North Carolina being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made. I direct that my body be buried and my funeral conducted in such a manner as to my Executors shall seem best, and as to my worldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with, I dispose of the same as follows- to wit:
Item 1st. My clock I give to JOHN WHITE
Item 2nd. My bureau and its contents except any money bonds or notes which it may contain, I give to my daughter MARY C. JONES.
Item 3rd. My beds & bed furniture and my table linen I give t all of my grand daughters and my Great-Grand daughter SALLY J. SIMS.
Item 4th. I give Clarkes Commentaries to PETER R. DAVIS JR. in trust for the sole and separate use & benefit of SARAH AMIS wife of THOMAS AMIS.
Item. 5th. OLD AUSTIN is to choose his master or mistress among the Legatees named in my Will, and I do hereby direct that he shall annually during his life receive the sum of Twenty Dollars, to be paid by my executors out of my Estate.
Item 6th. I give to my Great Grand daughter SALLY J. SIMS her heirs, Exc'rs, Adm'rs, and assigns, my House & Land in the immediate vicinity of Warrenton, where I now reside, and also all of my household and kitchen furniture not already given away in special legacies.
Item 7th. I give to my Great Grand daughter SALLY J. SIMS the following Negroes, to wit- FLORA and her four youngest children namely MARY, LEWIS, JOHN and EDMUND. The four youngest children of SARAH now dec'd, namely STEPHEN, ANTHONY, SARAH & BRISTER [BRUTUS?]; and also CHARLOTTE, her daughter MARTHA, and ISAAC. And I do further giver to the said SALLY J. SIMS all of the future increase of the said Slaves from the date of this my Will. I hereby direct that the above mentioned land and Negroes given by me to the said SALLY J. SIMS are to be rented and hired out for her benefit until she comes of lawful age or marries. If however the said SALLY J. SIMS should die under age and before she marries then and in that case, I give the property given in my Will to her to all my Grand daughters share and share alike.
Item 8th. The residue of my estate is to be equally divided between all of my Grand children except W. E. JONES and HUGH J. JONES, my Grand daughter MARY EATON is to take her share entirely in money. In the division of SALINA is to go to SARAH AMIS and ANDERSON to SALLY WYATT. The shares of SARAH AMIS and indeed every thing else in this my Will intended for her benefit I give to my Grand son PETER R. DAVIS JR. in trust for the sole separate & exclusive benefit of the said SARAH AMIS during her life and after her death I give the same to her children. And I do hereby appoint my Grandsons PETER R. DAVIS JR. and HUGH J. JONES Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I the said SALLY JOHNSTON have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of September 1845.

SALLY JOHNSTON

Test
K. P. ALSTON
H. C. LUCUS

Codicil to the above-
So much of the above Will as directed that SALINA in the division of the Negroes is to go to SARAH AMIS, and ANDERSON to SALLY WYATT, is hereby set aside and it is my intention that said Negroes shall be divided in the same manner as the other Negroes are directed to be divided in my said Will and that the division of my Negroes shall be made in the same manner as if SALINA and ANDERSON had not been named in the Will at all. I do hereby give the desk and bookcase bought by me at the sale of my brother JOHN C. GREEN to JAMES GREEN a free man of color who formerly belonged to said JOHN C. GREEN. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of January 1848.

SALLY JOHNSTON

Witness
MARY Y BENNETT
WM. EATON JR.



Warren County, Feby Court 1848
The foregoing Will and the Codicil therto annexed was exhibited in open court for probate and the execution thereof being duly proved by the oaths & examination of K. P. ALSTON as to the Will and WM. EATON JR. as to the Codicil thereto annexed two of the subscribing witnesses thereto & on motion the same is ordered to be recorded whereupon HUGH J. JONES one of the Executors therein named came into Court and qualified as such in due form of law and took upon himself the burden of its execution.

Test
JNO. WHITE Clk

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Estate of SALLY JOHNSTON-1848

Ex parte
Petition for a Division of Slaves
A copy of Petition & order of Sale &c

Feb'y Court 1849
Recorded pursuant to order page 144
JNO W. WHITE, Clk

North Carolina
Warren County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Nov. Session 1848

To the Worshipful the Justices of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions for the County of Warren.

The Petition of JOHN WHITE & his wife PRISCILLA, ELIZABETH JONES, EDWARD JONES, and JOSEPH JONES, your three last named petitioners being infants and serving in this behalf by there next friend and Mother MARY JONES, CHARLES JONES, PETER DAVIS, HUGH J. DAVIS, THOMAS AMIS and his wife SARAH, JAMES EATON and his wife, MARY, DR. ROBERT C. PRITCHARD and his wife ANNA, respectfully herewith that they are tenants in common of the following slaves:
MATTHEW, MOSES, BILLY, HENRY, AUSTIN, ANDERSON, ISHAM, SALINA and her child, EASTER, LUCY and TOM-
that SALLY JOHNSON in and by her said will which has been duly proved and recorded in the proper Court for that purpose bequeathed the said slaves to your petitioners PRISCILLA, now the wife of your Petitioner JOHN WHITE, EDWARD, ELIZABETH and JOSEPH JONES, CHARLES JONES, PETER DAVIS, HUGH J. DAVIS, SARAH AMIS now the wife of THOMAS AMIS, MARY EATON now the wife of JAMES EATON, ANNA PRITCHARD now the wife of DR. ROBT. C. PRITCHARD equally to be divided among them. Your Petitioners show that the said slaves cannot be equally and advantageously divided among your petitioners without a sale thereof. Your petitioners therefore pray your Worships to order a sale of said slaves for the purpose of said division upon such terms as in such manner as to your Worships may deem just & right and they will ever pray &c
ED. HALL Atto.
 
In pursuance of annexed order made to me at November Term 1848, of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions of Warren County, North Carolina, I sold at the Court House door on the 28th day of December on a credit of Nine months the following slaves. Viz:
MATTHEW sold to JORDAN H. FOSTER for $345.00
SALINA & 2 children sold to JNO WHITE - 675.00
MOSES sold to CHA'S JONES - 500.00
BILLY sold to K. P. ALSTON - 540.00
HARVY sold to JORDAN H. FOSTER - 635.00
AUSTIN sold to WM. E. JONES - 515.00
ANDERSON sold to K. P. ALSTON - 570.00
ISHAM sold to DR. R. C. PRITCHARD - 655.00
EASTER sold to JNO WHITE - 150.00
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$4585.00
OLD TOM & LUCY to the lowest bidder which deduct from slave sum - 150.00
Total: $4435.00


HUGH J. JONES, Commissioner
 
JOHN WHITE & Wife & Others, Ex parte

Upon the hearing of this cause the Court doth declare that the Petitioners are tenants in common in equal shares of the Slaves named in the petition as they claim there in their said petition, that said Slaves cannot be advantageously divided without a sale thereof- whereupon it is ordered that HUGH J. JONES be appointed Commissioner to sell the said Slaves for the purpose of a division among the petitioners, and that he after thirty days advertisement at three or more public places in the County, sell the said Slaves at auction upon a credit of nine months taking bonds with good security for the purchase money payable nine months after date with Interest from the date.

JNO. W. WHITE Clk


The Following Negroes hired out for the balance of the year to the highest bidder, Feby. 23rd 1848
STEPHEN to WILLIAM E. JONES - $37.00
ANTHONY to HUGH J. JONES - 12.00
EASTER to HUGH J. JONES - 17.00
MARY to HUGH J. JONES - 17.00
CHARLOTTE to JOHN WHITE - 42.00
MILLY to MRS. W. C. JONES - 20.00
MARTHA to MRS. W. C. JONES - 10.25
SARA to MRS. W. C. JONES - 4.00
Total--------------------$159.25

HUGH J. JONES Exr.

(Sally Green-Johnston,b.1774, dau/of William Green & Mary E. Christmas; she was married on Sept. 11, 1794 to Hugh Johnston, b.1762-d.1810; additional info included in Hugh Johnston Bible )
 

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Will of GIDEON HUNT MACON - 1809
Warren County, North Carolina
Will Book 15, Page 6

In the Name of God Amen I GIDEON H. MACON of Warren and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of life, do this first day of January One thousand eight hundred and eight make and ordain this to be and contain my last will and Testament; utterly revoking all others by me made either oral or written.
Imprimis, I lend unto my beloved wife MARY HARTWELL MACON during her widowhood, the use of my plantation whereon I now live with the priviledge of clearing land and cutting timber fire wood and repairs, under the direction of my Executors therein after named as they may think best and to the greatest advantage and benefit of the family, and for the purpose of supporting herself and raising supporting and educating her children. I also lend unto my wife for and during the term of her natural life the following Negroes: TOM, DICK, MOSES, MARLOW, NED, GREAT WILL, PHEBE, PRUDENCE, AMEY and NELL, also all my household and kitchen furniture, plantation utensels, carriage and harness, cart and oxen, horses, stock of all kinds, and provisions on hand not hereinafter given away.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter ANN HUNT MACON the following Negroes, GEORGE, AGGY, HANNAH, & LUCINDA, also one bay mare called Br??et and one bed and furniture, to her, her heirs and assigns forever; but in case she should die before she marryes, I give and bequeath the whole of the legacy except the Negroes HANNAH and LUCINDA to my son WILLIAM MACON to him, his Heirs & assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter PRISCILLA MARY MOSS the following Negroes, LITTLE WILL, KATE, HAGAR, MOSES, MARINA & WESTLEY, all now in her possession, als one colt called Necrodancer to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son WILLIAM MACON, all my Land in Green County in the state of Georgia it being one half of a tract, containing fourteen hundred and fifty acres, given me by his grandfather, WILLIAM GREEN deceased. Also the following Negroes, GLOSTER, and MILLY. also one bed and furniture one mare called Stella, and my silver Table spoons; I also give my said son WILLIAM one Negroe fellow named STEPHEN, in lieu and in full satisfaction of a legacy of three hundred Dollars, left him by his grandfather WILLIAM GREEN dec'd to him & his Heirs and assigns forever.
But in case he should die before he arrives of lawfull age or marryes I give all the property herein left him my said son WILLIAM except the Land to my Daughter ANN HUNT MACON, the lands I give to my Daughters ANN HUNT MACON and PRISCILLA MARY MOSS and my grand son EDWIN HUNT MACON to be equally divided amongst them their heirs & assigns forever. But in case my said grandson EDWIN H. MACON should die before he arrives to lawfull age or marries then and in that case the whole to be divided between my said two Daughters.
Item. I give and bequeath to my three sons ALBERT GALLATIN MACON, HENRY MACON & ARTHUR MACON all the land whereon I now live to be equally divided amongst them as they arrive to lawful age or marry, which division to be made by my Executors [if they shall be living at the time] to them their heirs and assigns forever, but in case either of them die before he arrives to lawfull age or marries, it is to be equally divided among the other two, and if two die before the time aforesaid the survivor to inherit the whole. But in case all die before they arrive to lawfull age or marry then and in that case it is my will and desire that it be equally divided amongst the whole of my children and their representatives, including my grandson EDWIN HUNT MACON.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Children LUCY KENNON MACON, MARTHA MACON, HARRIOT H. MACON, ALBERT GALATINE MACON, ELIZABETH MACON, HENRY MACON, and ARTHUR MACON the following Negroes, FED, SAMSON, PATRICK, EPHRAM, BOB, PHILIP, MARIA, BETTY, CAROLINE, RACHEL, HULDAH, SARAH, JENNY and ISABELL to be equally divided amongst them as they arrive to lawful age or marry, but in case any of them should die before such event takes place the survivor or survivors to inherit the whole of this legacy, to them their heirs & assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath unto each of my last named Seven Children, one equal share of all the household furniture, kitchen furniture and plantation utensils and stock of all kinds lent to my wife to be divided between them and her as they arrive to lawful age or marry.
Item. It is my will and desire that the Negroes and other property lent to my wife and not herein before disposed of to be after her death equally divided amongst the whole of my Children and their representatives.
Item. It is further my will and desire that the whole of my property except that part left to my Daughters ANN H. MACON and PRISCILLA H. MOSS be kept together by my Executors untill my debts are paid which I hope can be done in two years.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends SEYMORE RANSOM, JOHN C. GREEN and JAMES MOSS my Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 1st day of January 1808.

G. H. MACON

Signed Sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us to be his last Will and Testament
ROB'T H. JONES Jurat
JACOB MORDECAI Jurat
THO'S B. GLOSTER


A Codicil to the above my last Will & Testament as contained on the three first pages of this sheet made and executed this Twenty fourth day of March, one thousand eight hundred & nine
[viz] Whereas since making and Executing that said last Will & Testament [which bears date the first day of January one Thousand eight hundred & Eight] my wife is again pregnant, and being desirous of doing equal justice to that, as well as my other Children, do make the following provision for it, that is to say,
It is my Will and desire, that the child my wife is now pregnant with, in case it is a Son, shall have and be entitled to an equal proportion of the tract of land given to my three sons by my present wife [viz] ALBERT GALLATIN MACON, HENRY MACON, & ARTHUR MACON, subject to the same conditions in every respect as is contained in my said Last Will & Testament relative to the said tract of Land. And it is further my will and desire that the said Child shall be entitled to an equal proportion of my other property with my other Children by my present wife.
It is my will & desire in case the child my wife is now pregnant with, should be a daughter that it shall have an equal proportion of my Estate with my other Daughters by my present wife. My meaning is, in case the Child should be a son, to be placed on an Equal footing with my three sons by my present wife, and in case it is a daughter, to be as an equal footing with my daughters by my present wife.
It is my will and desire that my daughter ANN HUNT MACON, shall in lieu of the mare Brigget given her in my last Will & Testament, be entitled to her choice of the said mare, or one of her colts by Trueblue, the choice to be made by her at Christmas next. My meaning is that she is to have only one of them.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year above mentioned.

G. H. MACON

Signed Sealed & acknowldeged in presence of us
SUGAN JOHNSON Jurat
J. TURNER


Warren County May Court 1809
This last Will and Testament of GIDEON H. MACON dec'd was proved in Open Court by the oaths of ROBERT H. JONES, JACOB MORDECAI & SUGAN JOHNSON and on motion was ordered to be recorded; JOHN C. GREEN, SEYMOUR RANSOME & JAMES MOSS qual'd as Executors thereto.

Test
MDUKE JOHNSON CCC
 

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Estate of Gideon H. Macon
Inventory of Slaves

An Inventory of the Estate of GIDEON H. MACON Dec'd taken this 21st April 1809.
Twenty nine Negroes [to wit] TOM, DICK, MOSES, MARLOW, NED, GREAT WILL, PHEBE, PRUDENCE, AMEY, NELL, GEORGE, AGGY, GLOSTER, MILLY [STEPHEN see the will] FED, SAMPSON, PATRICK, EPHRAM, BOB, PHILIP, MARIA, BETTY, CAROLINE, RACHEL, HULDAH, SARAH, JINNY and ISABELL.



(Son of Gideon H. Macon, [d.1761 Granville Co.,NC] & Priscilla Jones; he was married 1st to Mary Green, dau/of William Green & Mary E. Christmas, 2nd to Mary Hartwell)

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Will of WILLIS READ - 1857
Warren County, North Carolina
Will Book 49, Page 129

In the name of God Amen, I WILLIS READ of the County of Warren and State of N. Carolina, being in ill health but of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last Will and Testament. I give the following property to my daughter MARTHA READ, the wife of THOMAS READ JR. (viz) all my right, title and interest to the tract of land I formerly lived on, now occupied by BYNUM READ near the residence of MRS. ANDREW JOHNSON, also a debt of twenty dollars due from JOHN A. READ, also all my household and kitchen furniture, part in the possession JNO JOHNSON and part in possession of BYNUM READ with all other property belonging to me not herein named.
As witness my hand this 14th Jany 1857.

WILLIS READ ("X" his mark)


Test
WM. MORGAN POWELL
JNO. T. KEARNEY


Warren County August Court 1857
The execution of this will was duly proved in open court by the oath and examination of WM. MORGAN POWELL and JOHN T. KEARNEY the subscribing witnesses thereto, & on motion the same is ordered to be recorded and filed.
 

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Estate of LAWRENCE RICHARDSON-1795
Warren County, North Carolina

An Inventory of the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHERSON, dec'd.
 

An Inventory of the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHERSON, dec'd.

Viz) 5 Negroes, ABNER, LUCY, AGGEY, FANNEY, AMEY.
3 head of horses, 18 head of cattle, 42 head of hoggs, 4 head of sheep, 18 geese, 3 beds and furniture, 2 baggs of feathers, 4 beadsteads 2 chests 1 trunk 13 books 1 sope, 1 table 2 spinning wheels, 2 pair of cotten cards, 4 water vessels, 2 juggs, 3 bottles 1 dram glass, 6 earthen plates, one dish, do. 2 pewter dishes, 10 plates, 6 basons, 6 knives & 5 forks. 1 coffee pott, 1 tea kettle, 2 iron potts, 1 kettle, 1 Dutch oven 1 frying pan, 3 pair of pott hooks, one pair of tongues, 4 hogsheads 2 barrells, 1 powdering tubb, 1 rundel 1 loom, 1 slay, 2 rasors & shaving box, 2 papper boxes, 2 ink stands,1 candlestick, 6 chairs, 2 hilling hoes, 2 grub? hoes, 4 weeding hoes, 2 budd(?) hoes, 5 plough hoes, one handsaw, 1 drawing knife, 1 hammer, 2 gimblets, 3 cow hides, 1 horse hide, 1 lythe & cradle, 2 saddles, & 5 bridles and a bond upon JAMES ELLINGTON for 6 19 S. Virginia money.

MARTHA RICHESON Adm'rx
May 24th 1795

Warren County, May Court 1795

This Inventory of the Estate of Lawrence Richardson Dec'd was returned on oath by MARTHA RICHARDSON the adm'rx and ordered to be recorded.

Test MDUKE JOHNSON CWCC

RICHESON Sale of Estate

Warren County, Aug't Court 1796
This acc't of sale of the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHARDSON dec'd was ret'd on oath by MARTHA RICHARDSON the adm'rx & ordered to be Recorded.
Test. MDUKE JOHNSON CCt

 

Division of LAWRENCE RICHARDSON Estate

To the Worshipfull Court of Warren County
We pray your worships to grant an order for a Division of the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHARDSON dec'd, the Estate being removed to the County of Person we pray you to appoint JOHN McMURRY, JAMES McMURRY, NATHANIEL NORPHLETT, WILLIAM MITCHEL and JOHN GUIN or any three of them of Person County to divide the said Estate amongst the Legetees agreeable to Law and Report to next Warren Court.

MARTHA RICHARDSON

Nov'r 21st 1806
Warren County November Court 1806
Ordered that WILLIAM MITCHELL JOHN McMURRAY, JAMES McMURRAY, NATHANIEL NORFLET and JOHN GUIN or any three of them be appointed to divide the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHERSON in the hands of his administratrix MARTHA RICHERSON among the distributees of said Estate and Report to next Court.

Copy Test
MD JOHNSON CCt
 
Pursuant to an order of Warren November Court 1806 to divide the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHARDSON in the hands of his adminstratrix, we the undersigned, have aprised and divided, the Estate in manner annexed.

JOHN DOUGLAS 4 Negroes
LUCY....................$300
OWNY.....................250
CHRESY..................100
FISHER...................110
Proportion of cash......72.18 2/5..........832.18 2/5

3 Negros paid JOHN RICHARDSON
ABNER.................$400
NUTTY...................200
DARKIS..................110
Proportion of cash.....122.18 2/5.........832.18 2/5

4 Negroes paid DOWNEY WAID
FAN......................$350
HERBERT...............200
HENRIETTA.............68
NANCY...................150
Proportion of cash......64.18 2/5........832.18 2/5

3 Negros paid MARTHA RICHARDSON
AGNESS................$333 1/3
RUBIN.....................250
MAY..........................85
Proportion of cash.....163.85 2/5.......832.18 2/5

3 Negroes paid LAWRENCE RICHARDSON
AMY.....................$300
DELSY...................275
CHARLES.............175
Proportion of cash......92.18 2/5.......832.18 2/5
 
On the other side will be seen the full statement and division each lot, amounting to the sum of Eight hundred & thirty two Dollars & Eighteen 2/5 cents. Error excepted, as witness our hands & seals this 21st February 1807.

NATH'L NORFLEET
JOHN McMURRY
JAMES McMURRY

Warren County February Court 1807
The Division of the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHARDSON
(dec'd) was returned to Court by the Commissioners appointed for the purpose of dividing the same & upon motion was ordered to be recorded.

Test
MDUKE JOHNSON CCt
MARTHA RICHARDSON, Administratrix
In Acc't with the Estate of LAWRENCE RICHARDSON

To Amount of sales..............75.12.1
1 Bond on James Ellington....11.11.8
By cash paid Funeral charges........
By cash paid James Turner...........6.19.10
By cash paid Edward Davis............5.8.10
By cash paid Samuel Hopkins.........1.1.5
By cash paid John Hopkins.............1.3
By cash paid Abner Lea for making coffin...1.13
By cash paid Thomas Paschal.........12.15.10
By cash paid MDuke Johnston.........16.6
By cash paid Taxes for year 1794....1.10.6
By cash paid Court Charges.............1.7.6
...........................187.3.9....32.16.5
............................32.16.5
Virgina Currency, Balance due the Estate 154.7.3

Agreeable to the order of Warren County we the undersigned have ordered & settled the accounts as above as witness our hands & seals this 21st February 1807.

NATH'L NORFLEET
JOHN McMURRY
JAMES McMURRY
(Lawrence Richardson was married to Martha Russell, marriage bond filed Nov. 12, 1782 Warren Co.; Martha's will dated 1816, filed in Person Co.,NC, and their son John Richardson's estate filed 1814 Person Co.,NC)

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Will of SHERWOOD SIMS- 1790
Warren County, North Carolina
Will Book 5, Pages 151-152

In the name of God Amen I SHERWOOD SIMS of Warren County North Carolina being in a low State of Health but of perfect mind & memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that there is an appointed time for all men to die have made and ordained and constituted this my last will & Testament that is to say firs and principally I recommend my soul to God who gave it & my body to the Earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executors and as touching such wourdly goods after all my just debts are paid as it has been pleased God to bestow on me. I give, bequeath demise and dispose of in manner and form following
Item, I leave al my lands to be sold & the money divided equally between my three sons (viz) SHERWOOD SIMS, MATTHIAS SIMS & THOMAS SIMS.
Item, I give to my daughter BETTY WADKINS her heirs and assigns forever my Negro man LUIS and one feather bed that she has in possession, also the second Negro child that LUCY has if she wishes them.
Item, I lend to my daughter MARY KEE my Negro wench named LUCY and the second Child that she has to go to my Daughter BETTY before mentioned. & the third Child to go as shall hereafter be mentioned & now I give to my daughter MARY KEE a Negro Child named RANSUM which the wench now has and the above Negro LUCY to her and her Heirs when the conditions above mentioned are fulfilled. Also one feather bed & furniture which she has in possession.
Item, I lend to my daughter FANNY SIMS a Negro wench named JENNY and the second and third child to go as hereafter shall be mentioned, I give to my daughter FANNY the Negro Child named SANDY which JENNY now has and the wench JENNY when the above mentioned is complyed with. Also one feather bed & furniture, a small pot & Dutch and all my stock of cattle one ????? cows which shall hereafter be mentioned.
Item, I give to my son THOMAS SIMS one Negro wench named VENUS and the second Negro Child that arises from JENNY which I have lent to my daughter FANNY, also one cow out of my stock & a feather bed which he now has.
Item, I leave to my son SHERWOOD SIMS the third Negro child arising from LUCY above lent to my daughter MARY KEE.
Item, I leave to my son MATTHIAS SIMS the third Negro child arising from JENNY which I have lent my daughter FANNY
Item, I give to my daughter BETTY WADKINS one cow
Item, I leave all the rest of my Estate to be equally divided between all my six children above mentioned.
Item, I leave and appoint my son THOMAS SIMS Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby disannulling revoking and abollishing all other former Wills, Testaments, Legacies whatsoever. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the Twenty first day of December one Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Nine.

SHERWOOD SIMS

Signed Sealed In presence of us
LEONARD SIMS
RICHARD SIMS
RICHARD WATKINS ("X" his mark)


Warren County May Court 1790
The Last Will & Testament of SHERWOOD SIMS dec'd was presented in Court and proved by the Oaths of LEONARD SIMS & RICHARD WATKINS subscribing witnesses & THOMAS SIMS the Executor named in the said Will qualifed as such to whom a Letters was granted & the said Executors returned on oath an Inventory of the Estate of the said dec'd & on motion the same is ordered to be Recorded.

Test
M.DUKE JOHNSON CC
 

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Will of WILLIAM WEST-1821
Warren County, North Carolina
Will Book 23, Page 282

In the name of God Amen
I WILLIAM WEST of the County of Warren and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory do constitute and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, and do revoke all former wills by me made in manner and form Viz't
Item. I give and bequeath to my wife SUSANNAH WEST one Negroe man named BENN, and another named JONAS, my tract of land containing two hundred and twenty three acres, more or less, all my stock of horses, cattle & hogs and sheep, all my household and kitchen furniture, one riding chair & harness, my farming utensils of every description, to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to MOSES BENNETT one Negroe woman named JUDA, with a girl child named SALLY, together with a bed, chest, and every description of clothing & other property of what kind soever, which properly belongeth to said JUDA with her future increase to him, his heirs or assigns forever.
I do hereby constitute and appoint MOSES BENNETT sole executor to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of February 1815.

Signed, Sealed, published & delivered as my last Will & Testament in presence of
LEWIS PATRICK
JEREMIAH STEPHENSON

Interlined before signed with & sheep.


Warren County, November Court 1821
This last will and Testament of WILLIAM WEST dec'd was proved in open Court by the oath of JEREMIAH STEPHENSON a subscribing witness thereto and on motion it is O.T.R.

CAS DRAKE CWCC

(William West's widow, Susannah Lancaster-West, called Susan West in her 1871 will, survived him by 50 years; He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, his widow having filed for a Pension in 1847)

 

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Will of ALANSON WILLIAMS-1825
Warren County, North Carolina
Will Book 27, Pages 81-83

In the Name of God Amen.
I ALANSON WILLIAMS of the County of Warren and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and disposing memory do constitute, declare and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form, that is to say, I do revoke all other Will or Wills heretofore made by me.
Item. I lend unto my beloved wife MARTHA WILLIAMS during natural life or widowhood the following Negroes and their increase, FRANK, TOM, AMY, and her children, ANDY, GRACE and ALLIFANT. also the plantation whereon I now live, three feather beds and furniture, a bureau and press with all the glass and earthenware and all my household and kitchen furniture, a sufficient number of tools to work the plantation, the cart and a yoke of steers, the bonny mare, a mule, gray mare, and the sorrel colt filly, six cows and calves, twelve head of sheep and twenty hogs, not under six months old, and one years allowance for herself and family.
Item. My Will is that the balance of my Negroes on this plantation and my town plantation be kept on each plantation together till all my debts are paid, then to be valued and my sons ROBERT J. WILLIAMS & HENRY C. WILLIAMS to draw their proportionable part - then the balance all kept together, and to be given off to my other children as they marry or come of age, then the lower plantation to be sold and all my perishable property, and the proceeds thereof to be applied to the education if my three sons, THOMAS, WESLEY and JAMES, THOMAS to have two years education, WESLEY and JAMES to have a good education, the surplus if any to be divided amongst all my children.
Item. I give and devise unto my son ROBERT J. WILLIAMS, one Negro boy named JEFF to him and his heirs and assigns forever, the boy JEFF nevertheless to be valued in the general division.
Item. I give and devise unto my son HENRY C. WILLIAMS a Negro man by the name of NELSON to him, his heirs and assigns forever, the man NELSON to be valued in the general division.
Item. I give and devise unto my son GABRIEL J. WILLIAMS two hundred dollars cash to be raised out of the sale of my town plantation and perishable property, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
I constitute and appoint my two sons ROBERT J. WILLIAMS and HENRY C. WILLIAMS my Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the second day of January eighteen hundred and twenty five. interlined before signed.

ALANSON WILLIAMS


Witness
W. D. HOPKINS
CH'S E. SMITH
SIMON WILLIAMS

Warren County February Court 1825
This last Will and Testament of ALANSON WILLIAMS, was exhibited in open court for probate and the execution thereof being proved by the oaths of WILLIAM D. HOPKINS and CHARLES E. SMITH subscribing witnesses thereto, the same is ordered to be recorded. Whereupon ROB'T J. WILLIAMS and HENRY C. WILLIAMS the Executors qualified in due form of law.

Test
C. DRAKE, CWCC


(Alanson Williams, b. 1779,son of Simon & Ann Williams; was married to Martha Christmas, b. 1777, dau/of John Christmas & Ann Duke)
 

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Will of BILLEY WILLIAMS-1800
Warren County, North Carolina
Will Book 10, Page 314

In the Name of God Amen I BILLEY WILLIAMS of the County of Warren & State of North Carolina being sick and low in health though sound in mind and memory calling to mind the mortality of this body knowing it is appointed for all men once to dy do make and ordain this to be my Last will and testament in the manner and form following-
Imprimis- I give my sole into the hands of All mighty God who first gave it me and as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to give to me I give and dispose of in the manner and form following viz
Item{ I give to my worthy friend THOS. GARDNER after all my debts is paid forty shillings for his providing a funeral sermon over my wife Also the like sum to him for his service to preach over me when I am gone and if he cannot be got to the person who acts in his place.
Item{ I give to BENJAMIN CAPPS son of RANEY CAPPS five pounds to be leaveyed out of my Estate.
Item{ I give to my Nephew WILLIE HARRIS five pounds for his services to me when whilest in distress in his care
Item{ I give to my Niece POLLEY MERRITT daughter of SYLVANIUS, ten pounds Virginia currency to be leaveyed out of my Estate to her and her heirs forever.
My will and desire is that after my death being legally supplyed as necessary that SELAH HARRIS wife of WILLIE HARRIS should have all the residue of my bed clothing to her use forever.
And for all the residue of my Estate if any my will and desire is that it should be distributed among friendless Alfont[sic] [orphaned] children where it supposed to be the greatest necesity for education or instruction. And I appoint BRITTAIN NICHOLSON whole & sole Executor of this my Last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Seventh day of February one thousand Eight hundred.

Signed Sealed & deliv'd in present of
WILEY HARRIS ("X" his mark)
SELAH HARRIS Jurat ("X" her mark)

BILLEY WILLIAMS ("W" his mark)

Warren County May Court 1800
WILLIE & SEALEY HARRIS proved this Will in Open Court which is ordered to be Recorded whereupon BRITTAIN NICHOLSON the Executor named qualified &c.

Test
M.DUKE JOHNSON, Clk
 
(Benjamin Capps, illegitimate son of Lurany Capps, was bound to Billy Williams in May 1790 to learn carpentry; Celey Harris mar. Willie Harris, Dec. 24, 1792;Silvanius Merrit mar. Mary Carter, June 14, 1795; Brittain Nicholson mar. Molley Harris, Aug. 18, 1792)

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Slaves originally owned by WILLIAM EATON, d.1759
WILLIS to PARK Conveyance - 1798
Warren County Wills 1798-1800
Will Book 10, Page 23 - 24

Conveyance of Slaves
State of North Carolina Warren County
Whereas WILLIAM EATON dec'd late of the State aforesaid by Will bearing date the 19th of February one Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty nine did give unto ROB'T JONES and THOMAS EATON certain Negroes therin mentioned in trust for the use of Daughter BETTY WELDON during her life and at her death said Negroes with their increase he gave to the children of his said daughter BETTY WELDON and whereas by another clause in said Will said WILLIAM EATON gave to his wife certain property and at her decease gave one ninth part thereof to the Children of his daughter BETTY WELDON now then presents Witnesseth that I JOHN WILLS of the County and State aforesaid do sell and convey the whole and sole interest right title which I have or may have hereafter to the following Negroes (or their increase thereof) included in the two clauses of WILLIAM EATON's Will as above mentioned or alluded to, to wit, HANNAH, DELCEY, CHARLES, DICK, LUCY, AMY ALSTON, BOB, EPHREN, ADAM, AGGAR, LUCY, MODENY, ANTHONY, CARMEY, BOWSER, JAMES, TILLIE ALSTON, VIOLET BEN, and BETTY, JENNY & her son NED, LUCINDA, ERENN, BRUTUS to my mother in law BETTY PARK EATON PUGH & JOHN HALL and the survivor or survivors of them
Interest for the following purpose and no other to wit that the said Trustees shall hold & stand possessed of the right title interest that I now have or may hereafter have to said Negroes or to any part thereof to the use of my wife BETSEY WILLIS during her life and after the death of my said wife and after upon death this the Trust hereby created shall acrue and whatever right I have to said Negroes or their increase I hereby do convey sell and make over to such children (or the issue thereof) as my wife BETSY WILLIS shall have by me at her death and for the purpose of carrying the said trust into Execution. I do hereby Empower the aforesaid Trustee or the survivor of them at any time when I may become interested to any further interest in said Negroes to receive and hold said Negroes before mentioned or any part thereof to the use before expressed and no other. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this ninth day of August 1798.

The words my and the words (by me) intertlined before signed
THO'S ALSTON - JOHN WILLIS

Warren County, August Court 1798
THOMAS ALSTON proved the above Conveyance from JNO. WILLIS to MRS. BETTY PARK which is ordered to be recorded.

Test- MDUKE JOHNSON Clk
 
(See copy of Will of William Eaton, 1759 for original distribution)

 

 


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