Warren County Wills
Will of WILLIAM ROCK ALSTON -1875
I, WILLIAM ROCK ALSTON, of the County of Warren
and State of North Carolina, considering the uncertainty of this
mortal life, and being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish
this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows:
Will of JAMES BULLOCK- 1820
I JAMES BULLOCK of Warren County, State of North Carolina being of
sound and disposing mind do make and ordain this my last will and
I give and Bequeath to my beloved wife NANCY BULLOCK during her natural life my whole Estate both Real, Personal and mixed with a request that she will give to each of my Children at their several intermarriages or arrive at the age of twenty one years such of my property as she shall think fit at her death my will and desire is that my Estate of every description, shall be equally divided amongst my Children, taking into the Estimate such portion with its natural increase as I myself or my wife may have given to any of them, and if any of my Children should before the death of my wife NANCY dies leaving Children such Children to receive such portion or portions as their parent or parents would have been entitled to had they been living.
I nominate and appoint my beloved wife NANCY BULLOCK & my Friend RICHARD BULLOCK & my son LEN H. BULLOCK Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Signed Sealed & Published this 5th Day of April 1820.
In Presence of
JOHN R. EATON
JOS. W. HAWKINS
I JAMES BULLOCK of Warren County and State of North Carolina do make and publish this as a Codicil to my last Will and Testament bearing date the 5th Day of April 1820. In the Event that my wife NANCY should at any future time think proper to marry my will is that upon her marriage she shall have a Child's part of my Personal Estate and the use of the tract of land on which I reside for and during her life & the balance of my Estate be equally divided amongst my children as stated is my last will, I also nominate and appoint my wife my friend RICHARD BULLOCK & my son LEN. H. BULLOCK or either or any of them who may qualify Guardians of my Children during their minority.
Signed Sealed and Published this 8th Day of April 1820.
In Presence of
JOS. W. HAWKINS
H. L. MARTIN
November Court 1825
This Codicil to the last Will and Testament of JAMES BULLOCK was duly proved in Open Court by the oath of JOS. W. HAWKINS one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and on motion it is ordered to be recorded.
C. DRAKE CWCC
November Court 1825
This Will of JAMES BULLOCK was duly proved in open court by the oath of JOS. W. HAWKINS one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and on motion ordered to be recorded, whereupon NANCY BULLOCK the Executrix therein named qualified in due form of laws.
C. DRAKE CWCC
JAMES BULLOCK Estate 1853
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Nov. Term 1853
To the Worshipful the Justices of said Court
The petition of LEN H. BULLOCK, JOHN H. BULLOCK, GEORGE L. BULLOCK, KEMP P. BULLOCK, and RICHARD BULLOCK all of Warren County aforesaid, ROBERT BULLOCK of the State of Tennessee, CHARLES L. BULLOCK of the State of Arkansas, ANN H. DANIEL of Granville County, ANN HENDERSON and LEONARD H. HENDERSON executors of ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON of Granville County, JAMES SIMS of the State of Texas, JOHN C. GREEN, WILLIAM H. GREEN and LEN B. GREEN all of the State of Arkansas, JAMES B. GREEN and CHARLES B. GREEN of the State of Kentucky and of GIDEON M. GREEN and PARTHENIA F. GREEN both of the State of Arkansas infants under twenty one years of age and appearing in this behalf by their next friend the said JOHN H. BULLOCK respectfully showeth unto your Worships that JAMES BULLOCK died in the County of Warren sometime during the year 1820 leaving a last will and testament which was duly admitted to probate at [blank] Term of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of said County and that NANCY BULLOCK the widow of the testator alone qualified as executrix of said Will, and by virtue of the authority thus confined upon her possessed herself of a large and valuable personal estate of her testator amply sufficient to pay his debts funeral expenses and legacies and assented to the legacies bequeaths in said will. Your petitioners further show that the said testator in his said will among other devises and bequests devised and bequeathed as follows to wit,
"I give and bequeath to my beloved wife NANCY BULLOCK during her natural life my whole estate both real personal and mixed, with a request that she will give to each of my children at their several intermarriages name at the age of twenty one years, such if my property as she shall think fit, at her death my will and desire is that my estate of every description shall be equally divided amongst my children, taking into the estimate such portion with its natural increase as I myself in my wife may have given to any of them, and if any of my children should before the death of my wife NANCY, die leaving children, such children to receive such portion or portions as their parent or parents would have been entitled to had they been living."
Your petitioners further show that the said testator left him surviving the following children, to wit, CATHARINE L. SIMS, LEN H. BULLOCK, FRANCES L. GREEN, JAMES BULLOCK, ANN H. DANIEL, ROBERT BULLOCK, JOHN H. BULLOCK, CHARLES L. BULLOCK, GEORGE L. BULLOCK, KEMP P. BULLOCK, and RICHARD BULLOCK, that the said CATHARINE L. SIMS died since the testator leaving her surviving the said JAMES SIMS her only child, and that the said FRANCES L. GREEN also died since the testator leaving her surviving the following children to wit, JOHN C. GREEN, JAMES B. GREEN, WILLIAM H. GREEN, LEN B. GREEN, CHARLES B. GREEN, GIDEON M. GREEN and PARTHENIA F. GREEN. Your petitioners further show that the said JAMES BULLOCK conveyed all of his interest in the Slaves hereinafter mentioned to ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON late of the County of Granville, in a certain deed of trust for certain purposes therein specified and that the said A. E. HENDERSON died some time during the present year, and that the said ANN HENDERSON and the said LEONARD HENDERSON have duly qualified as his executors your petitioners further show that the said JAMES BULLOCK (the testator) in his life time and the said NANCY BULLOCK after his death, equally advanced all of his said children, and that nothing now remains to be done, but to the divide among his said children and grand children the property held by the said NANCY BULLOCK as tenants for life under his will at the time of her death which took place during the month of November and the present year. Your petitioners further show that the said NANCY BULLOCK held among other estate and effects, sixty three slaves as tenants for life under the will of the said JAMES BULLOCK the names of which said slaves are set forth upon a list which is herein filed marked with the letter A. Your petitioners further show that they desire to have the said Slaves divided among them, according to their respective rights and interests therein, and they therefore pray your Worships to appoint commissioners according to the Act of Assembly to divide said slaves into eleven equal shares, and to allot one share respectively to each of the petitioners, JAMES SIMS, LEN H. BULLOCK, ANN H. DANIEL, ROBERT BULLOCK, JOHN H. BULLOCK, CHARLES L. BULLOCK, GEORGE L. BULLOCK, KEMP P. BULLOCK, and RICHARD BULLOCK, one share to the above named executors of ARCHIBALD E. HENDERSON in trust for the purposes declared in the deed from the said JAMES BULLOCK to the said A. E. HENDERSON and the remaining share to the above named children of the said FRANCES L. GREEN and to report their proceedings under their hands and seals to the next term of this Court. And your petitioners shall ever pray &c.
HALL & EATON for the Petitioners
LEN H. BULLOCK and Others, Ex parte
|List of Negroes belonging to the Estate of JAMES BULLOCK dec'd at the death of his wife NANCY- to be equally divided between their children, viz:|
|Total of 63 Slaves|
The Distribution of the Slaves of JAMES BULLOCK are included in the Estate of NANCY BULLOCK, in 1853
LEN H. BULLOCK et als Ex Parte
Petition to divide Slaves
Report and division of Commissioners
To February Term 1854
Warren County Court
Recored pursuant to order to order Page 140 & others
JNO. W. WHITE, Clk
To the Worshipful Justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Warren.
The undersigned HENRY J. B. CLARK, JOHN G. YANCEY, WILL A. BURWELL & JAMES T. RUSSELL Commissioners appointed by your worshipful Court at Nov Term 1853, to divide the Negro Slaves named in the Petition wherein LEN H. BULLOCK and others Ex parte are petitioners, being previously notified, met at the late residence of MRS. NANCY BULLOCK dec'd on Saturday Feby 4th 1854, and being first duly sworn according to Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, proceeded to view, value and allot said Slaves as follows to wit:
BURRELL valued at $1000.00
ALLEN - $1050.00
FANNY valued at $750.00
HARRIET & Child NANCY - 850.00
KATE - 650.00
ISRAEL - 500.00
LITTLETON - 750.00
EAVE & Children COOPER & BET - 1075.00
DANIEL - 500.00
DILLA & Children PARTHENIA, HENRY & PERRY - 1050.00
YOUNG JOHN - 550.00
RACHAEL - 650.00
HENNY - 850.00
WILLIAM valued at $400.00
To divide this sum into eleven equal parts (this being the number of
distributees) and there would be a value to each $2625. But there
were seven supreanuated Slaves capable of rendering but little
service, which your commissioners thought should be provided for in
To effect this they examined these old Negroes separately and set apart such sum to each as in their judgment would with good management and kind treatment be sufficient for their support as follows to wit:
Old PHOEBA to be kept through life free of charge
ABRAM & FANNY his wife to be kept for $250.00
Old JOE to be kept for life for $100.00
NANCY to be kept for life for $50.00
JIM to be kept for life for $200.00
SHADRACK to be kept for life for $100.00
Deduct this sum from the gross amt of valuation and you have $28175, which divided into eleven equal parts will give to each distributee the sum of $2561.36 4/11.
Having thus fixed the several valuations, your commissioners proceeded to allot to each distributee by ballot, a near as it could be done, one eleventh part of said Slaves in valuation, the old and expensive Negroes, giving to such distributee drawing this lot their lot the sum apprized for the keeping of said expensive Slave for life, as follows to wit:
Lot No. 1
Lot No. 2
Drawn by CHARLES L. BULLOCK
MACKLIN - $1150.00
PHOEBA & Children }
BETSY, JANE, MARTHA & HORACE} - 1550.00
Old PHOEBA to be kept through life without charge -000.00
Pay to FRANCES L. GREEN - 138.63 7/11
Lot No. 3
Drawn by Trustees of JAMES BULLOCK
RICHMOND valued at - $1000.00
POLLY & Children}
WILLIAM & GEORGE} - 1200.00
CEALEY --------------- 750.00
Deduct for keeping ABRAM & FANNY his wife- 250.00
Pay to RICHARD BULLOCK - 138.63 77/11
Lot No. 4
Drawn by JAS. SIMS
ALLEN valued at - $1050.00
SUCKEY & Children}
MARGARET & JOE } - 1250.00
Old SUCKEY - 100.00
JOHN - 250.00
Deduct for keeping JOE (old) -100.00
Receive from LEN H. BULLOCK - 11.36 4/11
Lot No. 5
Drawn by KEMP P. BULLOCK
TOM valued at - $800.00
DAPHNE & Children}
SALLY & AMEY } - 250.00
ANN - 750.00
WARREN - 750.00
Deduct for keeping NANCY for life - 50.00
Rec'd from GEO. L. BULLOCK $29.54 6/11
Rec'd from JOHN H. BULLOCK 15.90 ??
Rec'd from L.H. BULLOCK 15.90 10/11 = 61.?? 4/11
Lot No. 6
Drawn by ANN H. DANIEL
FANNY valued at - $750.00
HARRIET & Child NANCY - 850.00
KATE - 650.00
ISRAEL - 500.00
Deduct for keeping JIM for life - 200.00 = $2550.00
Receive from LEN H. BULLOCK - 11.36 4/11
Lot No. 7
Drawn by ROBT BULLOCK
LITTLETON valued at $750.00
EVE & Children COOPER & BET -1075.00
HENRY - 850.00
Pay to RICHARD BULLOCK - 113.63 7/11
Lot No. 8
Drawn by GEO L. BULLOCK
DANIEL - $500.00
DILLA & Children PARTHENIA, HENRY & PERRY - 1050.00
JOHN (Young) - 550.00
RACHAEL - 650.00
deduct for keeping SHADRACK for life - 100.00
Pay RICHD BULLOCK $59.09 1/11
KEMP P. BULLOCK 29.54 6/11
Lot No. 9
Drawn by JOHN H. BULLOCK
WILLIAM valued at - $400.00
JUDY & Child NANCY - 700.00
LITTLE SARAH - 650.00
HENDERSON - 800.00
LUCY - 50.00
Pay FRANCES GREEN $22.72 8/11
Pay KEMP P. BULLOCK 15.90 10/11 = $38.63 7/11
Lot No. 10
Drawn by RICHARD BULLOCK
DANIEL (Young) - $700.00
LUCY - 800.00
ANACHY - 750.00
Rec'd from JAS. BULLOCK $138.63 7/11
Rec'd from ROBT. BULLOCK 113.63 7/11
Rec'd from GEO. L. BULLOCK 59.09 1/11 = $311.36 4/11
Lot No. 11
Drawn by FRANCES L. GREEN
JOSHUA valued at - $1000.00
ADELAIDE valued at - 700.00
BECK valued at - 700.00
Rec'd from CHAS.L. BULLOCK - $138.63 7/11
Rec'd from JOHN H. BULLOCK - 22.72 8/11 = $161.36 4/1
All of which is respectfully submitted
HENRY J.B. CLARK
J. G. YANCEY
WM. A. BURWELL
JAS. T. RUSSELL
|(Note: James Bullock was the son of John Bullock,d.1774 Granville Co. & Catherine Lewis who married in Mar. 11, 1771; James was married to Nancy Bullock, the daughter of Leonard Henley Bullock, d. 1798)|
Will of ALMIRA BURGESS-1920
I ALMIRA BURGESS, of the aforesaid County and State, being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make and declare this my Last Will and Testament.
First. My executor hereinafter named shall give my body a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my friends and relatives, and pay all funeral expenses, together with my just debts out of the first money which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.
Second. I give and devise to my two daughters, MARY and RENA, my horse and surrey.
Third. I give to each of my daughters, MARY and RENA, and my grandson GENE and my granddaughter ANNIE one bedstead apiece, mattress and cover thereto belonging.
Fourth. I give my son CYRUS one dollar.
Fifth. I give to my daughter RENA my feather bed.
Sixth. I give to my granddaughter ANNIE my two big pillows now used on my bed.
Seventh. I desire that my part of the land left by my husband JUNIUS BURGESS, be sold and the proceeds divided equally between my five daughters and my two sons, WILLIAM and LOVETT.
Eighth. My will and desire is that the residue of my estate be divided between my five daughters and my two sons, WILLIAM and LOVETT.
Ninth. I hereby constitute and appoint my son LOVETT my lawful Executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my Last Will and Testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same, and every part and clause thereof.
In witness whereof, I, the said ALMIRA BURGESS, do hereunto set my hand and seal this the 5th day of May 1920.
Signed, sealed published and declared by the said ALMIRA BURGESS to be her last will and testament in the presence of us, who, at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other, do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
State of North Carolina
S.S. In the Superior Court
A paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of ALMIRA BURGESS deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by L.T. BURGESS the execution therein mentioned, and the due execution thereof by the said ALMIRA BURGESS is proved by the oath and examination of EDGAR ALSTON one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, who being duly sworn, doth depose and say, and he deposeth and saith that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown him purporting to be the last will and testament of ALMIRA BURGESS; that the said ALMIRA BURGESS in the presence of this deponent, subscribed her name at the end of said paper writing, now shown as aforesaid, and which bears date of the 5th day of May 1920.
And the deponent further saith that the said ALMIRA BURGESS the testatrix aforesaid, declare the said paper writing as subscribed by her and exhibited, to be her Last Will and Testament, and this deponent did therefore subscribe his name at the end of said Will as an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of the said testatrix. And this deponent further saith that at the said time when the said testatrix subscribed her name to the said last Will as aforesaid, and at the time of deponent subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereto, as aforesaid, that said ALMIRA BURGESS was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will, and ws not under any restraint to the knowledge, information or belief of this deponent, and further this deponent saith not.
Sworn and exhibited this 20th day of August 1921, before JOHN D. NEWELL. Clerk Superior Court
State of North Carolina
In the Superior Court
A paper writing, purporting to be the last Will and testament of ALMIRA BURGESS, deceased, is exhibited for probate in Open Court by L. T. BURGESS the executor therein named; and it is therefore proved by the oath and examination of SELBY C. ALSTON that CARL ALSTON, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, has left the State.
And it is further proved by the oath and examination of the said SELBY ALSTON that he is well acquainted with the handwriting of the said CARL ALSTON, having often seen him write, and that the name of the said CARL ALSTON, subscribed as a witness to the said will, is in the hand writing of the said CARL ALSTON.
It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper writing, and every part thereof, is the last Will and testament of the said ALMIRA BURGESS, and the same is ordered recorded and filed.
S. C. ALSTON
This 20th day of August 1921.
JOHN D. NEWELL, CSC
Application For Letters Testamentary
Warren County, in the Superior Court
Before JOHN D. NEWELL, C.S.C.
In the Matter of the Will of ALMIRA BURGESS
L.T. BURGESS, being duly sworn, doth say that ALMIRA BURGESS, late of said County, is dead, having first made and published her last Will and Testament; and that L.T. BURGESS is the executor named therein.
Further, that the property of the said ALMIRA BURGESS, consisting of 12 1/2 acres of land, one horse, and household and kitchen furniture is worth about $400.00 so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application, and that L. T. BURGESS, MRS. M. H. RICHARDSON, MRS. J. H. RICHARDSON, VELONEY RICHARDSON, C.C. BURGESS, MARY BURGESS, CORNEALL BURGESS, Heirs of DOCK BURGESS, W. M. BURGESS, GENE BURGESS, ANNIE BURGESS, RENA BURGESS
are the parties entitled under said Will to the said property.
So help me, God.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 20th day of
Aug 1921........L. T. BURGESS
JOHN D. NEWELL, Clerk Superior Court
(Almira Williams, b.abt 1840, dau/of Israel & Melvina Williams; she was the wife of Junius Burgess)
Will of MARY ALETHIA HAWKINS-1847
In the name of God, Amen, I MARY ALETHIA HAWKINS, being of sound
mind and understanding, do by virtue and in pursuance and execution
of the power and authority given to and vested in me by the last
Will and Testament of my deceased Father DAVID CLARK, make, publish
and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in writing. That
is to say, I give and devise unto my beloved Husband WILLIAM J.
HAWKINS and his Heirs forever, all my Estate, real-personal and
mixed - of whatever kind or disposition- and I make and appoint my
said Husband, WILLIAM J. HAWKINS, sole Executor of this my will.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of March A.D. 1847.
MARY A. HAWKINS
Signed, published and delivered in presence of
JOHN D. HAWKINS JR.
ANN O. HAWKINS
Warren County, August Court 1851
The execution of this Will was duly proved in open court by the oath of JNO. D. HAWKINS JR. & on motion was ordered to be recorded.
JNO W. WHITE, Clk
Will of HUGH HAYES-1814
In the Name of God Amen,
I HUGH HAYES of Warren County being of sound and perfect mind and memory and sensible of the uncertainty of this life, do thins Fourth day of April, in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred & Eight, make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following,
1st. I give & bequeath to my son in law BENJAMIN WARD Twenty shillings to him & his heirs forever.
2nd. After the death of my Wife [SARAH HAYES] I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter SARAH W. WARD, MARTHA C. WARD, MARGARET H. WARD, & ELIZABETH A. WARD, to be equally divided between them the following Negroes [viz] CILLER, RACHEL, NEETON, NED, AMY & LEANOR, they and their increase to them and their heirs forever.
3rd. I led to my Wife [SARAH HAYES] during her natural life one their of my whole Estate both Real and Personal, in which I wish the above named Negroes which are devised to my Grand Daughters to be included, that is to say that the above named Negroes; CILLER, RACHEL, NEETON, NED, AMY & LEANOR, shall partly compose the sd one third, and at her death I give and bequeath the sd property or sd one third except the six Negroes devised to my grand daughters as particularised above, to my son WM. HAYES with all increase to him and her heirs forever.
4th. After the payment of my just debts, I give and bequeath the balance of my Estate not herein before devised both Real and Persona, with all future increase to my son WILLIAM HAYES to him and his heirs forever.
I nominate and ordain my son WILLIAM HAYES executor to this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year first above written
Signed Sealed & acknowledged
In presence of
SOLO. GREEN & K. PLUMMER for NATHL HARRISON handwriting.
WM HAYES Ex'r qualified
Warren County, August Term 1814
This last Will and Testament of HUGH HAYES was presented in open court for probate and proven by the oaths of REBECCA HARRISON a subscribing witness thereto, and the oath of SOLOMON GREEN & KEMP PLUMMER who swore to the handwriting of a NATHANIEL HARRISON another subscribing witness and WILLIAM HAYES qualified as Executor thereto according to law, & on motion the same was ordered to be Recorded. W. GREEN, CWCC
Slaves of SHERWOOD HAYWOOD, died Wake County in 1829
Contributed by Betsy Haywood
| To anyone
looking for enslaved ancestors associated with William and Delia
Williams, Eleanor and Sherwood Haywood, and John D. Hawkins (esp.
Rosetta and Emerson!) I am attaching two files (one at a time).
These are primary sources that have been in my house for 150 years.
This first is the list of slaves left in the will of Sherwood
Haywood in 1829. Even though Sherwood put in his will that his
slaves were not to be separated, he left a large debt that had to be
paid. His widow Eleanor and her brother John D. Hawkins did sell
some slaves, and "loaned" some to Pretty Billy Williams of Warren
County. Some went to the Haywood children - I looked up names of
the initials that were written in pencil on the list so that
posterity will know to whom those people were given. John D. played
fast and loose with his sister's "property" and claimed some slaves
for himself. Needless to say there were many runaways and Eleanor
and John D. spent a lot of money trying to get them back. To my
knowledge they were not successful! Finally, after Eleanor died in
1855 her brother John D. was the executor. At this point the Haywood
children discovered that John D. had appropriated some of their
mother's property and they sued their uncle. I do not know the
outcome of all that. In the next list you'll see the list of slaves
that were "loaned" to Pretty Billy and Delia after Sherwood died. I
hope this will help someone.
List of Negroes belonging to the Estate of SHERWOOD HAYWOOD dec'd who have been undivided:
|LAURA CURTIS (infirm)||28||500|
|LAURA child||1||75||Mrs. HOGG =Sarah Leigh Haywood-Hogg|
|CELIA||21||700||DB =Delia Badger,d/o Eleanor|
|SARAH||29||600||RBH =Richard B. Haywood|
|EMILY||22||700||LDB =Lucy Davis Bryan|
|FRANK } Mary's child||4||275|
|ANN } Mary's child||1||75|
|HAYWOOD||22||900||FPH = Francis Philemon Haywood|
|OLD TELISHA (infirm)||50||50|
|TURNER (lost right arm)||23||350|
|KITTY her child||4||250|
|SALLY (to receive $150)||70|
|BILLY NOYES? (ruptured)||65||250|
|Total: (56 Slaves)||$27,355|
| We the
undersigned having been called to by JOHN D. HAWKINS Ex'r of
SHERWOOD HAYWOOD dec'd to value the foregoing list of Negroes, have
done so according to best information we have of them, and set the
value therefore appropriate to each name. Given under our hands this
24th day of January 1856.
(Note by D.W.: SHERWOOD HAYWOOD will is Wake County, Book W, Page 227.)
Advancements (of Slaves) made to GEN'L WM WILLIAMS by SHERWOOD HAYWOOD:
|MATILDA's child||1 month||75||50|
| We the
undersigned having been called on by JOHN D. HAWKINS Ex'r of
SHERWOOD HAYWOOD dec'd to value the above Negroes, have done son
according to the best information we have of them and set that value
thereof opposite to each name. Given under our hands this 24 day of
|See also: Will of William Williams, Warren Co.-1832|
Will of JOHN B. POWELL - 1854
| In the
name of God; Amen, I JOHN B. POWELL of the County of Warren and
State of North Carolina, being at this time, of sound mind and
memory, do make and declare the following to be, and contain my last
Will and Testament in manner and form as follows, and hereby
revoking all other Wills and Testaments heretofore made by me Viz;
1st I lend to my wife NANCY, during her lifetime as much of my live stock of every kind, as she may desire to have; also as much of my household and kitchen furniture plantation tools, weaving gear, loom, wheels and cards, carts and waggon and necessary gear to work them, the carriage and harness, and any other implement on the plantation, which she may desire to have.
2nd I lend to my wife NANCY during her lifetime as many of my Negroes as she may desire to have and give her the right to choose them.
3rd I lend to my wife NANCY and to my daughter MARY NEWELL in common, during the lifetime of the former, and during the widowhood of the latter and no longer, all my land lying on the East side of the Beaverdam branch, as far as to the Eastern fork of the Buffalo branch, with the privilege of getting timber for plantation uses on any part of the land I now own.
4th I give to my wife NANCY, all the ready money and open accounts which I may have on hand at the time of my death and also the interest on all the bonds which may be due me at that time and hereby require her to pay all the just debts which may be due against me or may estate.
5th The Negroes which I received from the estate of PETER R. DAVIS have heretofore been valued and equally divided between my three children, WILLIAM M. POWELL, PETER D. POWELL, and MARY A. T. NEWELL I do not wish that division to be in any disturbed hereafter. The portion of said Negroes (from the estate of P. R. DAVIS) which my son PETER D. POWELL now has in possession I give to him and his heirs forever and the portion of said Negroes (from same estate) which my daughter MARY A. T. NEWELL now has in possession I give to her and to her heirs forever. The portion of Negroes from the same estate (estate of P.R. DAVIS) which my son WILLIAM M. POWELL now has in possession together with all their increase, I lend to my son WILLIAM M. POWELL during his lifetime. It at the time of the death of my son WM. M. POWELL he shall have any lawful children living then the said Negroes and their increase I give to be equally divided between them. If my son WM. M. POWELL at the time of his death shall have no surviving child or grandchild, then and in that case the Negroes loaned to him as above shall be equally divided with their increase between my two children PETER D. POWELL and MARY A. T. NEWELL or their lawful heirs. I thus consider the Negroes which I received from the estate of P. R. DAVIS to be disposed and nothing which I may hereafter say in regards to Negroes, shall be taken to refer to them.
6th I give to my daughter MARY A. T. NEWELL and her heirs forever one Negro girl named EMMA and her natural increase and also all the stock which I own in the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad Company.
7th At the time of my death I wish all the Negroes I own (always excepting those mentioned in the fifth clause from the Estate of P. R. DAVIS) to be valued and divided into three equal parts, one equal part I give to my son PETER D. POWELL to him and his heirs forever, one other equal part I give to my daughter MARY A. T. NEWELL to her and her heirs forever. One equal part together with its increase I lend to my son WILLIAM M. POWELL during his lifetime and after his death to his lawful child or children if he has any surviving him and if not then to be equally divided between my children PETER D. POWELL and MARY A. T. NEWELL or their lawful heirs after the valuation above mentioned and before the division I wish my wife to select her portion as mentioned in the 2nd clause and then for the portion allotted to my son WM MORGAN POWELL to be taken off in such manner as not to include any selected by my wife. In this way the Negroes loaned to my wife will be included in he two portions assigned to my children PETER and MARY I also wish it it can be done that the Negroes now in possession of my children shall remain where they are.
8th The land owned by me and lying to the east of the most eastern fork of the Buffalo branch I loan to my son WM MORGAN POWELL during his lifetime and after his death I give it to his lawful child or children if he has any and if not then and in that case I give it equally to my children PETER D. POWELL and MARY A. T. NEWELL.
9th I give to my son PETER D. POWELL and his heirs forever, all the land owned by me and lying on the West of the Beaverdam branch, I also give to my son PETER and his heirs forever all the land loaned to my wife and daughter MARY so soon as the loan expires.
10th As much of the crop of every kind as may be on hand either housed or growing, as she may desire to have, I give to my wife and the balance if any together with all the stock, utensils &c not selected by my wife as mentioned in the first clause and not otherwise disposed of I give to my two children PETER and MARY to be equally divided between them.
11th All that I have loaned to my wife in the first clause I give at her death to my two children PETER and MARY to be equally divided between them.
12th All the money in bonds which I may have on hand at the time of my death and which I have loaned to my wife as mentioned in the fourth clause of this my will, I give at her death to my three children WM. M. POWELL, PETER D. POWELL, and MARTY A. T. NEWELL to be equally divided between them.
13th As to my son LEMUEL D. POWELL, I give him nothing in this my last Will and Testament, because I have heretofore given him what I consider to be an equal portion with my other children.
14th I hereby appoint my two sons WM. M. POWELL and PETER D. POWELL Executors to this my last Will and Testament.
15th I hereby appoint THOS. J. PITCHFORD, EDWARD DAVIS, and ALBERT EGERTON commissioners to value and divide my Negroes as mentioned in the 7th clause of this Will.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 16th day of December A.D. 1854.
JOHN B. POWELL
Signed, Sealed, and Acknowledged in presence of
THOMAS J. PITCHFORD
| State of
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
May Term 1858
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of JOHN B. POWELL deceased is exhibited for probate in open court by WM. M. POWELL and PETER D. POWELL the Executors therein named and the due execution thereof by the said JOHN B. POWELL is proved by the oath oand examination of THOMAS J. PITCHFORD and EDWARD DAVIS, the subscribing witnesses thereto. It is therefore considered that the said paper writing is the last Will and Testament of the said JOHN B. POWELL, and the same is ordered to be recorded, and filed, and thereupon the said WM. M. POWELL and PETER D. POWELL, Executors as aforesaid, duly qualified as such by taking the oath required by Law.
JNO. W. WHITE Clk
Estate of JOHN B. POWELL
Names of the Slaves belonging to the Estate:
|TIM, OLD GEORGE, AARON, WILLIS, HENRY, ALFRED, ISAAC, ARTHUR, PRIMAS, YOUNG GEORGE, RALPH, JIM, ANTHONY, RICH, BRITTON, NED, LITTLETON, JOHN, TOBY, JOE, LUCY, ASHER, BEN, JANE, ABRAM, LAVINIA, BETTY, CHARITY, CHANY, AGNY, AMANDA, PATTY, LOUISA, LEWIS, BOB, POLLY, MARY, DELLA, MOSES, DANIEL, ANDREW, RUFUS, WINDSOR, WELDON, HUBBARD, PHIL, KATE, AMY, ROSELLA, PENNY, PATSY, PEGGY, MARTHA, SUSAN, WESLEY, TOM, NED, KINCHEN, TRIM, MAY, PRISS, CHERRY, WALLACE, SEAL, EMMA, RODY, BOB, LOUISANA, RANSOM, NAN, DANIEL, POMPY, SILVY, CHARLES, BEN, DICK, ALFRED, WILLIS, LUCY, BLAKE, ISHAM, BILL, AAMMARILLA, HANNA, AMOS, EDWARD, CAD, NANCY, LAURA, MATILDA, BETTY, INDIANNA, CLARISA, MANERVA, WILLIAM, GRANDERSON, JACOB, BEN, SAMPSON, ROBBIN, NELSON, MARTIN, MARIA, LIZZY, AMANDY, POLLY, GLOSTER, GRACE, CAROLINE, PAUL, RALPH, ISRAEL, TOM, ADAM, TRIP, VICY, LETTY, PEGGY, SANDY, ANDERSON, EVELINE, GUILFORD.|
| P. D.
Inventory of the Estate of JOHN B. POWELL, decd, made August Court 1858
Recorded pursuant to order Page 329 & others
JNO. W. WHITE Clk
Administration of JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS-1925
County - In the Superior Court
In the Matter of the Administration of the Estate of JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS deceased
Before JOHN D. NEWELL, Clerk Superior Court
J. J. ALSTON, being duly sworn, doth say:
That JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS, late of said county, is dead, without leaving any Will and Testament, and that J. J. ALSTON is the proper person entitled to Letters of Administration on the estate of the said JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS his daughters having removed their right in writing.
Further, that the value of said estate, so far as can be ascertained at the date of this application, is about $2000.00 personal and 278 acres of land $4000.00 and that ELIZA WILLIAMS, NETTIE STAMPER, CARRIE ALSTON, JULIA ALSTON, Heirs of MARIAH BRANCH, BURGESS Heirs SALLIE BET JOHNSON are entitled as heirs and distributees thereof.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 21st day of March 1925.
JOHN D. NEWELL
Clerk Superior Court
Upon hearing the foregoing application of J. J. ALSTON, it is ordered and adjudged by the Court that J. J. ALSTON be appointed Administrator of the Estate of JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS, deceased, upon entering into bond in the sum of Four Thousand Dollars.
J. J. ALSTON gave bond in the sum of $4000.00 with W. T. DAVIS, W. M. ALSTON and N. J. STAMPER as sureties, which said bond is approved by the Court. And took and subscribed the following oath, to wit:
State of North Carolina
In the Superior Court- Before the Clerk
I, J.J. ALSTON, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I believe that JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS died without leaving any last Will and Testament, and that I will well and truly administer all and singularly the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the said JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS and a true and perfect inventory thereof return as provided by law; and that all other duties appertaining to the charge reposed in me I will faithfully and honestly perform according to law, with the best of my skill and ability. So help me, God.
J. J. ALSTON
Sworn and subscribed before me, this 21st day of March 1925.
|(JOHN WESLEY WILLIAMS was born abt 1844 in Warren County, NC, and died March 14, 1925, South Carolina; his parents were HAYWOOD WILLIAMS and CAROLINE THOMAS [mother's maiden name from death certificate of his brother, SPRIG T. WILLIAMS]. He was married to SALLY BOYD on April 12, 1868 Warren County. Some have erroneously confused him with John W. Williams, b.abt 1838 Chatham Co., d. Dec. 5, 1925 Warren Co, who was also married to a Sallie, however, they were entirely different persons)|
Will of SOLOMON WILLIAMS-1794
In the Name of God Amen Warren, State of No. Carolina, I SOLOMON
WILLIAMS being of sound & perfect health & mind & body but calling
mortality to mind and knowing that it is appointed once for all to
die, do make, ordain, and constitute this my last Will and Testament
in manner and form following,
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