Will of SAMUEL WILLIAMS, Warren County, North Carolina
(Samuel Williams, who apparently never married, was the son of Samuel Williams, d. 1753 & Elizabeth Alston, who lived in Edgecombe Co. Samuel Sr. was the son of William Williams, d. 1711 Chowan Co., and Mary Moore; Elizabeth was the daughter of Col. John Alston & Mary Clark of Chowan Co., NC. Samuel & Elizabeth were also the parents of: William, d. 1778 Martin Co., NC, Solomon, d. 1794 Warren Co., NC, and Joseph John, d. 1818, Halifax Co., NC. After the death of Samuel Williams Sr., his widow, Elizabeth married Richard Burt in Halifax Co., NC)
North Carolina, In the name of God, Amen.
The Twenty first day of February one Thousand Seven Hundred & ninty one. I Samuel Williams of Warren County & State afs’d being sick of body, But of perfect and sound mind & Memory: do make, Ordain, and Constitute, and appoint This my last Will and Testament in manner and form following-
First It is my desire that my Eight Negroes (to wit) Crese and her son Tom, his wife Priss, and her five children Allen, Charity, Bryna, Willie, & Crese, should be Free But as the Laws of this State will not admit of their being so I desire that the above mentioned Eight Negroes and their heirs for the Term of Ninety nine years, should pay annually for the consideration of their Liberty to my Trusty & well Beloved Friend, James Alston and his heirs until they can obtain their perfect Freedom Sanctify’d by Law, one penny, Each.
Item I give to my above named servant, Crese – Ten Acres of Land in any part of Tract I bought of Sumner she shall choose provided she shall take [A] on one line I also give unto Crese one cow and Calf her choice, I also give her three hundred weight of Pork & four barrels of Corn one Sow and Pigs her choice with such other things as my Exc’s shall Judge.
Item I give and bequeath unto my servant Tom, above mentioned all and every part of the rem'r of the above mentioned tract of Land containing Ninty Acres, more or less to him & his heirs or Assigns for ever. I also give Tom four cows & calves & one yoke of young Oxen and one black mare Eight hundred w/t of pork & twenty barrels of corn four Sows & pigs out of the stock call’d his & other things muchful
Item I give and Bequeath unto my brother Solomon Williams, all & every part of the Land which I bought of Montfort, whereon I now live Including the mill, and all other improvements, to him his heirs & Assigns for ever.
Item I give and Bequeath unto my brother Joseph John Williams to him his heirs & Assigns for ever all & every Part of my Land in Halifax County, lying on Fishing Creek including all the Improvements thereon.
Item I give and Bequeath unto Samuel Williams, son of my brother William Williams One hundred & Sixty pounds Virginia Money
Item I give and Bequeath unto William Williams, son of my brother William Williams One hundred & Sixty pounds Virginia Money
Item I give and Bequeath unto the surviving Children of Elizabeth Johnston daughter of my brother William Williams to be equally divided among them One hundred & Sixty Pounds Virginia cy.
Item I give Devise & Bequeath the Remainder of my Whole Estate consisting of every kind whatsoever, to be divided Between my two brothers Solomon Williams & Joseph John Williams, in proportion to the number of their children now living.
Lastly I nominate Constitute and Appoint my brother Solomon Williams my brother Joseph John Williams and my Trusty and well Beloved Friends James Alston & Gabriel Long Executors to this my last Will and Testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and date above mentioned
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the sd Samuel Williams to be his last Will & Testament
In Presence of
Wm. Williams Jurat
Sam. Williams Jurat
Proved in Warren Co. Court, February Term, 1791.
(Note: The slaves mentioned in this will- Crese, Tom, Priss, Allen, Charity, Bryna, Willie & Crese- received their emancipation papers in 1798 through an act of the General Assembly, where they also were given the surname of GREEN; Thomas Green, who died in 1850, and his family lived in Warren County throughout the 1800s in the area that is today located in Fork Township. Deloris Williams)
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