Hanover County, NC Book BA, page 69
Being in perfect and tranquill state of mind and possessing in a small
degree strength of body and having a desire to dispose of my property
before my decease, I do by this my last Will and Testament (setting
aside all others) dispose of my property in the following manner, viz.
I give and bequeath to Owen Holmes, Esq., in trust for the use of my
son Hinton James, a mulatto girl, Betty, which girl I purchased of Tobe
Holmes and James Owens, Esqrs.
I give and bequeath to my grandchildren Loverd James and Sarah Eliza
James, the following property, to Loverd I give a negro boy called Saul
to him and his heirs; to Hand, I give a negro boy called Jeffery to him
and his heirs which three negroes are the children of my negro woman
Rachael. It is my will also that if Sarah Eliza or Hand should die
before they become of age, that the survivor should inherit both
negroes and if they both should die, then I will them to Owen Holmes in
trust for my son Hinton James and his children. To Amelia James I will
one bed and its furniture. It is my will that my executor, William J.
Love and Richard Saunders should deliver to my son Hinton James the
three negroes Saul, Eliza and Jeffery to keep for the use of his
children until they become of age; it is my will that he keep and
retain the said negro Saul until Loverd James shall come in person for
him. To my daughter Eliza Pearsell and her two children Alice and John
Edward, I will the following negroes, viz., Old Ben, Harriot, Violet,
Judy, Jane,, Peter, Winslow, Patrick; also two horses called The Big
horse and Blind Horse and my riding chair, one ox cart, two feather
beds and their furniture, one large trunk; one large chest, one dozen
mahogany chairs, and one mahogany dining table and all the crockery
ware of every description; also, two plows, all the kitchen furniture,
the spinning wheels, and loom with all their tackle, one half of my
stock of sheep, a tea table, one desk. To my daughter Polly Goodlow, I
will a negro girl named Mary and a negro boy named John and to my
grandson John James Goodlow, I will a negro girl named Sarah. To my
grandson John Albert G. Hall, I will the following negroes, viz., a
negro man named Dave and a girl named Milly. To my daughter Alice
Whitfield I give my large marble slab and a large sitting chair. To my
son John W. James, I give and bequeath a negro man named Britt and one
half cattle and hogs, one horse and a set of coopers tools to be sold
for the purpose of paying all my debts---I do hereby constitute and
appoint William J. Love and Richard Saunders as executors to this my
last Will and Testament, to dispose of my property in the manner above
described In witness whereof I have subscribed my name this first day
of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
Witnesses: William J. Love and Duncan Henderson
CODICIL: Since the above Will was written, the following children have
been born to Sally, the daughter of Violet and Margaret, the daughter
of Judy which two children I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza
Pearsall and her children, also a child named Robert, the son of Milly
which child I bequeath to John Albert G. Hall. I constitute and appoint
Edward P. Hall as trustee to keep in trust the above mentioned Dave,
Milly and her child, Robert, for the use and benefit of the said J. A.
G. Hall. I also constitute and appoint Theodore Goodlow as trustee to
keep in trust the named negro woman Sarah for the use and benefit of
the said Alice Hinton Goodlow. I also constitute and appoint William J.
Love as trustee to keep in trust the above named negro man Britton for
the use and benefit of my son John W. James.
Witnessed by my hand and seal this ninth day of June 1835.
Witnesses: H. McMillon
Alice James, September 1835 Proved in Court.