Person County Wills & Estates, Pt.6

(Transcribed by Deloris Williams)

Will of DRURY ALLEN-1803
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 173

 
March Term 1803
In the Name of God amen I DRURY ALLEN of the County of Person & State of North Carolina being of a perfect State of helth and sound memory thanks be to God for it do make this constitute and ordain this my last Will & testament in manner & form following. First my will is that all my just debts & funeral expenses be paid in manner as I shall hereafter mention.
Secondly I lend to my beloved wife ELIZABETH during her natural life all my Estate real & personal & at his death I give unto my son DAVID ALLEN all my lands I am possessed with and five Negroes, to wit, SAM, SYRUS, BALOCK, MOSES & SOLOMON and feather bed & furniture I give to my daughter SARAH HARRIS my Negro man named JULIUS & BEN and my Negro woman named NANCY & two Negro girls named NANCY PAT & VINEY and a Negro boy named BOB & a feather bed & furniture & my big bible & my mare called Pawbet, I give to my granddaughter JANE GIVEN a feather bed & furniture, I give to my grand daughter NANCY WADE a feather bed & furniture. I give to ELIZABETH LAWSON my Negro girl named JUNE. All the rest residue and remainder of my Estate to be sold to pay my debts and defray the aforesaid charges and if not sufficient then my will is that one half be paid out of my son DAVID ALLEN's part and the other out of my daughter SARAH HARRIS par, and if any residue and remainder to be equally divided between my son DAVID ALLEN and my daughter SARAH HARRIS and to this my last Will & Testament I do appoint my son DAVID ALLEN and my son in law CHARLES HARRIS & WILLIAM ALLEN to be my hole & sole Executors in witness whereof have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this twenty second day of July & in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & Ninety Nine in the presence of
 
THOMAS ALLEN
RICHARD ALLEN
DRURY ALLEN
 
Person County, March Term 1803
The Execution of this Will was duly proved in open court by the oath of THOMAS ALLEN and ordered to be recorded.

Test
JESSE DICKINS CCC
 
 

Will of YANCY BAILEY-1804
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 329

 
In the Name of God Amen I YANCEY BAILEY of the County of Person and State of North Carolina being sick and weak in body but in perfect sense & memory calling to mind the mortality of my body & Immortality of soul and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make ordain & appoint this my last Will & Testament.
First. I recommend my soul to God imploring divine aid and protection from him who at first in his wisdom gave it to me. Secondly my body to the Earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned And as for my estate which providence hath been so kind as to bestow me I shall dispose of in the following manner (viz)
Item.  I give to my Daughter MARY a Negro Woman named AGG and her Increase, one horse, saddle & bridle and one feather bed & furniture to her & her Heirs forever.
Item.  I give to my Daughter SARAH One Negro Woman named PATT, one horse, saddle & bridle, one feather bed & furniture to her & her Heirs forever.
Item.  I give to my Daughter ELIZABETH One Negro Woman named called LITTLE PATT, one horse, bridle & saddle, one feather bed & furniture to her & her Heirs forever.
Item.  I give to my son GABRIEL one tract of land lying in the County aforesaid on Dish Water Creek containing four hundred acres, one Negro Man by the name of STEPHEN, one horse, saddle & bridle, one bed & furniture to be delivered to him at the age of twenty one years & in consequence of the land which I give to my two other sons WILLIAM & JOHN as hereafter mentioned being more valuable than that given to him it is my desire that they the said WILLIAM & JOHN shall pay him the sum of fifty pounds Virginia money cash at the death or marriage of my beloved wife or which may first happen.
Item.  I give to my son WILLIAM one half the tract of land I now live on and the lower end of said tract, to be divided begining at the road on the ford of Hyco, and after said land is divided up it should not be valued equal with the upper half the difference shall be made equal to him & paid by my son JOHN at the death or marriage of my wife which ever may first happen at which time he is to receive the said land tho is not to be debarred from sitting on that part of said that lies below Castle Creek convenient to a spring above said Creek & to have priviledge of said spring. Also I give to him one Negro boy named SAMPSON one horse, saddle & bridle, one feather bed & furniture to be delivered at the age of Twenty one years.
Item. I give to my daughter FANNY one Negro girl by the name of CLOE, one horse, bridle & saddle, one feather bed & furniture to be delivered to her at the age of Eighteen year or Marriage which ever may first happen.
Item.  I give to my daughter JANE one Negro girl by the name of JUDE, one horse, saddle & bridle, one feather bed & furniture to be delivered to her at the age of Eighteen years or marriage whichever may first happen.
Item. I give to my son JOHN the other half of said tract lf land which I live on to be divided by a line begining at the road on the ford of Hyco as aforesaid & after said land is divided it should be valued equal with the lower part the difference to be made equal to him & paid by my son WILLIAM at the death or marriage of wife which ever may first happen at which time he is to receive said land tho is not to be debarred from setting on the same on any part that he may choose. Also I give to him a Negro boy by the name of SIMON, one horse, saddle & bridle, one feather bed & furniture to be delivered to him at the age of Twenty one years.
Item.  I give to my daughter HARRIOT one Negro girl by the name of CATE one horse, bridle & saddle, one feather bed & furniture to be delivered to her at the age of Eighteen years or marriage which of them may first happen.
Item.  I give to JOHN JONES WALKER an undutifull orphan child which I have raised a bed with thirty five pounds & feathers with two sheets, on counterpin & blankett to be delivered to him twelve months after he becomes of age also one sow & pigs or one big with pigs & a heifer yearling to be delivered when he comes of age.
Item.  I lend to my beloved Wife SARAH during her natural life or widowhood the land whereon I now live with every privilege of the said land so as not to encroach on the rights or priviledges given to my two sons WILLIAM & JOHN as before mentioned also one Negro man named JIM, one Negro woman named VICEY, one Negro boy named DANIEL, one Negro child named TINER, one man named JACK, one Negro woman named BECK, one Negro man named TOM, one Negro woman named ANNECA, & one Negro man named PETER together with the crop on hand & crop that is now growing and all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs & sheep a quantity of geese & other fowls. Also a tract of land on the waters of Mays Creek containing fifty acres which land was purchased from AGGY BARNETT & has in possession the plot and works assigned to me by said AGGY BARNETT and the title to be made by JOHN BAIRD. Also another tract of in said County on Cobb Creek containing three hundred acres which land was deeded by HEAD SMITH to ROBERT DICKINS & myself in partnership with all debts due by WILL BAIRD or open account out of which she is to pay all my just & lawfull debts and all my funeral expenses which I desire to be after the Baptist mode.
Also my will and desire is that all the horses, that is heretofore given away to the legatees before mentioned shall be in value equal with Seventy dollars or if any of the Negroes that are given to the marriages should die before they should arrive to the age before mentioned one of the same value shall be given to them at the death or marriage of their Mother Also the blacksmiths tools & plantation tools to remain & be for the use of my Wife in the same manner that the ballance is and at her death or marriage all the property then remaining shall be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve months out of which must be paid to my separate daughters one hundred dollars each & the ballance to be equally divided among all my surviving children.
And the said YANCEY BAILEY having confidence in the fidelity of beloved wife SARAH & friends WILLIAM PENICH & JOHN HOLLOWAY do make choice & appoint them my whole and sole Executors to act and manage as are by this my last Will & Testament directed. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 14th day of September one thousand eight hundred & four.
Interlined before assigned in two places with the words (should die) & SARAH.
 
Signed & Sealed
In presence of
JAMES WARREN
WILLIAM HOLT
GEORGE THAXTON ("X" his mark)
SARAH THAXTON ("X" her mark)
YANCEY BAILEY
 
 

Will of ROBERT DICKINS -1804
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 248

 
In the name of God Amen. I ROBERT DICKINS of the County of Person and State of North Carolina being of sound mind memory and judgement Blessed be God and well knowing the uncertainty of this life do this sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Ninety seven make ordain and declare this instrument of writing to be my last Will and Testament.
First. it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid which are but to small amount having paid and secured to be paid all principle debts except a debt claimed by JNO. HAMILTON & C amounting to 2468"14"8 including about 350 pounds interest up to the first day of March 1776, the interest that they claim after that date I do not account Just, as I was obliged to receive paper dollars for the debts due to me at the same time & by which I suffered a loss of Eleven Thousand pounds including interest.
The Estate I am at present possest [sic] of after my different losses is between ten & Eleven Thousand acres of land in thirty three tracts as per deeds and grants in the Counties of Orange, Caswell, Person and Granville which at a low estimation is worth in Virginia money 2750. I have debts due to me as per test to the the amt of 5000,--,--7750 pounds Virginia money in the whole exclusive bad debts amounting to betwixt 2 and 3 thousand pounds which I expect will not be collected which is the whole of my Estate except plantation stock tools &c which I shall not now undertake to enumerate. It is also my will and desire and I do hereby authorize and impower my Executors herafter mentioned to sell all the land above mentioned or any part thereof either at publick or private sale and either for ready money or on credit not to exceed five years, from the time of sale I also impower my said Executors or either of them to make & execute a Deed or Deeds in fee simple for all or any part of the lands aforesaid which they my said Executors or either of them may sell or dispose of for the purpose of paying of my just debts
Also I give unto my beloved son JESSE DICKINS my gold medal to him and his heirs forever
I also give and bequeath unto my beloved son WILLIAM DICKINS to him & his heirs forever my silver spoons, salt holders & peper box
Also I give unto my beloved son SAMUEL DICKINS and his heirs forever my silver watch which was purchased of JOHN STOUT and has his name in the face of her
I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife MARY DICKINS all the residue and remainder of my Estate both real & personal I say to her and her heirs forever
And as to my Daughters SALLY LUCRETIA MARTHA and PERTHENA not being ale to do any thing for them through misfortunes I trust them to the parental care of their Grandfather who I trust well assured well will amply provide for them.
Also It is my will and particular desire that my son WM will pay attention to the interest of his sisters and to receive and take care of whatever moneys may come nto his hands for their acount and use and to pay to them as they come of age or marry.
And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my beloved sons WILLIAM and SAMUEL Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year above written
Signed published & declared to be my last Will & Testament
In the presence of
DEMCEY MOORE
  ROBERT DICKINS
 
Person County March Term 1804
 
 

Will of JOSIAH DICKSON-1804
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 273

 
In the name of God amen.
I JOSIAH DICKSON of Person County and State of North Carolina being sick & weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to bless me with I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First. My desire is that all my just debts which I owe be paid out of my Estate.
Item. I lend unto my well beloved wife MARY DICKSON one third of the land whereon I now live during her natural life and the following Negroes (viz) PETER, BENN & DALENIA during her natural life I also lend my said wife two of the mares, fifteen head of cattle, stock of hogs, household & kitchen furniture except desk and bookcase also the corn & crop in the ground, plantation tools and utensils, all my books of Divinity & she to raise the young children. This I lend her during her widowhood but if she marrys again these last mentioned articles to be divided and in two equal parts such of them as then remain and she to keep one half the other half to revert back to the Estate.
Item. I give and bequeath to my eldest son JOHN DICKSON the sum of one Hundred Spanish milled dollars to be raised & levied out of my Estate.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son JOSHUA DICKSON a tract of land adjoining JOEL NEWMAN, WITT HUSTON & others containing about one Hundred & thirty acres and the sum of one Hundred dollars to be raised and levied out of my Estate.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son THOMAS my land on Cain Creek it being in two tracts adjoining containing in both about two hundred and sixty acres joining WILLIAM PENICK & others also a two year old horse coalt now called his and the sum of sixty dollars to be raised and levied out of my Estate.
Item. I give & bequeath to my youngest son ABNER A. DICKSON the land whereon I now live (his Mother's right excepted) to him & his Heirs forever. I also wish him to have tolerable learning that is to say to learn to read write & cypher and the expense to be levied out of my Estate. I also give my said son ABNER A. the sum of one hundred dollars to be raised & levied out of my Estate.
Item. I give and bequeathe to my eldest daughter POLLY DICKSON the sum of one Hundred & fifty dollars to be raised out of my Estate in lieu of horse & saddle, bed & furniture.
Item. I give and bequeath to my second daughter NANCY the sum of one Hundred & fifty dollars to be raised & levied out of my Estate in lieu of horse & saddle, bed & furniture.
Item. I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter PATSY DICKSON the sum of two Hundred dollars to be raised & levied out of my Estate my will & desire is that my Negro JACOB be sold and that my other Negroes (to wit) PHILLIS, MIME, SALL, HANNAH, PARSIDA, RACHEL, JANE, JEFF, BET, CHARLES, HENRY & CLAY be layd off in seven lotts and the lotts be made as equal value as possible by making up the deficiency in cash to be raised & levied out of my Estate. These lotts my desire is be drawn for by the dividend & that each of my children (viz) JOHN, JOSHUA, THOMAS, ABNER A. POLLY, NANCY & PATSY are to have the lot drawn for their name. The residue of my Estate if any remain my desire is that it be equally divided between my wife & seven children before named.

Person County June Term 1804
The foregoing paper writing purporting to be the Last Will & Testament of JOSIAH DIXSON dec'd being proved in open court by three credible witnesses to the satisfaction of the Court, it was ordered to be recorded.

JESSE DICKINS CCC
 

Division of Slaves of JOSIAH DICKSON

December Term 1804
State of North Carolina
Person County

Agreeable to an order to as directed we have proceeded to allot and value the Negroes belonging to the Estate of JOSIAH DICKSON dec'd as it is below stated given under our hands this day of November 1804
JOHN GIVIN
WILLIAM HUSTON
WILLIAM PENICK

Lott No.1 MIMA 330 dollars drawn by NANCY DICKSON
Lott No.2 SAL & CLARY 380 dollars drawn by JOHN DICKSON
Lott No.3 HANNAH 350 dollars drawn by THOMAS DICKSON
Lott No.4 PHILLIS & JEAN 300 dollars drawn by ABNER DICKSON
Lott No.5 PARRIGATA & HENRY 375 dollars drawn by PATSY DICKSON
Lott No.6 RACHEL & CHARLES 330 dollars drawn by JOSHUA DICKSON
Lott No.7 BETTY & JEFF 350 dollars drawn by POLLEY DICKSON

Person County December Term 1804
The foregoing division was returned to Court and ordered to be recorded.

Test
JESSE DICKINS CCC
 
 

Will of JOSEPH GOLD -1804
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 326

 
In the name of God Amen
I JOSEPH GOLD of the County of Person & State of North Carolina being in health of body & of sound & perfect mind and memory thanks be to the Almighty for the same & calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament (viz) principally & first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried in a decent & Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall use the same again by the Mighty power of God & as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this life I give demise & dispose of in the following manner that is to say, Impremise. It is my will & desire that all my just debts be paid
Item.  I tend to my well beloved wife MARY the whole tract of land whereon I now live & two Negroes DAVID & CICILY during her natural life or widowhood & after her death or widowhood I give & bequeath the said tract of land & two Negroes DAVID & CICILY to my well beloved son WILLIAM GOLD & to his Heirs & assigns forever.
Item.  It is my will & desire that the tract of land called McNAB's tract lying on the waters of Hendley Mill Creek & all my personal Estate be sold at publick auction to the highest bidder by my Executors and the money arising from the sale to be equally divided between my six daughters namely NANCY LEA, SALLY LEA, JEMIMAH McMURRY, JEAN GOLD, & MARY GOLD, PEGGY SARGENT.
Lastly. I nominate constitute and appoint my well beloved son WILLIAM GOLD & HENRY SARGENT Executors to this my last Will & Testament disallowing & disannulling all former Wills by me heretofore made ratifying & confirming this & this only to be my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this 29th Day of March 1803.

JOSEPH GOLD

Signed Sealed published & pronounced & delivered in the present of
JAMES TROTTER
WILLIAM TROTTER

Person County, December Term 1804
The foregoing Will was duly proved in Open Court by the Oath of JAMES TROTTER & WILLIAM TROTTER & on Motion ordered to be Recorded.

Test
JESSE DICKINS CCC
 
 

Estate of JOSEPH GOOCH-1817
State of North Carolina, Person County
Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
August Term 1817

 
To the worshipful the Justices of the said Court the Petition of LAWRENCE V. HARGIS humbly showeth that JOSEPH GOOCH late of said County departed this life intestate without having made any last Will and Testament- that administration upon his estate was granted to your Petitioner he being the highest creditor applying for the same. & in performance of his duty he took into his hands all the personal property of his said intestate which came to his knowlege & which was for a small amount- to wit the sum of $111.22 all of which now fully reference being had to the Inventory of sales returned by Petitioners into the office of [torn] of this worshipfull Court He further states that the [torn] of the personal estate of said intestate is exhausted & that a large ballance still remains due to your Petitioner in the manner hereinafter set forth, and which can not be satisfied except it be out of the real estate of the said [torn] of said JOSEPH. That the said JOSEPH is entitled to one tenth part of the real estate of his late father JOHN GOOCH dec'd & that he died without issue leaving the following brothers & sisters & the descendants of such upon whom the real estate of said JOSEPH has descended as his heirs POLLY JONES, who has transferred her right to SAMUEL JONES, JUDITH A. READE, NANCY GOOCH. ELIZABETH the wife of BENJAMIN BULLOCK, WILLIAM GOOCH of the State of Virginia, RADFORD GOOCH, JOHN GOOCH who has transferred his right to PHILLIPS MOORE & the following persons heirs of PRUDENCE WORSHAM & sister of said intestate, who is dead. HENRY dead leaving the following children NANCY PRUDENCE, WILLIAM BRANCH & JOHN HENRY WORSHAM infants under the age of twenty one years, FRANK & JUDITH ELIZABETH. Your Petitioner further sheweth unto your worships that the claim which is now exhibited by him against the said JOSEPH GOOCH arose in the following manner. It is one of a company of merchants trading in the County of Person under the firm of LAWRENCE HARGIS &Co that the said JOSEPH GOOCH became largely [torn] to said firm both by bond & open account for [torn] & merchandise sold & delivered. for the ballance [torn] & judgment thereon & money advanced for him and at his request to DR. McKISSACK. & for other items all of which will now fully appear by the copy of said acct hereunto annexed & which your Petitioner prays may be taken as part of this his Petition. In order therefore that your Petitioners demand aforesaid may be satisfied out of the real estate of said JOSEPH GOOCH may it please your Worships do make the said heirs of said JOSEPH parties defendants to this Petitioner & that copies thereof may issue to them with subpoenas commanding them under a penalty therein to be contained personally to be & appear before this worshipful court at the succeeding term thereof then & thereto shew cause of any they have why this worshipful court should not give your Petitioner a judgment for the said ballance of his said account & why execution should not issue to satisfy his said claim out of the real estate of said JOSEPH by our Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray
F. NASH for Petitioner

Note on page:
POLLY JONES, SAMUEL JONES, WILLIAM GOOCH out of [torn] and appoint WM. HARGIS


[Top of this page mostly torn off]
State of North [Carolina]
Sheriff of Person Cou[nty]
[ ]eby command to summon [torn] SAMUEL JONES, [torn] READ, NANCY GOOCH, ELIZABETH wife of BENJAMIN BULLOCK, WILLIAM GOOCH of Virginia, REDFORD GOOCH, JOHN GOOCH, PHILLIPS MOORE, PRUDENCE, WILLIAM BRANCH & JOHN HENRY WORSHAM infants and heirs of PRUDENCE WORSHAM by their Guardian or next friend. FRANK & JUDITH ELIZABETH, Personally to be appear at our County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions to be held for the said County of Person at the Court house in Roxborough on the Wednesday after the second Monday of November next then and there to answer LAWRENCE V. HARGIS' his Petition to sell the real estate of JOSEPH GOOCH, dec'd & all other allegations set forth in said Petition. And that the said POLLY JONES, SAMUEL JONES JUDITH A. READ, NANCY GOOCH, ELIZABETH BULLOCK & BENJAMIN her husband. Guardian &c of PRUDENCE, WILLIAM BRANCH & JOHN HENRY WORSHAM infant Heirs of PRUDENCE WORSHAM, FRANK & JUDITH ELIZABETH. On oath a true & perfect answer make to all the other allegations sett forth in said Petition. This they shall in no wise omit under the penalty of Fifty Pounds each. Herein fail not and have you then and there this writ, Witness JESSE DICKINS Clerk of our said Court at office the Second Monday of August in the 42nd Year of the Independence of said State A.D. 1817.
JESSE DICKINS CCC

Issued 25 May 1817
 
 

Will of JOSEPH HALL-1803
Person County Wills and Inventories, 1801-1804
Page 234

 
In the name of God Amen: I JOSEPH HALL of the County of Person & State of North Carolina being in a low state of health but of sound mind & disposing memory, do make & constitute this my last will and testament in manner & form as follows:
1st. I give & bequeath to my well beloved wife SUSANNA HALL the use of the plantation whereon I now live during her widowhood. I also give her one third part of all my personal property & the sum of One Hundred & fifty dollars to be paid out of money due to, or raised out of my estate to her & her Heirs forever.
Item 2nd. I give & bequeath to my son JOSEPH ADDISON HALL & my Daughter ANNE DRURY HALL, all my lands which I may die possessed of. Also the other two thirds of my personal property to be equally divided between them when my son JOSEPH comes of lawful age.
Item 3rd. It is my will & desire that should my son JOSEPH ADDISON die before he comes of lawfull age or has an heir lawfully begotten that what I have herein bequeathed him shall desend and belong to my daughter ANNE DRURY & in like manner should my daughter ANNE DRURY die before she is of lawfull age or has an Heir lawfully begotten that then what I have given & bequeathed her shall desend & belong to my son JOSEPH ADDISON.
Item 4th. It is also my will & desire that should it be the order of providence that neither of my children should live to be of lawfull age age or have a lawfull heir then & in that case what I have herein given & bequeathed them shall be disposed of or appropriated by my Executors in that manner they may think will be most beneficial too & will have the greatest tending to promote the Christian religion & should circumstances render an observance of this last & fourth Item necessary, it is my earnest wish & desire that it be strictly adhered to & religiously fulfilled by my Executors.
Item 5th. I give to my beloved wife & my two children to be equally divided between them the claim or rite I have to be a legatee or sharer in the Estate of CAPT ROBERT MOORE (my wifes Father) as well be seen & better understood by having recourse to the stewards of the Clerk's office of this County to them & their Heirs forever.
6th. It is my will & desire that all that part of my Estate that is considered as perishable should be sold on a credit at the discretion of my Executors for the purpose of making the distribution aforesaid.
7th. And lastly I do constitute and appoint my trusty friends SAMUEL SMITH & EDMOND DIXON my Executors to this my Last will & Testament. And I do in the presence of the subscribing Witnesses, sign seal publish & pronounce & declare this to be my last Will & Testament this 4th Sept 1803
   
JOHN PENDERGRAST
MOSES M. DONALDSON
PATIENT WILKERSON
JOSEPH HALL
 
Person County December Term 1803
The Execution of this Will was duly proved in open court and ordered to be recorded.

Test
JESSE DICKINS CCC

June Term 1804
An Inventory of the Estate of JOSEPH HALL taken 15th of February 1804.
List of Slaves
ENOS, a man
LEWIS, a boy
NELLY, a girl
BILLEY, a boy
ABBE, a girl
 
 
 

Will of JOHN HUMPHRIES SR. -1801
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 1

 
State of North Carolina Person County, June Ss 1801
In the name of God Amen I JOHN HUMPHRIES SEN'R of Person County, North Carolina being of sound & perfect mind & memory though weak in body do make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner following viz, First I recommend my soul to the Almighty its first origin & my body to the Earth wishing my funeral to be conducted with deeming without any useless pomp or splender; Item I give to my JOHN HUMPHRIES five shillings in addition to what I have given him; to the Children of my daughter MARY ALSTON five shillings; to my son THOMAS HUMPHRIES twenty shillings; To my daughter MOANA BURTON five shillings in addition to what I have formerly given her; to the Children of my daughter NANCY MEALOR five shillings; I give my son ROBERT HUMPHRIES one shilling in addition to what he has formerly received from me; & to my daughter CATHERINE REYNOLDS five shillings; I give to the children of my son BENJAMIN five shillings; to my daughter ELIZABETH BLACKARD one shilling; I give to my daughter STACY MANDLY five shillings Virginia money & hope that my legatees will consider these sums the trifling as marks of remembrance.
Item I give & bequeath to my daughter MARTHA wife of THOMAS HALLIBURTON ESQ'R & my son HENRY HUMPHRIES equally between them my tract of land in Wake County lying on the long Glady Branches of Elobys' Creek to be divided by a line to be run East & West the land on the south side of which line I wil & bequeath to my said son HENRY & his heirs forever & the land of the north side of said line I give to my said daughter MARTHA & his heirs forever.
Item I give the rest & residue of my property whatever it may consist of after paying all my just debts & the legacies before mentioned to my son in law THOMAS HALLIBURTON & his heirs for ever. & I appoint my said son HENRY & son in law THOMAS HALLIBURTON Executors of this my last will & testament & my will is further that my son HENRY shall receive my bed & furniture with my wearing apparel on his becoming bound to pay SALLY JOHNSTON niece of said THOMAS HALLIBURTON the sum of five pounds Virginia money or in case he prefers it to give up the said bed & furniture to said SALLY JOHNSTON in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eighteenth day February in the year of our lord One Thousand Eight hundred & one.
JOHN HUMPHRIES

Signed Sealed published & delivered by the said Testator in the presents of us
ROBERT H. BURTON
WM BAIRD
JAMES THOMSON

Person County June Term 1801
This Will was duly Proven in Open Court by the Oath of ROBERT H. BURTON, WM. BAIRD and JAMES THOMSON, & on Motion ordered to be recorded.
Test
JESSE DICKINS CCC
 
 
 

Will of WILLIAM LEA-1804
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 243
March Term 1804

 
In the Name of God Amen I WILLIAM LEA of Person County and State of North Carolina being aged and in a weak and enfeebled state of body but of sound mind and memory & reflecting how uncertain is the date of this present life I would make ordain & constitute this my Last Will & Testament hereby declaring all other Wills & Testaments heretofore by me made whether verbal or written null and void so far as they may be repugnant to this my present Will and I would first recommend my soul to God and my body to the dust to be decently buryed at the discretion of surviving kindred or relations in confidence of a happy and joyfull Resurrection.
The property real and personal which God has been pleased to bless me with I would dispose of in the manner following (viz)
First.  I give and bequeath to my daughter EUNICE ROSE my Negro woman DINAH and my Negro man SAWNY
Item.  I give and bequeath to the oldest daughter of my grandson BENJAMIN LEA the feather bed and furniture now used by myself.
Lastly. After the above particular bequests my will and desire is that my whole estate real and personal be exposed to publick or private sale as may be deemed most expedient by my Executors hereafter to be named and the money from thence arising to be appropriated in manner following (to wit) First my desire is that all just claims or demands against my Estate be payd and discharged by my Executors. (Secondly) that the surplus or remainder after payment of debts as aforesaid be distributed in manner following. To my son GEORGE LEA one fifth. To my daughter ELIZABETH LEA one fifth. To my daughter EUNICE ROSE one fifth or in case of the death of either of my said children that the said fifth part be equally divided among his or her surviving children. To the children of my dec'd daughter FRANCES HENDRIE one fifth of the surpluss or remainder as aforesaid And lastly to my daughter ANNISS COCHRAN one fifth part as aforesaid and the said fifth part to be distributed in equal proportion among her LEA children in her first marriage with JOHN McNEILL each of said children to be entitled to possess one seventh part of hr fifth when they arrive respectively at lawfull age to manage their own Estate.
And to the end that this my last Will & Testament may have full fource and effect after my decease I nominate and appoint JAMES COCHRAN, ALEXANDER ROSE SEN'R, my grandson DANEAN ROSE, MOSES BRADSHER and LOYD VANHOOK my Executors with full power and authority to sell my Estate real & personal to make titles for the same. And to every other act or acts necessary for the full compleating and fullfilling this my Last Will and Testament according tot he true intent and meaning thereof. In witness I have directed LOYD VANHOOK to affix my name and seal this 30th Day of October Anno Dom 1802.
WILLIAM LEA

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LOYD VANHOOK
MARGARET VANHOOK
ALEX'R ROSE JUN'R

Whereas I WILLIAM LEA SEN'R of South Hyco having heretofore made and signed my Last Will and Testament which is now in the possession of keeping of my friend LOYD VANHOOK and being still continued by a kind providence among the living in perfect & sound mind & memory though in a low & enfeebled state of body I would hereby declare this to be a part of my last Will & Testament and a revocation of the aforesaid Will so far as it comes within the preview or meaning of this and no further.
And First I give and bequeath to my daughter ANNISS COCHRAN all the land which may be contained within two lines (viz) the line of the land theretofore sold to JAMES COCHRAN and a line one hundred yards or four chains & 56 links distant from said line
I give & bequeath to my daughter EUNICE ROSE all the land including my dwelling house &c bounded by the last mentioned line of the and given to my daughter ANNISS on one side and the channell of South Hyco on the other side the same to be considered an Estate in fee simple to my said daughter EUNICE ROSE her heirs or assigns.
And lastly that the remaining part of my land lying on the West side of South Hico [sic] be sold by my Executors and the money from them arising to be equally distributed according to the provisions of my said Will in keeping as aforesaid of L. VANHOOK. In witness I have directed my name and seal to be affixed this 5th July 1803.
WILLIAM LEA

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LOYD VANHOOK
MARGARET VANHOOK
ELISHA SARRETT

State of North Carolina
Person County
The foregoing paper writing being produced by ALEX'R ROSE on an issue being made up to be tryd by a jury, who being impannelled find the same to be the Last Will & Testament & codicil of WM. LEA dec'd ordered that the same be recorded

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JESSE DICKINS CCC
 
 
 

Will of RICHARD MINCHEW-1804
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 276

 
In the Name of God amen. I RICHARD MINCHEW of the State of North Carolina & County of Person being of sound and perfect mind and memory (Blessed be God) do this 29th day of February in the year of our Lord 1804 make & publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say First-
I give to my beloved wife PATTY MINCHEW the use of all my land and Houses during her natural life free from all incumbrances and at her death to be equally divided between all my sons, Viz- ELISHA MINCHEW, JOHN MINCHEW, RICHARD MINCHEW and THOMAS MINCHEW, according to quantity & quality also I give my wife PATTY MINCHEW the use of my horse Sparrow & the mare Poll & all my stock of cattle, hogs and sheep and all my plantation tools except such as I shall hereafter direct to be sold also the use of all of my household and kitchen furniture and my Will & desire is that when my youngest child shall come of age or marry that all my stok of every kind with their increase together with all the rest of my perishable property be equally divided between my wife PATTY MINCHEW & all my children share and share alike.
My will & desire is that my horse Bell & all my coopers tolls one large broad ax, one new hand saw & drawing knife, one large poll ax, one inch augar & one inch & half "ditto" and three new leath horse collars and one large barshear plow be sold to raise money to pay my just debts. I give to my son ELISHA MINCHEW my shotgun & I hereby make & ordaine my wife PATTY MINCHEW Executrix & WILLIAM COCKE Executor to this my last Will & Testament in witness whereof I the said RICHARD MINCHEW have to this my last Will & Testament set my hand & seal the day & year above written signed sealed published & declared by RICHARD MINCHEW the Testator to be his last Will & Testament in the presents of
 
FIELDEN HUDDLESTON ("X" his mark)
LUCY MINCHEW ("X" her mark)
 
RICHARD MINCHEW ("X" his mark)
Person County, June Term 1804
The Execution of this Will was duly proved in open court by the oath of FIELDING HUDDLESTON & LUCY MINCHEW and ordered to be recorded.
JESSE DICKINS CCC
 
 
 

Will of JOSEPH SARRATT-1801
Person County Wills & Inventories 1801-1804
Page 48

 
In the Name of God Amen-
I JOSEPH SARRATT of the County of Person and State of North Carolina being in low state of health & body but of sound mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same, and being mindfull of my mortality I would make & constitute this my Last will & testament hereby declaring all other wills & testaments null & void to all intents and purposes whatever. First of all I would recommend my soul to Go who gave it and my body to the dust to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors and as to the Estate real & personal which God has been pleased to bless me with in this Wourld I would and do dispose of in this following manner (to wit) I allow all my just debts to be paid out of my Estate.
Item. I give and bequeath all of my land that I possess unto my son ELISHA SARRATT the land that the said ELISHA purchased of his brother SAMUEL SARRATT I allow my Executors to make him a good & lawfull deed for as I intended that for my son SAMUEL & give it to him, but he sold it to his brother ELISHA SARRATT.
Item.  I give & bequeath to my son SAMUEL SARRAT the sum of ten shillings currency to be paid out of my Estate.
Item.  I give & bequeath to my son JOHN SARRATT the sum of ten shillings currency.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Daughter SABINA wife of JOHN FARRAR the sum of forty shilling currency besides over & above what she had already got.
Item.  I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY wife of DAVID BRACKUN the sum of five shilling currency.
Item.  I give bequeath to my Daughter UNITY wife of JESSE BROADWAY the sum of twelve pounds Virginia money over and above what she has allready got.
Item.  I give & bequeath to my Daughter MARGRET wife of WILLIAM BURCH the sum of five shillings and also the sum of twelve pounds Virginia money to be equally divided amongst her surviving Children at the discretion of my Executors, as they will think the Children will stand in need.
Item.  I give & bequeath to my daughter ANNE SARRATT the sum of twenty five pounds Virginia money the above sums not to be paid to the different legatees untill my Executors have time to settle the Estate & collect the money unless my daughter ANNE should marry or stand in need of sum.
Item.  I allow my Estate that will remain including Negroes & all other things not mentioned in my will to be sold and equal division made among all my surviving children.
And to the end that this my last will and testament have its full power and effect after my decease I do hereby appoint my sons JOHN SARRATT & ELISHA SARRATT Executors of the same confiding in there fidelity & faithfull discharge of the same & duties required. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 1st day of September 1801.

JOSEPH SARRATT

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JOHN DOUGLASS
BEN DOUGLASS
ELISHA SARRATT

Person County December Term 1801
This Will was duly proved in Open Court by the Oath of JOHN DOUGLASS & BEN DOUGLASS and ordered to be recorded.

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JESSE DICKINS CCC
 
 

 

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