WILL OF JOHN MORRISON - 1838
Transcribed from a copy of the original by Catherine McNeill
Posted September 24, 2005
Obit added January 13, 2010 (see bottom of page) by Myrtle Bridges
In the name of God, Amen. I John Morrison of the state of North Carolina and County of Richmond being
of Sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to God the giver of all blessings, for the same, do
make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following,that is to say
Unto my Son Angus Morrison during his life I lend & to his heirs forever I give and
bequeath my negros John and Jenny_
Unto my Son John Murdoch Morrison I lend my negros Joe and Mary and I give and bequeath
them to his heirs after his death,to them and their heirs and assigns forever (illeg word)_
Unto my Son Norman Allen Morrison I lend my negros Henry and George, during his life and
after his death I give and bequeath the said negro boys to his heirs and to their heirs and assigns
forever in the Same manner as I have disposed of two negros each to his two brothers Angus and John
Murdoch being a Loan to my Said Sons and after their death to be equally divided among their
respective heirs to hold to them and to their heirs and assigns forever
Unto my wife Sarah and to my said three sons Angus, John M. and Norman A. I lend all the
rest and residue of my property both real and personal during their lives and after their death to
be equally divided among their heirs, to vest in Said heirs and assigns forever, and in case a division
of the above property Should be desired I order each party to take his own Loan at the arrival of the
youngest at the age of twenty one years or on the arrival of all then living at the said age of twenty
one years, But it is expressly understood that the whole family remain in common to be supported on the
proceeds of the plantation until the arrival of all the children at lawful age and then an equal
distribution of all my property both real and personal,money in hand or due as well as all other
personal effects,among them my said wife and Sons during their and each of their natural lives and
after their respective deaths their respective loans to be equally divided among their respective
heirs to vest in their Said heirs their heirs and assigns forever. It is also my wish that my said
children shall be properly educated and such of them as promises to receive instruction well (to
receive a liberal education -this phrase is partly marked out) the expenses of which to be defrayed
out of the common Stock and such negro or negros as may not be obedient to my said wife Sarah and such
of them as she chooses may be hired out annually except so many of them as may be necessary to cultivate
the farm and Such improvements as She may make thereon, and the money arising from the Said hiring shall
be added to the common fund and as much thereof as may be necessary applied to the support of the family
and education of my sons without extravagance or waste.___And in case there may be a deficiency for
the support of the family and education of the children, arising from the proceeds of the farm and
hire of such negros as may be hired out, then such deficiency to be made up out of the original money
on hand that may exist at the time of my death.___ I also bequeath to my said wife Sarah her choice of
the negros which may then exist Such selection to be made at the time the devisionis above ordered to
take place___ I nominate constitute and appoint my wife Sarah my sole and lawful executrix to carry this
my last Will and Testament into full and perfect and complete effect, revoking and disanulling all former
wills legacies and bequests heretofore by me made pronouncing this my last will and Testament in witness
whereof I the said John Morrison have hereto set my hand and seal this 28th day of May 1837
John Morrison his mark Seal
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Morrison as his last Will and
Testament in the presence of us who in the presence of the Testator and of each other have Set
our names as Witnesses hereto.
D McLaurin x
State of North Carolina Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
Richmond County January Term 1839
The foregoing last Will and Testament of John Morrison decd. was proven in open court by the oath
of D.McLaurin and Duncan Stalker two of the subscribing witness thereto,Sarah Morrison qualified as
executrix to said will. Ordered to be recorded.
G.A. Nicholson(?) C.C.C.
"His tombstone says he died 2 Dec 1838 age 76." Catherine
Fayetteville Observer,September 19, 1859 January 13, 2010 - M. Bridges
Chapel Hill, N.C., Dialectic Hall, September 10. Whereas, God in his infinite wisdom, has called away
from earth Norman A. Morrison, of Richmond County, N.C., who graduated at this University in 1857;
Therefore, the Dialectic Society, deploring the loss of this beloved member has resolved 1st, That
while we humbly submit to the Divine will, our hearts are filled with grief at the decease of one so
young and so good, and of one whose prospects were so bright for a long, happy and useful life.
2. That in his death we have lost a friend; that the community of which he was a member is deprived
of one of its best and most useful citizens, and that his relatives have sustained a loss which none
but they can know.
3. That we tender our heartfelf sympathies to his bereaved relatives and mingle our tears with theirs
on a common altar of grief; yet we would bid them be consoled by the refletion that there is a bliss
beyond the grave, and that "Heaven oft in mercy smites even when the blow severest is. "
4. That a copy of these resolutions be entered upon our records: that a copy of the same be sent to
the family of the deceased, and to the Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Presbyterian, Wadesborough Argus,
University Magazine and New Orleans Picayune, with the request that they be published.
A.T. Cole, W.L. Garrett & S.P. Weir, Com.
Fayetteville Observer,Monday, October 24, 1859
Departed this life, at noon, on the 24th instant, after an illness of eight or nine days, Norman A. Morrison, Esq.,
late of Richmond County, North Carolina (Poem)It has rarely been our lot in life to witness, in the untimely death
of any one, the cutting off of such an amount of hope, happiness and prosperity. It is difficult to imagine one
whose situation in life was more happy, or whose future seemed more proptious. Endued by nature with a manly and
commanding personage, "where every god seemed to have set his seal, to give the world assurance of a man," a mind
richly cultivated, and amannerism which left no one who came within the sphere of his acquaintance out of the list
of his friends.
Mr. Morrison was a native of Richmond County, North Carolina, where many of his family connections and friends reside.
He received a collegiate education at the University of his State--purchased land and made his home among us about the
beginning of the present year, where his worth was highly appreciated, and his untimely fate is deeply deplored. In
thus expressing ourselves we feel certain that we speak the sentiments of our friends and the community in general.
His brothers, with and aged mother, are left to mourn their irreparable loss, to whom we respectfully offer our heartfelt
sympathy and condolence. Joe's Bayou, Madison Parish, la., Aug. 26, 1859 Vicksburg Whig
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