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Early Wilkes County Wills, Part 2

(contributed by Deloris Williams)

 

Will of JAMES HOOPER
July 1792
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 338

 

In the Name of God Amen
I JAMES HOOPER of the County of Wilkes State of North Carolina being in a week & low State of health but thanks be to God of sound memory and I give & Bequeath to my beloved wife PATTY HOOPER & all her children born since I & she was married all that I possess in the world both of lands & tenements household goods and stocks during the term of her widowhood and then & at the time of her marriage to be all equally divided among the sd children and shall the sd PATTY HOOPER a childs part except so much as think fit to give & bequeath to my two eldest sons JAMES HOOPER & JOHN HOOPER to each of them two cows apiece and also to my three eldest daughters Namely ANNE JONES AND SUSANNA PARKER and SARAH ANN COOPER all & each of them five Shillings apiece and the sd. JAMES HOOPER do hereby acknowledge the above to my Last Will & Testament. In witness of the same thereunto set my hand & seal this 3rd day of May 1792.

JAMES HOOPER ("-" his mark)

DAN BALL
JOHN BALL

)Wrote on the back(

State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
July Term 1792

The within Will was duly proved in Open Court by the oat of DANIEL BALL a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Test
CHAS GORDON, CC

 

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Will of OSBURN KEELING
April Term 1791
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 301

 

In the Name of God Amen the Twenty third Day of December one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety I OSBURN KEELING of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say princepally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty Power of God and as touching such worldly Estates wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner.
Imprimus- It is my will and do ordain that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied.
Imprimus- I give unto my son WILLIAM all my land that I now live uppon and I also give unto him one horse and saddle and the ??? pot and cow and all the rest of my goods and cattels I give unto my wife JANE only my daughter JANE one box Iron and one feather bed after my wifes decease and I do utterly disanul and revoke all and every other former Will and Testament Legacies and Executors by me in any wise before this time named willed and bequeathed --
Received and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, Sealed, Published and Pronounced and Delivered in presence of us the Testees

OSBURN KEELING

JOHN MERRIT
JOHN CANDESPOOL ("I" his mark)

(Motion on the back)

State of North Carolina
Wilkes County

I hereby and make my two sons CARLTON KEELING and LEONARD KEELING to be my hole and sole Executors of my Estate.

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April Term 1791

the within will was duly proved in open court by the oaths of JOHN MERRIT and JOHN CANDESPOOL and ordered to be recorded.

Test CHAS GORDON CC
 

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Will of JOHN PARKER
October Term 1791
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 318

 

State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
In the Name of God Amen I JOHN PARKER of the State and County aforesaid tho weak in body yet perfect in mind and memory give my soul to god my Creator and my body to be buried in a decent manner and after my lawful debts are paid I will that my worldly Estate be disposed of as follows (To wit) I give to my well beloved Wife MARYAN uninterupted possession of the Tract of land whereon I now live and my stock of different kinds and household furniture enduring her natural life or widowhood and after her decease or marriage for the land to go to my son JAMES and I give to my step daughter MARYAN COON a cow and a calf to be given her at her marriage or her mother's death. The rest to be equally divided among my four children (to wit) JOHN, WILLIAM, JAMES and DIANA and whereas I have given to my son JOHN a certain tract of land adjoining me I will that he procure to my son WILL a horse crature to half the value of sd cash. I acknowledge this to be my last will and testament as Witness my hand this 17th Day of Jany 1791. I appoint my wife MARY and son JOHN my Executors.

JOHN PARKER

Signed and acknowledged to
in presents of us
JNO. BARLOW Senior
WM SWANSON
ELIZ'TH BARLOW

 

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Will of THOMAS PARKS
January Term 1791
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 296

 

In the Name of God Amen I THOMAS PARKS of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina being sick and weak but in possessing sense and memory thanks be to Almighty God for it and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain to be made this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, viz
First of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it me hoping through, the merits of my blessed Saviour to inherit everlasting life and my body to be decently buried at the descretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned and as to all the worldly goods it to hath pleased God to bless me with I bequeath in the manner and form following, Viz,
Item- I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife PRICILIA one Negro Girl IVY and the land and plantation whereon I now dwell the Land as low as the Middle branch during her Natural Life
Item- I give and beqeath to my daughter PEGGY and Negro Girl named HANNAH to her and her heirs forever the said Negro to be delivered to her at the time of the rest of my Estate being divided or at the day of her marriage.
Item- I give to my son AMBROUS PARKS the land whereon I now live as low down as the middle branch after the decease of his Mother to him and his heirs forever
Item- I give and bequeath to my son REUBEN PARKS all the land lying below the Middle branch being part of the Tract I now live on to him and his heirs forever
Item- I give to my son AMBROUS PARKS my Island land containing Sixteen acres to him and his heirs forever
Item- My Will and desire is that my beloved wife PRICILIA have the use of all my movable Estate only as before directed during her Natural life and then to be equally divided among my Children namely AMBROSE PARKS, JOHN PARKS, THOMAS PARKS, REUBEN PARKS, AARON PARKS, MARY JOHNSON, and WILLIAM PARKS And I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons REUBEN PARKS and AMBROS PARKS Executors of this my Last Will and Testament making and disanuling all other will or wills by me heretofore made declaring this only to be my Last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of July 1790.
THOMAS PARKS

Signed & Sealed in presence of
GEO. WHEATLEY
RICH'D ALLEN
MASON WHEATLEY ("X" his mark)


State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
January Term A.D. 1791

The within will was duly proved in Open Court by the oaths of RICH'D ALLEN Esqr. & GEO WHEATLEY and ordered to be recorded.
Test
CHAS. GORDON CC
 

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Will of JOHN RHODES
October Term 1790
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 295

 

In the Name of God Amen
Know all men to hoom there may be concern that I JOHN RHODES of the County of Wilkes and State of North Carolina after resigning my self Soul and Body to the Lord being weke in body but in my common senses do hereby declare this to be my Last will and Testament to my beloved wife SARAH I give my Land and Living induring her life and after her death I give my land to my beloved son JOHN and the remaining part of my Estate to be equally divided between my beloved daughters (To wit) NANCY and ELISABETH where unto. Unto I have set my hand and seal this Twenty Ninth Day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety. Amen. amen.
JOHN RHODES

Test
JOHN SHEPPERD JUN'R
DAVID HICKERSON



State of N. Carolina
Wilkes County
October Term 1790

The within will was Duly Proved in Open Court by the oaths of JOHN SHEPPERD JNR. and DAVID HICKERSON subscribing witnesses there to and ordered to be Recorded.

Test CHAS. GORDON C.C.
 

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Will of JOHN ROSS
July Term 1792
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 341

 

In the Name of God Amen, I JOHN ROSS of Morgan District in the County of Wilkes and State of North Carolina being true the abundance mercy and memory do constitute this my last will and Testament and desire may be received by all such imprimus as to my worldly Estate I will and positively order that all my debts be paid. Item I give to CATHARINE MURPHY all my real and personal Estate that I have in the County of Wilkes.
August 13th, 1791

JOHN ROSS

Test
THO'S ISBELL
GERRARD DONIPHAN

State of North Carolina
Wilkes County

The within will was duly proved in open Court by the oaths of THOMAS ISBEL Esq'r & GERRARD DONIPHAN to be recorded.
CHAS. GORDON CC

 

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Will of THOMAS SLOAN
April Term 1792
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 327

 

In the Name of God Amen, I THOMAS SLOAN of the County of Wilkes and State of Carolina Farmer being very sick and weak in body but in 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 do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recomend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors 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 wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with life.
I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form - first I give and bequeath to SARAH my Dearly Beloved Wife all my household furniture during her life to be at her sole disposal except one bed and furniture viz the bed I now lie on which bed at her Death is to be left to SARAH WHITE my Grand Daughter I likewise give and bequeath to SARAH my beloved wife two cows with their calves which cows is to be at her own choice out of my stock and I give unto my said wife the sole benefit of my land in Wilkes County to be at her disposal during her life time I also give to my beloved son SAMUEL SLOAN one big hat and a log chain after his Mother's decease Also I give to my son SAMUEL Lawfull heir my Plantation lying in Wilkes County which land is to be taken in possession of my son SAMUEL at my wife SARAH's deceas untill the aforesaid heir arives to the age of Twenty one years I also give to my grandson THOMAS PORTERFIELD WHITE Twenty five pounds of No. Carolina to be raised and levied out of the aforesaid land to be paid unto him Two years after my wife SARAH's deceas
I also give to my beloved daughter JEAN THOMPSON Fifteen pounds lawfull money of No. Carolina to be paid in Three years after my wife SARAH's deceas to be paid in the b before mentioned manner I also give to my son in law THOMAS WHITE five shillings lawfull money of North Carolina to be paid in the afore mentioned manner as above mentioned I likewise constitute make and ordain FERGUS SLOAN Senior and Junior both of the County of Iredell sole Executors of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanul all and every other former Testament Wills Legacys Bequeaths and Executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other then this to be my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty ninth of May in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty nine.

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the said THOMAS SLOAN
THOMAS SLOAN as his Last Will and Testament in Presents of us who in his Presence and in the Presence of each other have hereunto Subscribed our Names
WILLIAM CLEMENTS
WILLIAM LEECH
JOHN PATTERSON


State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
April Term 1792

The within Will was duly proved in Open Court by the oath of JOHN PATTERSON a subscribing witness thereto and was ordered to be recorded.
Test
CHAS. GORDON Clk

 

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Will of WILLIAM STURDIE
January Term 1791
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 297

 

In the Name of God Amen
I WILLIAM STURDIE of Wilkes County in the State of N. Carolina being in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore do make and ordain to be made this my last Will in manner and form following-
I give unto DOROTHY WELBANKS all and singular my Estate of every kind Real and Personal to her only proper use and behalf forever subscribing whereof I have hereunto set my hand and afixed my seal this 13th day of December Anno 1790.

WILLIAM STURDIE

Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of

JAMES BUNYARD
HANAH BUNYARD ("X"her mark)
DANIEL BUMGARNER



State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
January Term 1791

The within Will was duly proved in Open Court by JAMES BUNYARD Esqr. and ordered to be recorded.

Test
CHAS. GORDON, CC

 

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Will of RICHARD WELLBANKS
October Term 1790
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 293

 

In the Name of God Amen I RICHARD WELLBANKS being weak in body but of sound memory thanks be given to God for the same. And as Touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless with in this life I RICHARD WELLBANKS of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina I give demise and dispose of my Estate in the following manner (That is to say) Impremis-
Item- I give the Tract of Land whereon now dwell to be equally divided between my two sons WILLIAM and REUBEN WELLBANKS and also I give to my son WILLIAM my bay horse, I also give to my son REUBEN my black mare.

Item- I give to my daughter NANCY WELLBANKS my young Sorrel colt I also give to my daughter NANCY two cows I also give to my son WILLIAM two cows I also give to my son REUBEN one cow.

Item- I give to my son BERYMAN WELLBANKS one cow
Item- I give to my son HENRY WELLBANKS twenty shillings & no more.
Item- I give to my daughter DOLLY STURDY Twenty shillings & no more
Item- I give to my wife , PRECILLAH WELLBANKS, all my house hold goods
I likewise constitute and ordain my wife and ROBERT MARTIN Executrix and Executor of this my Last will and Testament for to see that the purposes therein contained are fully complyed with according to true intent in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this Seventeenth of July one Thousand Seven Hundred & Ninety.
RICHARD WELLBANKS ("H" his mark)

Signed Sealed and Delivered by the said RICHARD WELLBANKS as his Last will and Testament in the presents of us who in his Presents and in the Presents of each have hereto subscribed our Names
Test
THEOPILUS CAMPBELL
ROBERT MARTIN
ELIZABETH CARGILE ("+" her mark)



State of North Carolina
Wilkes County
October Term 1790

The within will was duly proved in Open Court by the oaths of THEOPHILUS CAMPBELL and ELIZABETH CARGILE & ordered to be recorded.
Test.
CHAS. GORDON Clk
 

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Will of THOMAS WITHERSPOON
July Term 1790
Wilkes County, North Carolina
Will Book 2, Page 280

 

In the Name of God Amen
I THOMAS WITHERSPOON of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina being of a low state of helth in body but of sound understanding and memory; calling to mind the shortness of life and certainty of the helth do constitute this my Last will and Testament and I desise it to be received by all men as such.
Imprimus- I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executors and after all my debts is paid it is my Will and desire that my earthly Estate which it has pleased God to bless me with be divided amongst my Five Children in the Following manner.
Imprimis - To my Four well beloved Sons Viz JOHN, JOSHUA, WESTLEY & DAVID WITHERSPOON I will and bequeath all my Lands both improved and unimproved to be divided equally among my Four sons afs'd in the following manner.
That is to say it is my desire that my lands be rented out to some carefull industrious man for a small term of years at a time in such manner as for the tennent to improve the lands & the rents after paying the tax of the land to go to the support of my four sons afs'd. It further is my desire that when my sons become of age that the lands be divided among them as they become of age by Lott agreeable to quantity and quality.
Imprimis to my well beloved daughter DARUS I will & bequeath my Negro girl DINAH also one feather bed and furniture one sied saddle & her departed mother's wearing apparel.
Imprimis to my Four well beloved sons JOHN, JOSHUA, WESTLEY & DAVID WITHERSPOON I will and bequeath all my personal Estate which is not already bequeathed such as horses cattel sheep hogs household furniture & plantation utensils debts due as well as bills & bonds together with every part & parcel of my Estate to be equally divided among them.
It further is my Will and desire that the rents of the land afs'd the use of the Negroe girl DINAH bequeathed to my daughter also the use & increase of all my personal Estate to go to the maintaining and schooling of my Five well beloved children afs'd. It further is my will and desire that all my personal Estate be valued by two or three juditious & honest freeholders whome the Worshipfull Court of this County may see cause to appoint and that a just Inventory be made out by them return on to the Court and that my Executors give bond security for the delivery of such Estate in such think equal valued to my children afs'd that is to JOHN, JOSHUA, WESTLEY & DAVID WITHERSPOON and that the benefit increase & profit of such Estate go to the support of my children which I wish to be raised in a Christian manner.
it further is my will and desire that my beloved brother JAMES WITHERSPOON and Trusty & well beloved friend BENJAMIN HOWARD be Executors to this my Last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 10th day of April 1790.

THOMAS WITHERSPOON

Signed Sealed and Acknowledged
In presence of us
JAMES PRESTON
ANANIAS ALLEN
THOMAS CARLTON
WM. SWANSON
 

 


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