CAMDEN COUNTY WILLS

 

BRICKHOUSE BELL

Henry Bray Sr.

HEZEKIAH BRITE Junr.

AMBROSE BURFOOT

ASA CARTWRIGHT

DANIEL CARTWRIGHT

THOMAS ETHERIDGE

THOMAS FERRELL

SOUTHEY FORBES

MALACHI GODFREY

TAMER GODFREY

LYDIA GRANDY

CALEB GRAY

WILLIAM GRAY

ELIZABETH GREGORY

Judith Gregory

Maragot Gregory

SUSAN GREGORY

Thomas Gregory

William Gregory

ISAAC HARRINGTON

DEMPSEY HARRISON

SALLY HATHAWAY

LEMUEL JONES

WILLOUGHBY JONES

JOHN KELLY

ISAAC LAMB

Luke Lamb

THOMAS LAMB

Elisha McBride

John McBride   

JOSEPH MORIS

RODAH OVERTON

SALLY SANDERLIN

ELISHA SAWYER

MALACHI SAWYER

WILLIAM SAWYER

MOURNING SEYMORE

NOAH SPENCE

LEMUEL STANDLY

Elizbeth Torksey

Phillip Torksey

John Torksey

Gardner Trafton

Agnes Fisher Trueblood  (Abstract)

Agnes Fisher Trueblood

Amos Trueblood

John Trublood

John Trueblood (abstract)

JOHN TRUBLOOD 1734

ASA TUTTLE

CHRISTOPHER WHITEHURST

JOHN WHITEHURST

ALEAPH WRIGHT

ARTHUR WRIGHT (1823)

Arthur Wright (1824)

Francis Wright

Gamiel Wright

John Wright Sr.

Mathias Wright

THOMAS WRIGHT (1824)

Thomas Wright (1825)

 

 

Will of John Wright Sr. 1813 (original AR)

Submitted by:  Harry Schoettle

In the name of God amen. The last will and testament of John Wright senior of the county of Camden and state of N. Carolina made the 3rd day of February 1813 as follows. Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that give it to me and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent christian burial at the discretion of my executor and as touching worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First I leave the use of my manner plantation thereon I now live to my wife Francis Wright during her natural life with all the priviledges to the same belonging. Also I leave the use of all my negroes to my wife during her natural life.

I give and bequeath unto my wife Francis Wright two mares, one horse her choice. Two feather beds and furniture her choice. Four cows and calves, five ewes and lambs, one yoke of oxen, one ox cart and yoke, all the hogs ? ?. The west side of my plantation whereon I now live. One beaufett and all my crockery ware. Two chest, one large oval table, seven windsor chairs, one arm chair, two flage chairs, one large iron pot, one small ditto with hooks, two pot trammels, two washing tubs, four pails, one churn, one large honey tub, three ploughs and harness, two axes, one large and four small hoes, one powdering tub, four pork barrels, one barrel with fat, one loom and harness, five linen wheels, one copper tea kittle, one hand mill, one walnut stand, one looking glass all her choice. Thirty barrels saune corn, three barrels salt pork, five hundred pounds bacon, fifteen bushells wheat, one side saddle. Also three negro women Judah, Patience and Aleaph to her and her heirs forever.

I leave the use of one certain piece of land known by the name of The Pand to my grand daughter Sally Bell Downing her natural life and to her heirs. If any lawfully begotten of her body and if the said Sally Bell should die without an heir lawfully begotten of her body. Then my desire is that the aforesaid land br equally divided between John Wright and Gamiel Wright sons of Mathais Wright and John Wright son of Peter Wright dec’d to them and their heirs forever.

Also I leave the use of two feather beds and furniture, three cows and calves, four ewes and lambs, seven windsor chairs, one armed chair to my grand daughter Sally Bell and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body. And if the siad Sally Bell dies without an heir lawfully begotten of her body. Then the aforesaid things last mentioned to be equally divided between John Wright and William Wright sons of Gamiel Wright dec’d and John Wright son of Peter Wright dec’d and John W. Berry son of James Berry to them and their heirs forever.

Also I leave use of two negroes to my grand daughter Sally Bell Downing her natural life to her heirs if any lawfully begotten of her body forever. The names of the negroes Betts and Patience and provided the said Sally Bell should die without an heir lawfully begotten of her body. Then the aforesaid negroes to be equally divided between John Wright and William Wright sons of Gamiel Wright dec’d and John W. Berry son of James Berry and Alexander W. Gandon to them and their heirs forever.

Also I leave the use of one hundred and fifty acres of swamp land lying down the river binding the river and sound to my grand daughter Sally Bell and her heirs if any lawfully begotten of her body forever and for want of such heirs. Then for the said land to be divided in the same manner and between the same heirs as is mentioned in the clause last before this. To them and their heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto Cornelius Wright son of Cornelius Wright dec’d fifty acres swamp land binding his plantation and bearing towards the sound so far as will make the same to him and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Hughes daughter of William Hughes Jr dec’d one feather bed and thirty pounds current money to her and her heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto John W. Berry son of James Berry one certain piece of land known by the name of The Ridge binding north river swamp containing fifty acres to him and his heirs forever. Only observing that if the said John W. Berry should die without an heir lawfully begotten of his body for the said land to be equally divided between his two brothers namely Batson B. Berry and Jesse B. Berry to them and their heirs forever.

Also I give and bequeath unto John W. Berry one negro man named March to be delivered to him at the death of my wife Francis Wright to him and his heirs forever.

Also I give the said John W. Berry all the cattle that I hold in my possession which is marked posslan leaf in both ears and a whole cut in each ear.

Also I give the said John W. Berry fifty pounds current money to him and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto William S. Berry fifty pounds current money to be raised out of my estates to him and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto Alexander W. Gandon son of Thomas Gandon one negro boy named Ishmal to be delivered to him at the death of my wife Francis Wright.

Also I give the said Alexander W. Gandon son of Thomas one coalt by the name of Black to him and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto John Wright son of Gamiel Wright dec’d one negro man named Lamb to be delivered unto him at the death of my wife to him and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto William Wright son of Gamiel Wright dec’d one negro man named Jess to be delivered to him at the death of my wife to him and his heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto John Wright son of Gamiel Wright dec’d and John Berry son of James Berry one hundred acres of swamp land lying in north river swamp binding Jacob Cartwrights line thence extending out to Merrels patent. And also ten acres of land known the Great Island binding Tully Cartwrights line. The aforesaid land to be equally divided between the two last names, heirs to them and their heirs forever.

I give and bequeath unto John W. Berry son of James Berry one small piece of land by the name of Paston paint near the old wharf. Also I give the said John W. Berry one young mare to him and his heirs forever.

I leave the use of the land and plantation whereon I now live to my grand daughter Sally Bell and to her heirs lawfully begotten of her body. Altogether after the death of my wife Francis Wright and if the said Sally Bell should die without an heir lawfully begotten of her body. Then I give the aforesaid land and plantation to John Wright and William Wright sons of Gamiel Wright dec’d to equally divided between the two of them and their heirs forever.

My will and desire is that all the remaining parts of my estate which I have not given away or named off in legacies should be sold and after paying my just debts. That the ballance of the money should be equally divided between my wife and John Wright and William Wright sons of Gamiel Wright dec’d and my grand daughter Sally Bell and provided the said Sally Bell should die without an heir lawfully begotten of her body. Then her part of this legacy to be equally divided between John Wright and William Wright sons of Gamiel Wright dec’d to them and their heirs forever.

And also my will and desire is that all the property that I have left the use of to grand daughter Sally Bell. Except the land and negroes should be sold when the rest of my estate is and to be kept in the hands of my executor at interest for her with the land and negroes paid for them. My executor to deal out to her for her support such part of the same as they may think neccessary at their own discretion until she marries and has lawfull heir or dies.

Lastly my will is to nominate and appoint my trusty friends Mathias Wright and Caleb Perkins executors to this my last will and testament utterly revoking and disannulling all former wills by me before made ratifying and confirming this to be the last will and testament which I have made. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal, date first mentioned.

John Wright Sr. (seal)

Test: James Berry and Demsey Squires

I certify the foregoing to be a copy of the paper writing purporting to be the will of John Wright Sr. dec’d which was filed in the papers of the suit removed from Camden to? court.

Test: John Mead for

Edward Mead, clerk

 

Arthur Wright will 1824 WB C-39

Submitted by:  Harry Schoettle

In the name of God amen, I Arthur Wright of the county of Camden the state of N. Carolina being of perfect mind and memory thanks be the Lord. ? ? recalling unto mind the mortality of my body and know ? ? ? appointed for all man and to die do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament.

Item: I lend the use of all my land together with all my house hold and kitchen furniture ? unto my beloved wife Lydia Wright her natural life in widowhood and at her death or marriage as follows

Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Cornelius Wright a certain part of my land, the eastward end beginning at Malachi Godfrey corner at the mouth of the lake, thence running north along the branch to a white oak and Isaac Williams line, unto him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Willoughby Wright the westward end of my land, beginning at the aforesaid lane and running ? aforesaid to the white oak, it further my will if this said Willoughby Wright should die without an heir by lawfully begotten of his body that aforesaid land should be equally divided amongst Cornelius Wright children. If the said Willoughby Wright should live and have a lawfully heir to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Elisabeth I say one feather bed and cow if she arrive to the age of fifteen years to her and her heir lawfully begotten of her body forever. It further my will that if the said Elisabeth should die before she has a lawful heir or arrive to fifteen years that my daughter Lydia Burges’ children should have the above mentioned property equally divided amongst them.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Elisabeth Wright one bed and furniture to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandson Arthur Wright one bed and furniture to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lydia Burges after paying all my just debts and lawful expenses the residue of all my estate within and without to her and her heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever.

Last of all I appoint and nominate my beloved and faithful sons Cornelius Wright and Willoughby Wright to be my shole and ? executors this 14th day March 1823.

Arthur (+, his mark) Wright

Signed and witnesses of S. Forbes and Isaac Williams

 

1825 will of Thomas Wright WB C-45

Submitted by:  Harry Schoettle

In the name of God amen. I Thomas Wright of the county of Camden and state N. Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind and memory blessed be God, do this nineteenth day of December one thousand eight hundred and twenty four make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say.

I bequeath my friend Stephen S, Snowden and his wife Pressilla Snowden all my land and plantation and one negro boy by the name of Luke and one negro man by the name of George during their life and no longer.

Item: My will and desire is that after the death of my friend Stephen S, Snowden and his wife Prisilla Snowden, I give and bequeath unto Lydia Snowden daughter of Stephen S. Snowden all my land and plantation to her and her heirs forever.

Item: My will and desire is that after the death of my friend Stephen S. Snowden and his wife Prisilla Snowden I give and bequeath unto Lydia Snowden daughter of Stephen S. Snowden one negro man George to her and her heirs forever.

Item: Also my will and desire is that after the death of my friend Stephen S. Snowden and his wife Prisilla Snowden, I give and bequeath unto Lydia Snowden daughter of Stephen S. Snowden one negro boy by the name of Luke to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my aunt Prisilla Snowden wife of Stephen S. Snowden one horse bridle and saddle and ????? to her and her heirs.

And I hereby make and ordain my worthy friends Stephen S. Snowden and Samuel Phillips executors of this my last will and testament in witness I said Thomas Wright have to this my last will and testament set my hand and signed this day and year above written.

Thomas Wright

Signed, sealed, Published and declared by the said Thomas Wright this ??? as his last will and testament in the presents of ? were present at the time of signing and sealing.

John Right

John W. Berry

Camden County Court May Term 1825

This will of Thomas Wright dec’d was exhibited in open court and ? as the last will and testament of said dec’d unto the persons ? and as farther (he being an infant under the age of twenty one ? by the oaths of John Right and John W. Berry ? ? ? thereto and S. S. Snowden one of the executors thereis named ? and qualified as executor thereto.

 

 

Francis Wright will 1826 WB C-75

Submitted by:  Harry Schoettle

In the name of God amen. I Francis Wright of the state of North Carolina and county of Camden being sick in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner following.

Item: I give and bequeath unto Caleb Perkins one negro named Judith to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto Jesse Berry one bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever also one large chest.

Item: I give and bequeath unto Frances Berry one new bed and furniture, one chest and all my wearing apparel, one ?, all the ?. all my cotton, ?, flax and spun stuff, ??, and one table, six chairs her choice, one small pot and hook, one skillet, one pair of fine tongs, one ? and lid, all my cooking ?, one case of knives and forks, ? coffee pots, ? ? ? calf, one linen wheel, three pewter basons to her and her heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto Jno. W. Berry the remainder of my estate indoors and outdoors to him and his heirs forever.

Lastly: I nominate and appoint my worthy friend Caleb Perkins my executor to this my last will and testament on witness whereof I have signed my hand and seal this first day of March in the year of out Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty six.

Francis (x, her mark) Wright

Signed sealed in presence of Wilson B. Webster and Isaac Gallop

Camden county court, November Term 1826

This last will and testament of Francis Wright was exhibited in open court and proved by the oath of Isaac Gallop one of the ? witnesses thereto in due form of law. No exec appears to quality the said will. It was on motion ordered to be recorded.

Teste ? ? ? clerk

 

Mathias Wright will 1836 WB C-192

Submitted by:  Harry Schoettle

State of North Carolina, Camden county

In the name of God amen. I Mathias Wright being of sound mind and memory bless be God and calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time hereof do make, publish and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

Item: I lend to my wife Susan Wright during her natural life, the tract of land I bought from Arthur Gregory also a piece of land I bought from Batson Berry. I also lend her during her natural life negro man George, negro woman Fannah, negro boy Andrew and negro girl Jane, one gray mare, six stool chairs, one large table, one yoke of oxen and ox cart, two new bed stand. My will is the negroes I lent to my wife shall not be moved out of the county during her life.

Item: I give to my wife three feather beds and furniture her choice, one horse and gigg and the harness belonging thereto, one desk, two tables, two stands, one case of knives and forks, one pair hand irons, one case, six flaged bottom chairs, one loom and harness belonging thereto, two powdering tubs, two hogs heads, one large iron pot, one small iron pot, one spider, one pair smothing irons, one dutch oven, two chests her choice, three linnen whereis hr choice, one horse cart, two cows and calves her choice, eight head of sheep her choice, pne pair of working bars and screws. Eight head og hoggs her choice, one plow and harness her choice, two weeding hoes her choice, two axes her choice, four empty barrels, two metal tubs, one pair of tongs and shovel, one coffee mill, one beaufat and all the crockery ware, one looking glass, two iron pot trammels, one hand mill her choice, two sows and their pigs her choice, one dennijohn, one heiffer, two steer yearlings which was hers before I married her. I also save for my wife to have her years provisions set off to her out of my estate. I also give her all the poultry on hand and one pair of stilyards.

Item: I leave the bricks and lime I have on hand and all the cypress and juniper plank I have on hand, also for my executor to purchase three thousand shingles for the repairs of my buildings where I now live. Also for my executor to pay over to my wife fifty dollars, to pay the expense of the repairs of said buildings.

Item: I leave negro boy Joseph to be sold by my executor.

Item: I give to my grand daughter Margaret Wright at my death negro woman Bridgett and her increase. Also at my wifes death I give the lands I bought from Arthur Gregory and Batson Berry to my grand daughter Margaret Wright and one turned bed stand.

Item: I give Delphy Daley at my wifes death one of the bed stands I lent to my wife/

Item: I give to my grand daughter Maragret Wright one bed stand, one bed and furniture and one chest.

Item: I give to my son Benjamin Wright the following piece of land that is to say beginning at the main road at the corner of the fence near where my son Gamiel Wright made bricks thence running down the road fence a westwardly course, a straite course until it strikes the main road near where my son Benjamin Wright had a garden. I also give him all the lands I bought from Benjamin Wilson and Jess Forksey, one negro boy Harry, one half of negro man Simon and at my wifes death one half of negro man George.

Item: I give my son Gamiel Wright all the lands I bought from Leonard Martin except what I have already given away to my son Benjamin Wright. I also give him negro man

 

Gamiel Wright will 1842 WB C-270

Submitted by:  Harry Schoettle

State of North Carolina, Camden county

I Gamiel Wright being of sound mind and memory blessed be God do this 29th day of January 1840 make and publish this my last will and testament. I give my property in the following manner.

Item 1: I give and bequeath all of my land and plantation where on I now live to be equally divided between Gamiel Wright and Burfoot Wright sons of Benjamin Wright dec’d to them and their heirs forever.

Item 2: I give and bequeath to Mary Williams the land that I bought of Jno. Williams to her and her heirs forever.

Item 2: I give and bequeath to Mary Porter two negroes namely ? and girl ? to her and her heirs forever.

Item 3: I leave the use of negro man Isaac to Francis Garrett during her natural life and at her death I give him to her lawful heirs forever.

Item 4: I leave my negro woman Phillis and one half of negro man named Simon to be sold by my executor and the money paid to Priscilla Legrange at fifty dollars from sale and if the said Priscilla should not to live to use the sale of said negroes and in that case I give the balance left at her death to her heirs forever.

Item 5: I give one half of negro man George to Mary Stephens at the death of Susan Taylor to her and her heirs forever.

Item 6: I leave all of my chattle, property not already given away to be sold by my executor and after paying all of my just debts and lawful expenses I give the balance thats left in his hands to Mary Stephens the wife of Luke Stephens.

Item 7: And lastly I nominate and appoint my worthy friend John S. Burgess executor to this my last will ans testament in witness whereof I here unto set my hand and seal day and date first above written.

G. W. Wright

Witness: D. C. Bell, Albert Rooker

Camden county court Sept. Term 1842

This last will and testament of G. W. Wright was exhibited in open court and the executor of said will was proved in open court in due form of law by D. C. Bell one of the subscribing witnesses there to and John Burgess executor named in said will come into open court and qualified as such by taking the necessary oath whereupon it was ordered by the court to be recorded.

Teste A. H. Grandy clerk

 

 

John McBride                                

  Submitted by:  Bob Stokley 

will 20 November 1763; Proved in October Court 1766

Pasquotank County, NC

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In the name of God Amenthe twentyeh Day of Nomember in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred Sixty three I John MackBride of the county of Pasqt. in the province of North Carolina being sick and week in body but in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament That is to say principly and first of all I give and recomend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it and my body I recomend to the earth to be Decently Buried and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me With this life I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the following manner and form---------

Item. I give to my Son Josiah and to his heirs forever my manner Plantation and the Land belonging to it down to the head of a branch where Ross did live so down a line of marked trees to the corner tree of my new survey and my negro named Tesiniah and one fether bead and furniture and one mair and my gun and cutlash and one iron pot and my handmill and my tools and one chest and one stone jugg and my ovel table

Item I give to my son Elisha to his heirs forever Plantation known by the name of Monks and the land belonging to it and my negro named Antony and one feather bead and furniture and one mair and one iron pot and one case of bottles and one small trunk and two large Puter Basons and one puter Dish

Item I give to my Daughter Sarah and to her heirs forever Eighty acres of Land more or less according to the Bounds at the East End of my Land joining Caleb Abet

Item I give to my Daughter Rhoda and to her heirs forever one hundred acres of Land called the Noles and my negro man Jack and one fether bead and furniture and one linning wheel and one wooling wheel and one chist and one iron pot and one Stone butter pot and one jugg and one looking glass and one safe

Item I give to my grandchild Alla Burnham one Small heifer

Item I leave my cattle to be equally devided Between Josiah & Elisha & Rhoda

Item I give a small piece of Land to James Spence twenty acres more or less joining

on the Land Where he now lives so down to a corner oak that was marked for

Charles Hight by ye Sipres Swamp

Item I give ye remainder of my estate to my wife Sarah MackBride and do also make

constitute and ordain her and also my son Josiah my whole and sole Executors

of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby disalow revoke and disanull all and every other forms wills legucies and Bequeths and Executors

by me in any ways before named willed or bequeathed Rattyfying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and testament in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day above writen signed sealed published pronounced and delivered by ye sd. John MakBride as his

Last Will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers

 

Randall Calley

Randal Taylor Jno. McBride

Patrick Kelley

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North Carolina October Court AD 1766

Pasquotank County Present His Majesties Justices

These may certify that Patrick Kelley one of the Evidences to the within will appeared in open Court & made oath on the Holy Evangelist that he was present & saw John MackBride decd. sign seal publish pronounce & declare the foregoing to be & contain his Last will & Testament & that he was at that time of sound & disposing memory & That he also saw Randall Kelley & Randall Taylor the other Evidences sign there names thereto at the same time then appd. Josiah McBride Exr. & was duly qualified. Ordered that the Hon. Benj. ??? Esq. Sec. have notice that letters may give??.

Registered the 11th day of December 1766 Test Tho. Taylor

by Tho Taylor

 

Elisha McBride will 28 March 1803, Camden County, NC

(Copy from NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC)

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Submitted by:  Bob Stokley 

In the name of God Amen. I Elisha McBride of the County of Camden and State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament this March twentieh eight Anno Domine Eighteen hundred and three.

First, I leave to my beloved wife Elizabeth McBride during her natural live one third of my land and plantation whereon I now live with the buildings and improvements, thereon, also the third of my other plantation if the she needs it but not the improvements with liberty to cut timber on any of my lands or Swamp for the use of the said thirds and fire wood and for timber for building and repairing houses. Also I leave my said wife the use of two negroes her choice during her life. Also one horse her choice, one cart and Harness one chair (riding) & Harness, one feather bed and furniture her choice, two cows & calves, five Ewes and Lambs one half my Hoggs, all my Beef, all my fowls all my geese, and all my corn on hand, all my wheat & flax wool & thread of every sort all my Hoggs Lard, all my coffee & sugar and every thing that is on hand which may be called food and raiment for herself and children which may live with her, Also, I leave to my said wife fifty dollars worth of articles such as she may want for Housekeeping to be valued by two neighbors freeholders as cash price, also one hunting saddle--

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my Son Joseph McBride the land and plantation I bought of Asa Kelley containing sixty acres more or less to hold it according to the deed I have of said Kelley and the bounds therein set forth, Also part of my fathers old plantation and land which I hold by deed from John Pearce as far as James Pearce line and binding his land to John McBrides old line near the main road to hold it by the deed I have from John Pearce containing sixty six acres (by estimation). Also one half of Cypress Swamp that lays opposite of my mannor plantation and so on to The old Mile Dam to be divided according to the quallity or real value, having respect to the Cypress timber, also one negroe boy Demsey, also one bed and furniture one cow and calf, and what other small articles we may have already given him, to him and his heirs and assigns forever --------

Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son James McBride my mannor Plantation with the land belonging to it, also one half of my Cypress Swamp which joins said lands to be divided according to the quallity or real value thereof having respect to the Cypress Timber therein, also one negro boy called Aaron. One feather bead and furniture to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Pearce one negro woman and her children __hinia and Tom with all their increase together with all the stock and other property I have already given them to her and her heirs & assigns forever. Also I give and bequeath to my said daughter Sally Pearce a piece of land containing about sixteen acres which I had of John Pearce and lyeth on the Easte side of the Great Canal to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my young son Peter McBride, the remaining part of my land and swamp (viz) One piece known by the name of Maple Ponds which I brought of Harvid? Haley and since I have patent anew to hold it as fare as the great Canal containing one hundred acres to hold it by my new patent and the bounds therein set forth. Also the land over the great Canal which I bought of Sarah Haley and hold it by two deeds from said Sarah Haley (which I have sold excepted) also a small corner of my new patented land which lies over the canal, also one ?likely? negro boy, also one feather bed and furniture also fifty dollars to be raised out of my Estate, also a piece of Cypress Swamp which I bought of Thomas Rhodes Jun. to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Also I give and bequeath to my sone Peter Seventeen and a half acres of land which I bought of William Jones to him & his heirs forever.

Sixthly, I give and bequeath all the remaining part of my negroes which has not already been given in this will with all my estate which has not been given both within door and without of every kind to be equally divided between and amongst my three daughters viz. Polly McBride, Betsy McBride & Nancy McBride to them their heirs & assigns forever.

Seventhly It is my will and desire and it is hereby ordained and ordered that if either of my three youngest daughters shall decease or die without having lawfull issue or lawfull heirs or lawful heirs of their body, the living and surviving to have and enjoy the equally the estate of the deceased---------

Eighthly and Lastly, I nominate and appoint, make and Ordain my Son in Law James Pearce and my son Joseph McBride Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Elisha McBride have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand & Seal

Signed sealed published and Elisha McBride (Seal)

declared by the Testator

in the presence of us

Joseph Jones

William Jones

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Camden County Court May Term 1803---------

The forgoing was exhibited in Open Court and p?? Ned as the

Last Will and Testament of Elisha McBride Esq. Deceased, by

the oath of Joseph Jones a subscribing evidence thereto, and James

Pearce and Joseph McBride executors therein named appears and quallified as executors thereto all in due form of law and on motion Ordered---- Test Malachi Sawyer ccc

A ture copy taken from the original filed in the Clerks Office

Attest, Malichi Sawyer ccc

 

 

Will of Luke Lamb, Camden County NC

 Book C, pg 6-9 Dec. 28, 1820   May 1822

 Submitted by:  Suzanne Lamb & Judy Merrell Brickhouse

 In the name of God Amen, I Luke Lamb of Camden County & the State of NC, being of sound mind & memory, blessed be to God, this 28th day of December 1820 make and publish this my last will & testament in the manner following that is to say (_of today), I leave the use of the land that I bought of BUNT( Burke), Gale, Ferebee, & Jenkins. As I have divided it to my daughter, Peggy Etheridge, for and during her natural like no longer after her death. I give the said land to the heirs of her own body begotten.

ITEM: I leave the use of the land I bought of Simmons & JARVIS (Garris) as I have divided it to my daughter, Lydia Dozier, during her natural life and no longer after her death I give the said lands to the heirs of her own body.

ITEM: I leave the land that I bought of John Williams called Biges to my two grandchildren:

Tully Dozier & Lovey McBride, to be equally divided when Tully arrives to lawful age but if either should die non-age, the division shall inherit & I give the said land after their death to the heirs of their (my) own body but if they should leave no heirs of their own body, I give the said land to my own children that is then (if they are) living.

ITEM: I leave the use of the land I bought of Noah Sawyer-Sawyer or Demsey Sawyer and part of the land that I bought of Enoch Sawyer to my daughter, Chloe Herring, during her natural life & no longer and after her death, I give said lands to the male heirs of her own body forever and I give my (the) right of the third of IRUMANS(Trumans) Sawyers widows third to William Herring forever, and I leave my (to)Cloe Herring, three Negroes: Moses, Joe & Easter, during her natural life and no longer & then to the heirs of her own body.

ITEM: I leave the use of the land bought of Robert & GRIFFITH (Griffin) Gregory to my daughter, Sally Dozier, as it is bounded by John Lamb, and others during her natural life & no longer & then I give the said land to the male heirs of her own body, and I give my said (own) daughter, one Negro girl Dinah (Diana). I leave the use of the land that I bought of Abner Lamb on the west side of the great ditch to my daughter, Phoebe Dozier, during her natural life and no longer, & then I give the said lands to the heirs of her own body lawfully begotten, and I leave ( leaving) the use of two Negroes, Lamb and Luke.

ITEM: I give to my son, Abner Lamb, that part of the Lake land that joins (bounds) GIDEONS ( Geddons) heirs and Cloe Herring from the Canal to the back line ( lane) & part of the Creek Swamp to the mill run, & three negroes, Robin, Isaac & Jerry; my still and articles belonging to making cyder ( cider) and my wearing clothes.

ITEM: I give (gie) all the land I bought from Abner Lamb on the east side of the great ditch & five acres of land I bought (Godfrey) binding Abner Lamb’s 50 acres, that he brought at auction, to my grandson Isaac Gregory.

ITEM: I give my grandson, Mark Gregory, half the new survey on (of) aronoude(?) Creek Swamp and the land I bought of Demsey Burgess to him & his heirs forever.

ITEM: I give to my granddaughter, Mary Gregory, the two children that the wench I gave her before she died.

I give my daughter Polly Ferrel, two Negro men, Timothy & George. I give GIDEON LAMB’S (Gideon’s) two sons,WILSON ( William) & Gideon, all the lake land that is not given & half the Creek Swamp to the run of Mill forever.

I leave the use of the Negro Reuben, Cloe & children and her Increase & the girl Cloe that I lately bought(I lately bought) for my granddaughter, Lucy Spruel, during her natural life & no longer, & at her death, I give the said negroes to such children as she may have living at that time, but if my said granddaughter, Lucy Spruel, should die without child or (children) or children living at her death, I give the said negroes (children) to my own children that may be living at that time & I appoint my son, Isaac Lamb & his Executors guardians to my grand-child (children) Lucy Sprules with respect to the property given to her I am willing & agreed that Bailey Spruel shall keep the said Negroes in his possession free from charge for the same as long as my said granddaughter, Lucy’s guardian hereby appointed shall think fit & no longer, he the said Spruel supporting & educating my said grandchild ( daughter), in the time & he the said Spruel shall under no pretence whatsoever remove the said negroes out of this County, & I hereby nominate my two sons, Isaac Lamb & Abner Lamb, executors to this my last will & testament, the day & date above (here) written, signed, sealed & acknowledged the last will & testament of the testors.

Luke Lamb, Senior (seal)

Acknowledged in the presence of us as his last will:

John Ferrell, Joseph Linton & John X Chamberlain

 My cash notes and my small property, that not given I give to my Sons ISAAC, JOHN LAMB & POLLY FERRELL, this is an addition to my Last Will. LUKE LAMB seal

Wrote by my own hand, the gift I gave George to my Daughter POLLY I want him valued & put with her part & the balance to be given to her in notes & money. LUKE LAMB seal

These two additions were acknowledged before

Us as part of thisWill

JOHN FERRELL

JOSEPH LINTON

JAMES CHAMBERLAIN

His x mark

I Luke Lamb, not intending to revoke or alter any part of my will otherwise as hereafter named so make & publish this codocil as (added) part of my last will & testament:

 First: I give my cash notes & other small property not given away in the body of my will, but given to my said sons, Isaac Lamb & John Lamb and daughters, Polly Ferrell, share & share alike & my will is that the boy, George, given to my said daughter, Polly Ferrell in the body of the will, be valued at four hundred dollars ($400) & come into this division & be apart of her share to make her share together with said valuation equal to the share of my son, Isaac Lamb or(&) the share of my son, John Lamb & it is also my will that boy, Sandy, for which my son, Isaac Lamb, has a bill of sale be valued at three hundred dollars ($300) and be a part of his share in (of) said division.

ITEM: The money I sold the two negroes for say the negroes I gave in the body of my (this) will, to my granddaughter, Mary Gregory, now Palmer, I give to my executor forever in Trust to be laid out in the purchase of real estate at their discretion to be conveyed the use to the said Mary Palmer during her natural life and no longer & heirs lawfully (legally) begotten of her body forever, the sum is five hundred & fifty dollars ($550) out of which my said executors to retain for their (this) trouble in buying said land and making said, conveyances, signed and Acknowledged by me as apart of my last will and testament the 28th day of March 1822 (_________ 1820.)

Luke Lamb (seal)  

Signed, sealed and Acknowledged in the presence of:

Joseph Brown and Willoughby Jones

 

Camden County Court

May Term 1822

The foregoing was exhibited in open Court & proved as the Last Will and Testament of LUKE LAMB Sen. dec’d. by the oaths of JOHN FERRELL & JOSEPH BROWN subscribing witnesses thereto------and at the same time ISAAC LAMB & ABNER LAMB Executors therein named appeared & qualified as Executors thereto by taking the oath prescribed by Law. Ordered to be recorded.

Test. M.S. LEWIS Clk.

 

 

 

AGNES FISHER TRUEBLOOD WILL - 1692

Submitted by:  Bob Stokley 

Abstract of will of Agnes (Fisher) Trueblood, widow of John Trueblood. The land which John and Agnes owned was in Present day Camden County

Trueblood, Agnes-- Pasquotank Precinct
September 15, 1692. October 3, 1692. Sons: John and Amos. Daughters: Mary and Elizabeth. Negroes bequeathed to above named. No Witnesses. No executor. Clerk of the Court: Paul Lathum

 

AGNES FISHER TRUEBLOOD WILL - 1692

Submitted by: Judy Brickhouse

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

AGNES TRUBLOOD

September 15, 1692

Copied from MARS

Albermarle

Know all men by those presents that I AGNES TRUBLOOD of Pascotank River and of the County aforesd. Widow; through the naturall affections that I bare unto my dear children & for other good reasons md thereunto moueing: doe To my voluntary good will and naturall Respects to my four Children that is to say MARY TRUBLOOD ELIZIBETH TRUBLOOD JOHN TRUBLOOD & AMOS TRUBLOOD I doe freely give unto my four Children the one half of all the negro children that shall be begotten or born of the body of my negro woman called Diana; And if it should happen that theye should have but one that then the young negro to be valued and my Children to have theire choice either the young negro or if halfe worth of ye sd negro & if the negro woman should have two children that they shall have their first choice and soo forward be what quantitye of negro children ???? as pleases god; to be divided as aforesd. my childr. Always to have theire first choice; And I do freely give unto my Children aforesd. the mantainoned of shoes young negro until my Children (torn)mos to age to Receive them; That is my Dafter MARY to h(torn) she first negro child if it lives my Daughter ELIZIBETH the next as shay fall in corse as above mentioned, (torn)

To my Children partitularly as they come to age & likewise I do give unto my four children abovsd the mantainoned until they come to Lawfull Age for the use of their Estate; and to pay them theire portions as they come to age according to the appraisment of theire fathers Estate as witness my hand this fifteenth day of September 1692

AGNES TRUEBLOOD

 

 

 

GARDNER TRAFTON WILL - 1848

Submitted by:  Bob Stokley 

Gardner TRAFTON Book C, Page 355 Camden County; August 9, 1831. 1848; Sons Joseph and Benjamin lands I purchased from Thomas Jones, William Sawyer, William Herring and David M. Tyre(?). Granddaughter Mary Trafton; Walton Jones Trafton, son John his sons George , Thomas, Grandson Gardner, grandson Timothy Chamberlin son of my daughter Courtney, granddaughters Lovey and Sarah Chamberlin. William Herring, Executor. Wit: Miles Gregory, Isaac Sawyer.

JOHN TRUEBLOOD WILL 1734

  Submitted by:  Bob Stokley 

TRUEBLOOD, John - 28 October 1734 - 14 January 1734/35
Sons: John (plantation on "Arrannuse" Creek known by name of Cretches Old Field); Fisher (land known by name of IeveNeck); Daniel. Daughters Miriam and Elizabeth Trueblood. Wife and exec: Sarah. Exec: Abel Ross. Wit: Caleb Casey abd Caleb Trueblood.

Note: although this will was recorded in Pasquotank County, John lived in what is now Camden County.

 

 

 

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

John Trublood

October 28, 1734

Submitted by: Judy Brickhouse

Copied from MARS site

In the Name of God Amen This twenty eighth day of October one Thousand seven Hundred and thirty four, I JOHN TRUBLOOD of ye Precinct of Pasquotank in No Carolina planter, being very sick & weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given to almighty God therefore, calling to mind the mortality of my body and owing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain his my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of god that gave itt and for my body I commend itt to the earth to be buried in a Christain like and Descent manner att the Discretion of my Executrix Nothing doubting but att the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of god and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this life I give and devise and dispose of same in the form and following Manner.

Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife SARAH TRUBLOOD my negro woman nam’d Hannah and her increase and the first child my negro girl Phillis bear that arrive to the age of two years to her and her heirs for ever and my bed I usually lye on and a rug and two blankets & one pair of sheets and bolster and a young Horse I bought of RICHARD GREGORY name Prince and bridle ??????? & her heirs for ever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son JOHN TRUBLOOD my Maner plantation containing three Hundred acres of land and one hundred acres of land more or less lying on the North Branch of Arronnus Creek known by the name of Cretches old field made over by Deed by HENERY CRETCH & BENJAMIN CRETCH to him and his heirs for ever. Further I give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son JOHN TRUBLOOD my negro man nam’d Calle to him and his heirs for ever and I give and bequeath unto my Son JOHN TRUBLOOD the fourth child my negro Phillis bar ye ??? att the age of two years & my pair of Cart wheels, and all my shoemakers tools & carpenters tools and my young ??? gray horse named Spark and my saddle it is called my Son JOHNS saddle and a good bridle and two young cows & two young calves, and four young ewes and a young Ram and twenty hogs of one year old, and my narrow striped bed tick and bolster, and 1 ??? filled with new goose or duck feathers, and my best Juniper chest & one new iron pott holding eight gallons and a pewter bason that holds one gallon and a ??? middle sized pewter dish called a stewed (?) in sat (?) dish & two dozen (?) of new pewter spoons and my biggest gun, and one Bible called my Son JOHNS Bible, and a new book called The Pecretary Guide(?) & two new chairs, and my best white rug a pair of good new blankets and apair of new sheets, & two pair of my best leather breetches, and my broad cloth coat, and my best Druggett Coat and vest, & my best hat, and my best druggett britches and my two good shirts made of seven eights linen.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Eldest daughter ELISABETH TRUBLOOD my young horse named Diamond and my side saddle & bridle and the second child my negro girl Phillis bears if lives att (too dark to read) two years to her and her heirs forever, and once (large section of page torn, covering 2 to 3 lines)

Phillis bear (torn) to it age of two years, to her and her heirs for ever, and a new testament, a two new chairs, and my woolen wheel and my linen wheel, and a pair of flyers and two new quills being the wheels her mother usually spun on to her and her heirs for ever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my Daughter MIRIAM TRUBLOOD my horse called Courage, and my riding saddle and abridle and the third child my negro girl Phillis bears that live to the age of two years; and my best feather bed and bolster and my rug ye I wove my self with shage of white & black twisted together, and two blankets made of cotten & wool, and one pair of home spun tare sheets, one new pewter bason holding agallon and a new middle sized stew meat dish, and one seven gallon iron pot, and my piece of cloth called ginmons containing ten yards, and my Juniper chest I keep my writing in and three young ewes & two young (?)eathers, and two young cows and calves, and twenty yearling hogs, and fifty bushels of Indian corn & two dozen of new pewter spoons, and my Loom, and seven pair of goose and ???? and their shackles and all my harness belonging thereto, and the eighth child my negro girl bear that live to ye age of two years, and anew testament to her & her heirs for ever and I give to my two Daughter ELISABETH and MIRIAM TRUBLOD my negro man named Nate(?) to them and their heirs forever. And further I give to my Daughter MIRIAM two new chairs, and my new linen wheel and anew pair of flyers and two new quills and my new wollen wheel ???? of sander lings(?) make and a good three gallon stone jug and a good Bee hieve with a good stock of bees in itt and my bedstead and a good bed ????? made by WM. LABRON and one half gallon stone mugg.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son FISHER TRUBLOOD one hundred acres of land known by the name of Ive Neck held by deed from GRIFFITH JONES Senj. And Twenty acres of land binding on the sound(?) held by ???? from WILLIAM CRETCH to him his heirs and assigns forever and fifth child my negro girl Phillis bear that live to the age of two years to him & his heirs for ever.

Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son DANIEL TRUBLOOD the sixth child my negro girl Phillis bear that comes to ye age of two years, and two young ewes and two young geathers(?) and a ram two young cows and calves and my least gun to him and heirs for ever.

If in case my well beloved wife SARAH TRUBLOOD be with child I give and bequeath unto itt five pounds current money of N. Carolina, and further I give to my Son JOHN TRUBLOOD my plow sheer and colder, itt being new and good and a three gallon stone jugg and my grindstone and a good stock of bee hiev in good order and one pint glazed mugg and one bed stead and bed cord to him and his heirs and further I give to my Daughter ELISABETH TRUBLOOD one stock of bees and hieve in good order and one three gallon stone jugg and one pint glazed mugg and her Mothers ????? Looking glass.

Further I give unto my true beloved Wife SARAH TRUBLOOD my negro girl named Phillis and all ye rest of my moveable estate further my will & desire is that my wife SARAH TRUBLOOD must Cause to suckle and nurse cause my negro girl Phillis to suckle or nurse the above mentioned negro which are unborn on her own cost and charge till they come to ye age of two years,

If in case either of my three children which I had by my first Wife JOHN ELISABETH & MIRIAM should be first before they (torn) to age and possess their Estates or Estate then the survivor of these my three children, JOHN ELISABETH & MIRIAM should possess their equal part of the Deceased estats or estate. And if either of my two young sons FISHER and DANIEL should die before they come of age and possess their estates the longest liver shall possess and enjoy the deceaseds part of ye estate and iff both these my two youngest Sons FISHER and DANIEL shold die before they come to age to possess their estates the surviour of my children shall inherit and possess the Deceaseds estates or estate.

Item: I give to my well beloved Wife SARAH TRUBLOOD and my beloved Daughter ELISABETH TRUBLOOD ???? I likewise constitute & ordain my only Executrixes to this my Last Will and Testament and I do appoint and ordain my beloved Brother ABEL ROSS and JARVIS JONES both of ye above mentioned precinct my Trustees of my children and their estates or estate (faded out) shall be stricky(?) Executed and fulfilled according to law. My will and desire is if y Eldest son JOHN TRUBLOOD may be Free att the age of sixteen years, butt not to make any bargains without the consent of my Trustees before mentioned and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments wills Legacies, requests and Eecutons by me in any ways before this time, named willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and confirming this & no other to be my Last Will and Testament in Wittness Whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year above written.

JOHN TRUEBLOOD

Signed sealed and Delivered in

The presence of us

JOHN SAULS

WILLOUGHBY PRICE

 

DUGLESS ROOD

Pasquotank SC

At a Court began & held for said Precinct at the Court House in Broomfeild the 14th day of January An Domi 1734

Present His Majesties Justices

These may Certifie that JOHN SAULS & WILLOUGHBY PRICE two of the subscribing Evidences to the within Will appeared in open Court and made Oath on the Holy Evangelist that they were present & saw JOHN TRUEBLOOD sign seal & declare the within to be & contain his Last Will & Testament and that the said JOHN TRUEBLOOD was then and that time of sound & disposing memory and that they also said DUGLESS ROOD the other Subscribing Evidence Sign his name thereto at the same time.

Ordered that the Secretary have Notice hereof that Letters Testry issue theron as the Law Directs

By Order JOS. SMITH A Cur.

JOHN TRUBLOODS

WILL

Tres. Iss. 12th Nov. 1735

R.G.(?) DS

Recorded

 

 

 

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AMOS TRUEBLOOD WILL

 Submitted by:  Bob Stokley 

TRUEBLOOD, Amos - Book HIK, Page 176 - 14 July 1759
(Planter). Wife Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Cartwright. Sons Thomas, Abel, Josiah, and Joshua; granddaughter Elizabeth Symons; grandson William Overman; daughter Miriam Overman; son Caleb. Exec: sons Joshua and Caleb. Wit: Samuel Newby and John Morris.

Note: Amos Trueblood's will was recorded in Pasquotank County; however, records indicate that he lived and owned property on the east side of the Pasquotank River which would be in present day Camden County. He was the brother of John Trueblood (whose will is posted in this section) and the son of John Trueblood and Agnes Fisher.

 

Will of Henry Bray Sr.

Submitted by: Marty Hollands

June 30, 1833; August Term 1833
Camden County Record of Wills, Vol. 1833, p. 136-138
NC State Archives microfilm reel #C.018.80001


In the name of God amen I Henry Bray Senr. of the County of Camden and State of North Carolina being weak of Body but of perfect Sound mind & memory Calling to mind the mortality of my Body Kowing [knowing] it is appointed for all men once to die in the first place I Reccommend my body to the Grave to be buried in a decent christain burial & my Sole to God that gave it as touching my worly [worldly] Estate I give and bequath in the following manner

Item--I give and bequath unto my Dearly beloved Grand Son Maning bray one Cow and Calf to him and his heirs

Item--I give and bequath unto my last wife children as follows one feather Bed and Furniture one puter Bason one pr of Fire Dogs one Spining wheel one iron Tea Kettle one Coffee mill and chest this I give unto my last wife Mary Brays Children and Grand children that she had before I married her
Then the rest of my Estate I give and bequath in the following maner. I give and bequath unto my Six Daughters to be Equily Divided between the heirs thats liveing and the children of them that are dead Viz Each Daughters Children to heir there mothers Shear these are the heirs hereafter named that are liveing, Margaret Torksey Mary Gallop Batsheba Forbes, these are the Daughters that are dead that is to Say Abigail Hunings Sarah Whitehall Mariam Right [or Kight?] to them and there heirs


Last of all I recomend and appoint my faithful and Trusty Friend Noah Torksey to be my whole and sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament and I the said Henry Bray do disanull all former Wills & Testaments and do Ratify and Confirm this to be my last will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 30th day of June in the year of our Lord 1833.

Henry Bray

Signed & Sealed in Presents of
Silas Forbes
Alman Moriset

Camden County court August Term 1833
The Last Will and Testament of Henry Bray Decd. was Exhibited in open court & proved by the oath of Silas Forbes aJUDITH GREGORY subscribing witness thereto & Noah Torksey the Executor therein named appeared and Qualified as Executor thereto. Ordered that Letters Testamentory Issue &c. and that the said will be recorded
Test. C. G. Lamb Clerk

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

JUDITH GREGORY

October 21, 1753

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In the name of God Amen I JUDITH GREGORY being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to almight God for it do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testement in maner and form as followeth that is to say furst I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried at the discracion of my Exc…hereafter menthened--------

Iom. I give and bequeath to my well belove Son ISAAC GREGORY my new Desk

Iom. I give and bequeath to my beloved friend MARY LOYED one cow and cluf and one three year old hefer and two head of sheep and all my gees and one new coten gown and three head of yong cattel of two years old apeas.

Iom. I give and bequath all the rest of my estat that shall beleft after my lawfull debts be paid to be equally devided betwose my four children ISAAC, DEMSEY, MARY and LOVEY except my waring cloath to be equally devid between my two Daughters MARY and LOVEY.

And likewise I ordain and constute and apint my well beloved Brother JOSEPH MORGEN to be my whole and sole Executer of this my Last Will and Testement as witness my hand and seal this 21th day of October 1753.

JUDITH GREGORY seal

Sined sealed and published

In presencce of us

WM. BURGESS

JOHN EVERIGIN

SAM. SCOTT

As it happened to be forgoten in the body of my will to order the desposhal of my childern of mak this adishon my will and desir is that my exec.t take these of my children ISAAC, DEMSEY and MARY and keep them and there estates tel thay arafe to full age or marry and likwise my desir is that my beloved Daughter issies WILL Son have my Daughters LOVEY and my will is that my children may not be removed nor suppeted to Chase Gardens as witness my hand and seal

 

North Carolina

Pasquotank County

January Court Anno Dom 1754

Present His Majesties Justies

 

 

???? that WILLIAM BURGES Esq. Appeared in open Court and made & oath on the Holy Evangelist that he was present and saw JUDITH GREGORY sign seal publish and declare the within to be her Last Will and Testament, and that she was then of sound and disposing memory and that he also saw JOHN EVERIGIN and SAMUEL SCOTT, the other Evidoneois(?) sign their names thereto at the same time then appeared JOSEPH MORGAN Exer. And Relinquished his right to MARK GREGORY thereupon it was ordered that MARK GREGORY have the Admin. with Will annexed ??? security in one hundred pounds proclamation money declared that the Honorable JIMPS(?) MURRAY Esq. Secretary have ???? that Letters issue dated at the Clerkes Office the 12th day of January 1764

Test: Tho. Taylor.

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

MARGAROT GREGORY

Feb. The 3:d Day 174?

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In the name of God Amen. I MAGARET GREGORY Widow of Pasquotank County in the Province of North Carolina being in perfect health & memory thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling unto Mind the Mortallity of my Body do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form following.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Son RICHARD GREGORY one negro man named Charles to him and the children he had by his first Wife and their heirs for ever.

Item. I give to my well beloved Son JAMES GREGORY one negro girl named Hannah and her increase to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give unto my well beloved Son JOHN GREGORY one negro boy named Joshua to him and the children he has by his first Wife to him and their heirs for ever.

Item. I give unto my beloved Son CALEB GREGORY one negro woman named Priscilla she and her future increase to him and his heirs for ever.

Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter MARY UMPHRY’S one shilling sterling to her and her heirs for ever.

Item. I give unto my well beloved Daughter MARGARET BARL??Y one negro woman named Sue and her increase to her & her heirs for ever.

Item. I give unto my well beloved Daughter SARAH GRANDY one negro woman Wroth and her future increase to her & the heirs of her body for ever.

Item. I give unto my Grandaughter SARAH UNPHERIS one negro boy named Isaac to her and the heirs of her body for ever.

And I do hereby uttorly disallow revoke and disanul all and every other formor Testaments or Wills by me in any ways before named ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament and my Son JAMES GREGORY afore named I constitute and ordain my sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day and Year above written.

MARAGOT GREGORY

Her Mark

Signed, sealed and Delivered

In the Presence of

JAMES FORBES

ELIZABETH FORBES

REBECCA HARDING

Her X mark

July 16, 1753

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

THOMAS GREGORY

April 10, 1736

 

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In the name of God Amen. I THOMAS GREGORY of Pasquotank Preseink for North Carolina Planter. Being ??? perfect mind & memory Thanks be given unto God almighty. Calling to mind the mortality of my body knowing that its appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament that is to say ??????? first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave to & for my Body I recommend to ???? to be buried in a Christian like desent manner ????? descretion of my Executor nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. & as touching such worldly estate whorwith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner following.

Imprimis. I give & bequeath unto my Son NATHAN GREGORY his heirs & assigns for ever all my manner plantations where I now dwell & half of a certain tract of land containing two hundred & sixty seven acres lying on ye head of the Eataron(?)(Edenton?) Branch of Arronuse Croock on ye NE side of Pasquotank River ??? ye’s County aforsd. As more fully appoint(?) by ye pattent afore?? To be equally divided between my Sons NATHAN & SAMPSON without hurting one another after my dis??? & ??????? Son NATHAN should die without issue ye aforsaid manner plantation with it go two hundred & sixty seven acres should fall to my Son SAMPSON & his heirs forever. ???? Son SAMPSON should die without issue the aforsaid tract of land shall fall to my Son JACOB & his heirs for ever.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Son JACOB aka JOB after my diseas my negro man Tonsy.

Item. I also give & bequeath ------ my Son RICHARD GREGORY five shillings current money to RICHARD by my Executors (can’t make out rest ink has bled through)

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son WILLIAM GREGORY five shillings current money to be paid by my executors herein after mentioned---

Item. I also give & bequeath ???? my Grandson FREDZICK GREGORY five shillings current money to be paid by my executors herein after mentioned.

Item. I give & bequeath after my deseas unto my Son JACOB GREGORY, ELISABETH GODFRE, JOB GREGORY, SAMPSON GREGORY, NATHAN GREGORY, PRISILLARY GRAY all my moveable estate to be equally divided after my desseas to the above mentioned-----

Item. I do also constiute & ordain my well beloved Son JACOB GREGORY with my Son JOB GREGORY to be my only and sole Executors of this my Last Will & Testament Disallowing & disannuling all other former wills ratifying & confirming only this to be my Last Will & Testament In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this tenth day of April in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred & thirty Six

 

THOMAS GREGORY

His "T" Mark

Signed sealed published

Pronounced & declard in

Presence of us

The day & year above written

JOHN BELL

JO. ROBERTS

JOHNN BEERCOCK

 

June 23d 1740

Came befor me JOHN BELL & made oath that he saw THOMAS GREGORY sign seal & publish the above as his Last Will & Testament that he was of sound mind & memory at that time & that JOHN ROBERTS & JOHN BEERCOCK signd as witnesses thereto at the same time. JACOB GREGORY took the oath appointed by Court to be taken by Executors.

Will Probated June 30, 1740

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

WILLIAM GREGORY

November 24, 1751

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Probate of Wills

North Carolina

Pasquotank County

 

In the name of God Amen. I WILLIAM GREGORY of the County a foresaid being in good health and perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God there fore I do this day in the twenty year of reign of our souverign Lord KING GEORGE ye ---- and in ye years of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty one do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in form and manner as following that is to say

Imprimis. I commend my soul into ye hands of almighty God who gave it me and my body to the earth from whence it came in hopes of a joy full resurrection through the ???? of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and as for the worldly estate where with it has pleased God to bless me with I disspose here as follows

Item. I give and bequeath to my Grandaughter ANN GREGRORY Daughter of WILLIS GREGORY and ELISABETH his Wife and to her the heirs of her body lawfully begotten and if she die without issue of her body the same to return back one hundred acres of land a plantation called Hownens(?) Jonring(?) upon North River Swamp as the trees are marked one hundred acres more or less and if she dies with out heir of her body lawfully begotten the said land to return to my Son DEMPSEY GREGORY.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Grandaughter ANN GREGORY Daughter of WILLIS GREGORY and ELSABETH his Wife one negro woman named Hannah and one negro boy named Jephry(?)

Item. I leave the said land and ??? in the cear of my Son MARK GREGORY tell she come at age or marries

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son MARK GREGORY one hundred acres of land joyoing upon North River Swamp be the same more or less and to his heirs lawfully begotten of his body and if he the aforesaid MARK GREGORY die without heir then the said land return to my Daughter AFFIAH GREGORY the said land joining on JAMES GREGORYS line and as the trees are marked a long DEMPSEYS GREGORYS line where my Brother RICHARD GREGORY formerly did live.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son MARK GREGORY three negroes namely one negro man named Daniel one negro woman named Phillis, one negro boy named Simon the said Negro woman having a young child named Sue for my Son MARK to keep tell it is six years of old and then to deliver to whom I shall give it hereafter the said negroes Daniel, Fillis and Simon to him the said MARK GREGORY and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten and if no heir of his body to my Daughter AFFIAH GREGORY.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter AFFIAH GREGORY Fifty acres of land a place named Jonekin Town and Fifty joining upon JAMES GREGORY’S and the Widow TREWBLOODS and CORNELIUS KELFS and MARK GREGORY’S and DEMPSEY GREGORY lines as the trees are marked out be the same more or less

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter AFFIAH GREGORY three negros namely one negro man named Died, and one negro woman named Nan and one negro garl named Venes.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter AFFIAH GREGORY one gray mare named Dimond to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever and it she die with out heir of her body then the same to return to my Son MARK GREGORY.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son DEMPSEY GREGORY one Hundred acres of land ?????? MARK GREGORY line and my Grandaughter lines ANN GREGORY and down the Indian line out back.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son DEMPSAY GREGORY three negros namely one negro girl named Jeney and one negro boy named Charles and negro boy named Daniel and the first colt that Black Flanders brings and raises to be one year old and two year old heiffer that he clames and two sows and piggs to be delivered to him at twelve year old to him and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for ever and if he the said DEMPSEY GREGORY die with out heir of his body the said plantation to return to my Son ISAAC GREGORY and the negros and chattels to be equally divided between my two Daughters MARY and LOVEY.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY GREGORY One Hundred acres of land laying in Broad Creek in the fork of Jacobs Swamp going by the name Broad Creek and down the main road and then a long ????? line and down to a corner tree of my Grandaughters ANN GREGORY.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY GREGORY one young negro woman named Vilet and her increase and the first horse coalt that my dark brown mare called Venes & bridle her Son’s(?) puter with when she comes at age or marris and one two year heffer that she clames the said land which I give to my Daughter MARY GREGORY is One Hundred acres be the same more or less as the trees are marked out to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever and if she the said MARY GREGORY my Daughter die with out heir of her body then the said land of One Hundred more or less to my Daughter LOVEY GREGORY and the negro woman Vilet and her increase and movabels to be equally divided between ISAAC, DEMSEY, and LOVEY GREGORY.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter LOVEY GREGORY Two Hundred and Twenty acres of land then runing through my woodland pasture joining on CORNELIUS KELFS line then running a strait corse as the trees are marked to the Indian line then down the Indian line to a corner at the main road ???? as the trees is marked down JACOB GREGORYS line to the said plantation called Brettenl

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter LOVEY GREGORY one young negro woman named Barbara and her child and one young cow and calf and the first colt of the white mare that is had of Barnard the premises to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever and if she die with out heir the said land to my Daughter MARY GREGORY and the said negros to be equally divided between ISAAC, DEMSEY and MARY GREGORY.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife one Bond Servant woman Lyda during the time of her servetud and in crease of the said bond woman during time of there servetud.

Item. One negro man named Seasar during the time of her life and after wards to be sold and the money to my Son ISAAC GREGORY and one negro man named Sam during the time of her widow hood and the Bond woman that I have desposed of to return she and her ????? to my Son ISAAC GREGORY -------(to dark to read)

Item. I give and bequeath to loving Wife one horse named Jack, one bank(?) horses ---------------(to dark)called Hazard one bay ???? mair one brown mare called ???

Item. I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife my riding horse called Jessum and all my hoggs sowing two sows and piggs for my Son ISAAC GREGORY the hoggs and horses to pay my debts with

Item. I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife ten head of sheep taking the first choice out of the flock.

Item. I give to my Wife two part of my household goods and the remainder part to be equally divided amon all my children that is now alive and if they cant agree among themselves to devid the said houshold goods they must chuse two men to do it for them.

Item. I give and bequeath all my stock of cattle to be equally devided between my Wife and all my children.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son ISAAC GREGORY my Plantation where on I now live containing by estimation Two Hundred and Eighty acres joining on my Daughter LOVEY GREGORYS line up strate to the Indian Town line and as the Indian Town line goes to JONTHIN JONES then joining upon EDWARD JAMESES line then down to Ivey Neck a corner tree of CORNELIUS JONESES then down as the ditch goes to Ivey Point to a corner tree.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son ISAAC GREGORY one negro man named Sam at the day of my Wifes marrage or death. Item(One negro boy named Seasar of age sixteen and one negro garl named Sarah and one young mare named Flander and my gun and saddle and bridle and my new beaver hatt and two likely young sows and piggs

Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter MARY GREGORY one young negro girl named Sue.

Item. I will that my Loving Wife shall have her Lifetime one half of my Plantation whereon I now live and half the horse—(?) thereon.

Item. What land and negros I have given to my Son ISAAC I give to him and his heirs lawfully begotten for ever and if he die with out heir of his body lawfully begotten the land to my Son DEMSEY GREGORY and the negros to be evenlly divided among the rest of my children.

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son MARK GREGORY all my wearing cloathes also I do nominate and appoint my Son MARK GREGORY and my Daughter AFFIAH GREGORY and my Loving Wife JUDITH GREGORY my whole and soul Exors. To this my Last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke make null and void all other wills and testaments heretofore by me in any wise maid ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have here unto sett my hand and affixed my seal this 24th Day of November Anno Dom 1751.

Item. I having forgot to put in this my Last Will and Testament my Debts that is due to me which I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife all of my Debts and all my corn that is now housed for to pay the debts which I oe. Added to this before before seignd.

WILLIAM GREGORY

His "O" Mark

Signed sealed and pronounced

And declared by the said

WILLIAM GREGORY

As his Last Will and

Testament in the presence of

JOSEPH JONES

JOHN RADING

 

North Carolina Pasquotank County

April County Court 1752

Present His Majesties Justies

These may co?tess that the within Will was proved in Open Court by the Oaths of JOSEPH JONES and JOHN REDING Subscribing Evidones thereto in due form of law, and the within JUDITH GREGORY Exectrix was qualified as the Law directs.

Test. TAYLOR

Letters signed June 27, 1752

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

ELIZBETH TORKSEY

Jeneniry 25, 1758

 

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Probate of Wills

 

In the name of God Amen I ELIZBETH TORKSEY being very sick but of perfeck mind and memory thanks be to almity God for it dow make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in ???? and form as folloeth that is to say. I recommend my sole in to the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body to the grave to be buried at the deseceshiun of my Exec. Herto after menthuned------

Itom. I give and bequive to my be loved Son JOHN TORKSEY all my esteate both reel and paneel to him and his harse for ever after debts paid (?)

And I apint and consecute my trusty friend ABEL GALLUP my hole and sole Exec. Of this my Last Will and Testament and dow utterly desulot all others wills before by me maid in witness my hand and seal this 25th day of Jinuiry Jeneniry 25th then upered and FRANCES BROCKET and JUDAH WHITE and took Oath on the Holey Evengliust that the desist the above sd. ELIZBETH TORKSEY is that GELLEP shuld have lie curop her ??? and sd. and that the will as it stands was her bequist and was in her purfet senses ???? before me

(NOTE I see no signature of Eliabeth)

FRANCIS BROCKET

Her X mark

JUDAH WHITE

Her X mark

WM BURGESS (I see nothing that show this person in the probate but I still believe he was present)

North Carolina

Pasquotank County

March Court Anno Dom 1758

Present His Majestis Justies

These may ????? that FRANCIS BROCKET and JUDITH WHITE came into Opon Court and made Oath on the Holy Evangelist that they ware present and heard ELIZABETH TORKSEY as is within written. Then ABEL GALLOP appeared and took the oath of an Executor ordered that the Hon. RICHARD SPAIGHT Esq. Secretary hereNotree that letters issued

Test. Tho. Taylor

 

A Nuncupative Will of Eliz. Torksey

Was proved in Open Court by the Oath

Of FRANCIS BROCKET& JUDAH WHITE

Letter iss’d the first day of April 1758

Book N. 10

Page 139

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

JOHN TORKSEY

November 10, 1745

 

 

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Probate of Wills

In the name of God Amen I JOHN TORKSEY of Pasquotank County in the Province of North Carolina being sickly and weak of body but of perfet mind and memory thanks be given unto God for it calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apinted for all men to die do mak and ordain this my Last Will and Testement that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul in to the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried at the descration of my executers and as tuching such worldly estate whore with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I dispose of in the following manner and form-----

Itom. I give and bequith to my well beloved THOMAS TORKSEY one negro man named Bossen and eight burels of pork thet he owes me and one feather bed to him and his heirs for ever.

Itom. I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son BENJAMAN TORKSEY the plentation that I now live on and all the land thar unto belonging and one feather bed to him and his heirs for ever.

Itom. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughters ELIZABETH and SUSANE --- negros if there be to many of my negro woman named Jeane with ??? self and her two childern Pegg and Wappen and thare encrease betwn this and tim of delivery and if not to memey what there is liven at the time and if thare be more then fore of the sead negros my said Dafters to have which fore thay please to them and hares lawfull begotten of thare one bodys and if my childern that are liven and my will and desire is that shall not recive thare said negros nor devide them tel such time my youngest Dafter SUSANE arrives to the age of eighteen years or the day of marrye only my will and desir is that my Daughter ELIAZBETH shall have the use of the sd. negro garl Pegg at the day of marrye tel the time of devition then to be equelly devided between them likewise I give and bequeath my two Daughters each of them a good ??? furniture and a stone jugg at the day of mariage likewise my will and desir is that if ?? are be a negro or negros of the sd. Jeane and her childern and theire in creese then the fore apinted for my two Daughters to be equilly devided between my two Sons THOMAS and BENJAM and the rest of my estate to be equally divided among my four childern above named likwise I constitute make and ordain my two Sons above named my hole and sole Executere of this my Last Will and Testement and I do utterly dissalow ?????(to dark) testament heretofore as witness my hand and seal above written

JOHN TORKSEY

His "E" Mark

(the E is backwards)

sined sealed and acknowledge

in presents of us

A BURGES

JOHN WRIGHT

His Mark

ABASANA PURKENS

His Mark

 

North Carolina

Pasquotank County

April Court Anno Dom 1747

Present His Majesties Justices

There may ???? Wm. Burgess(?) Wright(?) two subscribing Evidones to the within Will appared in Opon Court and made Oath upon Holy Evangelist that they ware presant and saw JOHN TORKSEY sign seal publish (too dark) to be his Last Will & Testament, and that the said JOHN TORKSEY was at said time of sound disposing memory and that they also saw Abasana Perkins the other subscribing ??? sign his name thereto at the same time.Then also approved BENJAMIN TORKSEY Executor and took the Oath appointed for his qualification & ordered (too dark) Honorable N. ????? Esq. Secretary ----- Notice that letters may issue

Witness Thomas Taylor Clerk of County Court att Broomfwtosthe(?)

Thos. Taylor Clerk

5th day of July 1747

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

 

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

PHILLIP TORKSEY

February 25, 1755

 

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Probate of Wills

 

North Carolina Pasquotank County

I PHILLIP TORKSEY being very sick and weak of body but of perfet sence and memory thanks be to God for it do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in maner form as followeth that is to say first I recominend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried at the descreution of my Exect. Hereafter mentioned.

Itom. I give and bequeth to my beloved Brother ------ TORKSEY one two year old hefer.

Itom. I give and bequeth to my beloved Brother JOHN TORKSEY one two year old heiffer.

Itom. I give and bequith to my beloved Cosen MAIGIL(?) REED(?) one negro boy Daniel at the decese of my Wife to her and her haire for ever.

Itom. I give and bequeth to my well beloved Wife (blacked out) of my estate both rail and pal?????.

And I appint and ordain my beloved Wife ELIZEBETH to be my whole and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament and do utterly disannul all other Wills by me made and acknowledge this to be my Last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of Feb. 1755. Elizbeth and ???? was underlined before sined.

PHILLIP TORKSEY seal

 

Sined seled and published

In presence of

W. BURGES

ABEL GALLOP jurat Exe. Qualifed

His "A" Mark

Benjeman Torksey

His X Mark

 

North Carolina

Pasquotank County

June Court Anno Dom 1755

Present His Majesties Justices

These may Cortesie that Abel Gallop one of the Evidonce to the within Will appeared in open Court and made Oath that the said PHILLIP TORKSEY sign seal publish and declard the within ??????? this Last Will and Testament and that the said PHILLIP TORKSEY was at that time of sound and disposing memory and that ----- said the other evidonce sign ????? ???? Then appeared ELIZABETH TORKSEY Executrix and duly qualified as the said ?????? that the Honorable Henry McCullock(?) Esq. Secretary Notary(?) that letters ?????????

Test. Thos. Taylor

 

PHILLIP TORKSEY WILL

Letters issued

30th of June 1755

in Pasquotank County

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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