Camden Wills

BRICKHOUSE BELL

ASA CARTWRIGHT

DANIEL CARTWRIGHT

SOUTHEY FORBES

TAMER GODFREY

LYDIA GRANDY

SALLY HATHAWAY

NOAH SPENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

BRICKHOUSE BELL

February 20(28?), 1822

 

Will Book C

Pages 4, 5

In the name of God Amen! I BRICKHOUSE BELL of the County of Camden and State of North Carolina being weak of body but of sound mind and memory knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner & form following Viz.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Wife MARY BELL all the property of every nature & kind she was possessed of when I intermarried with her, except such as have been made use of, also one gig, two sows and eleven shuts, & four pigs & all the previsions in the house except four barrels of old pork to her & her heirs forever.

Item. I lend to my Daughter NANCY COX during her natural life the following negroes viz. Amy & her three children Stephen, Smart, and Sarah, & Lucy & her child Dinah, Lini & Smart son of Lucy and after her death, I give & bequeath unto the children of my Daughter NANCY COX as well those hereafter to be born as those already born, the above mentioned negroes that I loaned her during her natural life to them & their heirs forever. I give & bequeath unto my Daughter NANCY COX one sorrel mare called Cross to her & her heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter JANE BRAY, the following negroes viz. one negro woman named Courtney & her three children, Sally, Stephen, & Julia, also one negro man named Young Charles, one negro woman called Young Sarah & her Son Demsey to her & her heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Son CARTWRIGHT BELL part of the land that I purchased of CALEB CHURCH bounded as follows viz. beginning at the North River opposite a branch where ABNER ROBESON formerly lived running northwardly to the mouth of said branch, then up said branch to a ditch then up the ditch to the main road, then across the main road north twenty one(?) east by a line of marked trees to JOHN WILLIAMS line then west said WILLIAMS line to the run TULLY GREGORY’S line then down the main stream of the run to the North River then the various courses of the River to the first station also one negro man named Enoch, one negro girl Rachel and one negro girl Grace to her and her (sic) heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son TULLY BELL the remainder of the land I purchased of CALEB CHURCH whereon he now lives also the land I purchased of THOMAS C. FEREBEE also one negro man named Willis, one negro girl named Claricey, one negro man called Old Charles, one negro woman Old Sally, one bed & furniture one yoke of young oxen, two cows & calves, six head of sheep to him & his heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Son JAMES W. BELL all the land I purchased of SARAH STEWART also the swamp I purchased of JOHN LAMB, also one negro man named Lerry(?), one negro girl named Lomen, one old man Cuffee, one old man Jack, one bed & furniture, two cows & calves, six head of sheep, to him and his heirs forever. My will and desire is that the board & tutition of my Son JAMES W. BELL at Raleigh be paid out of the money in hand—the ??? to be made out of the property not given away in particular legacies also one hundred dollars in notes for the purpose of purchasing him a horse.

My will & desire is that all the property not before given away in particular legacies at my death to be equally divided amongst my five children, viz. NANCY, JANE, CARTWRIGHT, TULLY & JAMES W. BELL.

Lastly I nominate & appoint my Son in Law ANDREW BRAY & my two Sons CARTWRIGHT & TULLY my whole & sole Executors to this my Last Will & Testament. Revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the twenti (runs off the page could be 20th or 28th not sure) day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty two.

B. BELL seal

Signed, sealed & declared to be the

Last Will & Testament of the

Testator by him in the presence of us

G.C. MARCHANT

H.N. WILLIAMS

Camden County Court

May Term 1822

This instrument of writing was exhibited in open Court & proved as the Last Will & Testament of BRICKHOUSE BELL dec’d. by the oath of GIDEON C. MARCHANT a subscribing witness thereto and at the same time CARTWRIGHT BELL & TULLY BELL Executors therin named appeared & qualified as Executor thereto. Ordered to be Recorded.

Test. M.S. LEWIS clk

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

DANIEL CARTWRIGHT

August 25, 1819

 

Will Book C

Pages 2-4

State of North Carolina

Camden County

In the name of God Amen. I DANIEL CARTWRIGHT of the County & State aforesaid being of perfect sound disposing mind & memory thanks be to God do make this my Last Will & Testament in the following manner (to Wit.)

Item 1st. I give unto my Wife POLLY CARTWRIGHT all the property that she had at the time of our marriage that I could have taken or been benefited by, unto her & her heirs forever.

Item 2d. I give devise & bequeath, unto my Son NEILSON CARTWRIGHT a small piece of land containing about eight acres more or less lying on the east side of the main road & in the north side of a large ditch, beginning at the road, at the arch over said ditch then binding said ditch to JAMES O. (Carteneg is marked out) SMITH’S line, then binding JAMES O. SMITH land to the road, then binding the road to the first station. Also negro boy John, the one half of negro Ceasar, one feather bed & furniture, one gun, one riding chair & harness, one beaufat, one hand mill, one bay horse, two hundred dollars in promissory notes, which is on hand to him & his heirs forever.

Item 3d. I give, devise & bequeath unto my Son JAMES CARTWRIGHT all the remainder part of my lands, also negro Isaac, the one half of negro Ceasar, one walnut dining table, one large looking glass, one feather bed & furniture, one mare, bridle & sadle, one gun to him & his heirs forever.

Item 4th I give unto my Daughter POLLY SMITH, one cow & calf & all the property I have heretofore given, that she has in her possession to her & her heirs forever.

Item 5th I give unto my Daughter BETSEY RICHARDSON, one cow & calf & all the property heretofore given her which she has in possession to her & her heirs forever.

Item 6th I give all the remainder of my property not heretofore given away to my two Sons NIELSON CARTWRIGHT & JAMES CARTWRIGHT to be equally divided between them share & share alike after paying all my debts, to them & their heirs forever.

I hereby nominate & appoint GEO. GEREBEE and my Son NEILSON CARTWRIGHT Executors to this my Last Will & Testament hereby revoking all wills or bequeaths heretofore made. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand & seal this 25th day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred & nineteen.

D. CARTWRIGHT seal

Signed, sealed, published

Pronounced & declared by the

Testator to be his Last Will &

Testament in presence of us

JONATHAN WHITEHURST

JAMES CARTWRIGHT

Camden County Court

May Term 1822

The foregoing was exhibited in open Court & proved as the Last Will and Testament of DANIEL CARTWRIGHT by the oath of JAMES CARTWRIGHT Sen. a subscribing witness thereto and at same time NIELSON CARTWRIGHT an Executor therein named, appeared & qualified as Executor thereto by taking the usual oath prescribed by law. Ordered to be Recorded.

Test. M.S. LEWIS clk

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

LYDIA GRANDY

November 13, 1821

 

Will Book C

Page 12

In the name of God Amen! Know all men that I LYDIA GRANDY of the County of Camden & State of North Carolina being in a poor state of health but in sound memory do make this my Last Will & Testament.

Item. I give & bequeath to my Son CALEB GRANDY my part of two negro girls that was sold, named Channy & Cloe.

I give & bequeath to my Son CALEB GRANDY all my cattle, that has come since his Father’s death & likewise all my sheep and three stocks of Bees his first choice.

And I give & bequeath to my Son CALEB GRANDY all my crockery ware & one half of my sithye(?), and one half of my poultry, and one dutch oven & one frying pan.

I do acknowledge this to be my Last Will in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this the thirteeth day of November 1821.

LYDIA GRANDY seal

Her x mark

Signed in presence of us

ELAS WILLIAMS

PEGGY WILLIAMS

Her x mark

And I LYDIA GRANDY do leave my Son CALEB GRANDY to be Executor to my will.

Camden County Court

November Term 1822

The foregoing was exhibited in open Court & proved as the Last Will and Testament of LYDIA GRANDY by the oath of PEGGY WILLIAMS a subscribing witness thereto. And at same time CALEB GRANDY an Executor therein named appeared & qualified as executor thereto. Ordered that Testamentary letters issue & that the same be recorded.

Test.

M.S. LEWIS CLK.

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

NOAH SPENCE

October 16, 1821

Will Book C

Page 2

In the name of God Amen. I NOAH SPENCE of the County of Camden & State of North Carolina am week in body but of sound mind & memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same, I am a mind to dispose of these Worldly goods & c.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Son JOHN SPENCE Junr. My land & plantation to him & his heirs forever. Also, I give him one mare & colt & one mule & four head cattle hogs with all the rest of my moveable estate within doors & out doors, to him & his heirs for ever.

Item. I appoint my loving Son JOHN SPENCE whole & sole executor of this my Last Will & Testament. In witness my hand & seal this Sixteenth of October 1821.

NOAH SPENCE seal

His mark

Signed sealed above written

BETSY BEALS

Her x mark

JOHN WILKINS

Camden County Court

May Term 1822

The foregoing was exhibited in open Court & proved to be the Last Will & Testament of NOAH SPENCE dec’d by the oaths of BETSY BEAL & JNO WILKINS the subscribing witnesses thereto. No executor appearing to qualify. Ordered to be Recorded.

Test. M.S. LEWIS clk

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

SALLY HATHAWAY

May 9, 1822

Will Book C

Pages 10, 11

In the name of God Amen! I SALLY HATHAWAY of the County of Camden and State of North Carolina being weak in body but sound in mind & memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make & publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following viz.

First. I give & bequeath unto my Nephew JAMES HATHAWAY Son of NATHL. & ANGELICA HATHAWAY my bureau to him his heirs & assigns forever.

I also give & bequeath to my Sister ANGELICA HATHAWAY all my crockery ware to her her heirs & assigns forever.

I also give & bequeath to my Sister NANCY BELL, one hundred dollars to her heirs & assigns forever.

I lend to my Sister NANCY BELL my negro boy Jerry during her natural life & at her decease I give and bequeath him to JAMES HATHAWAY, HORATIO N. HATHAWAY & the child which my Sister ANGELICA is now pregnant with---in case of the death of either the sd. JAMES, HORATIO, or the said child which my said Sister is now pregnant with, for the said Jerry to go to the survivors to them their heirs or assigns forever.

I also give & bequeath to JAMES HATHAWAY, HORATIO N. HATHAWAY & the child which my Sister ANGELICA is now pregnant with Five Hundred dollars to remain in the hands of my Sister MARY BELL & to be laid out in clothing & educating them at her discretion or to remain in her hands, until they arrive at the age of Twenty One Years & in case of her death to leave it with some person she may think proper, to be laid out in the manner they may think proper, either in clothing & educating them or to retain in their hands until the said JAMES, HORATIO & the child which my Sister ANGELICA HATHAWAY is now pregnant arrive the age of Twenty One Years, in case of the death of either for it to go to the survivors.

Lastly. I give & bequeath to my Sister MARY BELL all the rest and remainder of my property both personal or real including the place HORATIO N. WILLIAMS bought for me formerly the property of SILAS JONES to her & her heirs and assigns forever she paying all my just debts.

And I hereby nominate, constitute, make and appoint my Sister MARY BELL Executrix & my friend HORATIO N. WILLIAMS Executor to this my Last Will & Testament revoking all & every other Will or Wills or Testaments heretofore by me made & acknowledged this & this only to be my last. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the ninth day of May Anno Domini One Thousand Eight Hundred & Twenty Two.

SARAH HATHAWAY seal

Her x mark

Signed, sealed and acknowledged

In presence of

CALEB G. HOMER

JAMES W. DUKE

Camden County Court

August Term 1822

The foregoing was exhibited in open Court & proved to be the Last Will & Testament of SARAH HATHAWAY by the oath of CALEB G. HOMER a subscribing witness thereto. And at same time MARY BELL and Executrix & HORATIO N. WILLIAMS an Executor therein named appeared & qualified as an Executrix & Executor thereto in due form of Law. Ordered that Testamentary letters issue.

Test.

M.S. LEWIS CLK.

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

SOUTHEY FORBES

May 26, 1815

Will Book C

Page 1, 2

In the name of God Amen. I SOUTHEY FORBES of the County of Camden & State of North Carolina doth this 26th day of May Eighteen Hundred & fifteen make this my Last Will and Testament in the following manner To Wit. Calling to mind the mortality of man & know it is appointed for all men to die.

First. I recommend my Soul to God-who gave it & my body to earth & as touch such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give in the following manner ToWit.

Item. I give the use of all my property both real & personal unto my beloved Wife POLLY FORBES for & during her natural life for her support & she the said POLLY FORBES has liberty to sell my part of the chattle property for decent support at her own discretion, but reserving never the less a sufficient part of said chattle property sufficient to pay all my just debts to be sold by my Executor & of such as my Wife may think she can spare best. It is my will & desire that after the death of my Wife POLLY FORBES that my negro Nelly should not be Hare to any person but he under the protection of CALEB PERKINS & in case he should die then & in that case, she be under the Protection of Baptist Church in Camden known by the name of Schylo, & in case the said negro woman Nelly should out life my Wife, & become sick or old & not be able to work & maintain herself that my Executors are hereby authorised to support her out of my estate.

Item. I give unto CALEB FORBES my Son, all the property which may be at my Wife’s die, both real & personal, except one feather bed & furniture which I give at her death to MORDICAI GREGORY Son of WILL GREGORY Sen. and one negro woman Nelly which I have left in CALEB PERKINS care & of the Baptist Church in Camden as above.

Lastly I nominate & appoint my friend CALEB PERKINS my whole & sole Executor to this my Last Will & Testament revoking all former Wills by me made & owning this to be my Last. In Testimony of the same I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & date first above written.

SOUTHY FORBES seal

Signed, sealed & delivered

In presents of

COSTIN L. SAWYER

CORTNEY BRAY

Her X mark

Camden County May Term 1822

This was exhibited in open Court & proved as the Last Will & Testament of SOUTHY FORBES dec’d. by the oath of COURTNEY BRAY subscribing witness thereto. No executor appearing to qualify is Ordered to be Recorded.

Test.

M.S. LEWIS clk

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

TAMER GODFREY

November 13, 1821

Will Book C

Pages 9, 10

In the name of God Amen! I TAMER GODFREY of Camden County & State of N. Carolina, being of sound & perfect mind & memory calling to mind the certainty of death & the uncertainty of the time thereof do make, publish & ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following that is to say.

Imprimis. I give & bequeath to my Brother SAMUEL GODFREY, five shillings to be paid him out of my estate.

Item. I give to my Brother WILLIAM GODFREY five shillings to be paid him out of my estate.

Item. I give to my Brother JAMES GODFREY one note of hand signed by him & payable to me for fifty nine dollars & sixty cents, dated the 8th of February 1821. Also one bed & furniture. Also one Red Cow to him & his heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Brother MALACHI GODFREY forty five dollars, which he now owes me.

Item. I give & bequeath unto POLLY SNOWDEN, one sorrel horse, one mahogany table ½ dozen tea spoons, one seit of bed curtains, also one negro girl by the name of Molly, all my wearing apparel to her & her heirs forever.

Item. I lend to BETSEY GODFREY Daughter of WILLIAM GODFREY one bed & furniture, one cow & calf & one linen wheel, her choice, & in case she has a lawful heir or heirs, then I give her the afsd. articles to her & her heirs forever, & in case she should die without a lawful heir, then in that case I give the said property which I have lent her to my Brothers JAMES & MALACHI GODFREY share & share alike.

Item. I give negro man Charles to my neighbour WILLIS WILSON that is to say to be under his care & direction. To be hird out & the one half of the net proceeds of his hire to be paid over to my Brother MALACHI GODFREY, annually for & during the term of his natural life. And at the death of my Brother MALACHI I give the one fourth of the net proceeds of the hire of negro man Charles to WELTHY GODFREY Daughter of MALACHI GODFREY & the other fourth of his hire I wish my friend WILLIS WILSON to retain for his trouble.

Item. It is my will that my Executors hereafter named pay to my negro man Charles, five barrels of Indian Corn, and one sow & shots which I owe him, to be delivered to my friend WILLIS WILSON for him.

Item. All the remainder of my estate which I have not already given away I leave to be sold by my executors, and after paying all my just debts I give the net proceeds if any, to my Brothers JAMES & MALACHI GODFREY to them & their heirs share & share alike.

Lastly I nominate & appoint my Brother JAMES GODFREY & my friend WILLIS WILSON Executors to this my Last Will & Testament revoking & disannulling all wills heretofore by me made ratifying this & this only to be my Last Will & Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 13th day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred & Twenty one.

TAMER GODFREY seal

Her x mark

Signed, sealed & acknowledged

In the presence of us

SAMUEL WILLIAMS

ABNER H. GRANDY

Camden County Court

May Term 1822

The foregoing was exhibited in open Court & proved as the Last Will & Testament of THAMER GODFREY dec’d. by the oaths of SAMUEL WILLIAMS & ABNER H. GRANDY the subscribing witnesses thereto. And at same time JAMES GODFREY one of the executors therin named appeared & qualified as executor thereto. Ordered to be Recorded.

Test.

M.S. LEWIS Clk.

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

OF

ASA CARTWRIGHT

September 5, 1823

Will Book C

Page 23

In the name of God Amen! I ASA CARTWRIGHT of Camden County and State N. Carolina being sick in body but of sound and perfect mind & memory (blessed be God) do this 5th day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand, Eight Hundred & Twenty Three, make and publish this my Last Will & Testament in manner following—that is to say—

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Sister NANCY CARTWRIGHT the part of the plantation I now live on to include the house beginning at the main road GIDEON CARTWRIGHT’S line, thence a straight course to the back line in the swamp for her part to bind on the Island road to her & her heirs forever.

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Nephew ASA GIBSON the Southern part of said plantation adjoining BRITTAIN JONES and others to him & his heirs forever, also one states musket.

Item. I give & bequeath unto ANDALINA MELINA and ALEXANDER GIBSON all of my lands lying on the Great Island to be sold when ALEXANDER GIBSON arrives to the age of sixteen years old and the money to be equally divided between them--- the said Island to be rented out until that period for the support of said children—to them & their heirs forever.

Item. It is my desire that all my moveable property indoors and out of every kind and crop now growing to be sold, and all of my just debts paid out of the money arrising from said sale. If there should be any balance remaining after paying my just debts for it to be equally divided between my Sister NANCY CARTWRIGHT and JACOB GIBSON to them & their heirs forever.

Lastly I hereby make and ordain my worthy friend STEPHEN MERCER Executor of this my Last Will & Testament in witness whereof I the said ASA CARTWRIGHT have to this my Last Will & Testament set my hand & seal this day & year above written.

ASA CARTWRIGHT seal

Signed, sealed and declared

In presence of us who were

Present at the time of signing

& sealing thereof

WILSON B. WEBSTER

SIMEON BURGESS

State of North Carolina

Camden County

November T. 1823

The Last Will & Testament of ASA CARTWRIGHT dec’d was exhibited & proved in open Court by the oath of WILSON B. WEBSTER one of the subscribing witnesses thereto. The Executor therein named refusing to qualify. Ordered that the Will be Recorded.

Test.

M.S. LEWIS CLK.

Submitted by: Judy Merrell Brickhouse

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