York County, South Carolina Wills (1770-1812)
Micro-film #C1689 & C1695
Abstracted by Paulette Haynes, Anderson, IN, 1992
In some cases there was no probate date for these wills. These wills are probably arranged by case & file in the state archives which might include more information and the probate dates. The micro-films I have are not arranged that way, but rather by number and book. There are also a few estates, but not all, from Bk. B (1800-1811)
ADKINS (Atkins), SAMUEL of Four
Mills Creek, near the old Nation Ford, York District, 5 Dec 1801
Wife: Sarah, who made her elopement from my bed, five shillings sterling for her part, and that her son, John do receive one shillling and no farther devid of my estate.
Wife: Rebeccah during her widowhood use & benefit of the plantation, six negroes, all goods, chattels and moveables. (two wives?)
Rebecca's son: Robert Willis
Rebecca's daughter: Mary Willis
My sister: Mary Foster, her three children, viz, Henry Foster, Catherine Foster, John Foster.
Executors: John Hutchison and Mr. Read, the schoolmaster.
Witnesses: Robert McSwain, Lewis Croxton, Benjamin Croxton
Proven: 31 Jan 1802
ALDERSON, ANN (estate) administrators are William Alderson and Jeremiah Alderson, 18 Oct 1811. Bk. B-747
ALDERSON, BENEDICT (estate) inventory of goods, chattels and effects of Benedict Alderson, deceased appraised by Wm. Craven, Jno. Campbell and James Richardson, 3 Jun 1795
ALLISON, JOHN of York District, 5
Son: Albert Allison, the plantation whereon I now live, known as Lattimore's Place.
Wife: Elizabeth, use of house for raising of my children.
Sale of a tract of land willed by my father to me in the state of Tennessee. Authorized executrix & executors to adjust my dispute with Col. Wm. Hill respecting several tracts of land lying in the State of North Carolina.
Executors: Wife, Elizabeth, Richard Allison, James Mitchell, Wm. Smith
Witnesses: C. Hager, John McCall, Jos. McKerrie
Codicil: 5 Jun 1804; dispositions regarding several negroes now in possession of Col. Wm. Hill and Mrs. Hill.
Proven: 6 Aug 1804
ALLISON, HUGH of York County, 19
Sons: Robert, Alexander, Hugh
Daughters: Margaret, Rosannah, Martha, Catharine
Grandson: Robert Johnson, son of Martha
Executor: Robert Allison
Witnesses: Isaac Hope, Robert Love, Catren Hope
ANDERSON, WILLIAM (estate) administrator is Thomas McCullough, 9 Oct 1810. Bk. B-714
ARNOLD, JOSEPHUS n.d.
Wife: Delphy Arnold
Son: William, piece of land leased from the Catawba Indians of 73 acres.
Son: John (under 18 years of age)
Daughter: Rebecca Lovens
Executors: Wife, Delphy and son, William
Witnesses: William Arnold, Thomas Drennen
Produced: 1 Nov 1802
ASHMORE, WALTER of York County, 23
Wife: Cleranah ?
Daughters: Mary, Mary and Eleanor
Sons: William and Walter
Witnesses: Walter Davis, Thomas Blankenship, Richard Blanks
BARNHILL, WILLIAM (estate) administrator is Robert Barnhill, 1808 Bk. B-538
BARR, THOMAS receipts for shares: J. Barr 31 Aug 1785; Thomas Barr 29 Sep 1795; Jenny Barr 29 Sep 1799; Joseph Dawson 1802; Robert Ferguson 1802; Moses Dickey Barr 1802; William Barr 1802; Benjamin White 17 Dec 1807; Nancy Barr 20 May 1807; Isabella (widow?) 1810. Bk. B-147 & 568
BELL, ROBERT of York County, 12 Oct
Sons: John and Robert
To: Jenny Crow or her guardian
Son-in-law: James Davis
Executors: Sons, Jon. Bell and Robert Bell
Witnesses: John Davis, John Bell, Elizabeth Bell
CARRINGTON, JOHN inventory presented 6 May 1807 by administrators Hillary Montgomery and Sarah Carrington. Bk. B-529
CATHCART, HUGH (estate)
administrator is Agness Cathcart, 23 Apr 1808.
Bk. B -613
CHISM, NANCY (estate) administrator is John Wilson, 27 Sep 1811. Bk. B-767
FARIES (Faris), JAMES of York
County, 5 Jan 1802
Son: James Faris
Son: Richard Faris
Grandson: Elias Faris
Son: William Faris
Son: Alexander Faris
Daughter: Margaret, married to David Strain
Daughter: Agness, married to Benjamin Garrison
Daughter: Jean, married to John Adare
Daughter: Susannah, married to John Faris
Daughter: Ann, married to James Faris
Executors: Wife, Jean and son, James Faris
Witnesses: James Faris, Richard Faris, John Kerr
Presented: 5 Mar 1802
FARIS, JEAN of York District, 5 Nov
Daughter: Ann Faris
Daughter: Jean Adair
Granddaughters: Polly Adair and Polly Brown
Executors: James Faris and Alexander Faris
Witnesses: John Barnett, Galoway Wilson
Presented: 7 Dec 1807
FARRIES (Faris), ROBERT of York
District, 16 Jun 1803
Children: Moses, David, Sarah, Anne, Hannah, Robert, Mary, Isabella Gordon, John McWhorter.
The raising of my children
To: James Bigger when has complyed with his indenture.
Executors: Wife, Hannah and her brother John, my son Moses
Witnesses: Robert Love, Samuel Hemphill, Joseph Carrol
Qualifying executors: Hannah Faris, John Faris, Moses Faris, 5 Dec 1803
FARRIS, WILLIAM of York District, 18
Sons: David, John, James, Joshua, Isaac
Daughters: Margaret, Mary, Sarah
Recorded: 15 Nov 1805
FREEMAN, CHRISTOPHER (estate) administrators are Margaret Freeman and Mc--- Freeman, 2 Jan 1804. Bk. B-348
GARRISON, DAVID (estate) administrators are Ann Garrison and John Watson, 7 May 1810. Bk. B-697
GILL, JAMES (estate) administrator is Mary Gill, 28 Oct 1809. Bk. B-676
GOOD SR., JOHN 11 Oct 1805
Wife (but not named)
Two sons: John Good Jr. and James B. Good
Daughter: Ann Good
To Mary Bratton, $2.00
To Margaret Plasco, $2.00
To Jane Hemphill, $2.00
Executors: Wife, and John Good
Witnesses: Henry Good, George Good, John McKenney
Proven: 18 April 1807, qualifying executors, Martha Good, John Good
GORDON, NANNY of York County 12 Oct
Sons: James, Samuel, Hugh, William
Daughters: Eliner Henry, Margaret Elder
Oldest daughter: Nanny Floid
Granddaughter: Mary Gordan, daughter of Robert Gordan
Youngest son: Hugh
"My seven children"
Executors: Sons, John and Hugh
Witnesses: Robert Faries, John Gordan, Nelly Henry
Proven: 30 Apr 1792
GRAHAM, JEAN of York County, 16 Aug
Daughter: Margaret Templeton, land joining John Caranhan on Turkey Crk.
Executors: Daughter, Margaret Templeton and trusted friend, Hugh Berry
Witnesses: James Wilson, George Templeton, William Templeton
Recorded: 30 Apr 1792, Inventory Bk. A #60, 17 Mar 1792
HANNA, JAMES of York County, 13 Feb
Wife: Jane Hanna
Grandson: James Hanna, son of William Hanna
Grandson: James Hanna, son of Robert Hanna
Granddaughter: Rosannah Berry Hanna, daughter of Robert Hanna
Son: James Hanna
Executors: Wm. Hanna, Robert Hanna, and wife Jane Hanna
Witnesses: Nathan Cooper, Sarah Hanna, James Hanna
HANNA, WILLIAM (Colonel) 3 Dec
Estate administrator William C. Hanna. Bk.B-731
HOOD, JAMES (estate) administrators are Elinor Hood and John Adkinson, 10 Sep 1806. Bk. B-493
HOPE, ADAM (estate) administrator is Agnes Hope, 7 May 1804. Bk. B-381
HOPE, JAMES (estate) administrators are Eleanor Hope and William Byers, 4 Jun 1804. Bk. B-367
KNOX, JAMES (estate) appraisment of the estate of James Knox, deceased, 21 Nov 1795; among other items, 640 acre land tract and 1/2 still containing 77 gallons. Appraisers, John Harris, James Stewart, Thomas Magill.
KNOX, SAMUEL of Mecklenburg County, 5
Widow and three daughter, Jean, Sarah and Mary.
Grandson: John Pettis (Pettus)
Grandson: Stephen Pettis
Granddaughter: Agnes Pettis
Granddaughter: Mary Pettis, daughter of George Pettis
Granddaughter: Mary Candlish negroes Tom, Will and Phebe; also seven tracts of land. (Mary Candlish is under age 18, Alexander Candlish her father? if he returns to these parts)
Granddaughter: Rebecca Pettus
Grandson , Samuel Knox Pettus, son of William Pettus.
Brother: Robert Knox
To: William Pettus; grandson Stephen Pettus.
To: John Pettus, son of George Pettus, three tracts of land.
Make provisions for completion of a brick house being built by Thompson Hartgrove and Charles Wright, to be 20 feet high above the stone work.
To: Samuel Knox, son of brother John, a horse
Grandson: Samuel Knox Pettus
Wearing apparel divided between brothers Matthew and David; James Tagert the best hat.
Excutors: Wife, Mary, William Pettus, James Tagert.
Witnesses: James F. Gordon, Joseph Knox, George Pettus
Probated York Co. District Court, April 1800, Bk. A-20; Mecklenburg Co. Bk. D-138
KOLB, JAMES of York County, 13 Dec
Four children whose names are now, Mary Love, Margaret Feemster, Ruth Love and Silas Kolb, to be paid $3.00 each.
Daughters: Jean Kolb, Catharine Kolb, Elizabeth -- Kolb.
Son: Joseph Kolb
Present wife: Elizabeth Kolb
Executors: Wife, Elizabeth and son-in-law, William Feemster of Chester Co.
Witnesses: David Gordan, Ezekiel Morris, Elinor Leech
Proven: 1 Jun 1807
LATTIMORE, ROBERT of Craven
County, 25 Oct 1784
Wife: Ann Lattimore
Son: George Lattimore
Grandsons: Estate to be divided among often (after?) named grandsons, viz: Robert Love and James Love; Robert Lattimore, son of Arthur Lattimore, as much as both the above named; and Hezekiah and James McKenzie equal to the above named Loves; and Arthur and James Kennedy the same.
Executors: Son-in-law, Joseph McKenzie and son-in-law, Andrew Love.
Witnesses: Joseph Howe, Mathew Bigger
Codicil: to daughters, viz, Rebecca McKenzie, Anne Love and Nancy Kennedy, one dollar each.
McKNIGHT, JOHN of York County, 20
Wife (but not named)
Daughters: Mary, Sarah, Eleanor, Isabella, Betsy
Land on Serats Creek 96 District to be sold.
Executors: Wife and son Robert
Witnesses: John Blackney, William Fowler, James Fowler
Inventory presented by Mary McKnight and Robert McKnight, executors; Bk. A #13 n.d.
McNIGHT, MARGARET (widow) of York
District, 17 Dec 1800
Three daughters: Mary, Isabella, Elizabeth (all unmarried)
Grandson: John McNight
Granddaughter: Margaret McClelan
Grandson: John McNight Lindsey
Grandson: Moses McCleave
Son: Robert McNight
Daughter: Sarah Hog
Executors: Daughters, Isabella and Elizabeth
Witnesses: Jo. Brown, A. Egger, Elizabeth --- illegible
Proven: 26 Jun 1801
MULDOON, DAVID of York District, 5
Wife's daughter, Elizabeth
My daughter, Elinor
Daughters: Sarah, Rebecca, Lucinda
Executors: John Downing, David Daniel
Witnesses: Mary Neeley, James Cathey
Presented: 13 Jun 1801
MURPHEY, JAMES of Fishing Creek,
York County, 18 Jul 1787
Son: John Murphey
Grandsons: James Murphey, Robert Murphey, Alexander Murphey
Daughters: Susanna Sadler and her daughter Mary Miles; Rachel Sadler and her son, Isaac Sadler, Mary Sadler
Executors: Son, John Murphey, Richard Sadler
Witnesses: John Adam, John Brevard, Thomas Hale
NASH, LUCY of York District, 5 Feb
Son: Francis --- Nash
Daughter: Polly Turner Nash
Executors: John Adams, Samuel Neely
Witnesses: D. Boyers, R. Barron
Proven: 20 Feb 1809
RAY (Wray) SR., HENRY of York County,
26 Aug 1789
Daughters: Isabell and Sarah
Executors: Son, Henry and Alex. Galloway
Witnesses: Isaac Gillham, Thomas Gillham, John Creige
Recorded: 28 Dec 1789, inventory Bk. A #31
REA, FRANCES, 2 Feb 1804
Residing on the waters of Crowders Creek in York District.
Wife: Sarah Rea (if she survives)
Sons: William, Alexander, Francis
William to care for plantation, wife and daughters, Mary Rea, Elizabeth Rea, Sarah Rea.
Granddaughter: Rachel Jamison
Executors: Wife, Sarah Rea and son William Rea, John Henry
Witnesses: Robert Adams, David Jackson, James Montgomery
Proven: 5 Aug 1805
ROSS, RACHEL of York County, 1 Apr
Sons: James, Alexander, William
Niece: Rachel Murphey, daughter of John Murphey
Excutors: George Ross, Andrew Love
Witnesses: J. Ross, William Carson Sr., William Carson
Inventory presented 17 Jul 1790, Bk. A #48
SADLER, JOSEPH of York District, 9
Wife: Elizabeth Sadler, the plantation containing 100 acres where I formerly lived on joining land with Richard Sadler Senior deceased on Fishing Creek.
Executor: Wife, Elizabeth Sadler
Witnesses: Samuel McNeel, John Bratton, David Sadler
Proven: 11 Jun 1812
SADLER SR., RICHARD of York
District, 10 Jan 1804
Wife: Jane Sadler
Oldest son: David Sadler, $20
Second son: Richard Sadler, $20
Third son: Joseph Sadler, $20
Daughter: Eleanor Black, $20
Executors: Wife, Eleanor and son, David
Witnesses: George Reed, David Leech Sr., Jos. Feemster
Proven: 6 Jan 1810
THOMPSON (Thomson) JAMES of York
District, 11 Jun 1808
Brother: Nathaniel Thomson, the tract in North Carolina, Burkham ? County.
Sister: Mary Ann Edmiston
Brother: Moses Thomson
Brother: Samuel Thomson
Sister: Betsy Hann Grier
Two brothers: Alexander Thomson and John Thomson
Executors: Alexander Thomson, John Thomson
Witnesses: Edward Byers, John Cain, John Lusk
Proven: 7 May 1810
THOMPSON, SAMUEL of York
District, 3 Mar 1811
Brother: Nathaniel Thompson, $250 to be paid by Moses Thompson.
Brother: Moses Thompson, one negro due me from my brothers Alexander and John Thompson, to be worth $500
Sister: Mary Ann Edminston, $250 to be paid by Robert Grier.
Sister: Betsy Hannah Grier
To my venerable mother.
Two brothers: Alexander and John, property and money due me from the estate of James Thompson
Executors: Alexander Thompson, John Thompson
Witnesses: Thomas Brown, Robert Grier
Proven: 5 Aug 1811
WALKER, THOMAS, 14 Jun 1795
Land in Rutherford County, North Carolina.
Son: James, under twenty one years of age
Other children (but not named)
Executors: Wife, Mary, Felix Walker, William Smith
Witnesses: James Simpson, William Smith, R. Wilkinson
WATSON, GEORGE of York District, 13
Wife: Mary Watson
Stepdaughter: Ruthey Bratton
Executor: Hugh Bratton
Witnesses: Robert Bratton, J. Thompson
Presented: 24 Jun 1809
WATSON, JAMES of York District, 5
Sons: David Watson, John Watson
Son: William, the plantation on Buckhorn Fork of Bullocks Creek
Son: Samuel Watson
To: Elizabeth Findley
Son: Aaron Watson, the plantation I now live on.
Daughter: Ann Hemphill
Executors: Sons, David, John and Samuel Watson
Witnesses: Katherine Watson, David Watson, Samuel Watson
WATSON (Colonel), SAMUEL of York
District, 1 Mar 1809
Wife: Elizabeth Watson
Son-in-law: John Eakin
Son: Robert Watson
Sons: Hugh, William, David
Son-in-law: John Berry
To: Betsy McWhorter
Grandchildren: Samuel Watson, son of James Watson; Samuel Watson, son of John Watson; Samuel Watson, son of David Watson; Samuel Watson, son John Berry, James Watson, son of Samuel Watson, Sarah and Samuel Watson, son and daughter of Robert Watson
Each of the aforesaid grandchildren receive $20.
What may come on the Hill & Capt. Haynes bond
Executors: Son, John and Samuel Watson.
Witnesses: Hugh Watson, Robert Watson, Catherine Watson
Presented: 27 Nov 1810
WATSON SR., WILLIAM of Fishing
Creek, York County, 20 Aug 1798
Wife: Violet Watson, the estate.
Also her sister's children and one third to Hugh Berry.
Sisters: Elizabeth Walker and Alice Alexander
Cousin: Watson Walker, son of Felix Walker
Executors: Wife, Violet, Hugh Berry, Col. William Bratton, John McCan.
Witnesses: Jos. Gabie, John Gabie, Roger Berry.
Inventory presented 12 Nov 1798, Bk. A #143
WATSON, WILLIAM of York District,
23 Aug 1809
Wife: Mary Watson
Son: James Watson, ten dollars.
Grandson: James Watson
Two sons: David and Robert
Executors: Son, David and Robert
Witnesses: Will. Pettus, Samuel Smith, Archibald Steel
Presented: 6 Apr 1812
York Co. SC Wills 1770-1812