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WILL OF NANCY MORRIS

At the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery held for Kanawha County the 18th day of May 1832

               The last will and Testament of Nancy Morris dec late in the County was this day presented in Court and proved by Oaths of Lawrence H. Brannon, Samuel Hanna subscribing witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Jacob Johnson Executor therein named who made Oath thereto and together with Andrew Donnally, Samuel Hanna and Owen Jarrett his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of six thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form. And was further ordered that Felix G. Hansford, John Harriman, John Hansford, Levi Morris and John Huddleston gent or any three of them being first sworn before a Justice of the Peace, do duly and justly appraise in current money the personal Estate and Slaves /if any/ of the said deceased. And return the appraisement under their hands to the Court.

The will aforesaid is in words and figures following To Wit:

In the name of God Amen. I Nancy Morris of the County of Kanawha and State of Virginia being weak in body but of sound mind and memory calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all persons once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say as touching such worldly estate where with it has pleased God to bless me in this life.

I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

       First, I give and bequeath to my daughter Celica Harvey and her Heirs my Slaves Jerry, Polly and Caleb to have and to hold the said Jerry, Polly and Caleb to the sole and behoof of the Celica Harvey and her heirs forever ….. the balance of my property I will and desire it to be sold and the proceeds equally divided among all my children according to the last will and Testament of my deceased Husband Benjamin Morris and I do hereby constitute and appoint my son in law Jacob Johnson of the county of Monroe my Executor of this my last will and testament clarifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty sixth day of April in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and thirty-two

Witness Samuel Hanna                                     Nancy Her Mark Morris

Charles Buckley

Lawrence H Brannon

The Bond in words and figures following To Wit Know All Men by these presents That we Jacob Johnson, Andrew Donnally, Samuel Hanna and Given Jarrett are held and firmly bound unto Lewis Summers Esq Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery of Kanawha County in court now setting in the sum of Six Thousand dollars to the payment whereof well and truly to be made to the said Judge or his successors in office we bind ourselves and each of us our and each of our heirs executors and administrators jointly, severally and firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this eighteenth day of May, 1832 and in the fiftieth year of the commonwealth. The condition of this obligation is that if the said Jacob Johnson, Executor of Nancy Morris deceased do make a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of him the said Jacob Johnson or into the hand and possession of any other person or persons for him and the same so made to exhibit to the said Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery of Kanawha County at such time he shall be thereto required by the said court and the same goods chattels and credits do well and truly administrator according to law and make a just and true account of his actings and doings. Therein when thereunto required by the said court and further do well and truly pay and delivery all the legacies contained and specified in the said bill as far as the said goods chattels, and credits will extend according to the value thereof and as the law shall charge. Then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force. Signed sealed and acknowledged in open court

Jacob Johnson

A Donnally

Samuel Hanna

G Jarrett


Pursuant to an order of the Circuit Superior Court of Ka County May 18, 1832 directed to us the subscribers Levi Morris, John Huddleston, and John Hansford, B after being first duly sworn for that purpose have proceeded to appraise and value the personal estate of the late Nancy Morris Dec as follows that is to say:

35 Head of Hogs $80.00

18 Head of Sheep $18.00

4 Milk Cows $32.00

2 Yoke of Cattle Yokes and Chains $80.00

3 Young steers $24.00

1 Black do $10.00

3 cows dry $24.00

6 Heds $ 8.00

1 calf and 9 yearlings $28.00

1 wagon for oxen $30.00

1 gray horse $50.00

1 cell old smith tools $20.00

1 Smythe and Cradle $ 2.00

Sheep Oats & Hay $10.00

Carme estimates 225 bus in Shuck $100.00

The growing crop of corn oats hay the use of the House and all its appurtenances as Stables be until the first of March next. $350.00

The labor of the bound boy made until he is free from which is deducted the expenses of his house until that time. $ 39.00

7 beds clothing & Steads $161.00

1 …… ….. cloths …. $ 10.00

1 bed ….. painted $ 7.00

9 ¾ wooling yarn $ 4.25

1 … Andirous $ 1.25

1 carpet threath rug $15.00

2 sets chairs $ 9.00

2 trunks 1 75 & 100 $1.75

1 candle stand $1.00

same, 20 pease beding $19.00

1 pr steelyards $1.00

1 set yellow chairs $6.00

1 brown do $6.00

1 block $12.00

4 looking glasses $16.00

1 desk & book case $12.00

1 safe ten lights $6.00

1 large famely $2.50

1 book rise progress of baptists $1.00

1 table dressing glass $1.50

razer ….. $.50

5 old chairs $1.25

5 bee stands $7.50

250th soap $10.00

1 copper kettle $2.50

sundry kitchen castings $22.00

1 fire grate $6.00

1 cythe $1.00

3 kegs lard 200" $12.50

1 still and cap $11.00

5 stele tubs $.62

1 wine lusk iron bound $.50

7 axes $6.00

2 shovel plouhs & tear $6.00

1 bar shruce & gear $2.00

1 McCormick do $5.00

4 barnc hoes $1.25

1 bay horse $55.00

1 lot old tools $6.00

old chains & double trees $1.00

old mataxes hoes etc $1.00

1 rifle gun $5.00

saundery kitchen vesels $4.00

1 trumpet $.25

2 side saddles $2.00

1 barrel of vinegar $1.00

24" un … wool $5.00

2 sets …. $2.50

1 set fine tables $20.00

4 brass candlesticks w/snuffers $1.50

1 candlestand $1.00

cubboard ware $8.50

13 sliver tea spoons $7.00

3 silver tumblers $6.00

glass ware $2.75

2 sm…. Irons $.37

1 flax wheel $2.00

2 slugs $1.00

2 waiters $2.00

wooden vessels ….. $1.25

117" sugar $9.36

22" coffee $3.47

1 cotton wheel $.50

The hire of a negro girl for 7 months $17.50

9 Framed paper window …… $2.00

1 grinds stone $1.00

1 loom $3.00

961" bacon $86.41

1 bucket $1.50

1 kitchen cupboard $5.00

4 … $.50

cash in …… and bank paper$ 934.56

Total  $2,495.06

3 negro slaves, Jerry, Polly, Caleb $300.00

Grand total $2,795.06

Given under the hands of us the said appraisers this 18th day of May 1832

Levi Morris, John Huddleston & John Hansford, Jr.

At a Curcuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery held for Kanawha County the 23rd day of May 1834.

This Appraisement Bill of the Estate of the late Mrs. Nancy Morris deceased was this day presented in Court and ordered to be recorded.

Teste A. W. Quarrier Clk


Sale Bill

of the property of Benjamin and Nancy dec as sold on the 4th June 1832 at Public Sale by Jacob Johnson Executor containing the several species of property to whom sold and the price

A G Walker    5 chairs   $1.50
John Havey 1 Yellow chairs 6.00
1 brown do   6.00
1 fram do       3.50
1 do do   4.12
A Hex   1 Flax wheel         1.25
1 McCormick plough 9.50
Miles Manser 1 Baarshu plough   .43
John Harvey 2 Shovel ploughs 1.00
John Lims   1 pr ...     2.00
John Havey                       1 pr do                                     1.50
1 pr do                               .75
139" bacon                                   9.73
J Lims   1...4" bacon                                   13.92
162" do                                   12.96
A G Walker     128" do                                       11.24
 John Harvey       124" do   9.92
Mary Windsor                       1 Cotton Wheel                             1.62
Levi Morris             1 Fire Gate 6.00
... Curry                 1 lot old tools 2.25
2 lot old do .75
Peter Larkins         3rd do do 1.75
William Curry     4th do do 1.75
M Manser               5th do do 1.25
G Richards               1 pr stilyards .25
M Manser               1 axe 1.12
G Richards           Wash Boo .43
Besy Jones               1 Loom 1.56
M Mansen             16 Head hogs 52.00
John Harvey     18 head do pigs 14.25
John Jones                 9 head sheep 22.12
John Mccoy             1 waggon 33.37
Samuel Hanna         Gray Horse 52.00
John Harvey             Bay Horse 61.25
James Miller             100" raw hides 10.00
Levi Morris             cooper kettle 3.00
John Harvey             stone ch.. .75
Besy Jones               1 Ch.. .75
A G Walker             1 do .37
G Richards               S ... .37
Jacob Grass               3 … .50
John Harvey             2 pails 3 crocks 1.00
3…pans Coffee pot 1.37
Wash Basin .50
Nicholas Jones         1 H... .81
Levi Morris               2 … .75
John Harvey           ... .75
Levi Morris             .75
John Harvey           ... .25
... .50
G Richards               Coffee... .31
John Harvey         3... 1.50
1... .50
Besy Morris       ... .25
Besy Jones             ... .18
... .50
John Harvey       ... 1.00
W Curry                 ... .12
John Harvey       Frying Pan .43
1 baker lid 2.12
waffle iron 1.43
Besy Morris             ... .37
John Harvey             .75
do .62
1 pot 1.50
Miles M...               1 bake... .43
W Curry                   Brass Kettle 2.50
G Richards           large pot 2.87
John Harvey           1 oven .62
G Huddleston           1 trumpet .56
M Manser              3 silver cups 2.25
Ben Morris             Large …. 2.50
John Harvey           1 large .. ..& ware 3.81
3 dishes plates sugar bowl 2.81
Levi Morris           Wine glasses .75
    2 decanters 1.12
John Harvey         5 candlesticks 1.56
  glass tumblers .50
Levi Morris       1 large tumbler .18
  table glass 2.00
John Harvey         Knives, forks 1.87
set silver teas spoons 5.00
Besy Morris         Old spoons 4.00
Fl Hansford            Rifle gun 1.12
John Harvey     2 looking glasses 10.00
M Mansen         2 do do 12.00
John Harvey         2 pr cast ... 2.25
G Huddleston     cast do .25
John Harvey         1 set cast do .75
vinegar keg .75
William Curry     grindstone 1.00
Besy Morris       5 H… 1.00
Besy Jones         5 Bee stands 6.43
Thomas Hex     1 do do 2.00
Geo Hex           Kegg Lard 54" 3.78
Charles Windsor Lard 48" 3.84
John Harvey         do 67" 5.36
Loft Soap 1.12
Levi Morris 1 Barrel Soap 5.75
John Jones         19" ... 6.36
John Huddleston   Joy the … 2.00
J Hansford         1 Seythe .62
A ...Lacton             White & Black steer 24.00
2 others do 17.25
9 yearlings 28.00
Jesse Mays 2 Yoke Cattle 81.8…
Jacob Grass 1 Cow 7.25
W Windsor 1 do 10.00
John Harvey 2 cows 17.00
Jubez Sprinks 2 do 17.00
A Stockton 1 do 9.00
Thomas Hix Book Case 19.81
Charles Windsor Safe ... 5.75
John Huddleston 1 clock 14.87
John Harvey 1 bea ... 22.50
frennel ... 20.26
1 bed ... 6.00
3 lot bed clothes 11.37
candle stand w/basin .75
G Hix 1 bed & … 25.25
Charles Buckley 1 trunk .62
set blacksmiths tools 10.12
John Harvey 1 bed s... 69.12
set of tables 22.50
kettle .27
chickings 2.00
19 gallons whiskey 6.65
96" pork 3.84
1 bed … beding 15.25
1 book .75
kitchen cupboard 3.00
4 geese .31
John Harvey Winsor … .62
snuffers ... .75
pepper & spice .25
Mary Jones carpet …. Rug 16.00
B… Burnette 1 Bow… ..6.00
Jerry K.. St.. .56
John Harvey 1 Beustead 2.00
2 half bushed … .62
2 shaves .50
1 candlestick .62
flour gear & brass cock .37
coffee mill & fethers .62
M Uan... 1 lock .34
2 sta... .68
for cards .25
Besy Morris … & Bottles .12
Besy Jones 4 empty barrels .06
…. Garnder Bal vinegar .30
G Richards pr steelyards .12
John Harvey 234" bacon 18.72
John Harvey Hire of Bound Boy 39.00
Sheep oats & Hay 15.00
117" sugar 11.70
22" coffee 4.40
1 box .12
Whiskey .75
Jo .. Johnson Whiskey .18
Levi Morris Coverlette .32
M … Q.. ...
George Richards 11" Yarn 5.83
George Huddleston … faddle 4.73
Thomas Hix Old … Faddle 1...
Samuel Hanna 1 thile 16.76
Jacob Johnson Family Bible 2.00
L H Brahan Hire of Negro girl 10.25
total of profits sold 1,139.15
John Harvey for …. Of the growing crop … of all 500.00
grand total 1,639.15

John Hansford

Jacob Johnson

Executor of Mrs. Nancy Morris dec


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