Will of Nathan Harris, 1793

I’ve recently been working on the family of Patsy Dicken, wife of Thomas Bembry. Her grandfather was Nathan Harris, from whose will I inadvertently established Patsy’s last name. This line goes back to colonial Isle of Wight County in Virginia. Nathan was the son of another Nathan Harris who died in 1793. I found a […]

Will of Joseph Sumner, 1784

This Joseph Sumner was my 6th great-grandfather. The Margaret mentioned in the will is supposedly Margaret Chesstnut (also spelled Chesnut, Chessnut, and Chestnut) however, I have not yet found a primary source for this information.  In the name of god Amen I Joseph Sumner of Onslow County in the provence of North Carolina being weak […]

Lewis Lashley Will 1815

Lewis Lashley was my 6th great grandfather. I am fairly certain that the “Holleman” men named in the will are most likely Hollands, as Lewis’ wife was Mary Holland and they all lived near each other.  A slave woman, Nell, is named in this will.  She is not found on 1800 census, and I can’t […]

Will of James Holland 1787

James Holland was my 7th great-grandfather. The phonetic spelling is interesting in this will. Clearly, they pronounced “kind” as “coind.” This sounds Irish to me, and according to this Wikipedia article, the name Holland may derive from Houlihan, and variant is found in County Cork. There are no given names in the family that sound […]

Nathaniel Cunningham’s Will

I have just discovered a new branch and several new surnames on my grandmother’s line. My 5th great-grandfather was Nathaniel Cunningham of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The “shaky leaves” on Ancestry.com take this line back to 17th century Boston, which will be interesting if it turns out to be true because I have no other New […]

James Holland’s Will

James Holland will 22 Nov 1797 in Wake Co, NC I James Holland Senr. of Wake County and State of North Carolina being in a low state of health but Of perfect mind and memory Thanks be to god and knowing the Mortality of my body and that it is appointed Unto man once to […]

Robert Hodges’ Will

I think the vernacular speech of this will is kind of awesome. -Kelly North Carolina State Archives Secretary of State Papers In the Name of God Amen. The Thirty day of March 1740, I Roburt Hogges of the County of Bartie being in good health and perfect sences and memory. Thanks be unto God their […]

Joseph Sumner’s Will

Last Will and Testament of Joseph Sumner: I, Joseph Sumner, of this state and county, do feel that my departure is at hand and my soul I give to God, and my body to be buried, and I bequeath to my beloved wife my fattening hogs that is now up, and my corn and one […]

Needham Bryan’s Will

Martin County Will Book page 343; 11 March 1797. Will of Needham Bryan, Martin County, NC, 1797 In the name of God Amen I Nedam Bryan of the County of Martin and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and Memory Calling to mind the uncertainty of this Transitory life Do make and Ordain […]