Chowan County, North Carolina
 
 
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BADILAM, WILLIAM
October 28, 1736. November 3, 1736. Devisees and legatees: ELLEN and MARY DUNSTON (daughters of Martha and John Dunston), BARNABY STELY DUNSTON (son of John), RICHARD WILLIAM DUNSTON (son of John), JOHN LAPORTE. The following lands devised: Plantation on Machecomock Creek; lots Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in town of Edenton; land on Rockahock Creek, in Chowan; plantation on Chinkapin Swamp, in Bertie; 640 acres in Bertie precinct; plantation near Edenton, "whereon I now- live"; back plantation called "Heldersham"; 305 acres in Chowan. About ten negroes bequeathed. Wife and Executrix: MARTHA. Executors: THOMAS JONES and JOSEPH ANDERSON. Witnesses: THOMAS JONES, BENJAMIN HILL and THOMAS JACKSON. Proven before W. SMITH. Original of this will is missing. Abstract made from recorded copy, No. 136, in Land Grant Records, Book 4.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 13)

BAKER, HENRY
January 9, 1737. May 1, 1739. Sons:  HENRY ("All the land whereon I now live * * * these negroes vizt: Guy, Clouse. Bob, Caesar. Ned, Jacob, Young Diner and Hagar * * * my watch, seal, desk, 6 Russia chares, ye great glass, my sword, one deal table"); JOHN ("All my land at a place called Little Town and my land joining on Banks Wynn & Askue, and the land bought of WILLIAM GARRET in Bertie precinct * * * these negroes, vizt, Arthur, Juno, Finney. Little Bobb and Dick * * *"); BLAKE ("land bought of John and Thomas Wilkins in Chowan * * * land on Ahoskie Marsh in Bertie and the stock thereto belonging * * * these negroes, vizt, Cipio, Joe, Patt and Argalus"); DAVID ("130 acres of land at Meherring Landing adjoining to the ferry"). Daughters: MARY and SARAH (two negroes to each), RUTH. Son: ZADOCK, (twenty shillings). Wife: RUTH (six negroes). Brothers and Executors: WILLIAM, JAMES and LAWRENCE BAKER. Witnesses: EDWARD VANN, JOHN BRADY, EDWARD WARREN. Proven before W. SMITH, C. J. Original of this will is missing. Abstract made from recorded copy No. 81 in Land Grants, Book 4.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 15)

BAKER, MOSES
January 26, 1723. January Court, 1724. Sons: BENETT, WILLIAM. Wife and three daughters mentioned but not named. Executors: Wife and RICHARD MINSHON. Witnesses: AARON BLANCHARD, WM. HILL, WILLIAM WESSON. Clerk of Court: ROBERT FORSTER.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 15)

BALEY, JOHN
July Court, 1716. Wife: MAREY. Friends: HENREY CLARK, JEFERY LYLES. Executrix: MARY BALEY (wife). Witnesses: HENREY CLARK, JEFERY LYLES. WILL MITCHELL. Clerk of the Court: R. HICKS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 15)

BALL, THOMAS
March 28, 1722. April 17, 1722. Son: WILLIAM (200 acres land on Corsaks Swamp; 200 acres land; 400 acres of land). Daughter: ANN BALL. Wife and Executrix: ELIZEBETH. Executor: THOMAS YETTS. Witnesses: JOSEPH HUDSON, JOHN BUCKLER, THOS. OLDNEE. Deputy Clerk of the Court: W. BADHAM.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 16)

BALLARD, JOHN
July 12, 1736. November 26, 1736. Wife: MARY. Daughter: ANN BALLARD. Daughter-in-law: SARAH. Executors: JOHN LEWISS, JOHN JONES, JR. Witnesses: BENJAMIN TALBOT, WILLIAM FALLOW Proven before W. SMITH.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 16)

BALLARD, JOSEPH
July 21, 1729. October 14, 1729. Sons: JOHN, JOSEPH ("my plantation"), ELISHER, ELIAS. Daughters: MARTHA, SUSANNE, ESTHER. Wife: ANNE. Executor: JOSEPH BALLARD (son). Witnesses: JAMES MANY, JOHN HOOKS, JOHN PURVIS. Will proven before RICHARD EVERARD, at Edenton.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 16)

BAPTIST, BENJAMIN
March 24, 1752. April Court, 1752. June 15, 1752. Son: EDMUND. Wife: MARY CLARK BAPTIST. Executors: MARY C. BAPTIST (wife), EDMUND BAPTIST (son) and EDMUND HATCH. Witnesses: J. PALMER (?), EDMUND HATCH, SARAH ARNOLD. Clerk of the Court: JAMES CRAVEN. Executrix qualified before _____ BLOUNT.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 17)

BARROW, JAMES
June 17, 1718. Sister: JOHANAH. Brother: JOSEPH. Wife: SARAH. Daughter: SARAH BARROW. Cousin: SARAH BARROW. Executrix: SARAH BARROW (wife). Witnesses: FRANCIS SMITH, THOMAS PEIRCE, JOHN ANDERSO. Will proven in Perquimans County. Clerk of the Court: RICHARD LEARY.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 20)

BAYER, DAVID
August 8, 1696. October, 1696. Clerk of the Court: THOS. CHEVIN. Witnesses: THOS. LUTEN, CASTEN ROBISON. This will is illegible.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 24)

BELL, THOMAS
December 11,1733. January Court, 1733. Cousins: WILLIAM BELL (land in Perquimnns called "Matthew's Point"), THOMAS BELL (land on Kendricks Creek), ANNE and JANE BELL (daughters of brother JOHN BELL), WILLIAM MACKAY. Wife and Executrix: ELIZABETH. "It is my will that no sale be made of any slaves, but that my estate be kept intire except my Sloop ". Witnesses: :SAML. DURRANCE, W. DOWNING, HANAH GIRKIN. Clerk of the Court: MOSELEY VAIL.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 27)

BELL, THOMAS
August 28, 1751. October Court, 1751. Cousins: (the surviving children of ROBT. McCLEE and JAMES OAR. Friend: CAPT. WILLIAM MACKEY. Executors: ALEXANDER STEWART (brother-in-law), JAMES WADDAL. Witnesses: JAMES TROTTER, JEMIMA ALLEN, JAMES CAMPBELL. Clerk of the Court: JAS. CRAVEN.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 27)

BENBURY, WILLIAM
April, 1755. Wife: BRIGETT. Sons: WILLIAM, JOHN, JOSEPH, JAMES, MILES, EDMOND. Brother: JOHN BENBURY. Daughter: SARAH. Executors: JOHN BENBURY, WM. BENBURY and wife of testator. Witnesses: JOHN BEASLEY, SAMUEL BENBURY, J. BENBURY. Clerk of the Court: WILL HALSEY.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 28)

BENTON, JOHN
February 28, 1748-1749. October Court, 1750. Sons: EPOPHRODITUS, ELIJAH, JETHRO ("manner plantation"), JOHN, MOSES. Daughter: JUDITH RABEY, MARY PARKER, CHARITY PARKER. Grandsons: WILLIAM PARKER (son of MART), JAMES PARKER (son of CHARITY). Executors: JOHN and JETHRO BENTON (sons). Witnesses: HENRY MORGIN, JOHN WEAVER, WILLIAM PARKER. Clerk of the Court: JAMES CRAVEN.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 30)

BLOUNT, JAMES
February 12, 1716. March 27, 1717. Wife: ELIZABETH. Daughters: ANNE BLOUNT ("my plantation with 240 acrea of land"), ELIZABETH YELVERTON, MARY. Sons: JOHN BLOUNT, JAMES BLOUNT and JOHN YELVERTON. Grandsons: JAMES YELVERTON and JOHN YELVERTON. Granddaughter: SARA PHILLIPS. Executrixes: ELIZABETH BLOUNT (wife) and ANNE BLOUNT (daughter). Witnesses: J. TURNER, ANNE DUGLES, JOHN YELVERTON. Clerk of Court: R. HICKS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 35)

BIROTE, PETER. Edenton
January 15, 1742. April 21, 1743. Son: BENJAMIN BIROTE ("all my estate"). Executor: PETER PAYNE. Witnesses: BENJAMIN TALBOT, HUMPHRY ROBINSON, WM. ARKILL. Codicil: January 22, 1742. MARY GASTON "one bed." Witness: BENJA. TALBOT. Clerk of the Court: RICHARD McCLURE.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 31)

BLACKALL, ABRAHAM. Edenton
February 1, 1739-1740. February 23, 1749. January Court, 1749. Wife: SARAH. Daughters: PENELOPE and SHARLOT. Executrix: SARAH BLACKALL (wife). Witnesses: RD. FORSTER, JAMES PATTER, JAMES TROTTER. Executrix qualified before Jos. ANDERSON, Justice of the Peace. Will proven before WILL MEARNS, Clerk of the Court.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 32)

BLACKALL, SARAH. Edenton
January 29, 1754. April Court, 1754. Daughters: SARAH ROWDEN, PENELOPE, CHARLOT. Deceased husband: DR. BLACKALL. Executor: DR. SAMUEL LARAN PLOMMER. Witnesses: FRANCIS OLIVER, ABIGAIL SLAUGHTER. Clerk of the Court: WILL HALSEY. Coat of arms on seal.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 32)

BLANCHARD, EPHRAIM
July 22, 1745. April, 1749. Son: AARON ("plantation on west side of Beaverdam Swamp." "Land on Walroy Swamp;" "100 acres in Pasquc- tank known by the name of the Sound Neck;" "place in Pasquotank called Nobbs Crook"). Son: EPHRAIM ("100 acres in Chowan Co.;" "100 acres on Walroy Swamp;" "200 acres in Pasquotank County on Sound Neck;" "50 acres at the head of Nobbs Crook in Pasquotank"). Son: MICAJAH ("manor plantation on east side of Beaverdam Swamp-450 acres;" "50 acres at Nobbs Crook"). Granddaughter: MARY GRIFFIN. Wife : ISABEL BLANCHARD. Executors: ISABEL BLANCHARD (wife) and EPHRAIM BLANCH- ARD (son). Witnesses: THOS. ROUNTREE, SR., CHAS. ROUNTREE, THOMAS ROUNTREE. Clerk of the Court: WILL MEARNS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 33)

BLOUNT, ELIZABETH
February 8, 1732. March 12, 1732. Sons: JOHN, THOMAS, JAMES, JOSEPH, CHARLES (to the two latter is bequeathed land at Bare Swamp and Haughton land). Daughters: ANNE WARLEY, RACHELE. Executors: JOHN LOVICK, SAMLL. PAGETT and JONATHAN JACOCKS. Witnesses : R.HICKS and MARY COLESON. Will proven before GEORGE BURRINGTON, at Edenton. A tract of land at Barrow's Hole is ordered sold and proceeds applied to payment of doctor.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 34 & 35)

BLOUNT, JOHN
January 27, 1725-1726. May 18, 1726. Sons: JOHN, THOMAS (manor, fronting on Albemarle Sound, John to have eastern and Thomas western portion), JAMES and CHARLES (land on Welches Creek), JOSEPH (land at Mattehapungo, known by the name of Goshen). Wife: ELIZABETH (land at Bear Swamp and at Barrow Hole). Daughters: MARY JACOCKS, ELIZA PAGET, SARAH LOVICK, MARTHA WARSLEY and HESTER WORLEY. Executrix: ELIZABETH BLOUNT (wife), to be assisted by friends JOHN LOVICK and THOS. POLLOCK. Witnesses: SAMLL. WARNER, WM. BENBURY, MAGNES PLOWMAN. Will proven before RICHARD EVERARD, Governor, etc. Codicil to will of JOHN BLOUNT. Dated January 27, 1725-1726. Daughters: ANN and RACHEL (a gold ring each). CHRISTOPHER GALE appointed assistant together with JNO. LOVICK and THOS. POLLOCK. Coat of arms on seal of both will and codicil. The testator mentions in the will having broken the entail.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 35)

BLOUNT, JOHN
December 8, 1753. April Court, 1754. Sons: JAMES (plantation and three negroes), FREDERIC (four negroes), WILSON (three negroes). Sister- in-law: Mrs. MARY MOOR. Daughters: ELIZABETH, MARTHA, MARY. Wife: SARAH (three negroes). Chaise, boat, blacksmith tools and watch ordered sold. Brothers: CHARLES BLOUNT and JOSEPH BLOUNT (executors). Witnesses: J. HALSEY, JNO. SMITH, JOHN BEASLEY, RICHARD DUNRAB. Clerk of the Court: WILL HALSEY. The following item may be of interest: "My Will and desire is * * * * That no Stranger shall be admitted to live on any part of the back land to destroy the timber and that no Person shall on any Consideration whatsoever be admitted to live on any part of my land excepting an overseer."
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 36)

BOND. LEWIS
February 22, 1753. April Court, 1753. Sons: RICHARD ("my mannar plantation"). WILLIAM. JOHN. Daughters: ELISABETH and SARAH BOND. Wife: REBECKER. Executor: RICHARD BOND (brother-in-law). Witnesses: JAMES BOND. DEMSEY CASTEN, ROBERT STEWART. Clerk of the Court: JAS. CRAVEN.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 37)

BONNER, HENRY
September 1, 1738. October 7, 1738. Sons: HENRY (plantation lying in Grcenhall), THOMAS (three plantations called "Brins," "Hales's" and "Jones's"). Grandson: RICHARD LEWIS ("Bayes plantation"). Daughters: ELIZABETH, DEBORAH and MARY. Granddaughters: SARAH LEWIS and DEBORAH LEWIS. Executor: HENRY BONNER (son). Witnesses: JOS. ANDERSON, ABRA'M BLACKALL, JAMES POTTER. Clerk of the Court: W. SMITH.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 38)

BONNER, JOHN
November 11, 1753. January Court, 1754. Cousins: WILLIAM, ELIZABETH, MARY and EDWARD HOWCOTT (negroes). Godson: THOMAS ECLESTON (one negro). Brother: THOMAS BONNER (plantation). Executors: JOHN BENBURY and HENRY BONNER. Witnesses: JEREH MICHENER, JOHN SMITH, GEORGE LILES. Clerk of the Court: WILL HALSEY.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 38)

BONNER, MARY
January 30, 1749-1750. July Court, 1750. Friend: DEBROH THOMPSON. Two brothers and a sister mentioned, but not named. Executor: JAMES TOMPSON. Witnesses: JOHN LEWIS, JOHN LEWIS, JUNIOR. Clerk of the Court: WILL MEARNS.
 (Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 39)

BOYD, JOHN
October 9, 1737. July Court, 1738. Son: WILLIAM. Daughters: ANNE, MARION and LYDIAR BOYD. Wife: LYDIA. Executors: LYDIA BOYD (wife), PHILIP AYDLETT (of Virginia), ANDREW IRVINH. Witnesses: JOHN ROWSOM, JAS. WILLIAMS, EDWARD SILK. Clerk of the Court: JAMES CRAVEN.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 42)

BOYINTONE, JOSEPH
September 25, 1738. January, 1738. Brother and Executor: BENJAMIN BOYINTONE of Gloster, New England. Friend: JOHN RICHARDS of Edenton. Witnesses: ABNER BLACKALL, THOS. MORTIMORE, JAMES MITCHELL. Clerk of the Court: JAMES CRAVEN.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 43)

BRADY, JOSEPH
November 19, 1752. July Court, 1753. Daughters: ELIZABETH HARTLOCK, BARSHERA JONES. MARY JONES. Son: JOHN BRADY. Grandson: JOHN DICKINS (mother, SUFFRAH DICKINS). Granddaughters: TAMER BRADY and EADY DICKINS. Witnesses: JACOB ROGERS, JOSEPH BRADY, TAMER BRADY. Clerk of the Court: WILL HALSEY.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 44)

BRADDY, JAMES
August 17, 1750. January Court. 1750. Sons: JOHN and JOSEPH, JAMES ("plantation whereon I now live"). Grandson: JAMES CONNER. Wife: GRACE. Executors: GRACE BRADDY (wife) and JAMES BRADDY (son). Witnesses: ED. WARREN, MARY POWELL, HENRY GOODMAN. Clerk of the Court: WILL MEARNS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 43)

BRANCH, WILLIAM
November 24, 1720. January Court, 1721. Wife: MARGRET ("lott of land in Edenton on Queen Anne Creek"). Sons: WILLIAM (plantation near Edenton), ISSACHAR (plantation on the southwest side of Mattchacomak Creek), SOLOMON. Daughter: ELIZABETH. Executors: MARGRET BRANCH (wife), FRANCIS BRANCH (brother). Witnesses: JNO. NEW, ANNE BRANCH, THOMAS BRANCH. Clerk of the Court: (name torn from will).
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 44)

BRIGGS, RICHARD
March 2, 1754. July Court, 1754. Sons: JOHN, SOLOMON, JAMES, MOSES, RICHARD and CHRISTIAN. Daughters: TILPAH and RACHEL. Wife: ELIZABETH BRIOGS. Executors: JOHN DAVIS and JOB HARRISS. Witnesses: JOHN DAVIS, JOBE HARRISS, JESSE EASON. Clerk of the Court: WILL HALSEY.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 47)

BROWN, THOMAS
April 1, 1718. October 21, 1718. Sons: THOMAS, JOHN, HOWELL, JAMES. Daughter: SARAH MACDONEL. Wife: CHRISTIAN. Witnesses: JUDETH PERRY and THOMAS PERRY. Clerk of the Court: R. HICKS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 51)

BROWN, WILLIAM
December 15, 1718. July 21, 1719. Sons: JOHN ("ye manner plantation"), THOMAS (150 acres of land), JACOB (150 acres of land). Daughters: ANN, MARTHA, MARY, SARAH (each 150 acres of land). Executors: THOMAS MONDERS. Witnesses: THOMAS MONDERS, THOMAS SMITH, MARTHA BROWN. Clerk of the Court: R. HICKS. Wife of testator mentioned, but not named.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 52)

BROWNE, JOHN
November 28, 1718. October 21, 1718. Wife: ANNE. Stepson: JACOB PRITCHARD. Witnesses: JAMES ROBERTSON, ELIZA SWANN, EDW'D MOSELEY. Clerk of the Court: R. HICKS. Remarks: The date of probate of this will is prior to date of signing.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 52)

BUSH, WILLIAM, SR
April 5, 1716. October Court, 1716. Sons: WILLIAM ("that plantation whereon he now lives"), JOHN ("plantation whereon I now live"). Daughters: MARY EARLY, MARTHA WILLIAMS. ROSE WINNS, ELINORE MACLENDAN (one shilling each), ELIZABETH BUSH. Wife and Executrix: MARTHA BUSH. Witnesses: WILLIAM CRANFORD, JOHN SMITH. Clerk of the Court: R. HICKS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 58)

BUTLER, JACOB
May 24, 1745. Wife: MARY. Son: CHRISTOPHER BUTLER (dwelling and plantation). Daughter: SARAH BUTLER. Grandson: JACOB SIMONS. Executors: CHRISTOPHER BUTLER (son) and MARY BUTLER (wife). Witness: CHRIS'R BUTLER. Clerk of the Court: Jos. CRAVEN. This will is proven by aff,davits of JOSEPH MING and DAVID BUTLER.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 58)

BUTLER, DAVID
August 13, 1742. October Court, 1749. Wife and Executrix: MARY (all land and estate of testator in trust for children). Witnesses: NATHANIEL MING, MARTHA MINO. Clerk of the Court: WILL MEARNS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 58)

BYRD, JOHN
September 13. 1716. October Court, 1716. Son: JOHN ("tract of land, 640 acres lying at New Market). Son: EDWARD (365 acres land), WILLIAM (365 acres laud). Son: RICHARD ("plantation I now live upon"). Wife: REBECCA. Daughter: ANNE. Executors: REBECCA BYHD and JORN HARDY. Witnesses: JNO. CRAMBIE, SUSANNAH WILLIAMS, MARY DAMRELL. Clerk of the Court: R. HICKS.
(Source: Abstracts of North Carolina Wills, By: J. Bryan Grimes, Secretary of State, 1910, Page 59)

 
 

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