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Will of Hodges Councill
In ye Name of God, I Hodges Councill of ye Isle of Wight County, planter, being in good health & Body & ye sound mind & memory, praised be to Almight God, do I make & ordain this my last will and testament in manner & form following.
First and principally I commend my soul unto ye hands of Almighty God, & hoping through ye merritts of my Savior Jesus Christ to have passion for all my sins & my body to ye earth to be decently Buried by ye hereafter named; & touching ye dispossing of all such temporall goods as it has pleased God to bestow upon me, I give and dispose of as follows:
I will yt my debts & morall charges be first paid & discharded.
I give unto my eldest Hodges Councill 200 acres of land out of ye Pattent of three hundred twenty; yt joins upon Blackwater, to him & heirs forever, & ye other 120 of forest tract or Pattent I give unto my Grandson Hodges Councill ye younger, unto him & his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my daughter Christian, the wife of Edward Briand 200 acres on the S. W. side of the branch of my house & to that neck of land between the two branches... I give unto my daughter Lucy Councill 200 acres beginning at the corner tree... unto her & the heirs of her body & for want of such heirs unto my son Hardy Councill & his heirs forever. I give & bequeath unto son Robt. Council 200 acres unto him & his heirs of his body forever... to him & his heirs forever & and for want of such heirs unto my son Jno Councill & his heirs forever. I give & bequeath unto my son Hardy Councill all the rest of my land, Plantation I now live on being 290 acres, unto my son Hardy Councill & his heirs of his body begotten forever & for want of such heirs unto son Hodges Councill & his heirs forever. All the rest of my personal estate I leave to be disposed of by deed of gift.
My loving son Hardy Councill I do make & ordain to be my sole Executor of this my last will & testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness thereof I the said Hodges Councill to this my last will & testament being contained in two sides of a sheet of paper set my seal & hand the 9th day of Aug. in the year of our Lord 1699.
(Signed by his HC mark) Hodges Councill Seal. (Published in open Court Will Book Vol 2, p 419. Isle of Wight Co, VA)

COUNCIL, Susannah: Leg. daughter Susannah; daughter Christian Daughtry; daughter Mary Brantley; son Joshua; daughter Martha Fowler; daughter Lucy Johnson; daughter Ann Lawrence; son Charles; son Michael; granddaughter Selah Council; grandson Willis Council; granddaughter Sarah Lawrence; son Hardy. Exs., sons, Charles and Joshua Council. D. April 19, 1756. R. October 6, 1757. Wit: William Murphree, Robert Johnnson. [IOW WB 6:254] (Chapman, Wills & Admins of IOW Co. VA (1939) p. 185)

Will of Charles Council
In the name of God Amen. I Charles Counsil of the Co of Edgecombe & State of NC being very weak and low in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men are to die, I do make and ordain this to be my last Will & Testament. That is to say, first and principally I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it and doubting but that I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors.
And as to the worldly estate that it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of manner and form following. First I lend to my well beloved wife Dicie Counsil a negro man named Cias and one ditto by the name of Ellis, one feather bed and furniture and the house hold furniture, 3 cows and calves, 3 ewes and lambs and the hogs during her life or widowhood.
2nd I give and bequeath to the Heirs of Joshua Council 5 shillings.
3rd I give and bequeath unto the Heir of Willis Counsil my son decd things hereafter mentioned.
4th I give and bequeath to the Heirs of Tempey my daughter decd 5 shillings
5th I give and bequeath unto the Heirs of Elisabeth Bunting 5 shillings to them their Heirs & Assigns for ever.
6th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Cleary Cherry 10 shillings also I lend unto Cleary Cherry 2 negroes by the names of Diner and Vilot to her during her life & after her death for _____ ______ and ____ to be equally divided between John Smith & Darcus Smith to them their Heirs & Assigns forever.
7th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Charlotte Cherry the sum of 5 shillings, also I lend unto Charlotte Cherry one negro woman named Rose and one negro named named[sic] Isam during her natural life and at her decease for sd negroes and _____to be equally divided among her children.
8th I give and bequeath unto my two sons John and Willie Counsil the Land and plantation wheron I now live for it to be equally divided between them, also I give an bequeath to my son John Counsil one negro man by the name of Cias for John to have him after his mother's death or marriage. I give & bequeath to my son Wiley Counsil one negro man named Ellis after the death or marriage of his mother.
9th I give and bequeath to my son Reddick Counsil one negro man named Ben to him & his Heirs & Assigns forever.
10th I give and bequeath to my grand son, Bennet Counsil one feather bed and furniture & bed stead.
11th I give and bequeath to my son Hardy Counsil 100 silver dollars to him and his Heirs and Assigns forever.
12th Also it is my Will and desire for all the proprety not____ or given away to be sold to the highest bidder at 6 months credit and the money arising from such sale to be divided between Charles, Silvia, Hardy, John, Reddick & Willie Counsil to them their Heirs & Assigns forever.
Also I nominate and appoint my trusy friend John Counsil my son, Co Nathan Mayo to this my Will and Testament I do hereby utterly revoke and disavow other Wills by me made or executors ____ _____ this to be my last Will & Testament and no other.
In Witness thereof I have hereunto set my name and fix my Seal this 6th day of July 1805. Charles (His X Mark) Counsil
Sealed, signed, published & declared in presence of Test William Ayman ___, Joseph Taylor, Willaim Cherry, William Taylor
Edgecombe Co Nov Court 1805
The written last Will & Testament of Charles Counsil was exhibited into Court by the executors for probate and was proven by the ___ of William Hyman & Jacob Taylor ____ subscribing witnesses thereto - and at the same time both of the executors therein named were qualified thereto - ordered that the same be certified and the Will recorded. Test E Hale (Edgecombe Co NC Superior Court Will Book V C-D, 1785-1810, p236)

In the name of God Amen, I KIMBRO COUNCIL of the Co of Chatham, State of NC, being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, do this the 25th day of May 1843 make and publish my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say;
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Adia Council the tract of land on which I now reside containing 145 acres, more or less, during her lifetime or widowhood with all the privileges ___________________. And also as much of my perishable property as she thinks fit to take. This I also give to her during her lifetime or widowhood.
In_______ where of I have here unto sit my hand and seal.
K. Council Seal
The only witness name I can read is Robert C. Council ( This will was found among the papers of Kimbro Council after his death in 1857. It was never recorded. As was stated his death was sudden. This Will was written in 1843 and witnessed by his brother Robert Caswell Council. - Theresa Council Longley)


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