WILL OF SIMON PARROTT


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From Dr. Francis Hodges

WILL, CODICIL, AND ESTATE INVENTORY OF SIMON PARROTT

Note: Simon B. Parrott was born 5 November, 1776, in Dobbs County, NC. He was one of five sons (probably the youngest) of John Parrott (ca. 1730-1791) and Elizabeth Oxley (ca. 1740-1820/30), who had moved in the 1760's from Bertie County, NC, to that part of Dobbs County included in present-day Lenoir. He may have been named for a neighbor of the family, Capt. Simon Bright (ca 1734-1776), a prominent colonial offficial and an early patriot of the American Revolution, who died about the time Simon Parrott was born. Around 1803, Simon married Bramley Murphrey, born 6 September, 1785, the daughter of Jethro Murphrey (b. 1755) and Penelope Ward (b. 1766), and the grand-daughter of Capt. John Murphrey (d. 1776) and Elizabeth (Harrison?) (d. 1788), prominent residents of colonial Dobbs who moved to the region from Virginia in the 1740's and settled at "Beare Garden," a plantation near the site of present-day Snow Hill. Between 1804 and 1822, Simon and Bramley Parrott had nine children. In the 1830's, the couple moved from Lenoir County to the Darlington District of South Carolina, where Simon's older brother, Jacob Parrott, Sr. (d. 1821) had relocated earlier. Simon Parrott died there in September, 1860, in his eighty-fourth year, leaving an estate of nearly three thousand acres of land and more than one hundred slaves. His widow, Bramley, died in October of the following year, age seventy-six. Although Simon and Bramley did not live out their lives in Lenoir County, they nevertheless left many descendants in that region, including those of their daughter, Mary Parrott Hodges (1808-1842), whose children, Simon and Mary Hodges, are among the heirs mentioned in the following will.
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WILL OF SIMON PARROTT (1854)

State of South Carolina
Darlington District

I Simon Parrott of the District of Darlington and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mine, memory, and understanding do make, publish and declare the following as my last Will and Testament. First I wish all my just debts paid from cash on hand, moneys due me, the proceeds of crops growing or gathered.

Second I give and Bequeathe to my Beloved wife Bramley Parrott for and during her natural life the following named slaves, to wit, Harriet, Catharine, Jackson, and Lemon and the increase of the said Female slaves; and I hereby authorise my said wife by deed or will duely executed to give said slaves and their increase to such of my children or Grand children as she may think proper, except my Daughter Elisabeth McNeese wife of John McNeese, and in default of such disposition, of said slaves and their increase, by my wife as aforesaid I wish the said slaves and their increase to be divided among my surviving Heirs, except the said Elisabeth McNeese, the issue of any deceased child to represent deceased Parent in such division and take the share the Parent would have been entitled to if living.

Third I give and Bequeathe to my Beloved wife for and during her natural life only the following named slaves and the increase of said Females, to wit, Bright, Old Dinah, Daniel, Peter, Graves, Henry, Chloe, Sampson; I also give and Devise to my said wife for and during her natural life only the following described Lands, To wit, all that tract situated in the District and state aforesaid Bounded by the Public Road leading from Darlington Court House by my House, Swift Creek, a Large Ditch running from said Swift Creek (to?) said Public Road, and a tract of Land owned by Thomas House, also all that other tract of Land included in a field on the south side of said Public Road lying opposite the Land first mentioned containing fifteen acres more or less. I also give and Bequeathe to my said wife and my Daughter Louisa a comfortable support and maintenance for one year after my decease to be charged upon my Estate.

Fourth I give and Bequeathe to my Son Jesse W. Parrott The following named slaves, to wit, Jane, Antony, Airy, Nervy, Caroline, Ann, Gatsy, Isaac, Charles, Eunes, Frank, Froney, Robert, and also after the decease of my wife the slaves Henry and Graves, To Have and To Hold said slaves and the increase of the Female slaves to the said Jesse W. Parrott for & during his natural life. I also give and devise to my Son Jesse W. Parrott for and during his natural life all that plantation and tract of Land containing Twelve hundred and eighty five acres being the Land represented by a plat of the same made by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor and certified by him the 10th day of November A. D. eighteen hundred and fifty one, excepting from said tract for and during the natural life of my wife, so much thereof as is herein before given and devised to my said wife for life, and from and after the decease of the said Jesse W., I give and devise the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the said slaves to such of the issue of the said Jesse W. as he may by deed or will duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction and appointment by the said Jesse W. I give and devise the said Lands, slaves, and the increase of the slaves to the issue of the said Jesse which he may leave, living at the time of his decease, to be equally divided among them as Tenants and to vest in them as their absolute property.

Fifth I give and Bequeathe to my Daughter Louisa Parrott the following named slaves and the increase of said Female slaves, to wit, Rhody, James, Aelick. Heyward, Betsey, Dick, Nancy, Sugar, Julia, Hepsey, Mirny, Hannah, and also after the decease of my wife the slaves Peter, Bright, Old Dinah, & Daniel given to my said wife for life. I also give and Devise to my said Daughter all that tract of Land situated in said District and state containing five hundred acres being the same Land represented on a plat of the same made and certified by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor the 15th day of November A. D. eighteen hundred and fifty one, excepting so much of said land during the life of my Said wife as I have herein before Devised to her for life To Have and To Hold said Lands, slaves and the increase of said slaves to the said Louisa Parrott for and during her natural life, and at her decease I give and devise the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the said slaves to Such of the issue of the said Louisa as she may by deed or will duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction or appointment by the said Louisa I give, devise, and Bequeathe the said Lands, slaves, and the increase of the slaves to the issue of the said Louisa which she may leave living at the time of her decease, to be equally divided among them as Tenants in common and to vest in them as their absolute property. But if the said Louisa shall leave no issue living at the time of her decease, then after her decease I give and Bequeathe the slaves Nancy, Sugar, Julia, Hepsey, Mirny, Hannah and their increase to such of the Brothers and Sisters of the said Louisa (or their children) except the said Elisabeth McNeese as the said Louisa by deed or will duely executed shall direct and appoint.

Sixth I give and Devise to my son Oliver Parrott all that plantation and tract of Land situated in the District and state aforesaid containing Thirteen hundred and forty four acres or thereabouts represented on a plat of the same made and certified by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor the 3rd day of February A. D. Eighteen hundred and forty six excepting about twenty five acres Lying on the south side of High Hill Creek and adjoining Lands purchased by me from Ashley Williams and excepting such rights, privileges and interests as are hereafter given to Jesse W. Parrott, John I. Parrott and Simon F. Parrott in and to the Griss and Saw Mills on said Lands and the necessary appurtances to the Same. I also give and Bequeathe to my said son Oliver the following slaves and the increase of the same, to wit, Toney, Lucy, Briant, Charity, Mary, Hannah, Jane, Edmund, Miles, Nedem, George, Pleasant, Della To Have and to Hold the said Lands, slaves and the increase of said slaves to the said Oliver Parrott for and during his natural life, and after his decease I give, devise and Bequeathe the said Lands, slaves and the increase thereof to such of the issue of the Said Oliver as he may by will or deed duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction and (end of the first sheet)

Signed Sealed Published and declared as & for the first Sheet of the Last will and testament of Simon Parrott In our presence who have hereto signed our names in the presence of the said Parrott & of each other E. W. Charles, D. C. Milling, J. A. Dargau. Simon Parrott (SEAL)

(beginning of the second sheet)
appointment I give devise and bequeathe the same to the issue of the said Oliver which he may leave living at the time of his decease to be equally divided among them as tenants in common and to vest in them as their absolute property

Seventh I give and Bequeathe to Blaney McNeese my Son in Law, a slave named Louis now in his possession, to have and to hold the said slave to said Blaney and his heirs forever.

Eighth I give and Bequeathe to my Daughter Penelope McNeese wife of Blaney McNeese the following slaves to wit, Young Dinah, Ephraim, Young Henry, Harriet, Rose, Netter, Fortune, Zilpha, Satira, Clarissa, Hannah daughter of Satira, Paul, Jacob, Young Isaac, Argent daughter of Satira, Sarah, Mary, Ganser, Dopey, and after the decease of my said wife, the slaves Chloe and Sampson and their increase To Have and To Hold the said slaves and their increase to the said Penelope for and during her natural life. I also give and devise to the said Penelope for and during her natural life all that tract of Land situated in the District and state aforesaid containing four hundred and twenty five acres and is represented on a plat of the same made and certified by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor the 15th day of November A. D. eighteen hundred and fifty one, and after the decease of the said Penelope I give, Devise, and Bequeathe the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the said slaves to such of the issue of the said Penelope as she may notwithstanding her (illegible word?) by deed or will duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction and appointment by the said Penelope, then I give devise and Bequeathe the same Lands, slaves and the increase thereof to the issue which the said Penelope may leave, living at the time of her decease to be equally divided among them as tenants in common and to vest in them as their absolute property

Ninth I direct my Executors to invest the sum of eighteen hundred dollars in either Lands or slaves as they may think Best, and the said Lands or slaves so purchased with said money, and the slaves Lissy and Sidney I give and Bequeathe to Simon Hodges and Mary Hodges (children of my Daughter Mary Hodges now deceased) to be equally divided between them -- The share and portion of each to be held for and during his and her natural life, and after the decease of either of them I give, devise, and bequeathe the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the same to such of his or her issue, as such deceased may by will or deed duely executed direct and appoint and in default of such direction and appointment then I give and devise the said property to his or her issue which he or she may leave living at the time of his or her decease to be equally divided among them as Tenants in common, and to vest in them as their absolute property, But if either of them shall die without leaving issue surviving as aforesaid then it is my will that the survivor shall take the whole of saidproperty subject to the same rights restrictions and limitations as attach to the share originally given and received by such survivor.

Tenth I give and devise to Simon F. Parrott, John I. Parrott and Elisabeth H. Parrott (children of my son John M. Parrott now deceased) all that tract of Land containing Two hundred and nine acres which Lands are situated in the District and state aforesaid and were purchased by me from Ashley Williams and is more particularly described in a deed from Lydia Cook & Elisabeth Howle to David Teddar dated 30th day of December A.D. eighteen hundred and forty five, also a tract of Land situated in same District aforesaid purchased by me from Wm. Brunson containing about fifty acres and adjoins the Lands hereinbefore devised to Oliver Parrott & also all the Land in the tract surveyed for Oliver Parrott and certified by Surveyor Atkinson as before stated which lies on the south side of High Hill Creek and adjoins the Lands purchased by me from Ashley Williams containing about twenty five acres, I also give and Bequeathe to the said Simon F., John I., and Elisabeth H. Parrott the following slaves to wit, Rosette, Beck, Adaline, Patsy, Laura, Argent (daughter of Rosette) and Alfred To Have and To Hold the said Lands, slaves and the increase of said slaves after being equally divided among them, for and during their respective natural lives, and after the decease of either of them I give devise and Bequeathe the Portion of said property to which such deceased may be entitled to such of his or her issue, as he or she may by will or deed duely executed direct and appoint and in default of such direction or appointment on the part of either of them, then I give Devise and Bequeathe the share of the said property, to which such deceased may be entitled to and so dying as aforesaid to the issue which he or she may leave living at the time of his or her decease to be equally divided among them as tenants in common, and to vest in them as their absolute property. But if one or more of them shall die before I do or surviving me shall die without leaving issue as aforesaid, then it is my will that the share and portion of such deceased shall go over and vest in the survivor or survivors, which shall be subject to the same restrictions and limitations as are herein before expressed of and concerning the portion given to such survivors.

Eleventh The Lands, slaves & other property herein given and devised to my wife I hereby declare to be given and devised to her in lieu and Bar of her dower at common Law.

Twelvth I give and Bequeathe to my Daughter Elisabeth McNeese wife of John McNeese one hundred Dollars and as I have already provided for her and she has no children I give her no more.

Thirteenth Should the survivor of the children of Mary Hodges to wit Simon Hodges and Mary Hodges, or the Survivor of the children of John M. Parrott to wit Simon F., John I., and Elisabeth H. Parrott, or either of my children, Jesse W. Parrott, Oliver Parrott, Louisa Parrott, or Penelope McNeese die without leaving issue living at the time of his or her death then I give and devise the Lands, slaves and increase of said slaves, except as hereafter excepted, which I have hereinbefore given such deceased for life so dying without issue as aforesaid to my surviving Heirs, in such division the issue of any deceased child to represent their Parent and take the Portion the Parent would have taken if living, the children of Mary Hodges taking one share among them, the children of John M. Parrott taking one share among them (end of the second sheet)

Signed sealed published and declared as & for the second sheet of the last will and testament of Simon Parrott who have hereto signed our names as witnesses in the presence of said Parrott and of each other E. W. Charles, D. C. Milling, J. A. Dargau. Simon Parrott (SEAL)

(beginning of the third sheet)
-- Provided always that my Daughter Elisabeth McNeese shall not be allowed to take any part of said Property -- Provided also that this limitation shall not hinder or prevent my Daughter Louisa from disposing of certain negroes as I have herein before authorised her to do by giving the same to certain of her Brothers and Sisters or their children -- Provided also that this clause shall have no control over the property which my said children or Grand children may receive under the power of appointment vested in my wife and Daughter Louisa Fourteenth Notwithstanding I have given to my children and Grand children no more than a life Estate in the Lands and negroes devised and Bequeathed to them directly yet I hereby declare that I have full confidence in their integrity and regard for my wishes, and feel assured that they will respect the rights of those who may be entitled to the said property at their decease, and being disposed to obviate as much as possible the inconveniences which results from tieing up property in strict settlement I hereby authorise my said children and Grand children or either of them that may be so disposed at their discretion to sell any part or the whole of the Lands and slaves given them or either of them for life as aforesaid, and to make good and legal titles for the same and thereby to Bar and defeat the rights of those who may be so entitled to the said property sold by way of remainder as aforesaid without such (illegible word?) made, But it is my will and desire and I hereby order and direct that if any such sale is made by any of the said Parties so as to Bar the rights of those entitled in remainder the Party so selling the said property shall reinvest the said proceeds of the sale in Lands and slaves or either of them, and such Lands or negroes so purchased shall be held by the Party so selling and purchasing in lieu and stead of that sold and the same shall stand charged in his, her, or their hands with all the restrictions, rights, and remainders as are hereinbefore expressed of and concerning that which may be sold

Fifteenth I heretofore sold a slave named Reuben which belonged to my Grand children Simon F., John I., and Elizabeth H. Parrott for whom I am acting as Guardian and to whom I am now indebted for the proceeds of the sale of said slave and I hereby declare and such is my will that the property Real and Personal hereby given and devised to them is intended to be in full compensation and satisfaction for all claims they may have or set up against me for the proceeds of the sale of said slave or for Damages for selling said slave, and if not so received and my Estate Released from all liability, then I order and direct so much of said Lands and slaves given to them to be sold as may be necessary to satisfy and discharge the said liability

Sixteenth It is my will and desire and I hereby declare that the various devises of Land heretofore made in this will are subject as between my several Devisees to the restrictions and privilege of drainage -- that is to say, that when necessary to the Health and profitable cultivation of any of the Lands hereby devised that a ditch or ditches should be cut through the Land of another, that the Party owning such Land shall have the right to open such ditches -- provided always that if the Parties interested shall fail to arrange the matter amicably as to the locality, number, direction, and depth of such ditches that five disinterested Gentlemen shall be called in by the Parties interested whose decision shall be final and conclusive, and if either of the Parties interested shall fail to unite in the call for said arbitration his or her refusal shall be regarded as decision in favor of the other Party

Seventeenth The Saw and Griss mills with all the necessary Buildings and Fixtures that appertain thereto, with the free and uncontrolled use of the soil near the Dam and site of said mills for repairing said Dam, which said mills are situated on the Lands herein Devised to Oliver Parrott, together with the free use of the various roads and paths leading to and from said mills I give devise and Bequeathe as follows one third thereof to Oliver Parrott, one third thereof to Jesse W. Parrott, and one third thereof to Simon F., John I. Parrott, to them, their heirs and assigns forever. -- the said mills to be kept up on joint accounts, expenses and profits ascertained according to the interests of the Parties

Eighteenth All the Rest and Residue of my Estate after the payment of my debts and Legacies, the expenses incurred in the administration of my Estate and the full execution of this my last will I wish divided into seven equal parts, one seventh part I give to each of the following Persons, to wit, my wife, Oliver Parrott, Jesse W. Parrott, Penelope McNeese, Louisa Parrott, and one seventh part to Simon and Mary Hodges to be equally divided between them and one seventh part to Simon F., John I., and Elisabeth H. Parrott to be equally divided between them.

Nineteenth I nominate, constitute, and appoint my sons Jesse W. Parrott and Oliver Parrott the Executors of this my last will and testament and hereby authorise them or the survivors of them to execute the Same. And if any question shall arise as to the distribution of my Estate or the duties of my Executors, there shall be no resort to the courts of Law or Equity to decide the Same, but the question may be decided, if my Executors deem such a course best, by calling in five disinterested Gentlemen whose decision shall be final and conclusive.

In testimony whereof and hereby revoking all former wills I have hereto signed my name & affixed my Seal to this & two other sheets hereto attached each of which are signed and sealed by me this the 15th day of August A. D. 1854

Signed sealed published and declared as the third sheet of the Last will and testament of Simon Parrott who in our presence also hereto have signed our names as witnesses in the presence of said Parrott and of each other The words "Bright, Old Dinah, & Daniel" interlined before signing between the 6th & 7th lines on the third page of the first sheet of this will

E. W. Charles, D. C. Milling, J. A. Dargau. Simon Parrott (SEAL)

CODICIL TO THE WILL OF SIMON PARROTT (1859)

The State of South Carolina
District of Darlington

I Simon Parrott of the District of Darlington and state aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding do make and declare the following writing as a codicil to my last Will and Testament executed by me on the 15th day of August A. D. 1854, in the presence of E. W. Charles, D. C. Milling, and J. A. Dargau

First If my wife does not dispose of the slaves given and bequeathed to her for life in the Second clause of my said will, either by will or Deed as she is authorised to do, then I make the following disposition of them, to wit, I give and bequeathe the slaves Lemon and Catharine to my son Jesse W. Parrott; and the slaves Jackson and Hester (a child of Hannah born since my said will was executed) I give & bequeathe to Blaney D. McNeese and Julia McNeese children of my Daughter Penelope (now the wife of James Howle); and the slave Harriet I wish sold by my Executors or the survivors of them, & the one half of the proceeds of sale I bequeathe to my son Oliver Parrott, & the other half to Simon E. Hodges and Mary P. Suggs.

Second Should my Daughter Louisa leave no issue at the time of her death I give and devise one half of the tract of Land described in the fifth clause of my will after the death of the said Louisa to my son Jesse W. Parrott, & the other half thereof I give and devise to my Executors, & the survivors of them, and the Heirs of the survivors of them, in trust for the sole and separate use of my Grand Daughter Bramly Rhodes (wife of William Rhodes) for and during her natural life, and after her death to her issue living at the time of her death to be equally divided among them as Tenants in common

Third I give and devise all that Plantation and tract of Land described in the eighth clause of my said will at my death to Parrott W. McNeese, Julia McNeese, & Blaney D. McNeese to be equally divided among them, to have and to hold the same to them for life, & after their death to their issue and if either of them shall not leave issue living at the time of his or her death, then his or her portion shall vest in his or her right Heirs

Fourth I wish & hereby direct that my Executors shall invest the sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars in addition to the sum of Eighteen Hundred Dollars mentioned in the ninth clause of my said will making in all thirty three hundred Dollars, in Lands & slaves or either of them, and the said Lands or slaves or either of them so purchased to be equally divided between Simon Hodges and Mary P. Suggs (formerly at the date of my will Mary Hodges) the share & Portion of each of them to be held subject to the same limitations, restrictions, remainders, powers and appointments as are expressed of, & concerning the property bequeathed and devised to them in the said ninth clause

Fifth I give and devise all that tract of Land containing two hundred & nine acres purchased by me from Ashley Williams, & also another tract of land containing twenty five acres which lies on the south side of High Hill Creek, & adjoins the lands purchased by me from Ashley Williams (which said several tracts of Land are more particularly described in the Tenth clause of my said will) to my son Oliver Parrott, upon the condition that within one year from my decease he pay the said Simon Hodges, & Mary P. Suggs, the sum of five hundred dollars, to be divided between them, the issue of either of them who may be dead to take the portion of the Parent.

Sixth I have settled with my Grand children Simon F. Parrott, John I. Parrott, and Elisabeth H. Natler (formerly Parrott) as their Guardian, & have accounted to them for the sale of Reuben, and in part for that reason have revoked the devise to them of the Lands mentioned in the preceding clause; and I also revoke the Fifteenth clause of my will as unnecessary

Seventh I give and devise my slave Goodwin (purchased at a sale made by the administrators of Blaney McNeese) to my daughter Louisa for & during her natural life, and after her death, to her issue living at the time of her death, and if she shall leave no issue as aforesaid, then I give & bequeathe the said slave to my Daughter Penelope Howle for and during her natural life, & after her death to her issue living at the time of her death, & subject to the same restrictions, limitations and remainders as are expressed of, & concerning the slaves bequeathed to my said Daughter Penelope in the eighth clause of my said will

Seventh (sic) The Saw and Grist Mills with all the necessary Buildings and Fixtures that appertain thereto, with all other rights, and privileges referred to, in the 17th clause of my said will I give and devise to my sons Oliver Parrott and Jesse W. Parrott, to them, & their Heirs forever, the said mills to be kept up on joint accounts, & the expenses and profits to be equally born & shared, provided always that the said Jesse W. Parrott, & Oliver Parrott shall within one year of my decease pay the sum of Six hundred dollars to my grand sons Simon F. Parrott and John I. Parrott, to be equally divided between them, and if either of them shall then be dead, his issue shall take the share of the deceased Parent of the said money.

Eighth The Devise of the said mills in the preceding clause to my sons Jesse W. Parrott, & Oliver Parrott, I wish, & hereby direct shall be subject to the further provision & charge that they shall furnish, & supply my wife with Bread Corn for herself, Family, and slaves during her natural life

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