This 26 day of July 1669 I Francis Parrott in the County of Calvert plantor being at this time Visitor by the good hand of God with Sickness and at this time being weake in Body But in prfeact mind and momory and calling to mind how necessary it is to gett my houwse in order as in ----- to make a Will. I do at this time make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as following. First I do committ my Soul and Body into the hand of God allmighty for Him to dispose of it as it best pleaseth Him. Secondly after all my Just Debts being truly paid and satisfied I do give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife and to my Child which is yet in her Womb if it do live, I say I do give and bequeath all my temporall Estate both Goods Land moneys Cattell Servants Bills Bonds and all and Every of my visible Estate unto Sarah Parrott my beloved Wife and our Child which is in her Womb, So to the truth of this my last Will and Testatment I do Let my hand and seale this 26 day of July 1669. Francis Parrot Sealed
The marks of Wm Wood, Clement Lakes, John Trobant, Ralph Nicholson
The 10 February 1671 then appeared before me Clement Lake and John Trobant Witnesses to the above written
Will of Francis Parrot and made oath that the did do the ...... (Copied from Original Will of Francis Parrott Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Md - bjh)
Susanna Johnson of Chowan Precinct to Jacob Parrott, Susanna Parrott and Elizabeth Parrott (residence not given) 21 April 1715 for the love and affection I bear my grandchildren, son and doughters of Francis Parrott, lately deceased, “fower” cows, 3 calves, etc. and one mare branded “St”, the cattle to be divided amongst the said children when they come of age. Witnessess: James Bate, Thomas Garrett, Jr. Reg. 11 September 1715 (Chowan Precinct NC 1696-1723, General Abstract of Deed Books by M.M. Hofmann, Deed Book B #1, p.178, Item #756)
Susanah Johnson 13 Aug 1717, 29 July 1718 Chowan County. Son: William Grandson: Jacob Parrot. Daughter & Executrix: Frances Rasor. Granddaughters: Susanah & Elizabeth Parrot. Godson: Edward Frederick Rasor. Friend: John Hardy. Wit: Laurence Sarton, e ------z---------, William Walters, Patrick Canada. Clerk of the Court: Ri. Hicks. (Abstract of Wills 1690-1760 by Grimes, p.189)
Susanna Johnson’s will was dated the 13th of August 1717, and her estate was probated the 29th July 1718. Her legatees were her son William Johnson who lived in Surry Co., VA, her grandson Jacob Parrott, her granddaughter Elizabeth Parrott, her friend John Hardy, her godson (son-in-law) Edward Frederick Rasor and her daughter Frances Rasor. James Bate and Thomas Garrett, Jr wit. her will. (From “Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives 1613-1983”, by Joe Cobb, P.E., R.L.S.)
In the name of God, Amen
The third day of November in the year of our Lord God, one thousand seven hundred and thirty eight
I Jacob Parrott of Bertie precinct in Albemarle County in North Carolina, planter, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to Almighty God,
Thereafter calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in such decent Christian manner as my executors shall thought meet, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the soul again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate where with it has pleased to bless me in this life I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
Impress, I give to Martha my dearly beloved wife the part of all my stock of cattle and horses nd half of my hogs with all my household foods and all my sheep excepting two ewes and lambs for to be delivered equally to both of my children Mary and John Parrott, to my daughter at the years of sixteen and to my son at the years of eighteen.
ITEM - I give to my daughter Mary Parrott one third part of my stock of both cattle and horses for to be delivered to her or her heirs at the date of her being sixteen years of age.
ITEM - I give to my son John Parrott one third part of my stock of both cattle and horses to be delivered to him or his heirs at the date of his being sixteen years of age.
ITEM - I give to both my children to be delivered equally between them both at the age above mentioned the other half of my hogs after Martha my beloved wife has had her share taken out.
ITEM - I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Mary Parrott and to her heirs the plantation and land where I do now live containing four hundred and forty acres lying in Bertie Precinct and on the West side of Cucklemakers Creek reserving a right of way to my well beloved wife Martha Parrott
ITEM - I give to my well beloved son John Parrott and his heirs two hundred acres of land lying in Bertie Precinct and upon the south side of Ducking Run.
Lastly I do constitute ordain and appoint my well beloved friend William Fleetwood and Edward Razor my sole Executors of this my last will and Testament _______ and tenements by them freely possessed and enjoyed to the benefit of both my children Mary and John Parrott and I do hereby disallow and revoke and disanull all and every other former testament, Wills, legacies and bequests and executors by me in any way before named willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Jacob Parrott as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers
Jacob (X) Parrott
Test Lamb Hardy, Lovick Young, Sara (x) Morphus November 18 1738
Came before me Lamb Hardy and made oath that he saw Jacob Parrott sign, seal and publish the within as his last Will and Testament that he was of disposing mind and memory at that time nd that Lovick Young and Sarah Morphus Witnessed the reto.. By W. H. Smith
Jacob Parrott 3 Nov 1738 18 Nov 1738 Perquimans Co., NC, Son: John. Daughter: Mary Parrot. Wife: Martha. Executors: William Felltwood, Edward Rasor. Wit: Lamb Hardy, Lovick Young, Sarah Morphew. Proven Before W. Smith, C.J. (Abstract of Wills 1690-1760, Grimes)
In the name of god amen, I Frances Rasor of Bertie County and province of North Carolina, Widdow, being sick and weak in Body but of sound and perfect memory thanks to God almighty for the Same and calling to mind the mortallity and frailty of human nature and that It is appointed for all once to die I doe therefore make constitute appoint and ordain this to be my las will and testament in manner and form following first my Soul. I recommend my Soul into the hand of Amighty God that gave it hopeing through the Merrits of my Blessed redeener to Receive a Joyful Resurrection at the Last Day my Body to be buried in such Christian like manner. As to my Executors hereafter named shall same meet and touching such wordly Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow on me in this transitory world I dispose of the same in manner and form following -
Imprimis I give and bequeath to my Dear and loving daughter Elizabeth Hardy the land and plantation lying on the west side of ye eastermost Swamp ofSalmon Creek and on the South Side of the Cross Branch which I give with all the appertenances thereunto belonging to her and her Disposal forever.
ITEM I likewise give and Bequeath to my grandaughter Frances Hardy my great spining wheel which I give to her and to her Disposal
ITEM I give to my Son Edward Rasor my Cypress Chest with lock and key which I give to him and to his Disposal
ITEM I give and Bequeath to my daughter in law Elizabeth Rasor one sute of bed Cloths, handkerchiefs and Apron which I give to her proper use and Benefit.
ITEM I give to my Son Edward Rasor one Shilling Sterling because he has had his portion already
ITEM I give and Bequeath unto my daughter Christena Bell my Gold ring. If she comes here to fetch it to her own use.
ITEM I give and Bequeath the Remainder part of m estate to my dear Daughter Elizabeth a rug which I give her to her own proper use.
Lastly I constitute and Appoint my (Son in law) Lamb Hardy to be my Executor of this my Last Will and testament uterly revoking and making void all former will or wills by me formerly made Ratifieng and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto Sett my hand and fixed my Seal this 20th of April one thousand Seven hundred and forty Seven
Signed Sealed published Pronounced and declared by the said Frances Rasor to be her last Will and testament in the presents
William (x) Hardy; Thomas (x) Jones; Charity (x) ------
On the oath of Thos. Todd who saw Frances Rasor Sign Seal and Execute the above as her last Will and Testament and that Lamuel Hardy hath taken the oath of an Executor as the Law Direct this 18th day of December anno Dom 1748
Frances Rasor’s will was dated the 20th Apr 1747. The probate date was Dec 1748. The legatees named in her will were her son Edward Rasor, her daughters Elizabeth Hardy and Christian Bell, here daughter-in-law Elizabeth Rasor (Edward’s wife). and her granddaughter Frances Hardy. she named her son-in-law, Lamb Hardy, to be the executor. The witnesses to her will were Wm Hardy and Thomas and Charity Todd. (From “Nicholas Cobb Descendants, Neighbors and Relatives 1613-1983”, by Joe Cobb, P.E., R.L.S.)
In the name of God, Amen I, Selah Mozingo being of sound mind and memory but low in bodily afflictions do constitute and declare this to be my last will and testament in words following, to wit:
1st. It is my will that all of my Just (debts) be paid.
2nd. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Waters ten dollars out of what Asa Waters owes me for the hire of Negroe Woman Yib.
3. I give the children of my Daughter Penelope Creech ten dollars to be equally divided between them.
4. I give to my son Joshua House ten dollars.
5th. I give my daughter Celia Harrison ten dollars.
6th. I leave ten dollars to be divided between the children of my Daughter Mary Waters Dec'd.
7th. I lend to my Daughter Susan Canady the tollowing Negroes during her lifetime to wit: Clary, Mary, and Eliza and their increase and at the death of my Daughter Susan Canady I give the sd (said) negroes and their increase to be equally divided among the children of my sd (said) Daughter Susan Canady.
8th. I leave my Negroe Woman Yib to be sold on a credit of six months.
And I do hereby revoke Annul and make void all other will or wills made heretofore by me and do constitute and declare this to be my last will and testament.
9th. I appoint Joshua Canady Executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this the 23rd day of July 1842.
Teste Selah Mozingo (seal)
The State of South Carolina, Darlington District
I Benjamin Parrott of the district of Darlington and State of SC, being weak in body but sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following to wit:
In the 1st place, it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as may be practicable by my Executors hereinafter named.
Secondly: I give bequeath and devise to my beloved wife Winifrid Parrott for and during the term of her natural life, and no longer the following named property to wit a certain portion or part of the tract of land on which I now reside bounded as follows, commencing at the mouth of a branch called Barns branch when it empties into Jeffries Creek, thence up said branch with the run to a lane through the plantation running nearly North and South - thence along said lane until it meets another lane which run mainly East and West - thence along said last lane to Jeffries Creek at my crossing place - and thence down the run of said creek to the beginning. Also 3 negroes to wit: Rose, Milly, and Tom: and, the following property I give and bequeath to my said wife to her Executors administrators and assigns forever: 2 milch cows and calves which she may choose, 1 horse which she may choose: 1 bed and furniture which she may also choose: all my kitchen furniture, 1/2 of my cups & saucers, plates, knives and forks a folding-leaf table, 1 Safe, the sitting chairs and a large chest which she originally brought with her. Furthermore It is my will and desire that my Executors hereinafter named do allow to my said wife 1 full yrs provisions of corn, fodder and pork.
Thirdly: I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter (now dead) Nancy Byrd formerly the wife of Miller Byrd, 1 Negro Boy named Medit, to them and their heirs forever to be divided equally among them share and share alike. I have heretofore made advancements to my deceased daughter Nancy in her life time which accounts for my giving no more to her children in my Will.
Fourthly: I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Parrott to him and his heirs forever the amount of money for which my 2 negroes Daniel and Allen can be sold and I hereby direct and authorize my Executors hereinafter named to sell said Negroes on such terms as my son Benjamin may direct and to pay over to him the proceeds of such sale; which with the advancements heretofore made to him by me will be his full share except as in the residuary clause of my Will.
Fifthly: I give and bequeath to my son James, to him and his heirs forever 1 Negro boy named Richards. I have heretofore made some advancements to my son James which with this bequest to him of Richard make up his full share except as in the residuary clause of my Will.
Sixthly: I have recently advanced to my son Samuel a note on James N Garner for $495 which was given to me by said Garner for the purchase of 2 Negroes - to wit Ings and Dinah - this is in lieu of such slave property as I had intended to give in my Will to my said son Samuel Parrott, I Will and bequeath to the said Samuel in addition to all advancements made him $25 to him and his heirs forever.
Seventhly: I give bequeath and devise to my Son William Parrott all that parcel or tract of land which I own lying on the east side of Jeffries Creek containing by estimation 350 acres to him and his heirs forever. Also a Negro man named Tom to my said son William to him and his heirs forever immediately after the death of my wife, Winifred Parrott to whom I have given said Negro Tom for her life time. This with his former advancements makes up the full share of my Son William except as in the residuary clause of my Will.
Eighthly: I give and bequeath to my Executors hereinafter named, to them their heirs and assigns forever 2 negroes - to wit Robin and Helen in Trust however, for the sole and separate use of my daughter, Winifrid Garner, wife of Charles W Garner, during the term of her natural life; and after her death, in trust for such child or children as she may have living at her death aforesaid and should any of the children of my said daughter Winifried marry in the life time of their mother and afterwards die before his her or their mother, leaving a child or children, such said child or grandchildren to be entitled upon the death of my daughter Winifried to the share that their father or mother would have been entitled to if he she or they had survived my daughter aforesaid. Upon the further trust, that they my said Executors will act as trustees in their behalf and shall have power by executing a deed for such purpose to substitute other trustee or trustees if necessary to carry out my intentions in this matter; and also that after the death of my daughter Winifrid aforesaid the said Executors or such other trustee or trustees as may by deed be substituted for them so divide off and convey and deliver to the children or grandchildren of my said daughter their respective shares or such estate as in herein settled on them free of the trusts herin enacted. With the advancements heretofore made to my daughter Winifrid Garner the above bequest made in trust for her benefit and the benefit of her children makes up her full share except as in the residuary clause of my Will.
Ninethly: I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan Parrott, wife of Willis Parrott, to her and her heirs forever; the Negroes Squire, Hollon, and at the death of my wife Milly: if Milly should have increase that to go as the mother. This bequest to my daughter Susan with advancements heretofore made to her makes up her full share except as in the residuary clause of my Will.
Tenthly: I give bequeath and devise to my daughter Harriet Wood wife of David G Wood, all that tract or plantation of land on which I now reside lying on the West side of Jeffries Creek to have and to hold to her and her heirs forever: but so much as I have thereof as I have in a previous clause of my Will given to my wife Winifrid Parrott for and during her life time, my said daughter, is not to have or possess until after the termination of said life estate of my said wife: and my said Wife is also to have the privilege of using what timber may be necessary for plantation purposes and firewood, to be cut and taken by her from any of my woodlands herein given and devise to my said daughter Harriet, I also give and bequeath to my said daughter Harriet to her and her heirs forever the following Negroes - to wit Ned, Patsy and Plenty.
Eleventhly: I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Zilpha Parrott to her and her heirs forever one Negro girl called Manda.
Twelfthly: I direct that my Executors do sell all my stock of cattle, horses, hogs and sheep that may be found on my plantation at my death (except what may be allotted to my wife under a previous clause of this Will) as also corn fodder, household furniture, plantation utensils (except as aforesaid): And the proceeds of such sale after deducting such debts as I may have unsettled I will and desire to be equally divided between my 8 children (Nancy being dead her children to take her share) to wit: children of Nancy, Benjamin Parrot, James Parrott, Samuel Parrott, William Parrott, Winifrid Garner, Susan Parrott, and Harriet Wood.
Lastly: I hereby consitute and appoint my son William Parrott and my friend and son in law David G Wood Executors to carry out and have executed this my last Will and Testament according to its terms and directions.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto I have set my hand and seal this 17 day of Feb in the yr of our Lord 1842. Signed, sealed, published and declared as and for the last Will and Testament of Benjamin Parrot Senior. The day above written, contained on two sheets.
In the presence of us: Henry Wood, Absolum Galloway, Theophilus Caroway
Recorded in Will Book 10 p94 Recorded 1/23/1846 Ervin B Brunson Ordinary DD Apt A Pkg 256
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