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Miscellaneous Charlotte County Wills


Submitted by Ward Oliver 13 March 2000

1 Joseph OLIVER 1786/1787
2 Ann OLIVER 1795/1796
3 Edward Vaughan Oliver 1795/1796
4 Joseph OLIVER 1799/1800
5 James GRIGG 1773
6 John WHITE 1782
7 Elizabeth ALLEN 1786
8 Cutbirth WILLIAMSON 1811
 9 Susanna WILLIAMSON 1840
10 Samuel WHITE 1812/1818
11 William WHITE 1824/1827
12 William Price WHITE 1859/1863
13 John William WHITE 1855/1861
14 Martha MADISON 1819/1837
15 Henry MADISON 1861/1867

Joseph OLIVER, Will Book 1, pp 388-388b, written May 13, 1786, 
proved Jan. 1, 1787:
...to my Son Edward OLIVER the Tract of Land I now live on (the 
CALDWELL tract)...to my Son Joseph OLIVER the Tract of Land known 
by the name of LUMPKINS Tract...to my Son William OLIVER the 
Tract of Land known by the name of TANNERS Tract...that my 
personal Estate be equally divided between my Sons John OLIVER, 
Edward OLIVER, Joseph OLIVER, and William OLIVER...pay unto 
Thomas OLIVER the sum of fifty pounds...the division of my Estate 
which I desire may be done by three good respectable men: I 
...appoint my Son John OLIVER, Edward OLIVER, Joseph OLIVER & 
Thomas LORTON Executors...
s/ Joseph OLIVER; wit. John WARD, James Penicost, W. HUBARD (Note 
the old Oliver sense of humor: he desired three good, respectable 
men execute his estate, then named four! Which one was not a 
good, respectable man?)

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Ann OLIVER, Will Book II, p. 82, written Dec. 16, 1795, proved 
Jan.4, 1796: 
...to my daughter Mary OLIVER all the money my son Edward OLIVER 
owes me...all my part of a negro by the name of Patt, and her 
children I give to Mary OLIVER...to Mary OLIVER all the money my 
son Joseph OLIVER owes me...to Mary OLIVER all the money my son 
William OLIVER owes me...I Stil give to my daughter Mary OLIVER 
all Funiture Cloths & everything that belongs to me in this world 
the true intent of this will is I give all my Worldly Goods and 
all my estate both real & personal & all sorts whatsoever I give 
it to my daughter Mary OLIVER the wife of Thomas OLIVER...
s/ Ann OLIVER; wit. Christopher HINTON, Edmund Fitz PATRICK, 
Willaim OLIVER

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Edward Vaughan OLIVER, Will Book II, p. 81, written Dec. 10, 
1795, proved Jan. 4, 1796:
...to Joseph OLIVER the son of my sister Mary OLIVER one young 
Bay horse...I lend all my estate Real and personal to my mother 
Ann OLIVER...after her death ...everything belonging to me to be 
equally divided among all my Sister Mary OLIVER's Children...my 
Friends Thomas OLIVER and Edmund Ft. PATRICK  my exors...
s/Edward Vaughan OLIVER, wit. James LINN, James (X) Varnum, 
Christopher HINTON   

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Joseph OLIVER, Will Book II, p. 163, written Sept. 7, 1799, 
proved April 7, 1800:
...the plantation whereon I now live be sold...& the money so 
arising may be applied to the purpose of  purchasing another 
Tract of land suitable for the accomodation of Mrs. Mary 
RAKESTRAW and my children...if provision can be made out of my 
part of John OLIVERS deceased Estate (his brother John had died 
intestate in Bath County earlier in 1799)...I desire that Mrs. 
Mary RAKESTRAW may continue to live with my children her lifetime 
& be intitled to a decent support out of my Estate & that my 
children be schooled & qualified for some business...I appoint 
William WHITE & James HAYS & John GARDEN ...to Excute this my 
will...
s/Joseph OLIVER, wit. John GARDEN, Anthony JOHNS, Adam (X) 
HUNTSMAN 

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James GRIGG, Will Book I, pp 106-107, written March 13, 1773, 
proved Oct. 5, 1773:
...sell all the Land I now Possess likewise a negro fellow named 
Abram...desire that my wife Possess my whole Estate 'till my 
daughter Patty GRIGG arives at the age of eighteen or 
marry's...then equally divided into three parts...lend to my wife 
during her natural life one third...after her decease to be 
equally divided between my daughter Patty GRIGG and Katy White 
GRIGG...I give and bequeath to my daughter Patty GRIGG one third 
of my Esate above mention'd...I give and bequeath to my daughter 
Katy White GRIGG one third of my Estate above mention'd...I do 
appoint John WHITE, Samuel WHITE & Mary GRIGG my whole & sole 
Executors &  Executrix...
s/James GRIGG, wit. Thomas HARLEE Jun., Cutbirth WILLIAMSON, 
William WHITE

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John WHITE, Book I, pp 141-142, written March 2, 1782, proved 
Nov. 4, 1782:
...grandson John MADISON son of Henry MADISON one Negro boy named 
Bob...to Mary GRIGG daughter of James GRIGG (my granddaughter) 
one Negro girl named Mary...to Charles WILLIAMSON (my grandson) 
son of Cutbirth WILLIAMSON one Negro girl named Milley...to my 
beloved son William WHITE one Negro girl named Sarah...my beloved 
son Mathew WHITE one Negro boy named Saul also one Negro girl 
named Nancey...my well beloved son Daniel WHITE one Negro boy 
named BARTLET also one Negro girl named Bett...my beloved 
daughter Sarah WHITE  one Negro woman named Jane also one Negro 
woman named Hannah...I lend to my beloved wife Mary WHITE during 
her natural life one Negro man named Dick also one Negro man 
named Yellow Dick also one Negro wench named Lucy...also the use 
of my Water Grist Mill...my beloved son Daniel WHITE the Tract of 
Land lying on Rough & Cub Creek...to my beloved son Mathew WHITE 
the tract of Land whereon I now live...my well beloved son 
William WHITE one tract of Land lying on the north side of Cub 
Creek also a small tract adjoining...leading to RANDOLPH'S 
line...the within mentioned Slaves and their Increase namely 
Dick, Yellow Dick, Aggy and Luce so lent to my beloved wife be 
divided at her decease between my daughters namely, Martha 
MADISON, Mary RAKESTRAW, Susanna WILLIAMSON, and Sarah WHITE...to 
my beloved daughter Sarah WHITE one horse and bridle purchased of 
George PETTUS...I do appoint William WHITE, Daniel WHITE, Mathew 
WHITE and Samuel WHITE to be my whole Executors...
s/John WHITE, wit. William PRICE, William PRICE Jr., Thomas 
NORTH, Russell (X) BROWN
Codicil, April 13, 1782: ...to my son Samuel WHITE one Negro 
wench named Lucy...also a Horse which he may choose...my son 
Daniel WHITE one Horse taking the next choice...
s/John (X) WHITE, wit. Martin BAKER, Mary BAKER, Russell (X) 
BROWN...
(Note that he signed the codicil with his mark. I have seen 
several instances where wills were signed with a mark by someone 
known to be literate, due to infirmities of age.)   

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Elizabeth ALLEN (Death Bed; Oral), Will Book I, p. 386, April 20, 
1786, proved Oct. 2, 1786:
We being present at the house of Cutbirth WILLIAMSON on the 20th 
day of April One thousand seven hundred and eighty Six heard 
Elizabeth ALLEN on her Death Bed say; Cutbirth I want what little 
I have divided between you three, then being asked whether she 
meant Cutbirth WILLIAMSON, Mary PRICE, & Susanah WILLIAMSON (she 
answered yes) saying There was some money due to her; as Witness 
our hands this 2nd day of October 1786.  Wit: Martha MADISON, 
Mary PETTUS

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Cutbirth WILLIAMSON, Will Book III, pp 184-185, written Aug. 9, 
1811, proved Dec. 2, 1811:
...I Lend to my beloved wife Susannah WILLIAMSON all my estate 
both real and personal Except...I give to my children now living 
with me one negroe ...when such chold shall arrive at lawful age 
or marry, Viz Samuel WILLIAMSON, Cutbirth WILLIAMSON, William 
Barrett WILLIAMSON, Francis White WILLIAMSON, Daniel White 
WILLIAMSON & Mathew WILLIAMSON...the rest to remain in the 
possession of my beloved wife...and after her decease to my 
children...Viz John WILLIAMSON, Charles WILLIAMSON, Susannah 
JEFFRIES, Nancy HARRAWAY, Samuel WILLIAMSON, Cutbirth WILLIAMSON, 
William Barrett WILLIAMSON, Francis White WILLIAMSON, Daniel 
White WILLIAMSON, Mathew WILLIAMSON...if any remain I desire that 
it be equally divided among all my children, except Elizabeth 
BLANN (BLAND) and Rebecca ROGERS to whom I have heretofore given 
them their due share...I appoint Nathan HARVEY, Charles 
WILLIAMSON, & Samuel WILLIAMSON my executors...
s/s Cutbirth WILLIAMSON, wit. Benjm CHAPMAN, H. MADISON, Josiah 
RICE 

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Susanna WILLIAMSON, Will Book 8, p. 169, written Jan. 27, 1840, 
proved June 1, 1840:
...to my Grand Son George M. WILLIAMSON the sum of one hundred 
and fifty dollars...To my sons Daniel, William, Matthew & Samuel 
I have heretofore given what I intend...the Balance of my estate, 
I give in equal division ...to the children of Son Charles one 
share, to my daughter Susanna JEFRIES one share, to the children 
of my daughter Mary HARVEY one share, to my daughter Martha ROACH 
one share, to my daughter Nancy F. HARAWAY one share,to my son 
Cutbirth one share, to my daughter Frances White TAYLOR  one 
share...I appoint my sons Wm B. & Dan'l W. WILLIAMSON 
Executors...
s/s Susanna WmSon, wit. Rich. ANDERSON, John L. VAUGHAN, Henry V. 
GLENN

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Samuel WHITE, Will Book 4, p. 210, written Oct. 20, 1812, proved 
Dec. 7, 1818:
...my beloved wife Elizabeth five hundred pounds...to my beloved 
wife all my Household furniture plantation tools and Utensils...I 
lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth all my stocks of horses, 
Cattle, sheep and hogs...all my Negroes...all my lands...after 
her decease set aside one hundred pounds at interest for the 
support of old Stephan and Wife Sarah to be supported in a 
comfortable manner...after their death the remainder to my 
Executors...after the above legacies the remaining be Equally 
divided between my brothers and sisters or their surviving heirs 
begotten of their bodys...I appoint William WHITE and James 
MADISON my Executors...
s/s Samuel WHITE, wit. (illegible), Thomas J. GARDEN, Jno C. 
MILLER  

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William WHITE, Law Order Book 2, p. 136, written May 12, 1824, 
proved Dec. 4, 1827:
...I lend my beloved wife Elizabeth the following negroes (to 
wit) Hannah, Viney, Collier, and Miller...my daughter Catherine 
COLLINS one negro woman named Rachel...my daughter Nancy HAMLET 
one negro woman named Cloey...my Grand daughter Angeline BROWN 
one negro man by the name of Charles...the children of my 
deceased son John WHITE a part of the Tract of Land on which I 
now live...to my son William P. WHITE the ballance of the Tract 
of Land...tract of Land on the Waters of Wards Fork...be 
sold...and the money arising ...be equally divided among the 
children of my deceased daughter Martha ROBINSON...my son William 
P. WHITE and Son in Law James HAMLET Executors...
s/s Wm WHITE wit. Samuel S. FUQUA, John ARMISTEAD

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William Price WHITE, Will Book 13, pp 399-400, written Feb. 14, 
1859, proved July 4, 1863:
...I give to my beloved wife Mary M. WHITE as dower one third 
part of my tract of land on Cub Creek...during her natural life 
and at her death to be equally divided between Elizabeth P. 
ARMISTEAD, Mary J. FORD and Sally L. THORNTON except the land 
that is to go John M. and David H. WHITE...I give to my two sons 
John M. WHITE and David H. WHITE my land on Cub Creek on which I 
now reside...my two grandsons William Beverly WHITE and Henry M. 
WHITE each the sum of three hundred dollars...I acknowledge the 
debt of Six hundred and sixty dollars to be paid by me at the 
death of my wife for two small negroes we received from the 
property held by us under the will of James McCARGO dec'd...I 
appoint my two sons John M. WHITE and David H. WHITE Executors...
s/s William P. WHITE, wit. A. BAILEY, T.P. MIDDLETON, H.S. DANIEL 
codicil, May 30, 1861: The executors are to manage Mary J. FORD's 
portion for her benefit comfort and support and for her 
children...to grandson Henry WHITE my Rifle and grandson Beverly 
WHITE my Shotgun single barrell...
s/s William P. WHITE, wit. Tho PUGH, A. BAILEY, A.I. MIDDLETON, 
Math. W. JACKSON

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John William WHITE, Will Book 13, p. 209, written Aug. 28, 1855, 
proved Oct. 7, 1861:
...I being about to undertake a lourney to the west do herein 
make this my last will and testament...my uncle John JACKSON's 
daughter Minerva shall receive two hundred dollars...the 
remainder shall be divided into three equal shares...one share to 
my uncle Matthew W. JACKSON...one share to my aunt Permelia F. 
WILLIAMSON...one share to the trustees hereinafter 
Mentioned...Trustees shall be my uncle Matthew W. JACKSON and Mr. 
William B. WILLIAMSON...my uncle Matth. W. JACKSON shall be the 
executor...
S/ John W. WHITE, wit. Francis T. JENNINGS, Borwell P. CRUTE, 
Samuel L. CRUTE  

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Martha MADISON, Will Book 8. p. 73, written Feb. 10, 1819, proved 
Oct. 2, 1837:
...I desire that the whole of my Estate...be converted into Money 
and One Eight part be paid to each of my following Children Viz 
Sally VENABLE, Elizabeth JACKSON, Martha VENABLE, Henry MADISON, 
James MADISON and Nancy ARMISTEAD...I lend to my daughter Susanna 
C. ARMISTEAD one Eight part of my Estate...should my said 
Daughter never have any Child...the One eight part to my daughter 
Nancy ARMISTEAD's Children...the other One Eight part ...to the 
Children of my deceased daughter Katherine WALTHALL...my sons 
Henry MADISON and James MADISON Exr's...
s/s Martha MADISON, wit. James VENABLE, Robert VENABLE Jr., 
Matthew D. JACKSON, Patrick JACKSON 

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Henry MADISON, Will Book 14, pp. 405-406, written April 25, 1861, 
proved June 7, 1867:
...I loan my wife Mary MADISON one third part of my Estate...I 
give to my daughter Sarah E. SCOTT one third part of my 
Estate...The other third part of my Estate I give to my daughter 
Clara G. SNELL and her two sons Henry and Beverly WHITE to be 
divided between them as follows: one thrid part of said third 
part to Henry and Beverly WHITE jointly and the other two thirds 
to my daughter Clara G. SNELL...I give my daughter Clara G. SNELL 
the tract of land...purchased of the estate of edward O. 
ALMOND...also four negroes Clem, Farthina, Hays, and Amanda...I 
do hereby appoint James H. MADISON and Beverly S. SCOTT 
Executors...
s/s Henry MADISON, wit. Tho PUGH, J.A. ANDREWS, Nathan B. HARVEY
Codicil, Nov. 9, 1866: ...The bequest made to Henry & Beverly 
WHITE is hereby revoked and what they were to get is now given to 
their mother Clara G. SNELL...I now give to Henry WHITE one sixth 
part of my present estate...
s/s Henry MADISON, wit. Nathan B. HARVEY, Tho PUGH       

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