NORTH CAROLINA WILLS
ORIGINAL AND RECORDED WILLS IN THE
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE
J. BRYAN GRIMES
SECRETARY OF STATE
PUBLISHED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE
TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES
E. M. UZZELL & Co., STATE PRINTERS AND BINDERS. 1910.
April 27, 1753. March Court, 1754. Sons: EDWARD and WILLIAM (land in
Bertie County on Crofoot Branch adjoining Mikell Hill's land). Daughters:
MARY and SARAH GRIFFIN, ANN GRIFFIN, ELIZABETH COOPER. Wife: GRACE.
Executors: JOHN GRIFFIN (brother), EDWARD COOPER. Witnesses:
WILLIAM GARDNER, JOHN GRIFFIN, EDWARD COOPER. Clerk of the Court:
July 30, 1755. December Court, 1756. Sons: ANDREW, EPENETUS, MATTHEW,
JOHN (Executor). Daughters: SARAH COCKBERN, ELISABETH GRIFFEN,
ANN GRIFFEN. Wife and Executrix: ANN. Witnesses: NATHL.
COOPER, JOSEPH HILSON WORRIN. Clerk of the Court: FR. WARD.
On Kathrine Creek, Chowan County.
June 13, 1748. April Court, 1749. Sons: JAMES, JOSEPH and WILLIAM.
Wife and Executrix: SARAH. Witnesses: WILLIAM HILL, WILLIAM
COLTHRED, SUSANNAH OVERMAN. Clerk of the Court: WILL. MEARNS.
June 3, 1718. July Court, 1718. Sons: EDWARD (“my plantation on the
North side Cissai River), JOHN and WILLIAM (plantation on South side of
Rokquis Creek), MARTIN (plantation on Rokquis Creek). Daughters:
SARAH GRIFEN, ELIZABETH GRIFEN. Wife and Executrix: ELIZABETH.
Other legatees: MARY STANSILL (daughter of MARY), WILLIAM STANSILL (son
of JOHN and CATHERINE), JOHN RODGERS (son of THOMAS and FRANCES).
Witnesses: THOMAS RODGERS, RICHARD PICKEREN, JOHN SMETHWICK. Clerk of
the Court: R. HICKS.
April 8, 1701. February 7, 1702-1703. Executrix: WIFE (not named).
Witnesses: THOMAS JONES, WILLM. JONES, MARY SKITTLESHARP. Son-in-law:
JOSEPH SKITTLESHARP. Clerk of the Court: N. CHEVIN.
GRIFFIN (spelled “GRIFFON”), WILLIAM.
June 20, 1681. March 29. Wife and Executrix: LIDDIA. Son:
WILLIAM. Witnesses: WM. BATEMAN, ROGER MARTIN. Will proven before
December 10, 1735. February Court, 1735. Wife and Executrix: MARY.
Witnesses: THO. WHITMILL, ALEX. THOMPSON, EDWARD MOORE. Clerk of the
Court: JHO. WYNNS.
July 1, 1727. February Court, 1727. Sons: ARTHER (land on Meherrin
Cypress Swamp), EDMOND (550 acres of land), JOHN (Executor). Wife
and Executrix: JEMIMA. Daughter: MARY. Other legatees:
JOHN CLARKE, DANIEL RIGING. Overseer: WILLIAM BOLDIN. Clerk of the
Court: RT. FORSTER.
EDWARD GRIFFIN'S WILL.
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, The Twenty Seaventh Day of aprel, 1753. I, Edward
Griffin, of the County of tyrrel, plantor, being Very Sick and weake in
body, but of perfect mind and menory, thanks be given unto God Therefore,
Calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and Knowing that it is appointed
for all men once to Die, Dow Make and ordaine 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 to the
Earth to be buried in Decent Christian buriall at the Discretion of my
Executors, Nothing Doubting but at the Generall Resurrection I shall Receive
the same again by the mighty power of God; and as touching such worldly
Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this Life, I Give and
Demise and Dispose of the Same in the following manner and forme:
Imprimis, I Give and bequeath unto my two Soons, Edward Griffin and William
Griffin, a sertain Tract of Land in beartey County, Lying on a branch Called
Croofoot branch, and Joining Mikell Hills Line, the Same to be Equalley
Devided betwene my two Soons at the Discretion of two persons appointed by
them or my Selfe, so that each of them Ma have an Equall part of the Good
Item. I Dow Likewise Lend to my beloved wife, Grace Griffin, the servis of
my Negro man Roben as long as she Remains a Widdoe, and if the Negro Should
prove Obstinant and Cross in the family, that they Can not Rule him, that
then, he shall be sold and the moneys arising by that Sale to be Equalley
Devided betwene my son, Edward Griffin, and my Soon, William Griffin, and my
youngest Daughter, Ann Griffin.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my Soon, Edward Griffin, my Gun and Cutlass,
and one yearling horse to his proper use for Ever.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my two Daughters, one Mare Called the old mare
to Mary and Sarah Griffin, the mare is branded with the brand 22 to their
Item. I Give to my Soon, William Griffin, my Daughter, Ann Griffen, one mare
Called the young mare male and female, to their use for Ever, Excepting the
first Mare Colt the Young mare Rase, to Rhoda Coopers, to her proper use for
Item. I Dow Likewise Give to my son, Edward Griffin, one horse Colt wich
Came of the mare branded 22.
Item. I Give unto John Griffin, ye Soon of Sarah Griffin, one Yearling
heffor to be marked for him in the Spring 1754, to Run on male and female,
to his use for Ever.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my Son, William Griffin and Ann Griffin, my
youngest Daughter, Each of them one Iron Pott.
Item. I Give and bequeath to my Daughter, Elisabeth Cooper, my Loome and the
Geare belonging, to hir for Ever.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Grace Griffin, all and
Singuler my my household Goods not all Ready bequeathed, to hir Dispose
During hir Life, and if any Remains at hir Death, to be Equaly Devided
amongst my Children, one and all; and allso, I Give to my Wife my Riding
horse to her use for Ever.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my two Daughters, Mary Griffin and Sarah
Griffin, the Benifit of a Note of hand of the Valew of twelve pounds, ten
Shillings, Virginia monyy, to their sole use, benefit for Ever, and to be
paid to them by Edward Cooper in the year 1757.
Ratifying and Confirming this to be my Last Will and testament and Dow
hereby Constitute my well beloved brother, John Griffin, and Edward Cooper,
to be my Lawfull Executors to this my last Will and Testament and Do hereby
Utterly Disallow, Revoke and Disannul, all and Every other former
testaments, wills, Legacies, and bequests, and Executors, by me in any wais
named, Willed, and 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 Seale, the Day and year
Sined, Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us:
EDWARD GRIFFIN. (Seal)
WILLIAM GARDNER, Jurat.
EDWARD COOPER, Jurat.
TYREL COUNTY. ss. March Court, 1754.
Then was the Within Will Duly Prov'd in Open Court by the Oaths of William
Gardner, and Edwd. Cooper, Two of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto; and at
the Same time John Griffin and Edward Cooper were Duly Qualified as
Executors thereto, As the Law Directs. Ordered that the Honourable Jas.
Murray, Esqr., Secr., have Notice thereof that Letters Testamentary Issue
Testis. EVAN JONES, Clk. Cur.
Copied from Original Will, filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.