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ABSTRACT
OF
NORTH CAROLINA WILLS

COMPILED FROM

ORIGINAL AND RECORDED WILLS IN THE
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE

BY
J. BRYAN GRIMES
SECRETARY OF STATE

PUBLISHED UNDER AUTHORITY OF THE
TRUSTEES OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARIES

RALEIGH:
E. M. UZZELL & Co., STATE PRINTERS AND BINDERS. 1910.

GRIFFIN, EDWARD.

Tyrrell County.

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: EVAN JONES.

GRIFFEN, EPENETUS.

Tyrrell County.

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.

GRIFFIN, JAMES.

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.

GRIFEN, MARTIN.

Chowan County.

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.

GRIFEN, RICHARD.

Chowan County.

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.

Carteret Precinct.

June 20, 1681. March 29. Wife and Executrix: LIDDIA. Son: WILLIAM. Witnesses: WM. BATEMAN, ROGER MARTIN. Will proven before THOMAS MILLER.

GRIFFIN, WILLIAM.

Bertie Precinct.

December 10, 1735. February Court, 1735. Wife and Executrix: MARY. Witnesses: THO. WHITMILL, ALEX. THOMPSON, EDWARD MOORE. Clerk of the Court: JHO. WYNNS.

GRIFFETH, JOHN.

Bertie County.

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 Land.

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 uses forever.

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 Ever.

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 above Writen.

Sined, Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us:

EDWARD GRIFFIN. (Seal)

Testis,

WILLIAM GARDNER, Jurat.

JOHN GRIFFIN.

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 thereon Accordingly.

Testis. EVAN JONES, Clk. Cur.

Copied from Original Will, filed in the Office of the Secretary of State.
 


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