In the name of God, Amen. I John Standley of County of Muhlenberg and
State of Kentucky. Being in a low State of health, but of Sound minde and
memory and cawling to to nide the mortality of my boddy. Well knowing that
is appointed for all men to die, do make this my last will and testament
in the manner and form following to *** and desire that all my lawful debts
be first paid by my Executors herafter named out of my Estate. I want my
beloved wife Nancy Standley to have my place I now live on containing 75
acres patened to John Standley during her life. One Ball horse Saddle and
too Bridles. And furniture, too Cows and one Earling, too Sheep, too 6
Six year old hogs, too Sowes and Seven Small Shotes(?), One Cubbard and
so much thereof as she thinks fit to keep, one flax wheel and cotton, one **low and year(?). My three oldest Sons is to pay there Mother five Dollars a peace. Item 2 Isaac Standley one hundred acres of land that he now lives on Patened to Gorny(?) Stadley. one cow and yerling that he has Allriddy got, One fether bed and furniture all reddy got. Item 3. Polly Cash one cow and yearling all redy got, one fether bed and furniture all reddy got. Item 4 John Standley Beginning at the Path leding from Maloons up the rocky hill on the line running to the hollow of the Big cave. Running down Sad(?) Branch towards Joshua Stewart. Intersect at the mouth of the branch. One bay horse Colt, all readdy got, one bed and furniture, the same. One Red fore year old heiffer, same. One Sow and five pigs the same. Item 5th Moses Standley the balance of the land at the Hutson place including the farm be it more or less and Sorrel Colt, one branded white face Hifer 4 years old, one bed and furniture, one Sow and four pigs. Item 6 Mahala Standley one bed and furniture and cow and calf. Item 7 Nancy Standley, one bed and furniture and cow calf. Item 8 Joseph Standley what I left to his mother at her death, is to be his. What they can make is all to be his. If there is not enough of the balance of the property to Satisfy the debts, the three older boys is to care them equal proportion. I leave as my Executors, Barnnibes Wilkins & Moses Standley. This 9th June, 1841.
B. E. Oates
James Arnett, Jr.
July th 17, 1841
I take this opportunity of altrin my will. It is my Will that the property that I willed to my wife shall be hers during her widowhood and if she Sude marry again the property Shall be Joseph S. Standleys, my young Son.
John *. Stanley
W. A. Eaves
State of Kentucky
Muhlenberg County Court
April 10th, 1869
The foregoing last Will and testament of John Standley DEceased ****** to Court and Proved to be the Act and deed of the Said John Standley ***** by the oaths of B. E. Oates & James Arnett, two of the Subscribing witnesses thereto, who also proved(?) the Attestation of W. A. Eaves the other subscribing witness thereto. And ordered to be recorded.
Att. Thos Price(?) Clk
B.E. Stanly ( seal )
Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the said Benjamin E. Stanly to be his last will and testament in the presence of us at
his request and in his presence suscribed our names as witness.
Harold D. Stanly
Lula L. Aldridge
Probate of Will
State of North Carolina
In the Superior Court
A paper purportingto be the last will and testament of, B. E. Stanly, deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Clerk of the Superior Court for said County, by Wm. F. Stanly the executor therein mentioned, and due thereof by the said B.E. Stanly, is proven by the oath and examination of Harold D. Stanly and Lula L. Aldridge, the subscribing witness thereto ; who being duly sworn, doth depose and say, and each for himself deposeth and saith, that he is a subscribing witness to the paper- writing now shown him, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of B.E. Stanly.
That the said B.E. Stanly in the presence of this deponet subscribed his name at the end of said paper-writing, which is now shown as aforesaid, and which bears date of 5th September, 1901 ( believe this date of 1901 to be a mistake, see above date and date below )
And the Deponent Saith, That the said B.E. Stanly the testator aforesaid did at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid declare the said paper-writing so subscribed by him, and exhibited to be his last will and testament, and this deponent did thereupon subscribe his name at the end of said will as an attesting witness thereto, and at the request and in the presence of said testator. And this deponent further saith, that at the same time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will as aforesaid and at the timeof deponent's subscribing his name as an attesting witness thereunto , as aforesaid the said B.E. Stanly was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will and was not under any restraint, to the knowledge information or belief of this deponent. and futher these deponents say not.
Severally sworn and subscribed this 27th day of March 1901 before me as to, H.D. Stanly and on April 16, 1901 as to Lula L. Aldridge
Pheld ? Collins Clerk Superior Court
Lenoir County In The Superior Court
It is theretofore considered and adjudged by the Court that the said
paper-writing and every part thereof is the last Will and Testament of
B.E. Stanly, deceased. Let the said Will, together with the probate be
recorded and filed.
This 16 day of April, 1901
Pheld ? Collins Clerk
In the name of God Amen, I, James Standley, of the County of Jones, & the State of No. Carolina, being sick & weak in body but of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following. vit---; And first, I recommend my Soul to Almighty God who gave it me & my body to the dust until the resurrection of the just, when I expect to receive it again fashioned like unto Christs' glorious body. believing in the Christian Revealed Religion. I hope to be justified when I am judged because Jesus Christ bore my sins in his own body on the tree of the cross and made reconculation for sins. And as for my worldly goods that I have. I give and leave in manner and form following. vit.
I give to my son James Standley two hundred acres of land on the South side of greater Chinquamin Creek, being the power part of the Plantation whereon I now live, to be laid of from the said creek joining Franks line to the back line of said land so as to include two hundred acres to him and his heirs forever.
Itum, I leave for the use and benefit of my six daughters, namely Olivet, Sarah, Elizabeth, Susanna, Winifred, & Mary Standley the use of fifty acres of land on the North Side of the Creek, I live on and joining the land that I heretofore deeded to my son John Standley, jointly so long as they, my aforesaid Daughters have remained unmarried & upon the marriage of one or more of my said daughters the lone of said land, to sease with respect to such child or children so marrying and to continue to hold good to an such as remain single during the time they share, remain single and after the death or marriage of my said daughters, I give and bequeath my said fifty acres of land as above to my son Nathaniel Standley to him and his heirs forever.
Itum, I leave the use of and benefit of the remainder of my plantation, including the mantion house and the lands I bought adjoining whereon Lewis Conner formerly lived, to gether with the rest of the ---? pallent? to my loving wife Winifred, during her natural life and after her death I give the said land with the improvements to my son Nathaniel to him and his heirs forever.
Itum, I give and bequeath to my three sons, John, James, and Nathaniel, all the rest of my lands to be equally divided among them, to them and their heirs forever.
Itum I give to my son John two horses, Call and Ship, four cows & calves and one feather bed and furniture
Itum, I give to my son James two horses, Pablient, and Talemancus ? , four cows and calves & one feather bed and furniture.
Itum, I give and leave all the remainder of my estate of what nature or kind soever or wherever it may be found, not hereto fore mentioned in this will first, subject to the payment of my just debts and then the use and benefit of the same. I lend to my loving wife Winifred during her natural life and that she my said wife do find sootable maintanance out of the incomeof the same and the use of the plantation lent her, for my children whilst they are under full age and after the death of my said wife Winifred I give all the said property not heretofore given in this will to be equalll divided to and amongst my six daughters, Olivet, Sarah, Elizabeth, Susanna, Winifred, & Mary Standley,and my son Nathaniel to them and their heirs forever, with this proviso that if one or more of my said daughters should marry before the death of their affectionate mother then it shall be in the power of my two sons John and James Standley to make a division of the estate so left undivided and lot? off to such child or children so marrying if they my said sons shall judge such a division can be made without selling the property and without injuring the remainder of the family too much which division if made in manner above mentioned shall be good and -alled tho made before the death of my wife Winifred and the child or children so taking their share, shall not again Claim any part at a division after the death of my wife as aforesaid.
Itum, I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Bats, five shillings Currant money together with I have heretofore settled on her to be fully her share of my estate.
And lastly, I do constitute and appoint my two soas John and James Standley
Exts. to this my last and testament with full power and authority to make
all the division herein directed to be made, without selling the property
and such division or divisions shall be binding on the parties and I do
hereby ratify this to be my last will and testament in witness thereof
I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 12th day of 1793.
Signed, Sealed, published, and declared in the presence of us
John Dillahunty James S. Standley ( seal )
State of North Carolina
Jones County Court May term 1793
Then was the general last will and testament of James Standley dec'd duly proved in open court by the oath of Nathan Byran and Daniel Quilling two of the subscribing witness & orded to be recorded at the same time John Standley & James Standley the Executors therein named qualified as such that letters testamentary ----- accordingly
Attes & Lukyiban? CC
In the name of God Amen I, John Wright Stanly, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament.
First ; I appoint my wife Ann Stanly, my Executrix & Thomas
Turner, my Executor, Guardians to my children, my wife's Trust
however in both cases to cease on her second marriage.
Secondly ; I desire that all my debts may be honestly paid. I
mean in such kind of money as I agreed to pay when I contracted
them, and not depretiated paper for Gold & Silver, and this as soon as the amount can be raised by the collection of debts due
me, the produce of my Farm, rents of my Town property, or sale of my public secureties.
Thirdly ; If my wife should marry it is my will, that a valuation of
my whole estate be made on oath by, Gen'l Bryan, Rich'd
Dobbs Spaight, John Green, John Sitgreaves & Edward Bryan, or any three of them. That my debts be deducted from the
amount and the balance divided into equal shares ,( To Wit ) One for my wife & one for each of my children then living, my
wife taking her choice of said shares which share by her chosen I give and bequeath to her & her heirs forever. But if my wife
remains a widow I lend her during her life or wodowhood my lots in the Town of New Bern No 280, 281, 282, & 283 with
my dwelling house and every other improvement on the said lots together with all my household and kitchen furniture, plate,
china, Carriages and Carriage horses, and the following Negroes, To Wit; Venture, Nelly, Barbary, Phebe, Sam, Alcey, Little
Garbary, Jack, & Moody, and I leave my said wife during her life or widowhood five hundred Spanish Mill Dollars or the
value thereof in currant money per annum to be paid quarterly by my Excutor.
Fourthly ; all the rest and residue of my estate not given or lent as
aforesaid, I bequeath to my children, to be equally divided as
they respectively arrive at age. And on the marriage or death of their mother I leave the property lent to her to be divided in the
same manner, the valuation & division to be made by any three of the five Gentlemen named heretofore.
Fifthly ; I desire my children may be liberaly educated & the boys
put apprentice to learn such professions or trades as their
abilities seem best adapted to, and when my eldest son arrives to the age of twenty one years I appoint him an Executor to this
my last will & testament and a guardian to my other children.
Sixthly ; I desire that the partnership of John Wright Stanly, &
Co. or as it is now called Stanly & Turner, in which Thomas
Turner is interested one sixth part and I five sixth , may continue under the direction of said Turner untill the debts due by the
said Copartnership are fully paid or untill he has sufficiency in hand of the Companies effects to pay their debts after which if
agreeable to said Turner, it is my will that the business of said Partnership be continued half on his account and half on mine,
untill my eldest son shall come of age, in this case no charge to be made for the use of my wharf, stores, or Distillery, nor Mr.
Turner, for his trouble of conducting the business and lastly I recommend that my slaves be kept at work on my farm under
Industrious humane overseerers and that other farms be settled on my unimproved lands if my Excutors think proper.
And I hereby revoke all former Wills by me made, & in testimony thereof have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty second
day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.
J.W. Stanly ( seal )
Craven County, Court
June Term 1789
Then was the foregoing last will and testament of John Wright
Stanly, Dec'd produced in open court, and there being no
subscribing evidence thereto the hand writing of the said deceased was proved by the oath of Richard Caswell, John C.
Bryan, William Shepard & William Slade, who swore that they were well aquainted with hand writting of the said deceased
and verily believed that the said will was written & signed by him, which was admitted by the court and ordered to be
registered, and at the same time the Executrix & Excutor therein named to wit Ann Stanly, & Thos. Turner, appeared in court
and qualified as such agreeable to law, Ordered that Letters Testamentary Issue .Test
Samuel Chapman, C.C.
I William M. Watson, Clerk of the Superior Court in and for the County
and State aforesaid, do hereby certify that the
foregoing is a true and perfect Copy of the last Will and Testament of John Wright Stanly, Dec'd, and probate thereof duly
recorded in record of Will's "A" folio 198.
In Testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix the seal of said court, in office at New Bern, N.C. this 6th day of
March A.D. 1908
Clerk Superior Court
( Court Seal )