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Generation No. 1

1. RICHARD1 RICHARDS died Aft. October 23, 1758 in Northampton, NC. He married REBECCA. 

Notes for RICHARD RICHARDS:
Richard's will was dated 23 Oct 1758 and admitted to probate Dec. Ct. 1758, Edgecombe County, NC. See book by Williams & Griffin, Abstracts of the Wills of Edgecombe County, NC. 1733-1856.

(p. 333) Leaves to wife Rebecca Richards -- lend life estate in the land where I now live, also farm implements, etc. necessary for her to maintain and educate my three children. Son JOHN RICHARDS - mare and bed. Son JESSE RICHARDS - bed. Rest of my tract of land is to be divided between my sons JOHN and JESSE. Son RICHARD RICHARDS - bed and reversion of land loaned his mother. 
Executor: Wife and David Crawley
Witnesses: John Green, William Kinchen, Jr., Wm. Hays


More About RICHARD RICHARDS:
Burial: Northampton, NC

Children of RICHARD RICHARDS and REBECCA are:
2. i. JOHN2 RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1710, Virginia; d. 1791, Northampton, North Carolina.
ii. JESSE RICHARDS.
iii. RICHARD RICHARDS.

Notes for RICHARD RICHARDS:
See the will of Richard Richards dated 23 Oct 1758, probated Dec Court 1758. Wife & Executrix: Rebecca; sons: John, Jesse and Richard. Tract of land to each son. Executor: David Crawley. Wit: Wm. Kinchen, Wm. Hayes, John Green. See Abstracts of the Wills of Edgecombe County, NC, 1733-1856, p. 275.



Generation No. 2


2. JOHN2 RICHARDS (RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1710 in Virginia, and died 1791 in Northampton, North Carolina. He married MARY Abt. 1740 in Virginia. 

Notes for JOHN RICHARDS:
Grandfather of Sarah Cook Richards, wife of Charles Carroll Capell. Died Northampton County, N.C. 1791. Will recorded Will Book 1, pg. 439

Listed as a taxpayer residing in Northampton Co. 1780 (See Ratcliff, North Carolina Taxpayers, 1679-1790).

Real Estate:
6 May 1737, John Richards, carpenter, to James Parham, 100A. on NS of Morratuck River alis Roanoake, DB E:228.
22 Jun 1747. John Wade of Granville County to John Richards of Northampton County 400 acres at mouth of Great Branch above said Richards' plantation in Granville Co., N.C. DB A, p. 163.
2 Feb 1750. John Richards of Northampton Co. to Samuel Freeman of Bartie Co. 200 A. in Granville Co. on Peter Hills Branch, granted to John Wade 20 Apr 1745 and conveyed by Wade to Richards. DB A, 513-14.
27 Nov 1752. Nathaniel & Mary Hill of Northampton Co. to John Richards of Northampton Co. 100 A. DB 1?, p. 87.
9 Nov 1757. Granville to John Richards of Northampton Co. 533 A. joining Turbafield's run, Heathcock, Stap, Biggens, Short, Raccoon Branch, and other lands of Richards.
2 Mar 1763. Arthur & Elizabeth Williams to John Norwood, 1000 A. in Granville Co. on Richland Creek. . . and all land between Butts' place and the land of Bledsoe, West, and Richards.
1 Oct 1782. James Whatley (Watley) of Edgecombe Co. to John Richards of same, 1 Oct 1782. 156 A. on N side of Town Creek, etc. (This may be son John Richards.)

Will of John Richards, Northampton County, N.C., recorded in Will Book 1, page 439, dated december 30, 1783, probated at December Court 1791:

In the Name of God Amen
I John Richards of the County of Northampton in the State of No. Carolina being in perfect mind and memory Thanks be to God for the same -- But calling to mind the uncertainty of this Transitory Life and that it is appointed once for all men to die, do make and ordain this to be my Last will and testament, first and principally I Give and Bequeath my soul to Almighty God my Creator in whom I trust and through the Meritorious Death & passion of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ that my Soul shall be saved & my Body I desire may be Buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter Mentioned.
And as to my Worldly Goods which it hath pleased God to Bestow on me in this life I give and Bequeath as followeth:

Imprimis: My Will and Desire is that all my Just Debts and funeral Expenses be paid Discharged.

Item. I Lend unto my Loving Wife Mary Richards all my Estate both Real and personal Excepting three Hundred forty Nine Acres of land which I shall thereafter give unto my son John and one Negro man named Phill which I shall hereafter Give unto my Son William During of her Widdow hood. ?

Item. I give and Bequeath unto my son William Richards his heirs assigns forever four Hundred Sixty acres of land together with the plantation whereon I now live and also one Negro man named Phill.

Item. My will and Desire is that all the Residue of my Estate that I have not Before Given away Be Equally Loted [sic] of at the Discretion of my Extrs hereafter mentioned and equally divided Between my sons and Daughters as shall be hereafter mentioned after the Expiration of my Loving wife's Widdowhood as before mentioned and then be Divided between John Richards, William Richards, Elizabeth Roy, Sarah Moore, Martha Moore and Ann Moore and I do hereby Constitute and appoint my son William Richards whole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament and I do by these Presents acknowledge this to be my last will and Testament Revoking all other will or wills by me heretofore made. In Witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 30th day of Decr 1783.

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In presence of John X Richards (Seal)
John Short
William Short

Northampton County Decr. Court 1791
This will was proved by the oath of John Short at the same time John Richards qualified Exr. Ordered, etc.
E. Haynes, CC

John Richards' Will - Received January 28, 1792 by E. Haynes, CC. (Note: This is on same page as above. Probably an error, should be 1791)


ESTATE SALE: In a book titled Record of Estates, Northampton Co. NC, 1781-1801, there is a record of the inventory and account of sale at March Court 1798 of the estate of John Richards. Among buyers at the sale were his son, William Richards, and Thomas Capel. William Richards was Executor.


Notes for MARY:
Maiden name unknown. Named in John Richards' will, Northampton County, N.C., 1791.


Children of JOHN RICHARDS and MARY are:
3. i. WILLIAM3 RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1742; d. 1820, Northampton, North Carolina.
ii. ELIZABETH RICHARDS, d. Abt. 1796, North Carolina; m. JAMES ROY; d. Bef. December 1794, Northampton, North Carolina.

Notes for ELIZABETH RICHARDS:
Daughter of John and Mary Richards, Northampton County, N.C., named in 1791 will of John. Elizabeth died as a single person because her husband predeceased her.


Notes for JAMES ROY:
The will of James Roy , dated October 2, 1786, is recorded in Will Book 2, page 58 (probated December Court 1794).

"In the Name of God, Amen --
I James Roy of Nohampton County & State of No. Carolina, being sick & weak in Body tho of sound mind & memory, do make & constitute this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following --

first, I Recommend my Sole [sic] to the hand of Almighty God who gave the Same & my Body to be burried at the discretion of my Exrs.. & as ________ such worldly Goods as God has been pleased to bestow upon me in this world I Give & Bequeath in manner & form following:

Item. I give & Bequeath to my Beloved wife -- Elizabeth Roy to her & her heirs forever the Land & plantation whereon I now live with all the appertenances thereon Belonging -- Together with One Negro Boy Named Jef -- also two mares; fifteen head Cattle Eighteen head of hogs & all my house hold furniture with all just debts.

I do constitute & appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth Roy my whole & sole Exr of this my last will & Testament. In Witt, I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal this Second day of October, A.D. 1786.

Signed, Sealed, & Delivered James Roy
in presence of

John Richards )
William Richards ) Jurat"

iii. MARTHA RICHARDS, m. FNU MOORE.

Notes for MARTHA RICHARDS:
Daughter of John and Mary Richards, Northampton County, N.C., named in 1791 will of John.


iv. ANN RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1744; d. Abt. 1791; m. FNU MOORE.

Notes for ANN RICHARDS:
Daughter of John and Mary Richards, Northampton County, N.C., named in John's 1791 will.


4. v. JOHN RICHARDS II, d. 1832, Northampton, North Carolina.
5. vi. SARAH RICHARDS, d. Bef. December 1817, Northampton, NC.


Generation No. 3

3. WILLIAM3 RICHARDS (JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1742, and died 1820 in Northampton, North Carolina. He married NANCY RICHARDS Abt. 1762 in Northampton, North Carolina. 

Notes for WILLIAM RICHARDS:
At NSDAR on November 21, 1991, I found a DAR application from Mary Alice Starr Bybee, 6601 Glassell Court, Alexandria VA 22310, wife of Wallace Walker Bybee). At the time of her application Mary Alice was a member of the Yadkin River Patriots, Albemarle, North Carolina. Her DAR No. is 558669.

William Richards served as a private in Martin's Co., 2nd North Carolina Regiment, commanded by Col. John Patten. His name appears on an abstract of the muster rolls of the North Carolina Line, which shows that he enlisted in 1777 to serve during the War and continued during the same so far as could be ascertained by said roll. His name also appears on a roll of Capt. Benjamin Coleman's Co., dated White Plains, 9 Sept 1778.

Son of John and Mary Richards, Northampton County, N.C., named in John's will dated 1791.

WILL: Will dated 10 Jan 1820. Admitted to probate Sept. Term 1820.

"In the name of God Amen. William Richards of the County of N.hampton State of No. Carolina, being in perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for the same but calling to mind the mortality of my body & that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will and Testament.

first [sic] & principally I give bequeath my Soul to almighty God my creator in whom I trust through the meritorious death & passion of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ, that my Soul shall be saved & my body I desire may be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named & as to my worldly goods which it hath pleased god to bestow on me in this life I give & bequeath as follows:

Imprimis My will & devise is that all my just debts be paid and discharged.

Item. I give & bequeath to my loving wife Nancy Richards the land plantation on which I now live during her life. The lands are not to be cut nor cleared more than what will be sufficient for the conveniency of the plantation.
I also give to her one Negro woman named Edy, but her increase to my children, of my Stock her choice, one Horse & Saddle, two cows & calves, two Sows & pigs and a sufficiency of corn & pork for one years provision.

Item. I desire for all of my property to be kept together until James R. Richards becomes of age, unless my wife should die before that time, then I desire that the balance of my property to be equally divided among my children namely Eliza Richards, Martha Richards, Rebecca Richards, Littleton C. Richards, William Richards, Nancy Richards, Penelope Richards & James R. Richards.

Item. I reserve one acre of Ground around the old grave yard, for priviledges of the connection as a burying Ground.

Item. My will & desire is that the ?? filley (Betsy Richards and Sir John), be sold by my executors when they think proper.

And I do hereby constitute and appoint my Sons Littleton C. Richards & William Richards whole & solely Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and I do by these presents acknowledge this to be my last will & testament revoking all other will or wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this the 10 day of January in the year 1820.

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In presents of William X Richards (Seal_
Wm. D. Short mark
Thos. X Glover
(almost illegible): Lcl. Richards on the Extrs query. ?

William Richards was a Revolutionary soldier. There is an application on file to join the DAR; the number is 98798.


Children of WILLIAM RICHARDS and NANCY RICHARDS are:
i. ELIZA4 RICHARDS.
ii. MARTHA RICHARDS.
iii. REBECCA RICHARDS, b. December 20, 1817, North Carolina; d. February 03, 1897, Chunky, Mississippi; m. JOHN PULLIAM VAUGHAN, June 06, 1831, Wilcox, Alabama.

Notes for JOHN PULLIAM VAUGHAN:
On December 13, 1834, John P. Vaughn received a grant of land from the U.S. Government in Section 20, Township 11, Range 8, Wilcox County, Alabama.

iv. LITTLETON C. RICHARDS, b. Northampton, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1850.
v. WILLIAM RICHARDS, m. ANN (NANCY) GARY.

Notes for ANN (NANCY) GARY:
This information came from a genealogy shared with me by Joan Coker. Not proven.

vi. NANCY RICHARDS, m. RICHARD HARGROVE, February 09, 1828.
vii. PENELOPE RICHARDS.
viii. JAMES R. RICHARDS.


4. JOHN3 RICHARDS II (JOHN2, RICHARD1) died 1832 in Northampton, North Carolina. He married SARAH. 

Notes for JOHN RICHARDS II:
John Richards II died in 1832 in Northampton County, North Carolina. His estate was settled 24 Dec 1832 (Northampton Co. NC Estate Papers). 

December term Court of Pleas & Quarter Session estate paper lists Evan, John & William Richards, Ralph G. Skinner, John Nugent, Alexander & Henry C. Richards and heirs of Richard R. Richards and their guardian, Nathaniel Pearse (Pierce) as heirs of John Richards who died during the year intestate.

Children of JOHN RICHARDS and SARAH are:
6. i. JOHN P.4 RICHARDS III, b. May 08, 1781, Northampton, North Carolina; d. Wilcox, Alabama.
ii. MARY ANN RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1789, Northampton, North Carolina; m. RALPH G. SKINNER, September 26, 1827, Northampton, North Carolina; b. Abt. 1792, North Carolina.

Notes for MARY ANN RICHARDS:
Mary Ann was married in Northampton Co. 26 Sep 1827 to Danil? Ellis??? Wit: Matt Calvert. Mary Ann could be the daughter of John Richards, sister of Polly.


Notes for RALPH G. SKINNER:
The 1850 census for Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, shows:

663/663 Skinner, Ralph G. M 58 Mechanic NC Prop. $3000
Mary F 61 K/H NC
Also three employees of Ralph Skinner 

The 1860 census for Oktibbeha County does not list either Ralph or Mary Skinner, but does list a James R. Skinner, age 24, born in Mississippi, living with David Rentfro and his family. His occupation was Farming Laborer and his net worth was $800 in real estate and $5,000 in personal property (slaves). James was not married at this time. He is probably a grandson of Ralph and Mary Skinner.

7. iii. SARAH COOK RICHARDS, b. May 12, 1791, Northampton, North Carolina; d. November 23, 1873, Wilcox, Alabama.
iv. ALEXANDER RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1793.
8. v. HENRY C. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1795, North Carolina; d. Aft. 1860, Freestone Co., Texas.
9. vi. WILLIAM RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1798, Northampton, North Carolina; d. 1861, Halifax, North Carolina.
10. vii. RICHARD R. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1805, Northampton, North Carolina; d. October 05, 1832, Northampton, North Carolina.
11. viii. EVAN G. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1810, North Carolina.


5. SARAH3 RICHARDS (JOHN2, RICHARD1) died Bef. December 1817 in Northampton, NC. She married ANTHONY MOORE. He died Bef. March 29, 1804 in Northampton, NC.

Notes for SARAH RICHARDS:
!WILL: Sarah's will was dated November 4, 1816, and proved at the Decembermeeting of the court. She named her son in law, Charles Capell, as theexecutor and gave him two negroes. She named daughters Mary Pettway andElizabeth Pritchett, and granddaughters Emeline and Martha Ann, and grandsonsHoratio Robinson and William Moore Capell.


Notes for ANTHONY MOORE:
This information came from Wills of Northampton County, North Carolina, by Margaret Hofman.

Will Book 2 (1792-1808), pg. 260. ANTHONY MOORE 29 March 1804 June Ct 1804 To my sons ANTHONY MOORE and JOHN MOORE half my fork land each, which sd. sons now possess. To my beloved wife SARAH MOORE the use of the plantation whereon I now live with all my land on the South side of the Occoneechie Swamp during her life or widowhood. To my three youngest daughters BETSEY, REBECCA, and POLLEY MOORE all the land lent my wife at sd. wife's death or marriage. To sd. BETSEY, REBECCA and POLLEY one horse, 100 dollars, etc., each. To sons HENRY, ANTHONY, JOHN, RICHARD and my daughter SARAH house negroes each. Extrs: my wife SARAH and my sons ANTHONY and JOHN MOORE. Wits: WILLIAM EDWARDS, WILLIAM RICHARDS 

5 June 1804. Sometime previous to his death, in his last Sickness (ANTHONY MOORE) gave his wife SARAH MOORE twenty Bushells of Wheat, likewise to his Son JOHN MOORE his old negro and wished this to be taken as part of his will. Wits: WILLIAM EDWARDS, JOHN WEBB


Children of SARAH RICHARDS and ANTHONY MOORE are:
12. i. REBECCA4 MOORE, d. Bef. November 04, 1816, Northampton, North Carolina.
ii. ANTHONY MOORE.
iii. JOHN MOORE.
iv. SARAH MOORE, b. 1801; m. FNU HOUSE.
v. BETSEY MOORE.
vi. MARY (POLLY) MOORE.
vii. HENRY MOORE.
viii. RICHARD MOORE.


Generation No. 4


6. JOHN P.4 RICHARDS III (JOHN3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born May 08, 1781 in Northampton, North Carolina, and died in Wilcox, Alabama.

Notes for JOHN P. RICHARDS III:
The birthdate of 1785 was shown on the 1850 Wilcox County, Alabama, census. He died in Wilcox County and is buried in the Capell cemetery.

More About JOHN P. RICHARDS III:
Burial: Capell Cemetery, Wilcox, Alabama

Child of JOHN P. RICHARDS III is:
i. SUSAN REBECCA5 RICHARDS, b. December 20, 1817, Northampton, North Carolina; d. February 03, 1897, Chunky, Mississippi; m. JOHN PULLIAM VAUGHAN, June 06, 1831, Wilcox, Alabama; b. February 29, 1804, Kentucky; d. March 22, 1890, Chunky, Mississippi.

Notes for SUSAN REBECCA RICHARDS:
Information from the 1850 Wilcox County, Alabama, census.

Other information was taken from the Ancestry.com's World Tree database. This entry stated Susan Rebecca's parents were John Richards and Jemmie Snipes. Snipes is an entirely new name to me. None of this has been proven by this researcher.

Notes for JOHN PULLIAM VAUGHAN:
The 1860 Wilcox County, Alabama, census shows John and his family residing at the Prairie Bluff Post Office. 

The 1870 Lauderdale County, Mississippi, census shows John P. Vaughn and family (No. 937). John was age 66, farmer, born Kentucky. Rebecca Vaughan age 50, keeps house, born North Carolina. Children all born in Alabama.

The OneWorldTree Service of Ancestry.com stated he was born February 29, 1804, in Eddyville, Caldwell, Alabama. This is an obvious error because there is no county named Caldwell in Alabama. To be researched.

Marriage Notes for SUSAN RICHARDS and JOHN VAUGHAN:
Marriage information came from marriage bond in Wilcox County, Alabama. The actual marriage date was found in the book by Madge Barefield entitled Records of Wilcox County, Alabama, p. 17. The marriage was performed by M. W. Parham, J. P. John P. Vaughan and James W. Daniel, security.


7. SARAH COOK4 RICHARDS (JOHN3, JOHN2, RICHARD1)1,2 was born May 12, 1791 in Northampton, North Carolina, and died November 23, 1873 in Wilcox, Alabama. She married (1) CHARLES CAPELL3,4,5,6,7,8, son of EDWARD CAPELL and JUDITH PRITCHARD. He was born Bef. 1781 in Northampton, North Carolina, and died July 05, 1830 in Wilcox, Alabama. She married (2) CHARLES CAPELL9,10,11,12,13,14 January 28, 1817 in Northampton, North Carolina, son of EDWARD CAPELL and JUDITH PRITCHARD. He was born Bef. 1781 in Northampton, North Carolina, and died July 05, 1830 in Wilcox, Alabama. She married (3) JOHN NUGENT November 27, 1831 in Camden, Wilcox, Alabama. 

Notes for SARAH COOK RICHARDS:
Sarah was the second wife of Charles Capell, died 1830. She was known as Sally or Sallie. Born in Northampton County, N.C.; moved to Alabama in 1823 according to note on her tombstone (probably not correct). Sallie had a brother, John Richards, whose tombstone says he came to Alabama in 1822. John Richards was born in Northampton Co., NC, in May 1781, died 17 Feb 1868. He may have been a widower when he came to Alabama. I cannot find any record of a marriage and his property went to Sallie's children. Within a year after Charles' death, Sallie married John Nugent, a decision she was to regret for the next 18 or 19 years. Sallie is buried in the Capell Cemetery south of Camden. 
The 1860 Wilcox County census stated that Sarah was 68 years old, John Richards was 78 years old.
Sarah is listed as being the daughter of John and Mary Richards in John Richards' will. The reference is to Sarah Moore Richards. This could not be the same person, as John Richards' will was made in 1783 and Sarah's tombstone says she was born in 1791. A John Richards could have been her father, but it was not the John Richards who died in 1791, even though there is a son named John.


More About SARAH COOK RICHARDS:
Burial: Capell Cemetery, Wilcox, Alabama

Notes for CHARLES CAPELL:
Charles' age is indicated by probate of will of Edward Capell at Dec. Ct. 1795. Sterling and Charles chose Thomas Capell, their elder brother, as their guardian. This indicates they were at least 14 years of age but under 21 at that time. 
Charles was not found on the 1810 North Carolina census as head of household. He was in Richmond County in 1802 because his marriage to Rebecca Moore occurred there. She died before 1817 because Charles married Sallie Richards of Northampton County in January 1817. By August 1819 Charles and Sallie are found in Wilcox County, Alabama. Charles died in 1830 in Wilcox County.
Charles was married twice: (1) Rebecca Moore, m. 8 Feb 1802 in Richmond County, North Carolina; she died before 1817. (2) Sarah Cook Richards, m. 28 Jan 1817; she died 1873.
A power of attorney is recorded in Northampton County, N.C., stating:
"Charles C. Capel of Wilcox Co., Ala., appoints Sterling H. Gie of Wilcox Co., Ala.,
attorney to sue to recover and receive from Henry Hite (?) of Northampton Co., NC, 
certain negro slaves who were formerly the property of Sarah Moore of Northampton 
Co., dec'd, in her will on file in Northampton County did devise and bequeath to the 
children of Charles Capell by his first wife Rebecca Capell, formerly Rebecca Moore 
who was the daughter of said Sarah Moore as aforesaid on June 9, 1828." 
Deed Bk 31:218, Northampton Co., NC.

The Capells were lifelong members of the Methodist church. In his book entitled A History of Methodism in Alabama, Rev. Anson West described the early Methodist churches in Wilcox County (p. 211).
"In 1816 William Hobbs and Benjamin Dunn emigrated to Alabama and settled in or near 
the confines of what has long been known as Possom Bend. Others also settled there at 
that early date. Hobbs and Dunn, together with several members of their families, were 
active and devoted Methodists....In 1822 Hobbs and Dunn, with the help of a few others,
built a house of worship. It was a very common house, built of poles. That was Shady 
Grove. About the same time, Glover, Williamson, and Holly, with large families, and 
others also, became citizens of that community and became members of the Church at 
Shady Grove. About 1826 a neat house, built of hewed logs, was erected in lieu of the 
one made of poles. The hewed-log house was located about one mile east of the first 
one, but took the place of the house built of poles, and was called Shady Grove....In the 
very early history of Shady Grove the Blues, the Capells, the Dannellys, and the 
Hawkinses came in and were members there. There were, perhaps, two Camp meetings 
held at Shady Grove, but the Campground for that neighborhood, and at which the 
Camp meetings were held from the first, was three miles north of the present town of 
Camden, and on the Alabama River, and was known as the Glover Campground. 
Meetings were held there with vast crowds at times, and with grand results."


STATE OF ALABAMA ) Will Book 2:98-101
WILCOX COUNTY ) Will dated 15 Jun 1830

In the Name of God, Amen. I Charles Capell of the County of Wilcox in the State aforesaid, being of weak bodily health but of sound and disposing mind and memory and desirous of disposing of my temporal or worldly affair, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit.
Im primis I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and request that my body be decently buried. 
Secondly, I will and bequeath to my son William and my son-in-law Young W. Grayson the following negroes to wit: a negro man named Allen, his wife Angey, and their three children, Cesar, Altamane, and Ammy, with their future increase.
Thirdly, I will and bequeath unto my son-in-law Young W. Grayson one yellow horse named Dungannon and a good bed and furniture as a full part and portion of my estate.
Fourthly, I will and bequeath unto my son William M. Capell a certain Negro boy named Albert to be considered as payment of what I am or would be due him for property of his that came into my hands. I also will and bequeath unto my son William M. Capell one grey colt, a good bed and furniture, and my silver watch, the watch to be given him when he arrives twenty one years of age, as his full part and portion of my estate.
Fifthly, I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sally Capell one negro man named Nelson and his wife Esther and child Amelia for and during her natural life and at her death Negroes so bequeathed with their future increase to be equally divided among my heirs not already provided for. It is also my will that my wife Sally shall have the use of the other negroes during her widowhood, to wit Amy, Sucky, and Donan?, and to be kept by her during the time aforesaid for the purpose of assistance in supporting her and the children. I also will and bequeath unto my beloved wife one bay mare and one grey mare and one Indian horse during her widowhood and at her marriage to be divided among the rest of my heirs not provided for.
Sixthly, it is my will and desire that my negroes not bequeathed be hired out yearly and my plantation rented by my Executrix and Executor hereinafter appointed and that my wife Sally should be entitled to receive out of the proceeds thereof the sum of two hundred dollars in each and every year for the support and education of the children during her widowhood or until my son Alexander shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years.
Seventhly, it is my will and desire that all my stock of cattle and hogs should remain unsold for use, support and maintenance of my family. It is also my will that all my household and kitchen furniture should remain unsold for the use of my wife Sally and the children.
Eighthly, It is my will that all my negro property, negroes, land, stock of every description, and all my estate, both real and personal except specially bequeathed to my Son-in-law Young W. Grayson and my son William M. Capel shall be divided among my younger children equally and that they be entitled to receive the same when they arrive at the age of twenty-one years or marry except the property already bequeathed to my wife.
Ninthly, I appoint my wife Sally Executrix and Irvin R. Capel Executor of my last will and testament, hereby ratifying and confirming this last will and testament and revoking all former wills in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of June, A. D. 1830. 
In presence of Charles Capell (Seal)
D. C. Smith
F. Beck
Thos. Kornegay

Estate records and census records indicate that Charles Capell was a wealthy man. In the 1820 Wilcox County census he owned 30 slaves, more than almost anyone else in the county. His estate records show that he functioned somewhat as a banker in Canton where he lived. Numerous debts owed by Wilcox County men were listed and these debts amounted to a considerable sum of money.
Charles Capell's will dated June 18, 1830, Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama, was probated in Wilcox County. See also a case recorded in Wilcox Co., Alabama, records, Vol. 125 (abstracted by Jones & Gandrud, Sept 1951), June 1838 term of court: Heirs of Capel versus McMillan, Administrator, to settle the estate. David McMillan, defendant, was the coroner of Wilcox County, Ala., who was appointed administrator de bonis non with the will annexed to manage the estate. Sarah Capell married John Nugent in November 1831, and McMillan became guardian of her children. Nugent petitioned the court several times for money for the maintenance and education of the children. 
In some sort of fracus John Nugent killed William Moore Capell, son of Charles and Rebecca Moore Capell. He was tried in Dallas County on a charge of murder, found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to prison, which time he served in Perry County. After Nugent's release from prison, he
moved the family to Mobile in 1834, and in March 1835 he petitioned the court to be allowed to move the slaves to Mobile. The court denied his petition, and he appealed the case to the Circuit Court of Wilcox County, which also denied the petition. There is no record of a settlement of the estate. 
John Nugent was appointed guardian of the four sons by the Probate Court of Mobile County, and the guardianship continued in that court. When Charles' oldest child by Sally Richards Capell Nugent became 21, he petitioned the court for his share of his father's estate. John Nugent had spent most of the money and he fled "to New York to board a ship and return to Ireland." One of the bondsmen for John Nugent had died and the other one was insolvent. Because of economic necessity, the family returned to Wilcox County and lived on the plantation. John Nugent was never heard from again. Sally died in 1873 and is buried in the Capell cemetery.


More About CHARLES CAPELL:
Burial: Wilcox, Alabama

Notes for CHARLES CAPELL:
Charles' age is indicated by probate of will of Edward Capell at Dec. Ct. 1795. Sterling and Charles chose Thomas Capell, their elder brother, as their guardian. This indicates they were at least 14 years of age but under 21 at that time. 
Charles was not found on the 1810 North Carolina census as head of household. He was in Richmond County in 1802 because his marriage to Rebecca Moore occurred there. She died before 1817 because Charles married Sallie Richards of Northampton County in January 1817. By August 1819 Charles and Sallie are found in Wilcox County, Alabama. Charles died in 1830 in Wilcox County.
Charles was married twice: (1) Rebecca Moore, m. 8 Feb 1802 in Richmond County, North Carolina; she died before 1817. (2) Sarah Cook Richards, m. 28 Jan 1817; she died 1873.
A power of attorney is recorded in Northampton County, N.C., stating:
"Charles C. Capel of Wilcox Co., Ala., appoints Sterling H. Gie of Wilcox Co., Ala.,
attorney to sue to recover and receive from Henry Hite (?) of Northampton Co., NC, 
certain negro slaves who were formerly the property of Sarah Moore of Northampton 
Co., dec'd, in her will on file in Northampton County did devise and bequeath to the 
children of Charles Capell by his first wife Rebecca Capell, formerly Rebecca Moore 
who was the daughter of said Sarah Moore as aforesaid on June 9, 1828." 
Deed Bk 31:218, Northampton Co., NC.

The Capells were lifelong members of the Methodist church. In his book entitled A History of Methodism in Alabama, Rev. Anson West described the early Methodist churches in Wilcox County (p. 211).
"In 1816 William Hobbs and Benjamin Dunn emigrated to Alabama and settled in or near 
the confines of what has long been known as Possom Bend. Others also settled there at 
that early date. Hobbs and Dunn, together with several members of their families, were 
active and devoted Methodists....In 1822 Hobbs and Dunn, with the help of a few others,
built a house of worship. It was a very common house, built of poles. That was Shady 
Grove. About the same time, Glover, Williamson, and Holly, with large families, and 
others also, became citizens of that community and became members of the Church at 
Shady Grove. About 1826 a neat house, built of hewed logs, was erected in lieu of the 
one made of poles. The hewed-log house was located about one mile east of the first 
one, but took the place of the house built of poles, and was called Shady Grove....In the 
very early history of Shady Grove the Blues, the Capells, the Dannellys, and the 
Hawkinses came in and were members there. There were, perhaps, two Camp meetings 
held at Shady Grove, but the Campground for that neighborhood, and at which the 
Camp meetings were held from the first, was three miles north of the present town of 
Camden, and on the Alabama River, and was known as the Glover Campground. 
Meetings were held there with vast crowds at times, and with grand results."


STATE OF ALABAMA ) Will Book 2:98-101
WILCOX COUNTY ) Will dated 15 Jun 1830

In the Name of God, Amen. I Charles Capell of the County of Wilcox in the State aforesaid, being of weak bodily health but of sound and disposing mind and memory and desirous of disposing of my temporal or worldly affair, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit.
Im primis I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and request that my body be decently buried. 
Secondly, I will and bequeath to my son William and my son-in-law Young W. Grayson the following negroes to wit: a negro man named Allen, his wife Angey, and their three children, Cesar, Altamane, and Ammy, with their future increase.
Thirdly, I will and bequeath unto my son-in-law Young W. Grayson one yellow horse named Dungannon and a good bed and furniture as a full part and portion of my estate.
Fourthly, I will and bequeath unto my son William M. Capell a certain Negro boy named Albert to be considered as payment of what I am or would be due him for property of his that came into my hands. I also will and bequeath unto my son William M. Capell one grey colt, a good bed and furniture, and my silver watch, the watch to be given him when he arrives twenty one years of age, as his full part and portion of my estate.
Fifthly, I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sally Capell one negro man named Nelson and his wife Esther and child Amelia for and during her natural life and at her death Negroes so bequeathed with their future increase to be equally divided among my heirs not already provided for. It is also my will that my wife Sally shall have the use of the other negroes during her widowhood, to wit Amy, Sucky, and Donan?, and to be kept by her during the time aforesaid for the purpose of assistance in supporting her and the children. I also will and bequeath unto my beloved wife one bay mare and one grey mare and one Indian horse during her widowhood and at her marriage to be divided among the rest of my heirs not provided for.
Sixthly, it is my will and desire that my negroes not bequeathed be hired out yearly and my plantation rented by my Executrix and Executor hereinafter appointed and that my wife Sally should be entitled to receive out of the proceeds thereof the sum of two hundred dollars in each and every year for the support and education of the children during her widowhood or until my son Alexander shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years.
Seventhly, it is my will and desire that all my stock of cattle and hogs should remain unsold for use, support and maintenance of my family. It is also my will that all my household and kitchen furniture should remain unsold for the use of my wife Sally and the children.
Eighthly, It is my will that all my negro property, negroes, land, stock of every description, and all my estate, both real and personal except specially bequeathed to my Son-in-law Young W. Grayson and my son William M. Capel shall be divided among my younger children equally and that they be entitled to receive the same when they arrive at the age of twenty-one years or marry except the property already bequeathed to my wife.
Ninthly, I appoint my wife Sally Executrix and Irvin R. Capel Executor of my last will and testament, hereby ratifying and confirming this last will and testament and revoking all former wills in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of June, A. D. 1830. 
In presence of Charles Capell (Seal)
D. C. Smith
F. Beck
Thos. Kornegay

Estate records and census records indicate that Charles Capell was a wealthy man. In the 1820 Wilcox County census he owned 30 slaves, more than almost anyone else in the county. His estate records show that he functioned somewhat as a banker in Canton where he lived. Numerous debts owed by Wilcox County men were listed and these debts amounted to a considerable sum of money.
Charles Capell's will dated June 18, 1830, Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama, was probated in Wilcox County. See also a case recorded in Wilcox Co., Alabama, records, Vol. 125 (abstracted by Jones & Gandrud, Sept 1951), June 1838 term of court: Heirs of Capel versus McMillan, Administrator, to settle the estate. David McMillan, defendant, was the coroner of Wilcox County, Ala., who was appointed administrator de bonis non with the will annexed to manage the estate. Sarah Capell married John Nugent in November 1831, and McMillan became guardian of her children. Nugent petitioned the court several times for money for the maintenance and education of the children. 
In some sort of fracus John Nugent killed William Moore Capell, son of Charles and Rebecca Moore Capell. He was tried in Dallas County on a charge of murder, found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to prison, which time he served in Perry County. After Nugent's release from prison, he
moved the family to Mobile in 1834, and in March 1835 he petitioned the court to be allowed to move the slaves to Mobile. The court denied his petition, and he appealed the case to the Circuit Court of Wilcox County, which also denied the petition. There is no record of a settlement of the estate. 
John Nugent was appointed guardian of the four sons by the Probate Court of Mobile County, and the guardianship continued in that court. When Charles' oldest child by Sally Richards Capell Nugent became 21, he petitioned the court for his share of his father's estate. John Nugent had spent most of the money and he fled "to New York to board a ship and return to Ireland." One of the bondsmen for John Nugent had died and the other one was insolvent. Because of economic necessity, the family returned to Wilcox County and lived on the plantation. John Nugent was never heard from again. Sally died in 1873 and is buried in the Capell cemetery.


More About CHARLES CAPELL:
Burial: Wilcox, Alabama

Marriage Notes for SARAH RICHARDS and CHARLES CAPELL:
The database North Carolina Marriage bonds, 1741-1868, at Ancestry.com provides this information. Bondsman was William Richards and witness was Tom Hughes.

Notes for JOHN NUGENT:
Second husband of Sara Cook Richards Capell, widow of Charles Capell. Theymarried in November 1831. In February 1832 Nugent killed Sally's stepsonWilliam M. Capell. Nugent was charged with murder and asked the court totransfer the trial, which was moved to Dallas County. He was found guilty ofmanslaughter, which he appealed to the Supreme Court, but lost. He was sounpopular in Wilcox County after the slaying that they moved to Mobile inOctober 1834. John petitioned the court i
n Mobile for guardianship of thechildren, which was granted in December 1834. See Wilcox County Ala. Records,Vol 125, Jones and Gandrud, "Heirs of Capel vs. McMillan, Administrator."Also see the suit by the Capell brothers against Nugent and
then againstNugent's sureties (in my files) that was also appealed to the Supreme Court,which found for the Capell brothers in 1859. They never collected anythingfrom the sureties, however, and since Nugent left Mobile for New York about18
54, they were unable to collect from him either. He had spent all the moneycoming into his hands as fast as it accumulated. Nothing further is known aboutNugent after 1854.


Children of SARAH RICHARDS and CHARLES CAPELL are:
i. ADDISON MILTON5 CAPELL, d. July 01, 1840.

Notes for ADDISON MILTON CAPELL:
Addison is buried in Mobile. Info from Mobile Cemetery book at ADAH.


More About ADDISON MILTON CAPELL:
Burial: Church St. Cem., Mobile, Alabama

ii. ALEXANDER BLAKELY CAPELL15, b. Abt. 1819; d. Bef. November 1851, Rough & Ready, CA.

Notes for ALEXANDER BLAKELY CAPELL:
Alexander was the eldest son of Charles Carroll and Sarah Cook Richards (Charles' second wife). Went to California in 1849 gold rush. He is supposedly buried in Mary, California.

CENSUS: The 1850 Yuba County, CA, census, p. 267, lists the following:
179/179 Benj Dunham 23 Grocer Ala.
Alex B. Capell 31 Trader Ala.
R. H. Armistron 34 Carpenter Ala.
Frank Cross 43 Carpenter Ala.
A. B. Baplage? 25 Teamster Ind.

Alexander was shown in the 1850 California census in Rough & Ready, a gold-mining town. His brother filed for an administration of his estate in 1852 in Wilcox County. Another family story says he was buried in Mary (Marysville), California, but we could not locate his grave during the summer of 1994. If he was buried in Rough & Ready, there is no gravestone for him. A great fire swept through Rough & Ready in 1856 and a wooden grave marker would have been burned.

From: www.buckyogi.addr.com/footnes: (3/25/03)
Rough and Ready, Great Republic of- Rough and Ready was founded near a rich seam of gold during the California Gold Rush in 1849. By 1850, the town was thriving, and over a thousand people voted in the elections of that year. The flinty miners seceded from the Union that year to protest a new ore tax. However, the Roughandreadians rejoined the United States in June of the next year, in order to become the site of a new post office.




iii. WESLEY NEWTON CAPELL16,17, b. February 14, 1826, Canton, Wilcox, Alabama; d. July 17, 1900, Near Camden, Wilcox, Alabama.

Notes for WESLEY NEWTON CAPELL:
Wesley Newton Capell was known as Newt. He never married. He served in the Civil War in Company A, 4th Alabama Volunteers. He was buried in the Capell cemetery.

CENSUS: 1850 Census of Wilcox County, Ala. Family #745
Capel, W. N. 24 Ala. farmer
Capel, Sarah 58 N.C.

"Uncle Newt was a cotton factor, played the violin, read a lot. He went to England "to see the Queen" according to Joan's grandmother Sallie who made the suit he wore to England." This was told me on 9 March 1993 by Joan Coker on a trip to the Wilcox County courthouse.

His obituary stated "Mr. Capell was about 75 years of age and had spent a large part of his life in Wilcox County, being born at the old town of Canton when it was the county seat. He was never married. He had spent several years in travel both in this country and in Europe. Much of his time was given to study. He would converse most entertainingly on the great questions of history, travel, and current affairs. Perhaps in some lines he was the best informed man in this county." (Wilcox New Era, Wed., 19 Jul 1900)


More About WESLEY NEWTON CAPELL:
Burial: Camden Cem., Wilcox, Alabama

iv. HARVEY SIMPSON CAPELL18, b. January 12, 1827, Wilcox, Alabama; d. August 08, 1909, Wilcox, Alabama; m. MALVENIA G. ESLAVA, December 11, 1849, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama; b. July 14, 1831, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama; d. November 11, 1888, Wilcox, Alabama.

Notes for HARVEY SIMPSON CAPELL:
Simpson married Malvenia Eslava on 11 Dec 1849. Recorded in Marriage Book 11:24 (Mobile County Marriages 1813-1855).
Simpson is buried in the Capell cemetery, Wilcox County, Alabama. He died at home of his daughter Mrs. Duke. His obituary gave his birth date as 12 Jan 1827.


More About HARVEY SIMPSON CAPELL:
Burial: Capell Cem., Wilcox, Alabama

Notes for MALVENIA G. ESLAVA:
QUERY: (John found this) - Will for Gertrude Eslava Townsley. Thomas F. Townsley was guardian for the Eslava children. Is there a connection between this family and mine? Is there a relationship between Thomas F. Townsley and Don Miguel, b. 1740, d. 1823, Mobile? Deborah W. Ubben, P. O. Box 692, Santa Cruz CA 95061. (1993)


More About MALVENIA G. ESLAVA:
Burial: Capell Cemetery, Wilcox, Alabama
Christening: November 23, 1833, Mobile, Mobile, Alabama


8. HENRY C.4 RICHARDS (JOHN3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1795 in North Carolina, and died Aft. 1860 in Freestone Co., Texas. He married MARY ELLEN DUNN July 09, 1823 in Wilcox, Alabama. She was born Abt. 1801 in Georgia, and died Aft. 1860 in Freestone Co., Texas.

Notes for HENRY C. RICHARDS:
Some of the information about Henry C. Richards and his family was taken from Ancestry.com's OneWorldTree. It has not been proved.

Children of HENRY RICHARDS and MARY DUNN are:
i. MARY ELLEN5 RICHARDS, b. February 27, 1836, Alabama; d. March 13, 1883, Freestone Co., Texas; m. THOMAS MOFFET RICHARDS, September 24, 1858, Alabama; b. September 04, 1834, Near Madisonville, Alabama; d. April 08, 1913, Buffalo, Leon Co., Texas.

Notes for THOMAS MOFFET RICHARDS:
The information on Thomas Moffet Richards and his family was found on Ancestry.com's World Tree database. It has NOT been proven.

ii. CLINTON C. RICHARDS, b. 1837, Alabama; m. NANCY; b. Abt. 1839, South Carolina.

Notes for CLINTON C. RICHARDS:
In the 1850 Wilcox County, Alabama, census (p. 365), Henry and Mary E. Richards are shown with their children, Mary Ellen (16), Clinton C. (13), Harriette M. (9), and Louisa A. (7). 

Clinton C. Richards (23) appears with his wife Nancy (21) and son Cyres (8/12) in Choctaw County, Mississippi (p. 235), family 301. Clinton was born in Alabama, Nancy in South Carolina, and Cyres in Mississippi.

iii. HARRIETTE M. RICHARDS, b. 1841, Alabama; d. Abt. 1860, Freestone Co., Texas; m. A. G. LEE, Bef. 1860, Texas; b. Abt. 1830, North Carolina; d. November 25, 1939, Anson, Jones Co., Texas.
iv. LOUISA A. RICHARDS, b. 1842, Alabama.


9. WILLIAM4 RICHARDS (JOHN3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1798 in Northampton, North Carolina, and died 1861 in Halifax, North Carolina. He married ANN (NANCY) GARY April 18, 1820 in Halifax, North Carolina. She was born Abt. 1803 in Halifax, North Carolina.

Notes for WILLIAM RICHARDS:
Information about William Richards was provided in a descendancy report I got from Joan Coker. She did not do the research. Someone else sent it to her. Not proven.

The 1850 Halifax County, North Carolina, census shows:
912/912 Richards, Wm. 52 M Farmer $920 Halifax
Nancy 47 F "
Mary 24 F "
Laura 18 F "
Wm. 12 M "
Littleton 10 M "
Benj 8 M "
Ealor? 5 F "
Mabry, Ann 9 F "
[Note: Ann Mabry was the daughter of Lucy Richards who married Albert Mabry. Lucy evidently died during childbirth.]

The 1860 Halifax County, North Carolina, census shows:
1084/994 Richards, William 62 M Farmer $920/$7500 NC
Ann S. 59 F Seamstress NC
Susan 28 F Seamstress NC
William H. 23 M NC
Littleton T. 21 M Farm Laborer NC
Benj. W. 18 M Clerk NC
Edla 15 F NC
Mabry, Ann M. 20 F Seamstress NC

William died the next year after the census was taken. His death date is from Gammon, Halifax County Wills & Estates, Halifax County, North Carolina, the 1850 census, and North Carolina marriages. At the time of his marriage in 1820 William was age 22 and Nancy 19. (Source: Gammon)

Children of WILLIAM RICHARDS and ANN GARY are:
i. LUCY5 RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1820; d. 1843; m. ALBERT MABRY, 1840.

Notes for LUCY RICHARDS:
Lucy married Albert Mabry about 1840. They had two children, Ann and Robert. She probably died during the birth of Robert. Ann is found on the 1850 and 1860 Halifax County, North Carolina, census, living with her grandparents, William and Nancy Richards, in Halifax County.

ii. ANNE S. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1824.
iii. MARTHA RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1826.
iv. MARY E. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1826; m. HENRY H. DARDEN, October 25, 1855, Halifax, North Carolina.

Notes for MARY E. RICHARDS:
Source of marriage information: Gammon, Halifax County Marriages, p. 25.

v. LAURA RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1832.
vi. SUSAN W. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1832.
vii. WILLIAM H. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1837.
viii. LITTLETON C. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1839.
ix. BENJAMIN RICHARDS, b. 1842.
x. BETSY W. RICHARDS, b. 1842.
xi. EDLA RICHARDS, b. 1845.


10. RICHARD R.4 RICHARDS (JOHN3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1805 in Northampton, North Carolina, and died October 05, 1832 in Northampton, North Carolina. He married MARGARET K. PIERCE January 05, 1827 in Halifax, North Carolina, daughter of NATHANIEL PIERCE and PRISCILLA RIDDICK. 

Notes for RICHARD R. RICHARDS:
This information came from a descendancy report I got from Joan Coker. Not verified. This report stated that Richard died from injuries suffered in a fall from a horse.

Children of RICHARD RICHARDS and MARGARET PIERCE are:
i. JOHN N.5 RICHARDS, b. 1828, Northampton, North Carolina; d. Texas.

Notes for JOHN N. RICHARDS:
The descendancy report from Joan Coker stated that John N. Richards emigrated to Texas and died there. Not verified.

ii. WILLIAM FLETCHER RICHARDS, b. 1830, Northampton, North Carolina; d. 1904, Halifax, North Carolina; m. MARTHA SARAH WILLIAMS, May 01, 1855, Halifax, North Carolina.

Notes for WILLIAM FLETCHER RICHARDS:
William was age 74 when he died according to the descendancy report I got from Joan Coker. Not verified.

The 1860 Halifax County, North Carolina, census (p. 227), Dwelling 1095, Fam. 1005, shows William was born in 1830 in Northampton County, North Carolina.

iii. MARTHA S. RICHARDS, b. 1832.

Notes for MARTHA S. RICHARDS:
The 1860 Halifax County, North Carolina, census (p. 227), Dwelling 1095, Fam. 1005, stated she was born in 1832. Not verified.


11. EVAN G.4 RICHARDS (JOHN3, JOHN2, RICHARD1) was born Abt. 1810 in North Carolina. He married SARAH A. C.. She was born Abt. 1819 in North Carolina.

Notes for EVAN G. RICHARDS:
Evan moved to Madison County, Alabama, and later to Chambers County.
In 1842 Rev. E. G. Richards was at Dudleyville Camp Meeting, Chambers Co., Ala.
4 May 1843, Evan G. Richards, Judge of County Court, Chambers co., Ala. Judge C.C.C.C. Ala.
27 Feb 1855 James M. Reed married Martha Ann Richards d/o Rev. E. G. Richards of LaFayette.



Children of EVAN RICHARDS and SARAH C. are:
i. THOMAS E.5 RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1836.
ii. MARTHA ANN RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1838; m. JAMES M. REED, February 27, 1855, Chambers, Alabama.
iii. ROBERT W. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1840.
iv. JOHN H. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1842.
v. ANDREW J. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1844.
vi. MARY P. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1846.
vii. ELIZABETH E. RICHARDS, b. Abt. 1849.


12. REBECCA4 MOORE (SARAH3 RICHARDS, JOHN2, RICHARD1) died Bef. November 04, 1816 in Northampton, North Carolina. She married CHARLES CAPELL19,20,21,22,23,24 February 08, 1802 in Richmond, North Carolina, son of EDWARD CAPELL and JUDITH PRITCHARD. He was born Bef. 1781 in Northampton, North Carolina, and died July 05, 1830 in Wilcox, Alabama.

Notes for REBECCA MOORE:
North Carolina Marriage microfilm at ADAH, Montgomery, shows that Charles Capell married Rebecca Smith, not Rebecca Moore, on 8 Feb 1802, in Richmond County, N.C. This makes a great deal more sense than the 1828 date we had acquired before. Sally C. Richards was his second wife. They married 28 Jan 1817 in Northampton County, N.C.

WILL - The will of Sarah Moore, dated 4 Nov 1816, bequeathed property to Rebekah's children by Charles Capell, namely, Emeline, Horatio Robinson, William Moore, and Martha Ann Capell, and named Charles Capell as the Executor. This indicates that Rebekah predeceased her mother. Could Rebekah have had a marriage to a Smith before 1802?


Notes for CHARLES CAPELL:
Charles' age is indicated by probate of will of Edward Capell at Dec. Ct. 1795. Sterling and Charles chose Thomas Capell, their elder brother, as their guardian. This indicates they were at least 14 years of age but under 21 at that time. 
Charles was not found on the 1810 North Carolina census as head of household. He was in Richmond County in 1802 because his marriage to Rebecca Moore occurred there. She died before 1817 because Charles married Sallie Richards of Northampton County in January 1817. By August 1819 Charles and Sallie are found in Wilcox County, Alabama. Charles died in 1830 in Wilcox County.
Charles was married twice: (1) Rebecca Moore, m. 8 Feb 1802 in Richmond County, North Carolina; she died before 1817. (2) Sarah Cook Richards, m. 28 Jan 1817; she died 1873.
A power of attorney is recorded in Northampton County, N.C., stating:
"Charles C. Capel of Wilcox Co., Ala., appoints Sterling H. Gie of Wilcox Co., Ala.,
attorney to sue to recover and receive from Henry Hite (?) of Northampton Co., NC,
certain negro slaves who were formerly the property of Sarah Moore of Northampton
Co., dec'd, in her will on file in Northampton County did devise and bequeath to the
children of Charles Capell by his first wife Rebecca Capell, formerly Rebecca Moore
who was the daughter of said Sarah Moore as aforesaid on June 9, 1828."
Deed Bk 31:218, Northampton Co., NC.

The Capells were lifelong members of the Methodist church. In his book entitled A History of Methodism in Alabama, Rev. Anson West described the early Methodist churches in Wilcox County (p. 211).
"In 1816 William Hobbs and Benjamin Dunn emigrated to Alabama and settled in or near
the confines of what has long been known as Possom Bend. Others also settled there at
that early date. Hobbs and Dunn, together with several members of their families, were
active and devoted Methodists....In 1822 Hobbs and Dunn, with the help of a few others,
built a house of worship. It was a very common house, built of poles. That was Shady
Grove. About the same time, Glover, Williamson, and Holly, with large families, and
others also, became citizens of that community and became members of the Church at
Shady Grove. About 1826 a neat house, built of hewed logs, was erected in lieu of the
one made of poles. The hewed-log house was located about one mile east of the first
one, but took the place of the house built of poles, and was called Shady Grove....In the
very early history of Shady Grove the Blues, the Capells, the Dannellys, and the
Hawkinses came in and were members there. There were, perhaps, two Camp meetings
held at Shady Grove, but the Campground for that neighborhood, and at which the
Camp meetings were held from the first, was three miles north of the present town of
Camden, and on the Alabama River, and was known as the Glover Campground.
Meetings were held there with vast crowds at times, and with grand results."


STATE OF ALABAMA ) Will Book 2:98-101
WILCOX COUNTY ) Will dated 15 Jun 1830

In the Name of God, Amen. I Charles Capell of the County of Wilcox in the State aforesaid, being of weak bodily health but of sound and disposing mind and memory and desirous of disposing of my temporal or worldly affair, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit.
Im primis I bequeath my soul to God who gave it and request that my body be decently buried.
Secondly, I will and bequeath to my son William and my son-in-law Young W. Grayson the following negroes to wit: a negro man named Allen, his wife Angey, and their three children, Cesar, Altamane, and Ammy, with their future increase.
Thirdly, I will and bequeath unto my son-in-law Young W. Grayson one yellow horse named Dungannon and a good bed and furniture as a full part and portion of my estate.
Fourthly, I will and bequeath unto my son William M. Capell a certain Negro boy named Albert to be considered as payment of what I am or would be due him for property of his that came into my hands. I also will and bequeath unto my son William M. Capell one grey colt, a good bed and furniture, and my silver watch, the watch to be given him when he arrives twenty one years of age, as his full part and portion of my estate.
Fifthly, I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sally Capell one negro man named Nelson and his wife Esther and child Amelia for and during her natural life and at her death Negroes so bequeathed with their future increase to be equally divided among my heirs not already provided for. It is also my will that my wife Sally shall have the use of the other negroes during her widowhood, to wit Amy, Sucky, and Donan?, and to be kept by her during the time aforesaid for the purpose of assistance in supporting her and the children. I also will and bequeath unto my beloved wife one bay mare and one grey mare and one Indian horse during her widowhood and at her marriage to be divided among the rest of my heirs not provided for.
Sixthly, it is my will and desire that my negroes not bequeathed be hired out yearly and my plantation rented by my Executrix and Executor hereinafter appointed and that my wife Sally should be entitled to receive out of the proceeds thereof the sum of two hundred dollars in each and every year for the support and education of the children during her widowhood or until my son Alexander shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years.
Seventhly, it is my will and desire that all my stock of cattle and hogs should remain unsold for use, support and maintenance of my family. It is also my will that all my household and kitchen furniture should remain unsold for the use of my wife Sally and the children.
Eighthly, It is my will that all my negro property, negroes, land, stock of every description, and all my estate, both real and personal except specially bequeathed to my Son-in-law Young W. Grayson and my son William M. Capel shall be divided among my younger children equally and that they be entitled to receive the same when they arrive at the age of twenty-one years or marry except the property already bequeathed to my wife.
Ninthly, I appoint my wife Sally Executrix and Irvin R. Capel Executor of my last will and testament, hereby ratifying and confirming this last will and testament and revoking all former wills in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of June, A. D. 1830. 
In presence of Charles Capell (Seal)
D. C. Smith
F. Beck
Thos. Kornegay

Estate records and census records indicate that Charles Capell was a wealthy man. In the 1820 Wilcox County census he owned 30 slaves, more than almost anyone else in the county. His estate records show that he functioned somewhat as a banker in Canton where he lived. Numerous debts owed by Wilcox County men were listed and these debts amounted to a considerable sum of money.
Charles Capell's will dated June 18, 1830, Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama, was probated in Wilcox County. See also a case recorded in Wilcox Co., Alabama, records, Vol. 125 (abstracted by Jones & Gandrud, Sept 1951), June 1838 term of court: Heirs of Capel versus McMillan, Administrator, to settle the estate. David McMillan, defendant, was the coroner of Wilcox County, Ala., who was appointed administrator de bonis non with the will annexed to manage the estate. Sarah Capell married John Nugent in November 1831, and McMillan became guardian of her children. Nugent petitioned the court several times for money for the maintenance and education of the children. 
In some sort of fracus John Nugent killed William Moore Capell, son of Charles and Rebecca Moore Capell. He was tried in Dallas County on a charge of murder, found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to prison, which time he served in Perry County. After Nugent's release from prison, he
moved the family to Mobile in 1834, and in March 1835 he petitioned the court to be allowed to move the slaves to Mobile. The court denied his petition, and he appealed the case to the Circuit Court of Wilcox County, which also denied the petition. There is no record of a settlement of the estate. 
John Nugent was appointed guardian of the four sons by the Probate Court of Mobile County, and the guardianship continued in that court. When Charles' oldest child by Sally Richards Capell Nugent became 21, he petitioned the court for his share of his father's estate. John Nugent had spent most of the money and he fled "to New York to board a ship and return to Ireland." One of the bondsmen for John Nugent had died and the other one was insolvent. Because of economic necessity, the family returned to Wilcox County and lived on the plantation. John Nugent was never heard from again. Sally died in 1873 and is buried in the Capell cemetery.


More About CHARLES CAPELL:
Burial: Wilcox, Alabama

Children of REBECCA MOORE and CHARLES CAPELL are:
i. MARTHA ANN5 CAPELL.
ii. HORATIO ROBINSON CAPELL.

Notes for HORATIO ROBINSON CAPELL:
NAME: Horatio Robinson's middle name may be for Charles Carroll's brother, Roberson. Wilcox County records do not refer to Horatio Robinson, nor did Charles Carroll refer to him in his will of 1830. Charles did not mention Martha Ann in his will, either, so they could have both been dead or have already received their share of his estate.


iii. EMELINE CAPELL, b. June 1808, North Carolina; d. September 30, 1861, Clarke, Alabama; m. YOUNG W. GRAYSON, July 03, 1828, Wilcox, AL; b. December 03, 1803; d. March 16, 1846, Marengo, Alabama.

Notes for EMELINE CAPELL:
!MARRIAGE: Young W. Grayson 3 Jul 1828, Wilcox County, AL. Young died 16 March 1846 in Marengo County, Alabama.

CENSUS: 1850 Marengo County, Alabama, census (HH 881) shows the following:
881/881 Grayson, W. B. 21 m Farmer AL
Grayson, Emeline 40 f 3000 VA
Susan 17 f AL
Charles 14 m AL
Elizabeth 12 f AL
Sarah 10 f AL
Martha 8 f AL
Alexander 6 m AL

(Emeline was the daughter of Charles Capell and his first wife, Rebecca Moore. She was
born in North Carolina before they came to Alabama.)

CENSUS: 1860 Clarke County census (Grove Hill) states the following:
(p. 577) 217/261 Grayson, William H. 20 M Clerk ____/270 Marengo AL
219/263 Davis, Wm. H., Jr. 26 M Merchant 1100/9425 Baldwin AL
Sarah A. 20 F Marengo AL
Virginia 4/12 F 
(p. 587) 311/373 Grayson, Horatio C. 29 M Merchant 4000/10000 Wilcox AL
312/374 Grayson, Emeline Sr. 52 F Domestic ___/10000 N.C.
313/375 Grayson, Charles O. 25 M Farmer ____/8500 N.C.
Alexander H. 15 M Student ____/____ Marengo AL
314/376 Grayson, Emeline Jr. 29 F Farmer ____/6500 Miss.
James Y. 7 M Marengo AL
Robert W. 6 M Marengo AL
Horatio V. 4 M Marengo AL
Mary L. 2 F Marengo AL
Grayson & Davis Merchants ____/20,000

(Emeline Grayson, Jr. was Emeline Vance who married William J. Grayson on 5 Feb 1832, Marengo County, Alabama. By 1850 William was dead and Emeline is shown with her children in Clarke County, Alabama)


Notes for YOUNG W. GRAYSON:
LAND: On December 2, 1830, Young W. Grayson received a grant of land from the U.S. Government located in Section 11, Township 11, Range 7, Wilcox County, Alabama. This would have been a few months after the death of his father-in-law, Charles Capell, and lying very near to the land patented by Charles.

DEATH: Vol 39, Alabama Records, by Gandrud, of Marengo County records, carries the estate of Young W. Grayson, Book A:274. Lists the following heirs: Emeline (Capell), James (about 17), Horatio (about 15), Rebecca (about 13), Charles (about 11), Elizabeth (about 9), Sarah (about 7), Martha (about 4), and Alexander (about 2). Named executors wife Emeline and Ralph Grayson. Witnesses: Oliver G. Grayson, William McCarty, James W. Grayson.

Young Grayson was named one of the executors of Charles Capell's will when he died in 1830.


More About YOUNG W. GRAYSON:
Burial: Marengo, Alabama

iv. WILLIAM MOORE CAPELL, b. Abt. 1810; d. Bef. March 19, 1832, Wilcox, Alabama.

Notes for WILLIAM MOORE CAPELL:
DEATH: William Moore Capel was killed by John Nugent sometime in February 1832 in Wilcox County, Alabama. John Nugent was charged with murder. On 19 Mar 1832 Young W. Grayson, administrator of the estate of William Moore Capel, returned an appraisement and inventory of the estate. Grayson petitioned the court in September 1832 for a settlement of the estate. The case was set for hearing on 1 Oct 1832, but Grayson did not appear. The court issued several notices to Grayson to appear before the court and make the settlement, the last being on 20 July 1835. These records appear in Minute Book 2, pages 185, 254, 256, 363, 378, and 395. See ADAH LG 2659, Reel 12.




Endnotes

1. 1810 Richmond County, N.C. Census.
2. 1860 Wilcox County, Alabama Census.
3. Northampton County, N.C. Deed Book 31, p. 218; A History of Methodism in Alabama by Rev. Anson West
4. Richmond County, N.C. Marriages, 8 Feb 1802.
5. Northampton County, N.C. Deed Book 31, p. 218.
6. Rev. Anson West, A History of Methodism in Alabama.
7. 1820 Wilcox County, Alabama Census.
8. Wilcox County, Alabama, Will Book 2:98.
9. Northampton County, N.C. Deed Book 31, p. 218; A History of Methodism in Alabama by Rev. Anson West
10. Richmond County, N.C. Marriages, 8 Feb 1802.
11. Northampton County, N.C. Deed Book 31, p. 218.
12. Rev. Anson West, A History of Methodism in Alabama.
13. 1820 Wilcox County, Alabama Census.
14. Wilcox County, Alabama, Will Book 2:98.
15. 1850 Yuba County, California, Census, p. 267.
16. 1850 Wilcox County, Alabama Census, Family 745.
17. Wilcox New Era, 19 Jul 1900.
18. Mobile County Marriage Book 11:24.
19. Northampton County, N.C. Deed Book 31, p. 218; A History of Methodism in Alabama by Rev. Anson West
20. Richmond County, N.C. Marriages, 8 Feb 1802.
21. Northampton County, N.C. Deed Book 31, p. 218.
22. Rev. Anson West, A History of Methodism in Alabama.
23. 1820 Wilcox County, Alabama Census.
24. Wilcox County, Alabama, Will Book 2:98.






DEEDS IN WILCOX COUNTY THAT PERTAIN TO CAPELLS AND RICHARDS

DAH LG 2631, Reel 17-19
Deed Bk F:277
13 Dec 1839 
Rec. 13 Dec 1840 
John Richards $350.00
to
Henry C. Richards 

Following described land in Wilcox County , Alabama , to wit: 

W 1/2 of NE 1/4, Section 10;
W 1/2 of NW 1/4 of Section 11, Township 11, Range 7 

in the Cahaba land district, containing in all 160 75/100 acres.

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Deed Bk G:68
10 Jul 1838
Sheriff Jonathan M. Hill $81.00
to
Henry C. Richards 

Sold property of John W. Dunne? and Samuel Burnett: 

NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 35, Township 12, Range 7
Also NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of Section 35, Township 12, Range 7

(Note: Evidently the clerk in the Probate Office who copied the deed into the record made an error. It was copied correctly.) 

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Deed Bk H:402
July 12, 1845
Margaret M. Richards $25.00
to
John R. McDowell

Fifteen acres in the northeast corner of the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 35, Township 12, Range 7, being the land alloted to me and set apart as dower in the real estate of Sterling Richards, decd.
Margaret M. X Richards 

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Deed Bk I:513-514
13 October 1847
William Devaughn of Wilcox $205.00
County, Alabama
to
Wesley N. Capell

Lands in Wilcox County , Alabama , in Township 11, Range 7, Sections 10 and 11, bounded and described as follows:

Commencing at the state road, thence East 13 chains and
75 links [907.5 feet] to the corner between Sections 10 and
11, thence East 20 chains [1320 feet], thence North 28
chains [1848 feet], thence North 28 chains and 75 links
[1897.5 feet] to the state road, thence down the state
road to place of beginning, being bounded on the west by
the state road and containing 40.98 acres, more or less.

(As a part of the witness William Devaughn
attestation, the following
appears: 

(The words "Township 11, Range 7, Sections 10 and 11"
"five" and "down state road to place of beginning" on
first page interlined before signing.) 

Attest: W. C. Gilmore

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DAH LG 2632, Reel 20
Deed Bk K:565-566
5 May 1853
William Devaughn $100.63
to
W. N. Capell 

That said tract of land known and described as follows, to wit:

All that portion of the W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section
15, Township 11, Range 7, lying and being on the east
side of the Claiborne road containing 51 50/100 acres.
Also all of that part of the NE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of
Section 15, Township 11, Range 7, lying and being on
the south side of the Claiborne road, containing 39
acres, more or less. 

William Devaughn
Attest:
H. C. Richards
David Kennedy

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Deed Bk K:608
4 Jul 1853
` $100.00
D. A. W. Patterson and
Susannah H. Patterson, his wife
to
W. N. Capell 

The following tract of land to wit:

N 1/2 of NE 1/4, Section 22, Township 22, Range 17,
containing 80.40 acres in the district of lands
subject to sale at Cahaba and lying and being in
the county and state aforesaid.

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Deed Bk K:693
17 October 1853
$500.00
Peter Cree [or Cru] and
wife, Elizabeth Cree
to
H. S. Capell

The following described lands, to wit:

N 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Section 14, Township 11, Range
17, containing in all 80 acres, more or less, all
situate, lying and being in the county of Wilcox and
in the district of lands subject to sale at Cahaba .

Peter Cree
Elizabeth Cree
Attest:
David Kennedy
A. McCay 



ESTATE OF STERLING RICHARDS, DECEASED
Probate Court, Wilcox County


(This estate begins in Minute Book 3 (pp. 206, 257, 286, 294, 321, 337, 452, 476; overlooked and not copied.) 

DAH LG 2659, Reel 13
Min. Bk 4:6 

Orphans Court in Vacation January 1842

Estate of Sterling Richards, decd

An application. It is ordered by the court that Joseph A. White, administrator of the estate of Sterling Richard, decd, be notified to be and appear at the next term of the court to be held on the 3rd Monday in February next and make final settlement and disposition of his administration of said estate among the heirs thereof and also that Rebecca Richards be notified to appear and make final settlement and disposition of said estate as administrator of the same. 

D. W. Stenett, Judge C.C.

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Min. Bk 4:24

Orphans Court Regular Term 1842 3rd Monday in February 21st 1842 

Estate of Sterling Richards, decd

In this case the notice which issued according to a former order of this court to Joseph A. White, administrator of the estate Sterling Richards decd to appear at the present term of this court having been determined by the Sheriff not executed. 

It is therefore ordered by the court that an alias notice issue to the said Joseph A. White, administrator of said estate, to appear at the next term of this court to make final settlement and distribution of his administration of said estate among the heirs thereof. 

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Min. Bk 4:28
(Same Court, same day)

Estate of Sterling Richards, decd

This day came Samuel Bennett and J. L. McMason, commissioners appointed by the court at a former term to sell the real estate of Sterling Richards, decd, and tendered their report to the court and ordered by the court that the said report be received and spread upon the minutes of the Orphans Court [following words illegible]. 

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Min. Bk 4:95 

Orphans Court July the 18th 1842

Estate of Sterling Richards, decd

In this case the notice that issued to Joseph A. White, administrator, and Rebecca Richards, administratrix of said estate, to appear at this present term of the court and make final settlement of their administration of said estate having been returned by the Sheriff not executed, the same is continued to the September term of this court next 1842. 

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Min. Bk 4:105 

Orphans Court September Term A.D. 1842

Estate of Sterling Richards, decd

(The court order is a repeat of the one immediately above.

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Min. Bk 4:128

Orphans Court the 17th October A.D. 1842

Estate of Sterling Richards, decd

This day came Joseph A. White, administrator of the estate of Sterling Richards, decd, in pursuance of previous notices given and produced to the court his account current with said estate which were severally examined by the court, and after making the necessary allowance to the administrator for services against said estate, the court then proceeded to ascertain the balance remaining in the hands of the said administrators belonging to the heirs and legatees of said estate, and find the following amounts to wit: the sum of $29.33 subject to distribution among the heirs thereof, to wit: Margaret Richards, widow of the said deceased, and James Richards. 

Ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court now here that Margaret Richards have and recover or retain in her hands the sum of fourteen dollars and sixty six and one-half cents ($14.66 1/2), the amount of her distributive share of said estate, for which execution may issue. 

Ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that James Richards have and recover of the said Margaret Richards and Joseph A. White the sum of fourteen dollars and sixty six and one half cents ($14.66 1/2), the amount of his distributive share of said estate, for which execution may issue. 

(Checked balance of Reel 13 through index to Min. Bk 6 - negative)
RICHARDS WILLS IN NORTH CAROLINA


Edgecombe County Wills (1732-1792), p. 333 
RICHARD RICHARDS, 23 Oct 1758, Dec. Ct. 1758 O Secy. of State
“…being sick of body…”
Wife REBECCA RICHARDS - lend life estate in the land where I now live, also farm implements, etc., necessary for her to maintain and educate my three children. Son JOHN RICHARDS - mare and bed. Son JESSE RICHARDS - bed. Rest of my tract of land is to be divided between my sons JOHN and JESSE. Son RICHARD RICHARDS - bed and reversion of land loaned his mother.
Executor: Wife, DAVID CRAWLEY
Witnesses: JOHN GREEN, WM KINCHEN, JR., WM. HAYS

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Will Book 2 (1792-1808), p. 58, Northampton County, N.C.
JAMES ROY, 2 October 1786, December Court 1794
To my beloved wife ELIZABETH [RICHARDS] ROY my land and plantation whereon I now live with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, together with one Negro, 2 mares, 15 head of cattle, etc.
Executor: My Wife Elizabeth
Witnesses: John Richards, William Richards
[Note: Have copy of original will]



Will Book 1 (1759-1792), page 439: (Northampton County, N.C.)
JOHN RICHARDS, 30 December 1783, December Court 1791
Lend my wife MARY RICHARDS all my estate real and personal except 349 acres of land, to my son JOHN RICHARDS the sd. 349 acres whereon he now lives; to son WILLIAM RICHARDS 460 acres with plantation whereon I now live; residue of estate to go to my sons and daughters at expiration of my wife’s widowhood. Children are listed as: sons JOHN and WILLIAM and daughters, ELIZABETH RAY [ROY], SARAH MOORE, MARTHA MOORE and ANN MOORE.
Executor: My son WILLIAM
Witnesses: JOHN SHORT and WILLIAM SHORT
[Note: Have copy of original will]
[Also have a copy of the grant from the King for his land, dated November 9, 1757]

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Will Book 2 (1792-1808), page 260
ANTHONY MOORE, 29 March 1804, June Court 1804
To my sons ANTHONY MOORE and JOHN MOORE half my fork land each, which sd. sons now possess; to my beloved wife SARAH MOORE the use of the plantation whereon I now live with all my land on the South side of the Occoneechie Swamp during her life or widowhood; to my three youngest daughters, BETSEY, REBECCA and POLLEY MOORE all the land lent my wife at sd. wife’s death or marriage; to sd. BETSEY, REBECCA and POLLEY 1 horse, 100 dollars etc. each; to sons HENRY, ANTHONY, JOHN, RICHARD and my daughter SARAH HOUSE Negroes each.
Executors: My wife SARAH and my sons ANTHONY and JOHN MOORE
Witnesses: WILLIAM EDWARDS, WILLIAM RICHARDS

(5 June 1804) Sometime previous to his death, in his last Sickness (ANTHONY MOORE) gave his wife SARAH MOORE twenty Bushels of Wheat, likewise to his son JOHN MOORE his old Negro and wished this to be taken as part of his will.
Witnesses: WILLIAM EDWARDS, JOHN WEBB

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WILLIAM RICHARDS, Dated January 10, 1820, Northampton County, N.C.
In the name of God Amen. WILLIAM RICHARDS of the county of Nhampton & State of No. Carolina, being in perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for the same but calling to mind the mortality of my body & that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will and Testament.
First & principally I give & bequeath my soul to almighty God my creator in whom I trust through the meritorious death & passion of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ that my soul shall be saved, & my body I desire may be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, & as to my worldly goods which it hath pleased god to bestow on me in this life I give & bequeath as follows:
Imprimis. My will & desire is that all my just debts be paid and discharged.
Item. I give & bequeath to my loving wife Nancy Richards the land & plantation on which I now live during her life, the lands are not to be cut nor cleared more than what will be sufficient for the convenience of the plantation. I also give to her one Negro woman named Edy, but her increase to my children - of my Stock her choice, one Horse & Saddle, two Cows & Calves, two Sows & pigs and a sufficiency of Corn & pork for one years provision.
Item. I desire for all of my property to be kept together until James R. Richards becomes of age, unless my wife should die before that time, then I desire that the balance of my property to be equally divided among my children namely, Eliza Richards, Martha Richards, Rebecca Richards, Littleton C. Richards, William Richards, Nancy Richards, Penelope Richards & James R. Richards.
Item. I reserve one acre of Ground around the old grave yard for priviledges of the connection as a burying Ground.
Item. My will & desire is that the ______ filly (Betsey Richards) and Sir John, be sold by my Executors when they think proper.
And I do hereby constitute and appoint my Sons Littleton C. Richards & William Richards whole solely Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and I do by these presents acknowledge this to be my last Will & Testament revoking all other will or wills by me heretofore made. 


In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this the 10th day of January in the year 1820.
his
William X Richards (Seal)
mark
In presents of
Wm. D. Short
Thos. X Glover
L.C. Richards one of the Extrs qualify.

Northampton County Ct. September Court 1820.
This last Will and Testament of William Richards, decd, was exhibited in open Court and proved in due form of law by the oaths of William D. Short and Thomas Glover, the subscribing witnesses thereto, whereby Little C. Richards, one of the Executors in said Will named was qualified as the Law directs, time being reserved for the qualification of the other Executor. Ordered to be certified & Recorded. Teste James C. Harrison, CCC

[Note: This is a copy of the original will in Northampton County, N.C., but I do not have the book and page annotated. BC]
[Note 2: William Richards was a soldier of the Revolution. He served as a private in Capt. Martin’s Company, Col. Patten’s Regiment, North Carolina Line. He was born, 1742, in Northampton County, N.C., where he died. 
William was married in 1762 to Nancy Richards. Their son (2) William Richards, Jr. married Nancy Gary. (3) Albert Mabry (d. 1855) m. 1840 Lucy Richards (d. 1843). (4) Robert Mabry (b. 1843) m. 1873 Alice Clarke (b. 1849). This is the line of Mrs. Alice Mabry Starr, DAR No. 151991. Also See No. 98798.

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