Will of Memucan Hunt
[Granville County Will Book 7, pp. 1, 2, 3]
In the name of God Amen. I Mimucan Hunt of the County of Granville & State of North Carolina being of sound & disposing mind & memory, do make ordain and constitute this my last will & testament in manner & form following (to wit)
I lend unto my beloved wife Mary Hunt during the time she may remain my widow, the tract of land & plantation whereon I now live containing nine Hundred & twenty acres with all the stock of Horses Cattle sheep & Hogs belonging thereto, together with the following named negroes Vizt Mill, Lark, Joe, Ben, Frank, Dick, Adam, [James?], Frank a female, Sarah, Dinin, Isbel, Betty, Phede, Billy, George, Jacob and Nancy, together with all my household & kitchen furniture except such as I may hereafter otherwise dispose of -
I give & bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Falconer the following negroes Vizt Rachal, Nancy, Joe, Buck, Lewis, Willis, Fanny, Edmond, & Henry, which are now in her possession, which said negroes & their increase I give my said daughter Elizabeth Falconer to her use & the use of her husband Thomas Falconer during their lives or the life of the survivor, then to be equally divided between her children, & should my said daughter Elizabeth Falconer depart this life leaving no issue of her body, the said negroes & their increase to be equally divided between James Hunt Howard and Polly Butler my grandchildren, to them their heirs and assigns for ever.
I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Hunt one negro man named Tom, to him his heirs & assigns forever -
I give & bequeath unto my son Thomas Hunt the following named negroes Vizt Fred, Harry, Martin, Grace, George, Caty, & a young child by Grace the name not known by me all which negroes are now in his possession, to him his heirs & assigns forever -
I give & bequeath unto my daughter Sally Smith & to her daughter Elizabeth Hunt Taylor (wife of William Taylor) & to John Taylor for the benefit of his three children Vizt Sally William & Polly the one half of my undivided share of one hundred and twenty seven thousand acres of lands taken up in the state of Tennessee in company with Galloway, Polk, Tatom, Benton, Henderson, Rice & Bledsoe, one eighth part of which amounting to fifteen thousand eight hundred & seventy five acres amounts to my share, the half of which is what I here divise [sic], & that to be divided into tree equal parts one of which to Sally Smith, one to Elizabeth Hunt Taylor & the other third part to John Taylor for the benefit of his three children as above mentioned. -
My will and desire is that my Executors hereafter to be named as soon as conveniently may be after my death sell all the lands that I own in the counties of Wilkes & Ash in this state, & the one half of the eighth part of the lands taken up in the state of Tennessee in partnership with Galloway, Polk, Benton, Tatom, Rice, Henderson & Bledsoe; the one half of three thousand acres of land on Duck River on its waters in copartnership with Henderson, he owning the other half, at the same time regarding & complying with an agreement between Mr Dillon & myself, relative to his saving[selling?] that land. Also the one half of one thousand acres of land entered in Tennessee opposite the mouth of Duck River in copartnership with Absolem Tatom, he or his representatives owning the other half, regarding & complying with an agreement entered between Tatom & Dillon so far as respects my half, & also one thousand acres of land on french broad river in the two entries, still regarding & complying with an agreement between M. Dillon and myself respecting part of said land, and the money arising from the sales of said lands to be equally divided between my sons William Hunt & Edward Hunt and my daughters Sally Smith Elizabeth Falconer Polly Butler Jane Howard & Nancy Graves and my grand daughter Polly Anderson Hunt, the ninth part of which said money to be equally divided between the children of my son John Hunt deceased;
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It is also my desire & will, that as soon as may be conveniently done, after the death or expiration of the widowhood of my wife, my executors sell the land & plantation whereon I now live together with all the negroes & their increase (if any) and every piece of property herein lent to her during her life or widowhood excepting a negro woman named Phedie & a negro girl named Betty, which I give & bequeath unto my grand daughter Polly Anderson Hunt. - It is my will & desire that if the said Polly Anderson Hunt shall die without lawful issue of her body, that all the estate hereby bequeathed to her, be equally divided between all my children male & female. The children of my son John Hunt deceased having the tenth part equally divided between them.
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-It is my will & desire that the money arising from the sale of all the property lent my wife equally divided between my sons William Hunt & Edward Hunt and my daughters Sally Smith Elizabeth Falconer Polly Butler Jane Howard & Nancy Graves & my grand daughter Polly Anderson Hunt the ninth part of which to be equally divided between the children of my son John Hunt deceased. I further will & desire that my riding Horse [Cliber?] as soon as conveniently may be done, be sold by my executors and the money arising from the sale of him to be equally divided between all my children male & female & my grand daughter Polly Anderson Hunt, the one tenth part to be equally divided between the children of my son John Hunt deceased.
I further will and desire that my executors or any one of them make equal conveyances to all & every one of the gentlemen with whom I entered into copartnership for taking up lands in the western country (now Tennessee) or to their heirs or assigns to all the lands to which they are entitled, according to the true intent & meaning of the agreement they entered into, reserving as my dividend or share fifteen thousand eight hundred and seventy five acres -
It is my will & desire that if any of the negroes hereby lent to my wife should become so aged or infirm before her death, that no one will purchase them, that in such case they shall be comfortably supported at the expense of my estate.
Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons William Hunt
[image of what appears to be remnant of original wax seal]
Signed and acknowledged to be the last will & testament of the testator in presence of
State of North Carolina
The foregoing last Will and Testament of Mimican Hunt deceased was duly proved in open Court by the oaths of Lewis Amis & Humphrey Pittard two Subscribing Witnesses thereto and on Motion ordered to be Recorded and at the Same time came Thomas Hunt and qualified as Executor to the Same.
Teste Step Sneed CLK
[Source: Xerographic Copy, Granville Co. Original Wills, 1749-1968, CR 044.801.20. Dept. of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives & History, Archives & Records Section, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, N. C. 27699-4614]
Feb. Court, 1809. Inventory of estate of Memucan Hunt,
Aug. Court 1809. Thomas Hunt of Polly Anderson Hunt reports that he can make no settlement until estate settled, and by the will of Memucan Hunt she will receive 1/9th of the estate and 2 negroes at the death of Mary Hunt. [Gwynn p. 8]*
[note: This is suggestive that Polly Anderson Hunt petitioned for her share prematurely in terms of the will]
Court of 1810 [month not given]. Sale of estate of Memucan
*Zae Hargett Gwynn, Abstracts of the Wills and Estate Records
Notes for Transcription:
Original format, spelling & punctuation retained except where noted. Parentheses were in the original.
Uncertainties & questions, enclosed in brackets [ ]
Signature of M Hunt and also his two witnesses appear to be original, as each are in unique handwriting, but not the same handwriting of the Clerk who recorded the will. (But are they?)
The word "Seal" often written by Clerks doesn't appear. Instead, the copy shows the impression of what appears to have been an actual wax seal... not Clerk's facsimile.
William M. Hunt
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