Beaufort and Bath County Wills

On this page are the Wills of: WALKER, RIGNEY, KEWELL, & WILLIS

Transcribed by Ronald N. Walker from the original-

In the name of God Amen I William WALKER of the County of Beaufort and 
State of North Carolina being weak in body but of a sound and disposeing
mind memory after bringing to mind the uncertainty of life and that it was
alloted for man once to die have thought proper to adopt the following
method of disposing of those worldly goods which it has pleased God to
bestow upon me.

Imprimis-  I recommend my soul to God and my BODY to his mother dust.

Secondly-  I lend unto my beloved wife Milly Walker my house and plantation
and the lands thereto belonging say two hundred acres two bed and furniture
to have during her life.  I also give and bequeath to my said wife Milly
four head of cattle also the one half of my bees also one half of my hogs
I also give to my said wife Milly all the balance of my household furniture
also my farming utensials.

Item-  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Tabitha Peed one cow and 
yearling and one stock bees

Item-  I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Milly Peed one cow and 

Item-  I give and bequeath unto my son Martin W. Walker five head of cattle 
one hand mill one half of my bees also one half of my hogs.  one bed and  
furniture Seventy five acres of land in three different peices One of fifty 
acres at Green Swamp one peice of ten acres and one of fifteen acres also 
plantation and lands with the improvements thereon after the death of my 
wife Milly To have and to hold unto him my said son Martin and to his heirs 
and assigns forever

Item-  I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas A. Walker one dollar.

Item-  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Bennett one dollar.  I 
give to my daughter Mahala Bennett one dollar.  I give to my daughter 
Elizabeth Evit one dollar.  I give unto my daughter Love S. Ross one dollar 
and all rest of my property I will to be sold to pay my debts;

Item-  I nominate and appoint my son Martin W. Walker Executor to this my
last will and testament hereby revoking all other will made by me   I 
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 18 day of June 

Joseph Lewis (signature)              William Walker    {seal}
Wiley Bennett (signature)                (signature)

[ RONALD N. WALKER, P. O. Box 267, Cobb, WI 53526, is the son of MYERS B. 
WALKER, Sr. & Grandson of GEORGE MARTIN WALKER. Other family members 
include Martin W. WALKER, & William WALKER.]

Original Copy of Will from NC STATE DEPT. OF ARCHIVES

In the name of God Amen this 14th day of June 1725, I john Rigney of
Beaufort Precinct in the
County of Bath ---------(illegible) being weak of body ---------(Illegible)
and of sound mind and in memory
and calling to mind the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all
men must die and that
the hour thereof if very uncertain do make and ordain this my Last Will and
Testament in manner and
forme following hereby revoking and makeing void and null any former wills
by me made either by word
or writing and this only to be taken for my last will and no others
FIRst and principally, I give and bequeath my soul unto God who gave it to
me hoping for the amnesty(?)
of Jesus Christ my -----(Illegible) Redeemer to receive full
and -----(illegible) pardon and remission (?) of
all my sins and my body to the Eart to be decently interned at the
definition (?) of my exector, hereafter
named and for what -------(illegible) estate it has pleased God to give me,
I give and bequeath the

ITEM I give and bequeath unto my worthy(?) and well beloved friend
sideration that he the said Benjamine shall so soon as my daughter ELIZABETH
is capable
to uptake instruction, put her to school or otherways cause her to be
teached to read the Bible
definitely) a piece of land joining upon him known by the name of The Fork
as it lies between the
branches that part the land of the said Benjamine on the one side and the
branch that separates
the said fork land from the land of MAJOR SLADE , to him the said BENJAMINE
and to his heirs
or assigns forever.
ITEM I give unto HENRY TRIP (this can be Trigg or Tripp) a mare colt if any
of my ----(illegible) be on
the plantation and if not the first mare colt that foals, to him and his
heirs and assigns forever.
ITEM All of the rest and remainder of my Estate I give unto my daughter
ELIZABETH, both real and
personal and my will is that my worthy friend BENJAMINE SLADE shall make use
only of so much of the
flock or -----(illegible) ------(illegible)
her ------(illegible) -----(illegible) and if it pleases God that she
happen to die then my will is that he be paid for the keeping of her and
bringing of her up and I appoint
him Guardian to her till she marries or comes of age to receive her estate
in proportion (?) ordaining
and specially(?)constituting my said friend BENJAMINE SLADE Executor of this
my Last Will and

In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this day month and
year of God first
above written. Witnessed as signed sealed and proclaimed - by JOHN SLADE,
Signed by
John Rigney. Another Signature is William Satterthwaite who is most
probably clerk of court. Rest of
the will, which appears to be confirmation of Slade accepting his duties is
really illegible -photo copy
black ink making it impossible to truly deciper.

Transcribed by Dusty Smith at
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In the name of God, Amen, I Charles S. Kewell being of sound and perfect mind,
and memory do, this fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and forty, make and publish this my last will and
testament, in manner following, that is to say after all my just debts are

1st  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Mary Ann Kewell, my House, &
furniture, and Lot, as they now stand, and my negro woman Kate, and Fanny,

2nd  I also give and bequeath unto my beloved sister Elizabeth Cannon the sum
of two hundred and fifty dollars, and in case of her death the above sum or
residue of two hundred & fifty dollars is given and bequeathed to Martha, the
daughter of Julia Cannon.

3rd  I also give and bequeath the residue, or whatever amount may be left,
after all my just debts are paid, to my beloved wife Mary Ann Kewell.

And I hereby make and ordain my nephew Frederick Gallagher, executor of this
my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I the said Charles S. Kewell
have to this my last will and testament, set my hand and seal, the day and
year above written.

Signed, sealed, published and declared )
By the said Charles S. Kewell, the testator, ) 
As his last will and testament in the ) C. S. KEWELL (seal)
Presence of us, who were present at )
The time of signing and sealing ) John W. Latham X
T. W. Patrick

State of North Carolina
December Term 1840 of Beaufort County  Court

Then was this paperwriting, purporting to be and contain the Last Will and
Testament of C. S. Kewell exhibited in open court, and the execution thereof
proved in due form of law, by the oath of John M. Latham, one of the attesting
witnesses thereto, which is ordered to be recorded and thereupon Frederick
Gallagher, the executor therein named, came into court and qualified agreeably
to law.

Test:  Witth:  C. Eborne, Clerk

Orphan Book 6, Page 363, Beaufort County Registry

Submitted by: Gerry Seymour


North Carolina
Beaufort County 

I, David R. Willis being of sound mind and memory but considering the
uncertainty of my earthly existence do make publish and declare this to be my
last Will and Testament:

First:  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucy J. Willis and to her heirs
and assigns forever all of my personal property of every kind and description
including all money, mortgages and notes I may possess at the time of my
Second:  I give and devise to my beloved wife Lucy J. Willis to her and her
heirs and assigns in fee simple forever, all of my real estate of every kind
and description that I die seized and possessed of.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 30th day of
January, 1911.

D. R. Willis (SEAL)

Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the said David R. Willis to be his
Last Will and Testament in the presense of each of us, who at his request and
in his presence and in the presence of each other, do subscribe our names as
subscribing witnesses hereto.

J. M. Gallagher 
W. B. Whitley
W.  O. Ellis

Will Book 3, page 351

Submitted by: Gerry Seymour

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