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SIMPSON BRYAN COLLECTION

North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library
University of NC - Chapel Hill

Our generous donor: Martha Mewborn Marble



North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Used with permission

This Collection consists of three boxes, most documents related to the 
business of John Simpson, who was a merchant and ship owner. There are 
numerous letters to and from Boston in the early to late 1700's. This 
Collection was read ONLY for genealogical information, deeds, wills, and 
other similar documents.

BOX 2

Will of John Hardee [has been published in the Pitt County Family 
Researchers Quarterly, PCGQ, May 1999]

1. Partial original Will of FURNIFOLD GOODING - beloved wife MARY GOODING, 
everything, both real and personal - daughter SIDNEY FONVILLE GOODING when 
age 18 and then to be divided between my wife and daughter - Negro woman 
ROSE to be sold and money raised to be used to purchase a Negro boy - wife 
MARY to be executor
Written day and year above - no further information
Craven County Court March Term 1778

2. Pitt County - Article of Agreement entered - ---- April 1778 between 
JOHN SIMPSON of County above, merchant and BENJAMIN CORY, ROBERT HARDEE and 
ISAAC HARDEE of the other part --- for and in consideration of the right 
the aforesaid JOHN SIMPSON hath to claim a certain tract of vacant land adj 
his own lines, ____ DIXON'S line, JOSIAH HARDEE'S line, ISAAC HARDEE'S line 
- 400 acres ---- I JOHN SIMPSON to cut down, fell and take from aforesaid 
tract any trees suitable for plank or ?? - for the sum of one thousand 
dollars--- further consideration that JOHN SIMPSON shall log at his mill 
any logs for planks that either or any of the parties may fall for the 
erection of any building for the improvements of either plantation for one 
penny and thousand

         Signed   BENJ. COREY, ROBERT HARDEE, ISAAC HARDEE

WIT  JOHN (X) ENLOE
JOSIAS HARDEE


To Pitt County Court April 1779 - proved on oath of JOHN ENLOE   HENRY 
ELLIS, CLERK
Enrolled Registers Office Book H p 12  JOHN SIMPSON, Register

NOTE:  This abstract is found in Ellison's Abstracts of Pitt County; 
however, that abstract does not include the adjacent neighbors

3. Inventory of estate of JOHN SIMPSON, Taxable property - April __, 1785 
??
[There is a list of land owned which is rather lengthy]

Inventory of estate of WILLIAM MOORE, Esq, taxation - April 1785 ?
600 acres of woodland, negro man MANKS, Negro wench, CELIA and young child

4. BILL of SALE - WILLIAM HARDEE  to SAMUEL SIMPSON
10 August 1798 - Bill of Sale - WILLIAM HARDEE of PITT to SAMUEL SIMPSON - 
twenty pds spice - all my cropes growing on plantation where I now dwell to 
wit. Pease, pototos, cotton, also one tar kiln that stands on land of 
BENJAMIN PATRICK near THOMAS SLAUGHTERS plantation, also one bed and 
furniture, 2 cows and calves, one bay mare about nine years of age
  signed

WIT  ROBERT HARDEE
To Court Jan Term 1790 (sic)

5. Pitt County Court 1789

 MARY HERN exec of MICHAEL HERN vs JAMES EASTON & JOSIAH WRIGHT - def
      Judgement conferred by the Def in sum of 320..4..4
(No further information)

JOSEPH ROSS ? vs JAMES EASTON & JOSIAH WRIGHT - Judgement confessed by DEF 
for sum of 127 pounds 6 shillings &2 9sic) with costs
Judgement truly copied from Docket & that the Executors are not to be found 
in this office
  GEORGE EVANS, Clerk

6. 3 March 1791 - Twelve months after date we jointly and severally promise 
to pay unto JAMES ARMSTRONG and ELIZABETH HARDEE administrators to the 
estate of JOHN HARDEE, dec the sum of twenty pounds five shillings, it 
being for the hire of a Negro man, HECKTON, and we are to find said Negro 
two shirts, two trousers, one jacket, one hat and one blanket and to pay 
his taxes for the present year
                         JOSIAH WRIGHT   SAML. SIMPSON

WIT  GIDEON MOYE

BOX 3

1. State of NC, Lenoir Co - To the Constable Greeting.  You are hereby 
commanded to cause FRANCIS CASWELL and JOHN GATLIN before me or some other 
Justice of the Peace to show cause if any, they have why they delay paying 
of the administration of JONATHAN HARRIS, dec the sum of twenty pounds 
(smudged) note herein jails not and this shall be your present warrent 
given under my hand and seal this 12 September 1797
                  ?  BRIGHT, JP

2. Twelve months after date we jointly and severally do promise to pay unto 
WILLIAM COX, guardian to the orphans of JOHN COX, dec the just sum of six 
pounds, 14 shillings for the hire of Negro boy, BOB, which Negro we do 
obligate to furnish with the customary clothing for the year and pay his 
taxes - 1 December 1798
             [Signature is torn off]
On the back of the document the name JA. HOUSTON and JNO. BELL appear

3. Craven Co - whereas JOSEPH LOFTIN complains that SPIVES ? HEATH owes him 
5 pounds - 1 May 1800
Summons to PETER WINGATE by GEO. LANE, JP

4. JAMES BRYAN, executor to the estate of JAS. JASPER - board and tuition 
of JOHN JASPER [- there are several bills in 1800]

5. JOHN HOLAWAY to JAMES BRYAN - 38 pounds - sold mare - 3 May 1800

WIT  JAMES OLIVER

6. JAMES BRYAN and JAMES WILSON owned a schooner - FAIR AMERICA - which 
sailed to Guadaloupe in 1803

6.  An account on hire of ELIZA GRAY's negroes - 2 March 1805 - hired out 
to SAM. SIMPSON, JOSEPH LOFTIN, GEORGE LANE, JOSEPH WEST


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