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1821 - WILL OF HENRY KING
Helon Cutler has discovered
the Last Will & Testament of Henry King, from Cumberland
County, North Carolina, in Henry County, Alabama. Henry may have been from
the Bluff section of this county. Thank you
for sharing his will with us, Helon.
Note: Catharine McAllister, daughter of Alexander McAllister &
Jane Colvin, married James McNeill.
Their children were David, Alexander, Loveday J., Ronald, John,
James, Flora Eliza, and Charles. David married Flora Atkins.
Alexander died unmarried. Loveday J. married Henry R.King. She
was his second wife; they had no children. ( Read about Alexander
McAllister & Related Families ) Myrtle Bridges.
In the name of God, Amen: I, Henry King of the State of North Carolina and
county of Cumberland being of sound mind and perfect memory do this sixteenth
day of November in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty
one, make and establish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following,
that is to say:
I. I give, will and devise all my part or residue of my estate that is not willed
and named in the following items to be sold used the money arising shall be
appropriated to the payment of my just and lawful debts should there be any
over plus, my rifle gun reserved to my son Henry James; the residue to be
equable divided amongst my three youngest sons, viz: Michael, Henry James
II. I give, will and devise , bequeath and transfer to my loving wife, Barbara
during her natural life the upper North East part of the plantation where I now
live containing sixty-six acres, together with the two negroes named, Taff and
Chamy. I also give her one yoke of oxen and a cash, as much corn and pork as
will serve her and her family one year, four cows and yearlings, all my flock
of sheep, one sorel mare named, Lancy and sow and pigs, two sows and ten dry
hogs running about where I now reside with as much corn and fadder as will
support them one year, one of the best beds and furniture, two ploughs and
gear, one good cutting axe, one lightwood axe, three good weeding hoes and
one Grubbling hoe, with all the household and kitchen furniture, also the
privilege of oaking rails from the lower part of the plantation to repair
the upper, the land and negroes above mentioned at the expiration of her
said Barbara's natural life is to be equally divided among my four young
daughters, I. E. Barbara, Sarah, Elizabeth Ann & Eliza.
III. I give and bequeath unto my son, Ezekiel, one negro girl named Ellen,
likewise two thirds of the money arising from the proceeds of the land which
I purchased from Thomas Gilmore, on which said Ezekiel now lives which I will
to be sold for a dividend.
IV. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Ann one negro girl named Dely to
be her and the heirs of her body forever.
V. I give and bequeath unto my son, Michael, one negro girl named Lucy, also
one third of the remainder of the proceeds of the said land whereon Ezekiel
VI. I give and bequeath unto my son, Henry James, one negro boy named Linsay,
also the other two third of the money arising from the sale of the land above
mentioned and my rifle gun.
VII. I give and bequeath unto my son, Joseph the remaining lower or South West
part of the plantation whereon I now live, on which my life has not an estate
in containing of sixty acres, also a negro boy named, David.
VIII. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Barbara, one negro girl named,
Harriet and one bed and furniture.
IX. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah, one negro girl Mary and one
bed and furniture.
X. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Elizabeth Ann one negro girl named
Serena if said negro lives until she is one year old and if not the next succeeding
child of Dolly or Jeny, also a bed and furniture.
XI. I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Eliza the first born child of Dolly or
Jenny that lives to be one year old, also a bed and furniture. Should neither of
them have a child to live to the age of twelve months her portion is to be made
equal to those of her borthers and sisters in ratable proportion by taking from
the allowance and make them.
XII. I will and devise that my negro boy Ned be hired out for the purpose of
schooling my son, Michael six months and schooling and supporting my four youngest
daughter, viz: Barbara, Sarah, Elizabeth Ann and Eliza at which time my youngest
daughter receives her education (all to read and write a good and legible hand).
I wish to be kept on hire until the youngest becomes of age then I leave it
optionary with my executors to continue to hire him out or sell him the
children being educated, the monies arising from hire or hire and sale. I
wish it to be equally divided between my four youngest daughters above mentioned,
also a negro named Dolly and the increase of her if any there shall not be mentioned
in the above items shall be divided between the said Barbara, Sarah,
Eliza when the said negro girl Doll has done bearing, Doll is to remain on the
plantation to aid in schooling and supporting the children until their education
is completed, then to be hired out and the proceeds of her hire to be equally
divided between my four daughters last mentioned daughters likewise a negro girl
by the name of Jenny she and her increase to be divided between Michael
James at the time she is done bearing if any there shall be and not mentioned in
the above items. Should either of my three youngest sons die before they come to
the years of maturity, or without a lawful heir it is my wish that his part of the
property be divided between his other two brothers, likewise should one of my four
youngest girls die before before they come of age or heir a lawful heir. I wish her
portion or portions of the property to be divided amongst the balance of her sisters
viz: the four last mentioned. And I nominate, constitute and appoint my loving wife
executrix and my son Henry James executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal bearing date as above
mentioned. Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the said testator Henry
King as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed
our names as witnesses
thereto in the presence of the said testator. The undo proceeds in the twentieth
line and the word daughter in the forty sixth him interlived before lisied??}
Henry King [Seal]
State of North Carolina, Cumberland County Court of Pleas August Session.
March Term, 1822: The Last Will and Testament of Henry King proven by the
oath of *Michael D. King and **Nathan King subscribing witnesses.
and Henry James King executors therein named qualified as such. Ordered that
Letters testamentary issue.
State of North Carolina, Cumberland County: I, John L. Atkins, Clerk of the Court
of Pleas and Quarter Session of Cumberland County and the state aforesaid do hereby
certify that the foregoing writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of
Henry King, dec'd is a true copy of the said Will as recorded and on file in the
office of said court and that the writing purporting to be the entry of Probate
had thereof is a true copy of the Probate of said Will faithfully copies from the
minutes of said court. In testimony, whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed
the seal of my office and of the said court at Fayetteville in the county aforesaid
this 5th day of Jany A.D. 1837. John L. Atkins, Clk
State of North Carolina, Cumberland County: I, Benjamin Robinson chairman of the
county court of Cumberland do hereby certify that John L. Atkins is at this time
the acting clerk of said county court and that credit is given to his official acts.
Jany 7th 1837.
Recorded 24th May 1839. Wm. R. Kelly, Clk. Benj. Robinson, Clk. [Seal]
Henry County, Ala. D Bk A - p/386-387
*March 12, 1845 Issue Fayetteville Observer: Died in this county (Cumberland) on the 2nd, Mr.
Michael D. King, aged 55.
**March 19, 1845 Issue Fayetteville Observer: Married in Bladen County (NC)
on the 11th, Mr. Nathan King,
of this county to Miss Mary McDougald, daughter of Hugh McDougald.
April 17, 1849 Issue Fayetteville Observer: Died in this County on the 18th, Nathan King, Sr.,
aged 54 years.
Fayetteville Observer Marriage & Death Abstracts 1841-1850 -
Bessie Hubbard Tyner
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