NANCE
North Carolina Wills & Estate Papers

or Wills with NANCE name in


"Abstracts of Wills, Bladen County, NC 1734-1900" p. 66, where the will of Joseph Nance, 8 June 1820, is said to mention wife Mary, sons Daniel M., Joshua L., Joseph J., and David T., and daughters Ammy (sic) Hester, Fanny Butler (w. of John), Patience Nance, Dorothy Nance, and Mary W. Nance.

Last Will of DANIEL NANCE
In the name of God, Amen. I, Daniel Nance of Bladen county and state of North Carolina, being at this time under sore affliction but of sound mind and memory blessed be God for my clear understanding whereby I call to mind the mortality of my body and the immortality of my soul knowing that it is appointed unto men once to die and after death the judgement, seeing these things must come to pass, I think it proper to give and bequeath what wordly property as it has pleased God to bestow unto me in the form and manner as follows and ordain this my last will and testament, viz:
    Respecting my immortality, I firmly believe, I firmly believe in the resurrection of the dead and therefore recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it me, and my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executor.
    Respecting my worldly property, First, I give unto my beloved wife, Patience (WYNNE) Nance, during her life the plantation whereon I now live with four negroes: Tresheba, Hannah, Susanna and Allen and after my said wife's death the said negroes and their increase, to devolve to my said son, Joseph Nance, for the increase of said I have given to my wife during her life and the tract of land including the above mentioned plantation to devolve unto my said son, Joseph Nance his heirs and assigns forever.
    I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Joseph Nance, two hundred acres of land on the Great Swamp joining Jonathan Singletarys lines also one hundred acres I purchased of William Singletary also one black mare, one three year old bay horse and all my plantation tools, one feather bed and furniture, one chest, and one table.  I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, Wynn Nance, the sum of tn shillings to be paid by my Executor.
    I give and bequeath unto my grand-daughter, Sallie Mercer, one negro girl, named Jane, one feather bed and furniture, and two cows and calves, but if any said grand-daughter should die childless then said negro Jane to return to my said wife during her life and at her death to devolve to my grand-son, Daniel Cook.
    And after all my just debts are paid I give my son, Joseph Nance, twenty-five pounds to be paid out of my perishable property that remains to be equally divided between my three children, viz: Wynn Nance, Joseph Nance and Elizabeth Cook.
    I constitute and appoint and ordain my beloved wife Patience Nance and my beloved son Joseph Nance as my Executors to this my last will and testament.
    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed seal this 14 day of May, 1802.
                                                                                                                                        Daniel Nance (Seal.)
    Signed, sealed and acknowledged to be the last will and testament of me Daniel Nance. Signed with my own hand in the presence of William Hawthorn, Joseph Carroll, Winnie Powers (her x mark).



 Pg. 12 1. Abtracts of Wills. Pg. 1 1 4. Buckner Nance, of Anson, 8 June 1812. Wife, Ann, daus, Henrietta Murphy, Olive May Nance, Harriet Nance, Patsy Nance, Betsy Ann Nance, Winifred Nance; John Hinson and Francis Clark, exrs. Wit: Keziah Cox, Wm. Jernigan. April Court 1813.


Thomas HESTER of the State of North Carolina and County of Bladen, being weak in body but of a sound and perfect mind blessed be almighty God for the same do make ordain and publish this my last will and tn the Name of God "Amen". I Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rebecca HESTER, the plantation and tract of land whereon I now live with all the profits and advantages unto the said land belonging or in any wise appertaining with the stock of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs. With all the household and kitchen furniture and working tools of any description during the natural lifetime or Widowhood of the said Rebecca HESTER. After her decease the said tract of land or plantation I bequeath to my son Akillis HESTER the tract of land known as the Kelly place. It is also my desire after the decease of my beloved Wife Rebecca HESTER, that my granddaughter Mary HESTER will have my young mare and my *(Ed note-there may be a g in front of daughter to indicate granddaughter) daughter Patience HESTER have one cow and calf pick of the stock, And my grandson William HESTER the colt which is now sucking the old mare and to my son Stephen HESTER the sum of one dollar and the residue of my goods except the land shall be equally divided among the rest of my children Elizabeth Britt, Mary Britt, Sarah Phillips, Rebecca Hardy, Comfort HESTER and Margaret Britt, and my grand daughters Mary and Margaret HESTER to have one share between them. I hereby appoint and nominate my friend David M. NANCE, Executor of this my last will and testament and revoking all former wills by me at any time made. In witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 27th day of April, 1839. Published and declared by the above named Thomas HESTER to be his last Will and testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator. My meaning is that Mary HESTER have the young mare at my death. Patience HESTER the cow and calf and William HESTER to have the colt in like manner. C MONROE (x)
Daniel M. Chance (x) Thomas HESTER (x) his mark

Will Of Brissy PARISH Pg 211 Granville County, N.C. March 5, 1790 proved in court 1791 Brissy PARISH wills to son, Noel Parish : 200 acres where on I now Live, horse, bridle and saddle, Bed and Furniture, Son David: all Rest of land: To wife ; Agga the remaining part of estate for life, then to sons, Jestin, George, Humphrey, John and David Parish, Except 10lbs to John Parish, Executors of will: Sons, George, Humphrey, Justin Parish Witnesses: Elisha Shemwell, William Lawrence and Fredrick NANCE.

"IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: I, Robert Nance, of the county of Granville and State of North Carolina, in perfect soundness of mind, knowing the mortality of body, do ordain and bequeath this to be my last will and testament as follows, to-wit: After my just debts are paid, I lend to my loving wife, Faithy (PENNINGTON) Nance, my plantation whereon I now live lying in the county and state aforesaid, also one negro woman named Sucky, one negro man named Billy, one sorrell mare named Pleasure, one side-saddle and bridle, one bed and furniture, one chest, one dutch oven, one iron pot, half dozen plates, two pewter dishes, one pewter basin, one cow and calf, two sows and pigs, six barrels of corn, three hundred pounds of pork, three cheers, one plow hoe, one hilling hoe, one weeding hoe, and after her deceased or intermarriage the said negroes together with all the rest lent her to be equally divided among all the rest of my children except Dolly Lanier and Sarah Jones, in manner and form I give them leagaces.
    Item. I lend to my daughter Judan Allen, one negro woman named Sook, one feather bed and furniture, one black horse, one cow and calf, two sows and pigs, one iron pot, two dishes, one basin, half dozen plates all of which she now has in her possession, and at her death I give the same to the heirs of her body.
    Item. I give to my grand-son, Robert Allen, one sorrell mare named Peggy, which he has now in his possession to him and his heirs forever.
    Item. I give to my son, John Nance, one feather bed and furniture, one bay colt, two dishes, half dozen plates, one negro man, Lewis, one iron pot, half dozen knives and forks, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs, and two sheep, and at my wife's death I give him fifty acres of land that I now live on all of which he has now in his possession except the land, to him and his increase forever.
    Item. I lend to my daughter, Judah Allen, one negro named Dilsy, one feather bed and furniture, one mare named Fancy, one bay colt, one cow and calf, one iron pot, two dishes, two basins, and a half dozen plates all which she has now in her possession to her during her natural life and at her death the said negro Dilsy and her increase with the rest of the property to be equally divided among the heirs of her body, which I give forever.
    Item. I give to my son, Wyatt Nance, one negro named Hannah, one sorrell colt named Jolly and saddle and bridle, one feather bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs, one iron pot, two dishes, two basins, half a dozen plates, set knives and forks, all which he has now in his possession to him and his heirs forever.
    Item. I lend to my daughter, Dolly Lanier, two negroes, Jeremiah and Tom, one bay mare named Polly William, one feather bed and furniture, one cow and calf, two dishes, two basins, and half dozen plates, one side-saddle, all which she has now in her possession, during her natural life and at her death the negroes with the rest of the property, I give to the heirs of her body forever.
    Item. I lend to my daughter, Sarah Jones, one negro woman named Judah, one bed and furniture, one sorrell filly named Torky, one cow and calf, two dishes and two basins, half dozen plates, and one chest during her natural life and at her death the negro Judah and all her increase, except a negro girl named Dicy, which now belongs to Martin Wheelis, that I have conveyed away to him the said Wheelis, and all the rest of the property and increase except Dicey, I give to heir of her body forever, also I give her the said Sarah Jones, forty dollars to be left in the hands of my executor for her to dispose of as she pleases.
    Item. I lend to my daughter, Lucy Nance, one negro named Jeleea, one bed and furniture, one sorrell mare named Betsy, one cow and calf, two dishes, two basins, half a dozen plates, one chest, one pot, during her natural life, and at her death I give the said negro with all her increase and the rest of the property to the heirs of her body forever.
    Item. As I left my four children legacys heretofore, I leave one negro man named Dick, which children are John Nance, Molly Allen, Wyatt Nance, and Dolly Lanier to be equally divided between.
    Item. And all the rest of my property not mentioned in this my last will and testament, to be sold and the money equally divided between John Nance, Judah Nance, Molly Allen, Wyatt Nance and Lucy Nance. This 25th day of May, 1808. "
ROBERT NANCE (Seal) John and Wyatt Nance were appointed executors to the above will."        

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Index Of Loose Estate Papers; Granville County, North Carolina Stored in the NC State Archives Raleigh, NC
{Generally, estate papers are formed when a person dies, and the label on the folder is the name of the deceased, or his widow, or a guardian of the deceased minor children, or some dispute over the deceased person’s estate.}
Last Name     First Name       Year     Box #
Nance             Allen                 1860     129
Nance             Ann E.              1854     129
Nance             Carroll F.         1864     129
Nance             Francis             1887     129
Nance             John                 1881     129
Nance             Preston            1862     129
Nance             Robert             1816     129

Albert C NANCE January 29th, 1903 State of N. C., Lincoln County. Albert NANCE(**) Last Will and Testament. I will my wife 25 acres of land on the west end of my place including all the buildings where I now live her life time. at her death to my son Richard. I will my three sons 30 acres on the river to be divided in ten acre lots. Jo the lower end, Taylor the middle one and Richard the upper lot. I will my nine living girls the remaining part of the land. I also give Richard his horse provided he pays for him. I will that the three boys pay half the Kiver debt other girls the other part. I appoint my son Richard Executor of my will.
Witness: H. B. MOORE
Geo. R. NANTZ
Charles MILLER

(**This is Albert Cephus NANCE b: 16 Aug 1823 in Lincoln County, NC d: 18 Mar 1905 in Gaston County, NC son of William NANCE and Mary (JOHNS(T)ON) NANCE.)

**A big THANKS to: El NANCE for sending me a copy of Albert C. Nance's Will!

Will of William NANCE
(**) county of Lincoln state of North Carolina Book 2, Page 375;

In the name of God Amen. I, William NANCE of the County of Lincoln and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory do this 2nd day of December in the year of our Lord 1853 make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say.
First, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Amanda my negro woman Gilly
Second, I will and bequeath unto my son William S. NANCE and my son Albert C. NANCE the plantation whereon they now live to be divided by the commisioners so as to give to each of them the homestead they now hold in possession to be taken by each one of them fare cash valuation this assessment to be made by three disinterested persons my object being to have my property equally divided amongst my children.
Third I will and bequeath unto my son Joseph C. NANCE the plantation whereon I live to be taken by him in the same way that his two brothers above received theirs.
Fourth I will and bequeth unto my daughters namely Nancy Amanda, Mary S. HAMBRIGHT, Martha Catherine, Julia Elizabeth and Harriet Rebecca one negro a peice the oldest taken first choice and so on to the youngest to be valued by three commissioners that shall value the above named lands.
Fifth I will and bequeath unto my three sons a negro a piece the oldest taken choice first and on to the youngest son at value by commisioners as above named. After this devise I will that the three remaining Negroes be disposed of amoung my children according to valuation by said commissioners if they cannot agree as to who will take them, then they shall be sold at public auction. I further will that the balance of my Estate be sold and the proceeds so divided as to make each of my children equal leaving ot the first bequest My request is that the commissioners shall be Richard BIRCH, James W, MOORE & Isaac LOWE Esqr and the negroes all to be valued before any choices taken out. And lastly I will that my family shall have one years provisions allowed them at my decease out of my crop outstanding or housed. And hereby I make and ordain my worthy friend Dr. William McLEANE executor of this my last will and teastament in whitness whereof I have soto William NANCE.

{signed} William NANCE Sealed day and above written.

Signed and Published by the said William NANCE the testator as his last Will & Testament who were present at the signing thereof
Rufus William DURAT
Thore KERNS

(**This is William NANCE b: 7 Jun 1788 in Lincoln County, NC d: 23 Dec 1853 in Mecklenburg County, NC wife Mary JOHNSTON. Son of Clement NANCE/NANTZ and Martha NIXON.)

**A big THANKS to: El NANCE for sending me a copy of William Nance's Will!

Mecklenburg County NC Book E 492 p 168 John NANCE(**) 4 Nov 1837 prb Jan 1838.

I will to my brother William NANCE the negroes Burton and Jefferson ; to my brother Clement NANCE my 102 acre tract known as the Gibson Place, including the sawmill, as well as the negroes Stephen and Coleman provided Clement pays $600 to me exr for Stephen and should he refuse to pay sd sum then my exr amy keep Stephen by paying $600 to the children of my sister Elizabeth as bequethed hereunder, or by selling him not too for from his wf. to my brother James NANCE my grist mill, the parcel I inherited from my father, the small parcel I bought from Thos. WILLIAMS, the negroes Charles and Hannah and her increase and my interest in several fisheries; to my sister Isabel BLYTHE the negro Melvina and her increase; to my nephew John N BLYTHE the negro Buck who may be used by my sister until John reaches 21; to my sister Martha WILLIAMS the 96 acre tract called the Alexander Place and the negro Ora and her increase to my sister Eleanor NANCE the negro Marthe and her increase to my sister Katherine Kisswell the negro Fanny and her increase; and to the guardian of the children of my sister Elizabeth JETTON $600 to bepaid within two years. I give rifle gun and $10 to my nephew Albert NANCE, and I give my exr the power to retain the above bequethed hands (slaves) until the crop is gathered and the proceeds from the sale of the crop and all unwilled property are to be equally divided between my two sisters Eleanor NANCE and Katherine Kisswell. sole exr: Brother James, wit: Robert ABERNATHY and David C. HARRIS, B. OATES, CCC

(**This is John NANCE b: 28 Apr 1793 in Lincoln County, NC d: 30 Oct 1837 in Mecklenburg County, NC, never married? Son of Clement NANCE/NANTZ and Martha (NIXON) NANTZ/NANCE.)

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Benjamin IVEY left a will dated 17 October 1810 and proved in August 1802, naming his wife Sally, daughters Rebecca KEARNS, Betsy NANCE, “Prisey”, Sally, and Sukey (under 18), and sons Kinchen, Isaac, and Benjamin (under 21). Kinchen was left 200 acres, and the home plantation of 190 acres was given to Sally until her death or remarriage, when it was to fall to Isaac.


In the name of God Amen I Daniel Nance of the County of Randolph State of North Carolina being sick and in weak station of health but of perfect and sound mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of mankind that it was once appointed for all man to cis. and command any soul to god who gives it to *** and my Body to the earth so be Buried at the Discresion of my executors in a Christian Manner.
Item my desire is that my Just debts be paid out of my Estate in manner and form as follows to wit my desire is that my waggon and six? horses and one negro Girl named Selar and one Copper Kettle shale be sold to pay my just debts and if they should sell more than what I owe my desire is that my beloved son Robert Nance shale have the balance and if those articles should not sele for enough to pay my debts that the balance or residual may be sold or made up out of estate equivolent to each persons part hereafter mentioned and as to the rest of my estate both real and personal I give and and bequeath as follows.
Item I give to my beloved wife Sarah (Russell) Nance one negro boy named Tom and one negro woman named Sale and her future increases to her and her heirs forever *** one hundred and sixty? acres of land including the plantation whereon I now live and being part of three hundred and twenty acres of purchased of Benjamin Fuller and his bond now in my possession for to convey a proper **** to the Three Hundred and Twenty acres of land and also one feather bed and furniture and bedstand and cord and all my pewter one bay mare called Kate and her colt one copper sequion **** holding forty two gallons all the plantation tools of every kind one cow and calf one iron pott and dutch oven one ***** wheal one cotton wheal four pair cards *** knives and forks one table and two chears to her and heirs forever
Item I give to Joseph Lett one negro fellow named Charles which the ** Lett have my bond to deliver the said slave at my decease and also twenty shillings
Item I give to my son Thomas Nance one negro winch named Nan and her future increases forever to him and his heirs forever
Item I give to my daughter Nancy Nance the other part of my land being one hundred and sixty? acres and the bond from Benjamin Fuller to be assigned to my beloved wife and the other executor to receive a **** from ? Fuller and a **** to be made to my daughter Nancy Nance and if she should die without heir without marriage that my beloved wife Sarah (Russell) Nance shale have the part of the estate left to my daughter Nancy Nance also I give as above to my Daughter Nancy Nance one negro girl named Beth and her future increases and one negro boy named Elijah each slaves one feather bed and furniture one bedstand **** and one cow and calf
Item I give to my grand daughter Luckey Nance one feather bed and furniture one pine chest and one cow and calf to her and her heirs forever
Item I give to my son Robert Nance twenty shillings Sp*** to him his heirs forever
Item I give my son Danl Nance the sum of twenty shillings to him and his heirs forever
Item I give to Joseph Lett one negro fellow named Charles which the ** Lett have my bond to deliver the said slave at me decease and also twenty shillings *** to him and his heirs forever
Item I give David Adams Twenty shillings to him and his heirs forever **ooking all former wills here to for made by me and in Par***** awile made and assigned by me in Mecklenburgh County Virginia and left in the care of Mr John Bugg also I leave my *** beloved wife Sarah Nance as a Executrix and also my beloved friend Aaron Hile Executor of this my will and testament also my **** beloved friend Jeffery Russell to be lawful Executrices and Executors in witness whereof the said Daniel Nance have this Thirteenth day of June One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty four affixed my seal.
Signed sealed and published by the Testator Daniel Nance {seal} Benjamin Marshall *****, John Arnold, Amos Worril ****

PROBATED SEPTEMBER 1784.  BK. 1, PP. 13-14.
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Sept. 11, 1853 Randolph County NC Will of Marshall NANCE, wife Elizabeth, Sons: James M., Isham, Benjamine and Daniel. Grandchildren of son William dcsd.: Doriann, Laura, Thomas, Cynis?, Elizabeth, Margaret and Nancy J. NANCE. Grandchildren of of son Jordan dcsd: Abram, Sarah, Mary Ann, Henry, Isham, Lindsey. Granddaughter: Marth DUNBAR. Daus: Anna PIERCE, Mary HOOVER, Rebecca CASHATT, Elizabeth M. DAVIS. Executors: Wife Elizabeth and son Benjamin. Wit: Jomes K. WOOD and Wm. WOOD. Probated Aug. 1859.Vol. II, p. 305.    

Randolph County, NC Estates (for the surname NANCE) Compilation as found in the Randolph County Genealogical Journal Original material can be found in the North Carolina State Archives at Raleigh, NC NANCE, Marshall -- 1859 (left will) (this is a fat file!) Widow, Eliz. (X) NANCE, renounces right to execute will and requests son Daniel do it.  The other executor  named in the will, Benj. NANCE, is dec'd.  Aug. term 1859. Administrator's bond, 4 Aug. 1859, for Daniel C. NANCE with security A. A. BARKER and Nathaniel STEED.

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Contributor's Note: This is the will of William WALTERS Jr of Robeson County, NC, born June 7 1781 Dobbs County, NC, died 1858 Robeson County North Carolina. William WALTERS Jr was the son of William WALTERS Sr and Celia DAWSON-WALTERS. He was married to Absela SPEAR.

In the name of God Amen, I William WALTERS Jr of the State of North Carolina and the County of Robeson, being of sound and disposing mind and good memory do on the twenty first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First of all I comend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it. My body to return to earth to be buried in a decent Christian buried at the discretion of my friends and as for such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life i give dispose of in the following manner. 1st I lend to my beloved wife Absela WALTERS her natural lifetime or widowhood, the track of land where on we now live on each side of Coward Swamp but not containing the swamp land, also one track or section in the lower Islands known as the Jernigan land to be sold after her death and the money arising from the sales there of to be equally divided between Charity Barfield, Absella NANCE, Isham P WALTERS, Thomas F WALTERS, James P WALTERS, and Helen WALTERS. I also loan in like manner the following named Negros, Ibby to be disposed of as she sees proper. Spence, Sarah Hannah, and Lafayette, these to be sold at her death and the money arising from the sales thereof equally divided between John WALTERS, Spier WALTERS, and the heirs of Harris WALTERS and Frankin WALTERS and Isaiah P WALTERS. The money and notes found at my death belongs to my wife Absella WALTERS to sell as she sees proper, also farm cows and calves, her choice one yoke oxen, her choice horse, all my stock of hogs and sheep. Her choice carriage and all my farming tools. I do hereby declare it to be my will and intention that all the aboved named property loaned to my wife be for her use and benefit her natural lifetime or widowhood.

2nd I give and bequeath unto my son Spier WALTERS the of land where on he now lives fifty acres more or less in Coward Swamp, also one horse, bridle and saddle which he has already had and is all that is intended for him to have.

3rd I give and bequeath unto my son John WALTERS on track of land on Inmans Branch known as the William Flowers land. Fifty acres more or less in Coward Swamp and one horse, bridle, and saddle which he has already had and is all that is intended for him to have.

4th I give and bequeath unto my son Isham P. WALTERS fifty acres of land in Coward Swamp. Two hundred acres known as the Franklin WALTERS land, my blacksmith tools, also one horse bridle and saddle.

5th I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas F. WALTERS the track of land where he now lives known as the Edwards land also one horse, bridle, and saddle.

6th I give and bequeath unto my son James P. WALTERS one track of land where on he now lives kown as the old place, also one horse, bridle and saddle.

7th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Charity BARFIELD and bodily heirs one Negro woman Aggy and her increase.

8th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Absella NANCE and bodily heirs one Negro woman Carolina, her child Francis and her increase.

9th I give and bequeath unto my son Isham P WALTERS two Negro boys Sam and Peter.

10th I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas F. WALTERS two Negro boys Morann and Doctor.

11th I give and bequeath unto my son James P WALTERS a Negro boy and girl, Anderson and Lucy.

12th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Helen WALTERS two Negros, Martin and Anny for her two first children. Helen to keep the two Negros until her two children become of age then Martin belongs John and Anny to Jeneatte.

13th I give and bequeath unto my three daughters, Charity BARFIELD, Absella NANCE, and Helen WALTERS all my household and kitchen furniture after the death of my wife Absella WALTERS to be equally divided among them.

14th I give and bequeath unto my three sons and three daughters Isham P WALTERS, Thomas F WALTERS, James P WALTERS, Charity Barfield, Absella NANCE, and Helen WALTERS all the money arising from the sales of any stock cattle. Four cows and calves, fodder, pork, and bacon to be sold at my death and my just debts to be paid. The remaidner to be equally divided among my three sons and three daughters before metioned.

15th I do hereby constitute and appoint my son in law Daniel NANCE Executor to this my last will and testament.

His William x WALTERS Jr mark

Rockingham County, NC Page 25 Nathaniel WILLIAMS. Dec 1 1803. Prob May 1805. Wife Ann Williams, Sons: Nath'l Williams, John Williams, Marmaduke Williams (land on Hogan's Creek). Robt Williams, Daus: Polly, Betsey, Rebecca & Lucinda. Exrs: SonsRobert Williams , Marmaduke Williams, wife Ann Williams, Wit: John NANCE(*), Wm. NANCE(**), Frederick NANCE(**)
(*Possible? father of a Harden NANCE... could be John NANCE? and a Mary/Molly? (M.N.U.)?)
(**Sons of  John NANCE? and Mary/Molly? (M.N.U.)?)


Rockingham County, NC Page 98 John PARRISH March 10 1847. Prob. Aug 1849. Wife Ailcey. Sarah Cobler. dau of Thos. Cobler. Elijah Cobler's children. Exr.: Friend John Roberts. Wit: Clement NANCE, Thos. Roberts
(**Son of William? NANCE and Mary? TERRELL?)

Rockingham County, NC Page  Jesse HARRISS. March 15 1850. Prb. Aug 1851 Wife Matilda Harriss. Son Edward Sterling Harriss. Stock of the Bank of the State of North Carolina. Daus.:  Nancy Webb Pratt (Wife of Philip Pratt) - land adj. Elijah Cobler and Elenor Alexander, Mary Ann (LAND) NANCE (Wife of Henry NANCE(**)). Exr.: Wife Matilda Harriss - also appointed as gardian of son Edward Starling Harriss. Wit: Walter L. Binford, A. B. Johns, David Arsey.
(**Son of Hardin NANCE and Mary (M.N.U.))

Rockingham County, NC Page 327 Joseph HOPPER. Dec 9 1822. Prb May 1826 Sons: Joshua Hopper, Joseph Hopper, Daus: Elizabeth Hinton, Nancy Kimball, Hannah Daniel, Mary Grogan, Catherine Hopper, Ruth Burchell. Granddau.: Polly Hopper (dau. of Ruth Burchell).  Grandson Thomas Hopper (son of Joseph Hopper), Jane Brim & John Brim. Exrs.: Nicolas Cobler, Thomas Wright. Wit: Jessee Harriss. Henry Grogan, Harden NANCE(**), Clemeth NANCE(*)
(*Son of William? NANCE and Mary? TERRELL?)
(**Possible? son of a John NANCE? and Mary/Molly? (M.N.U.)?)



Will of Nathaniel WILLIAMS, (b. 1 Oct 1741) In the name of God, Amen. I Nath'l (sic) WILLIAMS of the State of  North Carolina and Rockingham County considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blesed (sic) be the almighty God for the same, do make ...... and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following ( to wit ).

I give and bequeath to my son Duke WILLIAMS ten Shillings.

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my son John WILLIAMS Ten Shillings.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann SCALES, wife of Joseph SCALES ten Shillings. My reason for giving the above mentioned Sons and daughter Ann SCALES at this time only ten Shillings each because they each of them have I give their share of my estate previous to making this my last Will and testament.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my son Duke WILLIAMS one hundred acres of land the North end of my land being John Watt's Land on the east side of Hogan's Creek which such land I do devise to him and his heirs forever.

Fifthly (sic) I give and bequeath to my son Robert WILLIAMS my house man named Abram who is now in his possession. After my wife's death in case my son Robt. should depart this life before his Mother it's then my desire and will that my beloved Wife dispose of the said Negro as she pleases.

Lastly, I devise and bequeath to my four daughters to wit Polly, Betsy, Rebecca and Lucinda, attend all manner of my estate both real and personal of what nature of kind however to them and their heirs forever to be divided between them at the decision of my two sons Robt. and Marmaduke WILLIAMS at any time that they think proper after allowing my beloved wife Ann WILLIAMS a sufficient portion also at their decision to support her without toil of labour (sic) and to be maintained genteely (sic) during her life. And I do hereby appoint my two sons to wit Robert WILLIAMS and Marmaduke WILLIAMS and my beloved wife Ann WILLIAMS my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of December in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three.

Signed N. WILLIAMS

Signed, dated and acknowledged in presence of us

John NANCE

Wm. NANCE

Fredrick NANCE

State of N. Carolina } May Session 1805

Rockington County }

WILLIAMS Son was duly proved in open court by the Oaths of John NANCE, William NANCE and on mentioned ordered to be recorded.

Signed Re. Gullanway C.

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17 Dec 1803
Account of the Sales of the Estate of Harriss Gilliam, Deceased, of Wake County, December 17, 1803



£
S
P
Two weeding hoes
To Allen Temple

7
6
One plow how, 1 coulter, 1 weeding hoe
Allen Temple

8

Three hilling hoes
Allen Temple

4

One plow hoe, & one bull dog
Jesse Kemp

4

One greebing hoe
William Mabry

7

One pair iron wedges
John Martin

10

One greebing hoe
Allen Temple

5

One weeding hoe & one plow hoe
Jesse Harris

7

One ax
Jesse Harris

10

One scythe & cradle, one scythe blade
Young Allen

2
6
One pair iron traces
James Nance
1
1

3 books
Joshua Gilliam

5

Three razors, one strap one ink stand
Jesse Kemp

12

One hackle
Mary Gilliam

1
6
One pair spoon molds & 1 pr nippers
Herbert Gilliam

16
6
One pair sheep shears & brush
Mary Gilliam

3

One cow
Joshua Gilliam
4


One cow
Jesse Kemp
3
10

One heifer
Mary Gilliam
3
1
6
One ditto
Joshua Gilliam
2


One ditto
Joshua Gilliam
1
19
6
Two heifers
Walter Self
1
10
6
Two s[t]ears
Walter Self
1
16
6
One yoke of stears
Giles Nance
17
5
6
One mare
Walter Self
82
10



123
18
6

Joshua Gilliam, Executor Amount

Wake County February Session 1804
The within amount of sales was by Joshua Gilliam the executor returned unto Court and ordered to be recorded.

S. Turner CC
North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970, Wake County, NC, Wills, Inventories, Settlements, 1802-1804, Vol. 06, page 239, Image 132 of 194


ABSTRACT OF WILL OF GILES NANCE
Written 5 November 1809. Probated Wake County, N. C, February Court, 1811.
wife: Mary received mansion house and plantation household goods; six Negroes - Joe, Tabb (f), Ede (f), Frank, Suzy, George; two horses, all the cattle and hogs.
son Frederick received one negro, Betty,
daughter Cloa Mitchell received one negro named Cloe (already in her possession).
daughter Mary Young received one negro, Jerry.
son Clement received 300 acres of land more or less, lying on waters of Sugar Creek in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Also a negro boy, Armatead.
son Robert received a negro woman, Arney, and her son, Alex.
son Giles received plantation (at mother's death), livestock and a shot gun (his choice).
At his wife's death, the remainder of the estate to be sold end equally divided between all of his children, namely:
1) Cloa Mitchell, 2) William M., 3) James, 4) Mary Young, 5) Elizabeth Crenshaw, 6) Frederick, 7) Clement, 8) Robert, and 9) Giles,

Witnesses: James Harris, Caswell Powell, James Fort.


Giles NANCE, Wake County, NC, Will Feb 1811, p 9:
In the name of God amen. Wife Mary NANCE: lend 200a. where I now live; Negroes Joe, Tabb, Ede & her children Frank & Lucy, George; household goods; livestock; farm tools; foodstuffs; excepting what I may here after give to son Giles NANCE. Son Frederick NANCE: Negro Betty. Dau Cloe MITCHELL: Negro CLOE in her possession. Dau Elizabeth CRENSHAW: Negro Hannah in her possession. Dau Mary YOUNG: Negro Jerry. Son Clement NANCE 300a. on Sugar Creek in Pittsylvania Co., VA; Negro Armstead. Son Robert NANCE: Negro Amey and her youngest son called Alex. Son Giles NANCE: 200a. where I now live at the death of my wife Mary NANCE; livestock; household goods. Residue of estate upon death of wife sold and money divided equally among all my children: Cloe MITCHELL, William M NANCE, James NANCE, Mary YOUNG, Elizabeth CRENSHAW, Frederick NANCE, Clement NANCE, Robert NANCE, Giles NANCE. 5 Nov 1809.

{signed} Giles Nance Sr.

Exors: friends
JAMES FORT,
JAMES NANCE,
GILES NANCE Jr
Wits: JAS HARRIS,
CASWELL POWELL,
JAMES FORT

In the name of God Amen. I George Nance of the County of Wake County of North Carolina being sick and weak of body but sound and disposing mind, memory and  understanding, considering the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of the time therof, to the an that I may be better prepared to leave this world when it shall please my God to call me hence, have now determined to divest what disposition shall be made of my properties after my decease; and after maturely considering the circumstances and condition of all those amoung whom as my heirs at law or the object of my affection or gratitude, in my judgement my estate should be distributed. I do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby evoking and making null and void all former last wills and testaments writings in the nature of last wills and testaments by me heretoforth made.
    First - I lend unto my beloved wife Ann (CLIFTON) Nance all the money due me by bond, note or otherwise, and all the money of which I may be propossed during he natural life time, and after her demise, my will is that the said money be equally divided between my daughters Mary B. Thorp, Eveline Mitchner, Willa R. McCullers, and my son Simeon Nance, to have and to hold forever.
    Item - I give and bequeath unto my son Simeon Nance a tract of land lying on Swift Creek adjoining the place on which the said Simeon Nance now lives and adjoining the land of Simon Turner to have and to hold to him and his heirs in  *** simple for ever reserving, however the use of said tract of land to my wife Ann (CLIFTON) Nance during her natural life.
    Item - I lend to my wife Ann (CLIFTON) Nance during the term of he natural life five negro slaves biz: Charity, Silvey, Ludia, Davy and Mitchell and after the decease of my beloved wife Ann (CLIFTON) Nance, my will is that my son Simeon Nance shall have the said negro slaves forever.
    Item - I give and bequeath to my son Simeon Nance my saddle horse, saddle and bridle, and saddle bays forever and I hereby give and beqeath unto him my watch to be his and at his disposal absolutely forever.
    And lastly - I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Simeon Nance to be the sole excutor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I the said George Nance do hereunto set my hand and seal this the ---- day of A.D 1844

Signed, sealed, published and declared by said George Nance to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

Witness: Mat McCullers
                L. M. Williams

George Nance {Seal}

Wake County, NC In the name of god Amen I Anna (CLIFTON) Nance, widow of George Nance decd. being now in advanced life and foebb health, yet of sound mind and disposing memory, being blessed by the giver of all good with portion of this worlds goods and being ****sored to dispose of the same according to my own mind and will do hereby declare and publish this to be my last will and testament.
    First - It is my wish that my body be decently buried and all the expenses thereof be paid by my executor.
    Secondly - I will and desire that all my just debts be paid
    Thirdly - I will and desire that all my real and personal property of whatever kind together with my bonds, notes, and accounts due, with all the money I may have left after paying my debts and the expense of my burial be disposed of in the following way and manner as herein specified (viz:
        1st I give my granddaughter Nancy Thorpe daughter of Mary Thorpe deceased the sum of two hundred dollars.
        2nd I give to my daughter Eveline Michner wife of John Michner one half of the remainder of my property.
        3rd I give my daughter Willia McCullers wife of John McCullers the other half of the remainder of my property (over and above the legacy left to my granddaughter Nancy Thorpe)
    Fourthly - I constitute and appoint my son in law John Michiner my executor to settle my estate.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of December 1854

Witness: Jas Mitchiner
                Festus? Mitchener

Anne Nance {Seal}

Wayne County, NC - Will of William MORING, 1794 ~~~~~~~~~

In the Name of God amen This forth day of Novembear one thousand & seven houndred and ninty fore I William MORING of the County of wayn being sick and Weak in body but of parfect mind and memory Thanks be to God for it Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die do mak and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following First I give my sole in to the hands of my God that give it to me not dotten (doubting) that at the Resurrection I shall receive the same again and my Body to the ground to be buried at the Discretion of my Exitors heareafter named and as for What Worldy Esttate it hath pleased God to bless me with I give demise and Dispose in manner following

ITEM I leave the use of my land and plantation to my wife Celey MORING During her life and after hur Decs I give all the said land and plantation to my sun William MORING also one mear Colt and two Cows and Calves

ITEM I leave the use of my horse and mare to my Wife CEALEY MORING during hur life.

ITEM I leave one Creater (?) to my son Henreay MORING

ITEM I give to Dotter NANCE two Cows and Calves and one feather Bead and furniture

ITEM I give to my Dotter Sallay MORING two Cows and Calve and one feather bead and furniture

ITEM I give to Dotter BECTSEE MORING two Cows and Calves and one feather Bead and furniture And all the Rest of my propetey I Desiear to be Equeally Devided betwean my Dotters PATTEY SHADEN and NANCY MORING and SALLAY MORING and BETSE MORING

I make and ordain Constitute and apoint James SHADDEN and CELEY MORING my holy and Sole Exctors of this my last Will and testament Disanulling and Revoking all other Wills by me mad in Witness whear of I have hear unto Set my hand and seal the Day and year above written signed sealed and Delivered By the said WILLIAM MORING as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us WILLIAM MORING Seal


JAMES GRACE


ANN BELLE


Recorded - April Court 1795


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WILL OF POLLY NANCE (Widow of Wyatt Nance)

State of  North Carolina.     Union County.

Last Will and Testament of Polly Nance, April 8, 1867.

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN I Polly Nance, of said county and state, widow of Wiatt Nance, being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, but considereing the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make this my last will and testament, revoking all other by me heretofore made in manner and form heretofor mentioned, viz:

Item first. I give and bequeath to my daughter-in-law, Frances Nance, widow and relict of my son Harbert Nance, and her lawful heirs of her body following named (viz): Unicy, Nancy Emeline, Ellen Sophronia, and Delaney Adeline, the following named personal property to sue for in their own names and to have forever, the following (viz), one note of hand on Henry Baucom, amount six hundred and fifty dollars and 24 cents, dated December 18, 1858; due January 7, 1859, with the following credits, viz: one of forty-five dollars and 80 cents, dated October 22, 1861; another of one hundred dollars, dated May 29, 1862, I do, dated January 10, 1863 of one hundred dollars. Also two beds and furniture, one chest and contents, two pots, one oven, 1 milk dairy, 6 earthen plates, 1 set of cups and saucers, 6 chairs, 2 tables, 2 jars, 2 jugs, and 2 earthen dishes.

In witness whereof I do hereto set my hand and affix my seal day and date above written in presence of us all interlining done before signing.

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                                                                                                                                                                 POLLY x NANCE (seal)

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Witness: W. N. PARKER
H. R.  PRITCHARD


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