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Wills of the Francis Parrott
family of North & South Carolina
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Last update = 25 July 2006

Text of wills taken from: Genealogical Records, North Carolina Records Committee, DAR, 20 May 1954, Mosley-Bright Chapter, Kinston, N.C., Mrs. John Dawson, Chairman, except for will of Simon Parrott, which is from USGenWeb

  • Background information
  • Will of Susannah Johnson, 13 August 1717
  • Will of John Oxley, 4 February 1767
  • Will of Benjamin Parrott, 17 February 1842
  • Will of Jacob Parrott, 18 May 1738
  • Will of Jacob Parrott, Sr., October 1820
  • Will of Jacob Parrott, 5 May 1856
  • Will of John Parrott, 5 April 1791
  • Will of Simon Parrott, 15 August 1854

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    Background
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    About 1694 Francis Parrott and his wife, Frances Parrott, came to Chowan County. He was a man of education (Colonial Records) and soon became prominent. Francis Parrott was appointed a Justice of the Peace of Chowan Precinct March 31, 1701, and served continually until after 1711. In the records of Chowan County we find his name mentioned frequently as holding places of trust and honor in the County. April 4, 1713, Frances Parrott asked the Court to appraise the estate of her husband, Francis Parrott, he having died. (John Hardy was one of the appraisers.) His widow, Frances Parrott, died 1747.

  • There were three children born to Francis Parrott and Frances Parrott: Jacob, Susannah, and Elizabeth Parrott.

  • After Francis Parrott's death, his widow, Frances Johnson Parrott, married Mart Frederick Razor and had two children, Christina and Edward Razor. Proof of this follows:

  • Peter Osborn makes a deed to Mart Fred Razor and Frances Razor, leaving property to Christina Razor, only daughter of Mart Fred Razor. In case Christina dies without heirs the property to go to "two oldest daughters of Frances Razor, viz: Susannah Parrott and Elizabeth Parrott.” November 17, 1722 (Register of Deeds Office, Bertie County, Book “A”, Page 10.)

  • Upon petition of Martin Frederick Razor showing (that a tract of land containing 185 acres in Chowan County was formerly granted by patent to Francis Parrott and is lapsed for want of being seated in due time and prays the same be granted to him. Ordered that same be granted as prayed for. At court held at Hon. Thomas Pollock's in Chowan County, August, 1717 (Colonial Records, Book 2, Page 291).

  • Francis Parrott prays administration of estate of her husband July 20, 1715. (Hathaway Records, Volume I, Page 147.)

  • Susannah Johnson to her grandchildren a deed of gift, County of Albemarle Precinct of Chowan, for the love, good will and affection I bear toward my grandchildren, Jacob Parrott, Susannah Parrott and Elizabeth Parrott, son and daughters of Francis Parrott, lately deceased, 1715. (Book B, Number I, Page 178, Chowan County Register of Deeds Office.)

  • Elizabeth Parrott, daughter of Francis Parrott and Frances Johnson Parrott, married Lemuel Hardy.

  • John Parrott was a private in Major Tatum's Co., No. 3l78 (D.A.R. Roster of soldiers from N. C., Page 296.)

  • John Parrott was in the militia in Capt. Stephen Lee's Company on The White Oak River, belonging to Col. John Starkey's Regiment in Onslow County (Colonial Records, Volume 22, Page 338).

  • Martha Fewox was the daughter of James Fewox and wife, Ann. James Fewox proved his rights, viz: himself; wife, Ann; Robert Fewox; and Edward Bachelles. (Volume I, Page 306, Hathaway Records.)

  • James Fewox has proved James Fewox, Ann Fewox, Robert Fewox, Edith Batchelor, James Wilson, Ann Wilson, Alice Wilson, John Wilson, in all eight rights. (Colonial Records, Volume I, Page 395, at court 1693).

  • Later same volume, Page 413, James Fewox proved his rights to land by importation of Richard Batchelor and others.

  • Elizabeth Oxley was the daughter of John Oxley, Sr., and wife, Olive (Hathaway Records, Volume 2, Page 350). John Oxley died February 24, 1767.

  • Mary Parrott, daughter of Jacob and Martha Fewox Parrott, married George Mewborn in 1770. George Mewborn was the son of Thomas and Eleanor Mewborn. Parrott Mewborn, son of George and Mary Newborn, married Lydia Hardy. (This is where the Mewborn family connects with the Parrott family.)

  • Will of John Oxley, 1767, gives to son-in-law, John Parrott, and wife, Elizabeth, five shillings, Book "A", Page 81, Clerk Superior Court Bertie County.

    Susannah Johnson's will. 13 August, 1717.
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    In the name of God: Amen

    I Susannah Johnson of the precinct of Chowan in the Colony of North Carolina _____: Being Infirm in Body: But of a perfect health of Minde and memory: _____be therefore given to Allmighty God ________________.

    I do make and ordaine This my last Will and Testament In manner and form as followeth _________.

    first I commend my Soule Into the hands of Allmighty God hopeing through the merritts death and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my __ Sins: And to Inheritt Everlasting life _______________.

    And my body I committ to the Earth to be decently Interred Att the Descretion of my Executrix hereafter named __________.

    And as touching the disposall of all Such Temporall Estate As itt hath pleased Allmighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose As followeth _____________.

    first I will all my Just debts And funerall Charges be paid and discharged ____.

    Item -I give unto my son William Johnson one Shilling

    Item -I give and bequeath unto my grandson Jacob Parrott one two year old heifer ---

    Item -I give and bequeath unto my grandaughter Susanah Parrottone two year heifer And one Small deale box

    Item -I give and bequeath unto my grandaughter Elizebeth Parrott one two year heifer And one popalar box

    Item -I give and bequeath unto my beloved friend Mr. John Hardy one gold right of Twenty Shillings value

    Item -I give unto my godson Edward Fredrick Rasor one two year old heifer

    Item -I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Frances Rasor all this my ___ plantation ____ where I now dwell containing Six hundred and forty acres unto her the said Frances Rasor And her disposall for Ever.

    Item -I give end bequeath unto my said daughter Frances Rasor all my other Estate both persenoll and reall

    Item -I give and bequeath unto my son William Johnson one hundred acres of land upon the upper line of my said tract and plantation And two cows and calves and two sows and piggs and one deale chest This last Legacy to my son William is wholly depending In consideration of the said William coming with his wife and children and settling upon the said hundred acres of land within one year after the proving this will; otherwise this Legacy is no ways Intended or given

    Lastly I appoint my beloved daughter Frances Rasor Sole Executrix of this my last will and testament Utterly Revokeing and disanolling all wills heretofore by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto my hand and fixed my Seale this 13 of August Anno: Dom 1717

    Susanah X Johnson
    Signed & Sealed In presence of Laurence Parson, William Waters, Partrick Canadas
    North Carolina

    Jacob Parrott's will. 3 November 1738.
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    In the name of God, Amen.

    The third day of November in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and thirty eight.

    I Jacob Parrott of Bertie precinct in Albemarle County in North Carolina, planter, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to Almighty God,

    Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in such decent Christian manner as my executors shall thought meet, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the soul again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate where with it has plea to bless me in this life I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner, and form:

    Imprimis, I give to Martha my dearly beloved wife the part of all my stock of cattle and horses and half of my hogs with all my household goods and all my sheep excepting two ewes and lambs for to be delivered equally to both of my children Mary and John Parrott, to my daughter at the years of sixteen and to my son at the years of eighteen.

    Item. I give to my daughter Mary Parrott one third part of my stock of both cattle and horses for to be delivered to her or her heirs at the date of her being sixteen years of age.

    Item. I give to my son John Parrott one third part of my stock of both cattle and horses to be delivered to him or his heirs at the date of his being sixteen years of age.

    Item. I give to both my children to be delivered equally between them both at the age above men tioned the other half of my hogs after Martha my beloved wife has had her share taken out.

    Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Mary Parrott and to her heirs the plantation and land where I do now live containing four hundred and forty acres lying in Bertie Precinct and on the West side of Cucklemakers Creek reserving a right of way to my well beloved wife Martha Parrott.

    Item. I give to my well beloved son John Parrott and his heirs two hundred acres of land lying in Bertie Precinct and upon the south side of Ducking Run.

    Lastly I do constitute ordain and appoint my well beloved friend William Fleetwood and Edward Razor my sole executors of this my last will and Testament ________________ and tenements by them freely possessed and enjoyed to the benefit of both my children Mary and John Parrott and I do hereby disallow and revoke and disanull all and every other former testament, wills, legacies and bequests and executors by me in any way before named, willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

    Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Jacob Parrott as his last will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers

    Jacob (his x mark) Parrott
    Test.
    Lamb Hardy, Lovick Young, Sara (her x mark) Morphus
    Nov. 18, 1738

    Came before me Lamb Hardy and made oath that he saw Jacob Parrott sign seal and publish the within as his last will and Testament, that he was of disposing mind and memory at that time and that Lovick Young and Sarah Morphus witnessed thereto

    W.H. Smith, C. S C

    John Oxley's will. 4 February 1767.
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    In the name of God Amen the Twenty fourth Day of February in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Seven, I, John Oxley, Senr. of Bertie County in the Province of North Carolina being very sick of body but of Perfect mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the Same and knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Die do make &. ordain this my Last Will & Testament that is to say first of all, I give and recommend my Soul into the Hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Decent Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors not Doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and as Touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me with in this Life, I give Demise and Dispose of the same in manner and form following. Imprimus I give and bequeath to my beloved son George Oxley three hundred acres of Land with the Plantation he now lives on and my married Sam, which Land I give to him his heirs and assigns for Ever.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my Beloved son John Oxley my minor Plantation with three hundred and fifty acres of Land therewith, it being part of two tracts which Land I give to him his heirs and assigns for Ever reserving of all Right and Privilege of the said, Land and Plantation to my Dearly beloved wife Olive Oxley During her widowhood if she Please to Live upon it and I likewise give two hundred acres of Land lying on Bare Swamp being part of William Reddick Tract to be Equally Divided between my Two sons George Oxley and John Oxley which Land I give to them their heirs and assigns for Ever - also I give to my son John Two Negro Boys one named JACK and the other named DICK, one small iron Pott and one small gun and all Tools and Iron utensils belonging to the Plantation and one hand mill and a mare colt, and four cows, two ewes and a new feather Bed all Which I give to him his heirs and assigns for Ever.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my son in law Isaiah Johnson and Mary his wife a negro Boy named BENN and after their Death to their son Elijah Johnson and if he dies without Issue to be the Property of his Brother Isaiah Johnson which said negro I Reserve to the use of Ollive Oxley my beloved Wife seven years.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Ollive Oxley one Negro boy named TOM to her and her Disposal and Ten Pounds Proclamation.

    Item: I give and bequeath to ay son in Law John Parrott and Elizabeth his wife five Shillings Sterling.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved son in Law John Ray and Rachel his wife, one negro girl named SILLIBY, and fifteen Pounds Proclamation money and one young Horse and the Feather Bed whereon I now lie ____.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Martha Oxley one Negro Girl named GENNY and fifteen pounds Proclamation an Iron Pott and a Gray mare and one Bed and furniture all which I to her and to her Disposal._____.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my son in Law William Fleetwood one Shilling Sterling

    Item: I give and bequeath to my son in Law James Baker one Shilling Sterling

    Item: I. give and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Susanna Fleetwood Ten pounds Proclamation money

    Item: I lend to my dearly beloved wife Ollive Oxley one negro woman named PENDER and three cows and calves and one large steer and all my Hogs and one horse called Bathallo and after her Death or marriage I give the negro woman PENDER to my son George Oxley and I also Lend to my aforesaid wife all my household Furniture that is not allready Disposed of during her Widowhood and after to my son John Oxley And all the rest of my cattle that are not already Disposed of, I leave to be equally divided among my three daughters, Ollive, Rachel and Martha and my wife.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my Friend Joseph Parker the Elder living on Cententney three Pounds Proclamation money

    Item: I make constitute and Appoint my well beloved son George Oxley and Isaiah Johnson and John Creckitt Executors to this my last will and testament and I do hereby Disalow revoke and disannull and Make Void all other former Wills and bequeath before by me made, Ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my Last Will and Testament in Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and year above Written

    John (his x mark) Oxley

    Signed Sealed Published and Pronounced and Declared by the Testator to be his Last will and Testament in presents of us

    James (his x mark) Lupton, William (his x mark) Grant, Sarah Laugton

    John Parrott's will. 5 April 1791.
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    STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA.

    By the Instance of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Dobbs.

    It being certified to us that John Parrott late of Dobbs County, is dead and hath made his last will and testament in writing, a true copy whereof is hereto annexed, which will, having been duly proved before us and Jacob and Benjamin Parrott, the Executors therein named, having taken the oath of an executor according to law.

    These are therefore to empower the said Jacob, John and Benjamin Parrott to enter into and upon all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of the deceased and the same into his possession take, wheresoever in this state to be found, and an inventory to return according to law and all the just debts of the deceased to pay and the residue distributed agreeable to the said deceased will.

    WITNESS: Winston Caswell, Clerk of said Court at Kinston, the 5th day of April, A. D., 1791.
    W. Caswell, Clerk.

    In the name of God, Amen. I, John Parrott, senior, of Dobbs County, in the State of North Carolina, planter, being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. That is to say principally and first of all, I give and surrender my soul to God, who gave it and my body to the dust, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

    IMPRIMIS. I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Parrott one plantation tract or parcel of land containing three hundred and fifty five acres (more or less) including the improvements where he lived. Beginning at the south of the Great Branch and running up the meadows of the same to Red Oak Rollins' corner in Harberts line, thence with Harberts line S. 30 E. 50 poles to a pine, Harberts corner, then south ten degrees, east to the back line of Spencer Catowells patent, then north fifty-three degrees, east running the course of Catowells patent line to his second corner, then north eighty poles to a white oak in Carruthers line near the main road, then with the road, then with the road to Loosing Swamp and up with meanders of the same to the beginning, to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM. I give and bequeath to my son John Parrott one plantation tract or parcel of land including the improvements where he lives. Beginning at the Run of the Great Branch where McClendons lines cross at a Sassafras and running north fifty degrees, west running the course of McClendons line to a Hickory, Harberts Corner, thence south eighty-five degrees east being the given line of a patent bearing date October 13th, 1783, to Joshua Williams' line; and with said Williams line to Jacob Parrott's line and with his line to the beginning, to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM. I lend to my beloved wife during her natural life or widowhood the plantation wrere I now live, including the house, orchard and that part of my cleared land that is below the branch in my plantation with all the lower part of the land belonging to said plantation.

    ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Parrott the land and plantation whereon I now live. Beginning at the mouth of the Great Branch and running up the meanders of the same to a Sassafras, his brother John’s corner and with this line to McClendins line and with McClendons line South 30 degrees west to the present dividing line between me and Mills Hutchings, thence along said line north thirty degrees west to the Loosing Swamp, and down the meanders of the same to the beginning, as also horse, saddle, and bridle (already called his) one feather bed and furniture, two ewes and one lamb, one cow and calf and heifer, to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my son Simon Parrott the land and plantation I purchased of Simon Burton, as also a new survey on the blue pond and cowpond to be delivered to the said Simon at the age of twenty years, till then the use of the said plantation to be equally divided between my son Benjamin Parrott and my beloved wife for the support of those children under her care, the above mentioned land to belong to the said Simon Parrott, and his heirs forever.

    ITEM. I give and bequeath to my son Joshua Parrott, eighty pounds good and lawful money to be raised and levied out of my estate and paid to the said Joshua by my executors, as also one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM. I give my negroes, VOLENTINE and PHILLIS to labour on my plantation one year in order to raise the above mentioned sum of money.

    ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Amy Parrott, my negro man VOLENTINE as also thirteen head of cattle, already called hers, one feather bed and furniture to her and heirs forever.

    ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Se1ah Parrott my negro woman PHILLIS and her increase, five head of cattle, already called hers, one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever, as also one mare.

    ITEM. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Parrott my negro, boy FRANK.

    ITEM. I leave my cattle to be equally divided among my beloved wife and children, viz: Joshua, Simon and Elizabeth, and my sheep between my wife and children as follows, viz: Joshua, Simon, Amy, Se1ah and Elizabeth. My pewter I give to be equally divided between my wife and three daughters, viz: Amy, Se1ah and Elizabeth. After my lawful debts are paid, I give and bequeath unto my son Simon twenty-five pounds to be raised out of my estate and the residue of my estate I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Elizabeth, and lastly I make, ordain, constitute and appoint my three sons, Jacob, John and Benjamin Parrott executors of this my last will and testament, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In writing whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd day of February, 1791.
    John Parrott

    Signed, sealed, etc. the presence of us. Baker, Simon House, Willis Witherington.
    Copy W. Caswell, Clerk
    STATE CF NORTH CAROLINA, DOBBS COUNTY.
    April Court, 1791

    Then was the written will duly proved by Simon House and at the same time the executors, therein named appeared and qualified as such. Ordered the Clerk upon letters Testamentary accordingly.
    W. Caswell, Clerk

    Jacob Parrott’s will, October 1820
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    The State of South Carolina, Darlington District

    I Jacob Parrott Senior of the Sate and district aforesaid do this twenty First day of October ---- in the year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred & Twenty make Ordain and Publish this as & for my last will & testament in manner and form following (Viz)

    First My will and desire is that after my decease my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner at the discretion of my Surviving relatives; and that all my Just debts and funeral charges be Punctually paid -

    Secondly My will and desire is that my executors do pay Elizabeth McNeese, Laney Skinner, Charlotte Kelley, Jacob Parrott, Joseph, each, two dollars, as their respective shares of my estate. Having hereto fore allotted each of the above named children, their shares thereof & Put them in Possession thereof.

    Thirdly, I Give devise and bequeath to my youngest daughter Louisa Parrott a negroe boy named HAYWOOD & a negroe girl named NANCY, one good Horse bridle & Saddle, two likely cows and calves and Sixty dollars in money, and one feather-bed & furniture complete to her the said Louisa Parrott & her heirs and assigns forever.

    Fourthly, I Lend to my wife Penelope Parrott for and during her natural life only, my Plantation including all my Lands with the improvements on the South side Swift creek, and also six negroes (to wit) JUDY, BOB, ROSE, LONDON, JESSE, & FANNY with their future issue and increase, with all the remainder & residue of my estate not Otherwise disposed of for the support of my said wife & my Youngest daughter, while she may remain with her said mother and after the death of my said wife Penelope. I Give devise and bequeath my lands on the South side of Swift creek in equal Portions to my sons Joseph Parrott & Jacob Parrott, to begin at the creek & run out to the back line, the lower division is to be Jacob Parrotts & the upper division Joseph Parrotts, to them & their heirs and assigns forever,

    Fifthly, I Give devise and bequeath to my several daughters above named who may survive my said wife Penelope, all the residue of my negroes, Stock goods Chattels with all the remainder of my estate of every kind and description, to them my said daughter and their respective heirs and assigns forever; In testimony whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal the day & date above mentioned

    In presence of John Hennington, Samuel Jones, James Jones

    Jacob Parrott Senr
    (Seal)
    TRUE COPY

    Chas. E. Sligh
    Judge of Probate Court Darlington County, S.C. (LS)

    NOTE: There is an unsigned copy of the will on file, which does a better job of clarifying the family relations than the official version does:

    WILL OF JACOB PARROT [SR] draft
    [Microfilm: Darlington Co, SC WB 6, pages 6-7.]
    South Carolina )
    Darlington district)

    I Jacob Parrott Senr do this {blank} day of {blank} One thousand eight hundred and nineteen make Ordain and publish this to be may last Will & testament in manner following (Viz)

    First My will is that after my decease my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner at the discretion of my surviving relatives & friends: and that all my Just debts be punctually paid.

    Secondly My will and desire is & I do give to my daughters Eliza McNeese, Seaney Skinner & Charlotte Kelly two dollars each to be paid them respectively out of the proceeds of my estate.

    Thirdley I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Louisa Parrott two negroes (to wit) one boy named HAYWOOD & one Girl named NANCY, one horse bridle & saddle two cows and calves, one bed and furniture complete; Sixty dollars in money to be paid her out of the proceeds of my estate, to her the said Louisa & her heirs and afsigns forever

    Fourthly I give to my wife Penelope Parrott during her natural life Only. Six neqros JUDY, ROSE, BOB, SONDON, JEFSE & FANNY together with the use of my Plantation & building on the Southeast side swift creek, with all the undevised part of my estate not herein otherwise disposed of or given away for the purpose of raising my young daughter Louisa & her negroes during the Term she may remain with her said mother.

    Fifthly I Give devise and bequeath to my Son Jacob Parrott in North Carolina all the property which he has had in pofefsion for Several years to him and his heirs and afsigns forever, and also I Give to my two fons (each) Joseph & Jacob two dollars to be paid them out of my estate, to them their heirs and afsigns forever

    Sixthly. It is my will and desire that all my lands above alloted to my wife during her life, shall after my decease be Equally divided between my two fons Joseph & Jacob in equal shares beginning at the creek & running out to the back line, the lower division to Jacob the upper to Joseph to them & their heirs forever;

    Seventhly, all the personal estate alloted to my wife during life (except Land) is at her decease to be equally divided among my Several daughters, their heirs and afsigns forever- published and declared by the said testator Jacob Parrott for his last will & testament the day of above named

    Recorded in Will Book 6 Page 79 Apartment A Pkg. 248
    (No signatures, seals or dates)

    Simon Parrott's will, 15 August 1854, & codicil o-line.jpg - 1958 Bytes

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    Note: Simon B. Parrott was born 5 November, 1776, in Dobbs County, NC. He was one of five sons (probably the youngest) of John Parrott (ca. 1730-1791) and Elizabeth Oxley (ca. 1740-1820/30), who had moved in the 1760's from Bertie County, NC, to that part of Dobbs County included in present-day Lenoir. He may have been named for a neighbor of the family, Capt. Simon Bright (ca 1734-1776), a prominent colonial official and an early patriot of the American Revolution, who died about the time Simon Parrott was born. Around 1803, Simon married Bramley Murphrey, born 6 September, 1785, the daughter of Jethro Murphrey (b. 1755) and Penelope Ward (b. 1766), and the grand-daughter of Capt. John Murphrey (d. 1776) and Elizabeth (Harrison?) (d. 1788), prominent residents of colonial Dobbs who moved to the region from Virginia in the 1740's and settled at "Beare Garden," a plantation near the site of present-day Snow Hill. Between 1804 and 1822, Simon and Bramley Parrott had nine children. In the 1830's, the couple moved from Lenoir County to the Darlington District of South Carolina, where Simon's older brother, Jacob Parrott, Sr. (d. 1821) had relocated earlier. Simon Parrott died there in September, 1860, in his eighty-fourth year, leaving an estate of nearly three thousand acres of land and more than one hundred slaves. His widow, Bramley, died in October of the following year, age seventy-six. Although Simon and Bramley did not live out their lives in Lenoir County, they nevertheless left many descendants in the region, including those of their daughter, Mary Parrott Hodges (1808-1842), whose children, Simon and Mary Hodges, are among the heirs mentioned in the following will. I would like to thank Carolyn Rowell of Fort Worth, Texas, for providing me with a photo-copy of the will, codicil, and estate inventory will of Simon Parrott (1854)

    State of South Carolina Darlington District
    I Simon Parrott of the District of Darlington and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding do make, publish and declare the following as my last Will and Testament.

    First I wish all my just debts paid from cash on hand, moneys due me, the proceeds of crops growing or gathered.

    Second I give and Bequeathe to my Beloved wife Bramley Parrott for and during her natural life the following named slaves, to wit, HARRIET, CATHARINE, JACKSON, and LEMON and the increase of the said Female slaves; and I hereby authorise my said wife by deed or will duely executed to give said slaves and their increase to such of my children or Grand children as she may think proper, except my Daughter Elisabeth McNeese wife of John McNeese, and in default of such disposition, of said slaves and their increase, by my wife as aforesaid I wish the said slaves and their increase to be divided among my surviving Heirs, except the said Elisabeth McNeese, the issue of any deceased child to represent deceased Parent in such division and take the share the Parent would have been entitled to if living.

    Third I give and Bequeathe to my Beloved wife for and during her natural life only the following named slaves and the increase of said Females, to wit, BRIGHT, OLD DINAH, DANIEL, PETER, GRAVES, HENRY, CHLOE, SAMPSON; I also give and Devise to my said wife for and during her natural life only the following described Lands, To wit, all that tract situated in the District and state aforesaid Bounded by the Public Road leading from Darlington Court House by my House, Swift Creek, a Large Ditch running from said Swift Creek (to?) said Public Road, and a tract of Land owned by Thomas House, also all that other tract of Land included in a field on the south side of said Public Road lying opposite the Land first mentioned containing fifteen acres more or less. I also give and Bequeathe to my said wife and my Daughter Louisa a comfortable support and maintenance for one year after my decease to be charged upon my Estate.

    Fourth I give and Bequeathe to my Son Jesse W. Parrott The following named slaves, to wit, JANE, ANTHONY, AIRY, NERVY, CAROLINE, ANN, GATSY, ISAAC, CHARLES, EUNES, FRANK, FRONEY, ROBERT, and also after the decease of my wife the slaves HENRY and GRAVES, To Have and To Hold said slaves and the increase of the Female slaves to the said Jesse W. Parrott for & during his natural life. I also give and devise to my Son Jesse W. Parrott for and during his natural life all that plantation and tract of Land containing Twelve hundred and eighty five acres being the Land represented by a plat of the same made by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor and certified by him the 10th day of November A. D. eighteen hundred and fifty one, excepting from said tract for and during the natural life of my wife, so much thereof as is herein before given and devised to my said wife for life, and from and after the decease of the said Jesse W., I give and devise the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the said slaves to such of the issue of the said Jesse W. as he may by deed or will duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction and appointment by the said Jesse W. I give and devise the said Lands, slaves, and the increase of the slaves to the issue of the said Jesse which he may leave, living at the time of his decease, to be equally divided among them as Tenants and to vest in them as their absolute property.

    Fifth I give and Bequeathe to my Daughter Louisa Parrott the following named slaves and the increase of said Female slaves, to wit, RHODY, JAMES, AELICK, HEYWARD, BETSEY, DICK, NANCY, SUGAR, JULIA, HEPSEY, MIRNY, HANNAH, and also after the decease of my wife the slaves PETER, BRIGHT, OLD DINAH, & DANIEL given to my said wife for life. I also give and Devise to my said Daughter all that tract of Land situated in said District and state containing five hundred acres being the same Land represented on a plat of the same made and certified by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor the 15th day of November A. D. eighteen hundred and fifty one, excepting so much of said land during the life of my Said wife as I have herein before Devised to her for life To Have and To Hold said Lands, slaves and the increase of said slaves to the said Louisa Parrott for and during her natural life, and at her decease I give and devise the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the said slaves to Such of the issue of the said Louisa as she may by deed or will duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction or appointment by the said Louisa I give, devise, and Bequeathe the said Lands, slaves, and the increase of the slaves to the issue of the said Louisa which she may leave living at the time of her decease, to be equally divided among them as Tenants in common and to vest in them as their absolute property. But if the said Louisa shall leave no issue living at the time of her decease, then after her decease I give and Bequeathe the slaves NANCY, SUGAR, JULIA, HEPSEY, MIRNY, HANNAH and their increase to such of the Brothers and Sisters of the said Louisa (or their children) except the said Elisabeth McNeese as the said Louisa by deed or will duely executed shall direct and appoint.

    Sixth I give and Devise to my son Oliver Parrott all that plantation and tract of Land situated in the District and state aforesaid containing Thirteen hundred and forty four acres or thereabouts represented on a plat of the same made and certified by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor the 3rd day of February A. D. Eighteen hundred and forty six excepting about twenty five acres Lying on the south side of High Hill Creek and adjoining Lands purchased by me from Ashley Williams and excepting such rights, privileges and interests as are hereafter given to Jesse W. Parrott, John I. Parrott and Simon F. Parrott in and to the Griss and Saw Mills on said Lands and the necessary appurtances to the Same. I also give and Bequeathe to my said son Oliver the following slaves and the increase of the same, to wit, TONEY, LUCY, BRIANT, CHARITY, MARY, HANNAH, JANE, EDMUND, MILES, NEDEM, GEORGE, PLEASANT, DELLA To Have and to Hold the said Lands, slaves and the increase of said slaves to the said Oliver Parrott for and during his natural life, and after his decease I give, devise and Bequeathe the said Lands, slaves and the increase thereof to such of the issue of the Said Oliver as he may by will or deed duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction and
    (end of the first sheet)

    Signed Sealed Published and declared Simon Parrott (SEAL) as & for the first Sheet of the Last will and testament of Simon Parrott In our presence who have hereto signed our names in the presence of the said Parrott & of each other
    E.W. Charles, D.C. Milling, J.A. Dargau

    (beginning of the second sheet) appointment I give devise and bequeathe the same to the issue of the said Oliver which he may leave living at the time of his decease to be equally divided among them as tenants in common and to vest in them as their absolute property

    Seventh I give and Bequeathe to Blaney McNeese my Son in Law, a slave named LOUIS now in his possession, to have and to hold the said slave to said Blaney and his heirs forever.

    Eighth I give and Bequeathe to my Daughter Penelope McNeese wife of Blaney McNeese the following slaves to wit, YOUNG DINAH, EPHRAIM, YOUNG HENRY, HARRIET, ROSE, NETTER, FORTUNE, ZILPHA, SATIRA, CLARISSA, HANNAH daughter of SATIRA, PAUL, JACOB, YOUNG ISAAC, ARGENT daughter of SATIRA, SARAH, MARY, GANSER, DOPEY, and after the decease of my said wife, the slaves CHLOE and SAMPSON and their increase To Have and To Hold the said slaves and their increase to the said Penelope for and during her natural life. I also give and devise to the said Penelope for and during her natural life all that tract of Land situated in the District and state aforesaid containing four hundred and twenty five acres and is represented on a plat of the same made and certified by Samuel N. Atkinson Deputy Surveyor the 15th day of November A. D. eighteen hundred and fifty one, and after the decease of the said Penelope I give, Devise, and Bequeathe the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the said slaves to such of the issue of the said Penelope as she may notwithstanding her ______ by deed or will duely executed direct and appoint, and in default of such direction and appointment by the said Penelope, then I give devise and Bequeathe the same Lands, slaves and the increase thereof to the issue which the said Penelope may leave, living at the time of her decease to be equally divided among them as tenants in common and to vest in them as their absolute property

    Ninth I direct my Executors to invest the sum of eighteen hundred dollars in either Lands or slaves as they may think Best, and the said Lands or slaves so purchased with said money, and the slaves Lissy and Sidney I give and Bequeathe to Simon Hodges and Mary Hodges (children of my Daughter Mary Hodges now deceased) to be equally divided between them -- The share and portion of each to be held for and during his and her natural life, and after the decease of either of them I give, devise, and bequeathe the said Lands, slaves and the increase of the same to such of his or her issue, as such deceased may by will or deed duely executed direct and appoint and in default of such direction and appointment then I give and devise the said property to his or her issue which he or she may leave living at the time of his or her decease to be equally divided among them as Tenants in common, and to vest in them as their absolute property, But if either of them shall die without leaving issue surviving as aforesaid then it is my will that the survivor shall take the whole of said property subject to the same rights restrictions and limitations as attach to the share originally given and received by such survivor.

    Tenth I give and devise to Simon F. Parrott, John I. Parrott and Elisabeth H. Parrott (children of my son John M. Parrott now deceased) all that tract of Land containing Two hundred and nine acres which Lands are situated in the District and state aforesaid and were purchased by me from Ashley Williams and is more particularly described in a deed from Lydia Cook & Elisabeth Howle to David Teddar dated 30th day of December A.D. eighteen hundred and forty five, also a tract of Land situated in same District aforesaid purchased by me from Wm. Brunson containing about fifty acres and adjoins the Lands hereinbefore devised to Oliver Parrott & also all the Land in the tract surveyed for Oliver Parrott and certified by Surveyor Atkinson as before stated which lies on the south side of High Hill Creek and adjoins the Lands purchased by me from Ashley Williams containing about twenty five acres, I also give and Bequeathe to the said Simon F., John I., and Elisabeth H. Parrott the following slaves to wit, ROSSETTE, BECK, ADALINE, PATSY, LAURA, ARGENT (daughter of ROSETTE) and ALFRED To Have and To Hold the said Lands, slaves and the increase of said slaves after being equally divided among them, for and during their respective natural lives, and after the decease of either of them I give devise and Bequeathe the Portion of said property to which such deceased may be entitled to such of his or her issue, as he or she may by will or deed duely executed direct and appoint and in default of such direction or appointment on the part of either of them, then I give Devise and Bequeathe the share of the said property, to which such deceased may be entitled to and so dying as aforesaid to the issue which he or she may leave living at the time of his or her decease to be equally divided among them as tenants in common, and to vest in them as their absolute property. But if one or more of them shall die before I do or surviving me shall die without leaving issue as aforesaid, then it is my will that the share and portion of such deceased shall go over and vest in the survivor or survivors, which shall be subject to the same restrictions and limitations as are herein before expressed of and concerning the portion given to such survivors.

    Eleventh The Lands, slaves & other property herein given and devised to my wife I hereby declare to be given and devised to her in lieu and Bar of her dower at common Law.

    Twelvth I give and Bequeathe to my Daughter Elisabeth McNeese wife of John McNeese one hundred Dollars and as I have already provided for her and she has no children I give her no more.

    Thirteenth Should the survivor of the children of Mary Hodges to wit Simon Hodges and Mary Hodges, or the Survivor of the children of John M. Parrott to wit Simon F., John I., and Elisabeth H. Parrott, or either of my children, Jesse W. Parrott, Oliver Parrott, Louisa Parrott, or Penelope McNeese die without leaving issue living at the time of his or her death then I give and devise the Lands, slaves and increase of said slaves, except as hereafter excepted, which I have hereinbefore given such deceased for life so dying without issue as aforesaid to my surviving Heirs, in such division the issue of any deceased child to represent their Parent and take the Portion the Parent would have taken if living, the children of Mary Hodges taking one share among them, the children of John M. Parrott taking one share among them
    (end of the second sheet)

    Signed sealed published and declared Simon Parrott (SEAL) as & for the second sheet of the last will and testament of Simon Parrott who have hereto signed our names as witnesses in the presence of said Parrott and of each other
    E.W. Charles, D.C. Milling, J.A. Dargau

    (beginning of the third sheet) -- Provided always that my Daughter Elisabeth McNeese shall not be allowed to take any part of said Property -- Provided also that this limitation shall not hinder or prevent my Daughter Louisa from disposing of certain negroes as I have herein before authorised her to do by giving the same to certain of her Brothers and Sisters or their children -- Provided also that this clause shall have no control over the property which my said children or Grand children may receive under the power of appointment vested in my wife and Daughter Louisa

    Fourteenth Notwithstanding I have given to my children and Grand children no more than a life Estate in the Lands and negroes devised and Bequeathed to them directly yet I hereby declare that I have full confidence in their integrity and regard for my wishes, and feel assured that they will respect the rights of those who may be entitled to the said property at their decease, and being disposed to obviate as much as possible the inconveniences which results from tieing up property in strict settlement I hereby authorise my said children and Grand children or either of them that may be so disposed at their discretion to sell any part or the whole of the Lands and slaves given them or either of them for life as aforesaid, and to make good and legal titles for the same and thereby to Bar and defeat the rights of those who may be so entitled to the said property sold by way of remainder as aforesaid without such _____ made, But it is my will and desire and I hereby order and direct that if any such sale is made by any of the said Parties so as to Bar the rights of those entitled in remainder the Party so selling the said property shall reinvest the said proceeds of the sale in Lands and slaves or either of them, and such Lands or negroes so purchased shall be held by the Party so selling and purchasing in lieu and stead of that sold and the same shall stand charged in his, her, or their hands with all the restrictions, rights, and remainders as are hereinbefore expressed of and concerning that which may be sold

    Fifteenth I heretofore sold a slave named REUBEN which belonged to my Grand children Simon F., John I., and Elizabeth H. Parrott for whom I am acting as Guardian and to whom I am now indebted for the proceeds of the sale of said slave and I hereby declare and such is my will that the property Real and Personal hereby given and devised to them is intended to be in full compensation and satisfaction for all claims they may have or set up against me for the proceeds of the sale of said slave or for Damages for selling said slave, and if not so received and my Estate Released from all liability, then I order and direct so much of said Lands and slaves given to them to be sold as may be necessary to satisfy and discharge the said liability

    Sixteenth It is my will and desire and I hereby declare that the various devises of Land heretofore made in this will are subject as between my several Devisees to the restrictions and privilege of drainage -- that is to say, that when necessary to the Health and profitable cultivation of any of the Lands hereby devised that a ditch or ditches should be cut through the Land of another, that the Party owning such Land shall have the right to open such ditches -- provided always that if the Parties interested shall fail to arrange the matter amicably as to the locality, number, direction, and depth of such ditches that five disinterested Gentlemen shall be called in by the Parties interested whose decision shall be final and conclusive, and if either of the Parties interested shall fail to unite in the call for said arbitration his or her refusal shall be regarded as decision in favor of the other Party

    Seventeenth The Saw and Griss mills with all the necessary Buildings and Fixtures that appertain thereto, with the free and uncontrolled use of the soil near the Dam and site of said mills for repairing said Dam, which said mills are situated on the Lands herein Devised to Oliver Parrott, together with the free use of the various roads and paths leading to and from said mills I give devise and Bequeathe as follows one third thereof to Oliver Parrott, one third thereof to Jesse W. Parrott, and one third thereof to Simon F., John I. Parrott, to them, their heirs and assigns forever. -- the said mills to be kept up on joint accounts, expenses and profits ascertained according to the interests of the Parties

    Eighteenth All the Rest and Residue of my Estate after the payment of my debts and Legacies, the expenses incurred in the administration of my Estate and the full execution of this my last will I wish divided into seven equal parts, one seventh part I give to each of the following Persons, to wit, my wife, Oliver Parrott, Jesse W. Parrott, Penelope McNeese, Louisa Parrott, and one seventh part to Simon and Mary Hodges to be equally divided between them and one seventh part to Simon F., John I., and Elisabeth H. Parrott to be equally divided between them.

    Nineteenth I nominate, constitute, and appoint my sons Jesse W. Parrott and Oliver Parrott the Executors of this my last will and testament and hereby authorise them or the survivors of them to execute the Same. And if any question shall arise as to the distribution of my Estate or the duties of my Executors, there shall be no resort to the courts of Law or Equity to decide the Same, but the question may be decided, if my Executors deem such a course best, by calling in five disinterested Gentlemen whose decision shall be final and conclusive. In testimony whereof and hereby revoking all former wills I have hereto signed my name & affixed my Seal to this & two other sheets hereto attached each of which are signed and sealed by me this the 15th day of August A. D. 1854

    Signed sealed published and Simon Parrott (SEAL) declared as the third sheet of the Last will and testament of Simon Parrott who in our presence also hereto have signed our names as witnesses in the presence of said Parrott and of each other The words "BRIGHT, OLD DINAH, & DANIEL" interlined before signing between the 6th & 7th lines on the third page of the first sheet of this will
    E.W. Charles, D.C. Milling, J.A. Dargau

    CODICIL TO THE WILL OF SIMON PARROTT (1859)
    The State of South Carolina District of Darlington

    I Simon Parrott of the District of Darlington and state aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding do make and declare the following writing as a codicil to my last Will and Testament executed by me on the 15th day of August A. D. 1854, in the presence of E.W. Charles, D.C. Milling, and J.A. Dargau

    First If my wife does not dispose of the slaves given and bequeathed to her for life in the Second clause of my said will, either by will or Deed as she is authorised to do, then I make the following disposition of them, to wit, I give and bequeathe the slaves LEMON and CATHARINE to my son Jesse W. Parrott; and the slaves JACKSON and HESTER (a child of HANNAH born since my said will was executed) I give & bequeathe to Blaney D. McNeese and Julia McNeese children of my Daughter Penelope (now the wife of James Howle); and the slave HARRIET I wish sold by my Executors or the survivors of them, & the one half of the proceeds of sale I bequeathe to my son Oliver Parrott, & the other half to Simon E. Hodges and Mary P. Suggs.

    Second Should my Daughter Louisa leave no issue at the time of her death I give and devise one half of the tract of Land described in the fifth clause of my will after the death of the said Louisa to my son Jesse W. Parrott, & the other half thereof I give and devise to my Executors, & the survivors of them, and the Heirs of the survivors of them, in trust for the sole and separate use of my Grand Daughter Bramly Rhodes (wife of William Rhodes) for and during her natural life, and after her death to her issue living at the time of her death to be equally divided among them as Tenants in common

    Third I give and devise all that Plantation and tract of Land described in the eighth clause of my said will at my death to Parrott W. McNeese, Julia McNeese, & Blaney D. McNeese to be equally divided among them, to have and to hold the same to them for life, & after their death to their issue and if either of them shall not leave issue living at the time of his or her death, then his or her portion shall vest in his or her right Heirs

    Fourth I wish & hereby direct that my Executors shall invest the sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars in addition to the sum of Eighteen Hundred Dollars mentioned in the ninth clause of my said will making in all thirty three hundred Dollars, in Lands & slaves or either of them, and the said Lands or slaves or either of them so purchased to be equally divided between Simon Hodges and Mary P. Suggs (formerly at the date of my will Mary Hodges) the share & Portion of each of them to be held subject to the same limitations, restrictions, remainders, powers and appointments as are expressed of, & concerning the property bequeathed and devised to them in the said ninth clause

    Fifth I give and devise all that tract of Land containing two hundred & nine acres purchased by me from Ashley Williams, & also another tract of land containing twenty five acres which lies on the south side of High Hill Creek, & adjoins the lands purchased by me from Ashley Williams (which said several tracts of Land are more particularly described in the Tenth clause of my said will) to my son Oliver Parrott, upon the condition that within one year from my decease he pay the said Simon Hodges, & Mary P. Suggs, the sum of five hundred dollars, to be divided between them, the issue of either of them who may be dead to take the portion of the Parent.

    Sixth I have settled with my Grand children Simon F. Parrott, John I. Parrott, and Elisabeth H. Natler (formerly Parrott) as their Guardian, & have accounted to them for the sale of REUBEN, and in part for that reason have revoked the devise to them of the Lands mentioned in the preceding clause; and I also revoke the Fifteenth clause of my will as unnecessary

    Seventh I give and devise my slave GOODWIN (purchased at a sale made by the administrators of Blaney McNeese) to my daughter Louisa for & during her natural life, and after her death, to her issue living at the time of her death, and if she shall leave no issue as aforesaid, then I give & bequeathe the said slave to my Daughter Penelope Howle for and during her natural life, & after her death to her issue living at the time of her death, & subject to the same restrictions, limitations and remainders as are expressed of, & concerning the slaves bequeathed to my said Daughter Penelope in the eighth clause of my said will

    Seventh (sic) The Saw and Grist Mills with all the necessary Buildings and Fixtures that appertain thereto, with all other rights, and privileges referred to, in the 17th clause of my said will I give and devise to my sons Oliver Parrott and Jesse W. Parrott, to them, & their Heirs forever, the said mills to be kept up on joint accounts, & the expenses and profits to be equally born & shared, provided always that the said Jesse W. Parrott, & Oliver Parrott shall within one year of my decease pay the sum of Six hundred dollars to my grand sons Simon F. Parrott and John I. Parrott, to be equally divided between them, and if either of them shall then be dead, his issue shall take the share of the deceased Parent of the said money.

    Eighth The Devise of the said mills in the preceding clause to my sons Jesse W. Parrott, & Oliver Parrott, I wish, & hereby direct shall be subject to the further provision & charge that they shall furnish, & supply my wife with Bread Corn for herself, Family, and slaves during her natural life

    Ninth Should either of my said sons Oliver Parrott or Jesse Parrott leave their present wives surviving them it is my wish that they shall (during their widowhood) have the use and possession of the Homestead with one hundred acres of Land adjoining thereto, on the lands which I have devised to them respectively, or on the Lands occupied by them at their decease, purchased with the proceeds of the Lands and slaves which I have devised to them respectively, & that the remainders, limitations, & appointments to which said Lands are subjected by the provisions of my will or this codicil thereto shall be postponed, insofar as may be necessary to allow to the said widows of my said sons the use and possession of the Homestead, & Lands attached, & adjoining as aforesaid

    Tenth My slave DANIEL purchased from Lemuel Parrott since the Execution of my will, I wish sold by my Executors on such terms as they may deem advisable, & the proceeds shall be assetts in their hands for the payments of debts, & Legacies, & the balance be disposed of with the residue of my estate as directed in my will

    Eleventh The Lands and slaves devised and bequeathed by this codicil (except Mills, & Lands mentioned in the seventh clause of this codicil) to my son Jesse W. Parrott shall be held by him subject to the same limitations, restrictions, & remainders, powers, & appointments, as are expressed in the fourth clause of my will of, & concerning the property therein devised, & bequeathed to him

    Twelvth The Lands and other property devised and bequeathed by this codicil (except the mills and Lands mentioned in the Seventh clause of this codicil) to my son Oliver Parrott shall be held by him subject to the same limitations, restrictions, & remainders, powers, & appointments, as are expressed in the Sixth clause of my will of, & concerning the property therein devised, & bequeathed to him

    Thirteenth I hereby revoke all wills or papers of a Testamentary character except my Will & Testament herein referred to, & this codicil thereto & also revoke so much of my said will and Testament as may be, & is inconsistent with this codicil or which makes any disposition of my estate or any parts of the same in a different manner, or in favor of different Persons from that which is expressed, provided, & directed in this codicil; and I wish my said will & this codicil to be consulted together; and it is my will that all questions arising under my said will & codicil shall be decided as directed by my will

    Fourteenth I nominate, & appoint Jesse W. Parrott, & Oliver Parrott the Executors of my said will & this codicil, & authorise them or the survivors of them to further Execute the same without the intervention of any courts In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 18th day of August A. D. 1859

    Signed, Sealed and declared a codicil to the Simon Parrott (Seal) Last Will and Testament of Simon Parrott in our presence who have hereto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of said Testator & of each other (The word "codicil" interlined)
    Sealed Either?? Saml B. Dewitt, D.C. Milling, J.A. Dargau

    Jacob Parrott's will, 5 May 1856.
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    I, Jacob Parrott, of the County of Lenoir and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make and declare, this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

    First - That my hereinafter named Executors, shall provide for my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends, and pay all funeral expenses, together with my just debts, however and to whomsoever, owing, out of the first monies that may come into their hands, as a part or parcel of my Estate.

    Item -- I give and devise, to my daughter, Susan Mewborn, the following named negroes, to-wit: LUCY, WASHINGTON, and LOVENIA and their increase, in addition to what she had already received as a former advancement; to her and her personal representatives forever.

    Item -- I give and devise to my three grand-children, Harriet, Sally and Franklin Parrott, one tract of land known as the Hood place, which I purchased of Thomas Hood and wife, adjoining th lands of Lewis C. Desmond, James A. Hodges and the heirs at last of Bright Hadree, decd. and also the following named negroes, wit: JESSE, MILEY, ANN and ISAAC and their increase: To have and to hold to them and their heirs in fee simple absolutely forever provided nevertheless, that if one or more of the said children should die, without 1eaving lawful issue them surviving, the survivor or survivors is to be the sole heir or heirs and provide further that if all of them should die without leaving lawful issue them surviving, them then, and in that case, I desire the said property shall be equally divided among all my surviving children or their personal representatives. I also give and devise to the said Franklin, a rifle which I purchased at his father's sale.

    Item -- I give and devise to my daughter, Charlotte C. Harper, the following named negroes, to-wit: SUCKEU, ISHMAEL, HENRY, ABIGAIL, DIANAH, ABIGAIL the daughter of MOURNING, FANNY, HAYWOOD, and HARGET and their increase; and also that part of the lands which I purchased of John C. Washington, William C. Jones and at public sale of the lands of Martha James and Egbert Westbrook and which is situated within the following boundaries, to-wit: Beginning on James M. Harper's line on the main road at a stake, the line of the lands set apart to Joshua Byrd in the division of the lands of Isaac Croom, decd. and runs thence No. 24 East 73 pol es up and with the road to a stake, thence No. 83 West 152 poles to a dogwood, thence So. 85 West 22 poles to a ditch, then with the ditch No. 82 West 60 poles to Wood's line, including all that part of the three above described tracts of land, which lies south of the said given lines, excepting that part which is now in dispute between James Wood and myself. To have and to hold to her and her heirs in fee simple. absolutely forever.

    Item -- I give and devise to my two grand-children. Charlotte and William Parrott, children of my deceased son, Jacob W. Parrott. the sum of one thousand dollars each, to be retained in the hands of my son, James M. Parrott, as their guardian, until they both shall atain to the age of twenty-one years; and should either of them die without leaving lawful issue, them surviving, then and in that case I will and desire that the said money shall be equally divided among all my surviving children. or their personal representatives.

    Item -- I give and devise to my daughter Persis A. Hardee, for and during the term of her natural life, the following named negroes, to-wit: SIMON (COOPER), HOLLON, JANE, ALFRED, PETE, MOSES, DENNIS, HENRY, GATYS, SAM, BETSEY, LUCINDA, LONDON, RACHEL, GABRIEL, BRYAN, JOHN, and JANE and their increase and after her death, I desire that the said negroes and all their increase shall descend to, and be equally divided among all the children that has been or may hereafter be born to her, the said Persis; to whom I give and bequeath the same, and to their heirs absolutely forever.

    Item - I give and devise to my son, John A. Parrott, the following named negroes, to-wit: TOM, FORTUNE, and old BEN together with the sum of one hundred dollars to compensate him for taking care of and providing for the said BEN during his natural life; also one half of the tract of land on which Wright Patrick lately resided being a part of the lands I purchased of Thomas Hood and wife lying on the little Briery and East side of the Hull Road; to have and to hold to him and his heirs in fee simple absolutely forever.

    Item -- I give and devise to my son James M. Parrott. the following named negroes. to-wit: PLENTY, PETER and ELIAS, also the other half of the lands on which Wright Patrick lately resided, which is more particularly described in the preceding clause, and to which reference may be had for its situation. To have and to hold to him and his heirs in fee simple absolutely forever.

    Item -- I give and devise to my daughter Mary L. Murphy, the following named Negroes, to-wit: AMOS, MARY, HARRIET, CHELSEA, TOM, JANE, ESTHER, and CLAREY and their increase, also all the lands I purchased of Richard Croom and wife including my mansion house, and all other improvements; bounded by the lands of William Herring, the heirs at law of Benj. F. Parrott decd, and others, to have and to hold to her and her heirs in fee simple absolutely forever, provided nevertheless, that if the said Mary should die without leaving lawful issue, her surviving then and in that case, I will and desire that the whole of the said property shall be equally di vided among all my surviving children, or their personal representatives.

    Item -- I give and bequeath to my three grand-children, Harriet, Sallie and Franklin Parrott one bed and furniture each of their own selection, to them and their heirs forever.

    Item -- I will and desire that the remaining portion of my land, not herein before specifically devised, or otherwise previously disposed of, shall be sold at public sale, on such terms as my Executors may think best; that the proceeds arising from such sale, together with all the negroes and other property of every description with which I may die seized and possessed, shall be deivided in the following manner, to-wit: that Harriet, Sally and Franklin Parrott shall each have one-fourth, or all of them three fourths of what their father would be entitled to if he were living; that Charlotte and William Parrott, shall each have one-fourth or both of them one half of what their father would be entitled to if he were living- subject nevertheless to the same limitations and restrictions as is mentioned in the two proceeding clauses of this Instrument, relating to the said Harriett, Sally and Franklin, and to the said Charlotte and William and that the remaining portion shall be equally divided share and share alike between my six children, to-wit; Susan Mewborn, Charlotte E. Harper, Persis A. Hardee, John A. Parrott, James M. Parrott and Mary L. Murphy; to whom I give and bequeath the same, and to their heirs absolutely forever. Excepting, however, that part or share to which Mary L. Murphy may be entitled, which I will and direct may come under the same limitations as is provided for, in a preceding clause of this Instrument, relating to the said Mary and to which reference may be had in order to a proper understanding of what. those limitations and restrictions are - - I also further will and direct that the suits which are now in progress against William Herring and the one I design to have instituted against James Wood, for land, may be prosecuted to the extent of the law, and that all the expenses incident thereto shall be paid by my hereinafter named Executors out of the funds belonging to my estate. And it is further declared to be a part of my will and I hereby direct that half of an acre of land, including the graveyard on the lands hereinbefore devised to Mary L. Murphy, shall be excepted, and that the same shall not be considered as included in such bequest.

    And lastly I nominate, constitute and appoint my two sons, John A. and James M. Parrott as Executors to this my last will and Testament declaring this and this only to be and contain my last Will and hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by one heretofore made.

    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 6 day of September, in the year of our Lord 1855
    Jacob Parrott (Seal)

    Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Jacob Parrott to be and contain his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence of each other do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.
    Shadrack E. Loftin,
    W.A.J. Pollock.

    STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF LENOIR Court of Pleas and Quarter Session March Term 1856

    A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Jacob Parrott deed is exhibited for Probate in open Court, by John A. Parrott and James M. Parrott, the Executors therein named and the due execution thereof by the said Jacob Parrott is proved by the oath and examination of Shade E. Loftin and W.A.J. Pollock, the two subscribing witnesses thereto. It is therefore considered by the Court that the said paper wri ting and every part thereof is the last Will and Testament of the said Jacob Parrott and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed: and therefore John A. Parrott and James M. Parrott Executors as aforesaid duly qualified as such by taking one oath required by law.

    N. Hunter, Clerk,
    Enrolled in the Clerk's office of Lenoir County May 5, 1856.
    N. Hunter, Clerk.

    State of North Carolina, County of Lenoir
    I, N. Hunter, Clerk of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions in and for the County aforesaid, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of Jacob Parrott decd. as found on record in this office.

    In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court or office, in Kinston, 29th day of November, 1856.
    N. Hunter, Clerk.

    I hereby certify that the above is an exact copy of the Will of Jacob Parrott of the County of Lenoir, and of the State of North Carolina and dated as indicated by the Will, the 6th day of September, 1855.
    Mrs. John Harvey.

    Benjamin Parrott's will, 17 February 1842
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    The State of South Carolina)
    Darlington District

    I Benjamin Parrott of the district of Darlington and State of South Carolina, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner following-To wit:

    In the first place, it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as may be practicable by my Executors herein after named.

    Secondly: I give bequeathe and devise to my beloved wife, Winifrid Parrott for and during the term of her natural life, and no longer the following named property: to wit a certain portion or part of the tract of land on which I now reside bounded as follows, commencing at the mouth of a branch called Barns branch when it empties into Jeffries creek, thence up Said branch with the run to a lane through the plantation running nearly North and South---thence alon[g] said lane until it meets another lane which runs mainly east and west thence along said last lane to Jeffries Creek at my crofsing place-and thence down the run of of said creek to the beginning: also three negroes-To wit: ROSE, MILLY, and TOM: and, the following property I give and bequeath to my said wife, to her Executors administrators and afsigns-for ever: Two milch cows and calves which she may choose, one horse which she may choose: one bed and furniture, which she may also choose: all my Kitchen furniture, one half o[f] my cups and saucers, plates, Knives and forks, a folding-leaf table-one Safe-the sitting chairs and a large chest which She originally brought with her Furthermore-It is my will and desire that my Executors hereinafter named do allow to my said wife one full years provisions of corn, fodder, and pork.

    Thirdly: I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter (now dead) Nancy Byrd

    formerly the wife of Miller Byrd, one negro boy named MEDIT, to them and their heirs forever-to be divided equally among them share and share alike. I have heretofore made advancements to my deceased daughter Nancy in her life time which accounts for my giving no more to her children in my Will.

    Fourthly: I give and bequeath to my Son Benjamin Parrott to him and his heirs forever the amount of money for which my two negroes DANIEL and ALLEN can be sold: And I hereby direct and authorize my Executors hereinafter named to sell said negroes on such terms as my son Benjmin may direct and to pay over to him the proceeds of such sale; which with the advancements heretofore made to him by me will be his full share except as in the residuary clause of my will.

    Fifthly: I give and bequeath to my Son James, to him and his Heirs forever one negro boy named RICHARDS, I have heretofore made some advancements my said Son James which with this bequest to him of RICHARD make up his full share except as in the residuary clause of my will.

    Sixthly: I have recently advanced to my Son Samuel a note on James N. Garner for four Hundred and ninety five dollars which was given to me by Said GARNER for the purchase of two negroes-to wit INGS and DINAH-this is in lieu of such slave property as I had intended to give in my Will to my Said Son Samuel Parrott, I will and bequeath to the said Samuel in addition to all advancements made him-Twenty five dollars-to him and his heirs forever.

    Seventhly: I give bequeathe and devise to my Son William Parrott all that parcel or tract of land which I own lying on the east side of Jeffries Creek containing by estimation three hundred and fifty acres to him and his Heirs forever. also a negro man named TOM to my said son William to him and his Heirs forever-immediately after the death of my wife, Winifrid Parrott, to whom I have given said negro ~ for her life time. This was his former advancements makes up the full share of my Son William except as in the residuary clause of my Will.

    Eightly: I give and bequeath to my Executors hereinafter named, to them their Heirs and afsigns forever two negroes-To-wit ROBIN and HELEN In Trust however, for the Sole and separate use of my daughter, Winifrid Garner wife of Charles W. Garner, during the term of her natural life: and after her death; I trust for such child or children as she may have living at her death aforesaid And should any of the children of my said daughter Winifrid marry in the life time of their mother and afterwards die before his, her, or their mother, leaving a child or children, such said grand child or grand children to be entitled upon the death of my daughter Winifrid to the share that their father or mother would have been entitled to if he she or they had survived my daughter aforesaid. Upon the trust: that they my said Executors will act as trustees in this behalf and shall have power by executing a deed for such purpose to substitute other trustee or trustees if necefsary to carry out my intentions in this matter: and also-that after the death of my daughter Winifrid aforesaid, the said Executors or such other trustee or trustees as may by deed be substituted for them so divide off and convey and deliver to the children or grand children of my said daughter their respective shares of such estate as is herein settled on them free of the trusts herein enacted. With the advancements heretofore made to my daughter Winifrid Garner the above bequeath made in trust for her benefit and the benefit of her children makes up her full share except as in the residuary clause of my will.

    Ninthly: I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan Parrott, wife of Willis Parrott, to her and her heirs forever; the negroes SQUIRE, HOLLON, and at the death of my wife, MILLY: if MILLY should have increase, that it to go as the mother. This bequest to my daughter Susan with advancements heretofore made to her makes up her full share-except as in the residuary clause of my will. Tenthly: I give bequeathed and devise to my daughter Harriet Wood wife of David G. Wood, all that tract or plantation of land on which I now reside lying on the West Side of Jeffries Creek to have and to hold to her and her Heirs forever: but 50 much thereof as I have in a previous clause of my will given to my wife Winifrid Parrott for and during her life time, my said daughter is not to have or pofsefs until after the termination of said life estate of my Said wife: And my Said wife is also to have the privilige of using what timber may be necefsary for plantation purposes and fire wood, to be cut and taken by her from any of my woodlands herein given and devised to my said daughter Hannah [Harriet], I also give and bequeathe to my said daughter Harriet to her and her heirs forever the following negroes to wit NED, PATSY and PLENTY.

    Eleventhly: I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Zilpha Parrott to her and her heirs forever one negro girl called, MANDA--

    Twelfthly: I direct that my Executors do sell all my stock of cattle, Horses, Hogs and sheep that may be found on my plantation at my death (except what may be allotted to my wife under a previous clause of this will) as also Corn fodder household furniture-plantation utensils, (except as aforesaid): And the proceeds of such sale after deducting such debts as I may have unsettled-I will and desire to be equally divided between my eight children (Nancy being dead her children to take her share) to-wit: Children of Nancy, Benjamin Parrott, James Parrott, Lemuel Parrott, William Parrott, Winifrid Garner, Susan Parrott, and Harriet Wood.

    Lastly: I hereby constitute and appoint my Son William Parrott, out and my friend & son in law David G. Wood, Executors to carry out and have executed this my last Will and Testament according to its terms and directions. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17 day of february in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred and Forty two. Signed, Sealed, published and declared as and for the last Will and Testament of Benjamin Parrott Senr The day above written: contained on two sheets.

    Benjamin Parrott(Seal)

    In presence of us.
    Henry Wood, Absolum Galloway, Theophilus Caroway

    Recorded in Will Book 10 Page 94 Recorded January 23 1846
    Ervin B. Brunson Ordinary DD
    Apt. A Pkg. 256


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