[PLEASE NOTE: My original images for the B and C sections of the index are somewhat blurred, so I will be returning to the Craven County Courthouse in the near future, Lord willing, to retake those images and fill in the blanks on the missing parts of this list. The rest of the index is clear, however, and I will be transcribing those for this site as quickly as I am able.]

The following is a transcription of the Craven County Record of Wills Devisor/Devisee Index for the letter B. The devisor is the deceased person who left a will, and the devisees are those to whom the deceased person has bequeathed items in his or her estate.

An index such as this is of critical importance to genealogists, since it shows family connections that might not be obvious just based on one’s surname. For instance, if you’re trying to figure out the name of the wife of John Smith, and you only know her first name was Petunia, it can be helpful to have a Devisor/Devisee index in which it can be found that a Rupert Jones has bequeathed items to his daughter, Petunia Smith.

 

IMPORTANT! MANY NAMES THAT SHOULD BE IN THESE CRAVEN COUNTY DEVISOR/DEVISEE INDICES ARE NOT HERE! I have not left them out in my transcription of the Devisor/Devisee Index, but it appears they were left out when the indices were originally made. If you think your ancestor should or could appear as a devisee in one of these Craven County wills, but their name does not appear in the Devisor/Devisee Index, request a copy of the actual will and double-check for yourself. It’s entirely possible that your ancestor’s name was one of many that were left out of these indices. I know many of my ancestors are named in wills, but are not mentioned in the Devisor/Devisee Index.

Devisor Devisee When Probated Book Page
Biggleston, James Ann Caroline Biggleston 1786 A 140
Brothers, John Sarah Ann Brothers & her children 1788 A 176
Mary Brothers 1788 A 176
Suckey Brothers 1788 A 176
Brittain, Joseph Catherine C.B. Brittain 1789 A 190
Avil Brittain 1789 A 190
Joseph Brittain 1789 A 190
Daniel Brittain 1789 A 190
James Brittain 1789 A 190
Joseph Physive (Physioc?) 1789 A 190
Brooks, William William Brooks 1790 A 220
Joseph Brooks 1790 A 220
Rice Brooks 1790 A 220
Bell, Andrew Lovit Bell 1790 A 224
Elizabeth Bell 1790 A 224
Bernard, Berom Noble Barnard 1790 A 230
Ashley Barnard 1790 A 230
Douglass Barnard 1790 A 230
Jesse Barnard 1790 A 230
Mary Barnard 1790 A 230
Bryan, Hardy Bonner Mary Bryan 1790 A 233
Green Bryan 1790 A 233
Beasley, Solomon Benjamin Beasley 1791 A 240
James Beasley 1791 A 240
Samuel Beasley 1791 A 240
John Beasley 1791 A 240
William Beasley 1791 A 240
Bryan, William Elmer Bryan 1791 A 244
Hardy Bryan 1791 A 244
Ellen Bryan 1791 A 244
Mary Bryan 1791 A 244
Green Bryan 1791 A 244
Susannah Bryan 1791 A 244
Margaret Bryan 1791 A 244
Holland Bryan 1791 A 244
Elizabeth Bryan 1791 A 244
Sarah Bryan 1791 A 244
Ann Bryan 1791 A 244
Bright, Stockwell John Bright 1791 A 256
Burney, William Sarah Burney 1794 A 266
William Burney 1794 A 266
Patrick Burney 1794 A 266
Benjamin Burney 1794 A 266
Ann Hall 1794 A 266
Almond Hall 1794 A 266
Thomas Hall 1794 A 266
Elizabeth Hall 1794 A 266
Biggam, Alexander Margaret Biggam 1790 A 272
Ann Biggam 1790 A 272
Biggs, William Mary Biggs 1792 A 282
William Biggs 1792 A 282
Isaac Biggs 1792 A 282
James Boyhead 1792 A 282
William Boyhead & wife, Mary 1792 A 282
Sarah Carraway 1792 A 282
Edward Carraway 1792 A 282
Barry, Albert Francis B. Buston 1793 A 307
Sarah Buston 1793 A 307
Britteman, James Sally Britteman 1794 A 308
Bryan, Isaac Rachel Bryan 1794 A 309
Louis Cox, Bryan
Hardy Bryan
Christopher Bryan
Seares Bryan
Bond, Francis Elizabeth Bond 1795 A 323
Southy Bond 1795 A 323
William Bond 1795 A 323
Francis Bond 1795 A 323
Brooks, Joseph Martha Brooks 1795 A 337
Spring Brooks 1795 A 337
Joseph Brooks 1795 A 337
Elizabeth Brooks 1795 A 337
Patty Brooks 1795 A 337
Nancy Brooks 1795 A 337
Mary Brooks 1795 A 337
Biggleston, Ann C. John C. Bryan 1796 A 341
Bryan, John Lewis Bryan 1796 B 6
Bryan, Sarah Mary Bryan 1796 B 12
Sarah Bryan
Bedscot, John John Bedscot & Wife 1798 B 40
Bryan, Needham Betty Bryan 1798 B 41
John Bryan 1798 B 41
Bishop, Joseph Joseph Bishop 1798 B 67
Elizabeth Stanton 1798 B 67
Lydia Stanton 1798 B 67
Baker, John Nancy Brothers 1798 B 68
Menerva Baker 1798 B 68
Barlett, William Elizabeth Barlett 1799 B 70
Ball, James Sarah Ball 1799 B 73
Stephen Ball 1799 B 73
Shadrick Ball 1799 B 73
James Ball 1799 B 73
Levi Ball 1799 B 73
Polly Ball 1799 B 73
Aaron Ball 1799 B 73
Whitiny Ball 1799 B 73
Badger, Thomas Lydia Badger 1799 B 79
George Badger 1799 B 79
Elizabeth Badger 1799 B 79
Ann Badger 1799 B 79
Frances L. Badger 1799 B 79
Butler, John Charles Butler 1800 B 105
Enoch Butler 1800 B 105
Bishop, John Sarah Bishop 1801 B 114
George C. Bishop 1801 B 114
Samuel Bishop 1801 B 114
John Bishop 1801 B 114
Leroy Bishop 1801 B 114
Benners, John Lucas Benners 1801 B 117
Elizabeth Howard 1801 B 117
Thomas Partridge 1801 B 117
Elizabeth Jones 1801 B 117
Lucas Herritage 1801 B 117
John Vail 1801 B 117
Benners Vail 1801 B 117
Bruce, James Mary Ann Bruce 1801 B 131
Bateman, Hopkins Cornelious Bateman 1802 B 165
Thomas Bateman 1802 B 165
Millie Bateman 1802 B 165
Sidney Bateman 1802 B 165
Mary Bateman 1802 B 165
Bond, Ebon Robert Bond 1802 B
Esther Bond 1802 B
William Bond 1802 B
James Bond 1802 B
Caty Bond 1802 B
Elizabeth Bond 1802 B
Brinson, Cason Dorcas Brinson 1803 B 192
Benjamin Brinson 1803 B 192
Cason Brinson 1803 B 192
Daniel Brinson 1803 B 192
Bradshaw, Thomas William Bradshaw 1805 B 216
Rodger Bradshaw 1805 B 216
Asa Bradshaw 1805 B 216
Bowdain, Mary Sarah Hughes 1805 B 220
Buckley, Thomas F. Elizabeth Buckley 1806 B 235
Mary Buckley 1806 B 235
Betsy Buckley 1806 B 235
Binum (Bynum), Fany John F. Binum 1806 B 249
William Binum 1806 B 249
Hulda Binum 1806 B 249
Bryan, John Council Mary Bryan 1807 B 268
Hardy Byran 1807 B 268
Thomas Bryan 1807 B 268
Ann M. Bryan 1807 B 268
Bety (Betty) Bryan 1807 B 268
Ann R. Bryan 1807 B 268
Mary Bryan 1807 B 268
Sally Bryan 1807 B 268
Alice Bryan 1807 B 268
Blackledge, Ann Spires Singleton 1807 B 277
Ann Hawks 1807 B 277
Thomas Singleton 1807 B 277
William Blackledge 1807 B 277
Ann B. Hatch 1807 B 277
Richard B. Hatch 1807 B 277
Thomas W. Blackledge 1807 B 277
Benjamin Blackledge 1807 B 277
Barrington, John Nancy Barrington 1807 B 294
Esther Dowdee 1807 B 294
Bryan, Hardy Dorcas Bryan 1808 B 327
John C. Bryan 1808 B 327
Beesley (Beasley), Elisha Rebecca Beesley 1809 B 338
Biggs, William Ellis Biggs 1810 C 10
Bryan, William H. Elizabeth Bryan 1811 C 31
Asa Bryan 1811 C 31
James Bryan 1811 C 31
Edward Bryan 1811 C 31
Bissell, Thomas Mary D. Bissell 1812 C 49
Eliza Bissell
Biggs, John James Biggs 1812 C 61
Hiram Biggs 1812 C 61
Elizabeth Ellison 1812 C 61
John Lister 1812 C 61
Bryan, Lewis Sally Johnson 1815 C 96
John Johnson 1815 C 96
Patrick M. Johnson 1815 C 96
Joseph Johnson 1815 C 96
Bridgeon, Edward A. Edward Thomas 1815 C 104
Brothers, Joseph Norah 1815 C 107
Cloe 1815 C 107
Nancy 1815 C 107
Daniel 1815 C 107
Note: The surname for the above devisees is unclear, as the index only has ” beside each name, but I don’t know if they intended that to mean the surname is Thomas as was in the above entry, or Brothers as is the name of the Devisor.
Bryan, George Frederick Bryan 1815 C 109
George Bryan 1815 C 109
John Bryan 1815 C 109
Johnson Bryan 1815 C 109
Burdee, John Juno Hamilton 1815 C 113
Bragg, John Hannah Bragg 1816 C 114
Thomas Bragg 1816 C 114
John Bragg 1816 C 114
Anna Bragg 1816 C 114
Penelope Bragg 1816 C 114
Sidney Bragg 1816 C 114
Braddock, David Juno Hamilton 1816 C 122
Bryan, Frederick Musa Bryan 1816 C 129
Johnson Bryan 1816 C 129
Brittain, Catharine (Catherine) Joseph Brittain 1817 C 149
Bennett, John Elmer Bennett 1817 C 152
William Bennet 1817 C 152
Benners, Lucas Jacob Lucas Benners 1817 C 178
Benners, Lucas Jacob Edward Graham 1819 C 178
Brame, John T. Sarah P. Brame 1819 C 187
Bragg, Mary William G. Taylor 1820 C 191
Bailey, Jonathan S. Bailey 1822 C 212
William Bailey 1822 C 212
John J. Bailey 1822 C 212
Mercy Bailey 1822 C 212
Cassey Bailey 1822 C 212
Fany Bailey 1822 C 212
Nancy Bailey 1822 C 212
Butler, Arthur Sarah Butler 1823 C
Frederick Butler
Jacob Butler
Sally Averitt
Racheal (Rachel) Spears
Mary Wiggins
Blount, Frederick Rachel Blount 1824 C 242
Barney, James Alexander C. Blount 1824 C 242
Barney, James Parnell Barney 1824 C 251
Brown, Nathaniel Chally Cratch 1825 C 2577
Frederick R. Brown 1825 C 2577
Emerline Brown 1825 C 2577
Brothers, Samuel Judith Brothers 1826 C 277
David Brothers 1826 C 277
James B. Brothers 1826 C 277
Brittain, Joseph Lucretia Brittain 1830 C 330
Avis Brittain 1830 C 330
Black, Henry Ann Black 1831 C 334
Brock, John I. Sarah Brock 1831 C 346
Beesley (Beasley), James Sally Simmons 1834 C 371
Anna Nunn 1834 C 371
Clarissa Caroon 1834 C 371
Needham B. Beesley 1834 C 371
James M. Beesley 1834 C 371
Julia Beesley 1834 C 371
Mary M. Beesley 1834 C 371
Brinson, Asa Daniel Brinson 1836 C 396
Smith Brinson
Charles Brinson
Bexley, Christopher Margaret Bexley 1838 C 412
Brinson, Benjamin Green C. Brinson 1839 C 428
Benjamin H. Brinson 1839 C 428
Oliver B. Brinson 1839 C 428
Cason D. Brinson 1839 C 428
Jerome B. Brinson 1839 C 428
Cason D. Caton 1839 C 428
Buckley, Elizabeth Mary Hancock 1839 C 438
Bender, Martin Daniel Bender 1750 5 135
John Bender 1750 5 135
Salome Bender 1750 5 135
Mary Bender 1750 5 135
Brock, George George Brock 1751 5 159
William Brock 1751 5 159
Elizer Brock 1751 5 159
Richard Brock 1751 5 159
Elizabeth Brock 1751 5 159
Brown, William John Brown 1751 5 239
Sarah Brown 1751 5 239
Mary Brown 1751 5 239
Barlow, Robert Hannah M. Williams 1752 5 259
Borrow, Joseph James Borrow 1752 5 272
John Borrow 1752 5 272
Joseph Borrow 1752 5 272
Mary Borrow 1752 5 272
June Borrow 1752 5 272
Bond, Sarah Francis Bond 1752 5 280
Brice, William William Brice 1752 5 288
Rigdon Brice 1752 5 288
Action Brice 1752 5 288
Francis Brice 1752 5 288
Balch, Joseph Susannah Balch 1752 5 289
Phebe Balch 1752 5 289
Mary Balch 1752 5 289
Joseph Balch 1752 5 289
Becton, John Frederick Becton 1753 5 309
George Becton 1753 5 309
Edmond Becton 1753 5 309
Michael Becton 1753 5 309
Bugnion, Ralph Elizabeth Bugnion 1752 5 332
Bryan, John Needham Simmons 1752 8 296
Brower, William Walter T. Brush 1840 D 21
Sidney Driggers 1840 D 21
Barrington, Martha Jesse Barrington 1840 D 22
William Barrington 1840 D 22
Borden, Benjamin Nancy Borden 1841 D 35
F.G.C. Borden 1841 D 35
John Court 1841 D 35
Samuel Hyman 1841 D 35
Benders, Laner Henry V. Benders 1842 D 63
Lewis Benders 1842 D 63
Comfort Benders 1842 D 63
Banks, Sarah Julia Banks 1842 D 63
Blount, Rachel Alexander C. Blount, Trustee 1843 D 68
Harritage W. Blount 1843 D 68
Frederick S. Blount 1843 D 68
Jas. (James) W. Bryan 1843 D 68
Caroline H. Washington 1843 D 68
Brock, Christopher Joseph Brock 1843 D 86
Elizabeth Brock 1843 D 86
Hannah Ann Blount 1843 D 86
Martin Blount 1843 D 86
Bell, Ann Charles Bell 1843 D 88
Brittain, Joseph W. Nancy Brittain (Brittian) 1844 D 104
Bowen, Edward Thomas H. Bowen 1845 D 113
Lewis B. Bowen 1845 D 113
Edward B. Bowen 1845 D 113
Bright, Sidney James W. Bright 1845 D 124
Nathaniel Whitford, Trustee 1845 D 124
Burney, Joseph John Burney 1847 D 131
Brothers, Judith Susan Brothers 1847 D 134
Jane Brothers 1847 D 134
Brame, Sarah Francis S. Benners 1847 D 137
Bryan, George Frederick Bryan 1849 D 158
Bratcher, Rodger Daniel Bratcher 1853 D 202
Basel (Basil) Bratcher 1853 D 202
Biddle, William P. Samuel Biddle 1853 D 262
Sarah Frances Biddle 1853 D 262
Benjamin F. Biddle 1853 D 262
H. H. Biddle 1853 D 262
Brinson, Ann Edward Brinson 1853 D 211
Susan Brinson 1853 D 211
Bryan, Thomas [no devisee named in index] 1753 5 292
(The above was written in by hand at the bottom of the page.)
Bishop, James John Barrington 1854 D 223
Burney, John Elizabeth Burney 1854 D 231
Joseph Ann Burney 1854 D 231
James Burney 1854 D 231
Robert S. Burney 1854 D 231
Benners, Francis Isaac E. Benners 1854 D 242
Benson, Elizabeth Harriet Lane 1856 D 263
Elizabeth Lane 1856 D 263
Mary Ives 1856 D 263
Julia Ann Ives 1856 D 263
Blackledge, William S. Mary Blackledge 1856 D 273
Richard Blackledge 1856 D 273
Virginia Harrison 1856 D 273
Burch, Jacob Caroline Burch 1856 D 300
John R. Burch 1856 D 300
Bess (Bass?), Mary Ann Edward Bess 1860 D 326
Nancy Bess 1860 D 326
Drucilla Bess 1860 D 326
Banks, Peter Stephen H. Banks 1860 D 340
Henry T. Banks 1860 D 340
Banks, Lizzie James Banks 1860 D 343
Daniel Banks 1860 D 343
Susan Dawson 1860 D 343
John Daw 1860 D 343
Betsy Rice 1860 D 343
Butler, Charles Rebecca Butler 1862 D 360
W.H. Butler 1862 D 360
Calvin Butler 1862 D 360
Charles C. Butler 1862 D 360
Bryan, James W. James A. Bryan 1866 D 377
Washington Bryan 1866 D 377
Annie M. Bryan 1866 D 377
Laura B. Hughes 1866 D 377
Boyd, John T. William A. Boyd 1866 D 418
John Boyd 1866 D 418
M. Veroone 1866 D 418
Eliza Veroone 1866 D 418
Cathaine? R. Filkiur 1866 D 418
Bratcher, Susan A. Reuben Bratcher 1866 D 431
Banks, Arnet Nellie Banks 1867 D 447
Ann Maria Banks 1867 D 447
Bryan, Ann R. E. Bryan (?) 1868 D 458
Sally Bryan
Verona M. Bryan
B. K. Bryan
Green Bryan
Jos. (Joseph) W. Jones
Sophia Jones
John T. Lane
Burney, Joseph Ann Rebecca E. Finch 1868 D 462
Borden?, Eliza H. William Borden 1872 E 64
Julia Borden
John Borden
Benjamin F. Borden
Biddle, Samuel S. Mary E. Biddle 1872 E 71
James W. Biddle
John Biddle
Rosa P. Biddle
Sarah E. Biddle
Braddock, Ayers Diner (Dinah?) Braddock 1873 E 86
Brown, Edward Elizabeth Brown 1874 E 112
Isaac Brown
William H. Brown
Becton, Ephraim Love Becton 1875 E 125
Ephraim Becton
Joseph Rhem
Brown, Mary Isaac Hanley 1876 E 149
Katie Kornegay
Alex Whitfield
Brinson, Josephus G.(?) Frances Brinson 1878 E
Henry T. Brinson
Holland P. Brinson
Rebecca J. Brinson
Josephus ? Brinson
Last five wills on this page illegible – will come back to later
Banks, John Evlin Banks 1884 E 350
Patsy
Brinson, S.E. Kittie E. Brinson 1884 E 353
Bryan, Alexander A. Mary Bryan 1885 E 372
Charles Bryan
Martha Bryan
Alexander Bryan
Catherine Bryan
Sylvester S. Bryan
Samuel S. Bryan
Rhoda Daniels
Biddle, Alonzo Alonzo Biddle 1885 E 390
Phill Biddle
John Biddle
Levi Biddle
Hollister Biddle
Jones (James?) Biddle
Borden, Benjamin F. Barclay D. Borden 1886 E 404
Bangert, Sabastine (Sebastian) Caroline A. Bangert 1886 E 419
Albert H. Bangert
Nancy Watson
Bryan, Mary S. James A. Bryan 189? F 18
Boston, Joseph Abram A. Bryan 1892 F 20
Barnes, Allen Ells R. Mace 1892 F 23
Bangert, Frances T. B. B. Bangert 1893 F 91
Edward D. Bangert
Bryan, Kit Elsey Pender 1896 F 218
Brinson, W. ?. Samuel H. Brinson 1896 F 224
Boyd, W.B. Katie B. Boyd 1896 F 226
Bryan, Mary E. Frederick I. Bryan 1896 F 244
Battle, Pen? Harriet Pool 1897 F 262
Margaret West
Amos Jones
Brimmage, Sophia Thomas Widson, Jr. 1897 F 299
Mingo Brimmage
Brown, Zacehus (Zacheus) T. Sarah F. Brown 1899 F 412
Zacehues T. Brown
Bryce, Peter Ellen Peter Bryce 1892 F 432
Buck, Thomas Isabella Buck 1900 F 481
Wilfred Buck
Chas. (Charles) J. Buck
Hugh Buck
Henry Buck
Walter Buck
Claud Buck
Sallie Buck
Lena Buck
Florence Buck
Hattie Buck
Fannie Buck
Annie Buck
Butler, Susan A. Mary A. Parris 1902 G 40
Butler, Charles C. Sarah E. Butler 1905 G 282
Louisa Butler
Battle, Thomas C. [no devisee named in index] 1903? G 42
Benders, Benjamin B. Mary Ann Benders 1903 G 63
Bess (Bass?), Charles Sarah Bonner 1903 G 105
William Miller
Charles Miller
Best, Daniel Balnida? Best 1903 G 119
Bryant, Eugene Lewis Bryant 1904 G 179
John Bryant
L. Chapman
C. Bryant
Lucy Bryant
Melva Bryant
Charles Turner
John Frank Turner
Jim Cox
Martha Cox
James Cox
Bryan, Lydia Bertha Johnson 1905 G 324
Albert Bryan
William H. Clark
James Bryant
John Bryant
Anthony Harper
Barber, Phi? M. Margaret M. Barber 190? G 369
Nancy Barber
Daniel L. Barber
James Marr
George Marr
E.H. Barber
Congregation Presbyterian Church, Derry? Township, Montour, Pennsylvania
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
Ministers of the Presbyterian Congregation of Colored People in the United States of America
Brinson, Kittie E. S.M. Brinson 1908 G 480
William George Brinson
J.M. Brinson
Ball, Darnel? R.? Billie T. Ball 1909 H 26
G.T. Ball
Sallie Small
illegible
Henrietta [?]
illegible
New Bern Circulating Library
The rest of the names on this page are illegible – will retake these images in the near future
Boyd, Martha A. W.T. Boyd 1911 H 135
Bryant, Susan Mary Bagley Goulding 1911 H 186
John Goulding
Bates?, Annie M. Jane K. Meadows 1912 H 209
Barnes, Sally Ann John Y. Creecy 1912 H 239
Barrow, Eli Laura Mitchell 1912 H 232
Bucklin?, Elizabeth S. Elizabeth A. Marshall 1913 H 236
Burrus, Walter Preston Margaret L. Burrus 1913 H 241
Bryant, Mary J. Anna Lanier 1913 H 255
Julia Moore
Susan Moore
Blount, John Gray William Blount Redman 1913 H 263
Lucy Olivia Blount
Thomas Harvey Blount
John G. Blount
William Augustus Blount
Patsy B. Blount
Mary Marcia or Mary Olivia Rodman
William W. Rodman
Polly Ann Rodman
Bagley, ?.?. Sarah E. Bagley 1913 H 268
Annie Estella Bagley
Johnie Clinton Bagley
Jennie Clyde Bagley
William Henry Harrison Bagley
Addie Elizabeth Bagley
Borden, Sutton James Borden 1914 H 279
Phillip Borden
Francis Stamps
Grizcella? Dennis
Harriet Bryant
Silas Bryant
Augustus Bryant
Arlueus Bryant
Nathale Pelham
Mary Pelham
Oliver Pelham
Emma Pelham
Alfred Mitchell
E.H. & J.A. Meadows Co.
Barrett, William H.? Annie ?. Barrett 1914 H 287
Barnes, ? Nancy Barnes 1914 H 468?