The following is a transcription of the will of Mary Morris of Craven County, written 22 October 1816. Although the will was written as one long, continuous paragraph, it has been reformatted here to make it easier to read. Also, the names of the heirs have been placed in ALL-CAPS for quick reference to relationships.

NOTE: This MORRIS is apparently unrelated to Laban MORRIS of Craven County. It is one I had transcribed, however, while researching the family. I thought it will surely be of use to someone who descends from this dear lady or her children.


In the name of God amen, I Mary Morris of the County of Craven in the State of North Carolina being sick and weak in body but of perfect sound mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God, calling to mind the frailty and mortality of my body knowing it is appointed for me to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament first of all Recommending my soul into the hands of god who gave it and my Body to the dust from whence it came to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner and as for what worldly or temporal intrust it has pleased Almighty god to bless me with in this world, I do hereby leave and bequeath in manner and form following –

Item – I give to my son LEWIS MORRIS one fether bed and furniture to him and his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give to my Daughter SARAH MORRIS one fether bed and furniture to her and assigns for Ever.

I give one fether bed and furniture to my son THOMAS MORRIS to him his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my notes money and accounts to my son THOMAS MORRIS his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give one hand mill and all my plantation tools of Every kind and sort to my son THOMAS MORRIS his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give one loom and all my slays and gears to my daughter SARAH MORRIS heirs and assigns for ever.

I give one fether bed and furniture to my grandson LEWIS MORRIS LOFTIN to him his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give to my grand Daughter POLLY LOFTIN one bed one pot one Chist one dish to her her heirs and assigns for EVER.

I give all my Clothes of Every kind and sort to my Daughter SARAH MORRIS to her her heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give my waffles tongs to my son THOMAS MORRIS his heirs and assigns for EVER.

I give one Wooling wheal and one lining wheal to my son THOMAS MORRIS his heirs and assigns for EVER.

I give to my Daughter SARAH MORRIS one wooling wheal and one lining wheel to her her heirs and assigns for EVER.

I give all my other houshould and kitchen furniture of Every kind and sort to be Equally divided between my son lewis my son Thomas and my Daughter Sarah to them their heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give to my son THOMAS MORRIS all my hogs of Every kind and sort all my horses and three oxen to him his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give three head of Cattle to my son LEWIS MORRIS to him his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give to my Daughter SARAH MORRIS three Cows and Calves to her her heirs and assigns for EVer.

I give three Cows and Calvs to my grandson LEWIS MORRIS LOFTIN to him his heirs and assigns for EVER.

I give all my other Cattle all my Crop of wheat corn fodder I give pease and potatoes to my son THOMAS MORRIS to him his heirs and assigns for EVER.

I give all my oats and all my bees to my son THOMAS MORRIS to him and his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my sheep and all my tabaco? [innk is smeared] to my son THOMAS MORRIS to him his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my ?? and my honey and honey tub to be Equally Divded between my son THOMAS and my Daughter SARAH MORRIS to them their heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my pork bacon and hogs lard to my son THOMAS MORRIS his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my spun thread? of Every kind and sort to my Daughter SARAH MORRIS her heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my salt all my ??? and all my bells to my son THOMAS MORRIS his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my hides and leather to my son THOMAS his heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my Cototn and flax to my son LEWIS ??? son THOMAS and to my Daughter SARAH MORRIS to them their heirs and assigns for Ever.

I give all my Cards to my Daughter SARAH MORRIS her heirs and assigns for Ever and Lastly I nominate Constitute and ?? and appoint my sons LEWIS and THOMAS MORRIS Executors of this my last will and testament disannuling all other wills Ratifying Vouching and ??chanining this to be my last will and testamony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22 day of October 1816.

Mary {her x mark} Morris

Signed sealed and Deliverd
in presents of us

Test: AUSTIN PRESCOTT
WILLIAM PRESCOTT (Jr?)
THOMAS MORRIS and wife

 

Will of Mary Morris of Craven County (1816) p1 Mary-MORRIS,-p2---1816