Will of Talbot Williams (1820) – Craven County

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Below, I’ve transcribed the will of Talbot Williams of Craven County (Will Book C, p. 192).

Talbot was married to Nancy Gardner. They were originally from Maryland but came down to North Carolina sometime before 1780.

They had the following children:

  • William Williams (Abt. 1782 – Unknown)
  • Caroline “Kitty” Williams (Abt. 1783 – Bef. 1860) m. Laban MORRIS (Abt. 1781 – Bef. 1870)
  • Sarah Williams (1785 – Bef. 1870) m. Farnifold COX (1790 – Bef. 1870); moved to Posey County, Indiana
  • Nancy Williams
  • Mary Williams (Abt. 1800 – Unknown) – I believe she may have moved to Posey County, Indiana and married a man named John Cox, but I only have circumstantial evidence supporting that right now.
  • Zachariah Williams (1795 – Aft. 1850) m. Nancy MANKER (1799 – Aft. 1850); moved to Posey County, Indiana
  • Joseph Williams (12 Dec 1797 – 23 Aug 1888) m. Sarah “Sally” Florence CARNEY (1801-1882); moved to Posey County, Indiana
  • Levi Williams (Abt. 1804 – Unknown)

For a bit more about Talbot Williams family history, visit this post.

For Talbot Williams’s Estate Records, please click here.


State of North Carolina, Craven County, this the twenty fourth day of March In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty. In the name of God Amen! Whereas I TALBOT WILLIAMS of the County and State aforesaid, being in a low state of health, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for it, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

First, I give my body to the ground from whence it came and I desire my soul to be recommended to God ? gives.

Secondly, I give to my three youngests sons ZACHARIAH, JOSEPH and LEVI WILLIAMS all my lands and my negro boy called JEFF to be equally divided among the three.

I also give to my two daughters NANCY and MARY WILLIAMS one feather bed and furniture apeice.

I lend unto my loving wife NANCY WILLIAMS my negro woman MARY and her increase and all my stock of all sorts, and all my farming tools and tools of any description and all my household and kitchen furniture except what I have above mentioned to her during her natural life or widowhood, and at the death of my wife, I leave my negro woman MARY and her increase if any and all my stock of all sorts and all my tools of all sorts and all my household and kitchen Furniture I leave to be sold and the money that arises from the sale of said property to be equally divided between my son WILLIAM WILLIAMS, and my four daughters that is KITTY MORRIS, and SARAH COX and NANCY WILLIAMS, MARY WILLIAMS. I also constitute and appoint my loving sons ZACHARIAH WILLIAMS and JOSEPH WILLIAMS Executors to this my last will and testament the day and year first above written.

TALBOT (his X mark) WILLIAMS {Seal}

Sealed and acknowledged in presence of us }
JOHN CHAPMAN LEVI (his X mark) WILLIAMS }

Craven County Court. June Term A.D. 1820. The foregoing last will of TALBOT WILLIAMS was produced in court and the execution by said testator proved in open court and in due form of law by the oath of JOHN CHAPMAN one of the subscribing witness ?, JOSEPH WILIAMS one of the Executors named in said will appointed & qualified.

Attest. J.G. STANLEY C.C.

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