Will of William CARROLL, Sr.

Transcribed 26 December 1989 by Michael S. Cole, M.D.

William CARROLL, Sr, died in Granville County, North Carolina, between 26 October 1781 when he wrote his will and when it was presented in court in November 1782. The will was recorded in 1782 in Granville County, North Carolina, Will Book 1, pp. 355-57. The will mentions wife Elisabeth; children Jesse, Mary, Jenny, Kezia HARP, Thomas, John, William Jr, Spencer, Elizabeth ZARRARD, and Anne CHAMPION.

In the name of God, Amen.  Dated the 26th of October Anno
Dom. 1781.  I William CARROL Senr planter of Granville County in
North Carolina State, being very Sick & weak of body but of
perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for the Same.  Therefore
Calling to mind the Mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed
for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will & Testa-
ment, that is to Say principally & first of all, I give & Recommend
my Soul into the hands of God that gave it & for my body, I recommend
to the earth to be buried in a Christian like & decent manner
According to the discretion of my Executors.  Nothing doubting but
at the General resurection I shall receive the Same by the almighty
power of God, and as touching my Worldly estate wherewith it
hath pleased almighty God to bless me with in this life, I give
devise & dispose in the following manner.  Imprimis, it is my
will and I do order that all my Just debts & Funeral Charges
be paid & Satisfied.  Item I leave unto my well beloved wife

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Elisabeth CARROL during her widowhood or life my whole & Sole
personal estate, excepting Such part as I have given to my
Children hereafter mentioned in this my last Will as they
Marry or come to age.  Also my desire is that my beloved
wife, until She Marrys Should have possession of my Land
whereon I now live as I bought of Thomas BRIDGES & after
my beloved wifes marrying, if She Shou'd, or her decease
Item  I give the said Land & plantation whereon I now live as I
bought of Thomas BRIDGES in the sd County Containing Two
hundred and forty acres more or less to my Son Jesse CARROL
and his heirs forever.  Also to him I give my horse & Saddle
and one featherbed & furniture after he arives to age of
Twenty one years.  Also I give unto my youngest daughter
Mary CARROL and her heirs after She comes the age of
eighteen years old or Marry's one featherbed & furniture
Also I give to my well beloved wife at her own disposal one
featherbed & furniture
Item  I give to my daughter Jenny one featherbed & furniture
Also I give to my daughter Kezia HARP five pounds Cash
Also I give to my Son Thomas CARROL five pounds Cash.
And after my beloved wifes decease or Marriage I give an Equal
part of my estate to be equally Divided between my Children
I also give five pounds Cash to William CARROLL Jr  I also give to
Spencer CARROLL an equal part.  I also give to my daughter
Elisabeth ZARRARD an equal part I also give to my daughter
Jenny CARROLL an equal part.  I also give to my daughter
Mary CARROLL an equal part  also I give to my Son Jesse CARROLL
an equal part to they and their heirs forever
Also I give to my daughter Anne CHAMPION five pounds Cash & her
heirs forever, and if in case the estate Shou'd not hold
out to be equally propotioned amongst my Children
heretofore named.  And do hereby appoint my well belov'd
wife Elisabeth CARROLL and my Son John CARROLL whole

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and Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do
hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all & every other
Will or Wills, but this my last and Testament whereof I have
hereunto Set my hand & Seal the day and year first above written
Sign'd Seal'd, publish'd pronounced & Deliver'd
by the said in presence of us Subscribers             William CARROLL
William CARROL Junr
                                               November Court A D. 1782
This Will was duly proved by the Oath of John POPE esqr and Ordered to be
recorded.  Then Elisabeth CARROLL qualified as Executrix to the said Will
                            Reuben SEARCY  [clerk]

[Granville County, North Carolina, Will Book 1, pp. 355-57]

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