Will Book 40, Pages 34, 67, 68, 150
Will of Mary W. Harris- Alston, 1848
Daughter of James Harris & Temperance Williams; Wife of Philip G. Alston (1762-1820)
In the name of God Amen, I MARY ALSTON of the County of
Warren & State of North Carolina being of sound mind & memory do make ordain & establish this to be my last Will and Testament in manner & form
following revoking all others by me heretofore made.
Item- I give to my daughter TEMPERANCE W. DAWSON Negro girl CHANEY.
Item- I give to my daughter MARY A. LEWIS Negro girl JANE.
Item- I give to my daughter ELIZABETH ALSTON the following Negroes, to wit: FED, HARRY, NANCY, LILY, BRISTER, EMILY & JESSE also my carriage &
carriage horses, three mules, all of my household & kitchen furniture, my ox cart and all of my plantation utensils of every description.
Item- It is my wish that the balance of my Negroes, that is all that I have not given away above in this my will, should be divided in four equal parts
one of which, I give to the children of my daughter EVELINE, one other part I give to my daughter CHARITY WORTHAM but in case she should die without
issue, the part I giver her I desire after her death to be equally divided between my children TEMPERANCE W. DAWSON, MARY A. LEWIS, ELIZABETH ALSTON,
GEORGE W. ALSTON, PHILIP G. ALSTON, the children of my daughter EVELINE ALSTON and Dr. PETER FOSTER, the portion that Dr. PETER FOSTER may get however
give to him in trust for the use and benefit of my daughter MARTHA J. WILLIAMS during her life and after her death the part that Dr. PETER FOSTER may
get as trustee by the death of CHARITY WORTHAM, I wish my three grand children to have, that is ROBERT WILLIAMS, to have one share, MATILDA FOSTER to
have one, and MARGARET WHITFIELD to have the remaining share, but the part that my grand daughter MARGARET may get, I desire & intend that she should
only have the use of during her life and at her death that it should go to her children One fourth part of the Negroes alluded to in the commencement of
this clause of my will I give to my daughter ANN MARIA, but in case she should die without issue it is my wish that the part given her should be
distributed precisely in the same manner, that I have directed the fourth part that I have given to my daughter CHARITY to be divided in the event of
her dying without issue, the remaining fourth part of the Negroes I give in Trust to Dr. PETER FOSTER for the use and benefit of my daughter MARTHA J.
WILLIAMS during her life and at her death it is my wish that the part given Dr. PETER FOSTER in Trust for her use & benefit should be equally divided
between her three children ROBERT WILLIAMS, MATILDA FOSTER & MARGARET WHITFIELD but the part that MARGARET may get in the division I design & intend she
should only have the use of during her life & at her death to go to her children.
Item- I am informed that there is a probability of my falling heir to the Estate of my Granddaughter MARY A. TRIPPE who lived in County of Perry and
State of Alabama should it turn out that I should get any portion or all of her Estate it is my wish it should be equally divided between my children
TEMPERANCE W. DAWSON, MARY A. LEWIS, ELIZABETH ALSTON, CHARITY D. WORTHAM, GEORGE W. ALSTON, PHILIP G. ALSTON, ANN MARIA ALSTON, the children of my
daughter EVELINE ALSTON & Dr. PETER FOSTER in trust for the use & benefit of my daughter MARTHA J. WILLIAMS, during her life and at her death it is my
wish that the part that Dr. PETER FOSTER may get in the division be equally divided between her children ROBERT WILLIAMS, MATILDA FOSTER, & MARGARET
WHITFIELD, but the part MARGARET may get in the division it is my wish that she should only have the use of during her life and at her death it should
go to her children.
Item- My crop & stock of all kinds, except the three mules I have given to my daughter ELIZABETH, I wish sold and the money arising from the sale
thereof to be applied to the payment of my debts; given under my hand & seal this 15th day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred
and forty seven.
THOS. N. F. ALSTON
Warren County August Court 1848
The execution of this will was duly proved in Open Court the the oaths of EDW’D ALSTON & THOS. N. F. ALSTON the subscribing witnesses thereto & on
motion is ordered to be recorded, whereupon Dr. PETER FOSTER on motion was appt. Adm’r thereto with the will annexed.
JNO. W. WHITE, Clk
Inventory of the Property belonging to MRS. MARY ALSTON that came into the hands of PETER S. FOSTER Administrator. (includes various
notes, household & plantation supplies, and a list of slaves)
53 Slaves (but 54 are named)
PETER S. FOSTER, Administrator of
MRS. MARY ALSTON
Warren County November Court 1848
This inventory was returned upon oath in Open Court by PETER S. FOSTER The administration which ordered to be recorded.
JNO. W. WHITE, Clk.
Account of the Sale of Property belonging to the Estate of Mrs. Mary Alston, sold 23rd Nov. 1848, on a credit of six months by the
Following are a list of names who purchased the property that included livestock & supplies, wheat, corn, fodder, etc.
F. N. Alston
A. N. Hawkins
Joseph S. Jones
N. S. Sims
James A. Debnam
Samuel T. Alston
S. L. Alston
J. B. Williams
T. N. F. Alston
P. G. Alston
Dr. S. Williams
State of North
December 30, 1848
We the undersigned commissioners agreeable to the order annexed, have proceeded to divide the slaves (belonging to the estate of MARY ALSTON, dec’d) among
the Heirs as the Will directs They being forty five in number, and valued at $13190 thirteen thousand one hundred and ninety dollars. We find each
distributive shair to be $3297.50/100 three thousand two hundred ninety seven and 50/100 They were divided into four lots and drawn as follows – to wit Lot
Valued at $3315 three thousand three hundred & fifteen dollars & drawn by ANN MARIA ALSTON & has to pay to lot No.
4 $17.50/100 seventeen dollars fifty cents.
Lot No. 2, to wit:
Was valued at $3325 and drawn by the children of EVALINE ALSTON and has to pay to lot No. 4 $27.50/100 twenty seven
dollars & fifty cents.
Lot No. 3, to wit:
Valued at $3300 three thousand three hundred dollars & drawn by Dr. PETER FOSTER trustee & has to pay to lot No. 4
$2.50/100 two dollars and fifty cents.
Lot No. 4, to wit:
- Sally Ann
Was valued at $3250 three thousand two hundred and fifty dollars and drawn by CHARITY D. WORTHAM and has to receive
from lot No. 1, $17.50/100, from lot No. 2, $27.50/100, from lot No. 3 $2.50/100.
JOHN S. DAVIS
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