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Will & Estate of WILLIAM ALSTON-1795
Warren County Will Book 8, Pgs. 90-92
(This was William Alston, b. 1747-d.1795), son of Philip Alston & Winnefred Whitmel; his wife was Martha Hardy, d. 1823)

In the name of God Amen
I WILLIAM ALSTON of Warren County, being of perfect mind and memory blessed be God to this 14th of July Ninety five, make and ordain this my
last will and testament, in manner and form following, Viz.
To My beloved Wife MARTHA ALSTON, I give and bequeath the plantation whereon I now live, together with the plantations which I bought of HENRY ALSTON, and SAMUEL WILLIAMS, during her natural life after with to descend to my Son MEDICUS ALSTON.
I also give to my beloved Wife the following Negroes SARAH, LETTICE, LUCY and BOATSWAIN, exclusive of an equal part in the balance of my Negroes. The remainder of my land, it is my desire, should be equally divided between my sons PHILIP, WILLIAM, WHITMEL, THOMAS and SAMUEL ALSTON.
My Negroes it is my wish should be equally divided between my Wife and children and the children to take their parts as they come of age, or marry.
The stock to be divided equally between my Wife, and Sons. I also empower my beloved Wife to dispose of the House and kitchen furniture as she may think proper between my children.
My land which I bought of THOS CRAWFORD, in Halifax, to return to him, provided the claims which JOHN HAMILTON has against the estate of NATHANIEL KIMBROUGH should be resolved, but if other wise the said land to be divided between my sons, in case CRAWFORD does not provide for the discharge of the said claims.
And I hereby make and appoint my Brothers THOMAS, PHILIP, and SAMUEL ALSTON Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I the said WILLIAM ALSTON have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the day and year above written.




Warren County August Court 1795
This last will & Testament of WM ALSTON deceased was proved in court by the oaths S ALSTON & THOS WHIT. ALSTON subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded THOS PHILLIP & SAMUEL ALSTON Executors named in the said will Qualified as such



On August 20, 1803 in Warren County Court
The division of the Estate of WILLIAM ALSTON, dec'd.

Agreeable to an order of the Worshipful Court of Warren, we THOS., PHILIP & SAMUEL ALSTON have proceed to lay of WHITMELL ALSTON's proportionable part of his deceased Father's Estate according to the Will of sd. deceased and have alloted to him the following tract of land lying and being in th county of Warren County and bounded as follows [a description of land containing Fifteen hundred and Twenty one and a half acres is listed].

And also the following slaves:

  • Jack
  • Frank
  • Darky
  • Abby
  • Ephraim
  • Enoch
  • Jordan
  • Cloe
  • Jacob
  • Ned
  • Isaac
  • Peggy
  • Malisse
  • Isaac



February 25, 1806

In compliance with an order of the Worshipfull Court of Warren we THOMAS PHILIP and SAMUEL ALSTON have proceeded to divide the Estate of WILLIAM ALSTON Deceased agreeable to his Will and do lot off and apportion to POLLY H. HAWKINS wife of JOSEPH HAWKINS and one of the Legatees of sd deceased the following Negro slaves, viz:

  • Thomas
  • Watson
  • Toney
  • Silvey
  • Old Bess
  • Clary
  • Phibby
  • Sarah
  • Addeline
  • William
  • Louisa
  • Hanah
  • Edmund
  • Ferry
  • Zadock
  • Delany

Together with One hundred and fifty nine pounds Six shillings & three pence Virginia currency which appears to us to be an equal proportion of every part of sd Estate to which the sd. POLLY H. HAWKINS in entitled. Given under our hands this first day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and six.




Division of Slaves of Colonel WILLIAM ALSTON, Returned by commissioners, February Term 1812

State of North Carolina
Warren County

Pursuant to an order of the Worshipfull court of said County directing us to divide the Negroes which are held in common under the Will of Colo. WILLIAM ALSTON Dec'd; Between JOSEPH HAWKINS in right of his wife MARTHA formally MARTHA ALSTON; And MATILDA ALSTON; have divided in the following manner viz:

The following Negroes

  • Kemp
  • Harry
  • Burrell
  • Redick
  • Abram
  • Calloway
  • Harriott
  • Winney
  • Harry
  • Rachel
  • Silvey
  • Pender
  • Sarah
  • Mariah
  • Olive
  • Morning
  • Crecey
  • Laney
  • Agness
  • Caroline
  • Washington
  • Luke

And to pay to MATILDA ALSTON the sum of Forty five dollars; And to MATILDA ALSTON the following Negroes-

  • Harcules
  • Reubin
  • Sanco
  • George
  • Douglas
  • Milley
  • Matilda
  • Olive
  • Hinton
  • Tabby
  • Lucy
  • Bess
  • Rebeckah
  • Rillis
  • Hester
  • Penny
  • Nancy
  • Tempy
  • Venice

Given under our hands in said County the 28th day of Dec'r 1811.



In obedience to an order of the County Court of Warren we the undersigned have laid of and set apart to WM. K. KEARNEY in right of his wife MARIA the following Negroes as his proportion of that part of the estate of the late Colo. WILLIAM ALSTON Deceased. to wit -

  • Beady
  • Ben
  • Orange
  • Amy
  • Rhoda
  • Kinchen
  • Isabel
  • Sam
  • Abram Senr.
  • Peter
  • Judy
  • Lucy
  • Jerusalem
  • Wisdom
  • Chloe
  • Matilda
  • Charlotte
  • Delilah
  • Isham
  • Old Place
  • Lucy
  • James

We also say that the said WILLIAM K. KEARNEY pay unto MARTHA & MATILDA ALSTON the sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars which sum is over and above his proportion of said Estate
In witness whereof We have hereunto set our hands and seals this 2nd day of January 1811.


Warren County February Court 1811
This alotment of Negroes to WILLIAM KERNEY was returned by the above comm'rs and ordered to be recorded.




William Alston's daughter, Benjamin Hardy James Maria Alston, a.k.a. Mariah Hardy Alston, b. 1793,  married William Kinchen Kearney, b. 1785, on July 16, 1810; their daughter, Valeria Virginia Kearney, b. 1822, married Robert Edgar Williams, b. 1817, on Oct. 20, 1841, who was the owner of Myrtle Lawn Plantation.

See Myrtle Lawn Plantation




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