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Transcribed Will of Joseph Daniel

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Location: Edgecombe County, NC, USAmap
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Will of Joseph Daniel


North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998
Item Description: Original Wills, Bryan, Thomas - Davenport, Jennie B Wills, 1663-1978; Estate Papers, 1748-1917 (Edgecombe County, North Carolina); Author: North Carolina. Division of Archives and History; Probate Place: Edgecombe, North Carolina [1]

  • 4 APR 1800 Edgecombe County, NC, USA. Signed by Joseph Daniel and witnessed by Archelaus Barnes [Joseph Daniel's daughter Delanah's husband Simon Barnes' brother] and Jesse Farmer.
  • 1 NOV 1800 Probated Edgecombe County, NC, USA.

Transcribed Text:

In the Name of God Amen. I Joseph Daniel, being, through the abundant Merry and Goodness of the Almighty God, Though in a Weak and [illeg] State and [illeg] of Nature Yet of a Sound and Disposing Mind and Memory Thanks be to Almighty God for the same, Do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manners and Forme following Viz.

Imprimis: I Lend to my Beloved Wife Sarah Daniel During her Natural life her widow-hood two Negros Lucy and Sip and my Stock of all kinds, Together, with all my House-hold and Kitchen Furniture

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Nathan Daniel One Negro Boy Named Dick to him and his heirs forever.

Item I Give and Bequeath to my sons Josiah Daniel and Asa Daniel two Negroes Dinah and Abram to be Equally Divided Between them to them and their heirs forever.

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Zilpha Dickerson One Negro Woman named Nancy to her and her heirs forever.

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Stephen Daniel One Negro Girl named Rose to him and his Heirs forever.

I Give and Bequeath to my Son Levi Daniel One Negro Boy named Tom to him and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Delanah Barnes One Negro Boy named Jack to her and her heirs forever.

Item I Give and Bequeath to my daughter Martha Doudna One Negro Girl named Jenny to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Daniel (after her Mother's life or widowhood) One Negro Boy named Sip. Also one year old Colt to be at her own Disposal at any time to her and heir Heirs forever.

Item I Lend to my Wife Sarah Daniel One half of my Lands and my Plantations Including my House I now live in [illeg] During her Natural life or Widowhood.

Item I Give and bequeath to my Son Ephraim Daniel all my Lands and Plantations with all the appurtenances Thereto belonging (only his Mothers life or Widowhood Exceptions before)

Item I also give to my Son Ephraim Daniel One Negro Woman named Lucy to him and his heirs forever

Item I Give and Bequeath to all my Sons and Daughters (after their Mothers Decease or Marriage) all my Household and Kitchen Furniture with all the Stock of every kind, Money to be Equally Divided amongst them all to them and their Heirs forever. And I do hereby Constitute and Ordain My Sons Asa Daniel and Ephraim Daniel Executors of this my last Will and Testament In Writing whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Affixed Seal This 4th April 1800.

Sign'd Seal'd Publish'd and declared by the said Joseph Daniel to be his last Will and Testaments in Presence those who were present at the Signing and Sealing thereto

Jesse Farmer

Archelaus Barnes

Joseph Daniel

Edgecombe County November Court 1800

This last Will and Testament of Joseph Daniel dec'd was exhibited unto Court by the executors & proved by the oath of Archelaus Barnes one of the witness, who also swore that he saw Jesse Farmer the other Witness thereto subscribe the same & Asa Daniel one of the executors therein name was lawfully qualified. Ordered that the Will be recorded.

Test: E. Hall, C. C.

Transcription by Babs Deacon and Lewis W. Griffin

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Hello. The actual will does not say Pig Dinah or Pig Lucy it says Viz. before their names. I can see how it could be mistranscribed, but it is clearly Viz. not Pig.
posted by Renee Newman
edited by Renee Newman
Thank you, Renee. I've fixed it.
posted by Kate (Gardner) Schmidt
I assumed you all would want to correct it!
posted by Renee Newman
Ooooo. You are right. I reviewed the original and that legal abbr. "viz". Makes so much sense. Thank you so much. I will modify various profiles and transcripts. I'm traveling so it will take me a few days.
posted by Babs Deacon
Thanks, Babs, all fixed now. Kate did this page, and Michelle did the related profiles.
I tried to use your example to do a will. It isn’t quite right. Can you help me just a little?
posted by Pam (Dale) Fraley
I want to create a transcribed will for an ancestor who held and bequeathed slaves to his children.

Are you using a wiki-space page to add the transcribed will?

I am trying to follow the directions found on the Black Heritage pages and am not quite sure on how to start.

Thank you,


Hi Kim! Yes, that's right, and I'll send you a message with a couple more details. Thank you!!