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The last will and testament of Obediah Small

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Location: Pasquotank County, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Obediah Small's Last Will and Testament

Details

  • The last will and testament of Obediah Small was signed and witnessed on 15 Sept 1788 in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. Obediah Small's signature is interesting for two reasons.
    • First, he spells his given name as Obadiah. This is one of the fewest records with this spelling. More commonly it is spelt as Obediah.
    • The second item of interest is that his signature is not written in script but rather it is printed. Compare his signature to those of the witnesses. This suggest that while he may well be literate, he is not practiced in the art of writing.
    • The will is witnessed by Charles Overman, Thomas Wood and John Cosand. (Obediah's eldest daughter, Rachel, married Ephraim Overman. Is Charles Overman a relative?)
  • Samuel Small, Obediah's eldest son and one of the executors of his will, presented Obediah Small's last will and testament to the "worshipfull Justices" at the December 1788 term of court in Pasquotank County, Province of North Carolina.
    • Obediah Small's last will and testament was ordered to be recorded on 19 Feb 1789 in "Book K Folio 170 & 171." See images 7, 8, and 9.
  • The date of Obediah Small's death can be narrowed to the period between 15 Sep 1788 when the will was signed and witnessed and the December 1788 term of the court in Pasquotank County, North Carolina; this is to say that Obediah Small died in the fall of 1788.

Bequeaths

  1. To his wife, Sarah, he leaves "the estate she had when I married her" and a large iron kettle and a tea kettle.
  2. To his sons, Joshua and Nathan, he leaves one cow and calf. And to Joshua, he leave one yearling mare.
  3. To his daughter, Elizabeth, one feather bed and furniture.
  4. To his son, Jesse, he leaves one bed and furniture.
  5. To his son, John, he leaves one cow and calf.
  6. To his wife, Sarah, he leave five stocks of bees and a case of bottles.
  7. To his son Obediah, he leaves one stock of bees.
  8. The remainder of his estate to be sold and equally divided (after the payment of all debts) amoung my six youngest children

Images

  • Images 1 thru 3 are images of a transcription (A) of Obediah Small's last will and testament.[1]
  • Images 4 thru 6 are images of the contents of a folder labeled "Small, Obadiah(Obediah) 1788". The first image (4) is of the file folder. And the second (5) and third (6) images are of the front and back of Obediah Small's last will and testament.[2]
  • Images 7 thru 9 are images of a transcription (B) of Obediah Small's last will and testament.[3]
  • Images 10 thru 13 are of Obediah Small's last will and testament. Image 10 is of the half top of the front page of the will, image 11 is of the bottom half of the front page of the will, image 12 is of the top half of the back page of the will, and image 13 is of the bottom half of the back page of the will.[4]


Sources

  1. North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Pasquotank County), "Wills, 1720-1941", p. 169-171, Will of Obediah Small, Pasquotank County, North Carolina; digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:2:77T2-VKJK : 18 Nov 2019), "North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," Pasquotank > Wills, 1777-1793 > image 173-175 of 262.
  2. North Carolina. Division of Archives and History, "Wills and Estate Papers (Pasquotank County), 1663-1978," Obadiah [Obediah] Small, Pasquotank, North Carolina; "North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998," digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed Nov 11, 2019), Pasquotank >Original Wills Musgrave, George John - Taylor, Elizabeth, image 1577-1579 out of 1944.
  3. North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Pasquotank County). "Record of Wills," Vol K (1787-1792), p. 25-27, Obediah Small, Pasquotank, North Carolina; digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:2:77T2-VY9C : 18 Nov 2019),"North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," Pasquotank > Wills, 1787-1792, Vol. K > image 37-39 of 128.
  4. North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Pasquotank County). "Wills, 1720-1804," Vol 6 Sma-You. Obediah Small; digital images. FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:SQWF-JXNR-9 : 18 Nov 2019), "North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," Pasquotank > Wills, 1720-1804, Vol. 6 > image 2-5 of 234.




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