Lewis Lashley was my 6th great grandfather. I am fairly certain that the “Holleman” men named in the will are most likely Hollands, as Lewis’ wife was Mary Holland and they all lived near each other.
A slave woman, Nell, is named in this will. She is not found on 1800 census, and I can’t find Lewis or his son Rial on the 1810 census. However Rial has two slaves on the 1830 census. He died in 1840, and his will papers mention a woman named Lottie who was sold by David Holland, guardian of his six orphaned minor children.
I Lewis Lashly (senior) of Wake County and state of north carolina being in a Low State of health but of sound mind and memory do make this my Last will and testament in maner and form as follows:
Item I give to my son Edmund Lashly one Dollar.
Item I give to the heirs of Sarah Utly one Dollar
Item I give my son Lewis Lashly one Dollar
Item I give to my son Wm Lashly one Dollar
Item I give my son Burrell Lashly one Dollar
Item I give my son Abner Lashly two hundred acres of Land in the north part of my Land I now live on and one feather Bed
Item I give the balance of my Land I now live on to my son Rial Lashly and after there is Enough sold to pay my Debts or my perishable property I Give the remainder of my Stocke, household furniture plantation utensils also my negro woman by the name of Nell to my son Rial Lashly
I do also Request John Holleman (Holland?) and my son Rial lastly to be Executors to this my Last will and testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirty-first Day of January Eighteen hundred and fifteen.
Lewis X Lashly (his mark)
Jesse Holleman (Holland?) jury
Sam’l Blake Jurat
November Term 1815
The above last will and Testament of Lewis Lashly sen’r was in open Court duly proven by the oath of John Hollen (Holland?) + Samuel Blake two (?) witnesses and ordered to be recorded (illegible)
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My father’s ancestor was an Irish plantation owner who had an affair with a slave, my father’s surname is Lashley from Trinidad the slave was his ancestor that’s where we got the name Lashley, I still need to do MORE research, I know they settled in Alabama and Georgia.