Will of Joseph Sumner of Onslow County, North Carolina, 29 October 1784

This Joseph Sumner was my 6th great-grandfather. The Margaret mentioned in the will is supposedly Margaret Chesstnut (also spelled Chesnut, Chessnut, and Chestnut) however, I have not yet found a primary source for this information.

From North Carolina Willd and Estates on Ancestry.com.

In the name of god Amen I Joseph Sumner of Onslow County in the provence of North Carolina being weak in body but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind and memory the mortalety of my Body that is appointed for all men once to Die do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and forme following,

I Committ my soul to god that gave it hoping that through the merits and medyation of my Blessed Saviour to Receive free pardon of all my sins and my Body I Committ to the Earth from when it was taken to be Buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executers and as to such Wortely Estate as it hath please god to endow me with I dispose off in the following manner to wit,

first I have to my son Richard Sumner my land three hundred acres with my plantation only my Beloved Wife Margit Sumner is to have her thirds of the land and plantation and peaceably and quietly during her lifetime. further I give to my son Richard my son a pair of millstones and a grindstone and a pair of Stil ards and one fether bed.

to my Beloved Wife I give on fether bed the same she lyes on with the furniture, one cow and two three year old heifers

and to my son Joseph Sumner one cow and yearling & a dish

and to my Daughter Ruth one pound in money to be Raised out of Estate

to my Daughter Christian I give one pound in money to be raised out of my Estate

and to my daughter Mary I give one pound to be Raised out of the Estate

and no more for them.

The Rest of my Stock of Cattle to my son Richard after my lawful debts paid and as to my household goods to my Wife and son Richard to be equally divided Between them after my decees only my horse to be for her use during his life

and lastly for the Executing of this my last Will and testament I constitute and apoynt my Wife Margit and my son Richard to be my Executers and I do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and disandull all and Every other Will or Wills by me maid Ratifying and confirming this to be my last Will and testament

in Wittness Whereof I have hearunto set my hand and seal this 29 Day of October on thousand seven hundred and Eighty fore

Joseph X Sumner (his mark)

Mary X Marshborn (her mark)

Elizabeth X Manner (her mark

Thomas Barber

This will proved by the word of Thomas Barber & Margaret Sumner being duly Qualified

7 thoughts on “Will of Joseph Sumner of Onslow County, North Carolina, 29 October 1784

  1. Hi Kelly!
    I’m looking for proof of parentage for my 3rd Great Grandfather, Daniel Thompson Sumner born about 1825. He is either the son of John Chestnutt Sumner and his first wife, Mary Hogan, or John Chestnutt Sumner and his second wife, Katherine Thompson. Katherine was the daughter of Reubin Thompson. I see in your information and Mollie Sumner, who you say is the granddaughter of Reubin. I would appreciate any information you have on the Sumner-Thompson line. Thanks!

    Marilyn Sumner Westendorf


  2. Hi Marilyn. I haven’t worked on that line in a while, but please feel free to email me at kbmgenealogy(AT)gmail.com. I will invite you to view my Ancestry tree.


  3. Hi Kelly, I’m interested in this line too. Do you think the Chestnut line might actually be Chastain at the end point? Spencer Hines


    1. Gosh, I have no idea! I haven’t really seen any overlap between the two, but then I haven’t worked on them in a while. I do know that Chestnut, Chesnut, and Chessnut all seem to be the same name.


  4. Thanks, Kelly. Right! No Standardized Spelling… It’s just that:

    https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/chesnut/about/results Accessed: 4/24/22 DSH

    And: “Chastain is an English and French surname from the Old French castan, meaning chestnut tree, from the Latin castanea. It was likely used as a topographical surname for someone living near a distinctive tree or grove of chestnuts or possibly someone with chestnut-colored hair or eyes.”

    Aloha, D. Spencer Hines


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