Will of Nathan Harris of Edgecombe County, North Carolina, 30 November 1809

I've recently uncovered several wills relating to the Harris family, Thomas Bembry's in-laws. They seem to have been a pretty hard-nosed lot, being very specific about property in their wills and selling enslaved people without thinking twice about it. I had known for some time that the second Nathan Harris' will had resulted in a … Continue reading Will of Nathan Harris of Edgecombe County, North Carolina, 30 November 1809

Wills of William and Nancy Townsend Walker of Benton County, Tennessee

I've just added the wills of my 5th great-grandparents, William W. Walker (abt. 1780-abt. 1840) and his wife Nancy Townsend Walker (1785-abt. 1850) to my tree. William and Nancy were both born in Virginia, probably in or near Frederick county. This is at the northern tip of the state around Winchester, right on the Great … Continue reading Wills of William and Nancy Townsend Walker of Benton County, Tennessee

Will of William Lanier of Davidson County, Tennessee, 12 February 1811

William Lanier was my 5th great-grandfather, himself the grandson of a Barbadian immigrant. He came to Nashville before 1807 from Beaufort County, North Carolina. Previously, I had an abstract of his will, but I recently found the original online at Family Search with more detail, including the names of several enslaved people (in bold, below). … Continue reading Will of William Lanier of Davidson County, Tennessee, 12 February 1811

Will of Robert Shaw, Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823

Robert Shaw was my 5th great-grandfather and along with his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the earliest white settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee.  I Robert Shaw of Sumner County and of Tennessee do make and ordain this instrument which is subscribed with my name to be my last will and testament revoking all others. First … Continue reading Will of Robert Shaw, Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823