Slaves of Joseph John ALSTON, d.1780, Halifax County, NC

From the Will of Joseph John Alston, 1780, Halifax County, NC

In "The Alstons and Alstons of North and South Carolina" by J.A. Groves, 1901, pages 75-80

I also have a transcribed copy of this will from my grandmother. Differences between the two versions are indicated [in brackets].

... Item.I give and devise to my said son...all the negro slaves which I have heretofore possessed him with as also one other negro man named Levey, and one other negro man named Joseph which is now in my possession...

... Item.I give and devise unto my son...all the negro slaves which I allotted for him being now in his possession...

... Item.I have already given to my daughter...the several negro slaves which I allotted for her portion...

... Item.I give and devise unto my son...all the negro slaves which are now in his possession, excepting the following negros to wit: Hannah, Hagar, Silva, Nancy, Press, Boatswain, Nursery Rose [or Boatswain Masty, Rose], Rachael, and Sam, which said ten negros herein mentioned I lend unto my said son... two negros, to-wit: Fork Ben and his wife Priss. ...

... Item.I give and devise to my son...all the negro slaves which I have already possessed him with as also three other negro men called Simon and Pocosan Ben as also Frank which are yet in my possession...one negro boy named Jem, son of Mulatto Peg, and one negro girl named Jud, daughter of Penny....eight other negros, to wit: Hester Peter's daughter, Jacob, mulatto boy, Young Boccosa [or Bocnoran], Dyner and increase Sabina and Davy...

... Item.I have already given my daughter...the negro slaves which I allotted for her portion...

... Item.I lend unto my daughter...the use of the following negroes... to wit: Toby, Sall, Will, Roger, and Sall's children, Creas, Buck, Nan, Adam, Crease's children, Nan and Will, Cate's children, Charles and Edie, Pegg's children, Jupiter and Abraham, old Joe's son. ...

... Item.It is my will and desire that..my negro woman Lucy, the cook wench, shall enjoy her liberty after my decease... during the space of thirty-five years...

... Item.I give and devise to my son...all and singular of the remainder of my negro slaves...[unnamed]

Contributed by: Sue Musette, suemusette@geocities.com


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