AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: North Carolina 19th century Wills and Probate
In Response To: North Carolina 19th century Wills and Probate ()
In NC, as with any location, people named as heirs (which I believe you mean when you say benefactors) were living at the time that the wills were written. However, as in any case, while they could have been filed within a short period of time afterwards, many wills were written years before the testator died, and he may not have written a new will or at least added a codicil in those intervening years which would update any info in case an heir died between those years. But a will should not be the only thing one should look at when researching, it is the entire probate package that would give you additional details about whether or not all of the heirs were still living, and would give info about then current living heirs to any estate. Probate records include not only the will but also the disposition of any property and the follow-up accounting for the estate, at the very least.