Will Book "A", Page 58
The Will of Jefferis (?) MOORE
I, Jefferis Moore of Gibson Port Claiborne County Mississippi
Territory of the United States, formerly of Chester County of State of
Pennsylvania being of sound disposing mind and memory but calling to
mind the uncertainty of all human affairs do think proper to make and
ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following
Viz. First my will is that all my Estate both real personal and mixed
(except as hereinafter excepted) as soon as may be after my decease,
be converted into cash by my Executors hereinafter named; That with
the proceeds of the same they shall pay all my debts and funeral
expense; if after discharging the same there be any residue that the
same be equally divided share and share alike between my Brothers
Joseph Moore, Emmor Moore, James Moore and my Sister Eliza Taylor
Moore or the survivor and survivors and legals representatives of them
in case any of them have departed this life.
Item. I give and bequeath to my nephew Joseph Moore son of Emmor
Moore my small golden breast pin when he arrives at the age of Twenty
Item. I give and bequeath to my nephew Robert Frazer Moore son of
Joseph Moore my large golden breast pin when he arrives at the age of
Twenty one years.
In case neither of these should attain that age or either of them
should die the same to revert to my Sister Eliza T. Moore or her legal
representative or representatives of the male line; in case she should
not have a son or sons then to the next oldest male or males my object
being to keep the same in the family bearing our name.
Item. I give and bequeath my paint box to my Sister Eliza Taylor
I ordain Joseph J. (?) Moore, Emmor Moore my Executors.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th
day of October one thousand eight hundred and Thirteen, hereby
revoking all former wills by me made.
Signed, Sealed and Published, Pronounced and Declared by me to be my
last will & Testament,
Jeff H. (?) Moore, SEAL
In the presence of:
J. P. (?) Bugg, Ralph Regan, Tho. T. Swann (?)
Recorded (--?--) of Court, D. P. (Last name unreadable)
Will Book "A", Page 76
The Will of Robert MOOR (All spelling is as found in the document)
In the name of God, I Robert Moor of Claiborne County and Mississippi
Territory being of sound and perfect mind and memory Blessed be to
God, Do this Eighteenth Day of February in the year of our Lord 1817
make and publish this my Last will and testament in manner following
that is to say--First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife to be and
remain with her my Negro woman Peggy my negro boy Charles and my Negro
J(?)---- De--(?) untill my Daughter Sally becomes Eighteen years of
age then them said Negros with their increes (increase) to be Equally
Divided between my wife Jamime my son Calvin my son Allen my son
Thomas and my Daughter Sally to them and their Eairs forever.
Secondly I give and Bequeath to my son William my Negro J(orZ)ack
A---(?) to him and his heairs for ever. Thirdly I give and Bequeath
to my son John my Negro (first name?) Clarkey (?) to him and heirs
forever. Forthely I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth my
Negro Girl Jenny to her and heirs forever. Fifthly I give and
Bequeath to my son James my Negro Boy Isaack to him and his heairs
forever. Sixthly Igive and Bequeath to my wife fore (4) of her choice
cows and calf with my two yocke of Oxen and all my Horses Except one
that I reserve for my son James. Seventhly I give and Bequeath to my
son James a sorrel horse commonly called his Horse. Eighthly I give
and bequeath to my wife three fether Beds and furniture with all my
household furniture. Ninthly I give and Bequeath to my Daughter
Elizabeth one fether Bed and furniture. Tenthly, I give and Bequeath
to my Step Daughter Alcey (?) one fether bed and furniture.
Eleventhly, I give and Bequeath to my Step Daughter Alcey (?) three of
her choic cows and calves out of that Lot of Cattle that is Caled (?)
Viz: Mottari(?). Twelfthly, I give and Bequeath the Remaining part
of that Lot of Cattle to my four young children that is to say Calvin,
Allen, Thomas and Sally. Thirteenthly I give and Bequeath to my Son
William one Cow and Calf. Fourteenthly, I give and Bequeath to my
Daughter Nancy (?) one Cow and Calf. Fifteenthly, I give and Bequeath
to my Daughter Polly (?) one Cow and Calf. Sixteenthly, I give and
Bequeath to my Son John one Cow and Calf. Seventeenthly, I give and
Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth two Cows and Calfs. Eightly (18th),
I give and Bequeath to my Son James two Cows and Calfs.
Ninthteenthly, I give and Bequeath the Residue of my stock to my four
small Children that is to say Calvin, Allen, Thomas and Sally.
Twenthly, I Leave my stock of hogs on the Place for the youse of the
family. Twenthylyfirstly, I give and Bequeath to my wife all farming
tools for the youse of the Plantation. Twentysecondly, I Leave my
Little Rifle gun in the house for the use of the farm. Twentythirdly,
I give and Bequeath to my son James my Big rifle gun. Twentyforthly,
I give and Bequeath one third part of my land to my wife containing
the improvement and house that I now live in. Twentyfifthly, I give
and Bequeath to my sons John and James the other two thirds of my Land
for which ther is the first payment made on it and in my name and the
(they) will indevor (endeavor) to macke the Ballins (balance) of the
payments. And I hereby make and ordain my worthy friend my wife
Jamima Moor my Executor, my son William Moore and my son John Moor
Executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I the
said Robert Moor have to this my Last will and Testament set my hand
and seal the day and year above written. Signed Sealed Published and
Declared by the said Robert Moor the testator in the Presents of us
who were present at the time of signing and sealing.
Robert Moor (signed)
C. Buchan (?)
J. Buchan (?)
I Certify the proceeding to be a true record ot the will of Robert
Moor decd. as proved and Ordered to be recorded in the Orphans Court
of Claiborne County
(Initialed, but unreadable)
Will Book "A", Page 198
The Will of Joseph Moore
Know all men by these presents that I, Joseph Moore of Scrogy (?) in the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi do make and ordain this my last will and Testament.
Impiris. All the estate which I now possess, or may at any time hereafter possess, both real and personal & mixed (not hereinafter bequeathed) Shall remain in hand's of my wife Elizabeth whereby authorized and Empowered to do and perform all necessary acts for carrying on the plantation and all the proceeds arising from the labour of my negroes and all other Serivces, she shall after paying my just debts and paying for the support and education of my children, have full power and authority to invest in such way as will be most beneficial to herself and children, under this provision it is intended that my wife shall have the power to purchase slaves, exchange slaves, purchase or exchange Lands, cattle, horses or any other species of Estate, provided she has the consent of her Co-Executors to such measure and she is further empowered to make Sale of any slave or slaves, land or lands (not bequeathed) if it shall be found necessary for the payment of my debts and the like provision, viz. the consent of her Co-Exrs.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Robert Frazer Moore, and to his heirs, a tract of land called the Cowpens, containing five hundred and Seventy Seven acres more or less, and the following Slaves viz. Prince & (?) Chloe his wife, Mike Ritty and their children, Jeff, Flora & Daniel, Moses, Simon & Phillis, with all their increase of the above named negroes; and in addition my Exrs. shall give him a portion of Horses, Cattle, Hogs, utensils, Furniture, equivalent to a fair proportion with my other Legatees, and if from death among the negroes in this bequest, or other causes, my Executors should at the time of my Said Son Robert arrive at age, think his share not equal to the others, they are hereby authorzied and empowered to add at their discretion. This Bequest is made to my son Robert Moore on condition that he release all claims which he will have against my Estate on account of monies recd. by me for him from the Estate of Samuel Gibson his Grandfather.
It is my will and desire that the plantation called New Hope be managed and conducted as it has heretofore been equally between my brother James Moore and my wife Elizabeth Moore, on half the proceeds of Said place going to the payments of my debts until all my debts are paid. As soon as this object is accomplished, I give and bequeath to my Brother James Moore my Equal undivided moiety of New Hope with it's appurtenances, slaves, Horses, Cattle, Utensils &c and in addition the following Slaves viz. Anthony Noah and Charles for and during the term of his natural life. This Bequest is made on the following condition viz. that should my Brother James Moore die without lawful issue, or a widow (?) remaining (?), that he will at his decease bequeath the whole of the said Establishment to my children, --and on the further condition that after the payment of debts, that my Brother James Moore shall pay to children of my Brother Emmor Moore viz. Sally Ann Jefferis, Joseph Moore and Hannah Moore, the following sums of at the following times; viz. to Sally Ann Jefferis Nine Hundred Dollars in twelve months after he receives the plantation; to Joseph Moore the like Sum of Nine Hundred Dollars in two years, and to Hannah Moore the like Sum of Nine Hundred Dollars in three years after the receipt of the said plantation. All the residue of my Estate real & personal shall remain in the hands and under the control of my wife Elizabeth Moore until my Son John Taylor Moore arrives at twenty one years of age at which time, I give and bequeath to my Said Son John Taylor Moore, an Equal third part of all Such Estate so remaining, to him and his heirs.
When my Daughter Elizabeth Moore arrives at twenty one years of age, I give and bequeath to her an Equal third part of all my Estate, to her and to her heirs, and should my Said Daughter Elizabeth Moore marry before she arrives at twenty one years of age, It shall be optional with her mother to give her such Estate, at her marriage or at full age.
The remaining third part of my Estate real and personal I give and Bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Moore and her heirs forever.
I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my wife Elizabeth Moore and Abram Banes (?) Executors of this my last will and testament with full powers to do and perform all things necessary for the benefit of my Estate, and do hereby expressly forbid that my Executors shall give security for the said trust.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 20th day of November 1827.
J. Moore SEAL
Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in our presence & who in the presence of each other subscribed the same as Witnesses at his request--
D. D. Downing
Truly Recorded: Jno. Jennings (?) Dp. Reg. (?)
In the name of God Amen. I George Jones of Claiborne Co.and state of Mississippi being of sound mind but weak in body, declare and publish this as my last will and testament.
First, I wish and it is my will that all my just debts should be paid.
Secondly, it is my will that my beloved wife Eve shall retain her right of dower in and to all all my lands and a child's part of all my personal estate in conformity to the statute laws of the land.
Thirdly, I will and bequeath to my children Polly Bailiss and James Bailiss her husband twenty five cents
Fourthly, I will and bequeath to my son James Jones twenty five cents
Fifthly, I will and bequeath to my daughter Sally Sleighter and her husband John Sleighter twenty five cents
Sixthly, I will and bequeath to my son Jesse Jones the sum of twenty five cents
Seventhly , I will and bequeath to my son David Jones twenty five cents
Eightly, I will and bequeath to my sons George, Thomas , Jonathan, and William Jones and to my two daughters Pheobah Ann and Malinda Jones and to my grandaughter Margaret Malinda Roberts, all the remainder of my real estate and personal property to be divided between them after the following manner. To wit, whereas William, George, Thomas and Jonathan have each had at different times portions of property given to them by me, it is my wish that they render an account of all each has received which property or the value or amount thereof to be thrown into Hotch Potch and computed with all my property now on my hands and thereupon each of my said sons and my two daughters and granddaughter aforesaid to divide the whole into seven parts and each one to have one seventh part thereof and the portion that each of my four said sons have already had given to them to be considered as a part of their legacies under this my will .
And I do hereby appoint and constitute my beloved son William Jones as my sole executor of this my last will and testament. And it is my further will that my said executor shall and may act and execute all and singular the tenents herein and confided to him under the sanction and approbation of the orphan's court without giving any security for the faithful discharge of his duties as my executor.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal to this my last will and testament this 12th day of September AD 1833 George Jones(his mark) and seal
Signed and sealed in the presence of D. Greenleaf, Jonathan Wilson, and Henry Thomas(his mark) Truly recorded by Lucas Guilets fee $1.00
Contributed by Sue Burns Moore
Assistant State Coordinators