This is the will of John DANIELL, Sr. and this may be where I got the 1812 date from. I have other information that says John Jr. died in 1777. I do not know.
The part that interested me about this will of John DANIELL, Sr. is the link to the POTTER name because my great-grandmother was Anne Eliza POTTER (1808-1863), daughter of Sir Arthur POTTER (1788-1843), Governor General of the Dutch West Indies and his wife, Margaret WHITE. Margaret was the daughter of Captain John WHITE of the US Navy.
I see all to many instances of the ALSTON family tied to various DANIELL property exchanges in the Charleston area and the ALSTON family is directly collateral with the children of Anne Eliza POTTER.
There is no smoking gun here but I think there is a link between my DANIEL bunch and these Charleston Families, as well as the DANIELL family but I cannot tie it down.
I do not have John, Jr's will but I would like to see what it says, specifically. Generally the male given names in my bunch are Robert, James and William......
WILL OF JOHN DANIELL OF NORTH CAROLINA.
In the name of God--Amen. I, John Daniell of the County of New Hanover in the Province of North Carolina, Esq. Planter, being in sound and perfect memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same, do make this my last will
First: Recommending my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth, to be buried at the discretion of my Executor and Executrix, hereafter named in hopes of a joyful Resurrection, with the just, through the mediation, death, and sufferings of Christ Jesus, my glorious Savior and Redeemer. And to such worldly blessings, as it has pleased the Lord to bestow on me, I give and bequeath as follows:
My will is that all of my slaves and stock be kept together, until my just debts and bargains are paid by my Executors hereafter named. Secondly: I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah Daniell, a marsh lott with the low Water Lott, fronting the same in Charles Town, No. 299, as also a piece or part of a Lott bought of my Mother lying between the above mentioned Lott and another Lott, formerly belonging to Marmaduke Daniell and
now in possession of Mr. Jonathan Scott, to her and her heirs forever. And I likewise give her during her life any piece of Land, which she shall choose to live on with all my household furniture, with my Plate, Chair, and Horse.
My will is that my slaves and stock shall be equally divided in three parts and that my said wife to take her choice, after my debts and bargains are paid.
Thirdly: I also desire my Executors to build a house on the above said Lott or any other piece of Land belonging to my Estate, of the same dimension, that my Sister Logan lives in. I likewise give to my wife, a Muster fellow, name Peter, during the time she continues a widow and after her marriage or death, to have his freedom.
Fourthly: My will is that two-thirds of my personal estate, after my just debts are paid, be equally divided between my children, that is John, Robert, Mary, William, George, and Stephen, that shall be living at my
Fifthly: I give unto my son George and Stephen, the increase of their part, from the time of my death, and to be delivered them, at the age of twenty-one years, free from all Incumbrance, whatsoever for maintenance or education by Executors hereafter named.
Sixthly: I give and bequeath unto the Vestry of St. Thomas Parish in South Carolina Currency, exclusive of the Thousand Pounds left by Captain Richard Harris deceased, and if my Executors shall think proper to sell the Burton Plantation, or tract of land containing five hundred acres to pay the said Legacies, they have hereby full power to do, and to pay the above said sum, within two years after my death, with lawful interest on the sum, into the hands of the Said Vestry, and to be by them applied to the edification of the poor children of the said Parish.
Seventhly: I give and bequeath unto my son William, the Plantation whereon I now live commonly called or known by the name of Tom Bells, being bought of Tom Bell, containing five hundred and forty-nine acres of Land, being on the West side of Lockwood's folly River, to my said son William and his heirs forever.
Eighthly: My will is that the rest and residue of my real estate shall be divided among my sons, John, Robert, George, and Stephen Bedon, that is to say my son John to take his first choice of any one Plantation, which
Plantation shall be valued by indifferent persons, as well as all other lands.
I do hereby give my said John three Hundred Pounds South Carolina Currency, more in valuation of the said Plantation he shall choose, than any of the other three, shall choose a Plantation, the Eldest having their first choice, still paying the other moneys if it shall be valued more than those of the younger brothers shall have and the moneys that shall arise by the valuation of said lands, as above, shall be divided, and paid to each one in South Carolina Currency as soon as they shall attain the age of twenty-one years, which said Plantation, so chosen, as above, I give to each of them and their heirs forever, and all my other lands to be equally divided among my said sons.
Ninthly: My will is that Robert Potter, son of Miles Potter, that now lives with me shall be educated, and clothed out of my estate, until he shall attain the age of twelve years, and then to be bound to any trade he shall choose.
Tenthly: My will is that Mary Tharp that now lives with me, shall be clothed and educated, out of my Estate, until she shall attain the age of sixteen years, or day of marriage.
I do hereby appoint my loving wife Sarah, with my sons John, Robert, and William Daniell to be my Executors and Executrix, of this my last Will and Testament. In witness thereof, I have hereto set my hand and seal, this the
twenty-third day December, 1763--signed John Daniell.
Signed, sealed, and acknowledged--this to be my last will and testament, in the presence of John Gibbs, John Robinson, Hannah Robinson. The within mentioned will was proved by the oath of John Gibbs, one of the
witnesses, each having taken oath as Executors. Letters of Testamentary issue thereupon to John and Robert Daniell--signed Arthur Dobbs. North Carolina Brunswick County. In Superior Court. I, R. S. Newton, Clerk of the Superior Court Brunswick County, North Carolina, in and for the State and County aforesaid, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original will of John Daniell, as recorded and filed in this office the 14th day of June A. D. 1812, signed R. S. Newton, Clerk of the Superior Court, Brunswick County, North Carolina
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