List of Brooks Estate Files at the NC State Archives

The following list of BROOKS family estate folders were found in the Caswell County, North Carolina Series of Loose Estate Papers, 1772-1927; C.R. 020.508.8

Name Date
Christopher Brooks 1782
Thomas Brooks 1794
Ann Brooks 1808
Thomas Brooks 1824
Christopher W Brooks (Isabella Brooks) 1840
Sarah Brooks 1841
John K Brooks 1850
Isabella Brooks 1851
C W Brooks 1851
Thomas Brooks 1855

 

An Inventory of Wills and Estate Records for Williams Families of Granville Co NC

My ancestor, Henry Williams, was the son of Daniel Williams who wrote a will in Granville County, North Carolina in 1759. You can read Daniel’s will in a previous post here. I retreived a copy of Daniel Williams’ 1759 Granville Co., NC will from the North Carolina State Archives in downtown Raleigh. While I was there, I also took inventory of all of the Williams surname files that were in the same box of original wills and also an inventory of the Williams estate files as well. Here is a listing of this inventory:

Granville County Wills 

Name Date Estate?
Agnes Williams 1803 YES
B F Williams 1925 -
Charles Williams 1819 YES
Daniel Williams 1759 YES
Elijah Williams 1854 -
Elizabeth Williams 1871 YES
J T Williams 1912 YES
James Williams 1845 YES
James Williams 1892 YES
John Williams 1799 YES
Joseph Williams 1773 -
Mary D Williams 1896 -
Nathaniel Williams 1831 -
Robert Williams 1822 -
Robert Williams 1905 -
Thomas Williams 1761 -
Thomas Williams 1825 -
William Williams 1765 -
William Williams 1777 -

Granville County Estates

Name Date Will?
Agnes Williams 1803 YES
Alfred Williams 1866 -
Benjamin Williams 1842 -
Charles Williams 1819 YES
Daniel Williams 1760 YES
David Williams 1862 -
Eliza Williams 1862 -
Elijah Williams 1842 -
Elizabeth Williams 1788 -
Elizabeth Williams 1871 YES
George Williams 1851 -
George W Williams 1900 -
Henrietta Williams 1887 -
Hettie H Williams 1889 -
J Williams 1770 -
James Williams 1847 YES
James Williams 1891 YES
John Williams 1770 -
John Williams 1779 YES
John D Williams 1912 YES
John H Williams 1865 -
Judge John Williams 1799 -

Source Information:

Granville County Wills: 1749-1968, Cr. 044.801.41, North Carolina State Archives, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

Granville County Estates: Cr. 044.508.590, North Carolina State Archives, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, NC

Amanuensis Monday – The Will of Thomas Brooks

Transylvanian Dutch blog author John Newmark started the Monday blog theme called Amanuensis Monday. According to John, “amanuensis” means:
“A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.”

This week I am posting a transcript of the will of Thomas Brooks of Caswell County, North Carolina written on the 31st of March, 1855.

The following will was obtained from the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina.  For more information on locating wills and ordering copies from the North Carolina State Archives, please reference my Looking for Wills at the North Carolina State Archives - Updated post.

The following will was found in the Caswell County Series of Original Wills, 1771-1927, box no. 1
Call no. 020.801.1

Summary of Will:

Written: March 31, 1855

Wife: Martha

Children:
William Brooks (<21 years of age)
Nicy Brooks
Mary Ann Brooks

Executrix:
wife Martha Brooks

Original Scanned Images:

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p1

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p1

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p2

Thomas Brooks Will 1855 p2

Transcript of Will:

In the name of God amen I Thos Brooks of the county of Caswell and State of North Carolina being in mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being weak of body but of sound mind and disposing memory Blessed be God do this 31st day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty five publish and ordain this my last will and Testament in the manner and form following that is to say first of all I recommend my precious and immortal soul unto the hands of God who give it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner,

Item 1st I give and bequeath to Martha my wife my tract of land on which I live containing 237 acres more of less and my stock of all description plantation tools household and kitchen furniture wagon and harness and carriage also the provisions of all description on hand during her natural life or widowhood.

Item 2nd I will and bequeath to my son William Brooks when twenty one years of age a seventy five dollar horse and a good Saddle and bridle. Item 3rd I will and bequeath at the death or marriage of my beloved wife Martha, that in the event my daughters Nicy and Mary Ann are both or either of them single, they are to have one hundred dollars of my estate each and then come in for an equal division with the rest of my lawful heirs.

I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Martha my executor to carry into effect this my last will and Testament herby ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament this day and date signed sealed and acknowledged to be the last will and Testament of Thos Brooks in presents of Charles G Russell and Byrd D Paylors.

Witnesses:
Charles G Russell
Byrd D Paylor

Thomas (His Mark X) Brooks (Seal)

Unfortunately, at this time, I do not know much about this family. Thomas Brooks’ estate was probated in 1855 because there is a file at the North Carolina State Archives in the Caswell County Loose Papers of the Estate Files for Thomas Brooks, dated 1855. My goal is to copy, scan, and transcribe the contents of that file the next time I got to the Archives. If you know anything about the family of Thomas and Martha Brooks, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me directly at ginger.reney at gmail dot com.

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The Wills of Richard Brooks (1789) and his wife Ann Brooks (1808)

Original Records of Person Co. at NC State Archives

PERSON COUNTY: Established in 1791 (effective 1792) from Caswell County

The following is a list of all of the Person County original records that are held at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina. This list was copied from the “Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives.”

ORIGINAL RECORDS

BONDS

Apprentice Bonds and Records, 1801-1925; 1 volume, 1 Fibredex box.

Bastardy Bonds and Records, 1793-1891; 1 Fibredex box.

Constables’ Bonds and Records, 1792-1854; 1 Fibredex box.

Officials’ Bonds and Records, 1792-1954; 2 volumes, 1 Fibredex box.

CENSUS RECORDS (County Copy)

Census, 1880; 2 volumes.

COURT RECORDS

County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions

Minutes, 1792-1868; 14 volumes.

Rough Minutes and Dockets, 1803-1866; 1 Fibredex box.

Execution Dockets, 1813-1825, 1838-1868; 5 volumes.

Levy Dockets, 1795-1826, 1837; 2 volumes.

State Dockets, 1792-1868; 4 volumes.

Trial and Appearance Dockets, 1792-1814, 1824-1868; 5 volumes.

Summons Docket (Writs Issued), 1793-1807; 1 volume.

Witness Fee Docket, 1822-1853; 1 volume.

Superior Court

Minutes, 1807-1864, 1869-1909; 8 volumes.

Equity Minutes, 1808-1854; 2 volumes.

Equity Trial and Execution Docket, 1807-1853; 1 volume.

Equity Trial and Appearance Docket, 1854-1868; 1 volume.

Execution Dockets, 1808-1857; 3 volumes.

State Dockets, 1808-1838, 1851-1868; 2 volumes.

Trial and Appearance Dockets, 1807-1868; 3 volumes.

Summons Docket, 1869-1870; 1 volume.

Civil Action Papers, 1813-1939; 8 Fibredex boxes.

Civil Action Papers Concerning Board of County Commissioners,

1871-1906; 1 Fibredex box.

Civil Action Papers Concerning Land, 1775-1948; 4 Fibredex boxes.

Criminal Action Papers, 1815-1908; 1 Fibredex box.

ELECTION RECORDS

Election Records, 1804-1918; 1 Fibredex box.

ESTATES RECORDS

Record of Accounts, 1868-1908; 4 volumes.

Administrators’ Bonds, 1870-1882, 1889-1898; 2 volumes.

Estates Records, 1775, 1776, 1784, 1791-1951; 78 Fibredex boxes.

Guardians’ Records, 1792-1949; 6 Fibredex boxes.

Guardians’ Accounts, 1810-1865; 4 volumes.

Guardians’ Bonds, 1870-1899; 1 volume.

Record of Settlements, 1869-1898; 1 volume.

LAND RECORDS

Deeds, 1777-1918; 4 Fibredex boxes.

Miscellaneous Deeds, 1774-1923; 2 Fibredex boxes.

Land Entry Book, 1873-1887, 1899; 1 volume.

Petitions for Partition, 1838-1918; 1 Fibredex box.

Petitions for Sale, 1856-1934; 3 Fibredex boxes.

Miscellaneous Land Records, 1775-1940; 2 Fibredex boxes.

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND VITAL STATISTICS

Marriage Bonds, 1791-1868; 10 Fibredex boxes.

Record of Cohabitation, 1866; 1 volume.

Divorce Records, 1821-1939; 3 Fibredex boxes.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Alien Registration, 1927, 1940; 1 volume.

County Accounts, 1881-1885; 2 volumes.

List of Jurors, 1893-1915; 1 volume.

Registry of Licenses to Trades, 1877-1901; 1 volume.

Minutes, Wardens of the Poor, 1792-1868; 2 volumes.

Miscellaneous Records, 1771-1954; 3 Fibredex boxes.

Powers of Attorney, 1785-1900; 1 Fibredex box.

Tobacco and Snuff Manufacturer’s Record, 1869-1871; 1 volume.

Records of Assignees, Receivers and Trustees, 1842-1939; 3 Fibredex boxes.

OFFICIALS, COUNTY

Minutes, Board of Magistrates, 1880-1894; 1 volume.

Record of Magistrates, 1893-1922; 1 volume.

Record of Magistrates and Notaries Public, 1923-1943; 1 volume.

ROADS AND BRIDGES

Appointment of Road Overseers, 1823-1868; 2 volumes.

Road Records, 1797-1888; 1 Fibredex box.

Railroad Records, 1876-1921; 3 Fibredex boxes.

SCHOOL RECORDS

School Records, 1832-1930; 1 Fibredex box.

School Registers, 1887-1904; 8 volumes.

TAX AND FISCAL RECORDS

Lists of Taxables, 1915, 1925; 3 volumes.

List of Insolvents, 1892-1898; 1 volume.

Schedule B Taxes, 1869-1883; 1 volume.

Tax Records, 1792-1886; 2 Fibredex boxes.

Tax Receipt Book, 1871; 1 volume.

WILLS

Record of Wills, Inventories, Sales of Estates and Taxables, 1792-1844;

15 volumes.

Wills, 1790-1943; 17 Fibredex boxes.

PERSON COUNTY

Established in 1791 (effective 1792) from Caswell County

MICROFILM RECORDS

CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

Record of Corporations, 1895-1966; 1 reel.

Partnership Records, 1913-1966; 1 reel.

COURT RECORDS

County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions

Minutes, 1792-1868; 4 reels.

Superior Court

Minutes, 1821-1864, 1869-1966; 8 reels.

ELECTION RECORDS

Record of Elections, 1906-1964; 1 reel.

ESTATES RECORDS

Record of Accounts, 1868-1966; 7 reels.

Administrators’ Bonds, 1870-1966; 5 reels.

Appointment of Executors, 1868-1894; Record of Executors, 1925-1966;

1 reel.

Guardians’ Accounts, 1810-1944; 1 reel.

Guardians’ Bonds, 1870-1899; 1 reel.

Appointment of Guardians, 1899-1966; 1 reel.

Clerk’s Receiver Accounts, 1894-1903; 1 reel.

Inheritance Tax Records, 1919-1961; 1 reel.

Record of Settlements, 1869-1966; 5 reels.

Index to Estates, 1947-1966; 1 reel.

LAND RECORDS

Record of Deeds, 1789-1959; 56 reels.

Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantor, 1790-1974; 6 reels.

Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantee, 1790-1974; 4 reels.

Index to Real Estate Conveyances, Grantee: Trustees, 1900-1974; 2 reels.

Entry Book, 1872-1899; 1 reel.

Record of Resale of Land by Trustees and Mortgagees, 1920-1960; 1 reel.

MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND VITAL STATISTICS

Marriage Bonds, 1791-1868; 6 reels.

Record of Marriage Certificates, 1851-1867; Marriage Registers, 1867-1966;

1 reel.

Maiden Names of Divorced Women, 1938-1966; 1 reel.

Index to Births, 1913-1979; 2 reels.

Index to Deaths, 1913-1986; 1 reel.

MILITARY AND PENSION RECORDS

Record of Armed Forces Discharges, 1918-1966; 3 reels.

MISCELLANEOUS RECORDS

Orders and Decrees, 1868-1962; 9 reels.

Index to Special Proceedings, 1954-1966; 1 reel.

OFFICIALS, COUNTY

Minutes, Board of County Commissioners, 1868-1947; 3 reels.

SCHOOL RECORDS

Minutes, Board of Superintendents of Common Schools, 1841-1864; Minutes,

County Board of Education, 1872-1886, 1909-1953; 1 reel.

TAX AND FISCAL RECORDS

Tax Scrolls, 1876-1925; 4 reels.

WILLS

Wills, Inventories, Sales of Estates and Taxables, 1792-1844; 7 reels.

Record of Wills, 1847-1968; 5 reels.

Original Wills, 1791-1900; 3 reels.

Cross Index to Wills, 1792-1956; 1 reel.

Index to Wills, Devisee, 1970-1986; 1 reel.

A Peek into the NC State Archives: Loose Documents of Estate Records

In a previous post, I outlined how to search for wills that are housed at the NC State Archives. In this post, I’d like to talk about another collection that is part of the NC State Archives: “The Series of Original Loose Documents of Estate Records.” This collection contains a serious of documents pertaining to the estates of deceased persons in NC. This collection is sorted by county, then alphabetical by last name.

Documents contained in these files include administrator bonds, affidavits, inventory and estate sales receipts, legal proceedings, division of assets to legatees, etc. These files can be reviewed out by filling out a call slip. The call numbers start with a 3-digit prefix assigned to the county of interest. Randolph County’s 3-digit prefix is 081. Then the next 3-digits are assigned to document type. For estates, that number is always 508. The last number of the call number is the box number that contains your ancestor’s file. This last number is left blank on the call slip. You will put your surname on the call slip instead. They will bring you the box that contains the surname for the county of interest. For example, I might find the loose documents of the estate of Abiah Godwin in Randolph County using the following call number: 081.508.5. Box 5 containing the surname Godwin.

Below is an example of documents contained in the file of Abiah Godwin, Randolph Co., NC (In order of appearance in the file):

Receipt of money brought forward from the sale of estate of Abiah Godwin

Receipt of money brought forward from the sale of estate of Abiah Godwin

Page 1 illustrates how much money the administrator of the estate brought before the judge, probably from the sale of items in the estate. The administrator brought in 79 pounds, 3 shillings, and 11 pence. 39 pounds, 6 shillings, and 8 pence were awarded to the administrator for his duties as administrator leaving 39 pounds, 16 shilling, and 3 pence to be divided between Abiah Godwin’s 7 legatees…5 pounds, 13 shilling, 7 pence awarded per legatee.

Settlement of the Estate of Abiah Godwin, Deceased

Settlement of the Estate of Abiah Godwin, Deceased

Page 2 is a scan of what was on the back of the first page. It reads “A settlement of the estate Abiah Godwin, Deceased.”

Receipt of monies owed administrator

Receipt of monies owed administrator

Page 3 is a receipt of monies owed to Samuel Godwin from the estate for his duties of administrator.

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 1

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 1

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 2

Inventory of estate of Abiah Godwin, page 2

Pages 4 and 5 contain an inventory of the estate of Abiah Godwin taken on 4 Feb 1796, consisting of furniture, pots, farm stock, kitchen goods, etc.

Affadavit of Administrator, Samuel Godwin

Affadavit of Administrator, Samuel Godwin

Page 6 contains the affidavit of Samuel Godwin who presented the inventory to the courts.

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NC State Archives: Original Wills

Elizabeth Williams Estate Files 1814

I collected wills and estate records of the Caswell County, North Carolina WILLIAMS family members. The call number of the file box that had loose papers of estate records was:
C.R. 020.508.102.

The first folder I pulled was labelled: “Elizabeth Williams, 1814.”

I believe this folder contains estate records of two separate Elizabeths, one who died in 1813 and one who died in 1816. The following information is a summary of the pages enclosed in the folder.

(1) Elizabeth Williams, 1814:

Administrators bond, Nathan WILLIAMS 10 January 1814:
Nathan WILLIAMS, John HENSLEE, and Quintonn ANDERSON are bound onto Solomon GRAVES, chairman of the county court of Caswell in the sum of four hundred pounds to be paid to said chairman Solomon GRAVES, sealed this 10th day of January 1814.

Nathan WILLIAMS has been appointed administrator of all the singular goods and chattels, rights and credits of Elizabeth WILLIAMS dec’d, do make and cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all singular goods and chattels, rights and credits of the deceased which have or shall come to the hands or possession of the said Nathan WILLIAMS…promises to make a true account and administer according to law…signed and sealed by Nathan WILLIAMS, John HENSLEE, Q. ANDERSON; test A. MURPHEY Clk.

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An inventory of the estate of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd, returned to January court 1814, on oath by the administrator, Nathan WILLIAMS, and ordered to be recorded in book F, folio 395 by A. E. MURPHEY, clk:

An inventory of property Elizabeth WILLIAMS Decd leased and purchased of the 15th October 1813:

Two Negro men Viz: Sampson and Jacob
one bed and furniture
two cows and calf
two yewes and lambs
one pewter dish
two pewter basons
1/2 dozen pewter plates
one earthen dish
two earthen pans
two earthen mugs
one black walnut chest
one woman’s saddle
one iron pott and one iron skillet
fifty pounds that was willed but not received
returned by me Nathan WILLIAMS, admr.
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A list of a sale of the estate of Elizabeth WILLIAMS decd on the 24th day of January 1814, (Ordered to be recorded in book F folio 418, Test A. E. MURPHEY, Clk, April court 1814):

To Elizabeth WILLIAMS:
iron pot, $1.61
iron scillett, $0.71
earthan dish, $0.33 1/3
earthan pan, $0.11
mug, $0.41
walnut chest, $6.00
2 ewes? of lambs, $3.60
cow and calf, $13.30
Negro man Sampson, $101.53
$127.60 1/3

To Charles BROOKS: (Elizabeth WILLIAMS’ son in law)
1 earthen pan, $0.15
1 pewter bason, $2.00
1 pewter bason, $1.00
1 womans saddle, $2.00
1 bed and furniture, $29.00
$34.15

To James GRAVES:
1 small mug, $0.10
1 countepin? $4.00
Cow and calf, $10.25
$14.35

To Zachariah NEAL: (Married Rebecca RICE, dau of Susannah WILLIAMS Brooks and Wm H. RICE)
1 bed quilt, $6.75
$6.75

To Nathaniel L. RICE:
1 pewter dish, $1.10
Sheat?, $2.50
$3.60

To Hosea MCNEILL:
1/2 dozen pewter plates, $3.40
$3.40

To John HENSLEE:
1 Negro boy Jacob, $513.10
$513.10

Total: $702.95 1/3 by Nathan WILLIAMS, Administrator
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The following documents were included in the same file, but probably from another Elizabeth WILLIAMS, possibly the same Elizabeth who purchased items from the estate of Elizabeth WILLIAMS in 1814. This woman died between Jan 1814 and Jan 1816.

(2) Elizabeth Williams, 1816:

Administrators Bond, 8 January 1816, Nathan WILLIAMS, Henry WILLIAMS, and William LEA, bound unto Solomon GRAVES, chairman in the sum of five thousand pounds, in the county of Caswell, this 8th day of January 1816…Nathan WILLIAMS is appointed administrator of the singular goods and chattels, rights and credits of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd. Signed and sealed by Nathan WILLIAMS, Henry WILLIAMS, William LEA; A. E. MURPHEY, clk.

Sales estate 12 Jan 1816, (not included in the estate file) of Elizabeth WILLIAMS returned to April Court, 1816 and recorded in Book G, p. 179: Buyers were Henry WILLIAMS, Nathan WILLIAMS, etc., 12 Jan 1816 (Katherine Kerr Kendall’s Abstracts of Caswell County Will Books, p. 11).

Sales estate 29 Jan 1816 (not included in the estate file) of Elizabeth WILLIAMS returned to April Court 1816 and recorded in Book G, p. 180, Sales to: George Brooks, William H Rice, Nathaniel L Rice, Sally Brooks, Samuel Fielder, James Shepherd, John Penix, Williamson Rice, Devreu Hightower, Christopher Brookes, etc… 29 Jan 1816 (Katherine Kerr Kendall’s Abstracts of Caswell County Will Books, p. 11-12).

Inventory of Property, 7 Apr 1816 (not included in the estate file) of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd by N. WILLIAMS adm. returned to April court 1816, and recorded in Book G, p. 168: A memo on Nathan WILLIAMS; bonds on George Brooks, Susannah Rice, Henry WILLIAMS, Benjamin Spencer (this bond is doubtful). 7 Apr 1816 (Katherine Kerr Kendall’s Abstracts of Caswell County Will Books, p. 11).

An inventory of account of bonds and cash (Jan Court 1817) found in possession of Elizabeth WILLIAMS dec’d at her death, by Nathan WILLIAMS, adm., returned to court on oath by the administrator and ordered to be recorded, Test Azariah GRAVES, Clk, January Court, 1817. Recorded in book G p. 354, Test A. GRAVES, clk:

Cash on hand: $55.72
one bond on Henry WILLIAMS due 21 Nov 1807, $7.75
one bond on Nathan WILLIAMS due 25 Dec 1815, $89.75
one bond on George BROOKS and Nathan WILLIAMS due Mar 1810 for $200.00
one bond on Susannah RICE due 25 Dec 1815 for $60.00
one account on Benjamin CANTRAL for $2.50
One account on Nathan WILLIAMS for $164.84 & 1/4; total of $580.56 & 1/4;

One note on Benjamin SPENCER due on demand dated 26 Dec 1794 for the sum of 26 pounds, 3 sh., 10 3/4 pence; considered of no value in consequence of insolvency and non residence;

One note on Daniel WILLIAMS due on demand dated 17 Dec 1787 for the sum of 7 pounds considered of no value in consequence of being ______ long since;

The above statement I hereby certify contains all cash bonds and account which I found in the possession of Elizabeth WILLIAMS, decd. Sworn to Nathan WILLIAMS, adm.

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