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Mills Nevil (Nevill, Nevel) Drury was born prior to 1759 in either Edgecombe
County or Halifax County, North Carolina or Nansemond County, Virginia.
His father, Charles Drury of Halifax County, North Carolina, made a will 12
Sept. 1759, probated June Ct. 1760, Will #3, page 2, which was printed in
"Genealogical Abstracts of Wills 1758 through 1824 of Halifax County, North
Carolina, book 975.648 S2h, found in the Family History Center of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The abstract of
the will is as follows:
Will #4, pg. 3 CHARLES DRURY 12 Sept. 1759 June Ct. 1760
wife MARTHA DRURY use of the plantation whereon she now lives
(with my part of the Marsh land that joins) for her natural life and
after her decease the same to go to my son HENRY DRURY. Wife
MARTHA negro fellow Dick during her life and at her death the sd.
Slave to be sold and money divided equally between my daughters
ELIZABETH DRURY AND SARAH DRURY son CHARLES DRURY
the plantation whereon William - - - (?) Now lives with a hundred
acres joining which I purchased of William Fletcher son MILLS
DRURY lands on Little Swamp and Negro boy Phillip my daughter
PEGGY DRURY if she marry with consent of my extrs, I negro girl
Keate and if Keate has any children of the first 2 that live one child
to be given to my daughter ELIZABETH and the other to go to my
daughter SARAH If sd.. daughter PEGGY should marry without
consent of the extrs., the sd. Negro to be sold and money divided
equally between daughters ELIZABETH and SASH.
WIT.; AMEY MARSHALL x her mark; WILLIAM RIMES (?) WR his
mark Extrs. Wife MARTHA and friend Alexander MCCULLOCK
Based upon this will, Mills Drury, was the son of Charles Drury, and his wife,
Martha. Martha's maiden name is not known at the present time. However, her
maiden name may have been Nevil or Nevill because this was the Mills Drury's
middle name which he gave to the Catholic priest when his son Charles Nevel
Drury was baptized in 1790. This same middle name of "Nevills" was given as
the middle name of Mills Drury's son, Charles and his daughter, Margaret. The
surname "Nevels, Neville, etc. " is also in Halifax County, North Carolina.
Charles Drury of Nansemond County, Virginia bought land in Edgecombe
County, North Carolina from Robert Cade Jr. and Obedience Cade 12 May
1748 for 80 pounds. He obtained 400 acres in Edgecomb County, North
Carolina 2 Jan. 1751 and 640 acres in Edgecomb County, North Carolina in
1752. Edgecomb County was divided and the land Charles Drury owned later
became Halifax County, North Carolina. Charles Drury, sr. Sold 60 acres to
Alexander McCulloch, 11 Sept. 1759 for 10 pounds. (Deed Book 7, #80 -
(78) which was part of land Charles Drury had acquired from Benjamin Nevell
on Elk Marsh (swamp) joining McCulloch, Drury, Marshal, John Park,
After Charles Drury, Sr. died and his sons became of age, they sold most of
the land they had inherited from their father.
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