We are most interested in BENJAMIN ROGERS mentioned as brother to MARTHA A. PEARSON in this will as we believe he might be the BENJAMIN ROGERS on the 1800 Montgomery Co. NC Census ? I have no information on ROBERT ROGERS who is also listed on this will as brother to MARTHA and would like to have any information on him that others may have and will post.
The will is from Will Book C. page 95 of Anson Co. NC Wills
WILL of MARTHA A. PEARSON, Deceased.
In the name of God, Amen. I, MARTHA A. PEARSON of the county of ANSON and state of NORTH CAROLINA, being in feeble health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do this 20th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and fifty - four ( 1854 ) make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments heretoforee made by me.
First, I wish it to be perfectly understood that I have given off to my sons BENJAMIN and CLINTON PEARSON, their full share of my estate and I have their quit claim to that effect. I now give and bequeath to my son BENJAMIN, one hundred dollars in money, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
2nd I give and bequeath to my son CLINTON PEARSON, one hundred dollars in money, to him,his heirs and assigns forever.
3rd I have heretofore givento WILLIAM P. JOHNSON in Trust for the use and benefitof my daughter ELIZA, his wife, a good portion of my estate. I now give and bequeath unto her, one thousand dollars ( $1000 ) to her, her heirs and assigns forever. I give and bequeath to my grandsons, JAMES, WILLIAM and HERBERT PEARSON JOHNSON, each one thousand dollars apiece, to them, their heirs and assigns forever.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my brother, BENJAMIN's son, FRANCIS ROGERS, one thousand dollars, his heirs and assigns forever.
FIFTH, I give and bequeath to my brother ROBERT's son, BENJAMIN A. ROGERS, one thousand dollars to him, his heirs, assigns forever.
Sixth, I have heretoforegiven to my son FRANCIS M. PEARSON, several thousand dollars. I now give and bequeath unto him three young negro men namely, BEN, PRIMUS, and ALLEN, and five thousand dollars in money ( $5000 ) to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Seventh, I give and bequeath tomy son RICHMOND N. PEARSON, in trust for the special use and benefit of my daughter EMMA TULLIS, eight thousand dollars in money and for my son RICHMOND to pay to eMMA TULLIS, the sum of five hundred dollars annually for the interest to her at EMMA's death, the principal the eight thousand to be equally divided between my sons FRANCIS and son RICHMOND PEARSON, my daughter SARAH STEWART and MARGARET PEARSON, equally divided between these four.
EIGHTH, I give and bequeath to my daughter ARAH STEWART, the following negro slaves, namely MURRY, MANDA, WINNA, PHILLIS, LENSA, LAURA, NELLY, MOLLY, HARRIET, BEN, DANIEL, HAZEL, AMBROSE, DORCAS, with their future increase. I also give and bequeath six thousand dollars to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
NINTH, I give and bequeath to my daughter MARGARET PEARSON, the following negro slaves, namely, DAVE, PEGGY, his wife and their children, six in number, ELLICK, PRINCE, ISHAM, LOUISA, ROSE and the babe, LYDIA; BETSEY, RENA, CHARLES, LAVENA, CORNELIA, VIOLET, and ROBBIN, and their future increase and seven thousand dollars in money, my riding carriage and carriage horses.
I give all my beds, my house furniture, my silverware, to be equally divided bewteen my two daughers SARAH STEWART and MARGARET PEARSON, and my library, this legacy I give to my daughters, their heirs, and assigns forever. I have hertofore given off to my son RICHMOND N. PEARSON, the three first notes due me in LOUISIANA and the interest of them, and a couple of negro men, JIM and JOHN, to him and his heirs and assings forever. Now after my son RICHMOND N. PEARSON, has paid off the above legacies, then all the balance of my property, including all my lands, houses, mills in NORTH CAROLINA, ANSON County, all my stock of horses, hogs, cattle, plantation implements, all monies and notes due me and the balance of my negroes, namely EDITH, PERRY, LINDY, HENRY, MARIA, LIZZA, FLORA, HAZEL, ISAAC, LUCY and her child, withall their future increase, I give to my son RICHMOND, his heirs and assigns forever. I hereby appoint, nominate and constitute my son RICHMOND N. PEARSON, ALEXANDER LITTLE, THOMAS ASHE of WADESBORO ( NC ) Executors to this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me and declaring this and only this to be last will and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of October one thousand eight hundred and fifty - four. ( Oct. 21, 1854 ) .
J. R. HARGROVE
W. E. TROY
JAMES A. LEAK
Martha Ann Pearson
Recorded this January term of 1856.
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