Wills of the Batchelor Family

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Richard Bachelor of Lower Norfolk County in ye Southerne branch of Eliz. River... Book 4, f.128, dtd 12 Mch. 1660-1, proved 17 Oct 1682 by Charles Shaw & Biggs...eldest sone John Bachelor...sone Joseph...sone Richard...sone Edward...Wife Ann... daughter Alice... daughter Edy...Charles Shaw... Mathew Caswell...wife Ann Bachelor Extx...Wit: Francis Sayer, Thomas Bigg. By mk., Charles Shaw, by mke...s/Richard Bachelor & Seale [much abbreviated abstract}. (McINTOSH, Brief Abstarct of Lower Norfolk County and Norfolk County Wills, 1637-1710, passim p.84)

Richard Bachelor of Lower Norfolk County in ye Southerne branch of Eliz. River - dated 12 March 1680/1 - proved 17 Oct 1682 by Charles Shaw and Biggs ..to my Eldest Sone John Bacheler one hundred acres of Land...I now live on....my Divedend of four hundred acres....att his full age of twenty one years by my Exequetrix ...unto my Sone Joseph one hundred acres joyning..att his Respective age ...unto my Sone Richard one hundred ares of Land Joyning....att his Respective age ...to my son Edward one hundred acres of Land Joyning...att his Respective age ...wife Ann have free Liberty to live in ye mannor house____to her own use during her natural life... ...to my daughter Alice a Cow ...to my daughter Edy a Cow... ...to Charles Shaw one pell of Land Lying on ye north Side of ye Run----three hundred acres...part of my grand patent ...unto Mathew Caswell....three hundred acres of Land I Sould him frely from me my hyers &c... ...wife Ann Bachelor...Sole Exequetrix.... Witnesses: Francis Sayer, Thomas Bigg by mke, Charles Shaw, by mke Dep. of Jno. Ferebee aged 40 years or thereabouts...unto Mathew Caswell....300 acres of Land I sold him freely from me my heyres &c...Sworne to in Court 17 Oct 1682... Jno Ferebee (ABSTRACTS OF NORFOLK COUNTY WILLS Book 4 f. 128)

Will of Joseph Bachellor
In the name of God, Amen, I Joseph Bachellor being sick(?)__ Do make this my Will ___Imprimis I give and bequeath to my Loving Wife, Mary Bachellor free priviledge of my Plantation and Land, and the half of my Water Mill During her Widowhood.
Item I give to my Son James Bachellor, after my Wifes marriage or Death my Plantation including with it two hundred acres of Land to him and his heirs for Ever, and one Negro Boy called Cush and after my son James Bachellors Decease, I give the sd Negro Boy Cush to my Grandson John Bachellor and if Grandson John Bachellor Dies without Heirs than I give the sd Negro Boy to Eliz(a) Bachellor, my Grand Daughter.
Item, I give to my son Stephen Bachelor one hundred acres of Land joyning to my son James Land; being the upper part and one hundred acres of Land in the Western Branch Joyning to Wm. Bass to him and his heirs for Ever lawfully begotten of his Body and one Negro Boy called Tony and one hand __ and if my son Stephen dies without Then I give the sd Negro Boy called Tony to my Grand Son James Harbutt and his heirs for Ever and I give to my son Stephen Bachellor one feather Bed with the furniture belonging to it.
Item I give to my Daughter Ann Harbutt, my Negro Woman called Hays and my Biggest Iron Pott after my Wifes Decease.
Item, I give to my Daughter Mary Bachellor one Negro Boy called Pompy and Feather Bed with some Furniture, one Iron Pott and if my Daughter Mary dies without Heirs then I give my Negro Boy Pompy to my Daughter Ann Harbutt after the Death of my wife.
Item I give to my Daughter Eady Bachellor after my Wifes Death one negro boy called Sharpes(?), one Feather Bed with some Furniture, one Iron Pott.
Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Bacheller after my Wifes Death, one Negro Boy called Philly (or poss. Philip), one Feather Bed with some Furniture one Iron Pott.
Item I give to my four youngest children, Stephen Mary Eady and Sarah all my Pu_t__(?) to be Equaly divided amongst them at my Wifes Death and if my Wife Deceases before my youngest children come of age I do give them to my Daughter Ann Harbutt and to my Son In Law, Richard Harbutt and their Portions belonging to ___(them?) and I do give all the rest of my Estate not here named to my loving Wife Mary Bachellor within and without During her life and at her death to be Equally Divided among all my children and I do appoint my loving Wife Mary Bachellor Full and whole ex(ecutor) of this my last Will, annulling all of the Will or Wills made by me heretofore Where I have hereunto set my hand and seal 19th day of January 1733/4.
Jo(s). Bachellor, Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of us.
Thos Cherry, Thos T Culpepper, Amos A Tucker, Test. Solo:Wilson, ___
Proved by all the Witnesses and ___ to by the Ex. the 21st Feb 1734/5 and cert. for probate in due form granted ___ Ex. (Norfolk, VA, Deeds & Wills, V. 11 & 12, 1730-1739. FHC film # 0032831)

P. 161 Joseph Bacheller, Book 12, P 79, dated 19 Jan 1733/4, proved 21 Feb 1734/35 by all Witnesses & Exrx.
...to my Loving Wife Mary Bacheller free privildege of my Plantation and Land, and the half of my Water Mill During her Widowhood...
...to my Son James Batchellor, after my Wifes marriage or Death my Plantation including with it two hundred Acres of Land...and one Negro Boy called Cush and after my Son James Bachellors Decease, I give the sd Negro Boy Cush to my Grandson John Bachellor, and if my Grandson John Bachellor Dies with out Heirs then I give the sd Negro Boy to Eliza Bachellor, my Grand Daughter..
...to my Son Stephen Bachelor, One hundred Acres of Land joyning to my Son James Land, being the upper part, and one hundred Acres of Land, in ye Western Branch joyning to Wm Bass...and one Negro Boy called Tony... and if my Son Stephen Dies without, then I give the sd Negro Boy called Tony to my Grandson James Harbutt...
...to my Daughter Ann Harbutt, my Negro Woman called Hayes...
...to my Daughter Mary Bacheller one Negro Boy called Pompy...
...to my Daughter Eady Bachellor...one Negro Boy Called Sharper...
...to my Daughter Sarah Bacheller...one Negro Boy called Philly...
...to my four youngest Children Stephen Mary Eady and Sarah, all my Puoter...if my Wife Deceases before my youngest Children Comes to Age, I do give them to my Daughter Ann Harbert and to my Son In Law Richard Harbut,...

BATCHELOR, STEPHEN Feb 26, 1796 - Feb Ct. 1806. Wife and Ex: MARGARET. Son and Ex: DANIEL - 140 acres. Heirs (Gr. Chil.?) : WILLIAM BATCHELOR, STEPHEN BATCHELOR, SAMUEL BATCHELOR, SOLOMON BATCHELOR, MARY PRIDGEN, JOSEPH BATCHELOR, MARGARET WARD, ELIZABETH CREEKMORE, NANNY CREEKMORE. Wit: DAVID PRIDGEN, ABIJAH PRIDGEN, MARY PRIDGEN. (Abstracts of Wills Book 1 Nash county NC 1778-1868 by Joseph W Watson p.165)

BATCHELOR, WILLIAM inventory by Jesse PRIDGEN and Pridgen MANNING, exrs., Jan 8, 1805. Sale held Feb. 28, 1805, account current, Feb term 1807

BATCHELOR, STEPHEN, inventory by DANIEL BATCHELOR, exr., Nov 23, 1805. Another inventory was taken after the death of his widow, MARGET BATCHELOR, by his executor, May Term 1810. Account of sale, May Term 1810. Accounts current, Nov. Term, 1808 and Feb. Term 1812.

Abstract of the will of Solomon BATCHELOR, written January 21, 1808 in Franklin County, NC, administrator: Benjamin Hunt, heirs: Aaron JACKSON, David JACKSON (spouse of Patty BATCHELOR), Jesse BATCHELOR, Reubin BATCHELOR, and Solomon BATCHELOR.

December 06, 1808 court records show a division of Solomon Batchelor’s lands to the following: Patty JACKSON (spouse of David JACKSON), Zilpha WILSON, and the other heirs were all BATCHELORS, named Thomas, Reuben, Penelope, Jesse, William, Solomon, John and Dalon.

BATCHELOR, SAMUEL 19 Jan 1818. Sons: Wright Stephen Batchelor, all my land. Residue of my estate...to be sold and equally divided between James Batchelor, John Batchelor, William Batchelor, Willis Batchelor, Wilson Batchelor, and my daughters Edith Whitfield and Elizabeth Glover. Exrs: Sons James Batchelor and Wright Stephen Batchelor. Wit: Abijah Pridgen, Josiah Mel___, Drewry Batchelor.

Will of SAMUEL BATCHELOR (Original in NC State Archives)
In the name of God Amen I Samuel Batchelor of the County of Nash and state of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God, to this nineteenth day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and eighteen do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say-Item. I give to my beloved Son, Wright Stephen Batchelor all my land that I now am possessed with to him and his heirs forever after my death.
Item. My will and desire is that all the residue of my estate within doors and out doors to be sold and equally divided between James Batchelor, John Batchelor, William Baatchelor, Willis Batchelor, Wilson Batchelor and my daughter Edith Whitfield and Elizabeth Glover, to them and their heirs forever after my death. Item. I do hereby and appoint my trusty sons James Batchelor and Wright Stephen Batchelor as Execrs to this my last will and testament and revoking all other wills heretofore and signed and sealed in the presence these witnesses.
Abijah Pridgen, Josiah Mel_____, Drewry Batchelor
Samuel his mark Batchelor
State of North Carolina, Nash County Court August Term l82Oeing in.
The foregoing within last will and Testament of Samuel Batchelor, decd. was duly proven in open Court by the oaths of Abijah Pridgen and Josiah Melton two of the subscribing witnesses there to & so ordered to be recorded. Attest: Lt. Blount (CCC) And is recorded, Attest: Lt. Blount
BATCHELOR, JAMES Apr 20, 1820. Wife: Ann. Sons: 1. Cullen - the Tucker tract. 2. James M - land. 3. Joseph - plantation where James lives. 4. Samuel. Daus: 1. Cherry. 2. Lizey Ann, 3. Jerusha Whitley. 4. Rhoda Matthis. Ex.: Wife Ann, Richard Holland. Wit: Abijah Pridgen, Joseph Batchelor, David Pridgen

BATCHELOR, WILLIS sale of property held by the trustees, Dec. 12, 1820.

BATCHELOR, Samuel, inventory and asle by WRIGHT S. BATCHELOR, exr. Sept 6, 1827, Nov, Term 1827. Account current, Feb. Term, 1829. Residue divided among heirs, to wit: JAMES BATCHELOR, JOHN BATCHELOR, WILLIAM BATCHELOR, WILLIS BATCHELOR, WILLIAM BATCHELOR (repeated), Edy WHITFIELD, and ELIZA GLOVER.

BATCHELOR, STEPEHN inventory by REUBEN B BATCHELOR, Nov. Term, 1837. Sale held Sept. 6, 1837, Aug. Term 1839. MRS. BATCHELOR, JOSEPH BATCHELOR, WILLIS BATCHELOR, REUBEN B. BATCHELOR, DREWRY BATCHELOR, NATHAN BATCHELOR, SAMUEL McBATCHELOR, MARIER BATCHELOR, HENRY BATCHELOR, and SALLY BATCHELOR, were buyers. SARAH BATCHELOR account paid.

Will of WRIGHT STEPHEN BATCHELOR (Original in NC State Archives) In the name of God Amen I Wright Stephen Batchelor of the county of Nash & State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do this fifth day of August, in the year of our Lord Eighten hundred and forty five do make publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:
Item. I lend to my beloved wife Charity Batchelor my tract of land whereon I now live her life time widdowhood and then to my beloved Son Hardy D. Batchelor to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I lend my Negro woman Fanny to my beloved wife Charity her life time widdow hood and then to my Son Haardy D. Batchelor to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I gave unto my two beloved Sons Abel Batchelor and Nathan Wright Batchelor one hundred and eighty four acres of land the tract where the said Nathan Wright Batchelor now lives to be equally divided between the two.
Item. I lend all the ballance of my property to my beloved wife Charity Batchelor her life time widdow hood all that are indoors and out doors.
Item. My will and desire is that all the parrishable property that I lent to my wife to be sold and equally divided between Abel Batchelor, James Batchelor, Susan Perry's children, Polly Cone's children, Nathan Wright Batchelor, Anonas Batchelor and Hardy Davis Batchelor to them and their heirs foreveer after her death.
Item. I do hereby and appoint my trusty Sons Abel Batchelor and Hardy Davis Batchelor as ____ to this my last will and Testament and revokina all other will heretofore made signed and sealed in the present thereof.
Wright Stephen Batchelor
Witness: Merritt Manning, William R Rackley, Pridgen Manning
State of North Carolina Court of ______ & quarter _____ Nash County, Nov Term 1846
The foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will & testament of Wright Stephen Batchelor was duly proven in open Court on oath by Pridgen Manning, one of the Su___ being witness thereto & ordered to be ________.
Attes: F.M. Taylor, And is recorded Attes: F.M. Taylor

BATCHELOR, WRIGHT STEPHEN inventory by ABEL BATCHELOR, exr., Feb 6, 1847. All of the inventory was left to Charity BRASWELL for her lifetime or widowhood in his will. Inventory of money on hand and notes due taken Nov. 11, 1846. Account current, Nov. Term 1848

BATCHELOR, STEPHEN. Wife and Extx: Margaret. Son and Ex: Daniel - 140 A. Heirs: William Batchelor, Stephen Batchelor, Samuel Batchelor, Solomon Batchelor, Mary Pridgen, Joseph Batchelor, Marget Ward, Elizabeth Creekmore, Sarah Pridgen, Barsheba Creekmore, Nanny Creekmore. Wit: David Pridgen, Abijah Pridgen, Mary Pridgen.

BATCHELOR, WRIGHT STEPHEN Wife: Charity. Sons: 1. Abel - 1/2 tract where Nathan lives. 2. James. 3. Nathan Wright - 1/2 tract where he lives. 4. Annanipas. 5. Hardy Davis Batchelor - reversion of land whereon I live. Daus: 1. Susan Perry's children., 2. Polly Cone's children. EX: Sons ABEL AND HARDY DAVIS BATCHELOR. Wit: Merrit Manning, William R. Rackley, Pridgen Manning.

BATCHELOR, WRIGHT STEPHEN 5 Aug 1845. Wife: Charity. Sons: Hardy D.; Abel; Nathan Wright. All "parrishable" property to be sold and equally divided between Abel Batchelor, James Batchelor, Susan Perry's children, Polly Cone's children, Nathan Wright Batchelor, Anonas Batchelor, and Hardy Davis Batchelor. Ex.: Sons Abel Batchelor and Hardy Davis Batchelor. Wit: Merritt Manning, William R. Rackley, Pridgen Manning.

BATCHELOR, CULLEN, April 10, 1849 - May ct. 1849. Wife: CYNTHIA. Son & Ex: STARLING JONES BATCHELOR. Daus: 1. BETSY ANN MANNING, 2. TEMPERANCE COLLINS, 3. MARIAH BATCHELOR. Ex: DR. JOHN H. DRAKE. Wit: WM. H. SMITH, JOHN G MATHEWS. (Abstracts of Wills Book 1 Nash county NC 1778-1868 by Joseph W Watson p.515)

BATCHELOR. DREWRY April 10, 1863 - Nov.Ct. 1864. Wife unnamed. Son and Ex: MERRITT. Daus: 1. DELANY BOWDEN, 2. REBECCA BATCHELOR, 3. ELIZABETH BATCHELOR, 4. ? COPPEGE. Gr. Dau: ANN ELIZA COPPEDGE. Sis is law: LUCY SAVEDGE(SAVAGE?). Wit: JOSIAH COLLINS, RICHMOND UPCHURCH. (Abstracts of Wills Book 1 Nash county NC 1778-1868 by Joseph W Watson p.589)

BATCHELOR, NATHAN WRIGHT 16 Apr, 1894. Wife: Mentioned by not by name. Daus: Mary J. Finch, wife of E.B. Finch - 1/2 of my estate; Dau. Betsy Jane Ellis, wife of Edwin Ellis - 1/2 of my estate. Ex: E.B. Finch.

Will of NATHAN WRIGHT BATCHELOR (Original in NC State Archives) State of North Carolina Nash County
I Nathan Wright Batchelor of Nash County and State aforesaid being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertaintly of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say:
First that my executor herein after mentioned shall provide for myself and wife a decent burial suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends and pay all funeral expences togther with my just debts out of my estate.
Item 1st. I give and devise to my beloved wife the use of the ten acres of land where I now live together with the dwelling house and all out houses, this being the tract that I purchasd from E.B. Finch to have and to hold during our life time then to end.
Item. I lend unto my beloved wife all my household and kitchen furniture during her natural life.
Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Mary J. Finch wife of E.B. Finch one half of my estate both real ad personal to have and to hold to her and her heirs in feesimple forever.
Item. I lend unto my beloved daughter Betsy Jane Ellis wife of Edwin Ellis one half of my estate both real and personal during her natural life then to her heirs in fee simple forever. The division of my two tracts of land containing sixty six and thirty six acres shall be equal in number of acres to each daughter in such a manner that Betsy Jane Ellis shall have the buildings on her half of said one hundred and two acres the buildings wherein she now lives.
Item. My will and desire is that my beloved wife whall have her lifetime support out of my estate which shall not be extravagantly done.
Item. I desire that my personal property be equally divided between Mary J. Finch and Betsy Jane Ellis in any manner they may agree upon.
Item. I further request of my executor that he collect all the debts owing to me and after paying all necessary expences the surplus if any shall be equally dividedbetween the two above described daughters.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty Son in law E.B. Finch and my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring uterly void all other wills and testaments by me hertofore made.
In witness whereof I the said N.W. Batchelor do hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of April 1894.
N.W. his mark Batchelor (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said N.W. Batchelor to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto. Geo. W. Morgan F.L. Morgan

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