Will of Gill S. Webb, Rockingham County, North Carolina, 1844: Releasing 11 Enslaved People

Today, I am sharing the will of Gill (Strap? or Strop?) Webb, who died in Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1844.

Gill Webb appears in the 1830 census of Rockingham County, nine years after he made his will. In 1830, he is aged 50-59. The image is crooked, but he is the last man listed on the page:


Source: Ancestry

Also in the household are a female, aged 50-59, a male aged 20-29, a female 10-14 plus three slaves, a female aged 24-35, a female aged 10-23 and a male aged 10-23.

He lived for another 14 years after that census, dying in 1844:


Rockingham County, North Carolina WB C:1-2
Source: FamilySearch

In the name of God amen. I Gill Strop? Webb of the county of Rockingham and State of North Carolina Being of a perfect and Sound mind and memory blessed be God do this Eighth day of Octr one thousand eight hundred & twenty one. Make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first 1st I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son William G. Webb my Home Tract of land Two hundred & one acres known by the name of the Everett Tract and also five Negroes named as follows: James & Nelson & Hannah & Robin & Alfred.
2nd I do give and bequest unto my beloved Daughter Unity Unity Wright Five Negroes Named as follows Minty & John & Dealey Delpha and his Son James. and I also leave my old Negro woman Aggness to my Son William G. Webb his life time and provided my old Negro woman should be a longer liver than my son William I give my Negro woman Aggness the privilege to live among my Children Just where she would want and not to be sold atall & as to the next of my property that is not above named in this my last Will it is my desire that each one keep that they now have in possession as it is now divided among them. and after all my just debts is paid & all the expenses of my Estate is Settled I do hereby make & ordain my son William G. Webb & my son in law Barzillia G Wright Executors to this my last will & testament in witness thereof I the Gill Strap Webb have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal to this my last will and testament the day and year first above written signed sealed pronounced and delivered by the testator as his last will and Testament in the presence of us in his presence & in the presence of each other become witness of the same.

Gill Strop (X) Webb (seal)
Witnesses:
Noah M. Clemis?
Saml. Clemis

The will went into probate during the May 1844 Rockingham County, North Carolina court session.

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