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Monday, March 8, 2010

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I was doing some research on my Turner Line and came upon a Will that has some wonderful information in it. So I have copied and pasted the whole thing here for sharing with all my friends. Hope this will help someone else with their search of treasure.

21 July 1773 (Will Date)
21 Oct 1773 (Probate Date)
Halifax County VA
Will Book I
Page 45
JAMES TURNER, being low in body but in perfect my loving wife
during her widowhood, four Negroes, viz. Daniel, Sancho, Jeanny, and Millie,
also 2 feather beds & furniture, one horse called Lightfoot, one mare called
Flye, & 4 trunks, 3 iron pots, 1 frying pan, 2 dishes, 12 pewter plates,
6 basins, 6 cows & 8 sheep, also 100 ac of land, also 1 doz. of choice
of my hogs. To my son JAMES TURNER after my wife's marriage or decease
the above 4 Negroes, 1 large iron pot called Consions [sic] & the choice
of my best shirts. To my son-in-law JAMES SMITH all my wearing clothes.
I give the rest or residue of my estate to be sold and equally divided
amongst my children. Executor, Son, JAMES TURNER & wife, KIPPERHAPON [sic]
TURNER. Signed: JAMES TURNER Witnesses: Thomas Hope, William Drake, Abraham
LeGrand Sec. Nathaniel Terry . [Chiarito and Prendergast]

This is from a book I came across about the slaves this family owned. It explains their view on slavery and the slaves they owned.

Daniel Thomas, who married Nancy Ann
Morehead the granddaughter of Karenhappuch
Norman Turner, bought a plantation of 3000
acres and some islands in the river where he kept
his sheep. Aunty Betsy said that the land cost on
$2.24 per acre, plus the cost of surveying and for
getting deeds from the state.
The plantation was on the east bank of the
Yadkin River about 8 miles northwest of
Rockingham, North Carolina. Later, a large frame
house with eight rooms was built upon a hill.
Water was brought to the house four hundred
yards up the hill by the aid of a force pump.
There were two good orchards and a picket fence
around the garden that was rabbit tight. Many
flowers were cultivated and there were hardwood
trees, oak, chinaberry, and Catalpa trees. There
was a carpenter shop and a blacksmith shop on
the farm. There was a cotton gin and also a shad
fishery near the Yadkin River. Daniel took delight
in overseeing the work on his farm.
He and his brother Henry employed Silas
Jones from Connecticut to teach their children
allowing the neighboring children to attend free
of charge.
He owned 30 Negroes. He paid $1000.00
for one of them. The Negroes had a little village
near the house where they enjoyed themselves
after the days work, singing, playing the banjo,
and dancing. When a Negro was sold, a whole
family was sold with him or exchanged or when
they married Negroes not on the plantation, the
same rule was followed. This was forty years
before the Civil War.
Much of this story was dictated by Joseph
Harrison Thomas and written by Estella Groutage
in Preston, Idaho, November 2, 1931:
Our view of slavery is this: The North was a
much to blame for slavery being in the United
States as was the South. Some Negroes were
owned by people of New York State and other
States of the North. They didn’t pay as well in the
manufacturing states of the north as in the cotton
states of the south. In some cases no doubt the
Negroes were abused but on the Thomas plantation,
they were not. The Negroes were all sold in
Mississippi when the farm was sold except Aunt
Sue. We believe that slavery is wrong and should
have been abolished but if the method suggested
by the Prophet Joseph Smith had been followed, it
would have been far better for our Country. His
plan was that the Government should buy the
Negroes and send them back to Africa as free
Slavery was not the cause of the Civil War,
but states rights was. The Civil War began April
12, 1861. On that day, Fort Sumpter was captured
by the Southern Confederacy. President
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation liberating
the slaves was a war measure and was not issued
until the war had been going on for nearly two
years. George Washington had many slaves. He
treated them well and made provision in his will
that all his Negroes be set free. Thomas Jefferson
also had many slaves. At the close of the war our
histories and text books were all written or censored
by people of the North and it would only be
human nature to believe that they would tell their
side of the story well.
The Thomas family living on the plantation
in North Carolina was noted for their hospitality
as many of the families of the South were. Food
stuffs were plentiful, news of the world was scarce.
Mode of travel was principally on horse back
along the trails through forests. When a traveler
or a relative would chance to call at their home,
they were made very welcome and urged to stay
Daniel Thomas died on this plantation,
November 7, 1830. The family lived here after his
death five years then moved to Tipton County,
Tennessee where Nancy Ann Morehead Thomas’
brother, Joseph Morehead and his family were
The History of the Reverend
Daniel Thomas Family
Norma Stewart
July 1996

Another Will I am across which lists a slave is:

The will of Joseph Norman is as follows:

I, Joseph Norman of Culpeper County being in perfect sense mind and memory do make this my last will in manner and form following:

Item: I leave the land I now live on to my two sons Thomas and John Norman. Thomas to have one hundred and nineteen acres and John one hundred. If they cannot agree in dividing the land when John comes of age of twenty years they are to leave it to two men to divide it for them.

Item: I leave to my son William Norman, a Negro woman named Gude and no other part of my Estate.

Item: I leave to my grandson Isaac Norman one hundred acres of land lying on the south side of Hickman's Mountain and no other part of my Estate.

Item: I leave to my son Isaac Norman's wife Sarah Norman, twenty schillings sterling.

Item: I leave to my daughter Mary Dillard, £5.

Item: I leave to my wife Sarah Norman after paying all my just debts and legatees all the rest of my Estate to maintain the children that is now living with her during her widowhood and if she should marry or die then it is my desire it should be equally divided between my sons Thomas, John and my daughters Winifred Bywaters, Peggy Calvert, Sally, Fanny, Mimey and Kisiah Norman and it is my desire for her not to be interrupted on the plantation as long as she ... live a widow...

And I appoint my wife Sarah Norman and Thomas Norman my Executors of this my last will.



John Triplett

Thomas Norman

her mark

Fanny X Norman

The will was dated November 20, 1783 and proven February 16, 1784.

Copy of the will of Joseph Norman, Culpeper County, VA, Recorded in Culpeper County Circuit Court, Will Book C, Page 117.

The eldest son of John and Mary Morehead was Charles R.(4.58) He married, in 1756, Mary Turner, the daughter of James Turner and his wife, Kerenhappuck Norman. Kerenhappuck was the daughter of Isaac Norman and Frances Courtney, whose residence was in Spottsylvania County, Virginia.

James Turner was born circa 1715, a descendant of the English family from Devonshire, which claimed the ancestor, Humphrey Turner “of Thorvoston”, to whom arms were granted in 1620. The Turners emigrated to America in 1673 in the person of Captain William Turner, who settled in Boston. A certain line moved southward to Maryland and Virginia, while others of the family remained in New England. James Turner served as a Militia Captain in the colony of Maryland.

Kerrenhappuck Norman, the eventual wife of James Turner, was born circa 1715; her name was a biblical one, meaning ‘horn of beauty’. Kerrenhappuck’s family had come to reside in Spottsylvania County, Virgina before her birth. Isaac Norman is known to have entered into a deed transferring land and cash to his future son-in-law James Turner and wife, Kerrenhappuck on 30 January 1733. According to information obtained by Charles R. Morehead and included in John M. Morhead’s book, Isaac Norman obtained a patent for land in Orange (later Culpeper) County on 30 June 1726.(4.59) James Turner and Kerrenhappuck Norman are believed to have married on 07 May 1734 at Spotsylvania in Gloucester County, Virginia. Kerrenhappuck is claimed to have traveled on horseback (carrying a baby in her arms) to Guilford Court House when she had found out that her one son had received terrible wounds in the battle there. She is believed to have hung wooden tubs, with holes bored into their bottoms, to the rafters above the wounded man, and filled them with water for the purpose of dripping onto his wounds. By that means, his fever was lessened and his life was saved. A monument noting that incident was memorialized in a statue erected on the spot in her honor by the Guilford Battle-Ground Company, which included a number of Morehead descendants. The baby which Kerrenhappuck had taken with her died enroute, and she buried it by the side of the road.

Charles and Mary Morehead were blessed with a large family consisting of five boys and three girls: Turner Gustavus, Mary, Charles Jr., Kerenhappuck, Armistead, James, Elizabeth and Presley. They raised their family in Leeds Parish, Fauquier County, Virginia. Hamilton Parish was divided, in February of 1772 between Prince William and Fauquier Counties. In the court act by which that division took place, Charles Morehead is recorded as one of the “gentleman” of the parish.(4.60) The portion of Hamilton Parish in which the Charles Morehead property was located was in the portion that was established as Leeds Parish.

Charles Morehead served his province in the capacity of a Captain of militia. He received his commission to that position on 27 July 1767.(4.61) Later Charles served in the American Revolutionary War as a Captain, and received bayonet wounds at the Battle of Stoney Point.

Charles Morehead, Sr made out his will on 19 January 1783. He died on 30 September 1783. The will was proved by the oaths of George Carter, William Morehead and Richard Fisher on 27 October 1783.(4.62) To his wife, Mary, Charles bequeathed

“my negro man named Monday, as also one negro woman named Dinah and all my personal estate, she first paying the legacies as hitherto mentioned as they become of age or marry.”

To his daughter, Mary Ransdell, he bequeathed

“a negro woman named Jeany, as also one cow and two ewes with lambs.”

The son, Charles, was to receive a tract of land containing 127 acres, which Charles had purchased from Joseph Hudnall, along with

“one negro named Will, as also one grey horse, two cows, two ewes and lambs. One feather bed and furniture, an iron pot and frying pan, a dish, and half dozen Pewter plates.”

Kerenhappuck was to receive

“Eighty Pounds Virginia Currency, as also one horse and side saddle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, an iron pot and frying pan, a dish and half dozen Pewter Plates.”

The sons, Armistead, James and Presley were to divide up equally amongst themselves a tract of 300 acres on which Charles was residing when he died. Armistead was also bequeathed

“a negro man named Jem, also my still and worm, a horse, bridle and saddle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, one iron pot, one frying pan, a dish and half a dozen Pewter plates.”

James was also bequeathed

“one negro boy named Peter, my silver watch, a horse, bridle and saddle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, a feather bed and furniture, a dish and half dozen Pewter plates, an iron pot and frying pan.”

Presley, the youngest son, was to receive

“one negro man named Monday, with half the increase of my negro woman Dinah, after his Mother’s decease, as also a horse, saddle and bridle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, a feather bed and furniture, a dish and half a dozen Pewter plates, an iron pot, a frying pan and my fiddle.”

And finally, to his youngest daughter, Elizabeth, Charles Morehead bequeathed

“one negro woman named Dinah with half her increase, after her Mother’s death, as also a horse, saddle and bridle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, a feather bed and furniture, a dish and half dozen plates, an iron pot and frying pan.”

Five pounds in Virginia currency was also bequeathed to Ann Butler

“for extraordinary services done.”

Charles named his wife, Mary, and his two sons, Turner and Charles to act as Executors of his will.

Deed Book H, page 367
Joseph Norman sells four slaves to Jesse Ham for $750

Transcribed by: Ken Norman, 04 Aug 2006

Georgia }
Liberty County }

Know all men by these presents, that I Joseph Norman, of the said county and state, for & in consideration of the sum of seven hundred & fifty dollars, to me in hand, before delivery hereof, well & truly paid by Jesse Ham, of the same place, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have sold, & do, by these presents, sell, convey, & confirm, to the said Ham, a certain female slave, named Peggy, & her three children, named Isaac, Bristor & Jack: To have and to hold the above named slaves to him the said Ham, his heirs & assigns forever: & I do hereby engage, for myself, my heirs & assigns, forever to warrant & defend the above named slave to the said Ham, his heirs & assigns, aginst all legal claims. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty second day of January 1821.

Signed, Sealded & delivered } Joseph Norman {L.S.}
in presence of }
John Way Senr. }
Jas. S Bradwell J.J.C.L.C. } Recorded 22d January 1821 }
Alex. Martin J.P. } E Baker Clk }

I also ran across this web link.
That lists Slavery Era Insurance Policies Registry in Virginia.

Please remeber to be A friend of a Friend, Thank you!

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