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Last Will & Testament of Elizabeth (Hall) Thomson

Edgecombe County, NC - 1790

In the name of God, amen, I Elizabeth Thompson of the County of Edgecombe and State of North Carolina, being in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament --

first, If my husband John Thompson ever returns to this County I desire that he may enjoy the profits & use of my Houses and Lotts in Halifax that were formerly his during his life-

I give and bequeath unto my nephew John H Hall my Negro fellow Jack to him & his Heirs forever, also Home called Jack Gray --

I give & bequeath to my niece Mary Ann Hall my Negro girl Fanny & the Home called Simmons to her & her Heirs forever

I give and bequeath unto my nephew James Hall the Negro fellow Orange (?)to him & his Heir forever -- also Negro George I give him in like manner.

I give and bequeath to William Thompson Negro Adam (?) to him & his Heirs forever

I give and bequeath to Harriet Hall Negro Charity to her & her Heirs forever.

I give and bequeath to Dolly Hall Negro Grace to her & her Heirs forever

I give and bequeath to Martha Hall Negro (????) to her & her Heirs forever

It is my will & devise that Negro Mary shall have her freedom forever

My riding chair I give & bequeath to Edward Hall

All the remainder of my estate I devise may be equally divided between the children of my deceased Sister Dolly Mas--ir (?) and the children of my Sister Pauline Telfair after all my debts and all demands against my estate are satisfied, to them and their Heirs forever, to remain in the Hands of Edward Hall and to be by him managed for them until they come of age

It is my desire that if my husband John Thompson should return to this Country as above said that he also have the use of four Negroes out of them I have left to my sisters children aforesaid during his life -- I hereby appoint my Brother Edward Hall and my nephew John H. Hall, executors to this my last Will & Testament revoking all others heretofore made ratifying & confiming this only -- In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 12th day of April, 1790

Mason Hall
Thomas Hall
Eliz a Thomson

Edgecombe County November Court 1792

The annexed Will of Elizabeth Thompson was proved in open Court by the Oath of Mason Hall and Thomas Hall, Two of the subscribing Witnesses thereto --

And the executors therein named we qualified thereto at the same time

What can be learned from this will?

  1. This will supports my theory that at least part of the Thompson family was loyal to Great Britain during the American Revolution. Other documents I found indicated that Elizabeth's husband, John Thompson, had been "exiled" for his beliefs.
  2. Elizabeth Thompson's maiden name appears to have been HALL based on the references to her nieces, nephews and brother by that surname.

Things "TO DO" based on the content of this will:

  1. Investigate the HALL's in Edgecombe County, NC.
    I haven't found any evidence of this Hall family in the Halifax County, NC records I've looked through. Possibly there will be records of the family in Edgecombe County where Elizabeth's will was filed.

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