Thanks for your reply.I also think there are problems with the 1780 will of John Adcock.I have seen several transcriptions.Each one is slightly different. Here are two of the most "complete":
GRANVILLE COUNTY, BOOK 1, 1772-1787, PAGE 258
"31 jan 1780, JOHN ADCOCK, very ancient and sick, makes will to Edward Connaway all I possess except 1 shilling per each of my sons and daughters- Leonard, John, Bollin, Josebed, Sarah, Elizabeth, Robert Adcock; if Edward Connway assist me, John Adcock, in my old age all is his. Wits; Richard Brinkley and Laban Ocley, proved Feb 1780."
"John Adcock, very ancient and sick, makes will - to Edward Connanay, all I possess except 1 shilling per each of my sons and daughters, Leonard Adcock, John Adcock, Bollin Adcock, Josehed, Sarah, and Elizabeth, Robert Adcock; If Edward Connonay assist me, John Adcock in my old age, all his life. Witness: Richard Brinkly, Laban Ocley. Proved February county 1780."
I am not sure that either of the above is the entire will. I was hoping some of the folks who cite the will so frequently on this forum actually would have a copy, but apparently no one does.
There is absolutely nothing in what I have seen to prove that the Edward Connway/Connanay listed in the will was a son. (Maybe the entire will can clear this up.)
In addition, the child variously listed as Josehed/Josebed/Josebad/Josebud/Joshube is clearly a misreading of the handwritten will. If you do a Google search for any of these names, you will find that they only show up on Adcock genealogy sites citing the will--sometimes as males, sometimes as females. Given the other common first names in the Adcock family, I really doubt that John and his wife made up a unique name for this child, but there actually was a JOSHUA Adcock on the 1768 tax list for Nap of Reed District, Granville Co., NC. He was listed with John Adcock Jr., Leonard Adcock, and Ellinder(probably Elinor). So, although I have not seen the original handwritten will, I suspect that Josebud, etc., actually was Joshua.
I also have questions about whether this will actually was the will of John Adcock Sr.(b. abt 1700) who married Elinor in Virginia.I think this will has been attributed to himbecause he referred to himself as "very ancient."This does make sense, however, there was an Elinor/Ellinder/Elner Adcock on various Granville Co. documents from 1757 - 1768.She appears to have been a widow--although she might have been a daughter who never married. On one document (1757), she was listed as "in the presents of Lenard Adcok."No one seems to have any information about this Elinor Adcock. In addition, John Adcock Jr. showed up as a head of household on the Granville tax lists in 1761.So far, I have not foundboth John Sr. and John Jr on any of the tax lists from 1761 on.(It is possible that there are some lists out there, but I haven't seen them.) This certainly raises questions about whether John Sr. was still alive after the 1750's.
So, I guess I don't have any answers. I just have questions about this will.Please get back to me if/when you have a chance to look at the real will.