Does anybody out there know who is this widow Mrs. Priscilla Hall? See my notes below. I am guessing that she is associated with the HALL and HATCH families who migrated from Accomack Co, VA to Craven Co, NC.
2/20/1749: (most likely date, though last digit is blank) Francs Parsons Inventory. Buyers: PATTERSON GILLET, JOHN GILLET, John Simmons, Rebecca Parsons, Daniel Simmons, Martin Bainter, Thomas Murphy, PRISSILLA HALL, Cassen Brinson, Easther Parsons, MRS ANNA GILLET, Thomas Smyth, etc. Recorded in Early Records of NC, Vol II (1749-1754).
Mar 1749: Inventory taken of John Gillet’s estate, Craven Co, by John Harper and Priscilla (X) Hall, excrs. Mentioned was deed of gift of cattle to Moses and Anderson Gillett. Recorded in (#302, Early Records of NC Vol III, Loose Papers 1712-1798)
1749: Will of John Gillett, of Craven Co, NC. Signed 5/17/1749, proved 10/18/1749.
In the name of God Amen the Seventeenth Day of May 1749, I John Gillett of Craven County in the Province of North Carolina, planter, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, therefore calling to mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewithal hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form 1 Primis I give and bequeath to my well beloved son John Gillett one horse and all my shoe-makers tools. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Patterson Gillett one Negroe man called Jeffery likewise half of my hoggs and a third part of my sheep. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Anderson Gillett one oval table and four head of cattle. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Moses Gillett one Negroe boy called Jeffery to be delivered when Moses comes of age also one black walnut table. Item I give to my well beloved friend Priscilla Hall all my cattle, half of my hoggs, two thirds of my sheep, all my horses or horse kind together with all my household goods and moveable effects with the residue of a whole estate by her freely to be disposed and enjoyed. I likewise give one Negroe woman called Jenney to the sd. Priscilla Hall at her disposing forever. I also constitute make and ordain John Harper and Priscilla Hall Executor and Executrix of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and annul all and every other former testamaent, wills, legacies and bequests and Executors by any ways before named, will and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written. Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and Declared by the said John Gillett as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers.
__________________________________________________________Signed: JOHN GILLETT
Witnessed by: JOHN SIMMONS
11/10/1750: Wm Burton, mill wright of Craven Co, to Priscilla Hall and Lemuel Hatch, Esq, a marriage is intended between Wm Burton and Priscilla Hall, widow, for the goods he will receive and to preserve the goods to Priscilla and her 2 children. Burton agrees with Hatch that immediately after the marriage, Burton will occupy and enjoy his own goods and chattels, .....which are not in Priscilla Hall"s possession; Burton will dispose of the property as follows: (a) negro girl Doll, a feather bed, a mare, iron kettle, pot trammel, and 2 cows and calves for benefit of Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Priscilla, (b) 2 cows and calves, a mare, feather bed, iron kettle, pot trammel, next child negro Jenny may bring forth that lives to age 2 for benefit of Rebecca, youngest daughter of Priscilla, (c) negro woman Jenny, 6 cow and calves, 50 pds for benefit of Priscilla; it's also agreed Priscilla can, in her lifetime or in her will, dispose of as she sees fit the negro woman Jenny and her increase, except as mentioned and the 50 pds. Wit: Mary West and James Lipsey. Witness oath 3/24/1758 by James Lipsey and Mary Murphy "called" Mary West before Peter Henly. Recorded in Craven Co, NC Deed Book 9&10, page 457.
Jun 1751: Court ordered that John Harper (an executor of the 1749 will of John Gillett) return all the effects that was attached by him against William Burton. Recorded in Craven Co, NC County Court Minutes.
9/12/1758: Priscilla Burton, administratix, held a publick sale of the goods and chattels of the estate of William Burton, deceased. Some of the buyers were: widow Burton, Elizabeth Burton, Watson Burton, Peteer Frederick. Recorded in Duplin Co, NC Estate Papers.
11/29/1780: Will of Joseph Wells. Joseph Wells, of Onslow Co, died in the home of Benjamin Tanner, of Duplin Co. Said Tanner, his wife and Priscilla Burton depose that Joseph Wells made an oral will on his death bed, leaving all he possessed to his sons David, William and Joseph Wells. Recorded in Onslow Co, NC Wills.
11/10/1784: James Evans 100 acres of land in Duplin County on Persimmon Branch. Begining at a maple on old corner of Prissillah Burtons in the swamp. Thence So. 30 Wt. 127 poles to a pine thence No. 60 Wt. 127 poles to a pine. Thence No. 30 Et. 127 pole to a pine thence So. 60 Et. 127 poles to the first station. Recorded in Duplin Co, NC Deed Book B, page 065.