There can be alot of confusion when you have people with same names, but you see that alot in the Mabe genealogy. They wore some names out.
There is only one will. It's the will of Reuben's father who is also named Reuben. I've copied it below. Notice one of his daughters is also named Franky, but he and his wife were to old to be the parents of your Franky. If you haven't visited my web site it's at: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/a/b/James-E-Mabe/?Welcome=1082326171http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/a/b/James-E-Mabe/?Welcome=1082326171. Access the Descendants of William Mabe Book. If you are unfamilar with Familytreemaker books, use the directions on the homepage or send me email and I'll send you other directions. I have not updated it as yet as I described in my earlier post. I will do that within the next two weeks.
If it wasn't clear in my original posting I agree with you that the Frankey Mabe in the 1850 census is the same person that married William Brooks and is listed in the 1860 census with him. Send me any research documents you have concerning the Mabe family.
Thanks for replying to my post,
Will of Reuben Mabe, from Stokes County Estate Files, Reuben Mabe, 1856
In the name of God Amen. I Reuben Mabe of the County of Stokes and State of N.Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be god do this 12th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two make publish and ordain this my Last will and Testament in the manner following.
Item 1st I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rhoda my tract of land whereon I now live together with all the [appurtenances] thereto belonging together with all my household and kitchen furniture of every description, also my stock of every description hobs cattle and one black mare and increase,i[ncluding?] utentials together with every thing I possess. at my wife Rhoda death my will is that all the property left be sold and divided in manner following.
Item 2nd - I give unto my daughter Anna one feather bed and furniture which she has received. Item 3rd I give my son Jamie one horse which he has rec'd. Item 4th I give my son Reuben one horse which he has rec'd. Item 5th I give my son Abner one horse which he has rec'd. Item 6th I give my son George one horse which he has rec'd. Item 7th I give my son Eddy one horse which he has rec'd. Item 8th I give my son Samuel one horse, bed, and furniture all of which he has rec'd. Item 9th I give unto my daughter Franky one bed and furniture all of which she has rec'd. Item 10th I give my daughter Rhoda one feather bed and furniture which she has rec'd. Item 11th I give my daughter Lucy one feather bed and furniture which she has rec'd. Item 12th I give my daughter Nancy one bed and furniture which she has rec'd. Item 13th I give my daughter Lettitia one feather bed and furniture all of which she has rec'd. Item 14th I give my daughter Judy one dollar to be paid by my executor after the death of my wife when the proceeds of the sale of my Estate be collected. Item 15th at the death of my wife my will is that the property of every description be sold by my Executor on a credit of 12 months and the proceeds be divided equally between my six sons and eight daughters Rhoda, Lucy, Judy, and George excepted they having rec'd all that I wish them to have. Item 16th I will my grandson Marion Duggins a distributive share of the proceeds of the sale of my estate with the balance of the Legatees. Item 17th I will my daughter Nancy one horse worth Forty dollars over and above the distributive share, then to rec'd an equal share with the rest of my children.
And I do hereby ordain constitute and appoint my son James Mabe my Executor of this my Last will and testament in testimony of which I have hereunto subscribed my name the day and date above named.
Reuben Mabe (his x mark) (seal) Witness Wm. C. Moore William Shelton March Term 1856. The execution of the last will & Testament of Reuben Mabe (of which the foregoing is a true copy) was duly proved in open Court by oaths of William C. Moore and William Shelton, the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. (s) W.O. Hill c.c.c.