Hi, Found this at Lawrence Co AL Archives."Randolph Co NC Wills, unbound, 1775-1899."It is a transcription, a copy made from photostat made by NC State Archives Jun 9 1977.
Summary: Will of Edward Norton 3rd day of September 177(8 or less) wife Elizabeth;one third of all my personal estate;my lands; my Great Bible son William 200 acres where he now lives son Messer 200 acres where he now lives on waters of Sandy Creek between John Magee's land and that of Hermans Husbands son Edward the plantation where I (Edward the father) now live, 200 acres
There are no deeds for the land yet, and he orders his executors to get them as soon as possible
All the rest of personal estate to be shared equally between all my children: William Messer Edward Margreat Elizabeth Mary
Edward's share is dependent "if Edward marries to please his mother and if not I give her power to cut of his share of my personal estate by giveing him five shillings"
Robert Firde (?) and John Wilbourn Lands is to be deeded by my executors as above ordered
Wife Elizabeth and son Williamexecutors of estate.
Also on the page of the transcription: "A letter from Joe Norton of Memphis, Tennessee says the will was probated 9 Sept 1782.Quaker records state Edward Norton died 13 of 9 month 1778."
Randolph Co NC was formed in 1779 from Guilford Co NC.
With the unusual name Messer, the other given names, and the fact that the will has been filed at Lawrence Co AL Archives, what is the connection to the Edward Norton whose widow Nelly/Ellener Gibson and children appear in Lawrence Co AL by 1818?