Admittedly, it's not an easy task to decipher Leonard Sale's homemade will, made on June 2, 1824 and proved in November Term of the same year.Evidently he had few educational advantages, and his spelling must be classed as creative.However, we his descendants are grateful that he took the trouble to write the will.
Cornelius Sale was mentioned in Leonard's will as among the "heirs" of Leonard's oldest daughter Nancy:"Cornelius Sale, Elizabeth Wells her eldest daughter, Sarah Felt [not "Fetts"] her other daughter."This was presumably "Cornlius Sale Jr." whose bond for marriage to Nancy [Sale] Martin was dated 5 May 1803.
Thus, Nancy's first marriage, probably to Thomas Martin, likely took place around 1800 or shortly before.After her second marriage, she lived in Buncombe County, NC.I believe that this is detailed in Mrs. Absher's book "Some Pioneers of Wilkes County, NC."
It's significant that Leonard Sale mentions in the will that his daughter Sarah Walker was deceased.Possibly John Walker, named by Leonard as executor of the will, had been Sarah's husband.
I read the married names of daughters Mary and Lucy as "Olvey," not "Olvy," but obviously that's not a material difference.In other records sometimes one sees this name rendered as "Alvey."The marriage bond of Lucy Sale 29 Feb 1807 gives her husband's name as John Olvey.I believe that her sister Mary married Elijah Olvey some years earlier than that.
Note that Leonard Sale, Aaron Felts, Thomas Martin and Wissy "Alva" witnessed the will of Leonard's brother Cornelius Sale, proved in February Term, 1811.
The final bequest in Leonard Sale's will was to William Nicholson as heir of the testator's daughter Jinsey (not "Giney") Nicholson, deceased.This is evidently Jinsey's husband William Nicholson.They were married by bond dated 26 Feb 1820.One may surmise that Jinsey died in or following childbirth.A bond dated 25 Jan 1823 authorized the marriage of Jinsey's sister Patsy Sale to William Nicholson; presumably the same man.
My line is through daughter Rebecca who married Elisha Bagby and who, like some others in this family, moved to eastern Indiana; first Wayne County and then Wells County, where Rebecca died about 1847 (as Elisha married his second wife, the widow Magdalena Decker) 10 Oct 1848.
Finally, it might be significant to this thread that there was a different Leonard Sale who lived in Essex County, Virginia.His will, written 19 Sep 1776 there, was proved on the 21st of the following month.He mentioned his wife Mary and two sons William Brooking Sale and Leonard Sale.Daughters mentioned were Elizabeth, Sally and Suca.Some or perhaps all the children were under age at the time.His inventory was valued at 1800 pounds; a signficant fortune for those times.