Clinch-Edgecombe Co NC-will of Elizabeth Rose
1774-#3, Page 3 Nash County, North Carolina Record of Wills, Book 1 1776-1872, LDS #788303
In the Name of God, Amen.
I Elizabeth Rose of the County of Edgecombe and Province of North Carolina being weak in body but of proper
sense and memory, do therefore make and ordain this to be my last will and testament. In manner following, viz:
Item: I give and bequeath to my son, EDWARD CLINCH and his heirs forever, my plantation and tract of land
adjoining to the land where I now live containing three hundred and fifty acres lying and being in the County and
Province aforesaid on the south side of Swift Creek and bounded as followeth: viz:
Beginning at a which oak COL. WILLIAM WHITEHEADS corner, thence along his line south 330 poles to a pine,
thence south 160 poles to the cr. of two black oaks and a pine, thence north 330 poles to a corner of JEREMIAH
WILLIAMS line to a maple in the swamp. Thence west along the creek to the first station.
I also give and bequeath to my son EDWARD CLINCH, my negroes JUDITH and JEAN to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my son EDWARD, my negroe GEORGE, who is now in his possession.
I also give and bequeath to my son EDWARD CLINCH, fifty pounds VIRGINIA, currency and a bed and furniture.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH and his heirs forever. The plantation, tract or parcel of
land whereon I now live by me purchased of WILLIAM BELLAMY containing four hundred and fifty acres lying and
being in Edgecombe County and province aforesaid being bounded as followeth viz:
Beginning at the mouth of a little Branch at a white oak on the creek side, thence south 268 poles to be the corner
of two pines and a black oak. Thence west 268 poles to a pine, thence north 200 poles to the corner of two
mulberrys and a gum on the creek side. Thence the meanders of the creek to the first station. I also give and
bequeath to my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH, my negroes JEFFREY, CAIN, PEGG and RACHELL to him and his heirs
forever. In case my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH, should die without issue I give and bequeath said land above
mentioned to my son EDWARD CLINCH.
Item: I give and bequeath to my granddaughter ELIZABETH CLINCH, ten poundsVirginia currency.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH, all the raminder of my estate after my legacys are
Item: I do hereby ordain, constitute and appoint my son, EDWARD CLINCH and my son JOSEPH JOHN CLINCH,
my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have herunto set my hand and
afixed my seal this 25th day of May, one thousand, seven hundred and seventy four.
Signed in the presence of JAMES W. NEELE, LENOR MACK, NATHAN ATKINSON proved, RICHARD MANNING,
BENJAMEN MERRITT proved. Nash County, July Court 1778
The within will was in open court duly proved by the oath of NATHAN ATKINSON and BENJAMIN
MERRITT at the same time the executor therein named, qualified according to law and to be registered.
attest WM HALL, C.C.
I would like to know how the Merritt's tie to the Clinch?
Ms. Gerry Hill-Albany Ga