Re: Ferrells of the African American Race
These are the parts of the will of William Ferrell Sr (d. 1827 in Halifax Co VA) that mention slaves.Halifax Co is next to Charlotte Co, so thought these might help.
Will of William Ferrell Sr., Halifax Co VA. d 1827
Book #14, p. 363 (LDS film roll #31867, Will Books 13 & 14, 1823-1829)
"Firstly I lend to my beloved wife, Dolly during her natural life the following slaves namely Reuben, Nelson, Cooper, Samboy, Rachel, Samson, & Patience;... Fifthly I give to my sons Burgess M. Ferrell, Archibald Ferrell, Gabriel B. Ferrell & Melchizedeck B. Ferrell each one negro boy from 12 to 16 years of age or thereabouts and all as near the same value as can be, and in order to give satisfaction to the parties I desire that my executors herein after mentioned do select and lot off said negro boys and that my said sons shall draw for lots. The reason why I do this is to make the part of those said sons equal to the rest of my children who have married and left me, each of whom have already had a negro of similar value... Seventhly I give to my daughter Massey (?) Dodson & the heirs lawfully begotten of her body one negro girl named Deliala and her increase to the said Massey Dodson and the heirs lawfully begotten of her body forever... Tenthly I desire that my executors herein after mentioned do sell all my perishable estate (not before disposed of) to the best advantage and as soon as may be prudent and expedient after my decease and out of the proceeds of such sale together with the money on hand and debts due me pay and satisfy all my just debts and if that should be insufficient to pay all my debts desire that they do sell as many slaves as will be sufficient to discharge my debts. "