Thomas W. Nash

Last Will and Testament of Thomas W. Nash

 6 March 1769

 Transcribed by Gene Mullis

 In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Nash of Chowan county being in clear and perfect senses, do make, ordain and constitute this my last will and testament herein and hereby revoking and annulling all other and former wills by me heretofore made.

 Imprimis: I hereby give the use of my dwelling house and the necessary out houses for housekeeping unto my worthy and beloved wife during her life and residence therein. Also I bequeath unto her the use of the following Negroes during her life, but, not to be removed from the said plantation, to wit: Aggy, Matt, and little Jack, and after her decease the said Negroes are to go respectively to such of my children as are hereinafter mentioned. Also out of the yearly profits of my estate, I bequeath unto my said wife the sum of forty pounds and a reasonable amount of corn, pork and flour for her maintenance. Also I desire of my executors to allot and apportion unto my said wife such of my household furniture as she may reasonably stand in need of during her life and continuance on said plantation. Also, I give unto her my single chair, and a chairhorse, and in case my said wife should die, and there should happen any arrears of the aforesaid annuity, in such case my will is that all such arrears shall cease and my estate freed from any demand that might be set up by her executors or administrators for the same. Also, my will is that when the said Jack shall be of age to go into the field, that my executors shall take him for that purpose and in his place put another boy with my said wife under the limitations aforesaid.

 Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Clement four hundred pounds when he shall arrive to the age of twenty one years to be raised out of the profits of my estate and if the same can not be raised by the time he arrives to age as aforesaid, then my will is that it be paid to him as soon after as the same can be conveniently raised from the profits aforesaid.

 Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Ann Owen, two hundred pounds at her arrival to age or marriage, to be raised from the profits of my estate in due and satisfaction of her mothers portion, and of all pretended gifts and promises of what nature so ever, now or hereafter to be kept up by her or any person for her and upon no other terms. Whereas Mrs Reid, her grandmother, some years ago caused some of my Negroes in Virginia to be sold by transfer of same whilst I was in North Carolina, to satisfy a pretended debt to her and her late husband under pretext of securing a portion for my said daughter and my son, Clement. Now, my will is that if the said Mrs. Reid will make over the said Negroes and their increase to my two aforementioned children to satisfaction of my executors, that then my said executors shall immediately pay unto her the said Mrs Reid all such sums of money as the said negroes sold for.

 Item: I give and bequeath and bequeath unto my youngest daughter, Justina four hundred pounds at her arrival to age or marriage to be raised out of the profits of my estate.

 Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Mary Holdcroft the following Negroes, to wit: Myntella and her child Sylvia, Charity, Old Matt, Charles, Billie and Betty to her and her heirs forever. Also my clock.

 Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth, the following Negroes to wit: Jemimah, Hanna, Sarah and Godfrey, which are Sarah’s children to her and her heirs forever.

 Item: I give and bequeath to my son Henry the following Negroes to wit: Ballonda and his children, Jack, Betty, Mary, Fanny and a boy named Daniel to him and his heirs forever.

 Item: I give and bequeath to my son, John all the rest of my Negroes not before disposed of and also all that tract or parcel of land lying in Chowan county, on Albemarle sound, it being the land I now live on, and purchased of my brother Abner Nash. I have no title for the said land, but, my said brother is to convey to me and my heirs half of the said land respecting quantity and quality, to begin at a holly tree on the sound side and go to the back line to make and equal and equitable division betwixt-wise. Now in case of my death I require that my said brother may convey the said land unto my aforesaid son, John, to him and his heirs forever.

 Item:  My will is that in case any of my said children should die unmarried and underage that the portion of such child or children shall belong unto the children of my second wife and the survivors of them.

 Item: Whereas I am indebted to the moiety of a lot and houses in Edenton, Archibald Corrie being indebted to the other moiety, my will is that my said executors sell my moiety and interest therein and also such part of my household furniture and stock (?) be appraised from the estate at twelve months credit for the payment of my debts and legacies. Also, all my ready money and all other money due or to become due to me by (illegible) accounts or otherwise I require that the same be applied by my executors for the payment of my debts and legacies.

 Item: My will is that all my negroes whatsoever except those set apart for my wife’s use be kept on my plantation by my executors until my children shall marry or come of age and that all the profits arising from the labor of the said negroes be applied for the payment of my just debts and secondly for raising such money as is herein bequeathed and that after making good the said debts and legacies, that then the profits of the said estate shall be used for the benefit of my four children by my second wife and the heirs of them.

 Item: Whereas, for the education and maintenance of my son Clement, and of my said four children by my second wife, my will is that the profits arising from the labor of my slaves as aforesaid, be first and principal only subject alone to prior to any money bequest whatsoever and it is my desire that they be gentrily (illegible) brought up but not expensively.

 Item: My will is that each of my children respectively to whom any negroes are given shall receive their said negroes specifically and their increase upon the arrival of age or marriage of each child.

 Item: My will is that my mill be finished completely and my houses mended and kept in repair at the expense of my estate and that the profits arising from the mill be applied in the same manner as is before stated as to the labor of my negroes until my son John shall arrive at age or be married and no longer.

 Item: I have a strong confidence in Mr. Thomas Oldham’s regard for me and attachment to my family’s interest and have a dependence that he will overlook my plantation affairs and benefit to my estate. I do therefore, in consideration of such services performed allow unto the said Thomas Oldham twenty five pounds per annum as long as he shall continue his services as aforesaid.

 Item:  I do hereby appoint my brother Abner guardian to my children and I also appoint my said brother, Joseph Montford and Samuel Johnston to be my executors to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the sixth day of March in the year of our Lord, One thousand and seven hundred sixty nine.

 Signed, Tho. Nash

 Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Thomas Nash to be his last will and testament in presence of us.

 Thomas Oldham

Elizabeth Palmer


Edenton, North Carolina

April sixteenth at Court 1769

 The last will and testament of Thomas Nash, Esq. deceased was proved by the oath of Elizabeth Palmer. Ordered that it be recorded and that the Secretary have notice.

 Test. Samuel Johnston

One Response to “Thomas W. Nash”

  1. Hi Alan,

    Hey. no sweat – that happens to me from time to time as well. I’ve got 3 government email accounts, plus two private ones and sometimes it’s hard to keep them straight.

    All right, here’s the transcribed last will & Testament of Thomas Nash, brother of Abner, Francis & John Nash of Farmville, VA (see attached).

    Also, here’s how I descend:

    Douglas E. Nash, b. 1956, Charlotte, NC
    My Father: John D. Nash, b. 1930 Charlotte, NC
    G-Father: John E. Nash, b. 1904, Charlotte, NC
    G-G-Father: George R. Nash, b. 1879, New Salem Township, Union Cty, NC
    G-G-G-Father: John Nash, b. 1827, New Salem Township, Anson Cty, NC
    G-G-G-G-Father: Richard M. Nash, b. 1785, Edenton, Chowan Cty, NC (brother, John Nesbitt Nash)
    G-G-G-G-G-Father: John Abner Nash, b. 1765, Templeton Manor/Farmville, VA
    G-G-G-G-G-G-Father: Thomas W. Nash, b. 1730, Henrico Cty, VA
    G-G-G-G-G-G-G-Father: John Nash I, b. 1707, Tenby, Wales

    Have also included pic of the monument stone in Church in St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Edenton, NC for Thomas Nash.

    Best regards,

    Doug Nash