William’s will was found on microfilm in the Hampton B. Allen Library in Wadesboro, NC. It reads as follows as transcribed. (??) is illegible:
“In the name of God (??) I William Stuart Senr. of the State of North Carolina ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say,
First, I Lend to my Beloved wife Priscilla Stuart during her Natural Life all my Stock of horses Cattle, sheep,hogs,geese and all other of my Stock of every kind, together with all my household and kitchen furniture and Plantation untensils and working tools of every description; including & meaning my feather bed & furniture & c – as part of my houshold furniture-
And after her decease, I Will and bequeath the above described property to be equally divided between my two Sons Josseph Stuart and John Stuart to them their heirs an d assigns forever-
Item, I Give a nd bequeath to my Daughter Phebe Cook the sum of One Dol-lar to be raised out of my Estate-
Item, I Give a nd bequeath to the heir of my Daughter Delilah Halcom the sum of OneDollar-
Item, I Give and bequeath to my son Isaiah Stuart the sum of One Dollar to be raised out of my estate
Item, Give and bequeath to my Daughter Francis Hinson the sum of One Dol-lar-
Item, I Give a nd bequeath to my son James Stuart the sum of One Dollar-
Item, I Give a nd bequeath to my son William Stuart the sum of One Dollar
Item, I Give and bequeath to the heirs of my Daughter Mary Barnet the sum of One Dollar-
Lastly I constitute and appoint my Wife Priscilla Stuart and my s on Joseph Stuart Executors to this my last will and testament in witness Whereof I the said William Stuart have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of Novem-ber 1816-
William (??) Stuart (SEAL) mark
Signed sealed published and pronounced by the sd William Stuart as his last Will and Testament in presence of us who in his presence & in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names-
January Session 1817 Then the within will was duly proved in open Court and ordered to be record-ed.”
It is apparent his daughters Delilah Halcom and Mary Barnet are deceased.
Unless otherwise noted the following information was located in the Hampton B. Allen Library in Wadesboro, NC.
On November 9, 1816 William Stewart, Sr. sold to his son Joseph “in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds…one hundred acres of land…” This deed was found on microfilm for Deed book R page 527. The survey description is “…lying and being in the County of Anson and State of No, Carolina and bounded as follows this lying and being on the south Wt, side of Peedee River on both sides of Richardsons Creek, Beginning at a red oak thence Et, 22 chains and forty links crossing said Creek to a stake be-tween two red oaks and a pine thence So, 44 chains and 75 links to a stake thence Wt, 22 chains and 40 links crossing said creek to a stake thence No, 44 chains & 75 links to the beginning…” On May 25, 1823 Joseph Stewart sold this land to Soloman Mullis, Sr. “in consideration of the sum of one hundred & Sixty dollars…” This deed for the sale was found on microfilm for Deed book U page 216.
William also sold “…one hundred Acres…Surveyed 1st of Nov. 1791…in considetation of the sum of one hundred pounds…” to his son, John, on November 9, 1816 being the same day he sold the previously described land to Joseph. This deed was found on microfilm for Deed book R page 533. The land is described as “lying and being in the Countu of Anson & State of North Carolina and bounded as follows that lying & being on the West side of Richardsons Creek beginning at a red oak in sd. Stewarts line on the Et. side of the Camp branch runs No. 51 Wt, 60 poles to a red oak, then So, 28 Wt. 180 poles crossing Richardsons Creek to a stake, then 28 Et. 28 poles to a stake then No. 61 Wt. 173or 163 poles crossing the Creek to a stake then No. 48 Et. 100 poles crossing the camp branch to the beginning.” The land sold to John was land William received by grant number 1176 or 1178 on July 9, 1794 “in consideration of the sum of Thirty shillings for every hundred acres…” This grant was found on microfilm for Grant book D&E page 205.
William had other land grants including number 1415 “Entered the 6th, January 1798. At Raleigh the ninth day of March in the XXIII year of our Independence and in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Nine.” This was “…one hundred and fifty acres…in consideration of the sum of Fifty Shillings for every hundred acres…” This grant was found on microfilm for Grant book F&G page 97. William sold this land to William Jenkins on May 17, 1799 as found on microfilm for Deed book F&G page 63. This sale was witnessed by Isaiah Stewart.
William received on April 8, 1805 land grant number 1964 “containing two hundred acres lying and being in the County of Anson on both sides of Rutherford branch…”- Microfilm for Grant book L&M page 315. He received grant number 2139 on July 19, 1807 “…Two hundred acres lying and being in the County of Anson…Rutherford Branch joining Jinkins land…”-Microfilm for Grant book S page 469.
On January 6, 1800 William Stewart sold to John Mullis “for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and sixty two pounds ten shillings…containing Three Hundred acres of land more or less…” The land was surveyed as “lying and being in the County of Anson & state of No. Carolina and bounded as followitn lying and being on the so. side of Richardson’s creek in the fork of Richardsons & Negroe head creek Beginning on the bank of Richardson’s creek at a hickory Runs 61 Et. with the sd. line to a pine in the sd. old line then with the old line to the corner to 3 black oaks and Runs so. 59 Et. 40 chins to a post oak & black oak and then No. 31 Et. 18 chains to an Elm on the Bank of negroe head creek then No. 7 Wt. 6 chains down the creek to a white oak then No. 59 wt. to a pine corner then so. 50 wt. 2 chains to a pine then along a line of marked trees to a post oak corner thence with a Hollow to a spanish oak on the Bank of Richardson’s creek then the various courses of the creek to the Beginning…”-Microfilm for Deed book N page 272.
On May 13, 1810 William Stewart, Solomon Mullis, John Mullis, Mary Mullis, Charles Griffin and Thomas Griffin sold to Thomas Polk “…in consideration of the sum of One hundred dollars…fifty acres…more or less, In-cluding the Plantation where James & Mary Mullis now lives…” This land was on the North side of Richardson Creek.-Microfilm of Deedbook R page 92.
If you know how to get a better idea where these land descriptions are located please let me know.
I have found no documentation for William’s wife, Priscilla, after his death.
Dan Olds has interesting notes for an Isaiah Stewart and family on his site. Isaiah is possibly William’s son. Click here to go to that page.
I will post more about William’s son, Joseph. I do not know anything about the other children of William.