Pierce Southampton Records

Southampton Deed Book 4 1767-1773, p.56

This indenture made the twenty fourth day of Dec. in the year of our lord one thousand/ seven hundred & sixty seven between Arthur Arrington of Edgebombe County of North Caroling of the one/ part & Rice Bolton Pierce of Southampton county of the other part witneseth that the sd/ Arthur Arrington for in consideration of the sum of seventy pounds to him in hand/ paid at or before the ensealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof he doth/ hereby acknowledge hath granted bargained sold aliened enfeoffed & confirmed & by these/ presents doth grant bargain & sell & confirm unto the sd Rice B Pierce & his heirs/ forever one certain tract or parcel of land situated lying and being in the count of So/ hampton containing two hundred & eighty two acres be more or less bounded as/ followeth [metes and bounds, mentions Little cove branch] being part of a tract of land containing four hundred & eighty acres/ which was made over to the said Arrington in Southampton court bearing date one thousand/ seven hundred & sixty six recourse being thereto had will more at large appear to / have and to hold …

Signed sealed & delivered
in presence of
Thomas Chaperel
James Atkinson
John Adams


Southampton Will Book 4 1783 – 1797, p. 353

In the name of God amen January 10 day 1781 I Elias/ Williams of Southampton County being now in perfect health and/ sound memory thanks be to God and being mindful of the mortality/ of the body and not knowing how soon it may please God to call/ me I
make and ordain this my last willl and testament as/ followeth (to wit)
Impr I give and bequeath unto my nephew Matthew Pierce my black/ Mare called Ravin to him and his heirs
Item I give and bequeath unto my nephew Nicholas Willimas my/ sorrell colt that is now at swift creek to him
Item I give and bequeath unto my nephew Elias Willimas my old/ mare called Flower to him
Item I give and bequeath my stock of cattle hogs and sheep to be equally divided between all my brothers and sisters. I likewise give them all my household furniture of every kind to be/ equally divided between them
Item I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel unto my/ brother John Williams
Lastly I constitute and appoint my friend Rice B. Pierce/ to be my whole and sole executor of this my last/ will and testament ratifying and confirming this/ and no other to be my last will and testament

In witness where of I have set my hand and fixed my seal the/ day and date first above written
Signed and Sealed in
presence of
Nicholas Williams
Benjamin Williams

Southampton Court Minute Book 1793-1799, p. 12
Court 9 May 1793

Pierce’s Heirs vs Pierce’s widow … leave to amend the bill/ by striking out the name of Matthew Pierce & it is further/ deemed and ordered that the commissioners formerly appointed make/ equal partition & division of the remaining lands & slaves whereof/ R. B. Pierce died seized & possessed (after setting apart the dower/ of the deft) between the surviving complainants & report.

Southampton Will bk 4, p.644

In the name of God Amen I Elizabeth Peirce of the Parish of Nottaway &/ county of Southampton being low in health but of sound mind & disposing meaning do make &/ ordain this my last will & testment in manner & form following _ First I give to my/ daughter Elizabeth Peirce one bed & furniture to be chosen by her from amongst all my/ beds to her & her heirs forever _ Secondly I give to my daughters Martha Cobb and/ Elizabeth Peirce all my cupboard furniture to be equally divided between them _/ Thirdly It is my will & desire that all my estate of what kind or nature soever/ to be sold & the money arising from the sale after my just debts being paid to be/ divided as follows one fourth part to my son Peter Peirce one fourth part to my son/ Bolton Peirce & the other half to be equally divided betwnn other children Spencer/ Peirce Nathaniel Peirce Martha Cobb & Elizabeth to them & their heirs forever Lastly/ I do nominate & appoint Robert Goodwyn & Joseph Vick Exors of this my last will &/ testament & I do revoke & make void all other … of wills by me made declare/ this to be my last will & testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand/ & seal this 28th day of April 1794.
Signed Sealed Published
& declared in presence of
Josiah Cashiele
Ja. Vick
Benj. Andrews
At a court held for the county of Southampton the 9th day of Oct 1794 this will/ was presented in court by Rich. Goodwyn one of the Exors therein named the other/ refusing proved by the oaths of Cashiel & Jo Vick two of the witnesses thereto &/ ordered to be recorded & on the motion of the sd Exor oathe made according to lawe …/ is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due forme giving security whence from.
Southampon Will bk 9, p.68

The estate of Mrs Elizabeth Pierce
In account with Robert Granger Admin
various accounts
The Legatees entitled to this sum are Spencer Pierce Nathaniel Pierce/ Rice B Pierce Peter Pierce and the orphans of Martha Cobb late/ Pierce and the orphans of Elizabeth Lewis formerly Pierce making / in the whole sixe legatees which will give each legatee the sum / of one Hundred and Eighty one dollars this 11th day of / Dec 1819

Southampton Will bk 9,p. 157

We the undersigned arbitrators mutually chosen by Rice B Pierce Peter Pierce/ and Nathaniel Pierce heirs and legates of Elizabeth Pierce decd widow/ and relict of Rice B Pierce decd of the one part and Benjamin Cobb/ administrator of Robert Granger decd who was the administrator of the/ said Elizabeth Pierce decd of the other part to settle adjust and finally/ determine all matters in difference between the parties on relation to the/ administration of the said Robert Granger on the estate of the said/ Elizabeth Pierce decd and whereas for the putting an end to the/ said difference and dispute that the Rice B Pierce & Nathaniel/ Pierce and Benjamin Cobb by their several loans or obligations bear/ ing data the ___ day of ___ 1819 are reciprocally bound each to / the other in the sum of ___ to stand to and abide/ the final determination of us Coleen Ketchew John Jeffries and Jeremiah/ Cobb arbitrators indifferently chosen between the said parties have/ this day taking the mattters and things in difference between the said / parties under our consideration and having had due deliberation thereon the/ testi ony of the parties having been submitted to us do award and determin as folows/ that the said Bnejamin Cobb admin of Robt Granger dect pay to the said Rice B/ Pierce and Nathaniel Pierce their proportion of the estate of the said Elizabeth/ Pierce decd amounting to the some of one hundred and eighty one dollars/ each by reference to the account it will appear fully with interest/ Therein from december 30 1819 the paid given under our hand and sealed the / 21st day of Feby 1820