The Will and Probate of Philip Vinson (Vincent)

Amanuensis Monday
Howell-Vincent/Vinson

Transcription by Don Taylor

Halifax County State of North Carolina September 23rd 1805 in the name of our God Amen! I Phillip Vinson of the State and County aforesaid being porely in body but in my perfect mind and memory thanks be to God. but calling to mind the mortality of men that it is 

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Is appointed for them to die I first recommend my body be buried after a decent manner and my soul unto God who gave it hoping and trusting he will rain both soul and body to life eternal in the morning of the resurrection and for my worldly goods that it has pleased god [blep?] me with I desire all my just debts and for the residue of my property I dispose of in the following manner. Items I lind unto my beloved wife Mary Vinson my land and plantation during her widowhood. I further lind her one bay horse Dumplin one may mare Pal, four cows and yearling my stock sheep, two sows and pigs one work team and ally my beds excepting two which give them two one to Benay and the other to [Mammey?]. I further leave to my wife as much of any household and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils as is nesary for her support I further hive her as much corn and meat as will support her and family one year and for the residue of my property I desire all of it to be sold excepting my still to be disposed in the manner following to wit. I give my son Peter one year schooling and this residue to be equally divided among all my children share and share alike and for the property that I hind to my wife after her death I desire my and all my property to be sold the land to be sold and giving two payments the first twelve months credit and the last twelve months credit and the money to be equally divided amongst all my children share and share alike I fur[thur] leave my friend Marriott Davis and my son Jerrot Vinson Executors of my last will and testament abolishing all others as witness my hand the day and year within written. 

Test,                                                                                        his
Jos Burt                                                                     Phillip + Vinson
Rubin Griffin                                                                      Mark


Halifax County 

August Session 1808 then this will was exhibited in open court and duly probated by the oath of Joseph Burt witness thereto and a motion ordered to be recorded.

                                                                       Witness
                                                                                     L Longbil


Source:  North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998
Halifax Wills, Vol 3, 1781-1824

Ancestry Source Citation & Information

Halifax County, North Carolina, Wills; Author: North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Halifax County); Probate Place: Halifax, North Carolina

Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

Original data: North Carolina County, District and Probate Courts.


Facts Learned:

  • Philip Vincent/Vinson was living on 23 September 1805.
  • Philip Vincent/Vinson died before August 1808.
  • Philip’s wife’s name was Mary.
  • Philip has a son named Peter.
  • Philip has a son name Jerrot (Jerrett).
  • Philip has a close friend, Marriott Davis 

Contributory information:

The 1800 Census indicates only one Philip Vinson household in Halifax County and that household consisted of Philip and his wife, three females between 10 and 16, and four males, one under 10, one between 10 and 16 and 2 between 16 and 26.  

From the text of the will, I suspect that Peter was the youngest male because he needed additional schooling. I suspect that Jerrott (Jerrett) was probably the oldest child, probably between 21 and 31 years-old when the will was written. That suggests that Burkett was the second oldest child after Jerrett.

The 1810 Census has no Philip Vinson/Vincent in Halifax Count; however, there was a Mary Vincent who was the head of a household that household consisted of 2 females between 16 and 26. That is consistent with the 3 females between 10 and 16 in the 1800 Census. Likewise, the 1810 Census entry for Mary suggests that the youngest child was still at home, now age 16 to 26, probably Peter, and one of the two children between 16 and 26 in 1800 was still living with Mary as that child was between 26 and 45 years old.

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