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Amasa Stokes will

I sent for a copy of the original will, from the North Carolina State Archives. I transcribed the following (Nov. 10, 2002)


  • Will of Amace Stokes, August 30, 1817

    Caswell County, North Carolina.

    In the name of God, Amen, I Amace Stokes being of sound mind and memory and calling to mind that it is once appointed for all men to die do make this my last will and testament.

    First, I recomend my soul to God who give it and my body to the dust from whence it came and to be buried in a Christian like manner and as to my worldly estate that it has pleased God to bless me with, it is my desire that it be disposed of in the following manner --

    First that all my just debts be paid, Secondly I leave to my beloved wife, Susannah Stokes three hundred acres of land including the mansion house and Mill from a Due East and West Line so as to contain the three hundred acres to the North end of my land during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or marage (sic) I give and bequeath all the land and premises to my son, Moore Stokes and it is my desire that my son Moore Stokes have the liberty and right to settle on any part of said land the he may think proper at any time when he may choose so as to leave the mansion house and a sufficient part of the plantation in the possesion of my beloved wife Susannah for her support during her life and widowhood, I also leave to my wife Susannah, one negro woman, Letty during her life or widowhood, and at her death or marriage I give and bequeath the negro Letty to my son Moore Stokes with all her increase from and after this day to him and his heirs forever. I also give and bequeath to my son Moore, one negro boy, Isaia, to take possession at my death. I also give and bequeath to my son, Moore, One feather bed and furniture known by the name of Moore’s bed - I give and bequeath to my wife, Susannah One bed and furniture known by the name of her bed to her and her heirs forever, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Melinda one negro girl, Hanner to her and her heirs forever, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth Barsdale one negro girl named Fanny to her and her heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my daughters, Eliz. Barsdale and Melinda Stokes, fifty acres of land each to be laid of by a due east and west line across my whole tract and adjoining the land heretofor given to my son Moore Stokes and then equally divided by a north and south line as to contain fifty acres each, and I give and bequeath to grandsons, sons of Samuel Burch and Peggy M. Burch, his wife, William Burch, Amace Stokes Burch an to my three granddaughters, Lucinda, Elizabeth and Susannah Burch Fifty acres of land adjoining to the before named land given to Elizabeth Barsdale and Melinda Stokes which is fifty acres shall be sold by my Executors when Susannah Burch becomes fo sixteen years of age, then equally divided amongst them. William, Amace S., Lucinda, Elizabeth and Susannah Burch and amongst all of them that then may be living, I give and bequeath to my son Moore Stokes all my plantation tools, one horse known by the name of Fly. I lend to my beloved wife all the residue of my stock of every kind all my other house hold and kitchen furniture during her natural life or widowhood to be made use of for the support of herself and family and at her death and marriage I give and bequeath all of the same that may then remain with their increase to my son Moore to him and his heirs forever all my crops now on hand to be left on the plantation for the support of my family stock. I give and bequeath to Bird Barsdale one bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever. Lastly I constitute, nominate and appoint my beloved wife Susannah Stokes and my son, Moore Stokes and my friend, William Moore, senior executors and exectors to this, my last will and testament in testimony where of I have hereinto signed my hand and affixed my seal this 30 day of August 1817.

    Signed sealed and acknowleged in the presents (sic) of.

    (the mark of Amace Stokes and his seal)

    NB...I give and bequeath to my daughter Nanny Connally one dollar,, I give and bequeath to my daughter Kissiah Pruett on dollar given under my hand and seal this day and date find above my will and testament.
    Signed and sealed.

    Filed in the state of North Carolina, October court 1817.

    -Azariah Graves - (county magistrate?)

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    More on the connection between this will and my Bazzell family, especially Grancer Kindal Bazzell.
    Marriage records of Caswell County, NC.
    Kindal Bazwell m. Betsy Stokes Jan. 9, 1817

    this will was recorded Aug. 30, 1817, so I believe Amasa Stokes’ daughter “Elizabeth Barsdale” is the same Betsy Stokes.

    In the 1820 census of Caswell County, page 1, is listed “Kindle Baswell” with 2 boys under the age of 10, himself in the age 16-26 category, his wife in the same age category, and one female slave, I believe the one left to his wife in the will of Amasa Stokes.

    Listed in order on the 1820 census, page 1
    Richard Baswell
    Charles Bolton
    Kindle Baswell
    Bird Baswell (also listed in the Stokes will)
    David Baswell (who married Susan Price, married by rev. William Moore, listed in the will also)
    Samuel Burch ( listed in the will, husband of Peggy Stokes, daughter of Amace Stokes)

    In the 1830 census of Williamson county TN, David ?Biswell? (another spelling) appears on the same census page as Samuel Burch.

    On the spelling of “Barsdale”. Evidently this was another spelling for the Bazzell name. In the marriage records of Caswell county. The marriage of David Bazwell’s sister, Keziah to Samuel Dunaway is listed as:
    Kesiah Barsdale m. Samuel Dunaway, Feb. 29, 1792. Samuel is a witness in the deposition of David Bazwell, later in Maury county TN, as one who knows David and that David served in the Revolution. He tells that he knows David because he married his sister, and was present at the marriage of David and Susan (Price) when they were married by William Moore, a methodist minister.

    In 1830, Kindal was in the Robertson county TN census. In the deed book of Caswell county NC. William Burch, Amace Stokes Burch and Lucinda Burch, all of Robertson county, TN, Eliza Buttery (formerly Eliza Burch) sold to John Richards of Caswell county a tract of land willed by their grandfather Amace Stokes to grantors and to Susannah Burch to be sold when the latter is 16 years of age. July 21, 1836. ....***my thoughts are that Kindal Bazzell, and the children of Samuel and Peggy Burch went to Robertson county TN. Also in Robertson county TN in this time period was the Rev. William Moore, who married David Bazwell and Susan Price.

    Some of the Burch family went to Tennessee with Kindal Bazzell and his wife, Betsy (Stokes).

    (from Bazzell genforum) another example of the Barsdale spelling..
    Re: Original Bazzell settlers of Calloway Co
    Posted by: Robert C Bazzell Date: June 04, 2001 at 17:52:46
    In Reply to: Re: Original Bazzell settlers of Calloway Co by Denise Ney of
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    Hi Denise,
    We are still at it but gradually the picture gets clearer. The 1800 Person
    Co, NC census lists: Jas. Baswell 1 male over 45, Will. Baswell 1 male 16-26,
    David Basell 1 male 26-45, Samuel Baswell 1 male 26-45.

    I believe this was Samuel Isham Bazzell probably the father of Isham H. He
    possibly moved to SC in 1800 or 1801. The only one left in the 1810 census is
    David, now over 45. Our David was born in VA in 1759 and moved to Person
    County, NC about 1785. He is listed in the tax rolls there then. Samuel
    Barsdell is first mentioned in the tax rolls next to David Barsdale in St
    Laurence District of Person Co in 1797. He is also listed near David Bazil as
    Samuel Bazel in 1798 St Laurence District. David is listed there, usually as
    David Baswell, in most years through 1810, which is as far as I have
    researched. Richard Baswell joins him in 1801 and the last I found him was in
    1808.

    We are near to sorting this out and then we can turn attention to the
    forbears in VA before the Revolution.