The Will of Jonathan Norton, 1774

Sugar has Jonathan Norton in his direct line. I found this will, like most things I find online and in real life, by looking for something else. These images are from ancestry.com.

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WILL OF

JONATHAN NORTON

South Carolina

St. Helena Parish in Granvil County In the Name of God Amen – I Jonathan Norton Planter of the Province and Parish aforesaid, Being Sick and Weak of Body, But of sound mind and Memory – Do Make & Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and Form Following —First I leave my Soul to God who gave it and as for such Worldly goods as it hath Pleased God to Blefs me With, after my Lawful Debts are Paid, I Leave in Manner and Form following  —Inprimis. I give and Bequeath to my Son John Norton one half of the Tract of Land of Five Hundred and ninety six Acres to Him and his Heirs Forever with Fourteen Head of Cattle–Item I give to my daughter Mary Ann Scott one Negro man Tom, now in her Pofsefsion, to her and her heirs forever. —-Item I give to my Grand Son John Fendin One Negro Man Venter to him  and his Heirs for ever—-Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Jane, Fourteen head of Cattle to her and her heirs for ever —-Item. I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth, Fourteen head of Cattle to her and heirs for ever —-Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Dorothy Pheby Fourteen head of Cattle to her and her heirs for ever —-Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Martha Fourteen head of Cattle to her and her heirs for ever Item I give to my Grand Son Samuel Green, and my Grand Daughter Sarah Green Fifty Pounds Currency to each to be Paid by my Executors for a suit of Mourning for each –Item my Will is That all the Remainding part of my Moveables be sold at vendue and after my Just Debts are Paid the Remainding part be equally Divided amongst all my Children —- Lastly I appoint & ordain my Sons John and William Norton my Executors and my Daughters Jean, Mary Ann Scott, Execu Dorothy Pheby my Executrix to this my Last Will and Testament and as my Daughter Martha is not of Age my Will and Desire is that

The area where Jonathan Norton lived is now St. Helena Island in Beaufort County, but back in 1774 it was Granville County. This is yet another example of how people didn’t move but their address changed as districts and counties evolved.

WILL OF JONATHAN NORTON   PAGE 2.

my friend William Waight, do act as an Executor in her Room, to this my Last Will & Testament  Witness my hand & Seal this Fourteenth day of April in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Four and in the Fourteenth Year of his Majestys Reign ——

Jonathan Northon (L.S.)

In the Presence of us—-

John Edwards Junr.

William Maltby

George Eden

John Reynolds Stevens

Recorded Will Book 1774 – 1779 on Page 114.

Jonathan’s daughter Dorothy Pheby Norton married Dr. George Mosse. Their daughter Martha married Alexander James Lawton, and they became Sugar’s great-great-grandparents.

It was Jonathan Norton that donated 2 acres of land on St. Helena for a Chapel of Ease. Years ago before I met Sugar, my family would travel further out the chain of Sea Islands past St. Helena to stay at Fripp Island for vacation. I had always seen the directional sign for the Chapel of Ease off the beaten path, but never was able to go until I met Sugar, and we went out adventuring.

It’s like a spot of serendipidity, these little bits of my past that appear in my present. Thank you, Jonathan Norton, for writing a will and memorializing these people, black and white, who are now part of my life.

4 Responses to “The Will of Jonathan Norton, 1774”

  1. Sharon Says:

    So interesting, Ruth. A window to the past.

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  2. Linda Snow Davis Says:

    Hello Ruth, I enjoy keeping up with your posts through email. I was wondering on this information about Jonathan Norton, can you tell me if his son William is the same William Norton that married Catherine Mouse of Skidaway Island/Savannah, GA? I am a Tondu/Tondee/Mouse/Elon/Basinger/Lawton/ (and many more) families, descendant.

    I appreciate the information you share on your blog. Have a great day.

    Thanks, Linda Snow Davis

    On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 10:38 AM Ruthrawls’s Blog wrote:

    > Ruth Rawls posted: “Sugar has Jonathan Norton in his direct line. I found > this will, like most things I find online and in real life, by looking for > something else. These images are from ancestry.com. WILL OF JONATHAN > NORTON South Carolina St. Helena Parish in Granvil C” >

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