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The Will of Richard Joliff

Posted in Amanuensis Monday, Smith, Surnames with tags , , , on July 11, 2011 by Ginger Smith

A few weeks ago I mentioned that my Grandfather had a match on his DNA to a Smith Family Descendant in Perry County, Kentucky. He graciously shared some of his research materials with me, which included the will of one Richard Joliff of Norfolk County, and state of Virginia.  This will is important because it establishes that Samuel Smith was the husband of Richard Joliff’s daughter, Eunice Joliff, and that at the time Richard wrote his will in 1774 Samuel Smith was deceased. Although it is very clear that Eunice Smith was the mother of Richard Smith of Perry County, Kentucky (my DNA match’s 4th Great-Grandfather), many researchers of this family believe her husband to have been William Smith. I wrote of this discrepancy and my DNA match’s response in my last post. This will invalidates those beliefs and confirms that Samuel Smith was the husband of Eunice Joliff, not William Smith, and that Richard Smith was the grandson of Richard Joliff.

RichardJoliffWill-1

This is an image of the will of Richard Joliff, not in its entirety. This image shows that Richard Smith was mentioned as Richard Joliff’s grandson. This copy was mailed to me by Mr. Smith, 20 June 2011. He obtained this copy from a paid researcher who obtained the copy from the Norfolk County Will Book No. 2 1772-1788: 133, microfilm reel 48, no. 13851, Sargeant Room, Kirn Memorial Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

RichardJoliffWill-2

This is an image of the will of Richard Joliff, not in its entirety. This image shows that Eunice Smith was mentioned as Richard Joliff’s daughter and Samuel Smith as his deceased son-in-law. (see above description for provenance).

The following is a transcript of the will:

The Will of Richard Joliff

Written 26 April 1774, proved in Norfolk Co., VA court March 1779.

The following will of Richard Joliff was transcribed by Ginger R. Smith,grs3275(at)yahoo(dot)com, on 25 June 2011. A copy of this will was mailed to me by Mr. Smith on 20 June 2011.

In the name of God Amen, I Richard Jolliff of the county 
of Norfolk being at this time in a tolerable state of health and
of perfect sense and sound mind and memory do make
and ordain this my last will and testament in manner
And form following
Imprimis I leave to my loving wife during her natural Life
the use of Four negroes to witt Will, Bess, Vince, and Leggy [?]
also one Cest bed and furniture and also an Equal part
with my Children of all my household furniture and after
the decease of my said wife, I give and Bequeath the said
Negroes and household furniture to be equally divided am
ongst all my Children
Item My lands and plantation at Ireland I leave to be
sold and I do hereby imp____ [?] my Executors, hereafter
named to sell the same to the highest bidder and the money arising
from such sale, I give to be equally Divided amongst my five grand
children to witt, Richard Jolliff, Richard Smith, John Bray, James

[this is the end of the first page copy I received – there is some part of the copy missing here – according to the research report by the paid researcher the rest of the grandchildren are James Smith and Joliff Holstead. His son James Joliff was mentioned; ]

[page 2]

Item I leave one negro Peg and negro Jack to be hired out for the Bene
fit of James Bray, John Bray, Sarah Bray, and Elizabeth
Bray, during the term or time until the youngest shall be of
age, and then give and bequeath the said negro Peg together
with her increase as also the said Negro Jack to be Equally divided
amongst them or the survivors of them
Item the Negroes I have formerly given to my Children by word of mouth
I now confirm as they have had them in possession
Whom I formerly lent to my Daughter Mary which Negro I
have sence taken home and have given and bequeathed to the
our children of my said daughter Mary
I give to my Daughter Eunys Smith a Bond which was giv
en me by her late Husband Samuel Smith for the sum of Eighteen Pounds
I leave four negroes to witt, Boatswain, Emanuel, Tim, and Amy
To be equally Divided amongst all my children

Source: Richard Joliff will (1774), Norfolk County Will Book No. 2 1772-1788: 133, microfilm reel 48, no. 13851, Sargeant Room, Kirn Memorial Library, Norfolk, Virginia.

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Smith Family Entries From Mickel’s Johnson Co AR Compilation

Posted in Smith, Surnames with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2009 by Ginger Smith

In my last post, I talked about a new book that I had found that I thought would help me locate my ancestor, David Smith in Johnson County, Arkansas. I was able to locate the book at the NC State Library, however I was not able to find my David Smith in the index. I did, however, briefly skim through and jot down some other Smith families that I thought would be of interest to me.

Source: Johnson Country, Arkansas Probate court records : wills, estate settlements, deeds, 1835 tax list–1840 census:, over 10,000 names by R. W. Mikel.

Repository: NC Gen Library, c.r. no. 929.3A8j0M625j

The following are selected SMITH entries from this book. Book was skimmed very quickly on 12/29/08

Note: Probate Records – pp 11-45 & Will Book A records – pp 45-123

Date Name Abstract Record Type Page

1836 Abram T Smith Deed book C, earliest book in the courthouse: Abram T Smith, 1836 Deed Book C 1

1838 John Smith Deed book C, earliest book in the courthouse: John Smith, 1838 Deed Book C 1

1840 Henry Smith (of Logan Co., KY) Deed book D, 1840, John Howell to Henry Smith, Jr of Logan Co., KY. Deed Book D 6

1854 Anthony Smith Anthony Smith, decd, Apr 1854: widow – Winnafred; 3 sons – Washington, Joseph, and Daniel. Will Book A 46 – See related post here

1857 Moses Grider Moses Grider decd 1862, widow Mary Grider, son Hinkley Grider Will Book A 46

1858 David Lee David Lee estate, Oct term 1858 wife Anna Lee; GW Smith and wife Ester, dau of David Lee; Joseph Smith and wife Harriet, dau of david Lee; W William McDaniel and wife Mady C, dau of David Lee; Resin Lee; William H Lee; John Lee; Mary Lee, a minor. Probate 28

1860 William Henry Lee William Henry Lee Will, 1860, Johnson Co., AR: William Henry Lee, decd. brothers and sisters heirs. Ester wife of George W Smith; Harriet, wife of Joseph Smith, Resin Lee; Mary Elizabeth, wife of Rufus Turner; John Lee; Madie wife of William McDaniel Will Book A 58

1862 Anthony Smith Anthony Smith, decd, Apr 1854: widow – Winnafred; 3 sons – Washington, Joseph, and Daniel. Will Book A ?

1862 Resin Lee Resin Lee, decd, 1862, not married; brothers and sisters heirs: Mary Elizabeth, wife of J R Turner; Mady, wife of William McDaniel; Ester, wife of George W Smith, Harriet wife of Joseph Smith; and John Lee. Will Book A ?

1864 Daniel Smith Daniel Smith dec, 1864, heirs, Joseph A and Walter Smith, + Dicey Coley, now Hamelton Will Book A 56

1868 Permelia (md to John Smith) Eli Patty decd, Apr 5 1868, minor heirs, Isaac and Emmaline. Others, Duncan McMillon, Thomas B. Patty; John C Patty; James M Primm; Per____ (should be Permilia) Smith, Hiram Dacus and wife. Probate 40

1868 Eli Patty Eli Patty decd, Apr 5 1868, heirs: Jane, wife of Duncan McMillan; Thomas B Patty, Miranda Primm; Isaac Patty; Parmelia, wife of John Smith; Sarah, wife of Hiram Dacus, John Patty; James Patty of Cali; and Emeline J Patty. Will Book A 57

1916 W E Smith Will of W. E. Smith, 1916, decd, heirs Mrs. M A Shelton; Mrs L V Hill; and J F Smith Will Book A 100

1918 Nobel Smith Will of Nobel Smith, dec, 1918, J E Smith Adm., heirs brothers and sisters Minnie Cater and Mattie Smith Will Book A 100