Friday, February 18, 2011

Friend of Friends Friday - Samuel Fryar Will

The following Will was abstracted from the Washington County VA Will Book No. 5 1820-1827 [Film No. JR 3072], by Jack Hockett and was published in  the Appalachian Quarterly, June 2002, Volume 7 Number 2, page 72.


p.3 In the Name of God Amen.
I SAMUEL FRYAR being of sound mind
but weak in body calling to mind the uncertainty of
human life do make ordain this my LWT - First I have
sold to my particular friend PLEASANT SMITH do
hereby make him a title to the following slaves Viz.
FRANK TENY their children consisting of
GEORGE, CHATLES DAVIS [,] ALLEN ELIZA -
on the the following terms... we value them at $1500. -
five hundred dollars I give to the said PLEASANT SMITH -
five hundred dollars he is to pay to my affectionate Sister
MARY T. CARPENTER the other five hundred...
pay to my Executors ... twelve months after my decease.
...unto my Sister MARY T. CARPENTER the following
articles my cherry bedstead, bed furniture...hearth
brush - brass And irons... 3 flower pots - 18 wine
glasses... the balance of the Silver ware I bought from
the estate of E. C. [Elijah Carpenter?] - China Press,
Carpets & hearth rug - Tea Table - best Candlestand...
- my reasons for leaving her no more is because I think
she is well provided for already has plenty. - I give to
my particular friend Mrs. BETSY CARPENTER (wife
of JOHN) one hundred dollars. T the Abingdon Bible
Society Twenty five dollars - to the East
p. 4: Tennessee Bible Society Twenty five dollars -
to the Asbury Mite Society in Knoxville Female Edu-
cation Society. ...to my Honored Parent JOHN FRYAR
viz all my wearing apparel[,] Watch & c... my other sil-
ver ware my Library containing about 200 volumes - I
also give him CARTER and CREACY  their children
LEWIS & ELIZABETH also SALLY CHARLES
the boy I bought in Balto.  GINNEY - I also give him my
two gey horses Tom Dick & my Waggon  gears
c... unto each of my well beloved Brothers WILLIAM
 JOHN H. FRYAR fifteen hundred dollars in consider-
ation of the above slaves given to my Father - I also give
to my Sister MARY T. CARPENTER all the Interest I
would have in either of her Grand fathers or Grand Moth-
ers estate - the balance... one half to my Father JOHN
FRYAR the other half to my brother JOHN H. F.
[FRYAR] And I do hereby constitute appoint my Par-
ticular friend Colo. WILLIAM BYARS  Mr. DAVID
CAMPBELL my present Partner in Knoxville to be my
Executors of this my LWT...23d. day of September 1820.
/s/ SAML. FRYAR, L.S.  Witness HUGH SCOTT;
ARCHIBALD ORR; OBADIAH SCOTT. At a Court
held... 20th day of March 1821. The LWT of SAMUEL
FRYAR deceased was exhibited in Court and proved by
the oath of HUGH SCOTT, ARCHIBALD ORR and
OBADIAH SCOTT... witnesses thereto and ordered to
be recorded - And on the motion of WILLIAM
BYARS... who took the oath... entered into acknowl-
edged his bond in the sum of Fifteen thousand dollars
with JAMES ORR[,] JAMES KINCANON, JAMES
COLE and GEORGE BYARS his securities... A Certifi-
cate is therefore granted him for the probat of the said
Will in due form... For Certificate of probat by DAVID
CAMPBELL See Minute Book July 1821 page 362...///


Before I posted this I wanted to make sure that it wasn't already available somewhere on the net so I did a google search on Samuel Fryar. I wasn't able to find much on him, but I did find this site full of digital images from The Book of Negroes. This particular image lists a former slave of Samuel's.


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