This may or maynot be my family but everything fits except the location, Jones County and Mecklenburg County are pretty far apart for horse and buggy days.
Will of Elizabeth Smith Jones County North Carolina March 25 1803 Found on Family search.org
on an image of will book A page 270 Image 141 Jones County Wills:
I. Elizabeth Smith of the County of Jones and State of North Carolina of sound mind & memory do make, ordane, constitute this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all others by me made, & touching my worldly affairs after my body is decently intired it is my will and desire that my son James Smith should have all my lands on Whiteoak whereon I last lived & joining A. Smith’s land which said land I give & bequeath unto my son James Smith his heirs & assigns for ever.
2. I give & bequeath to my two sons Bazell & James Smith the money due me from Richard Nixon which is upwards of Fourty Pounds & my mare to be sold & the money arising from the sale of the mare with that due from Nixon to be put at interest, & when my oldest son Bazell arrives to full age to be equally devided between Bazell and James & the part alloted to James to be kept at interest till he arrives at lawful age, to them, their heirs and assigns for ever.
3. I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Smith all my part of a family of negros now in the posseesion of my mother & to be divided equally between her children at her decease unto my daughter Eliza her heirs & assigns for ever.
4. I give & bequeath to my daughter Eliza all my proportional part of my husband’s estate which is yet undivided, one bed & furniture, one cloth’s chest, half a dozen tea spoons, & one pat spoon silver, & one saddle, to her & her heirs & assigns for ever.
5. And lastly I appoint & constitute my Brother R. Nixon & my friend Josiah Howard my executors of this my last will & testament. In witness hereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 25 of March 1803 in the presence of the subscribing Evidence.
R. Dickson Betsy Smith
State of North Carolina
Jones County Court November Term 1803.
Then was the last will and testament of Betsy Smith deceased duly proved in open Court in the form of law by the oaths of Titus Howard, & Sarah Fields, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded.
Attest Wm Orme cc
My observations about the above Will:
On March 25 1803 Betsy Smith has two minor sons and a daughter named Bazzel, James and Eliza. Her husband is deceased. She has a brother named R. Nixon. Richard Nixon owes her over forty pounds. Richard may be the brother she mentions. She wills her land to her youngest son James. She wills the money owed her plus money from the sale of her horse to Bazell and James when they come of age. She wills the daughter all of her portion of her deceased husbands estate which is yet undivided. He probably died within a year of this will. She appoints R. Nixon her brother as executor along with her friend Josiah Howard.
Jones County 1800 census page 28 line 12:
Bazel Smith males, 1 under 10,1 10-15, 1 25-44, 1 45 or above; females 1 45 or over
Jones county NC 1810 census page 274 line 5: Bassel Smith 2 males 10 - 15, 1 male 16-24, ( my Basil would be 11 or 12) 1 male 25-44, 1 male 45 or over no females
Will Jones County North Carolina dated 20 dec 1811. Book A page 332:
In the name of God Amen
I Bazel Smith **** being in a low state of heth yet thanks to God of sound mind and memory calling to mind that I am once to die do make and appoint this my last will and testament in the manner and form following,viz,___ First I recommend my Body to the Earth to be burried at the descreation of my Executors therein after mentioned and as touching temporal gifts as it pleased God to bless me with I hereby lend give and bequeathe in manner o form following viz. ___ I wish my son John Wm Smith to have the work of labor of my negro man Jim and his wife Tena the term of two years to commence at the day of my death and at the said time being and I wish the said two negros Jim and his wife to be hired out and their wages to be applied toward the payment of my debts then to my grand daughter Eliza Smith during her life and I give to my son John Wm Smith two feather beds bedsteads & furniture belong to to them marked J. W. L and my ****** and all in it and my large mahogany dining table and six setting chairs such as he may choose and two yoke of oxen and ten Ewes with their lambs if they have any at the time of my death. and also all the corn, peas and fodder & pork that I am possest of at my death to him and his heirs and assigns for ever___ and my negro woman Nan to be hired out till my debts is all paid then I wish said negro Nan to go to my Grandson Bazel Smith and I give to my son Asa Smith five pounds to be paid in silver dollars in full with what I have already given him___ All the rest of my perishable property to be sold and the money arising to go toward paying my just debts and I do hereby authorize and appoint friend General D***** Hatch and my cousin Stephen B Forbs Executors to this my last will and testament, In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day December 1811___
Signed sealed & delivered in presents of us
Stephen Williams Bazel Smith
Zadock X Meadows
VB. after my debts are paid I will my negro man Gray to my cousin Stephen B. Forbs to him & his forever
State of North Carolina Jones County Court Feburary Term 1812
Then was the forgoing last will and testament of Bazel Smith dec duly proven in open court by the oath od Zadock Meadows and ordered to be recorded at same time S. B. Forbs qualified Executor thereto agreabl to law ordered that letters of Testamony *** accordingly Attest * Bryam cc
From this will We learn that this is the grandfather of the children named in Betsy Smith's will He also names two sons John Wm and Asa The Asa is likely the A. Smith mentioned in Betsy's will as joining her land. He Appoints General Hatch and a cousin Stephen B. Forbes as executors.
Estate settlement Jones County North Carolina for Benj R Smith and Elizabeth Smith dec
Agreable to an order of the court to us we have proceeded to value and divide the property of Benj’n Smith and Elizabeth Smith dec’d between the heirs thereof as follows
Lettice and Cloe.......$900 to Baz’l R Smith
Nancie and Faney ..... 800 to James M. Smith
Easter and Lewis_____ 800 to Eliza C Smith
aggreeable to the above valuation we find that Bazel R. Smith has to pay to each of the other heirs fifty dollars each given under our hands at ****** this 13 Feburary 1819.
So now we know quite a lot about this Bazell Smith:
He was a minor child in 1803
His father was dead in 1803.
He had a younger Brother James
His Mother's name was Elizabeth maiden name Nixon
His father's name was Benjamine R. Smith
His grandfather was Bazel Smith
He had uncles named John Wm Smith, Asa Smith, and R. Nixon
His grandfather had a cousin named Stephen B. Forbes.
His father,Mother, and Grandfather all died while he was a minor child.
He came of age in or around 1819. This would indicate that he was born around 1798 or 99.
Now, what we don't know for sure is where did this Bazell and his younger brother James reside after the death of his Grandfather in 1811.
May have been with an uncle. And what of the sister. It is unclear as to whether she was of legal age at the time of her mother's death. I suspect she was.
Any input from any interested parties would be welcome.