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Saint Boltoph's Northfleet Parish Church in County Kent, England

Norfleet Family Genealogy

Merton College, Oxford, the college of Master John de Northflete


Will of David Lawrence Horn of Warren County, MS

Introduction by Phil Norfleet

The following is a transcript of the will of David Lawrence Horn, dated 6 August 1840, which was proved in Warren County Mississippi during the October Term of the Warren County Probate Court.  David was a son of Sarah Norfleet Hilliard Horn and her second husband, Colonel William Horn.  Sarah's first husband was Elias Hilliard.   Sarah was also the sister of both Major James Norfleet (1767-1846) of Robertson County, Tennessee and Cordall Norfleet (1777-1834) of Montgomery County Tennessee.   Passage in the will that are of particular genealogical significance are highlighted in red.  My comments are placed within brackets.

Transcript of Will

I David L. Horn of the County of Warren & State of Mississippi do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made as to Such Worldly estate as it hath pleased god to entrust me with. I dispose of the Same as follows:

First I direct that all of my debts to be paid as soon as possible after my decease out of any Moneys coming into the hands of my Executor from any portion of my Estate both real or personal.

Secondly I hereby give and bequeath after all my debts are paid the sum of Two Thousand dollars to my half Sister Elizabeth Green Wife of William Green of Georgia [Comment:  Elizabeth was a daughter of Sarah Norfleet (mother of David L. Horn) and her first husband, Elias Hilliard.] to Have and to hold the Same Separate and apart from her husband and not to be Subject to his [sic] and

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto Thomas H. Christmas and Henry Christmas each the sum of One Thousand Dollars after all of my debts are paid. [Comment:  Thomas H. and Henry Christmas are second cousins of David Lawrence Horn. For more information on the Christmas family see the
home page of Ginger Christmas.]

Fourthly The Residue of my whole Estate after if shall have been witnessith [?] by my Executor, I hereby give and bequeath to my affectionate friends and relations Mary E. Christmas and her Son William Hardeman Christmas to be equally divided between them share and share alike.  [Comment:  Mary E. Christmas was the wife of Richard Christmas, the brother of Thomas H. and Henry Christmas.]

Fifthly, I do hereby make and appoint my relative Thomas H. Christmas Executor of This my last Will and Testament and that he Shall go no Security for the performance of the Trust I repose in him as my Executor. And further I do hereby empower my Executor to do and perform any and everything in acting about the Setting up of my Estate which I might or Could have done during my life in person, To Sell at public or private Sale and give a fee Simple, to lease it out and dispose of in any manner which in his discretion may Seem best for the benefit of my Devisees both real & personal property.

In Testimony whereof I David L. Horn the Testator have hereunto Set my hand and affixed my Seal This Sixth day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand and eight hundred and forty.

/S/  D. L Horn (Seal)

Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us who have Subscribed in presence of one another.

Wm B Norfleet [William Battle Norfleet was a first cousin of David Lawrence Horn.]

John Snow

Jas F Young

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