Biographical Sketch of Jesse Peters Norfleet (1814-1889)
by Phil Norfleet
JESSE PETERS6 NORFLEET (ABRAHAM5, JOHN4, JOHN3, JOHN2, THOMAS1 NORTHFLEETE) was born 13 March 1814 in Nansemond County VA, and died 24 April 1889 in Holly Springs MS. He married JANE H. CARLOCK 21 October 1841 in Holly Springs MS. She was born 10 April 1820 in AL, and died 18 February 1864 in Holly Springs MS. Jesse was the son of Abraham Norfleet (1774-1827) and Elizabeth Alston (1788-1852) of Nansemond County, Virginia.
Last Will and Testament of Jesse Peters Norfleet
The will of Jesse Peters Norfleet, dated 01 August 1880, was entered into probate in Marshall County MS on 17 May 1889. A transcription of this will is set forth below:
I, J. P. Norfleet of the City of Holly Springs, Marshall County, State of Mississippi:
Knowing the certainty of death & the uncertainty of life, do hereby make this my last will and testament. I desire after death a decent burial and after paying all my just debts, the remainder of my Estate and property real & personal, to be equally divided between my three children: Ada E. Rand, Frank M. Norfleet and Jesse C. Norfleet. I hereby give to them full power and authority to act & to do whatsoever they may think best in the premises.
In the event of the death of any of my children, the survivor or survivors shall have the same power as the whole. My son-in-law, H. O. Rand, shall act as agent for his wife. I wish it distinctly understood that my estate shall be settled in full by my children & not by the Chancery Court. In thus giving to them such absolute control, it is my earnest desire that an amicable, an honorable, an equitable and an equal distribution shall be made. I wish each one of my children to be charged with the respective amounts I have given them heretofore.
Given under my hand & seal this the first day of August 1880.
/S/ J. P. Norfleet (Seal)
P. S. Allison
R. A. McWilliams
Newspaper Clippings Re Jesse Norfleet
1) A good article concerning Jesse Peters Norfleet's life in Holly Springs, Mississippi has been published in the "Old-Timer Press" (Ripley MS), Volume 2, Number 11 (June 1983), pages 2-3. A pertinent extract from that article follows:
2) Jesse Norfleet's home "Dunvegan" was put up for sale in 1991. A digitized facsimile of a newspaper ad for this property is shown below:
Children of JESSE NORFLEET and JANE CARLOCK are: