DOCUMENTATION OF ACREE PROGENITORS
Will of JOSHUA ACREE (c1735-1777), who died in St. Paul's Parish, Hanover Co., Virginia (abstract):
Wife: Rebecca Acree. Sons: William Acree, Joshua Acree, David Acree, Carter Acree and John Acree. Daughters (not named). Executors: Wife Rebecca Acree and Benjamin Oliver. Witnesses: John S. Wade, Elizabeth Wade, Joseph Carthright. Signed February 7, 1777. Probated September 4, 1777.
Will of WILLIAM ACREE (c1735-1796), who died in Wilkes Co., Georgia (abstract):
To daughter Elizabeth all land upon which she lives. To son William land in the fork of Little River, where Job Bird lives. To daughter Jenea Acree, the land above the spring, etc. To son Shearrin Acree cow and calf. To son John Acree two pair door hinges. To daughter Susannah Woodall saddle. To daughter Sarah Smith one steer. To daughter Frances Meadows one calf. To daughter Nancy Dismack one sheep. To daughter Priscilla Acree residue of estate. Executors: Son John Acree and friend Edward Gresham. Signed February 21, 1796. Probated April 7, 1796. Test: Gravner Stewart, Solomon Ray & Edward Gresham.
Will of ISAAC ACREE (c1735-c1820), who died in Warren Co., North Carolina (abstract):
Son Joshua Acree - negroes Jim and Will for his lifetime and at his death to be divided among the children of his wife Lidia. Son Abraham Acree - negroes Moses and Jack. Daughter Patty Baxter - negroes Dinah, Tom and Willis, also lend her 50 acres for her lilfetime, being part of the land where I now live adjoining Burwell Horton and Thomas Bell. Daughter Polly Jeffers - negroes Easton and her child Green. All my land is to be divided between my sons Joshua and Abraham, reserving the 50 acres for my daughter Patty. Executors: Daniel Shearin & Roderick Bigalow. Witnesses: Daniel Shearin & Thomas Bell. Signed July 25, 1814. Probated February 1820. (Note: Son Isaac Jr. had died earlier.)
Will of JOHN ACREE, SR. (c1735-1814), who died in Bertie Co., North Carolina (transcript from hand-written original):
In the name of God, Amen, I, John Acree, Sr., being of sound mind, memory and understanding, for which blessing I most devoutly thank my God, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
- I lend unto my beloved wife, Patience Acree, the land and plantation whereon I now reside, two negroes named Minor and Sealy, all my household and kitchen furniture, her choice of my horses, and one cow and calf, during her natural life.
- I lend unto my beloved daughter, Elizabeth Vears, after the death of myself and wife, the land and plantation whereon we now reside, during her natural life. Then I give and bequeath said land and plantation to the heirs lawfully begotten of her body.
- I lend unto my beloved son, Leonard Acree, a certain tract or parcel of land beginning at two sweet gums on the north prong of Cashie Swamp, then along a line of marked trees to a corner dogwood, then along a line of marked trees to a corner pine, then along a line of marked trees to a corner oak and pine, then along a line of marked trees to a pine (at) Christopher Harrell corner, then along said Harrel's line to his corner in Cashie Swamp, then up said swamp to the first station, during his natural life. Then it is my wish and desire that the said tract or parcel of land be equally divided between his two sons.
- I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, Henly Acree, a certain tract or parcel of land beginning at a white oak and maple on the Pocoson run, then along a line of marked trees to a corner pine, then along a line of marked trees to a corner mulbery tree in the old field, then along a line of marked trees to a corner dogwood, then along a line of marked trees to a corner pine, then along a line of marked trees to a corner oak and pine, then along a line of marked trees to Christopher Harrell's corner pine, then down Hobb's line to his corner in Cashie Swamp, then up the said swamp to the mouth of dam branch, then up the said branch to the first station, to him and his heirs forever.
- I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, William Acree, a certain tract or parcel of land beginning at William Grandbery's corner at the south prong of Cashie Swamp, running down the swamp to the mouth of the dam branch, then up the said branch to a maple and two oaks corner, then along a line of marked trees to a corner sweet gum, then along a line of marked marked trees to a corner sweet gum, then along a line of marked trees to a corner of two pines, then along another line of marked trees to William Grandbery's corner on Samuel Grandbery's line, to him and his heirs forever.
- I give and bequeath unto the heirs of my son, Edward Acree, deceased, two hundred dollars.
- I give and bequeath unto my grandson, Jeremiah Jilcutt, two hundred dollars.
- I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter, Patience Dukes, two hundred dollars.
- I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, John Acree, five hundred dollars.
- I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Nancy Mason, five hundred dollars.
- I lend unto my beloved daughter, Patience Harell, one negro girl named Lucy, during her natural life. Then I give and bequeath said negro girl to the heirs lawfully begotten of her body.
- It is my wish and desire that the remainder part of my estate not given away be sold, my just debts paid, and the balance equally divided between my sons John, William, Henly, and Leonard, and my daughters Patience, Elizabeth, and Nancy.
- Lastly I constitute and appoint my trusty friends, Thomas Norflett and William Hinton, executors to this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand & seal this 17th day of March 1814. (signed) John Acree. In presence of Moses Bishop and H. Harrell.
State of North Carolina, Bertie County Court, August Term 1814. This last will and testament of John Acre, deceased, was proved in open court by the oath of Moses Bishop, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. Test: Sol. Cherry, Jun. Clerk
Will of JOHN ACREE, JR. (c1762-1825), a son of John Acree Sr. above, who died in Bertie Co., North Carolina (transcript from hand-written original):
State of North Carolina Bertie County
In the name of God Amen, I John Acree being in perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner & form following. VIZ:
lst: I give and bequeath unto my wife, Milly, my grey mare, side saddle and bridle, four cows and calves, one four year old steer, one feather bed and furniture, two sows and ten shoats, one house pig, three hundred pounds of bacon, thirty pounds of lard, twelve barrels corn, all the fodder at Luke Parker's, one pine chest, one trunk, all the earthern and cooking ware, one iron pot, five bee hives, all the spun cotton, flax and yarn, all the cotton that is not picked, four chairs, one pine table, all of this I give and bequeath to her and her heirs forever.
2nd: I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Pierce the sum of one dollar to her and her heirs forever.
3rd: I wish the residue of my estate after my just debts are all paid to be sold and equally divided between John B. Acree, Nancy Cooper, Sarah Acree, Joab C. Acree, Hardy H. Acree, Patience Acree, Marmaduke Harrell, and Amilly Harrell to them and their heirs forever.
4th: I will appoint my wife Milly and John B. Acree as executrix and executor to this my last will and testament, in testimony of all which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 28th day Feby. A.D. 1825.
Signed and acknowledged in presence of us Johnston Higgs & Abner Jenkins
Jno. B. Acre qualified
State of North Carolina Bertie County May Term 1825
This last will & testament of Jno. Acre dec'd was proved in open court by the oath of Johnston Higgs one of the subscribing witnesses. Thereto ordered that the same be recorded. At the same time Jno B. Acre one of the executors therein named qualified as such.
E. A. Rhodes, Clerk
Family Bible record of ABRAHAM ACREE (c1735-c1788), who lived in Caroline Co., Virginia (abstract from page written in 1864 by his grandson, Matthew):
John Acree, a son of Abraham Acree and his wife, Ann, was born on March 2, 1760. John's wife, Lucy Schools, daughter of John Schools and Sally, was born on June 30, 1774. Matthew Yarrow Acree, son of John and Lucy, was born on June 21, 1796. On November 3, 1829, Matthew married Charlotte George, who was born on December 15, 1810. (Note: Abraham's other three sons are assumed, based upon their Revolutionary War records.)
Military pension record of WILLIAM ACREE (1752-1833), who died in Wayne, Co., Kentucky (abstract from Revolutionary War pension application W25334 and DAR account):
William was born on August 16, 1752, in Frederick Co., Maryland. His father died c1764. His mother then moved her family to Guilford Co., North Carolina. In the 1790s he moved his own family to Wayne Co., Kentucky, where he died on March 3, 1833. He married first c1775 Phoebe (lnu), who was born c1756 in North Carolina. He married second c1820 Edith Doss, who was born on May 14, 1793. He served as a private from Guilford Co. during the years 1777-1781. His children were: John (born 1776), William (born 1780), Elizabeth (born 1782), Ephraim (born 1784), Mary (born 1789), Peter (born 1794), Catherine (born 1796), Phoebe (born 1798). (Note: These were the children by his first wife, all born in North Carolina. By his second wife he had Joel, born 1822, and Amos, born 1827, both born in Kentucky.)
Church record of JACOB ACRA (c1710-1772), who lived in Middlesex Co., Virginia (abstract from the Christ Church Parish Register):
- Sarah Acree died May 24, 1734 (Note: Probably Jacob's mother. Surname spelling differs throughout record.)
- Ann Acre, daughter of Jacob and Ann born May 20 and baptized Jun. 8, 1740
- John Acre, son of Jacob and Ann, born Aug. 10, 1741
- Salley Acrey, daughter of Jacob and Ann, born Sep. 15 1743
- William Acree, son of Jacob and Ann, born Apr. 25 and baptized Jun. 22, 1746
- Mary Acree, daughter of Jacob and Ann, born Jun. 9, 1748
- Thomas Acree, son of Jacob and Ann, born Jun. 5, 1750 (Note: Final digit illegible.)
- Elizabeth Acre, daughter of Jacob and Ann, born Jun. 5, 1759
- John Brown and Mary Acrey married Dec. 10, 1768
- William Acra and Elizabeth Blackley married Dec. 30, 1768
- John Cornelius and Sarah Acra married Dec. 27, 1772
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