Named in the will of grandfather (Samuel Winstead the First), probated
November 16, 1726 Northumberland County. Was charged with "stealing sheep"
from John Blincoe, [Order Bak, 1762-66, p.400-1] -- possibly resulting
from an argument over land boundaries. Acted as executor of father's will,
probated March 14, 1774. Became County Surveyor of the Road, November 9,
1778 (term of office unknown). On Person County tax list, 1794; 450A. + 3
black polls and one stud horse.
Last Will and Testament of Samuel Winstead III
In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Winstead of Person County, North
Carolina, being very low and weak in body but in perfect mind as usual and
calling to mind the certainly of death and uncertainty of life -- make
this my last will and Testament (to wit) after all my just debts are paid.
It is my will and desire that my wife, Elizabeth Winstead, have during her
natural life the use of the land and plantation whereon I now live, also
the following negroes --- Jo, Oliver, Hat, Solomon, Isbal, Glascom, and
Davenport. Also my stock of all kinds together with all my household and
kitchen furniture and plantation tools with all the crops made on my
plantation in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Five -- my will is
that my negro, Bet, be sold and the money arising from such sale be paid
to my wife, Elizabeth Winstead, for her own proper use. I give to my son,
Custance [sic]Winstead, a bond now in my possession against Benjamin
Vestal, also the land and plantation I now live on and one cubbard. At the
death of his mother, Elizabeth Winstead, to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my grandson, Barnet Winstead, son of Charles Winstead, one bed
and furniture and his grandmother's death.
Now it is my will that at the death of my wife, Elizabeth Winstead -- all
the property I have lent her and not otherwise given away be equally
divided between Custance Winstead, Manly Winstead, Susannah Self,
Elizabeth Davey, Ailcy Yancy, John Winstead, and Charles Winstead, and if
either of them die before their mother, such part as would have fell to
them of my Estate -- my will is shall go to the Heirs of any of my
children that may die before my wife, Elizabeth Winstead.
I do hereby constitute and appoint Elizabeth Winstead and Custance
Winstead Executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof
I do hereunto set my hand and affix by seal this 17th day of October,