15 January 1902

State of North Carolina, Wayne County

        I, N. G. Holland of the County and state aforesaid, being in sound mind and memory considering the uncertainty of my earthly existense do make and declare this my last will and testement (sic) in manner and form following that is to say:

       First, I give and devise to my beloved wife Pharby Holland my homeplace where I now live and the Jack place and the Collian place and also the Joseph Edgerton place during her natural life time or widowhood. Then to Frank Holland and his brothers and sisters and their hirs. 

        Second, I give and devise to my said wife Pharby [??] any personal property and mixed of what value or kind soever and wheresoever the same shall be at the time of my death.

        Third, I give and devise to Sealy Holland, Crick Holland, Sallie Holland, Diana Holland, Zilphy Holland, Alex Holland and Frank Holland the Lowell Mill and the brick house and lot at the crossroads (in Pinkney).

        Fourth, I give unto Crick Holland the A. B. Holland place and also the Nancy Adams place, known as the Apsalam Holland place.

        Fifth, I give unto Frank Holland and to the rest of his brothers and sisters the place where they now live, the land that I bought of W. D. Holland.  I also lend to Frank Holland my old homeplace, the Elisha Holland old homestead to support Oveliar Lucy and Archa Elizabeth Laney as long as they live single then the said land is to go to Frank Holland and his heirs. 

        I give unto Frank Holland and his brothers and sisters the piece of land I bought of John Holland (36 acres) and also all the lands not heretofore disposed of.  

        And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife and Frank Holland my lawful executors to all intents and purposes, to execute this my last will and testament.

        In witness whereof I the said N. G. Holland do hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of Jan. 1902.

                                               

        Signed, sealed publish and declared by the said N. G. Holland to be his last will and testament in the presents of us who at his request and in his presents do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

                                                  Witness:      Albert Aycock

                                                                       Albert Holland   


Notes:

N. G. Holland is Needham Gray Holland, C. S. A., son of Elisha Holland and Patience (Pasha) Peacock.
His wife, referred to as Pharby Holland, is Pherba Radford, his second wife.
Sealy Holland is Needham’s brother Green’s daughter Celia.
Crick Holland is Needham’s brother Green’s son Kenneth Raynor Holland.
Sallie Holland is Needham’s brother Green’s daughter.
Diana Holland is Needham’s brother Green’s daughter.
Zilphy Holland is Needham’s brother Green’s daughter Zilphia.
Alex Holland is Needham’s brother Green’s grandson, son of Joseph Brown Holland.
Frank Holland is Needham’s brother Green’s son Francis Marion Holland.

Notes on the chain of ownership of the Holland properties:

Needham, in his will, makes a distinction between his “homeplace” where he now lives and his “old homeplace, the Elisha Holland old homestead.”

First, I give and devise to my beloved wife Pharby Holland my homeplace where I now live…

Fifth, ....  I also lend to Frank Holland my old homeplace, the Elisha Holland old homestead, to support Oveliar Lucy and Archa Elizabeth Laney as long as they live single then the said land is to go to Frank Holland and his heirs.

Reference to the A. B. Holland place is the homestead of Absalom Bryant Holland, son of Absalom Holland and grandson of Elisha Holland, which was he sold before moving to Appling County, Georgia.

Nancy Adams’ place, known as the Apsalam Holland place: After Absalom Holland’s death, his widow Nancy Hales married Charney Adams, thus the reference to Nancy Adams’ place.

According to Darren Niven, “As I understand it, after Richard Holland died A.B. Holland bought his share of the estate. This was the Absolum Holland & Nancy Adams place. I believe Richard Holland got the homeplace of his parents but after he died A.B. Holland bought it from his estate. I believe the A.B. Holland and Richard Holland homes were side by side. So after A.B. Holland went to Georgia he sold his home and the old homeplace of his father which he bought from his brother Richard's estate to Needham Holland.”  

Publisher's note:  If anybody can shed light on the chain of ownership of the Holland properties, please let me know.  


Darren Niven's contribution of this will is gratefully appreciated.
Holland site published 10 July 1996 This page published 1 May 2002.  Last updated 21 Jan 2011



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