Parsons Cemetery

Est 1873

F;111
Benjamin Parsons
5 March 1868
To wife Martha - "by marriage contract she is to receive $5000 in lieu of all other claims to my estate" and
Also $500
To wife's sisters Margaret Elliott of Indiana and Priscilla Meek of Iowa - $1000 if my wife should not be
living to receive the amounts given to her
To any child borne of my marriage to Martha - a fair portion of estate
To Jacob, Martha and Rhody (my former slaves) - if they remain with me for my lifetime, use of the house
Standing on the east side of Poplar Hill Avenue and in the northwest corner of the lot with ground up to the
well and Burks fence. The house is not to be sold as long as they need it for their own use and $200 for their
needs. If either become disable, they should be supported by my estate
To former slave Sam - $50
If any if my former slaves wish to leave the State, $50 to aid in their removal
To Vestry of Spring Hill Parish of the Protestant Episcopal Church for the use of Saint Peters Church in
Salisbury - a lot of ground on the road to Laurel Delaware from Salisbury where my family burying ground
Is, the grave yard now enclosed to be extended 30' west and north and south until it is 90' wide and east up
the said road. Also $1000 for upkeep of the church
To Benjamin Hearn (on whose property I hold a mortgage) - $100 each to the children of his last wife
To Benjamin Hearn an invalid in Delaware son of Noah and Zessy? Hearn - $200
To Martha E. Ward daughter of Cyrus Ward in Delaware - $200 provided she remains with me for my
lifetime
To Amelia Parsons or Turner "if living" - $100
To the children of Lambert Adkins by his wife Clarissa - $100
To Laben Adkins son of Nimrod - $150
To Betsy, Sally, Susan daughters of David Mills - $100 each
To Robert J. Waller of George (in Monie on Somerset County) - $200
To Rufus Parsons of I. - $200
To Benjamin Parsons of Samuel - $400
To John Brewington of William in Indiana - $200
To Ebenezer and Thomas Hearn in Iowa - $200 each
The following to only take affect if I not have children at the time of my death
To Ebenezer Parsons in Kentucky - $300
To Nancy Brewington in Kentucky - $300
To Elijah Parsons's children in the west - $300
To Jonathan Parson's children - $500 to be divided among them
To Hannah and William Parker's children - $150
To Molly and Curtis Dixon's children - $400 to be divided
To Franky and Lowdy Christopher's children somewhere in the west - $400 to be divided
To Hannah and John Melson's children in the south or in the west - $400 to be divided
To Peter Freeny - $150
To William Freeny - $150
To Joshua Freeny - $50 and a judgement of long standing against him and Bill Parker of Elisha
To Rider Adkins - $300
To Betsy Smith sister of Rider Adkins - $200
To Milby Adkins Junior - $200
To Amelia Adkins sister of Milby - $200
To Noah Adkins's children - $300 to be divided
To Sally Walston's children - $400 to be divided
To Stanton Adkins in Indiana or Ohio - $300
To Benjamin and Reubin Adkins in the south or the west, brothers of Stanton - $500 to be divided
(cont.)
To Henny Coulbourn sister to the Adkins - $500
To William Adkins's children - $400 to be divided
To Elijah Adkin's daughter who married a Parsons - $100 or to her children "if she is dead" or if Elijah has
any other daughter, she may receive the $100
To Stanton Adkins son of Elijah - $100
To Stanton's brother Elijah in Delaware - $10
"the residue … I desire divided among my second and third cousins on my father's side. .. By second cousins
I mean those whose parents were my first cousins and by third cousins those parents are my second cousins"
"If my second or third cousins in the south or west or any other person mentioned in this will do not appear
… to make their demand in due time, they shall be excluded"
"the sale of real estate ... shall be sometime within three years from date of administration"
Executor: Levin T. H. Irving Esq. and Milton A. Parsons
Witness: Samuel Gordy, Levin A. Parsons, A. J. Rounds
1 August 1873 Then came

Codicil #1 to above will of Benjamin Parsons
26 January 1870
To Robert Hearn of Benjamin - $80
Revoke the clause to Laban Adkins son of Nimrod, but give his children $100 each
Revoke the clause that gives Ebenezer Hearn anything, give the same to Thomas Hearn
Revoke the clause giving to Stanton Adkins in Indiana, to his brothers Reuben and Benjamin in the south or
west and give to William Adkins's children $500, except James who is excluded. Henny Coulbourn and
James Adkins are now excluded. To William Adkins's children, I exclude his son James Adkins of any part
Until he pays a bill of sale 22 April 1867
To wife - all the gold and silver on hand
Witness: Samuel Gordy, Levin A Parsons, W. Sydney Gordy
1 August 1873 Then came

Codicil #2 to above will of Benjamin Parsons
29 April 1873
To Vicey Brewington, daughter of David Mills, now living in Iowa - $100
Witness: George Todd
1 August 1873 Then came

Codicil #3 to above will of Benjamin Parsons
27 May 1873
Revoke the clause giving $100 to the children of Clarissa Adkins and devise as follows:
As Clarissa and her son Elijah have paid me the amount they owe me, then I give each of her children
$100 each
Revoke the clause to Stanton and Elijah Adkins sons of Elijah but now do devise to Stanton and brother
"E___" - $10 to be divided
Revoke the clause giving to Margaret Elliott of Indiana and Priscilla Meek of Iowa; now give them $1000
Each to be divided among their children
If my named Executors fail to settle this will, I appoint William Birckhead, merchant
Witness: George W. Todd, H. Laird Todd
1 August 1873 Then came
(cont.)
Codicil #4 to above will of Benjamin Parsons
12 June 1873
In lieu of the provisions made to my wife, I give to my said wife the house and lot where I now live
beginning with the street east of the lot running north and south and with the street to a cedar
Revoke the clause giving Negroes Jacob and Rhody each $100 and give that sum to my wife
To Benjamin Parsons of Samuel - $200 and note of hand from the said Benjamin for $200
Witness: Thomas T. J. Rider, Harvey Ward, William Fulton
1 August 1873 Then came


Testamentary Paper
31 January 1871 by Benjamin Parsons
"Martha Ellen Ward, daughter of Cyrus and Caroline Ward of Delaware, The said M. E. Ward came to live
With me in March 1866 and have been a prudent girl, in addition to my devise to her in my will I give her the
bed and furniture, bedstead, and furniture in her sleeping room, one large looking glass in the dining room,
one mahogany secretary in my bedroom to have and to hold possession of at my time after it may please
providence to call me hence"
Witness: Benjamin Parsons of Samuel
11 August 1873 Then came

Testamentary Paper #2
31 January 1873 by Benjamin Parsons
"Martha M. Parsons my dear wife. In addition to my devise to you in my will, I give all my coin in gold and
silver of hand, silver spoons and ladle, two the best floor carpets, one bedstead and furniture, one first choice
looking glass marble table, rocking chair and half dozen chairs and choice of one gold watch"
Witness: Benjamin Parsons of Samuel
11 August 1873