I have two SPELL listings in my book Abstracts of Wills Edgecombe County NC 1733-1856
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Dec 16. 1781-Feb. Court 1782 Son:(not named,evidently infant and motherless). Exrs shall have the keeping and disposal of property as they think best for my son. Father and mother to have use of plantation till son comes of age. If son dies, Brother LEWIS SPELL shall have it. If son dies before he is of age, Father shall have all my personal estate. Exxr: Father; Bro: Lewis Spell. Wit: M.C. Belcher, JOHN SPELL
Oct 7, 1784, Nov. Ct. 1784 Wife: ELIZABETH, lend use of negro girl, Rachel, and her increase, widowhood, reversion to my sons and daus, stock (illegible) negro Chloe and increase. 150 acres of land on the River joining Brownrig, Mrs. Evans and Southerlands lines. Son & exrr: LEWIS SPELL, land and negroes; JOHN, land adjoining Templey's Survey, Southerland and Mrs. Evans, about 300 acres. It being the land he lives on and 1 negro; daughter; MARTHA, 1 negro and increase, after death of my wife. Exxr: Father (unnamed). Wit; Noah Sugg, Richard Shearly.
That is all that is offered.