For interested researchers, I'm posting this transcription of the will in the NC archives for Samuel Northington in Cumberland NC dated 1792. The date of probate and death not know at least to me.
Note: in prior published abstracts of last will and testaments for Cumberland NC this record had been incomplete secondary to a dark stain across the document. Previously the second line for the son David Northington and the first line containing the name of the daughter Elizabeth Davis had been report as illegible. The black light examination of the document reveals the missing data.
The document is transcribed with line breaks as shown on the original to make it easier to compare to the original. I did not transcribe some of the more random appearing capitalizations from the original.
Based on my research, I believe Samuel Northington is my GGGGGG-Grandfather as follows: My ancestor is Samuel Johnson Sr 1782-1846 born in NC and died in Christian Co KY where I still own part of his original farm he purchased in 1811. His mother is buried in our family cemetery in 1838, he exact age was not known but the tomb stone inscription states about 80 years old. Based names, dates, and the migration of these Cumberland NC families and their neighbors into Christian Co KY and Robertson Co., TN, I believe the Samuel Johnson in this will is my Samuel Johnson. It appears James Johnson married Elizabeth Northington. James died in 1782, the year my Samuel Johnson was born. Guardianship was given to Ananias Davis first then John Northington later. By the time of the will, Elizabeth is referred to as Elizabeth Davis. Samuel Northington listed his grand-son Samuel Johnson as a minor in the will. There are several families that lived around the property that James Johnson owned and was inherited by his sons Samuel and Edmund Johnson who eventually ended up in Christian Co. KY near the Todd Co. KY line and in Todd Co. Some where temporarily or longer in the Robertson Co. TN area, which borders the KY line, before being in KY. Some of the names found from Cumberland NC and Christian KY are Johnson, Robinson, Utley, Haile / Hale, Redding, McKinney, Griffin, and likely more. The Reddings and Hails have a 100% connection to Cumberland NC. These families lived on the NE of Cape Fear River in what was then Cumberland NC now part of Harnett NC, SW of the Wake NC border and SE of the Chatham NC border.
A son of my Samuel Johnson in KY returned to the area in NC to marry a Lucy Nash, daughter of George Nash and grand-daughter of one of the John Burts. These families also had land around James Johnson's property.
Samuel Northington Sr Last Will and Testament 1792
In the Name of God Amen
I Samuel Northington Senior of the State of North
Carolina and County of Cumberland being low and
weak in body tho of a sound and disposing mind
and memory do make ordain this my last will
and testament in the form and manner following
I give to my son Samuel Northington five shillings
in bar of any further portion of me than what I have
already delivered him
Item I give to my son David Northington and to his heirs
his negro man named Hary
Item I give to my daughter Elizabeth Davis and to her
heirs 5 shillings in bar of any further portion
Item I give to my daughter Molley Atkins 5 shillings
in bar of any further portion of me
Item I give to my son Jesse Northington five shillings
in bar of any further portion of me
Item I give to my Grand Son Samuel Johnson one hundred
pounds specie to be paid out of my estate by my son
William Northington to s’d Samuel Johnson when he
comes to the age of twenty one years
Item and after payment of all my just debts above
said legacies and funeral expenses I give all the
remainder of my whole estate both real and personal
to my son William Northington and to his Heirs and
Item and I do herby nominate my sole executor of this
my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke
and make void all wills and testaments heretofore
made by me declaring this (and no other) to be my last
will and testament In witness whereof I do hereunto
set my hand and seal this Eleventh day of August one thousand
seven hundred and ninety two
Samuel Northington (seal)
in presence of
Hardy Blalock (his + mark), David Smith (his x mark)