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Will of Benjamin Revils, b.1787 in Southampton VA, d. aft 1835 in Raleigh, NC..

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Will of Benjamin Revils, b.1787 in Southampton VA, d. aft 1835 in Raleigh, NC..

Posted: 7 Sep 2003 2:09PM GMT
Classification: Will
Edited: 12 Jan 2006 10:15PM GMT
Surnames: Revell, Revel, Revelle, Revil, Revill, Reville, Reavil, Reavill, Ravel, Reavel, Reavle, or Reveil
Benjamin Revils/Revell/Revelle was a son of Holliday Revel, Jr. (1756-1841) & Sarah (Sally) Whitfield(c. 1756-1820), who were married 25 Sep 1781 in Southampton, VA. He was born in 1787, and died after 9 Feb 1835, when his Will was recorded.

I recently visited the archives in Raleigh & was fortunate enough to find this Will. I've placed it on Rootsweb. If you get a chance to read, please do so. It is quite impressive. Benjamin was married to a slave & very intent on having her set free after his death. In the Will, he crosses all his T's and dots all his I's. (If you were to read the laws of North Carolina at this time, you would find that slaves who were set free could be instantly snatched up & placed right back into slavery if they remained in a slave-holding state. Benjamin wanted to make sure this didn't happen to Delia, his wife.) Also, once his estate was settled, he directed his Executor, Allen Jones, to keep the profits from it until his wife was safely seated in residence in a non slave-holding state. Only then was he to deliver the money to her. (In 1835, if a slave was placed back into slavery, all the money & possessions he/she had went to whomever enslaved him/her.) This information was obtained from "The Free Negro in North Carolina," part of "The James Sprunt Historical Publications," put out by the North Carolina Historical Society, published by the University at Chapel Hill in 1920. I found it on microfilm in the Family History Library (LDS) in Pensacola, FL.

If anyone wants to read this, let me know. I can scan the pages & email them to you.
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CEppers 7 Sep 2003 8:09PM GMT 
Rene 8 Sep 2003 4:23PM GMT 
cynthus 8 Sep 2003 11:44PM GMT 
JaneRevel1916 16 Jun 2008 3:25AM GMT 
JaneRevel1916 16 Jun 2008 3:26AM GMT 
revelftm 30 Aug 2008 1:10PM GMT 
RevelHunter 18 Jan 2011 7:29PM GMT 
cynthus 18 Jan 2011 8:39PM GMT 
RevelHunter 18 Jan 2011 10:33PM GMT 
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