I recently ran across the will of one of my ancestors who gives the names of the slaves he owned in his will. I thought perhaps this information might help someone. Some of it is very difficult to read and I will have to guess at the spelling of the names, I will give it my best shot. I will list all the variations I think it could possibly be.
First of all, the man's name was John West, and his will was recorded in 1830 in Macon Co NC.
He leaves to his wife one man named (Loll or Lole, it looks like the last letter is an e, first letter could also possibly be a T). He also leaves a woman named (this one is very hard to read - The first three letters definitely look like Sue, but the rest.... Suelag, Sueleg, Suekag, Suekeg, or Sueky?)
He leaves to his son Thomas, one man named Terry.
He leaves to his son John, one man named Daniel.
He leaves to his son, (William?), one woman named Harriet, and her youngest child named (It looks like Manly).
He leaves to his daughter Ruth (Pilkerton?), a boy named Jim.
He leaves to his daughter Elizabeth, (wife of Daniel McCoy), a man named Oliver.
He leaves to his daughter Sarah (Garrett?), a boy named Jacob and a woman named (Nance, Nanie, Nanee?)
He leaves to his daughter Jane (can't read last name, Upton maybe?), one woman named Lamer or Tamer or Larner or Tarner, sorry this one is hard to tell).
He leaves to his daughter (Reerry or Reeny, it doesn't look like Penny?), one woman named Adeline and her child named John Rasberry.
He leaves to his daughter Pheebe, one woman named Peggy and a girl Roxanna.
He leaves to his Granddaughter Mary Catherine, d/o Julius and Mary (Garrett?), one boy named Alfred.
He states that upon the expiration of his wife's widowhood, the two negros left to her shall be sold, (I have done no research on this line yet, so I don't know when she died.)
The will mentions "the crops on his plantation", and the fact that his home is on the south side of Cowee Creek..
I apologize for not being able to get some of these names, but I do hope it will help someone. If I can be of further assistance, feel free to let me know.