Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameCaroline Bell , 5G Aunt
FatherThomas Bell (ca1715-1763)
Birthca 1740, VA889
DeathJan 1784, Chatham Co NC Age: 44
 William (ca1770-ca1846)
 John (1772-1854)
Notes for Robert (Spouse 1)
Following is taken from the web site of Judy White:2175

was born about 1739 in Isle of Wight Co, VA. He signed a will on 16 Dec 1783 in Chatham Co, NC. He died in Jan 1784 in Chatham Co, NC. (5) He had an estate probated in Feb 1784 in Chatham Co, NC. Robert was probably born in the 1740's in Virginia and apparently came to Edgecombe County, North Carolina to marry (probably about 1770). His wife, Caroline, was a daughter and co-heir of Thomas Bell. No record of this marriage is preserved, but Robert inherited a third of the Bell lands which totalled 221 acres and purchased the other segments from his in-laws.

Robert's lands on Swift Creek were in the part of Edgecombe County that became Nash County in late 1777. His name is on the "Petition of Inhabitants of Edgecombe County Regarding Dividing of Edgecombe Into Two Distinct Counties" of November 1777.

Robert sold the land on Swift Creek in November 1783 and moved to Chatham County, North Carolina. He must have fallen ill shortly after moving to Chatham County; he made his will there (using the spelling "Paylet") on 16 December 1783. The will was probated in February 1784 and the clerk's annotation more familiarly gives the name as "Pylant".

Robert Pylant's will:2176
December the 16 day 1783 In the name of God amen I Robert Paylet being very sick in body but of perfect mind and memory thank God for it calls to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is provident for all men to die I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to be buried in a christianlike manner at the discretion of my executor and touching such worldly affairs as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose of in the following manner Viz

I give to my well beloved wife Caroline all my worldly goods lands and tenements during her life or widowhood freely to be enjoyed and at her death my loving children to have a equal part as they marry or come of age to have their part equally divided amongst the whole James Paylet, William Paylet, John Paylet, Robert Paylet, Benjamin Paylet and Elizabeth Paylet and I leave Richard Dreack my trusty friend wholly and solely my executor of this last will and I deny all and every other former will or testament and this to be my last will signed sealed and declared in the presence of the subscribers and witness my hand and seal the day and year written.

Robert Paylet

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