The last will and testament of Margaret Artis.

M Artis Will 1

M Artis Will 2

Margaret Artis‘ daughter Sarah Barnes, whose father was Ned Barnes, married Jesse Barnes in 1893 in Wilson township.

J&S Barnes Marr

Per the terms of Margaret’s will, the couple took possession of her land after her death. In the 1920 census of Wilson township, they appear on Saratoga Road (modern Martin Luther King Parkway) near Dollison Powell and Vick heirs, as named in the will.

1920 J&S Barnes

North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line],; North Carolina Marriage Records 1741-2011 [database on-line],



  1. Jesse and Sarah Barnes are my paternal grandparents. I, Michael E Barnes, am the son of Frank who is listed as age 11 in this census.

    1. Thank you so much! I wonder who were the parents of Jesse Reese Barnes, my paternal grandfather. I now see on same census that Mary Ida (Barnes) Williams was my father’s aunt. She was married to Dorsey Williams. I spent a lot of time at Mary Ida’s (I called her granny) home in the 1300 block of East Nash St in Wilson very close to Nestus Freeman’s stone house.
      In and through Mary Ida’s home were her daughters Nancy, Lucille and Helen. Nancy married Thomas Hicks. Lucille married Samuel Hodges (Sam may be their son’s name). Helen married a Floyd Newsome.

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