The last wills and testaments of Henry and Temperance Cotton.



  1. A decent burial and all burial expenses paid.
  2. To her sister Frances Armstrong, one-half of household and kitchen furniture.
  3. To her sister Hannah Jane Moore, one-half of household and kitchen furniture, plus all money.
  4. All other property to be sold and from the proceeds $100 to sister Frances Armstrong, $25 to brother Robert Moore, $100 to niece Siney Speight, $25 to cousin William Windslow, and the remainder to sister Hannah J. Moore.
  5. Hannah J. Moore appointed administratrix.
  6. Signed 5 September 1924.


In the 1880 census of Wilson, Wilson County: drayman Henry Cotton, 35, and wife Temperance, 28, with boarder Turner Battle, 23, a painter.

In the 1900 census of Wilson, Wilson County: Henry Cotton, 52, and wife Tempie, 50.

John H. Clark and Samuel Vick caused Henry Cotton’s will to be recorded and filed on 30 August 1905 in Wilson County Superior Court.

In the 1920 census of Wilson, Wilson County: at 305 Stantonsburg Street, widow Tempie Cotton, 51, with two roomers, James, 22, and Elsie Clark, 18.

Tempie Cotton died 4 April 1925 in Long Creek, Rocky Point township, Pender County, North Carolina. Per her death certificate, she was 70 years old, born in Wilson County to Dennis Moore, and the widow of David [sic] Cotton. She was buried in Wilson, and Hannah Moore was informant.

North Carolina Wills and Estates, 1665-1998 [database on-line],

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