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I have a copy of William Baxter's will, six typed pages long.
He left to his son, Elisha Baxter: his Negro boy, Dick; his tract of land purchased from Johnston; two 50-acre tracts he purchased from William Webb; 100 acres and also the 50 yards along the north side of the Fling Tract as excepted in the bequest of his daughter Sara Suttle; and $50 to purchase a horse. He was to pay William's son, Taylor, $250 when he reached the age of 21.
To his daughter, Esther McDowell Durham, he left $1,600 and the price of the five Negros left in trust for her benefit. For another daughter, he left her property for her brother to manage because her husband was given to strong drink and not trustworthy. 

There is another story about William (second generation). He and his twelve-year-old son and his thirteen-year-old niece were slain on the night of September 30,1838, by a slave who, along with several other slaves, had been sold in Georgia by William Baxter. The new owner of the slaves persuaded the slave to follow William and rob him of the money he had been paid. The slave waited until they had retired for the night in their covered wagon. He took the axe left beside their camp fire and killed William, his son James, and his niece Caroline.
My great-grandmother, Catherine Mahala Suttle Harrill, had a lock of Caroline's hair among her keepsakes. Her house was destroyed by fire in 1897 and it was lost.
They are buried in the Baxter Family cemetery about four miles from where I live in Forest City, NC.


Colleen Biggerstaff
Forest City, NC