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  • ID: I783
  • Name: Julia Ann MILLS
  • Surname: Mills
  • Given Name: Julia Ann
  • _MARNM: Julia Ann Cordell
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 10 Jan 1852 in Manning Township,Nash County,North Carolina 1 2 3 4 5 6
  • Death: 13 Feb 1950 in Manning Township,Nash County, North Carolina 7 8 9 of Lobar Pneumonia; Diabetes
  • Burial: 19 Feb 1950 Mills Cemetery, Spring Hope, Nash Co.,NC
  • _UID: A3C27CF983E032438109C7C65882148D4478
  • Note:
    Daughter of DAVID MILLS and LOUISA JANE SPEARS. (Although it says JOHN MILLS on her marriage certificate.) Source: Bonosebo@aol.com Email April 9,2004, 5:42 PM).
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    As further info, DAVID MILLS was the son of JOSHUA & NANCY MILLS, of Nash County, North Carolina.
    LOUISA JANE SPEARS was the daughter of VIOLA SPEARS-WILKINS, wife of WILLIAM WILKINS, of Nash County. VIOLA was Apparently not married when she gave birth to LOUISA JANE, and I don't know who JANE's father was. VIOLA SPEARS was the daughter of SILVIA SPEARS, a former slave of ABRAHAM BASS, who asked to have her freed in his Nash County will which was probated in 1805. SILVIA was finally freed in 1811 by an act to emancipate her by the North Carolina General Assembly, and the following year in 1812, her daughter, VIOLA, was also emancipated since she had been born between the time period when SILVIA's freedom was petitioned and when she was granted her freedom.
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    "Nash County,North Carolina, Abstracts of Wills, 1849-1900":

    #291 - DAVID MILLS - 7 Aug 1889 - 18 May 1891
    Eldest son MINGO MILLS - 46 1/2 acres which I purchased from PARSONS RACKLEY. Son MUNRO MILLS- 70 acres called the Joshua Mills Tract on north side of Joshua Mills Spring Branch. Son HENDERSON THOMAS MILLS - 70 acres which I bought from JNO. R. SUTTON. Youngest son DAVID MORE MILLS - 100 acres where I now live. Balance of my land (14 1/2 & 10 acres) to be sold & money to go to the heirs of my son JOSHUA MILLS (WM. N. MILLS & ARNAL MILLS), to FRANCES TONEY wife of JOSEPH TONEY, JULIA ANN CORDEL, MANDA LOCUST, LAHANA WILKINS wife of ERVIN WILKINS, NANCY KING wife of WILLIE KING, LEVENINIA JONES wife of WM. JONES, LUTORA HAGANS wife of FRANK HAGANS; they to maintain my wife LUIZER JANE MILLS (to whom I give household & kitchen furniture). Balance to all my heirs.
    Ex: son MUNRO MILLS
    Wit: JAS. W. FLOYD, W. W. MANNING


    #292- LUIZA J. MILLS - 28 Feb 1898 - 27 Oct 1900
    son D. M. MILLS - 1 bed, etc. 1 ox. Balance of household & kitchen furniture to be sold & money to go to : NICK & ARNEL MILLS; AMANDA LUCAS; LUTORA HAGANS; LAHANA WILLIAMS; IDAMAN? S. JONES; NANCY ELLEN KING; EMILY F. TONEY; JULY ANN CORDEL. Notes, money to be divided among my 4 sons: MINGO, MUNRO, H. T., & D. M. MILLS.
    Ex: son MUNRO MILLS
    Wit: J. W. FLOYD, J. L. FLOYD.

    #449 - VIOLET WILKINS - 9 Feb 1886 (no probate date)
    JULLEY ANN CORDELL wife of HENRY CORDELL - lend to her my real estate; at her death to her heirs ANT...? CORDELL " and Eny other name beinge a Lawful heirs."
    Wit: J. R. BARNES, H. F. BARNES

    (This was VIOLET SPEARS, daughter of SILVIA SPEARS, former slaves of ABRAHAM BASS who were freed in Nash County, in 1811 and 1812, by Acts of the General Assembly. SILVIA was still alive in 1850, and VIOLET was married to WILLIAM WILKINS)

    (Digital Library on American Slavery)
    State: North Carolina Year: 1812

    Location: Nash County

    Thomas Hambleton of Nash County reports that he petitioned for the emancipation of ?a negroe girl called Silvey? in order to carry ?the Will of Abraham Bass into Execution? and that his prayer was granted at ?the last Session Past.? Hambleton reveals that ?unfortunately between the time of my petitioning to your Honourable Body and the passage of the Law the said negroe Girl Silvey was Deliverd of a Girl Child.? The petitioner therefore prays that Silvey?s daughter Violet be emancipated, placing her ?on the same footting which in your Wisdom have thought proper to place her Mother in.?

    Result: granted
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    SILVIA and VIOLET SPEARS

    "Nash County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Wills 1777-1848"

    ABRAHAM BASS - 17 June 1803 Aug Ct 1805 (son of JOHN BASS, b. abt 1700/d. 1777 Northampton Co.,NC)
    ANN ROSE wife of THOMAS ROSE - 10 pounds. ANN MORE wife of CALLUM MORE - 10 pounds. CHARROTY ROGERS daughter of ROBERT ROGERS dec'd - 10 pounds. MOURNING ROGERS daughter of ROBERT ROGERS dec'd -10 pounds. ZONA ROGERS daughter of ROBERT ROGERS -10 POUNDS. Grandson JORDEN BASS - 1 still. THOMAS HAMMILTON - negro woman LITTLE ROSE, 1 blue chest. Daughter ELIZABETH BRIDGERS - 1 horse, etc. Negro girl SYLVIA to be free & THOMAS HAMILTON to have care of her until she is 21 years. Rest of estate to be divided among ELIZABETH BRIDGERS, SION BASS heirs, JOHN BASS heirs: 1/2 to ELIZABETH BRIDGERS; 1/2 to JORDEN BASS, POLLY PARKER, GINNE BASS, ALDIN BASS, KITCHEN BASS, JOHN BASS, MOURNING FLOYD. If FED. FLOYD husband of MOURNING FLOYD brings suit, he to receive 40 shillings only.
    Ex. WILLIAM BRIDGES, JESSEE BASS, GEORGE BODDIE
    Wit. DAVID SILLS, LUCY BODDIE

    Here is the entire will as transcribed by me, D. Williams:
    Will of ABRAHAM BASS-1805
    Nash County, North Carolina
    Will Book 1, Page 157

    In the Name of God Amen.
    I ABRAHAM BASS of Nash County being of perfect mind and memory do this seventeenth day of June in the year of our Lord 1803 make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner an form following to wit:
    Item: I give and bequeath to ANN ROSE wife of THOMAS ROSE ten pounds current money.

    Item: I give and bequeath to ANN MOORE wife of COLLUM MOORE Ten pounds current money.

    Item: I give and bequeath to CHARITY ROGERS daughter of ROBERT ROGERS deceased ten pounds current money.

    Item: I give and bequeath to MOURNING ROGERS daughter of ROBERT ROGERS deceased ten pounds current money.

    Item: I give and bequeath to ZONA ROGERS daughter of ROBERT ROGERS, ten pounds current money.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson JORDAN BASS one still.

    Item: I give and bequeath to THOMAS HAMMILTON one Negro woman named LITTLE ROSE also one blue chest.

    Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter ELIZABETH BRIDGERS one horse called Charlemain, one sadle and bride, and one bed and furniture her choice.

    Item: My desire is that my Negro girl named SYLVIA shall be set free and that THOMAS HAMILTON should have the care of her until she is twenty one years of age.

    Item: My desire is that all the rest of my estate both real and personal not all ready given away to be sold and after paying the above legacys and debts to be equally divided between ELIZABETH BRIDGERS and ZION BASS Heirs and JOHN BASS Heirs in the following manner to wit: the one half of the whole of the sweeping legacy to ELIZABETH BRIDGERS.

    Item: The other half to be divided in the following manner between JORDAN BASS, POLLY PARKER, QUINNE BASS, ALDIN BASS, KITCHEN BASS, JOHN BASS and MOURNING FLOYD.

    Item: My will is that POLLY PARKER part of legacy shall be discretionary with my executors whether they pay her or not, until the expiration of six years.

    Item: My will and desire is that if FED FLOYD husband of MOURNING FLOYD ever brings a lawsuit against my self or my executors for any part of my estate his part then to be only forty shillings and balance over and above the forty shillings to be for the use of supporting the said lawsuit.

    Item: I constitute and appoint WILLIAM BRIDGERS JESSE BASS and GEORGE BODDIE executors to this my last will and testament and I pronounce this to be my last will and testament and no other.

    ABRAHAM BASS

    Signed sealed and published in the presents of us
    D. SILLS
    LUCY BODDIE

    Nash County
    August Court 1805

    The foregoing Will was duly proven in open court by the oath of DAVID SILLS subscribing witness thereto and on motion ordered to be recorded.
    Attest. WM. HALL, C.C.

    And is registered in obedience to the above order.
    Attest. WM. HALL, C.C.
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    State of North Carolina, Laws of the State of North Carolina
    1803-1816, Chapter XCVII, Pg. 38
    1811. An act to emancipate a Negro called SILVIA
    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That a certain Negro girl named SILVIA, belonging to the estate of ABRAHAM BASS, late of the County of Nash, be, and she is hereby emancipated and made capable of taking, holding and possessing property of every kind, and of enjoying all such priveleges as all othe free persons of color.
    And be it further enacted that the above named girl shall be known and called by the name of SILVIA SPEARS: Provided always, that this act shall not affect the right which any person or persons may have to the service of and property in said girl SILVIA, except such person or persons as may claim by, from or through the said ABRAHAM BASS.
    And be it further enacted, that nothing in this act contained shall be construed so to authorise the emancipation of the said girl SILVIA, until THOMAS HAMILTON shall have entered into bond with sufficient security, in the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds, make payable to the Chairman of the County Court of Nash and his successors in office, to be void on condition that the said SILVIA will never become a charge or burthen to any of the counties of this State.


    Chapter LXL, Pg. 24
    1812. An act to emancipate a Negro girl named VIOLET.
    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that a certain Negro Girl named VIOLET, late the property of ABRAHAM BASS, late of the County of Nash, daughter of SILVIA, who was emancipated by an act of the Legislature at its last session, be, and she is hereby emancipated and made capable of taking, holding and possessing property of every kind, and enjoying all such privileges as all other free persons of colour.
    And be it further enacted, that this act shall not affect the right of which any person or persons may have to the service of, and property in said Girl VIOLET, except such person or persons as may claim by, from, and through the said ABRAHAM BASS, deceased.
    And be it further enacted, that nothing in this act contained shall be so construed as to authorise the emancipation of the said VIOLET, until THOMAS HAMILTON shall have entered into bond with sufficient security in the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds, made payable to the Chairman of the County Court of Nash, and his successors in office, to be void on condition, that the said VIOLET never become a charge or burthen to any of the Counties in this State.
    And be it further enacted, that the above named Negro Girl called VIOLET, shall be known and called by the name of VIOLET SPEARS.
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  • Change Date: 15 Dec 2013 at 14:48:03



    Marriage 1 Richard Henry CAUDLE b: 1854 in Warren County,North Carolina
    • Married: 28 Mar 1883 in Nash County,North Carolina 11 12
    Children
    1. Has Children Ananias Andrew CAUDLE b: 2 Feb 1884 in Nash County,North Carolina
    2. Has Children Mary Ellen CAUDLE b: Jul 1886 in Nash County,North Carolina
    3. Has Children Lazerous CAUDLE b: 24 Jul 1888 in Nash County,North Carolina
    4. Has Children William Henry CAUDLE b: Mar 1890 in Nash County,North Carolina
    5. Has Children Martha A. CAUDLE b: Mar 1894 in Nash County,North Carolina

    Sources:
    1. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Page: 1860 Nash County, North Carolina,Mannings Twp,Spring Hope,Image 21,#765/723:
      Note: DAVID MILLS - 37 - M - MU - FARMER - $339 - $260 - NC
      JANE MILLS - 34 - F - MU - NC
      WILLIAM J. MILLS - 12 -M - MU - NC
      FRANCES MILLS - 10 -F - MU - NC
      JULIA MILLS - 8 -F - MU - NC
      AMANDA MILLS - 6 -F - MU - NC
      LAHANY MILLS - 3 -F - MU - NC
      MINGER MILLS - 2 -M - MU - NC
    2. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Page: 1870 Nash County,North Carolina,Liberty Twp,Nashville, Image 68,#555/572:
      Note: WILLIAM WILKINS - 40 - M - MU - FARMER - NC
      VIOLET WILKINS - 45 - F - MU - KEEPING HOUSE - NC
      JULIA A. MILLS - 18 - F - MU - AT HOME - NC
    3. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Page: 1880 Nash County,North Carolina,Stony Creek Twp,Dist.173,Image 9,#82/83:
      Note: WILLIAM WILKINS - B - 72 - M - FARMER - NC NC NC
      VIOLET WILKINS(wife)-B - 68 -M - KEEPS HOUSE - NC NC NC
      JULIA ANN MILLS (gr-dau) - B - 28 -S - FARM LABORER - NC NC NC
    4. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1900 Nash County,North Carolina,Manning Twp,Dist.61,Images 4 & 5,#41/41:.
      HENRY CORDELL - B - AUG1847 - 52 - M - 17 - NC NC NC - FARMER
      JULIA A. CORDELL(wife) -B - MAR1850 - 50 -M - 17 -6 -5 - NC NC NC
      ANNIAS CORDELL (son) -B - FEB1885 - 15 - S - NC NC NC -DAY LABORER
      MARY CORDELL (dau) -B - JUL1886 - 13 - S - NC NC NC
      LEE CORDELL (son) -B - MAY1888 -12 - S - NC NC NC
      WILLIAM D. CORDELL (son) -B - MAR1890 -10 -S - NC NC NC
      MARTHA CORDELL (dau) - B - MAR1894 - 6 -S - NC NC NC.
    5. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1910 Nash County,North Carolina,Castalia Twp, Pg.24B,Image 14,#119/120:.
      HENRY CORDELL - MU - 57 - M1 - 28 - NC NC NC - FARMER
      JULIA A. (wife) - MU - 57 - M1 - 28 - 6 - 5 - NC NC NC - FARM LABORER
      MARTHA A. (dau) - MU - 16 - S NC NC NC - FARM LABORER.
    6. Title: U.S. Federal Census
      Note: 1920 Nash County,North Carolina,Castalia, ED.70, Image 7,#46/46:.
      HENRY CORDELL - MU - 68 - NC NC NC - FARMER
      JULY A. - MU - 67 - NC NC NC.
    7. Title: Other--
      Note: , EMAIL FROM bonosebo@aol.com, 9 Apr 2004.
      Subject: CORDELL FAMILY
      "...HENRY died about 1930 but JULIA died here in Spring Hope, (Nash Co.,NC) in 1950. ...".
    8. Title: Death Certificate/or Death Record
      Page: NORTH CAROLINA DEATH COLLECTION 1908-1996 (Ancestry.com)
      Note: Name: Julia A Cordell
      Death Date: 13 Feb 1950
      Death County: Nash
      Death State: North Carolina
      Death Age: 98
      Birth Date: abt. 1852
      Race: 2 (Negro)
    9. Title: NORTH CAROLINA DEATH CERTIFICATES
      Publication: Ancestry.com
      Note: Name: Julia Ann Cardell [Julia Ann Mills]
      Gender: Female
      Race: Black
      Age: 98
      Marital: Widowed
      Occupation: Housekeeper
      Informant: Lad Cordell, Rte 1, Spring Hope, N.C.
      Birth Date: 10 Jan 1852
      Birth Place: Nash, North Carolina, United States
      Death Date: 13 Feb 1950
      Death Location: Manning, Nash
      Father's Name: David Mills
      Mother's Name: Elizabeth Jane Mills
      RESIDENCE: Manning, Nash, North Carolina
      Cause of Death: Lobar Pneumonia; Diabetes
      Burial: Mills Cemetery, Spring Hope, N.C. - Date: 2 -19 -1950
      Funeral Director: Toney' Funeral Home, Spring Hope, N.C.
    10. Title: Other--
      Page: EDGECOMBE COUNTY,NORTH CAROLINA VITAL RECORDS 1720-1880 (Ancestry.com)
      Note: Name: Mills, Julia Ann Birth Date: Bef 1875 Marriage Date: Bef 1889 Date of Death: Aft 1900 Spouse's Name: Mr. Cordell Father: David Mills, Sr. Mother: Louisa Jane Location of Death/ Last Known Location: Edgecombe co., NC Other Notes/ Race/ Military Information: See note under father's entry. Location of Birth: Nash co., NC Location of Marriage: Nash co., NC

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      Name: Mills, David Sr. Date of Death: Spring 1891 Spouse's Name: Louisa Jane, d. summer 1890 Location of Death/ Last Known Location: Edgecombe co., NC Other Notes/ Race/ Military Information: Brother of Thomas Mills. This family was listed in the narrative section of the book, and at one point was described as ""colored"" and at another called ""white"". In the same paragraph it discussed a family trying to pass as white, but was unclear whether it was this family or another unnamed family also mentioned in the paragraph. One of the parents might be white and the other black or mulatto. The pararaph is far too long to reproduce here. Location of Birth: Nash co., NC Children: Mingo, Munroe, Henderson, David, Joshua, Frances, Julia, Amanda, LaHannah, Nancy, Lavinia, Lutora Location of Marriage: Nash co., NC
    11. Title: Other--
      Page: EMAIL FROM WAYMAN COPELAND-
      Note: HENRY CORDELL -colored -(age 27) married JUDY ANN MILLS -colored (age 28), on 28 March 1883 at William Wilkinson's in Nash Co.NC., Officiated: Jno. R. Green, JP
      Witness: Joseph M. Copeland, P. L. Hendrick.

      (from Message posted by Cheryl O. - June 28, 2000, COPELAND AND MILLS FAMILIES)
      Date: 25 Jul 2003
    12. Title: FAMILYSEARCH RECORDS: North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979
      Note: Groom's Name: Henry Cordell
      Groom's Birth Date: 1856
      Groom's Age: 27
      Bride's Name: July Ann Mills
      Bride's Birth Date: 1857
      Bride's Age: 26
      Marriage Date: 28 Mar 1883
      Marriage Place: Nash, North Carolina
      Groom's Race: Black
      Bride's Race: Black
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M75213-9
      System Origin: North Carolina-EASy
      Source Film Number: 419230
      Reference Number: Vol 1 p 22
      Collection: North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979

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