Fourth Generation


31. Moses McCuiston14 was born in 1760 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.31 He signed a will on 5 December 1799 in Guilford County, North Carolina.93 Moses McCuiston

In the name of God amen I Moses McCuiston of Guilford County in the state of North Carolina being in a low State of helth but of sound mind and mamery thanks be unto God and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testement <unable to read> working all wills by me formrly made that is to say prinsepely and first of all recovered my soul to Almightly God how give and my body to the earth, to be desently buried in christen buriel at the descration of my Esecutors nothing doubling but at the General Reseruction. I shall receive the service by the mightly forever of < unable to read> in honour and glorey and luchery such worldly astate as it hath pleased God to blefs me with. I give and bequeth in the folowing maner that is to say I leve unto my derly beloved wife Elizabeth McCuiston during her widowhood the sole of my esate rule and <unable to read> to be taken care of by her and distributed in the folowing and form to each of my daughters at the time of marige one horse creture and saddle and such household furniture as there mother shall think fit.

Item - I give and bequeth to my three sons at the years of maturety my lands as folow to my son Robert McCuiston the first of my land and the north side of Redy Fork and to my sons John and William the South side to be equally divided but provided either of my three sons should die under age the surviving brothers his part equally divided and it is my will and desire that my esecutors do take and inventory of the purishable part of my estate and record be made of same and in case is should apper to my Executors that my estate is in a way of sinking they may make a suit of such estate as appear most profitable to the asigetees.

Item - It is my will that the remainder of my estate which is not heretofore mentioned shall be eaqualy divided amongst my sons and daughters eaqueley.

Item - It is the memory of this my will that my children be <versed> and schooled at the espence of ye parishable part of my estate

And do constitute and approve my beloved wife Elizabeth McCuiston Esectrix and Robert Thompson asistent Esecutor of this my will and testiment satifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testement

Be witnefs werof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 5th day of December 1799

Sined seled published pronounced and
declared by the said Moses McCuiston as his
last will and testament in the presents of no other Moses McCuiston (seal)
in his presents and in the presents os each
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John Cummings (first)
Thomas Blair

State of North Carolina
Guilford County February Court 1800

John Cummings proved the execution of the within will in Open Court where came in Elizabeth McCuiston widow + Robert Thompson and qualifyed as Esecutors.

Test John Hamilton He died in February 1800 at the age of 40 in Guilford County, North Carolina.94 Moses has reference number (3-304). Upon the death of his father, Moses's guardian was James McCuiston, Sr. When, James Sr. died, James Jr., Moses's Uncle, became his guardian. This is deducted from a court settlement in the Guilford County, North Carolina Court Records, dated 6 August 1772: Jane Blayor (late widow of Robert McCuiston, Dec'd) by her husband Thomas Blayor, and settle with the court. Widow's third (29-6-5 pounds) leaving (58-15-4 pounds) for the three ophans of said Robert McCuistion, deceased, giving each (19-18-1 pounds), and it is handed over to Moses' guardian, James McCuiston.

Moses McCuiston and Elizabeth Blair were married about 1780. Elizabeth Blair, daughter of Hugh Blair and Mary Dawson, was born in 1765 in Guilford County, North Carolina.94 She died in 1823 at the age of 58 in Guilford County, North Carolina.94

Moses McCuiston-3080 and Elizabeth Blair-3081 had the following children:

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Mary McCuiston-3082.

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Elizabeth McCuiston-3083.

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Levina McCuiston-3084.

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Martha "Patsy" McCuiston-3085.

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Robert McCuiston-3086.

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William McCuiston-3070.

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McCuiston was born in 1796. She has reference number (3vii-305).

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John McCuiston95 was born in 1798 in North Carolina. He died between 1814 and 1823 at the age of 16. He has reference number (46-317). There is no record of any marriage of this John; that he did not marry and left no heirs is verified by the fact that at his mother's death, his share of the estate was divided between Robert's heirs and his brother, William. Walter Ruffin in 1895-1900 gathered some family history and traditions. He wrote: "There was a John among those old ones who lived and died near Greensboro. He never married and all the older ones called him 'Cousin John.'