About John Furr, III
Also known as Esquire John and Johnnie. He was a prominent civic leader and Justice of the Peace. He was instrumental in having Stanly County separated from Montgomery County in 1841 and was the first representative to the State Legislature from Stanly County. He married Beneeta Burris and had thirteen children. When he died at the age of 81, he was buried in Bear Creek Church Cemetery.
Abstracts of Stanly County, North Carolina, Will Book II, 1868-1910, pp .
200-399, pp. 218-221, Copyright Leah C. Sims 2000
Will of John Furr
Will Date: February 23, 1883
Probate Date: March 24, 1888
". . . unto my beloved wife Beneaty Furr all my household and kitchen furniture, and 1 cow and calf . . . unto my son William E. Furr one hundred and fifty four acres of land, the land I now live on, and W. E. Furr is to maintain myself and wife Benaty Furr during our natural lives, and Wm. E. Furr pays to my heirs as follows: John Furrs heirs fifty dollars, to Sarah Furr fifty dollars, to Davidson Furr fifty dollars, Elmir a Eudy fifty dollars, Catherine Furr fifty dollars, Beneaty Furr fifty dollars, Minta Eudy fifty dollars, Martin F. Furr fifty dollars and Mary A . Lowder fifty dollars . . . to my son James M. Furr fifty dollars on a note I hold against him for land I let him have . . . unto Daniel M. Furrs heirs fifty dollars out of the same note that I hold against James M . Furr for land . . . that the balance of my property shall be sold and equally divided among my lawful heirs . . ."
Executors: my sons Wm. E. Furr and Martin F. Furr
Witnesses: Thos. Lambert, Sr. and John Lambert [will]; Thomas Lambert, J r. testified that Thomas Lambert, Sr. "is dead" and that he "is well acquainted with the handwriting of the said Thomas Lambert Sr. having often seen him write, and that the name of the said Thomas Lambert Sr. subscribed as a witness to the said will, is in the handwriting of the sai d Thomas Lambert Sr". [probate]