In the period from 1834 to 1860, several friends of Wake Forest
remembered it in their wills, with the provision, however, in most
instance that the bequests should go to establish funds for the
education of ministers.
The first to make a bequest was Mr. John Blount, a planter of
Edenton.1 On his death on May 13, 1836, the Trustees learned that he
had provided in his will for the establishment of an endowment for
the education at Wake Forest Institute, of "poor and indigent young
men destined for the ministry." His property consisted for the most
part of a plantation near Edenton, some houses and lots in that town,
and a dozen negro slaves. Having no children he bequeathed a negro
girl to each of two nieces, a negro boy to a nephew, and his family
Bible and silver watch to other nephews. To his wife Rebecca he
devised, for her lifetime, the use of his plantation and his negroes-
Harvey, Tom, Venus and child, Mary, Emma and Lettice; also the use
of his household and kitchen furniture, carriages and horses, and of
his house and lots in Edenton. The remainder of his prop-
1 Mr. Blount was the son of Charles North Blount of Durant's Neck. His mother
was a Miss Clayton. He was born in 1764, and was thrice married. His first wife
was Catherine Hoskins of Chowan County, died in 1826; his second wife was Miss
Ann Rombough of Norfolk, died in 1829; his third wife was Miss Rebecca Bateman
of Perquimans County, whom he married in 1831. All were pious and discreet and
all members of Baptist churches. After his first marriage he fixed his residence in
Chowan County. He was baptized into the membership of the Yoppim Baptist
Church by Rev. Martin Ross in 1805. Thence he moved his membership to Bethel,
and in 1816 he was a charter member of the Edenton Baptist church on its
constitution. Of the Edenton church he was a deacon and highly respected. He died,
May 13, 1836. His property was estimated to be worth $8,000 to $10,000. "During
his life our brother was a warm advocate of an enlightened ministry; many of his
thoughts were expended on that subject; and now that he is dead, he has left an
example that is worthy of all imitation. He has taught his surviving brethren a lesson
which, it is sincerely hoped, they will not fail to consider and practice." Thomas
Meredith, Minutes of the Chowan Association for 1836. Also Biblical Recorder,
May 25, 1836.
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