- Marriage: Margaret Henrietta BUGNION
- Died: 1777
Extract from "General John H. Winder, C.S.A." by Arch Fredric Blakey (1990)
Joseph Eagles was descended from one of the most respected families in the Cape Fear region. Family roots went back to 1737, when Richard Eagles received a grant of 540 acres on an island formed by the two branches of the Cape Fear River directly opposite the toiwn of Wilmington. The island was known from then on as Eagles Island, and the rice plantation was approptiately christened "The Forks".
Richard left one-third of his land to his daughter Susannah, wife of Alfred Moore, and the rest to his son Joseph in 1777, and the descendants of the two families shared the island for the next seventy-five years.
Joseph, who died in 1791, also left two surviving children: Sarah Isabella, who married Thomas F. Davis, Jr., and Joseph, who married Caroline Cox.
Extract from North Carolina Wills and Inventories by J. Bryan Grimes (1912)
Richard Eagles' Will
I, Richard Eagles, of the County of Brunswick and Province of North Carolina, . . . do make this my last Will and Testament.
I give and bequeath to my son, Joseph Eagles, so of Margaret Henrietta Eagles, my wife, formerly called Margaret Henrietta Bugnion, his heirs and assigns forever, the House, Plantation, Saw & Grist mills, where I now live, together with all the lands I am now possessed of, except such as is hereafter given to my daughter Susannah Eagles, or otherwise;
I give and bequeath to my daughter, Susannah Elizabeth Eagles, six hundred and forty acres of land adjoining the banked piece no intended for a rice field and bought of Hugh Blenning. Also one third of all the land I now own on the island commonly called Eagles's Island.
I give and bequeath to my two cousins, Jean and Elizabeth Davis, one young negro each, about their own age, to them and their heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my sister, Elizabeth Davis, the house she now lives on the north side of the mill pond, with the field that is fenced in, as long as she lives, after her death, to return to my son Joseph Eagles.
In witness whereof, I have hereto set my hand and seal, this twenty-third day of March, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred & sixty nine.
Codicil of the Last Will and Testament of Richard Eagles:
'Tis my will and desire that Mr. William Dry has a title for a certain piece of land bought of my father, Richard Eagles, and never yet confirmed.
Richard married Margaret Henrietta BUGNION.