21 Aug 1844
Albemarle County, VA
Updated March 18, 2016
I Elizabeth Ann Gillum of the county of Albemarle in the state of Virginia knowing the uncertainty of life, but being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
First, I give and bequeath the whole of my estate now in possession or which I may hereafter acquire, whether real or personal or mixed to my friends William F. Gooch and James W. Saunders of the said county of Albemarle in trust for the following uses and purposes to wit
That they the said William F. Gooch and James W. Saunders or the survivor of them shall apply the rents, issues and profits thereof to the support and maintenance of my aged and infirm father, Pleasant Gillum, and my affectionate brother John P. Gillum during their and each of their lives is such manner and in such proportions and at such time or times as the events and necessities of my said father and brother my require and my said trustee may deem precedent hereby declaring and including that no part of my estate whatsoever or of rents issues or profits thereof shall be made liable for the payment of my debt or debts which my said father or brother may now owe or may be hereafter contract and that the same and every part thereof shall be wholly exempt from all such liability and after the death of my said Father and brother my said trustee are hereby authorized and required to deliver my said estate real, personal and mixed or such part thereof as may remain after supporting my father and brother as herein before directed to the Reverend Samuel W. Blain of the said county of Albemarle to whom I give and bequeath the same and every part and parcel thereof in absolute fee, to take effect after the death of my said father and brother in the confident hope and belief that he will improve and preserve the said property and especially that he will not separate the slaves, but that he will be to them a kind and humane master and protector and upon this further trust also that my said trustees or the survivor of them shall sell and apply if necessary any portion or portions of my said estate to the support and maintenance of my said father and brother but believing that with judicious management no such necessity will arise I hereby request that they employ the slaves in the cultivation of the farm and retain for that purpose all necessary implements of husbandry together with the stock of very kind and description whatever, secondly and lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint William F. Gooch and James W. Saunders executors of this my last will and testament. Desiring that they shall not be required to appraise or sell any part of my estate as executors thereof, unless necessary for the payment of debts, and I hereby revoke all other wills by me heretofore made signed, sealed, and published as my last will and testament. This 21st day of August 1844.
Sig: Elizabeth A. Gillum
Signed, sealed and published by Elizabeth Ann Gillum as her last will and testament and attested by us in her presence and at there request.
Volusia B. Kinsolving, Joannah P. Mc Gee, Mary J. Oldham, P. J. Goodloe
Whereas I Elizabeth Ann Gillum of the county of Albemarle in the state of Virginia having hereto fore made and published my last will and testament and being desirous to make some change or modification therein do by this codicil thereto revoke so much of said Will as gives the whole of my estate after the death of my father and brother to the Reverend Samuel W. Blain and in lieu thereof I give and bequeath to him the said Samuel W. Blain my slaves only, to take effect after the death of my father and brother as therein provided and subject to the trusts in said will mentioned and the residue of my estate of every kind and description whatever I give and bequeath unto the six youngest children of George W. Kingsolving of the said County of Albemarle in fee simple to be equally divided among them and to take effect after the death of my said father and brother in like manner as the legacy to the said Samuel W. Blain and subject to the same trusts and it is my desire that this codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last will and testament to all interests and purposes in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of September (1844) one thousand eight hundred and forty four.
Sig: Elizabeth Gillum
Signed, sealed and published and declared by the above named Elizabeth Ann Gillum as a codicil to be annexed to her last will and testament
In presence of P. J. Goodloe, M. H. Lobban, Ann McGhee
At a court held for Albemarle County the 3rd day of March 1845.
This instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Elizabeth Ann Gillum decd was this day produced into court and the Will proved by the oaths of Mary J. Oldham, and P. J. Goodloe two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and as to the codicil by the oaths of M. H. Lobban and P. J. Goodloe two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was thereupon ordered to be recorded.
Teste Ira Garrett, CC
Albemarle County, VA, Will Book 17, pages 42-44
The Appraisement of Elizabeth A. Gillum Est. on the first of May 1845
|2 beds and furniture||40.00|
|1 dressing table||3.00|
|1 wash stand||1.00|
|4 white cotton counterpanes||12.00|
|3 pan sheets||3.00|
|3 bed quilts||12.00|
|2 mantle ornaments||.50|
|1 wash stand||.25|
|1 set table ware||8.00|
|1 set kitchen furniture||6.00|
|2 side saddles||2.00|
|325 lbs bacon|
13 1/2 bls. of corn
|2 shovel ploughs and side ||2.75|
|1 coulter and 5 hilling hoes||3.00|
|3 grub hoes and 3 axes||3.50|
|1 two horse plough||5.00|
|2 bay mares||70.00|
|1 bay horse and sorrel mare||75.00|
|1 cow and bull||20.00|
|1 lot of hogs||8.50|
|1 bond on S. C. Price for $200 due 10 Oct 1844||200.00|
|1 bond on J. W. Poindexter $169.80 due Aug 20 1842 in the hands of James W. Saunders for collection as per receipt||169.80|
|Negro Property Viz|
|Stephen, aged 63 years, more than nothing farmer||10.00|
|Rose, aged 61 years, more than nothing farmer||10.00|
|Louisa, aged 35 years||400.00|
|Eliza, aged 14 years||400.00|
|Charlott, aged 12 years||400.00|
|Lewis, aged 11 years||400.00|
|August, aged 9 years||250.00|
|Henry, aged 9 years||250.00|
|Martha, aged 3 years||150.00|
|Thom, aged 1 year||100.00|
In obedience to an order of the county court of Albemarle dated the 7th day of April 1845 to us directed, we Lewis McGhee, James Woods and William Jarman met on the first day of May following at the residence of the late deceased and after being first sworn we proceeded to value the chattel, property, shewn us to the amount $657.80 cents as above stated. Also the Negro property amounting to $2350.00 as above all of which is respectfully submitted.
Given under our hands this 1st day of May 1845.
Lewis C. McGhee, James Woods, Wm P. Jarman
At a court held for the county of Albemarle the 2nd day of June 1845
This inventory and appraisement of the Est. of Elizabeth Gillum decd was this day returned into court and ordered to be recorded.
Ira Garrett, CC
Albemarle County, VA, Will Book 16, pages 134-135.
[Elizabeth’s Will contains quite a collection of names. There is no known relationship between Elizabeth and any of the individuals mentioned in the Will other than her father Pleasant Gillum and brother, John P. Gillum. Others mention include:
William F. Gooch, born about 1800
James W. Saunders, born about 1793.
Samuel W. Blain
Volusia B. Kinsolving,
Joannah P. McGee,
Mary J. Oldham, born about 1784
P. J. Goodloe, born about 1820
George W. Kingsolving, born about 1783, father of Volusia above
M. H. Lobban,
Ann McGhee, born about 1810
S. C. Price
J. W. Poindexter, born about 1814 (James W.)
Lewis C. McGhee, born about 1806
Wm P Jarman, born about 1815
Apparently Stephen and Rose were not included in the Negro Property Total. If so, the total would have been $2370.00.]