Deed John Gilliam 1793 | Gilliams of Virginia

Deed John GILLIAM, Sr., to His Children
Updated March 4, 2016

22 Oct 1793

To whom it may concern, I John GILLIAM of Goochland I consideration of the love I bear to my children do give them several slaves allotted to them in this deed, to wit:
To my son John GILLIAM, Junior, a negro girl named Dinah and her increase also the moiety or half the value of Nat a negro man slave to him and his heirs forever
To my son Jacob GILLIAM, I give a moiety or half the value of Nat, a negro man slave ____ a boy named Billey which _______________ [illegible]
To my son James GILLIAM a negro boy named Bristol which boy _______ have now in possession and which I give to him and his heirs forever.
To my son Taylor GILLIAM a negro boy named Charles to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Agnes GILLIAM a negro girl named Nanny and other increase to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Judah, the wife of Collum Bailey a negro man slave named Tom[?] which said slave has been many years in said Bailey’s possession.
I give to Susanna GILLAM a negro girl named Betty and her increase to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Martha, the wife of Sir Francis Drake a negro girl named Delphia and her increase to her and her heirs forever.
All which gift together with Dinah a negro girl which I give to my son William GILLIAM and his heirs forever.
I do make in order to prevent any disputes amongst my children.

22 Oct 1793
Sig: John GILLAM.
Wit: Thomas Underwood, Charles Sneed,
Rec: 16 Dec 1793

[Every child is mentioned except Cecilia, Mary, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Since Mary married Charles Sneed it appears her interests were not being neglected as Charles witnessed this deed. Sarah and Mary as Sarah and Mary Sneed are mentioned in John’s Will. Only daughter Elizabeth is not mentioned in either this Deed or John’s Will. It has been assumed that Elizabeth predeceased her father. It is not known why daughter, Cecilia GILLIAM Cox, is not given a share in this deed; she is mentioned in John’s Will. It can only be assumed that she had already received her share. She was alive at the writing of this Deed as she serves as the executor her husband’s Will dated 1811.]


Sources
  • Goochland County, VA, Deed Book 16, page 235-236