Updated March 8, 2016
Walter Boyd GILLIAM inherited from his father, John GILLIAM, a tract in Goochland and Hanover counties. After Walter's death, William Pannill, Administrator sold the remainder of the tract in Goochland, supposed to contain 247 acres more or less to Alden B. Spooner of Petersburg, the conveyance being made by deed of 31 Oct 1833. For further details, see Moore v. GILLIAM and GILLIAM v. Moore regarding this tract and the litigation surrounding it.
Walter Boyd GILLIAM was the son of John GILLIAM and Jane Henry, his wife. He was born after 26 Feb 1777 (since he is not mentioned in his grandfather's Will) and died in Petersburg, VA in 1821. He was the executor of his father's estate. He married Easter/Esther Tinsley. Walter left a Will dated 17 May 1821, which was probated with a codicil of the same date in the Hustings court of the Town of Petersburg on 21 Jun 1821.
31 Oct 1833
This indenture made and entered into this thirty first day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three by and between William Pannill Administrator de bonis non with the Will annexed of Walter B. GILLIAM, decd of the first part, resident in the town of Petersburg and Alden B. Spooner of the Town of Petersburg of the other part
Whereas Walter B. GILLIAM late of the town of Petersburg departed this life in said town in the year ______ having first made his last will & Testament by which among other things he devised that his lands in Goochland County should be sold by his executors and whereas the executors of the said Walter B. GILLIAM decd who qualified in the Hustings Court of Petersburg where said Will was recorded have ceased to act their powers having been revoked by the said Court, in consequence of which, they having failed to sell the land in Goochland County owned by the said W. B. GILLIAM decd in consequence of the title to the same being in litigation in the court of Appeals it now has devolved on the said William Pannill adm as aforesaid as a duty to sell said lands, the title to the same having been at last put to rest by the decision of the cause aforesaid in the Court of Appeals. And whereas in strict pursuance of the intent and directions of said Will the said William Pannill having first daily advertised the time and place of the sale has this day proceeded to sell the land in Goochland county mentioned in the will aforesaid at public auction, to the highest bidder, when Alden B. Spooner became the purchaser thereof the being the highest bidder, at the price of two hundred & forty seven dollars ($247) Now this indenture witnesseth that for and in consideration of the premises & for the further consideration of two hundred and forty seven dollars to the said Wm. Pannill admr as aforesaid in hand paid by the said A. B. Spooner at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged be the said W. Pannill admr of W. B. GILLIAM decd hath granted, bargained, sold, assigned, aliened, transferred and set over and doth by these presents grant, bargain, sell, assign, alien, transfer and set over unto the said A. B. Spooner that certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Goochland and owned by the said Walter B. GILLIAM at the date of his death supposed to contain two hundred and 47 acres be the same more of less it being the same tract of land on which Anna Moore has for many years past resided, claiming at the time dower in the same and represented and believed to be bounded by the lands of T. Carter, of the Estate of J. Power, of John M. Price and Wm. B. Woodson together with all and singular the buildings, ways, water courses, casements, and appurtances, and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders yearly and other rents, issues and profits whereof and of every part and parcel thereof to have and to hold the said land with the tenements hereditaments and all and singular other the premises herein before mentioned or entered so to be bargained and sold and every part and parcel thereof with every of their rights, members and appurtenances unto the said A. B. Spooner, his heirs and assigns forever and the said William Pannill dam as aforesaid for himself and his heirs the said tract of land with all and singular the premises and appurtenances before mentioned unto the said A. B. Spooner his heirs and assigns free from the claim of himself and all and every person claiming by through or under him and not other wise shall will does warrant and forever defend by these presents
In testimony whereof the said William Pannill adm de bonis non of W. B. GILLIAM decd hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal; the day and year first above written.
Sig: Wm Pannill Adm, de bonis non with the Will annexed of Walter B. GILLIAM, decd
Town of Petersburg, to wit
We Geo. W. Harrison, and S. Winfree Justices of the Peace in the town aforesaid in the state of Virginia do hereby certify that William Pannill adr of W. B. GILLIAM decd with the will annexed party to a certain deed bearing date on the 31st day of October in the year 1833, and hereunto annexed personally appeared before un in our town aforesaid and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed and desired us to certify the said acknowledgement to the clerk of the county Court of Goochland in order that the said conveyance may be recorded. Given under our hands and seals this 8th day of October 1834.
Sig: Geo W. Harrison, Mayor
Samuel Winfree Aldm
At a court held for Goochland County 20th October 1834, this indenture was presented in Court and with the Certification thereon ordered to be recorded.
Teste. N__ W. Miller
Goochland County, VA, Deed Book 20, page 162
[Alden Burton Spooner married as her third husband Matilda Wayles Eppes, the daughter of Francis Eppes and Elizabeth Wayles, his wife. Elizabeth Wayles was the daughter of John Wayles and Martha Eppes and the sister of Martha Wayles who married Bathurst Skelton. Bathurst was the brother of Lucy Skelton who married Robert GILLIAM, the uncle of Walter Boyd GILLIAM.]
- Goochland County, VA, Deed Book 20, page 162