Will of Robert Gilliam, 1787 | Gilliams of Virginia

Will of Robert GILLIAM
Dated 11 Mar 1787, Presented 13 Jun 1793
Updated March 23, 2016

In the name of God Amen, I, Robert GILLIAM of Southampton County and state of Virginia being in perfect health & of a disposing mind & memory but remembering the mortality of my body & that it is appointed for all men once to die, I do make this my last will & testament & with what worldly goods has been pleased to endow me with I give & dispose of in manner as followeth.

Item: I give & bequeath to my son John GILLIAM the land & plantation whereon I now live to a certain dividing line with all the land contained therein to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Item: I release to my daughter-in-law Penelope GILLIAM one half the remaining part of my land (in) her natural life the other halfe I give to & bequeath to my grandson John GILLIAM, son of Joseph GILLIAM, to be his at the age of eighteen years with one half the profit of the orchard & at the death of his mother, the whole of my land undisposed of viz. to the aforesaid dividing line to him & his heirs and assigns forever.

I constitute and appoint my son John GILLIAM and Jacob Turner my whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of March 1787.

Robert GILLIAM (seal)

Jacob Barrett
Exum Everitt [his X mark]
Nathan Britt [his X mark]

At a Court held for the County of Southampton
the 13th day of June 1793

This Will was presented in court by John GILLIAM, one of the Executors therein named (liberty being reserved for the other to qualify hereafter) was proved by Jacob Barrett & Exum Everitt, two of the witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the Executors who made oath according to law, Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probat giving security whereupon &c &c.

S. Kello, Cl.

  • Southampton County, Will Book 4, 1783-1797, Pages 561-562