14 Jun 1805
Updated March 23, 2016
In the name of God Amen, I Edney GILLUM of Southampton County being in a low state of health at present in body but in my proper sense and memory cauling [sic] to mind that all flesh must die, do think proper to make this my last will and Testament in manner and from as followeth:
Item I give and bequeath unto my neace [sic] Salley G. Jones provided she have an heir lawfully begotten of her body one Negro boy named Mathew and one Negro girl named Catey and one feather bed and furniture and one chest to her and her heirs forever and should she die without shuch [sic] heir the above mentioned property I give unto Peggy GILLIAM Griffin to her and her heirs forever
Item I give to my nephew James Jones provided he should have an heir lawfully begotten of his body one negro boy named Cheesemon to him and his heir forever and should he die without such heir to James GILLIAM Jones to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give unto my nephew Benja Jones the use of one Negro boy named Lewis during his life and after his death to his son James GILLIAM Jones to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give unto my nephew Stephen McClenny provided he should have an heir lawfully begotten of his body one Negro boy named Stephen to him and his heirs forever and should he die without such heir to Stephen McClenny Junr son of James McClenny to him and his heirs forever
Item I give to Benjamin Griffin one negro woman named Silva and two children Lucy and Fanny and their increase during his life and after his death to his daughter Peggy G. Griffin to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give to Benja Griffin one negro man named Jim and all my outstanding debts and all the remainder of my estate of all kinds in order to discharge my just debts. I also do appoint Benjamin Griffin my whole and sold executor to his my last will and testament and my will and desire is that Benja Griffin should have the care or oversight of the property herein given to Sally G. Jones until she should come of age to hire them publickly or privately as he may think best.
In Witness I do hereunto se my hand and seal this fourteenth day of June one thousand eight hundred and five
Assigned, sealed and delivered
In presence of
Micajah Griffin, Jacob Turner, Carr Bowers
At a Court head for Southampton County January the 16th 1809
This last will and Testament of Edney GILLUM dec’d was proved by the oaths of Jacob Tuner and Carr Bowers two the witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Benjamin Griffin the executor therein named, who and made oath as the Law directs is granted him thereto in due form on giving security, whereupon, etc
Teste. Samuel Kello
[Edna GILLIAM is the daughter of Hinchea GILLIAM and Mary Johnson, his wife. Edna's birth is recorded in the Albemarle Parish Register. She is mentioned in the Will of her father. Apparently, she never married as she leaves her estate to her nieces and nephews.]
- Southampton County, VA, Will Book 6, page 598