William Burgess of Bedford Co., Virginia
[Haplotype R1b1b2 – confirmed by test]
Note: this family is affiliated with those of: William Burgess of Albemarle Co., Virginia William Burgess of King George Co., Virginia
William Burgess Sr. was born by 1721, possibly in Virginia. He married Susannah __ by 1742. On 20 August 1760 he obtained a Virginia land grant (Patent Book #33, p. 858) of 195 acres on Byrd Creek in Albemarle (later Fluvanna) Co., Virginia, and later tripled his estate. He or his son William signed an indenture on 8 June 1769 with Charles Hudson for a debt of £60 to David Nowlin on Taylor Creek in Albemarle Co. On 10 September 1772 he purchased 200 acres of land on Great Byrd Creek (adjoining his earlier estate) in Albemarle Co. from John Thurmond. He or his son William signed a petition to the Virginia Legislature from Albemarle Co. in 1777 protesting the poor road conditions there, but moved to Bedford Co., Virginia, shortly thereafter.
William died in 1778 in Bedford Co., Virginia. His will, which was dated 23 April 1778 and probated 27 July 1778 (Bedford Co. Will Book #1, p. 307-08, with inventory dated 15 May 1779), notes four daughters (Isabel, Mary, Frankey, and Betty [i.e., Elizabeth]), and four sons, with his presumed oldest son, Edward, and his widow, Susannah, serving as executors, and identifies three adjoining plots of 200 acres each on Byrd Creek in Fluvanna Co., giving one section to Watt Johnson, ordering that a second farm of 200 acres to be sold, with the proceeds being divided between Edward and John, and giving the third estate to his third son, William Jr., “being the place where my said son now dwells”; a fourth section of 151 acres in Bedford Co., “being the place wherein I now dwell,” is given to Susannah, and after her death to his fourth son, Thomas.
Bedford County, Virginia Will Book 1 pages 307-308. In the name of God, Amen. I William BURGESS of Bedford County in the Colony of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. That is to say principally and first of all.I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the power of the Almighty God, and as touching such worldly estate where with it has pleased God to bless me in this Life.I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath to Watt Johnson of Fluvania County his heirs or assigns two hundred acres of land being part of my Tract of land in Fluvania County to have 200 acres more or less, beginning at Byrd Creek up Mill Stone Brance to Lewis Venable's line thence to the beginning at Byrd Creek. Item I give unto my sons Edward Burgess and John Burgess two hundred acres of land more or less lying on each side of Byrd Creek and joining Mill Stone Branch part of my tract of land in Fluvania County the said to be sold and the money to be equally divided between my aforesaid sons Edward and John BURGESS. Item, I give and bequeath to my son William Burgess of Fluvania County two hundred acres of land more or less being part of my tract of land in Fluvania on the north side of Byrd Creek and being the place where on my said son William BURGESS now dwells, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas BURGESS one hundred fifty one LLS. I give and bequeath unto my son THOMAS BURGESS one hundred fifty one acres of land being the place whereone I now dwell in Bedford County. , but my dear beloved wife, Susannah Burgess is to have it as long as she remains a widow. I bequeath to my said son Thomas BURGESS, my two year old bay mare, one smooth bore gun. Item, I bequeath to my daughter Isable, five pound current money of Virginia. Item, I bequeath to my daughter Frankey Burgess five pounds current money of Virginia. Item I bequeath to my daughter Betty Burgess twenty pounds of current money of Virginia. I bequeath to my daughter Susannah twenty pounds current money of Virginia. Item, I bequeath my negroe wench Diania to be sold to the highest bidder and the money to be put to my other cash, and after all my debts and demands are paid the remained to be equally divided amongst all my children. I also do constitute my beloved wife Susannah Burgess my executris and my son Edward Burgess my sole executor of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul and and every other former testament, wills or legaices bequests and every other former testament, wills or legacies bequests and executors by me in any ways before named willed and bequeather ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of April in the year of our Lord One Thjousand Seven hundred and seventy eight. Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the said William Burgess as his last will and Testament in the presence of us. Edward Hore, Henry Guttry, William (his X mark) Robinson, William (his X mark) Burgess.
At a court held for Bedford County, the 27 day of July 1778 This last will and Testament of Willaim Burgess deceased was proved by the Oaths of Edward Hore, and Willaim Robiinson thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of his wife and son, Susannah Burgess and Edward Burgess Executors therein anmed who made oath thereto, certificate is granted them for obtaining probate in due form give security where upon they together with Nathaniel Tate and Thomas Watts their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Eight hundred pounds for the saidexecutors adue and faithful administration. Teste J. Steptoe Clerk A copy-teste. H. P Scott (signed) Clerk of the Circuit County of e County of Bedford Virginia. This will is found in Will Book l pages 307-308.
An inventory of William Burgess; estated dated 154 May 1779 is also found in Bedford County, Virginia - Nathaniel Tate, James Davis and William Watts witnessed the appraisal.
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