|WILL OF BURWELL GUNN
NOTTOWAY COUNTY, VIRGINIA
Know all men by these present, that I, Burwell Gunn of the County of
Nottoway, being of sane mind and wishing to make an equitable
distribution of all my worldly goods, do hereby make this my last will and
testament, and in doing this, do hereby revoke and cancel all former wills
and testaments made by me.
1st - My will and desire is that all my just debts shall be paid
2nd - The property and the negroes that I have already given to my
children (to wit) James W. Gunn, William B. Gunn, Jamina J. Rogers,
Mary B. Mason, and Henrietta K. Wells, I wish them to hold in fee simple
3rd - I give to my daughter Sarah A. Shackleford, three negroes (to wit)
Lucy and her child Richard, and Louisa with all their increase to her and
her heirs forever.
4th - I give to my son Elisha G. Gunn, two negroes Peter and Martha Ann
with her increase also, one cow and calf, to him and his heirs forever.
5th - I give to my son Robert C. Gunn, two negroes (to wit) Joe and Emily
with their increase, also one feather bed, one cow and calf, all of which he
now has in his possession.
6th I give to my daughter Ann E. Gunn, two negroes (to wit) Indiana and
her increase, and George, also one hundred dollars, also one feather bed
and furniture, one cow and calf, to her and her heirs forever.
7th - I give to my son Thomas J. Gunn, three negroes (to wit) Manirva
and her increase, Henry, and Wilson, also two hundred dollars, one
feather bed and furniture, one cow and calf, to him and his heirs forever.
8th - I lend to my wife Mary S. Gunn to be held be her, all the residue of
my property not disposed of, in this instrument, to be kept together by
her during her life.
9th -At my wife's death, I give to my son Thomas J. Gunn, the tract of
land known as Taylors, to him and his heirs forever.
10th - The balance of my land at my wife's death, to be divided into nine
equal parts to James W. Gunn, I give one equal ninth part, to William B.
Gunn one equal ninth part, to Jemina F. Rogers one equal ninth part, to
Sarah F. Shackleford one equal ninth part, to Robert C. Gunn one equal
ninth part to Anne E. Gunn one equal ninth part, to Elisha G. Gunn one
equal ninth part, to them and their heirs forever
11th - The other two ninths, I lend one ninth part to my daughter Mary B.
Mason during her life, at her death to go to her children equally forever.
12th - The other one ninth part I lend to my daughter Henrietta K. Wells
during her left and should she have no living child at her death to be
equally divided between my other children and their heirs forever.
13th - At my wife's death or if my granddaughter Laura A. H.
Shackleford shall come of lawful age or marry she shall have a negro girl
Jane and her increase, and if she sall ever have an heir it shall be theirs
14th - My will and desire is at my wife's death, all the balance not before
disposed of shall be divided into ten equal parts and that James W. Gunn,
William B. Gunn, Jamina F. Rogers, Sarah F. Shackleford, Elisha G.
Gunn, Anne E. Gunn, Robert C. Gunn, and Thomas J. Gunn each shall
have one tenth part to them and their heirs forever.
15th - One tenth I will, in trust to my son Elisha for the benefits of my
daughter Mary B. Mason during her life and at her death to her children
16th - I lend the other one tenth to my daughter Henrietta K. Wells
during her life if she shall have a child or children, then I give to her and
her heirs forever.
17th - I hereby constitute and appoint my wife, Mary S. Gunn, executrix
to this my last will and testament.
I also appoint E. G. Gunn to assist in the administration. My wife Mary
S. Gunn shall not be required to give security for the due administration
of this instrument, in witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affix
my seal this 13th day of January 1855.
Signed Burrel [sic] Gunn
S. H. Pettus
Griffin G. Gunn
Probated 5 April 1855
cgm note: Three of the five sons of Burwell Gunn served in the Civil War for the
Confederate States. All three were with the 18th Virginia Infantry, assigned as a part
of Pickett's Brigade. Two sons died in battle Thomas J. Gunn died at Gettysburg on
July 3, 1863. He was the father of two daughters. Robert C. Gunn survived
Gettysburg but died in the Battle of Five Forks April 1865. He was the father of three
sons, and three daughters.
Elisha G. Gunn, 18th Virginia Infantry, survived Gettysburg; and was captured at the
Battle of Five Forks in Apri 1865 and sent to Point Lookout prison in Maryland. He
was paroled from Point Lookout in June 1865 and died in Nottoway County in
November 1865. He was 38 years old and the father of two sons, and one daughter.