WILL OF ELIZABETH GUNN CLAIBORNE 1776-1846 (daughter of James Gunn, Sr., and wife Joice)
I, Elizabeth Claiborne, of Brunswick County, Virginia, do hereby make my last will a testament, and ordain in manner and form pecuniary, that is to say:
In the first place, I give to my niece Elizabeth J. Gunn the sum of fifty dollars.
2nd: I give unto my son Burwell B. Wilkes...my negro woman Hannah, but upon......(illegible)... however, that he the said Burwell B. Wilkes, shall hold the said Hannah for the separate and exclusive use and benefit of my granddaughter, Ann Eliza C. Davis, her natural life and to be in the meantime, in no wise subject to the debts or controls of her husband, Wm. E. Davis, and at her death, I give the said slave Hannah, to the children of the said Ann Eliza C. Davis to be returned, desposed of in such a manner as may deem most conducive in service for their benefit, or otherwise to their interest.
3rd: The balance of my estate after the payment of my debts, I give unto my son Burwell B. Wilkes, bal. in trust for the benefit of my daughter Mary B. Drummond, to be returned and held by him as her trustee, in the same manner, for the same purpose, and with like conditions, that he holds the property now in her service.
4th: I wish to be definitely understood, that I have no claim against my son Burwell B. Wilkes, on account of the rents of the land on which he resides, as I never charged him rent (he on his part never having charged me board)
5th: I appoint Burwell B. Wilkes executor of this my last Will and Testament, and I direct that he be not required to give security for his executorship. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 29th day of July 1844
Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of
B. Wilkinson Lucy C. Claiborne Benj. Hicks P. E. Claiborne Elizabeth (X) Claiborne (Seal)
cgm note: Elizabeth "Betsey" Gunn (Wilkes) Claiborne first married Burwell Bassett Wilkes, Sr. on Dec 3, 1787 in Amelia County, Virginia. To this union were born two children, Mary B. Wilkes b. 1799 who married Allen Drummond, and Burwell Bassett Wilkes, Jr. b. 1805.
After Burwell Wilkes' death in 1815, Elizabeth Gunn Wilkes married second on May 16, 1817 to Phillip Claiborne in Brunswick County, Virginia. The couple had no children.
The Elizabeth J. Gunn mentioned in the will, is the child of her brother James Gunn who died circa 1828, leaving 10 year old Elizabeth J. Gunn. Elizabeth Gunn Wilkes Claiborne twice widowed by 1828, raised her brother's daughter, Elizabeth J. Gunn .
Elizabeth and both husbands are interred in the Wilkes Family Cemetery "Charlie Hope" in Brunswick County, Va.