Will of Henry Burruss 1769-1839 Caroline County, Virginia Library of Virginia archives Box 14 excerpt
Lend to my wife, Sally T. Burruss, the tract I live on for life, and one half my mill, her choice of stock and household items.
My negroes to be divided between my wife and her four children and my four children, and two grandchildren by my first wife; except those given my two daughter at their marriage.
To my wife, the negro woman Maria and her son Spencer.
To my daughter Rachel, the negro girl Isabella.
To my duaghter, Eliza G. Burruss, the negro Lucy Ann
To my daughter Mary Jane Burruss, the negro Kitty.
To my two grandchildren, the negro Alice.
Balance of my estate to be divided into five parts, with one fifth to my daughter Mary Jane one fifth to my wife and three fifths to my sons; John, Charles C. P., and Elliott W. Burruss.
One half of my negroes to be divided equally among my first four daughters, and my two grandchildren, James T. Burruss and Elizabeth M. Johnson Burruss, to have one fifth part of the half of my negroes assigned to my first children.
Four oldest daughters to take into consideration the legacies specified and advance made, to wit: Sally T. Terrell, Nancy Burrus, Rachel Burruss and Elizabeth G. Burruss, my unmarried daughters, Nancy Rachel Elizabeth G. and Mary Jane Burruss to recieve a feather bed and furniture.
One half of my mill and 94 1/2 acres called Locust Hill, shall be held in trust for Nancy's share during her life.
John Burruss and Charles C. P. Burruss executors.
Dated, signed and sealed February 24, 1836. Henry Burruss
William Dickinson and Aaron C. White testifed that they were well acquainted with the handwriting of Henry Burruss. The Will was recorded January 13, 1840 Teste: John Pendleton
cgm notes: Henry Burruss died Dec 6, 1839 at the age of 69 years, 11 months, and 13 days. His first wife Elizabeth Johnson died about 1804 and the couple had five children. In 1805 he married second to Sally Tompkins Wortham, she survived Henry by 20 plus years, dying in 1862. Sally and Henry were the parents of five children, four survived infancy. Additional information available in my family tree, and in the Burruss family letters.