Will of Jacob Burruss
1685 - 1755
Caroline County, Virginia
In the name of God Amen, the twentieth day of March, Anno Dommi  1742.

I Jacob Burroughs, of the Parish of Saint Margaretts and County of Caroline, being well in body and perfect in
memory thanks be to Almighty God for it, and calling to rembrance the uncertainty of this life, and that all flesh
must yield to death when it pleases God to call, do make and declare, this my last will and testament in manner
and form following:

First - being penitent and sorry for all my sins and most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same,  I commend
my soul to Almighty God, my Savior and Redeemer in Whom and by whose merits, I trust and believe assuredly
to be saved, to have full remission and Forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and my
Body I commit to the Earth to be decedently buried at the Descretion of my Executors hereafter named, and for
the sttling of my Temporal Estate and such Goods and Chattles as it hat pleased God to bestow on me, I do
Order, give and bestow them in manner and form following:

Imprimize:  I give and bequeath to my Dearly beloved wife Mary, one third of all my estate, real and personal
with the Plantation whereon I now live, in Caroline County, during her natural life and after her decease to my
son Charles and his heirs;  in case of his dying in his nonage, to my son William and his heirs.

Item:  I give to my well beloved son William, twenty-five pounds current money to be raised out of my estate and
also one bed with furniture, a cow yearling and two ewes.

Item:  I give to my beloved son Jacob, one young mare.

Item:  I give to my beloved son Henry one cow and yearling; two ewes.

Item:  I give to my beloved son Thomas, two hundred seventy three acres of land, being part of four hundred
acres granted to my letters Patent bearing date the fifteenth of March 1735, lying on the side of Hicoury Creek in
Hanover County to him, and his heirs and in case of his dying childless, to be equally divided among his four
brothers above mentioned, or the suvivors of them, and also one Feather bed, a cow and yearling and two ewes;

Item:  I give to my son Charles, besides the Plantation whereon I now live, after my wife's decease, a feather bed
and furniture, a cow and yearling and two ewes, one iron pot, two puter [sic] dishes with six puter [sic] plates.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth, one feather bed with furnature [sic] a cow and yearling and
two ewes, tow puter dishes and a bason [sic] and as for the rest of my estate that is not bequeathed nor given, I
give and bequeath to my daughters, Ann,  Justiniana, and Mary to be equally divded amongst them, and I hereby
make and appoint my beloved wife Mary, and my beloved son William executors of this my last will and
testament, hereby revoking, disannulling and making void, all former wills by me made.

Declaring this only to be my hand and seal the day above mentioned the 24th line being underlined and the word
(forever) being raised in the 21st, 22nd and 30th lines


Jacob Burras [seal]

Sealed in the presence of
Mary [x] Burrus Reuben Harris James Fr Edwd Robbins

The above will was filed in suit papers in the clerk's office
Circuit Court Louisa County, Virginia
Suit entitled
Isaac Dvis vs William Burruss in the March, April, and May terms 1767.








cgm notes:

Jacob Burruss' name first appears in deed records of King William County, Virginia in 1706.  He received lands
from his brother Thomas Burruss, who was allocating land to Jacob as a part of their father's estate.  There are
published histories from the Nathaniel Burruss line, who claim, Jacob Burruss immigrated about 1714.  It is my
belief, if his name appeared on a passenger list, it was because he was returning to Virginia from England, possibly
receiving his eduation there, as was customary for the time.  Education available in Virginia during Jacob Burruss'
lifetime was limited at best.   His wife was named Mary, and some speculate her surname was Redd or Bibb.  I've
found no documentation and have no knowledge of her surname.  Their chidren were

Henry Burruss born circe 1710 died in 1760 in Louisa County, Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Terry
Jacob Burruss, Jr. born 1714 died 1778 in Caroline County, Virginia.  He married Martha Harris
William Burruss
Justinana Burruss born 1718-1720 married Robert Fleming Bibb
Thomas Burruss born 1721 died 1789 in Surry Co., NC and married Sarah Martin
Charles Burruss born  1722 died 1797 in Amherst County, Va and married Sarah Woolfolk
Ann Burruss born 1726 married Jonathan Johnson
Mary Burruss born 1730
Elizabeth Burruss born 1732 died in infancy.

In 1725, Jacob Burruss received another land patent for 400 acres in St. John's Parish in King William county.   
This is in addition to 130 acres received from his brother Thomas Burruss in 1706 which Jacob apparently sold to
Orlando Jones, the same year.  The land mentioned in Jacob's will, that was given to son Thomas Burruss on
Hicoury [Hickory] Creek in Hanover County, is part of an original 400 acre land grant patented by Jacob in 1735,
book 17 page 29.

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