Will of James Gunn
Jefferson County, Georgia
In the name of God, Amen.
I James [Gunn] of the State of Georgia, and County of Jefferson,
being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory,
do make and ordain, thias to be my last will and testament, that is
1st. It is my desire that all of my just debts and funeral expenses
shall be paid.
2nd. I will and devise unto my three children, Heziah, William,
and Benheba, the land that I possess viz:
One hundred acres in Jefferson County, containing 200 acres
orginally granted to Jared Irvin, one other adjoining it of one acre
granted to Johnathan Kemp, and one tract of two hundred and two
and one half acres in Telfair County, granted to Benjamin Jordan,
also all of stock of hogs, cattle, and horrses [sic], my household
and kitchen furniture of all kinds, plantation tools and every other
property of any kind that I possessed of - It is my will and desire
that my executors, keep the property together on the plantation to
make a support for my said three children, Keziah Gunn, William
Gunn, and Benheba Gunn, in the same manner as I would do in
the event of my life being possessed untill [sic] the children shall
have grown to maturity at which place they can act as they act, as
they deem best for their own grown, to maturity, at which place
they can act as they act as they deem best for their own welfare.
The property not to be divided untill [sic] the youngest shall arrive
to the years of maturity.
3rd. I appoint my son, John Gunn, and my friend William M.
Young, executors to this my last will and testament. In witness
whereof I have set my hand and seal this first day of June in the
year of our Lord, eighteen hundred forty five.
In presence of
John W. LaFavor
Will was presented to the court May 2, 1853. It was sworn into
court by John W. LaFavor and Robert Lowery
I believe that James Gunn was the son of John and Olive Gunn of Caswell
County, North Carolina. Circumstantial evidence and DNA from descendants,
link him to the Thomas and Sarah Boatwright line of Virginia.
He married Elizabeth Irby in on Feb 26, 1825 in Jefferson County, Georgia.
Elizabeth was not his first wife. How many wives James had prior to his 1826
marriage to Elizabeth Irby isn't known. He had children with a wife, prior to
Elizabeth Irby. By 1820 James had relocated his family to Jefferson County by
1820 when he first appeared in the census records of Georgia. The chldren of
James Gunn are.
Herschel born 1802
John Gunn born 1809
Lewis F. Gunn born 1812
Keziah Gunn born 1820 who married James McWatty
Children of Elizabeth Irby and James Gunn are:
Isaiah Gunn born 1826
Bathsheba born 1829 referred to as Benheba in the Will
William Little Gunn b. 1831
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