Will of Mary Burruss

Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Reel 38, Loose Wills A-D
Library of Virginia
Be it known to all men,  that I, Mary Burras of the County of Spotsylvania, having
bought a negro girl by the name of Lucy, with my own money, that I had of my
Father's estate after my husband's death, this girl I bought of Joshua Long, who gave
me a bill of sale for her, and her increase.

Now best understood, that where as I live with Robert Pendleton, who married my
daughter Betsy, who are now both living and are both a like kinder of me in my old
age,  it is my desire that after my death, Robert Pendleton, and my daughter Betsy,
shall have the above mentioned Lucy and her increase.

And after their deaths, the said Lucy and her increase shall then be equal by divided
amongst the heirs of my daughter Betsey, that is my Grandchildren forever.

Witness my hand and seal this 19th day of November one thousand, eight hundred and

Chiles Pendleton

Mary {x} Burruss [seal]

John Pendleton [his mark]
Benja. Massey

At a court held for Spotsylvania County the 5th day of January 1819, the last will and
testament of Mary Burras deceased, was proved by the oaths of Philip Pendleton and
Benjamin Massey, two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded
R. Stevenson, Clerk of Court

cgm notes:  It is with a reasonable certainty that this is the will of Mary Wisdom
Burruss.  She was the daughter of John Wisdom and his wife Ann Collins.  Mary
married Edmund Burruss who died in 1780 in Orange County, Virginia.  She was his
second wife.  Her daughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" mentioned in the will, married Robert
Pendleton in 1797, and they made their home in Spotsylvania county.