|Will of Thomas Burruss
Orange County, Virginia
Will Book 3, pages 190-191
In the name of God Amen,
I Thomas Burrus of the County of Orange and Parish of St. Thomas, being at the
present time sound in mind and memory, I thank God for the same, do hereby
certify this to be my last will and testament in Manner and form as follows:
First - after I quite this mortal life, I desire my body to be decently buried with
every solemnity at the discretion of my executor, and after paying my just debts
what then remains, my will and desire is they be disposed of in the following
I lend to my beloved wife Frances Burrus my whole estate, real and personal
during her natural life or widowhood, and after her death, to be divided amongst
my children hereafter named.
I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Burrus five hundred acres of land at
Kentucky (first choice) to him and his heirs
Also, I give and bequeath to my son William Burrus five hundred acres of land at
Kentucky (second choice) to him and his heirs and also one feather bed.
Also, I give and bequeath to my son Rogert Burrus five hundred acres of land at
Kentucky (third choice) to him and his heirs, and one feather bed and furniture.
Also, I give and bequeath to my grandson Thomas Burrus, son of Thomas
Burrus, one negro boy Absalom to him and his heirs.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Mourning Burrus one negro woman named
Nan and all her increase; but if this said negro should die before my daughter
shall be of age or marry, then there shall be another likely girl not under the age
of ten years old to be replaced to her and her heirs and also one beast by the
name of Jack and saddle and feather bed and furniture.
Also, I give and bequeath to my daughter Fanny Embry, one negro girl named
Sukey and all her increase to her and her heirs, it being part of the slaves I intend
for her; also one feather bed and furniture; which said negro and bed is already
delivered to her.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter, Midlred Embry, one negro boy named
Ben to her and her heirs and already delivered, also ten pounds cash already
I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Brockman, one negro boy named
Duke, also one feather bed and furniture, which said negro and bed is already
delivered; also twenty pounds cash, to be raised out of my estate to her and her
I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Tribble, one negro girl named Agness
and all her increas to her and her heirs; also one feather bed and furniture; also
twenty pounds cash; which portion above mentioned is already delivered.
I give to my granddaughter, Frances Quisenberry, the daughter of Jane
Quisenberry, one negro girl name Biolet to her and her heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Frances Tandy Bush, one negro girl named Alice and all
her increase; also, one feather bed and gurniture to her and her heirs which is
already delivered to her.
Also, I desire after my wife Frances Burrus death or widowhood, that the negro
boy Gilbert, now in possession of my son Thomas Burrus, may be returned to the
balance of my estate, and that there may be nine of the choice of my slaves, then
remaining, to be equally divided between my three sons; Thomas Burrus,
William Tandy Burrus, and Roger Burrus, to them and their heirs and if either of
my sons should die under age, or before they possess their part of my estate,
that their portion shall be equally divided among my sons then remaining.
I also desire that the balance of my land at Kentucky, which is five hundred
acres, be equally divided among my five daughters, Fannie Embry, Mildred
Embry, Sallie Tribble, Jane Quisenberry, and Frances Tandy Bush, to them and
their heirs forever.
I give to my daughter Mourning Burruss, the land whereon I now live at the death
of my wife Frances Burrus to her and her heirs forever.
Also my will and desire after the death or widowhood of my wife Frances Burrus,
that the balance of my negroes then remaining, with stock and household
furniture of all kinds, may be equally divided among my sons and daughters,
above named except one equal child's part of the last balance of negroes and
household furniture and stock to be equally divided between my two
granddaughters and grandson, Elijah Perry, Dicy Perry, and Mary Perry, to them
and their heirs.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife, Frances Burrus, executrix and
Henry Tandy, and Thomas Burrus, executors of this my last will and testament.
As Witness wehreof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd day of
Thomas Burruss [seal]'
Probated and admitted to record on first Monday March of March 1789
Thomas Burrus was born in 1720 in King William County, Virginia. He
was the son of Edmund and Elizabeth Woolfolk Burruss. About 1746
Thomas married Frances Tandy the daughter of Roger and Sarah Quarles
Thomas and Frances Tandy Burruss had twelve children
Frances Burrus 1747-1825 who married John Embry, Jr.
Mildred Burrus 1750 who married Joseph Embry
Elizabeth Burruss 1751-1835 who married John Brockman
Mary "Molly" Burruss b 1756 who married Lewis Perry. (the Perry
grandchildren are mentioned in this will)
Sarah Burruss 1753-1830 who married Andrew Tribble
Thomas Burrus, Jr. 1757-1836 who married Elizabeth Stevens
Jane Burrus 1759-1811 who married James Quisenberry
Frances Tandy Burruss 1762-1828 who married William "Billy" Bush
William Tandy Burruss 1766-1831 who married Martha Slaughter
Roger Tandy Burruss 1769-1826 who married Cynthia Mills
Mourning Burruss 1774-1858 who married Thomas Graves, Jr.
Nancy Burrus b. 1775 who married Thos S. Frazer
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