Will of Thomas Gunn 1738-1800 Caswell County, North Carolina
Will Book D page 21
In the name of God Amen
I Thomas Gunn, of Caswell County, State of North Caroline, begin low in heath, but of sound mind and memory, thanks be to God, do constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
Imprimis: I leave by beloved wife Eloner Gunn, one third part of my land to be laid off at the lower end where I now live, and three negroes called Adam, Sam, and Molly Smith, two cows, and one feather bed and furniture during her natural life or widowhood.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son, John Gunn, two hundred and fifty acres of land, part of the tract whereupon I now live, to be laid off at the upper end to him and his heirs or assigns, forever, also three negroes called Rachel, Areh, and Jacob, one feather bed and furniture, one cow and calf.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Allen Gunn, all the remainder of the tract of land whereupon I now live, to him and his heirs and assigns forever, also three negroes called Milly, Charles, and Betty, one horse of the value of one hundred dollars, one cow and calf, and one feather bed and furniture.
Item: I give to my son Sterling Gunn, two negroes called Godfrey, Amy, and Aggy now in his possession.
Item: I give to my son Thomas Gunn, three negroes call Evie, Sue, and Delpha now in his possession.
Item: I give to my son-in-law, Ellis Evans, two negroes called Milly and Abram, now in his possession.
Item: I give to my son, James Gunn, two negroes called Moses and Ester now in his possession.
Item: I give to my son Griffin Gunn, two negroes call Chloe and Hayston, and one hundred dollars to be raised out of my estate.
Item: I give to my daughter Sally Burton, two negroes now in her possession called Chloe and Pippin, and Davey and one called Peter. [cgm note: this may be a mistake as it appears Sally Burton received four negroes]
Item: I give to my daughter Priscilla [negroes] called Anncia, Isaac, and Delany and one mare called Crawl Bottom, one cow and calf, one feather bed and furniture.
Item: I give to my son Anderson Gunn two negroes called Dick and Sidney.
Item: I give to my son Pinkney Gunn one negro boy called Harold.
It is my will that old Sue, Jack and Grace, live on the plantation where I now live if they see cause, or go with any of my children as they please. All the remainder of my estate, not disposed of by this will, it is my desire that it shall be sold by my executors, and after my debts are paid, be equally divided among my wife, and all my children that are alive. Share and share alike.
Lastly, I nominate and appoint James Burton, and my son Griffin Gunn, to exercise this my last will and testament. In witness whereof, I now set my hand and seal, this 13th day of November A.D. 1800 Thomas Gunn
Will was probated January 1801.
cgm notes: Thomas Gunn was the son of Thomas and Sarah Boatwright Gunn. He was born in 1738 and grew up in Amelia County, Virginia. He also resided in Brunswick, Nottoway, and Lunenburg Counties in Virginia before relocating his family to Caswell County, North Carolina. Thomas was married four times. His was married first about 1760 in Lunenburg County, Virginia to Susannah Burnett, daughter of John Richard Burnett. Their children were: Elisha Gunn b. 1761. Elisha was not mentioned in his father's will. There is some evidence Elisha died in Dec 1800, but this is uncertain, other researchers say he died young; Starling Gunn b. 1764; Daniel M. Gunn b. 1766; Mary Gunn b. 1767 and d. 1796 married Ellis Evans (Ellis Evans is mentioned in the will); Thomas Gunn, Rev. b. 1770; James R. Gunn, Rev. b. 1772; Elizabeth Gunn b. 1774 (not mentioned in the will); Griffin Gunn b. 1775; William M. Gunn b. 1777 (not mentioned in the will) His wife Susannah Burnett Gunn died between 1777 and 1778, probably from complications of childbirth.
In December of 1778 in Amelia County, Virginia Thomas married second to Sarah Davenport, daughter of George Davenport. Their children were: John A. Gunn, Sr. b. 1780 and Sarah "Sally' Gunn who married James Burton. His wife Sarah Davenport Gunn died in April of 1780 about three weeks after the birth of her daughter Sally. Thomas moved from Virginia and relocated his family to Caswell County, North Carolina shortly after the death of wife Sarah Davenport Gunn.
In June of 1782, Thomas Gunn married third, to Ann Worsham in Caswell County, North Carolina. Their children were Priscilla Gunn b. 1786 who married Noel Burton, and Allen Gunn b. 1788 . Thomas at the age of 49, was married last to Eleanor Halverson in October of 1797 in Caswell County, North Carolina. The couple were the parents of Anderson Gunn b. 1798 and Pinkney Gunn b. March of 1800 who was about 8 months old when his father died. Wife Ann Worshams' death is unknown.
Thomas Gunn's son, Rev. James R. Gunn, states in a biography, that his partents were Episcopalians, and brought up their children under strict discipline. James Gunn was the first of the children to unite with the Methodists, and soon his brother Thomas Gunn, would follow in his footsteps.
Thomas Gunn, a patriot of Virginia, furnished supplies for the Army during the Revolutionary War. His lineage and service was documented for membership in the Daughters of the Revolution by descendant Mabel Leonard Gibson, and any descendant is eligible for membership in that organization.