(JAMES) WILLIAM FREDERICK GUNN
1798-1853 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
WILL BOOK 14
LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA
I, William F. Gunn, of the County of Henrico and State of Virginia, do make and ordain
this my last will and testament.
FIRST: I give and bequeath unto my two sons, William F. Gunn, Jr., and James M.
Gunn, one hundred acres of land lying on the Wilton Road and adjoining the tract of
land now owned and occupied by them to them and their heirs forever.
SECOND: I loan to my wife Mary Ann Gunn during her life or so long as she shall
remain my widow, all the remainder of my estate both real and personal
THIRD: It is my will and desire that at the death or marriage of wife, all my personal
estate then left or held by her (226) (her) be divided among my seven other children in
the following shares; to my son John Howard, one whole share; to my son Lewis L. two
whole shares; to my son Richard B. one whole share; to my son Josiah M. one whole
share; and to my son Eugene K. two whole shares.
I also will and bequeath, the whole of my real estate not herein before devized to my
said seven children to wit; Emily F. Robert S. John Howard, Lewis L. Richard B.,
Josiah M., and Eugene K. Gunn to be equally divided among them and their heirs
LAST, I constitute and appoint my friend, Jesse F. Keesee, my executor, to this my last
will and testament.
Witness my hand and seal, this twelvth day of August in the year of our Lord, one
thousand eight hundred and fifty three.
Signed, Sealed, and Acknowledged as for the last will
W. F. Gunn (Seal)
At a month court, held for Henrico County, at the Courthouse on Monday, the third day of
October, one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.
This writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William F. Gunn, deceased, was
presented in Court, proved by the oaths of Robert B. Lyne and Carthon Archer, the
subscribing witnesses to the same and order to be recorded.
James William Frederick Gunn married Mary Ann Bullington on Nov 27, 1822. He was the
son of John Gunn and Sarah Scherer Gunn.
He acquired the estate along the James River, referred often as "Berry Hill" in 1806. It was
a plantation located between Wilton and Chatsworth. Around 1915 the Berryhill plantation
was developed into the subdivision presently known as Richmond Heights. A number of his
sons fought with distinction in the Civil War.
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