Will of William Gunn 1725-1797 Brunswick County, Virginia Will Book 6 pages 1188, 119, 120
In the name of God Amen,
I William Gunn of Brunswick County and State of Virginia, being weak and low in body, do constitute, make and ordain, this my last will and testament as follows (vizt)
I commit my body to the grave to be buried after a Chrisian manner and my soul to the mercy of Christ our Savior, and for what worldly goods it hath followed God to bless me with, I dispose of them as follows:
I give to my daughter Sarah Huff, as much cash as July, a negro, fell on that is now in possession of Mr. John Drummond is thought to be worth, by the judgement of two reputable men, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to James Huff, six shillings to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my daughter, Milley Barker, Rose and her future increase. Together with her four children (vizt) Lewis, Bob, Peter, and Toney, to her and her heirs forever.
I give to the orphans of my son William Gunn, deceased, Jency, and Letty, and Billy, to them and their heir forever.
I give to my son Richard Gunn, Daniel, Cloe, Juner, and Dinah, to him and his heirs forever.
I give to Stephen Mosely, six shillings to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my son George Gunn, Hampton, Tabb, and Moll, to him and his heirs forever.
The whole of the balance of my estate, I give to my son, Radford Gunn, to him and his heirs forever.
I appoint Samuel Mosely, John Thomas, and Peter Read executors of this my last will and testament, disallowing and disannulling, all other will or wills whatsoever, and struck my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of July, one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.
Signed, Sealed, and Acknowledged in the presence of Peter Read John Bowles, Jesse Holloway Betsey G. Bookes Lundrey Huff
Will proven September 25, 1797
Orphans of William to have slaves; son Richard Gunn a slave, Stephen, Stephen Mosely (son-in-law) to have six shillings, Son George Gunn, slaves, son Radford son, slaves and balance of the estate.
Exors: Samuel Moseley, John Thomas, and Peter Read, Witness, John Bowles, Peter Read, Jesse Holloway, Betsey C. Bowels, Lunday Huff.
Reel 22 Library of Virginia Will Book 6 1795-1804, pages 156-157-158 Inventory of William Gunn. The inventory covers slaves, horses, cattle, and household furniture, along with equipment, farm equipment, and tobacco. All itemized it came to a total of 2,647.4.3. pounds
William Gunn was born in New Kent County on 5 March 1724/25 and his birth was recorded in the New Kent Parish records. His parents were Thomas Gunn and Sarah Boatwright Gunn. He grew up in Amelia County, Virginia, one of eleven children. He appeared in land records of Brunswick County, Virginia about 1740, purchasing 365 acres on the north side of Great Creek. On June 20, 1769, William Gunn, about 43 years old, married Hannah White, the daughter of Samuel White. It is possible, William married prior to his marriage to Hannah, but this author has no knowledge of a previous marriage.
William Gunn and Hannah White were the parents of the following children:
1. Richard S. Gunn born 1761 and married Elizabeth Radford 2. Nancy Gunn b. 1762 married Stephen Moseley on Jan 2, 2797. Stephen Moseley inherited for his wife. 3. George Gunn b.c. 1763 married Nancy "Anne" Moseley 4. William Gunn, Jr. b. 1767 married Susannah Clanton 5. Sarah Gunn b. 1770 married James Huff July 26, 1797. James Huff inherited for his wife. 6. Milly Gunn b. 1772 married Burwell Barker on the same day as her sister married James Huff July 26, 1797 7. Radford Madison Gunn b. 1777 married Sylvie Read