William Gunn 1726-1797
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF WILLIAM GUNN
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
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
Betsey G. Bookes
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 B: 7 March 1726 New Kent, Virginia, United States d: 25 September 1797 son of Thomas GUNN 1688-1777 and Sarah BOATWRIGHT 1700-1777. 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 married and Hannah White b:28 February 1797 Tennessee d: 28 March 1838 Whitesburg, Jefferson, Tennessee the daughter of Samuel WHITE 1751-1804 and Sarah NIXON 1759-1830.
This marriage produced the following children:-
1. Richard S. GUNN born 26 June 1761 in Brunswick, Virginia died 30 June 1840 at Taliaferro, Georgia, and in 1784 married Elizabeth Radford born 16 May 1761 at Powhatan, Virginia, died 10 March 1846 at Buckingham, Virginia. The children of this marriage were:-
Jane Gunn 1785 – 1814 Nelson Gunn 1787 – 1829 William Nelson "Buck" Gunn 1789 – 1854 John Gunn 1791 – 1795 Richard Gunn 1795 – 1849 Rev. Radford Gunn 1797 – 1866 Elizabeth Gunn 1799 – 1847 Larkin R Gunn 1802 – 1855 Jonathan Gunn 1809 – 1857.
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: 20 October 1777 Brunswick, Virginia, d: 27 August 1848 Monroe, Mississippi. On the 13 September 1796 married Sylvia REID b: 22 August 1776 at Brunswick, Virginia, Radford and Sylvia left the State of Virginia a few years after the death of Radford's father and moved on to Rutherford County, Tennessee, where their son, Silas Lundy Gunn was born on February 2, 1812 and son Radford Madison Gunn was born on the 2nd of October 1814. Some time between late 1814 and November of 1817 they migrated to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, where their youngest daughter, Louisa Olive Hannah Gunn was born on the 1st day of November in 1817. Radford and Sylvia then moved on to the fertile lands in North East Mississippi and set up their family on a large plantation. Radford Gunn was a quite well-to-do plantation owner of good wealth. died 27 August 1849 at Muldon, Monroe, Mississippi.
The children of this marriage were:-
Richard Gunn 1795 – 1849 Hannah White Gunn 1798 – 1881 William Boatwright Gunn 1800 – Peter Reid Gunn 1801 – 1832 Robert Bowling Gunn 1805 – 1880 Silas Lundy Gunn 1812 – 1835 Richard Gunn 1813 – 1880 Radford Madison Gunn 1814 – 1906 Louise Olive Gunn 1817 – 1851