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16 Jan 1790
Will of Ann Isham Gordon.
In the name of God amen. I Ann Isham Gordon of the County
of Prince George, being weak in body, but of sound, perfect
mind & memory, do this 16th day of January in the year of
our Lord one thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety make and
publish my last will and testament in manner following, viz:
First, it is my Will that all my just Debts be duly and
truly paid, and that my Executors pay no Legacies, nor
suffer any division of my Estate to be made among my
Legatees until all my said Debts be fully discharged.
Unto Elizabeth McNeil (who has lived with me upwards of
forty years, and has been a faithful servant and friend to
me during all that time) I give and bequeath to Use of the
following slaves during her natural life viz: my negro woman
Mollie and all her children, and also Answick, her mother;
also one Feather Bed & furniture, the Bay Colt which is
called hers and one Cow and Calf.
Unto William Yates, eldest son of the late Colo William
Yates, I give and bequeath my Negro Girl named Annake.
Unto Benjamin Poythress Yates, second son of the said Colo
Wm. Yates, I give and bequeath my Boy Peter, Sally's
Unto my niece Mary Muir, I give and bequeath my negro woman
Sally, and I give Sally's child to the youngest daughter of
my said Neice.
Unto William Poythress Muir, eldest son of my said Neice, I
give my negro boy named Davy.
Unto Margaret A. Muir, her Daughter, I give my Negro Girl
Unto William Ramsey, son of Mr William Wilson, I give my
Negro Girl named Nancy.
Unto Lucy Gordon, Daughter of John Gordon decd , I give and
bequeath my Negro Girl Lucy, Hannah's daughter-also one
large Silver soup spoon, six Silver Table Spoons, four
Silver salts, and my watch with everything belonging to it.
Unto my friend Thomas Gordon I give and bequeath my Negro
Boy Joe, Dina's son.
And out of the remainder of my Slaves I will and desire that
my sister Elizabeth Ramsey make choice of two of my small
young Negroes for the children of my Niece Elizabeth Potts
to whom I give them each one, and that my said Sister, out
of the residue of any slaves, also make choice of one for
each of her sons, and I give to each of her said sons the
slaves so chosen by her, and also one for my niece Elizabeth
Potts to be chosen in like manner which I give to her.
It is my will that the several Legatees above named (except
Elizabeth McNeil) have absolute right in the Legacies
bequeathed to them respectively, and the Legacies which I
have given Elizabeth McNeil for life.
I give and bequeath to my sister [Elizabeth] Ramsey after
the death of said Elizabeth, and provided also that if Lucy
Gordon shall depart this life before she marries or arrives
at the age of Twenty one, then I give the Legacies
bequeathed to her unto my sister [Elizabeth] Ramsey and her
Unto my friends Thomas G. Peachey and Elizabeth Peachey I
give and bequeath the sum of Twenty five pounds Current
money each, which I entreat them to accept as a token of my
affection and esteem.
All the rest and residue of my Estate, be it of what nature
or kind soever, I give, devise, and bequeath unto my Dear
Sister Elizabeth Ramsay and her heirs forever.
Lastly, I do constitute and appoint my friends Thomas G.
Peachy and Thomas Gordon Executors of this my Will; in
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hands and Seal the
day and year within written.
Ann Isham Gordon (seal)
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said A. I. G.
to be her last Will and Testament in the presence of us:
Eleanor Craine, Elizabeth Mills Fram, Susannah Cocke (her
(PG DB 1787-1792, p. 359; source William & Mary Quarterly
Vol. 14, No. 3, p. 211-213)