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About William Burrus
William Burrus was the son of Jacob Burrus, Sr., and wife Mary. He was probably born in King William County, Virginia, as his father was established in that county at that time. He was possibly the first-born son, as he was named as his father's executor [see will below].
Will of Jacob Burruss, 1685 - 1755
Caroline County, Virginia
In the name of God Amen, the twentieth day of March, Anno Dommi 1742.
I Jacob Burroughs, of the Parish of Saint Margaretts and County of Caroline, being well in body and perfect in memory thanks be to Almighty God for it, and calling to rembrance the uncertainty of this life, and that all flesh must yield to death when it pleases God to call, do make and declare, this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First - being penitent and sorry for all my sins and most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I commend my soul to Almighty God, my Savior and Redeemer in Whom and by whose merits, I trust and believe assuredly to be saved, to have full remission and Forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and my Body I commit to the Earth to be decedently buried at the Descretion of my Executors hereafter named, and for the sttling of my Temporal Estate and such Goods and Chattles as it hat pleased God to bestow on me, I do Order, give and bestow them in manner and form following:
Imprimize: I give and bequeath to my Dearly beloved wife Mary, one third of all my estate, real and personal with the Plantation whereon I now live, in Caroline County, during her natural life and after her decease to my son Charles and his heirs; in case of his dying in his nonage, to my son William and his heirs.
Item: I give to my well beloved son William, twenty-five pounds current money to be raised out of my estate and also one bed with furniture, a cow yearling and two ewes.
Item: I give to my beloved son Jacob, one young mare.
Item: I give to my beloved son Henry one cow and yearling; two ewes.
Item: I give to my beloved son Thomas, two hundred seventy three acres of land, being part of four hundred acres granted to my letters Patent bearing date the fifteenth of March 1735, lying on the side of Hicoury Creek in Hanover County to him, and his heirs and in case of his dying childless, to be equally divided among his four brothers above mentioned, or the suvivors of them, and also one Feather bed, a cow and yearling and two ewes;
Item: I give to my son Charles, besides the Plantation whereon I now live, after my wife's decease, a feather bed and furniture, a cow and yearling and two ewes, one iron pot, two puter [sic] dishes with six puter [sic] plates.
Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth, one feather bed with furnature [sic] a cow and yearling and two ewes, tow puter dishes and a bason [sic] and as for the rest of my estate that is not bequeathed nor given, I give and bequeath to my daughters, Ann, Justiniana, and Mary to be equally divded amongst them, and I hereby make and appoint my beloved wife Mary, and my beloved son William executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking, disannulling and making void, all former wills by me made.
Declaring this only to be my hand and seal the day above mentioned the 24th line being underlined and the word (forever) being raised in the 21st, 22nd and 30th lines
Jacob Burras [seal]
Sealed in the presence of Mary [x] Burrus Reuben Harris James Fr Edwd Robbins
The above will was filed in suit papers in the clerk's office, Circuit Court Louisa County, Virginia
Suit entitled Isaac Davis vs William Burruss in the March, April, and May terms 1767.
Jacob Burruss' name first appears in deed records of King William County, Virginia in 1706. He received lands from his brother Thomas Burruss, who was allocating land to Jacob as a part of their father's estate. There are published histories from the Nathaniel Burruss line, who claim, Jacob Burruss immigrated about 1714. It is my belief, if his name appeared on a passenger list, it was because he was returning to Virginia from England, possibly receiving his eduation there, as was customary for the time. Education available in Virginia during Jacob Burruss' lifetime was limited at best. His wife was named Mary, and some speculate her surname was Redd or Bibb. I've found no documentation and have no knowledge of her surname. Their chidren were
Henry Burruss born circe 1710 died in 1760 in Louisa County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Terry Jacob Burruss, Jr. born 1714 died 1778 in Caroline County, Virginia. He married Martha Harris William Burruss Justinana Burruss born 1718-1720 married Robert Fleming Bibb Thomas Burruss born 1721 died 1789 in Surry Co., NC and married Sarah Martin Charles Burruss born 1722 died 1797 in Amherst County, Va and married Sarah Woolfolk Ann Burruss born 1726 married Jonathan Johnson Mary Burruss born 1730 Elizabeth Burruss born 1732 died in infancy.
In 1725, Jacob Burruss received another land patent for 400 acres in St. John's Parish in King William county. This is in addition to 130 acres received from his brother Thomas Burruss in 1706 which Jacob apparently sold to Orlando Jones, the same year. The land mentioned in Jacob's will, that was given to son Thomas Burruss on Hicoury [Hickory] Creek in Hanover County, is part of an original 400 acre land grant patented by Jacob in 1735, book 17 page 29.