William Gunnell (1676 - 1742)

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Birthplace: Waltham, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Falls Church, VA, USA
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William Gunnell Will and land info

mindy2229added this on 17 Dec 2008

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1729 - 3 Northern Neck Land Grants in Stafford Co. (Fairfax Co.)

1733 - Residence in Fairfax Co. - Rev. Lawrence DeButts preached there

1744 - on poll list for election of Burgess from Fairfax Co.

First of his family to settle in Fairfax Co.

wd 8 Mar 1750 wp 19 Sep 1760

Sons: William and Henry

Daughters: Sarah Saunders, Elizabeth Saunders, and Mary Dearn or Darn

Exr: son WIlliam Wit: Joseph Moxley, Phillip Saunders, Daniel Jennings

The following taken from Fairfax County Deed Book A, part 1, 1742-1744

This 17th day of October 1741, I William Gunnell, Planter, of Truro Parish in Prince William County for love and affection I bear my two sons, William GUNNELL and Henry Gunnell both of said County give 800 acresRecprded 17 February 1742. I William Gunnell, Planter, for love and affection that I bear to my Son in Law, William SAUNDERS and my loving Daughter, Elizabeth, Wife of William, and likewise to my Son in Law, James Saunders and my loving Daughter, Sarah Saunders, Wife to said James Indenture 17th day of May 1744 between Benjamin Addams and Elizabeth his Wife, sole acting Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of John Gregg, late of Hamilton Parish in County of Prince William, deced. Indenture 18th April 1745 between Richard SIMPSON of Truro Parish inCounty of Faifax and Richard Simpson, Junr. and Mary his Wife, Son of Richard Simpson;Indenture 18th day of April 1745 between Richard Simpson of Truro Parish in Fairfax County and Thomas Winsor and Sarah his Wife, Daughter of Richard Simpson, and John Winsor and Thomas Winsor, Sons of said Thomas and Sarah ofsame County; Indenture 7th day of August 1745 between Joseph Hollingsworth of FairfaxCounty and Martha his Wife, and William Ferrall of Christiana Hundred in NewCastle Indenture 20th August 1746 between William Cox of Mill Creek Hundred inCounty of New Castle on Delaware, Yeoman and Catherine his Wife and HarmanCox of Fairfax County, Yeoman, one of the sons of William and Catherine.For Virginia Researchers. Sam SSAntient@aol posted by.

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William Gunnell of Westmoreland County, Va. seems to have been the first of his family to settle in what is now

Fairfax County. He would become the progenitor of most Gunnells in America before 1800.

In 1729, he received three land grants on the Northern Neck of Virginia, then encompassing all of what is now

Northern Virginia. His grants totalled 1616 acres in what was Stafford County and later became

Fairfax County. Below difficult Run he recieved 966 acres, on "Pinimentts Run" he recieved 400 acres, along

with 250 acres below the headwaters of "Pinimentts Run." William Gunnell and his two sons,

William and Henry were recorded on the 1744 poll list for the election of Burgess from Fairfax County.

William Gunnell died in 1760, his will proved on 19 September 1780. His will names his children, but not his wife, whose

identity is still in question. In the will of Richard Henry Lee, witnessed by Martha Gunnell, among the inventory of

his property "in the quarter" are William Gunnell, Martha Gunnell, Mary Gunnell, and Wiliam Gunnell Jr. She may have been Martha Gunnell, a woman with whom William Gunnell was indentured to the Lee Family of Virginia. She is possibly a Corbin because of its repetion on the lines of Jonathan Gunnell of Bedford. Persons were indentured by the Lees in their succesfull attempt to break down the feudal headright system, and establish the Proprietorship of the Northern Neck. Men like William Gunnell were 'foot-soldiers,' who owed allegiance not to the headright, but to their indenturer. Thus they could expect to earn a position in society and more importantly, land. The provisions of his will, the inventory of his estate suggest that he was, by the standards of his day, wealthy. His will, signed with his mark as he could not read or write, is testament to how far one could rise through the system on indenturedservitude-if you were of political value to the indenturer.

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William Gunnell's Timeline

1676
May 7, 1676
Waltham, Lincolnshire, England
1701
October 12, 1701
Age 25
New Kent, Virginia
1703
1703
Age 26
1705
1705
Age 28
Virginia, Britain (UK)
1705
Age 28
Fairfax, Virginia
1706
1706
Age 29
Fairfax, Virginia
1710
1710
Age 33
Fairfax, VA, USA
1711
1711
Age 34
1711
Age 34
Fairfax, Virginia
1742
February 17, 1742
Age 65
Falls Church, VA, USA