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Susannah Maxey (Gates)

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Death: May 31, 1743 (65)
Manikintown, Goochland County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nathaniel Hales and Susannah BUSBY
Wife of Edward T. Maxey, Sr.
Mother of Edward Maxey, Jr.; Elizabeth Agnes Radford; Susannah Barnes; John Marshall Maxey, I; William Maxey and 4 others

Managed by: Marsha Gail Veazey
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About Susannah Maxey

Was her maiden name Gates ? ... sometimes spelled "Gaites" ?

One claim is that her surname, Gates, is proved by the following lawsuit

Book ?, pg. 335, 6 April 1724: William Bradshaw by petition sets forth that John Gates bequeathed the care of his two sons William and James to Charles Snugs, who did appoint the petitioner his sole executor and residuary legatee. Edward Maxey, Jr. hath seduced from him the said children, and praying they be ordered to return to him. Court says he has no right to guardianship of the said children. Church wardens of Henrico Parish bind out William and James Gates, sons of John Gates, dec'd.

Colonial Wills of Henrico County, Virginia, Part Two, 1737-1781, by Benjamin B. Weisiger III (pg.133)

It is proposed that brought by Mary and her husband, Edward Maxey Jr, took custody / guardainship of Susannah's nephews when her brother, John Gates, passed away.

This also suggests that since Edward is listed as "Jr." that his father was also named Edward. [However the term can also apply to a nephew or other younger relative with the same name.


One of the witnesses to Susannah's will was James Gates, perhaps the son of John Gates, both of whom were mentioned in a court petition of William Bradshaw directed to Susannah's son Edward, Jr., in 1724. This link between the Gates and Maxey families gives credence to the claim of some genealogists that Susannah's maiden name was Gates.

Will of Susannah Maxey

This will made in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and forty-three in the sixteenth year of the reign of our most Sovereign Lord King George by the grace of God King of Great Britain France and Ireland,

Defender of the faith. In the name of God Amen I Susannah Maxey being very sick and weak of body though of perfect sense and memory, God be praised for it, I do willing and heartily give and ... my soul to God who gave it me and whom I hope wil l receive it and my body to the earth from whence it came there to be decently buried at the desecration of my executors.

ITEM, I give to my son John Maxey one pound one shitting and six pace and half a dozen pewter plates. ITEM, I give to my son William Maxey one pound one shilling and six pence and half a dozen pewter plates. ITEM, I give to my son Nathaniel Maxey one feather bed and furniture. ITEM, I give to my daughter Elizabeth Radford my trunk and all my wearing clothes. ITEM, I give to my granddaughter Susannah Epperson my sidesaddle. ITEM, I give to my son Walter Maxey my other feather bed an d furniture and two dishes. ITEM, I give to my grandson James Barns one heifer of two years old. ITEM, I give to ;my grandson Charles Maxey one young mare of one year old. ITEM, I give to my son Silvanus all the remainder of my estate and I desire that my estate should not be appraised.

And I do appoint and constitute Silvanus Maxey to be my sole executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereunto I set my had and seal this 31 day of May 1743.

Susannah X Maxey her mark

James Cates Thomas Spraggin

Eleanor O Coyel

At a court held for Goochland County September 20, 1743 James Gates and Thomas Spraggin proved this writing to be the last will and testament of Susannah Maxey which was ordered to be recorded

Will Proved:

Goochland County, Virginia - 20 September 1743, Deeds & Wills, Bk. 4, pp.212-13.


The Maxey's of Virginia, by Edythe Maxey Clark, A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Edward and Susannah Maxey.

Susannah's will is in Goochland County, will book 4/212-213. Her will is dated 31 day of May 1743. It was recorded September 20, 1743.

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Susannah Maxey's Timeline

Henrico County, Virginia Colony
Age 3
London, UK
Age 19
Manakin Town, King William, VA, USA
Age 25
Henrico, Virginia
November 1, 1704
Age 26
Manakin, Henrico County, Virginia, Colonial America
October 1708
Age 30
Age 30
Goochland County, Virginia, United States
Age 32
Virginia, United States
July 9, 1716
Age 38
Henrico, Henrico County, Virginia, United States