From: John Hancock [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2003 12:11 PM
Subject: Will of William Gill 1747
I am a Metcalf researcher and and trying to determine the reason that William & Winnefred Gill named their son Metcalf Gill, as stated below. I have done 6 years of research and am working my way down from the Virginia Northern Neck toward York Co., VA. I have not yet found a Winnefred Metcalf. Do you know who she is?
Will of William GILL of St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland Co., VA. Will dated 14 Jan 1746/7; Proved 12 May 1747. Wife WINNEFRED GILL during her natural life the land whereon I now live, being 100 acres, together with all my houses and everything therunto belonging, all my stock of hogs, cattle, horses, sheep and everything that is mine, and at her decease to son METCALF GILL my dwelling house and fifty acres. Son HENRY GILL house where John Magoon lives and twenty-five acres adjoining thereto. Son WILLIAM GILL the rest of my land. Moveable estate to be equally divided between my three sons. Wife and friend Thomas Taylor, executors. Witnesses: Matthew Trussell and James Jones. (Northumberland County, VA Wills and Administrations, 1713-1749, Compiled and Published by James F. Lewis and J. Motley Booker, M.D., 1967, p. 166)
I must compliment you as your web site is very well documented and formatted. You have all worked hard to make it a success. However, you may want to add that possibly some of the early Gills also can be found with the Zuille spelling, for instance:
Will of William Taite of Northumberland Co., VA. Will dated 5 Jan 1763; Proved 8 June 1767. All my real and personal estate to John Graham my wifes grandson except the negro girl Hannah which I formerly gave to Margaret ZUILLE, daughter of my comrade and friend Mr. Matthew ZUILLE, reserving for my wife as good and genteel living as she had as my wife. (Northumberland County, VA Wills and Administrations, 1713-1749, Compiled and Published by James F. Lewis and J. Motley Booker, M.D., 1967, p. 169)
William Taite was an old man at the time of this writing, but I do not have his age. This will is important to note because William Taite was the second husband of Ann who had first married William Metcalfe. I believe that he is leaving a legacy to one of her Metcalf - Gill grandchildren. Other records show some sort of relationship to the Gills:
21 Nov 1716. Robert Vaulx (also Vass). Appointed guardian of Rd. Kenner (Rodham Kenner) by the Genl Court. Tho. GILL and Wm. METCALF securities. 6.185. (Virginia Colonial Abstracts by Beverly Fleet, Vol. 1, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988, p. 622)
29 Sept. 1703. Mr. Tho. Shapleigh (Shippey), Deceased. Inventory of Estate. Signed by Hannah Shapleigh as admr. Also signed by Thos. GILL, Wm. Porter, John GRAHAM (in Taite will), Geo. Crosby. Sworn before Peter Hack. 17.11. (Virginia Colonial Abstracts by Beverly Fleet, Vol. 1, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988, p. 606)
I know this is confusing, but also note that the will of William Gill has James Jones as a witness. Sisters Pheobe and Priscilla Shapleigh (Shippey) were left property by this James Jones. Priscilla Metcalf later married Henry Metcalf of Northumberland Co.
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