Descendants of John Burgess of Virginia

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Generation #2

Note: Information on the Burgess/Braswell Family before Jane Braswell b. 1741 in Isle of Wight Co VA comes from assumptions based on multiple sources. Therefore, the information on this page is not reliable for genealogical purposes.

Susannah (1John) Burgess (Conjecture)

Susannah Burgess was born circa 1655 in Isle of Wight Co VA.

On 4/20/1669 Susannah Burgess is mentioned in Surry Co VA records where her mother, Mary Skinner, acknowledged receipt of Susannah's legacy from her deceased father, John Burgess. Did Susannah surrender her inheritance to her mother to preclude her perspective husband confiscating her real estate? As a husband could legally assume ownership of his wife's property, this seems like an ingenious solution which would secure these holdings for Susannah.

In about 1675 in Isle of Wight Co VA, Susannah married Robert Bracewell b. 1650 Isle of Wight Co VA. Robert and Suzanne lived their lives in Isle of Wight County, raising at least five children.

On 3/27/1696, Robert named his "loving wife Susannah" as executor of his will and is believed to have died shortly thereafter in Isle of Wight Co VA. Susannah lived on the family plantation in Isle of Wight Co VA until her death after 10/1714. 

October: the 22nd 1714 IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN
I SUSANNAH BRASWELL in the Upper Parish of the Isle of Wight County in Virginia being Sick & Weak in Body but perfect in Memory thanks be to God I do therefore make this my last Will & Testament as followeth__ commit my Soul to Almighty God our Heavenly father trusting to be saved by the Meri__ Jesus Christ our Lord and my Body to the Earth until the Resurrection and for my Wo__ Goods
I bestow as followeth. I GIVE & Beqeath unto my Son RICHARD BRASWELL and to his Heirs the plantation I now live upon with Sicty Acre of Land I say to him and to __ ever & ever.
I Give and bequeath unto my Son WILLIAM BRASWELL my Old Plantation House with forty Acres of Land joining to it out of the Hundred Acres in all I sa__ his Heirs for Ever & Ever.
I Give & Bequeath to ELIZABETH BRASWELL my Granddughter (sic) a Heifer of three Years Old, and one brass Kettle, one pewter Dish, one pewter __ four Spoons, one Box Iron and fire Tongs.
I Give and Beqeath to my Son WILLIAM BRASWELL a Chest of feathers, a small Iron Pot one pewter Dish and one plate, and o__ Pot and a Cup and four Spoons.
I Give to my Daughter ANN one Shilling,
I Give to m__ Grandson JOHN RIGGS One Shilling
and for rest of my worldly Goods within Doors and Without I Give and Bequeath unto my Son JAMES BRASWELL to him and his Heirs
leaving my Son RICHARD BRASWELL and my Son WILLIAM BRASWELL my true and lawful Executors to pay my Debts and to receive what is oweing me
and I desire you my trust __ RICHARD JONES & RICHARD JORDAN to see this my last Will and Testament performed.
On 20 April 1669, MARY SKINNER, wife of RICHARD SKINNER, acknowledged receipt of all the estate that her husband JOHN BURGESS gave to her daughter SUSANNAH BURGESS. (Surry County - Book I, Page 332)
On 15 May 1672, RICHARD SKINNER, aged 46, and MARY SKINNER, aged 40, gave their testimony in Surry County Court, the orphan of JOHN BURGESS (Susannah Burgess) being mentioned. (Surry County - Book 2, Page 14) 
Isle of Wight Co VA Deed and Will Book 2, pg. 202:
Will of Joyce Cripps, who in her will referred to "Susannah BRACEWELL", my sister's daughter.


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