Facts and Events
Will Excerpt of Benjamin Winslow
- In the Name of God, Amen, I, Benjamin Winslow of St. Ann's Parish, in Essex County, being in good health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory and know the immortality of human life and being willing that the worldly estate it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with should be disposed of in such manner after my wish as I shall hereafter direct to make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
- I do bequeath my soul to God in the hope of a joyful resurrection and into eternal life through the merits and intercessions of my dear woman and Savior Jesus Christ my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such manner as my Executors hereafter named shall think proper:
- It is my will that my just debts be paid and funeral expense be __line justly first discharged.
- I lend unto my wife the six following negros and their wives as surviving her life and afterwards to be divided amongst all my children or the survivors of them, Charles, Betty, Sam's youngest children, Charles, Ben and Peter.
- I lend unto my wife three beds and furniture and two pots and half the powder in the kitchen. -- I lend unto my wife the stock of hogs and cattle.
- I give unto my son Beverly all my land at Pomonky.
- I give unto my son Beverly my negro boy called Ralph in lieu of rents I received of William Nowell.
- I give unto my brother Richard Winslow, 400 acres of land whereupon he now lives according to a survey made by me to him his heirs legally begotten of his body forever and for the want of such heir to be equally divided between Benjamin and Harry.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 1-2. 25 Nov. 1742. William Beverley of Blanfield, Essex County, Esq., to Benja. Winslow of Essex County, Gent.
- For £175.
- 3,000 acres given to Benjamin Winslow by the last will and testament of Robert Beverley, Esq., deceased, which Benjamin Winslow conveyed to William Beverley by deed recorded in the General Court 20 Oct. 1737...
- (signed) W. Beverley
- Wit: Richd. Barnes, Wm. Waller, Beverley Stanard.
- 26 Nov. 1742. Acknowledged by William Beverley, Esq.
- [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 7, Dorman, pg. 39].
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 540.--Commission to Thomas Waring, James Garnet, Benj. Winslow and Francis Waring, Gent., Justices of Essex County, to privately examine Elizabeth, wife of Wm. Beverley, as to release of dower in land conveyed, 12th and 13th August, 1747, to James Lynn, 500 acres on head branches of Shanando, 21st September, 1748. Executed, and dower released, 6th February, 1749.
- Benjamin Winslow Senior was born about 1701 in Essex County, Virginia and died about 1751 in Orange County, Virginia. Benjamin's will was proved in Essex County, May 21, 1751. In the year 1733, he was living in St. George Parish, Spotsylvania County, as a Surveyor. He was Justice in 1736, and Duties Collector in 1738, and Inspector of Rappahannock warehouses. In 1739, he was Sheriff of Essex County. Benjamin Winslow Senior was a Revolutionary War Soldier where he is listed with the Orange County Patriots. He married Susannah Beverley on November 22, 1726. Susannah was born November 15, 1706 in Christ's Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia and died July 1778 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. She was baptised November 17, 1706 at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Middlesex, Virginia and died between 1778 and 1792 of pleurisy. She is the daughter of Captain Harry Beverley. Susanna deeded 595 acres to son Benjamin in 1764 which had been given to her by her father and having formerly given the upper half of the lands to her son Beverley.