William Givens, of Jackson's River
Facts and Events
William Givens was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
William Givens' parentage is in question, needs additional research.
In his will of 1792 WIlliam Givens identifies his wife as "Nancy". "...to wife Nancy her bed and furniture and all bed clothes "the best horse or mare that I have that she will choose." Yet Nancy's father, Robert Bratton in his 1783 will identifies his daughter as " to son-in-law, Wm. Givens, and Agnes, his wife ... to 4 children, Adam, George, John, and Agnes (Givens). Thus it may be that her full name was "Nancy Agness". The phrase " to 4 children, Adam, George, John, and Agnes (Givens)" seems to be interepreted by Chalkley as referring to the children of William Givens and wife Nancy/Agness Bratton. This, however, may be erroneous. While William identifies an AdamGeorge and John in his will, he does not mention an an Agness. Perhaps Agness died between the will of Robert Bratton (1783) and that of William Givens (1792), but Agness is commonly given a DOB of 1793; if correct she could not have been known to Robert Bratton in 1783. This may indicate that Robert Bratton's reference to soninlaw WIlliam Givens and wife Agness, was referring to someone else altogether.
Nancy may be the diminutive for Agness. See: http://www.ohbabynames.com/meaning/name/nancy/655#.Ug1LDRbhT8s Q 17:34, 15 August 2013 (EDT)
From "Abstracts of the Wills and Inventories of Bath County, Virginia, 1791-1842, by Jean Randolph Bruns:
- pg. 27. Will of William Given(s) dated Nov. 24, 1792.
- Beq: to wife Nancy her bed and furniture and all bed clothes "the best horse or mare that I have that she will choose"... one equal part with my children of my personal estate... mulatto girl Emy for her lifetime, then to James, John, George and Henry and my two youngest daughters Ann and Peggy... "to live in the mansion house, unmolested and to have a decent and sufficient maintenance of my plantation during her widowhood".
- to Samuel, Adam, James, John, George and Henry jointly the land "I now possess and adjoining this my mansion plantation".
- to son William land bought from David and Isack Gregory on Back Creek.'
- to six younger sons (above) and four youngest daughters, Mary, Isabel, Ann and Peggy, equal shares of personal estate to two eldest sons Robert and William, and two daughters, Sally and Ginny, six pounds each "Five Negro men slaves, Jack and Will and wench named "Sall" to be kept on the plantation for wife and children "any of them should prove unruly and in that case to be sold".
- moveable estate - horses, cattle, sheep and household furniture - to be appraised and sold.
- farming implements to be kept for plantation
- Wit: John Wilson, John Berry and Robert Given
- Probated December 1793 Court
- Exec: son Robert and son-in-law John Berry
- Codicil: Sept. 9, 1793, same witnesses
- Wife Nancy substituted for Berry as executor
- provision made for land left to six youngest sons to go to them at age 21
- provision for the possible death of any of these before age 21, and for sale of their shares if they wish to sell
Thirteen children per will:
- Robert one of two eldest
- William one of two eldest
- Sally one of two eldest
- Ginny one of two eldest
Some sources claim that this William Givens married Rebecca Kenncy on 9 March, 1789, but it appears that perhaps another William Givens married Rebecca Kenney.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 LDS Ancestral File.