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I walked in the burying-yard, and viewed the granite tombestones erected over the graves of my ancestors ... four generations, of whom very little more is known than is recorded upon these stones. There are three succeeding generations of us now living. Pass another century, and we shall all be mouldering in the same dust or resolved into the same elements. Who of our posterity shall then visit this yard? And what shall be read engraved upon the stone?

John Quincy Adams
September 20, 1823

Samuel White as of now his birthdate and birthplace is unknown. His wife's first name was Sarah, no other details about her are known at this time. Samuel White died circa 1770.

Children of Samuel and Sarah White are listed as:

John White

William White

George White

Hannah White born circa 1755, married William Gunn Sr.

Sarah White married unknown Mitchell

Will of Samuel White

Brunswick Co., Virginia ~ Will Book 4, 1761-1795 (copied from microfilm)

In the name of God Amen. The seventeenth of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Nine. I Samuel White of Brunswick County being in good health and memory blessed be to God and knowing the fraility of man and uncertainty of life, do make, ordain, constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

IMPRIMUS, I give and bequeath to my loving wife Sarah White during her widowhood the use of the houses and plantations where on I now live with one negro woman named Cate, one Negro man named Jim also a Negro boy named Roger with on third part of my stock of cattle, horses, hoggs and sheep and also (all) of my (household) furniture. Item, I give and bequeath unto my son George White ( ? ) his heirs lawfully begotten the tract of land whereas I now live (to) his heirs lawfully begotten the tract of land where I now live ( ? ) hundred and fifty acres more of less. Also one Negro woman to ( ? ) Negro named Jim after my wifes deceased or marriage, also one Negro woman Mott and her child named Abraham one Negro man named Tonsy. One Negro girl Rhody, with half of my moveable estate, on which he shall pay to ( ? ) Sarah Mitchell three pounds Current Money ( ? ) of the said Sarah, in case she should be left destitute, and in case my ( ? ) should die without Heir my will and desire is that he ( ? ) I bequeathed to my son John White on Negro named William ( ? ) on Negro boy named Roger after my wife's decease. Also one ( ? ) Negro girl named Amy with half my moveable estate after my wife's decease on which he shall pay or cause to be paid to her ( ? ) Mitchell forty shillings a year to be applied to the ( ? ) or ( ? ) in case she should be left destitute and if my son John should ( ? ) Son George and to the Heirs of his body lawfully begotten. Item ( ? ) to my daughter Hannah Gun(n) my son William White and my daughter Sarah Mitchell. ( ? ) already given them a full part of my estate which they have already received and had. Lastly my will and desire is that my ( ? ) Estate ( ? ) in much there of as hath been bequeathed be appraised ( ? ) my wife hath made choice of her third part that then the rest and ( ? ) after equally divided between my son George White and my son John White and their Heirs lawfully begotten and I do hereby constitute and appoint my loving wife Sarah White Executor and my son George White Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby disannulling and ( ? ) all others wills by me made ( ? ). ( ? ) Sealed and published for the last will and testament of Samuel White in presence of ( ? )( ? ) Samuel White (L.S.)

Copied from Brunswick County, Virginia Wills on Microfilms by Lynn White, 15 Byrd Circle, Ozark, AL 36360-1902, 2 March 1993

All words that should be in ( ? ) are not readable.

Named in will: Husband and Father: Samuel White; Wife: Sarah White; Sons: John White, William White, George White; Daughters: Hannah Gun, Sarah Mitchell; Negroes: Woman Cate, Man Jim, Tonsy; Boy Roger, Woman Mott, Child Abraham, Girl Rhody, one woman's name not readable.

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