This will was originally filed in Dinwiddie County, Virginia in 1778 and in Orange County North Carolina in 1797. The records of Dinwiddie County are no longer in existence, but a copy of this will is preserved among the Orange County wills at the North Carolina department of Archives and History in Raleigh, North Carolina, though his will was filed both in Dinwiddie County, Virginia in March 1778 and also in Orange County, North Carolina, so it is possible that he died there. (1720-1789 Vestry Book Register period)
In the name of God amen. I Philip Burrow Sen. of the County of Dinwiddie being in perfect sense & memory thanks be to almighty God for the same, and knowing that it is appointed for all Men to die do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to way Imprimis, I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid & discharged. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Cain one Negro boy named Jimmy, son of Doll to her and to her heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my son Jerrald Burrow one Negro boy Glasgow son of Doll to him & his heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Philip Burrow one Negro boy Moses and son of Doll to him and to his heirs forever. Item. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Mary one Negro boy Aaron son of Sue to her and to her heirs forever. Item. I give & bequeath unto my son in law James Mangum fifty acres of land whereon he now lives (be the same more or less) and bounded as followeth to wit, Beginning at the reedy branch on Winfield's line, thence along my line to the country road, thence along the said road to the corner of my fence to a bottom; thence down the bottom to the branch; thence up the branch to the beginning to him and to he heirs forever. I also give to my said son in law James Mangum one Negro boy named Lewis to him & to his heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my son in law William Martin one Negro girl named Chloe daughter of Doll and her increase to him and to his heirs forever, also twenty five pounds cash to be paid him by my executors whom I shall hereafter appoint. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Gray Burrow two Negroes Bob & Isaac to him & to his heirs forever. Item. I lend unto my dear & well beloved wife Martha Burrow the use of the plantation & tract of land whereon I now live containing three hundred and ninety acres (be the same more or less) together with all my household and kitchen furniture, stocks of all kinds, during her life or widowhood, and after her death or marriage then I give the said land, household and kitchen furniture together with the stocks of all kinds to my son Gray Burrow to him and to his heirs forever. I also lend my said wife during her wife (sic) or widowhood two Negro Tony & Sue, and after her death or marriage then I give the said Negroes Tony & Sue to my son Gray Burrow to him and to his heirs forever. Item. I lend unto my dear and well beloved wife during her life three Negroes Indian Sue, Doll, & Phillis and their increase, and after her death then I give the said wench Phillis and their increase to my son Gray Burrow to him & his heirs forever. And the other two Sue & Doll and their increase to be equally divided between my children, to wit, Jarrald, Philip, Martha, Mary and Gray and two sons in law James Mangum & William Martin to them & to their heirs forever. My will and desire is that there be neither inventory nor appraisement of my estate. And lastly: I do nominate and appoint my wife Martha Burrow Executrix & my son Gray Burrow executor to this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me formerly made. In Witness where of I have here unto set my hand & affixed my seal this thirteenth day of October, one thousand seven hundred & seventy seven. Phl Burrow
Signed, Sealed, published & declared) to be his last will & testament of Edward Wyat,* Gray Burrow (sic) John Dixon
*Note: The same Edward Wyatt who witnessed James Porch's will
At a Court held for Dinwiddie County in March one thousand seven hundred & seventy eight, The last will and testament of Philip Burrow decd. was exhibited into Court by Gray Burrow the Executor therein named and proved by the oath of Henry Burrow one of the witnesses thereto. And at another court held for the said county in the month of April following the same was further proved by the oaths of Edward Wyatt and John Dixon the other witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said executor, who made oath thereto according to Law, and having, together with Edward Walker and john Dixon his securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of ten thousand pounds, conditioned as the Law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Teste Jno. Nicholas CDCu A copy teste Edm. Gee, DC
A copy of this will can also be found in Volume 14, #4 of the October-December 1970 issue of the Virginia Genealogist, Page 150-1. The will of John Burrow is on page 152
More About Philip Burrow (#3) and Martha (Mary) Porch: Marriage: Abt. 1734
Children of Philip Burrow (#3) and Martha (Mary) Porch are:
+Phillip Burrow (#4), b. July 20, 1741, Prince George, Bristol Parish, Dinwiddie County, Virginia, d. November 11, 1829, Carroll County, Tennessee.
+Jerrald Burrow, b. Abt. 1739, Sussex County, Virginia, d. Bet. 1813 - 1819.