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Some items re George A. Bruce, Burwell & Gayle in files of Jo Lee Spears.
WB 18:425-427 (3 long pages)
Thomas Gayle will dated 11 Jan 1855; proved Feb Court 1856 by oaths of John S. R. Burwell, Wm. T. Roberts [married dau of Robert Saunders] & William A. Gregory [Andrew Gregory line]
1st Dau: Elizabeth F. Burwell land, slaves, & other prop. in possession of George W. Burwell her husband.
2nd Dau: Sarah A. S. Gayle (I didn't copy anything else here)
3rdly Wife Elizabeth Gayle...rest & residue of my est real & personal...lands, etc. After her death half of est loaned to her to Elizabeth F. Boswell. Other half of wife's share to my own sisters & brothers Nancy Coleman, Christopher Gayle, Sally Crowder, Peter S. Gayle.
After wife's death dau Sarah may if she thinks proper take the mantion house plantation containing abt 1,000 & 50 acres.
Exors: George W. Burwell, John Y. Richards.
(A long will that I briefly abstracted, may contain other impt info./jgs)
Burwell Family Cem . p. 162, v1 Meck cemeteries shows:
"Take Hwy 49 North fr Chase City. Turn left on Hwy 682 and follow to Hwy 632. Take left and follow to end of road. Cemetery is approx. one mile from the end of the road. See Marion Hull of Fineywood for specific directions." - Munsey Moore
Burwell, George W. (M.D.) 12 June 1823-16 Jun 1873 [my note: m.b. 30 Aug 1849 to Elizabeth F. Gayle d/o Thomas Gayle/jgs]
" Elizabeth F. 17 Oct. 1827 - 2 Aug 1872 - both on same stone
" Mary E . d/o Dr. G. W. & E. F. Burwell - 3 Jan 1852 - 15 Aug 1862
" Infant d/o Dr. G. W. & E. F. Burwell - 5 Apr 1856 - 22 Aug 1856
" Infant s/o Dr. G. W. & E. F> Burwell - 5 Jan 1851 - 12 Jan 1851
Gayle, Jordan C. 19 Apr 1824 - 1 Sep 1847 [age 23]
" Thomas 27 Jul 1796 - 4 Feb 1856
" Eliza beth 20 Aug 1796 - 4 Jan 1868
Bruce, Sarah A. S . 8 Oct 1833 - 23 Apr 1870 [named Sarah A. S. Gayle in will of Thomas Gayle 1855. She married George A. Bruce between 1860 and 1870 when George A. Bruce appeared alone in this Mecklenburg neighborhood.)]
J.E.B. - (initials only) these could have been Burwell or Bruce
S.F. B. - (initials only)
Mecklenburg DB 37:541; 6 Jul 1869; 19 Jul 1869
Grantor: David Thompson (no wife named);
Grantee: James L. Thompson;
In Meck 150 acres commencing on Meherrin River then down sd River to John Spencer's Line, leaving sd river, then sd Spencer's line to R. L. Toones Lines, then Toones line to G. A. Bruce line to Carpenter's Cr., then down sd creek to its junction with Meherrin R. at the beginning
DB 40:194,195; 3 Nov 1874; 13 Nov 1874
Grantor: David Thompson;
Grantee: James L. Thompson
Consid: Service rendered
Certain tract in county of Meck on South Meherrin River 348 acres Bounded on north by South Meherrin River
On west by estate of E. B. Lipscomb deceased and E. B. Barnes; On South by land of Barlow & Talcott & estate of Thomas Gayle dec'd, now belonging to G. A. Bruce ; On East by Land of James L. Thompson; ... Grantor to reside on his land during his life
Note: George A. Bruce has remarried to Martha S. _____?.
NOTE: The below deed was likely on land already owned by Thomas Gayle? Another thought is the tract of land could have been inherited through the wife of Thomas Gayle, who was a Coleman. The Colemans did own land on the waters of Kettle Cr., in the area of Abbeyville road:
Mecklenburg DB 38:497; 21 Nov 1871 ;
Grantor: Geo W. Burwell & Elizabeth F. his wife & George A. Bruce & Martha S . his wife of Mecklenburg;
Grantee: Mrs. Ann G. Watt of same
$2600; 209 acres; Bounded by lines of John Smith, M? Gregory (need to clear up, maybe Mrs Gregory) & Wm H. Pettus. and by Kettle Creek & the Abbyville Rd it being inherited by sd Burwell & Bruce from estate of Elizabeth Gayle dec'd
Ref Meck DB 41:479,480
Date 15 Jun 1877; Rec 18 Jun 1877
Frm John S. R. Burwell, & Mary E. Burwell
To George A. Bruce
Re 5.33 acres
"Beginning at A a point on the line of the Roanoke Valley R. Road where the boundary line between lands of sd Burwell & Bruce crosses the RR. nearest to the mansion house of sd Bruce & running thence..."
old line between sd Burwell & Bruce to a High Bank on R.R. at C. where the old line crosses the R.R.
Ref Meck DB 43:130 25 Mar 1877; 20 Mar 1880
Frm Geo A. Bruce & Martha G. his wife of Prince Edward
To Jno S. R. Burwell
East side Roanoke Valley RR adj. lands of Geo A. Bruce 5 1/3 acres, a certain tract 149 1/2 acres being that part "Bruces Gale place" known as the "Burnes tract" & lying NW of Finneywood Cr & on east side of the road leading from Keysville to Chase City & south of lands of Jno S. R. Burwell & west of "House Tract" of "Bruce's Gale Place" as shown by plot of survey April 1875 of "Bruce's Gale Place"
Sig: Geo. A. Bruce, Martha G. Bruce
[Note: Deed Index shows deed from Robert Burns etal to Thomas Gayle 17 Sep 1837.]