Will of Pleasant Burnett of County of Mecklenburg, VA

Submitted by Deborah Clark

Mecklenburg County Virginia
Circuit Court.

In the name of God amen, I Pleasant Burnett of the county of Mecklenburg Virginia, being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, ITEM 1st I give and bequeath to my brother William Burnett all my lands with the exception of fifty acres to be cut off east of Norton's Tract which I give to William Evans and also except the Tunstall tract all on the east side of Allen's Creek as far as Fe-vnells bridge, and down to Simmons(?) line which latter I wish to be sold. Item 2nd I loan to my brother William so long as he lives the following slaves viz.: Big Peter, Robert, Isaac, Granderson, Lucinda, John, Rivers, Minerva, Lucy, Emily, Mary, Phoebe Ann, Douglas, David, Jim, Ann Eliza, Clarisa, Sylva, Tom and Davy the miller and at his death I wish them to be liberated and sent to the state of Ohio ~ Item 3rd. I wish Little Peter to be liberated and sent to the state of Ohio. ~Item 4th ~ I wish the following[1] slaves, George, Gilbert, Hercules, Jordan, Orange, Ross, Jinny, Martha, Prudence, Niecy and the three children Henry, Melinda and John to be valued allowed to select masters and sold at that valuation. ~Item 5th~ Out of my money, I give to my sister Jane Oliver one Thousand Dollars and to my sister Nancy Thompson I give Fifteen Hundred Dollars. To each of my nephews Jese Brown George Brown, Washington Brown, Alexander Brown and Patrick Burnett I give Seven Hundred Dollars. Item 6th, I wish my brother William Burnett to appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Dollars to the transportation of negros named in Item 2nd to Ohio and the purchase of land for them when there.-~Item 7~ I wish my brother William Burnett to give to little Peter the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars whenever he is prepared to move to Ohio. Item 8. I give to Polly Evans and Rebecca Johnson each the sum of one hundred Dollars. Lastly I hereby constitute ordain and appoint my brother William Burnett my executor declaring that he is fully empowered to act without giving Bond & security as is directed by the laws of the state respecting wills, In Testimony whereof I have hereunder set my hand and affixed my seal this 2nd day of March 1852.

Signed sealed published and declared Pleasant Burnett
This my Last will and Testament Chas S. Hutcheson
in the presence of Howell Mallett
James Mallett

Mecklenburg Circuit Court March Term 1858
The foregoing last will and testament of Pleasant Burnett Deceased was this day produced in court and proved by oath of Chas S. Hutchinson Howell Mallett and Jas Mallett, the subscribing witnesses thereto ~and the same being contested by Patrick H. Burnet & others and various witnesses being heard for and against the will the court is of the opinion that the said paper writing is the true last will and testament of the said Pleasant Burnett and therefore it is ordered to be Received and on motion of Jese S. Brown and Robt M Hutchison who made oath thereto and entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Fifty Thousand Dollars with J.J Daly Edwd R Chambers and Chas S. Hutcheson their securities who were first justified as to their sufficiency , leave is granted them to obtain letters of administration on the said estate with the aforementioned will annexed in due form.
Test R.B. Baptist. C

Transcribed from Mecklenburg Circuit Court will book no1, pg 127 By Deborah Clar

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ESTATE of PLEASANT BURNETT INVENTORY of SLAVES

This is the inventory filed by the curator of the Estate. There is some variation from the names as listed in the will.

Males Inventory value Inventory Value

Big Peter $1200 Minerva $1000
John 1050 Lucy 1000
Ralph (Ross?) 900 Emily 1000
Gilbert 1000 Prudence 800
Isaac 1100 Martha Jane 900
Robert 1000 Mary Jane 950
Granderson 1100 Necy 750
Orange 850 Clarisy 850
Jordan 850 Angelina 450
Harkles (Hercules?) 450 Linda 350
George 200 Pheba Ann (Phoebe) 750
David 200 Eliza child 250
Rivers 600 Jinny 450
Douglas 500 Sylva 100
Little Dave 350 Lucinda 100
James 150 Little Peter 850
Henry 400 Old man Tom 000
Little John 200

Prepared by Deborah Y. Clark

ESTATE of PLEASANT BURNETT INVENTORY of SLAVES

This is the inventory filed by the curator of the Estate. There is some variation from the names as listed in the will.

Males Inventory value Inventory Value

Big Peter $1200 Minerva $1000
John 1050 Lucy 1000
Ralph (Ross?) 900 Emily 1000
Gilbert 1000 Prudence 800
Isaac 1100 Martha Jane 900
Robert 1000 Mary Jane 950
Granderson 1100 Necy 750
Orange 850 Clarisy 850
Jordan 850 Angelina 450
Harkles (Hercules?) 450 Linda 350
George 200 Pheba Ann (Phoebe) 750
David 200 Eliza child 250
Rivers 600 Jinny 450
Douglas 500 Sylva 100
Little Dave 350 Lucinda 100
James 150 Little Peter 850
Henry 400 Old man Tom 000
Little John 200

Prepared by Deborah Y. Clark