17 Jan. 1748/49 – p. 240. “The nuncupative will of Robert Gresham, deceased was proved by the Oaths of John Merritt and Ann Merritt all the witnesses thereto and was admitted to record and on the motion of Franke Gresham Letter of Administration was granted to her in due form, and thereupon the said Franke together with Henry Crittendon and John Merritt her securities acknowledged their bond for the same which is ordered to be recorded”.“It is ordered that William Sthreasley, John Fauntleroy, Henry Critendon and Forest Upshaw (or any three of them being first sworn before a Justice of the Peace for this County) to appraise the Estate of Robert Gresham, deceased and return their proceedings to next Court”. (p. 300, Inv. was returned 16 may 1749) Will Book 8, p. 139-140: “John Merritt and Ann his wife declares that they heard Robert Grissom declare and say it was his design and intent that if his wife outlived him she should have and enjoy his whole Estate during her natural life to bring up and raise his Children and that he spoke these words about six days before his death being then in perfect health and that he Departed this Life the 29th day of december last past (1747) entered before Thomas Waring Gent. the 11th June 1748 & signed by John Merritt & Ann Merritt. “At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa. On ye 17th day of January Anno Dom: 1748: This Nuncupative Will of Robert Grissom deceased was presented into Court by the Witnesseth to the same subscribed who made Oath thereto as the law in that Case Directs which was therefore ordered to be Recorded and is truly Recorded, Thereupon Letters of Administration was granted to Frances Grissom of the sd. will annexed and ye sd. Frances with Henry Crittendon and John Merritt her Securities Acknowledged their Bond for ye sd. Francis Due Administration thereof which is also ordered to be Recorded as appears next after this Recorded.” (Note: Witnesses to the Bond were- John Lewis and Wm. Davis, Frances Gresham/Grissom is referred to as “Franke Grisham” in the Clerk, John Lee’s recording of the acknowledgement in Court 17 Jan. 1748/49.) Will Book 8, p.229-230: Inventory with value of 31 pds/19shillings/3 pence (excluding real estate) ordered to be recorded 16 May 1749. Taken by John Fauntleroy, William Sthreshely and Henry Crittendon.
16 June 1747 – Essex Co., VA DBk 24, p. 141-143. Conveyance from Robert Brooking and Frances his wife of the County of King and Queen to Robert Gresham of the County of Essex. “… Witnesseth that the said Robert Brooking and Frances his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of Ninety pounds Eighteen Shillings and nine penceCurrent money of Virginia … Confirm unto the said Robert Gresham his heirs Ex’rs and assigns forever A Certain Piece of land or wood Land ground Situate lying and being in the County of Essex and parish of South farnham by estimation five hundred and five acres bounded as follows, Viz’t, Beginning at a red oak by a Spring near Henry Crittenden’s house thence south … west… binding on the Land of the said Crittenden to a white oak at the head of a Small branch thence South … West… binding on the aforesd. Land to a small oak with a dead Top on a hill near John Merritt’s house thence down a branch to a dead oak and beach by the side of the run Commonly Called the Roaring Run thence up the sd. roaring run the several courses of the same to a maple on the west side of the said run thence South … to a cherry tree in Merritt’s Cornfield thence also binding on the Land of Merritt’s South …west … to a small Hickory near the main road in the line of Mr. Francis Smith thence binding on the said Smith’s Land North… West… to a small red oak thence binding on the Land of the said Smith and Mr. Fantleroy North … Est… to two Small gums and a Red oak on Mr. Sullivan’s line thence South… Est…. to a white oak in another line of Sullivan’s, Thence North … West… binding on land of Sullivan’s to a white oak by the side of Gilson’s Swamp thence south… Est… Binding on the Land of Sill Tandy to a red oak in the head of a gully Near Tandy’s fence thence up the sd. Branch the Several Courses to the Beginning… the said Robert Brooking and Francis his wife Shall and will warrant and forever Defend by these presents. In Witness whereof the parties furst above named to these presents Indentures Interchangeably their hands and Seales have set the day and year first above written.” /s/: Robert Brooking, Francis Brooking. Wit: Henry Crittenden, George Kewee?, Silvanus Tandy. “Memorandumthat full and peaceable possession and Siezen of the Piece or parcel of Land or woodland ground and premises within mentioned was given and Delivered by the within Names Robert Brooking and Francis his wife unto the within Named Robert Gresham to hold to him and his heirs forever according to the True Interest and meaning of this indenture within written by Turf and Twig the 16th day of June in ye year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Forty Seven.” /s/: Robert Brooking. Wit: Thos. Edmondson Jr., John Merritt. “16 June 1747. Received of the within Robert Gresham Ninety pounds Eighteen Shillings and Nine pence Current money being the Consideration within mentioned and the within mentioned Parties doth hereby these presents further agree on behalf of themselves and their Respective heirs or assigns that if Ever any part of the within Parcells of Land Should be Lawfully take m from the within mentioned Rob’t Gresham his heirs or assigns the within mentioned Rob’t Brooking doth agree to pay after the Rate of Eighteen pounds a hundred and no more to the above mentioned Rob’t Gresham his heirs etc.” /s/: Rob’t Brooking, Rob’t (R his mark) Gresham. Wit: Thomas Edmondson Jr., John Merritt. Acknowledged by Robert Brooking in Court 16 June 1747 and admitted to record.
Note: Robert Gresham was son of Charles Gresham by his firstwife, Frances Parker. Robert was admin. of the estate of his brother Thomas in Orange County, VA. W. C. Wood