Dorothy Hillman, who witnessed the Mumford-Bland deed of March 3 1712 in which Thomas Burge is mentioned, was one of the orphans of Samuel Hillman.This is shown in the following record:
"3 DEC 1688:Jno Burge shows by petition Jno HILLMAN diedand left an heir, Tho. HILLMAN, whom he gave legacy; Thomasdiedin minority.Burge prays court whether Thomas's legacy nowbelongs to Dorothy and ElizabethHILLMAN,als.Symons,dausofSam. HILLMAN, the brother ofsaidJnodec'd.Court'sopinionis Thomas had no claim on est Jno HILLMAN until he came of age; thus legacy belongs to widdow."(CC Co. VA Court Orders1687-1695(withfragment for 1680)_ by Benj. Weisiger, 1992
And in 1694 there is this record:
"Feb 41694, Charles City Court orders Robert Bolling (sheriff) to take John Burg's estate, paying Giles Powell for Dorothy Hillman 700# tobacco and to John Hill for John Symson, 700#, both orphans."
John Burge would be responsible for the upkeep of orphan Dorothy Hillman, daughter of his (presumably by now deceased) wife.It's not clear why he would also have had responsibility for the second orphan.A man named John Symson was claimed as headright by Francis Poythress ca. 1650 (Northumberland County Deeds & Orders 165-52).He may have been the father of this orphan.
In any case, this explains why John Burge's estate was sold at public outcry.
A correction.I wrote:
"James Mountford/Mumford was one of 11 defendants in a case of trespass brought by Capt. Arthur Allen in Nov. 1777. Richard Pace was one of the jury. This was shortly before his death, as on the 14th of the following February Mary Pace applied for administration on the estate of her deceased husband."