Re: Butts Home Southampton Co. VA 1700's
James Thomas Butts was son of Edwards Butts. The mill mentioned in these wills was first built by William Simmons d 1775, son of John Simmons d 1749, later called John Crichlow's mill, Robert Goodwyn Simmons and (nephew) Samuel Kello's mill, and Vicks' mill before Edwards Butts acquired it.
WB 16 p 97
Edwards Butts 15 Jan 1856 my grandchildren, $1 each. Son James Thomas Butts all my lands, plantation and water grist mill, all my negroes. Son James T Butts his mother's gold watch chain and key, my gold watch chain & key, two mahogany boxes and all his mother's jewelry, other items. Son James Thomas Butts the balance of my estate. Extrsfriends Robert Murray? and Littleton R Edwards and son James Thomas Butts.
signed E Butts
wit Richard Williams, Joseph Pretlow
Court 19 Oct 1857 proved by Richard Williams & Joseph Pretlow
WB 17 p 87
James Thomas Butts of County of Southampton. 9 May 1860 Being in good health & of sound mind. I desire that my body be decently intered in my family grave yard at the foot of my father & mother & that a simple marble slabe be placed over me with the date of birth, death & age inscribed thereon & also one be placed over my father & mother with like inscription. I hereby manumit & set free all my negroes of whatever age, sex or condition, & give them their freedom & to their heirs forever. As soon after my death as my Executors hereafter to be named & appointed by this writing shall determine that all my perishable & chattel estate with my grist mill & all my lands be sold upon such a credit as will be most condicive to the interest of my estate & after the payments of my just debts, the balance of the money be equally divided among my negroes & they be sent to some free state & contry where they may enjoy their freedom forever. Extrs Littleton R Edwards, W W Cobb & W A Bell
Court July 16 1860 proved by Joseph E Gillette & Wm G Holmes the subscribing witness.
Wm W Cobb and Wm A Bell granted certificate for obtaining a probat. Littleton R Edwards refused to serve.
James T Butts was listed on the 1860 census, single, age 28, just before he died. Although much of his land was sold after his death, I found no deed for the mill.