Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Enoch BERRY

He was named for his maternal grandfather, Enoch Doughty.

If Enoch had all the children listed, why were only Thomas and Winifred mentioned in his will?

Residences & events:

St Paul's Parish, King George Co, VA.

Hanover Parish, King George Co, VA. Enoch inherited his father's plantation, living there until his death.

His will, dated 24 Oct 1763 and probated 1 Dec 1763, said:

In the Name of God Amen. I Enoch BERRY of the County of King George in the Parish of Hanover being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God for it do make and ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

First I bequeath my Soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter mentioned in full and certain hopes of the forgiveness of all my sins through the merits of Jesus Christ my savior and for what temporal estate it hath pleased God to bestow on me.

I give and bequeath as followeth.

Item I give to my grandchildren by my daughter Winifred BERRY Two hundred pounds to be equally divided among said children as they marry or come of age to be paid by my executor hereafter named; also two Negro women named Rose and Nell with all their increase to them and their heirs forever; and as the children come of age or marry the Negroes to be divided into four equal parts and the child that is first of age or marries to have choice of the four equal parts and the other three parts to be put in one common stock till the next child come of age of marry and so on in that manner till they all receive their parts; and if my son-in-law Benjamin BERRY thinks fit to keep said Negroes till my grandchildren come of age or marry that he give security to King George Court.

Item all the rest of my estate both real and personal I give and bequeath to my son Thomas BERRY to him and his heirs forever; and I do appoint my son Thomas Berry my full and sole executor of this my last will and testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of October one thousand seven hundred and sixty three.

Signed Sealed & Published
As my last will and testament

Enoch BERRY (signed)

In the presence of

Jos. STROTHER (signed)
Reuben BERRY (signed)
Marg V. STROTHER (her mark)

At a court held for King George County the 1st day of December 1783.
The last will and testament of Enoch BERRY, deceased was presented in court by Thomas BERRY the Executor therein named who made oath thereto and according to law 7 the same being further proved by the oath of the witnesses xx xxxx admitted to record and on the motion of the said Executor Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.

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