Family Stories

Will of Benjamin Bramham, 1728-1814, with Estate Documents

Will of Benjamin Bramham
State of Virginia, County of Richmond, Will Book 9, page 447.

In the name of God Amen this nineteenth day of December 1812 I, Benjamin Bramham of Richmond County & parish of Luenburg being in perfect health at present and of Sound Mind and memory, know that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do therefore while in my perfect sences do make & Ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows:

Imprimis, I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it me in lively hopes through the Merits of my dear redeemer of a Joyful resurrection among the Just at the last day and my body I wish to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter Mentioned without any pomp or ceremony and as to my Worldly Estate which it hath pleased God to bestow on me I Give and bequeath in the following manner Viz:

I give to my three Grand Children, named Eleanor Bramham, Mary Bramham and Nancy Bramham the three following negroes Ellin, Hudson & Adam to be equally divided among them & their heirs forever.

Item - I give to my son Vincent Bramham in Trust for the benefit of my Grandaughter Francis Moxley without her husband having any right title or Interest in the same one negro boy called Hiram to be paid to her on her own seperate Receit.

Item - I give to my son Vincent Bramham my land and plantation on which I now live also my mill and the land adjoining thereto which I purchased of John Raynolds with all the implyments thereunto belonging to the said Mill and all the land which I now possess.

Item - I give to my Grand-daughter Mary B Rice the three following negroes Hester, Denice & Charlotte to her & her heirs forever.

Item - all the rest of my Estate, not before given I give to my children Namely Vincent Bramham, Alice Demerritt, Mary Garland & Nancy Neale to be equally divided among them to them and their heirs forever.

I do hereby appoint my son Vincent Bramham my whole and sole executor of this my last will or wills heretofore made declaring this to be my true last will and testament - In witness wherof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day & year above written.

Benjamin Bramham (seal)

State of Virginia, County of Virginia, Order Book No 25, page 215, Court 3 Dec 1821.
Eleanor A Bramham to Mary Bramham orphans of Benjamin Bramham Jr, Deceased comes into court and made choice of Jemima S Bramham for their guardian and the said Jemima is also appointed Guardian to Ann Bramham orphan of the said Benjamin Bramham Jr who thereupon with William Settle her Secretary entered into and acknowledged a Bond in the penalty of six Thousand dollars conditioned according to law which bond is ordered to be recorded.

State of Virginia, County of Richmond, Account Book 4, page 197 .
The Commissioners named in the annexed order for the purpose of affecting a division of the slaves devised by the will of Benjamin Bramham deceased - to Elenor Ann, Mary Stuart and Ann Stuart Bramham having been requested to meet at Richmond Court House, on the 28th day of May 1825, to carry into execution the order aforesaid, and from unavoidable causes, not attending, William T Murrin, Edwin Waller and James Buckland were chosen by Jemima Bramham, Guardian to Mary S and Ann S Bramham and Richard O Jeffries who has intermarried with Eleanor Ann Bramham to make the division of the slaves in the order aforesaid named, and the said Jemima S as Guardian aforesaid, and Richard O Jeffries claiming in right of Eleanor Ann his wife do agree, and oblige themselves, to abide by such Division, as the Commissioners, so chosen, shall make, Given under our hands the 28th Day of May 1825.
Jemima S Bramham, Richard O Jeffries
Atteste: Ellzey Atchison.

These items, related to the estate of Benjamin Bramham, came from an old black notebook that was prepared by Laura Kendall (possibly in the 1950's or 60's). She notes that they came from the Clerk of the Probate Court of Richmond County Virginia in Warsaw Virginia. We suspect that she was gathering family information for a family member's entry into the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Persons named in the Will of Benjamin Bramham, written 1812:
Eleanor Bramham - grandaughter (dau of Benj Bramham Jr, dec'd, married Richard Jeffries)
Mary Bramham - grandaughter (dau of Benjamin Bramham Jr, dec'd)
Nancy Bramham - grandaughter (dau of Benjamin Bramham Jr, dec'd)
[note: Benj Bramham Jr married Jemima Moxley 1797]
Francis (Frances) Moxley - grandau (? dau of Vincent Bramham, she m Daniel Moxley 1807)
Vincent Bramham - son (married Hannah Bushrod Smith 1793)
Mary Rice - grandaughter
Alice Demeritt - daughter (married John Demeritt 1767)
Mary Garland - daughter
Nancy Neale - daughter
no wife mentioned