Releasing Slaves of Edward Curd, Henrico Co., VA 1742

NOTE: Friday’s Family History Finds is on hiatus this week as I am on the high seas and have no easy internet access. It will be back next Friday. 🙂

I came across Edward Curd while looking for early Virginia ties to my husband’s Williams family. Edward Curd’s daughter, Elizabeth, married a Williams, but I’ve never been able to connect the Curds to the Williams family of Cumberland County, Virginia.

Edward Curd’s will was dated 4 February 1739/40 and proved on the 1st Monday in December 1742. This will was found in Henrico County, Virginia, Un-Indexed Records, Vol. IV, 1650 to 1807, page 1177, found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia.

He left a good sized estate, which included nineteen enslaved people.

In the name of God amen I Edward Curd being in perfect memory make this as my last will and Testament which I Desire To be taken of before or after my Decease and no alteration to be made more than what is herein mentioned. I Do hereby make my Loving wife Elizabeth Curd and my Son Edward Curd to be Executors of this my last will and Testament-

Item. I give unto my Loving wife During life my Dwelling house and all belonging thereunto as houshold goods furniture, hogs Cattle and all belonging to the sd. plantation like wife the Land thereunto adjoyning only  I Desire that my Son Edward Curd may have the half of everything and of produce thereunto belonging During my sd wifes life and after her Decease I give the whole which my Sd wife has been poses with To my belovd Son Edward Curd and his heirs Forever.

Item. I also give unto my belov’d wife During life four negroes Jemimy, Seager, Bess, Sarah being Besses child, During her life and after her Decease to return to my beloved Son Edward Curd.

Item. I also give unto my beloved Son Edwd Curd Eight negroes Phill Will Moll Great Joe for Tom Young Jack and Nancy being Mols children.
Item. I also give unto my Son Edward Curd all the Land I now stand posest with in Goochland County.
Item. I give unto my Son John Curd two negroes Pompy and Dinah.
Item. I give unto my son Richard Curd two Negroes old Pompy and Judea.
Item. I give To Mary Mackbride one negroe named Jack, During Life and after her Decease to whence to her son Edward Mackbride
Item. I give To my Daughter in law Mary Punch one negroe named (???) also the Colt that came of the new York mare, also Eight Pound Sterling likewise Feather Bed and Furniture–Stands above Stairs in the new house.
Item. I give to my Grandson John Curd one negroe named Agie.
Item. I give unto my Granddaughter Jane Mackbride one hundred acres of Land lying in Goochland County Which I have Doctor Hopkins bond for.
Item. I give to my Daughter Mary Richardson one shilling.
Item. I give to Elizabeth Williams my Daughter one shilling.

Which is same being my las will and Testament I desire the within mentioned after my Decease To be fullfilled In Witness thereof I have hereunto Set my hand

Edward Curd Dated Feb. 4, 1739/40
Witneses James Young, John Gunn, Joseph Tscheslely

At a Court held for Henrico County the first Monday in Dec. 1742 This Will was presented by the Executors therein Named upon oath and it being proved by the Oath of John Gun and James Young two of the witneses thereto was ordered to be Recorded.
Test. Bowler Cocke, Clk.


Will of Joseph Sayward, 1779, Essex County, MA

Joseph Sayward, my 6X great grandfather, was born 1 March 1707/08 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts, the son of James Sayward and Deborah Stover. Joseph married Sarah Giddings on 20 January 1730, in Gloucester. Sarah was the daughter of George Giddings and Elizabeth Eveleth and, like her husband, she was born in Gloucester, on 30 July 1710.

Joseph and Sarah had a large family – eleven children recorded in the vital records of Gloucester (plus son George, whose birth/baptism is not recorded), but not all of them lived to adulthood and one who did predeceased his father.

Children, all events in Gloucester unless noted otherwise:

  1. Sarah, born 14 November 1730; married Zebulon Parsons, 13 February 1751/52
  2. Joseph, born 10 September 1732; died 21 April 1814; married Abigail Smith, 13 September 1755
  3. James, born 5 November 1734; died c1760 in a foreign port; married Abigail Westway, 30 September 1756
  4. Deborah, born 10 April 1737; died 1802, New Gloucester, Cumberland, Maine; married Samuel Tarbox, 19 June 1755
  5. Elizabeth, born 5 June 1739; no further record
  6. Hannah, baptized 6 June 1742; no further record
  7. Mercy, baptized June 1744; died after 1762; married Henry Tarr, 14 November 1762
  8. Lydia, baptized 24 August 1746; married Andrew Woodbury, 14 January 1773
  9. John, baptized 10 September 1749; no further record
  10. Lucy, born 14 July 1751; likely died giving birth to daughter Lucy on 14 February 1781; married Benjamin Tarr, 9 August 1772. Benjamin married (2) Elizabeth Smith, 14 June 1781 (3) Lucy Pool, 28 February 1786.
  11. Moses, baptized 27 May 1753; no further record
  12. George, born no later than 1753; married Susanna Palfrey, 14 February 1774

Will of Joseph Sayward, 1779

In the name of God amen. I Joseph Sayword of Glouster in the County of Essex and State of Massachusetts Bay
Being of Sound mind & perfect memory do this third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousant seven hundred & seventy nine make and publish this my last Will & Testament in man and form following Imprimis I Commend my Soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it and my Body to the earh from whence it came in hopes of a joyful resurrection through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ and as for that worldly estate wherein it has pleased God to bless me I disperse thereof as follows
First I give to my Son Joseph Sayward Six Acres of pasture Land in my pasture by my House after my desease

Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Parsons Twenty Shillings
Item I give to my Daughter Deborah Tarbox Ten Shillings
Item I give to my Daughter Lydia Woodbery Twenty Shillings
Item I give to my Daughter Marcy Tarr Twenty shillings
Item I give to my Daughter Lucy Tarr Twenty shillings
Item I give to my two Grand Daughters Sarah daughter of Polly West
heirs of my Son James Sayword decd. Ten shillings each all the above Legacies to be paid by my son George Sayword
within three month after my decease
Item I give to my Son George Sayward all my Real and personal estate in Glouster after my Decease except the Six Acres of pasture
land above mentioned which I gave to my son Joseph Sayword
—and I make and ordain him my Said Son George Sayword Sole Executor of this my Last will & Testament to see my Body
buried in decent Christian Burial and to pay all Just Debts that may arise against said Estate.

In Witness whereof I the said Joseph Sayword have set my hand & seal the day & year above written—

Signed Sealed & delivered published
& declared by the said Joseph Sayword
as & for his last will & Testament in
the presence of us whose names are here
underwritten who did each of us Subscribe
our names as Witnesses at his request and in
his presence in the room where he then was

Samel Laymond
Enos Dodge
Examined (?)

My line of descent:

Joseph Sayward married Sarah Giddings
Deborah Sayward married Samuel Tarbox
William Tarbox married Judith Haskell
George Rogers Tarbox married Mary Elizabeth Scripture
Nellie F. Tarbox married Calvin Segee Adams
Charles Edwin Adams married Annie Maude Stewart
Vernon Tarbox Adams married Hazel Ethel Coleman
Doris Priscilla Adams married George Michael Sabo
Linda Anne Sabo Stufflebean – me!

Releasing Peter, Molly, Jim, Andrew & David: Estate of Jesse Gee, Cumberland Co., KY 1815

Jesse Gee and a likely relative, James, are found enumerated together in the 1810 census of Cumberland County, Kentucky.

With a bit of sleuthing, it appears that Jesse Gee was born c1758 and hailed from Lunenburg County, Virginia. At the time of the 1810 census, Jesse’s household included nine slaves.

He died five years later, intestate, and the inventory of his estate was returned to the court on 18 November 1815.

Cumberland County, KY Will Records, B:11-14
Source: FamilySearch

The total value of Jesse’s estate was over $2300. However, quite a bit of that value was in enslaved people. Most of the inventory consists of farming animals and tools, along with household items. However, at the beginning and the end of the inventory, we find:

One Negro man named Peter $500.00.00
One negro woman named Molly $400.00.00
One negro Boy named Jim $200.00.00

and, finally,
One negro man named Andrew $425.00.00
One negro Boy named David $375.00.00

What became of the other four slaves enumerated in 1810, I don’t know. There are no Gee deeds recorded from 1799-1815 in volumes A-B or in from 1815-1822 in volumes C-D.

What is even stranger is that there is no Gee widow, nor a James Gee, nor any Gee at all in Cumberland County in 1820. They must not have owned land and moved on.

Tax records don’t help in this instance as there are gaps in the early Cumberland County lists. The Gees were not listed in 1805, but the next extant year is 1833.