Note: [JamesTrotter.FTW] 2nd marr rec. Brunswick Co VA surrety Isham Trotter. Marr about 1 yr before he died. Check DAR Ref 01 Will Brunswick Co VA Order Bk 2,482. Leaves slave & money to 5Hardaway children; rest divided among 5 sons. Nothing to Hannah. Sons Isham & George named executors. Written 10 Aug 1782. Hannah filed suit on 30Aug 1783 stating that James had died on 17th August with a will that was "highly unsatisfactory" toher. She claimed dower rights for one-third of estate. OB 2,511 SLC 30662. 3 Nov 1783 Isham & George, executors of James' estate sold to JohnWilson 123 ac for �100. Land next to Wilson's line. Wood and timber forHannah Trotter's own plantation were reserved. Same day, 61 adjacent ac soldto David Roper for �50. WB 210-12. SLC 30633 1787 Inv WB 5,198 included 174 ac on Hickory Run. SLC 30634. James Trotter Sr. was the first of our line of Trotters to come to America. His wife was Ann and last name unknown, was from Brunswick County, Va. William Trotter, formerly of England, and of Dr. Thomas Trotter, formerly of Scotland, left property about, 1824, between 1820-1830, by Dr. Thomas Trotter of East India Company and William Trotter of the London, a descendant of the Earle of Gowery, Scotland, and belongs to the heirs of James Trotter who emigrated from Scotland to the America. To make this valid as a Record, we must have the authority for these statements, as well as dates of birth, marriage and death. I have the correct line of this James Trotter from his marriage to Ann in Brunswick Co., Va in 1743 (d.A.R.), also the names of his children, all born in Brunswick Co., Va. (BR> Co., VA. Court Records). I have the record of all George Trotter's Children, and the marriage and family of some. So this is, without a doubt, our James Sr. Of Brunswick Co., Va. Hope yet we may find authority for this record. (This is a statement from Mrs. Isham Patten Trotter Jr. of Louisville, Ky., March 26, 1948.) I am trying to find proof of the ancestors of James Trotter right now and well write more on this subject when I have acquired such proof. Margaret Edwards (Trotter) of Dayton, Ohio. Will of James Trotter , Sr. Brunswick County, Va. Clecks Office Order Book 2. Page 482 In the name of God, Amen. I, James Trotter. Sen'f, of the County of Brunswick, being in perfect senses and memory do make and ordain thismy last will and testament in manner and form as follows viz-- Imprimis: I do give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Mason Hardaway, one negro boy named Abner to her and her heirs forever, butif she, my granddaughter, should die without heir lawfully begotte, mywill and desire is that said negro be sold and the money be divided between her three sisters and brothers, Ann Hardaway, Elizabeth Hardaway,Francis Hardaway, and Washington Hardaway, to them and their heirs forever. Item: I do give to each of my grandchildren, and the money be divided between here three sisters manely, Ann Hardaway, Elizabeth Hardaway, Francis Hardaway and Washington Hardaway, twenty-fivecurrent money pieces, to them and their heirs forever. Now my will and desireis that if either these my grandchildren should die without issuelawfully begotten, that their legacies above given shall be equally divided between the survivors of these my grandchildren. Item: I do give and bequeath all the remainder of my estate both real and personal together with all my stock and household furnitureof all kinds to my five sons, namely, James trotter, Robert Trotter,George Trotter, Isham trotter, and William Trotter, to them and their heirs forever to be equally divided between them. Item: I make and ordain, constitute and oppoint my two sons, Isham and George Trotter, executors of this my last will and testament,uttely revoking and disannulling all other wills by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this month day of August, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-two. James Trotter (s s) Signed, sealed, published and declared in presence of Teste: Wiliam Crooke. Witnesses: Matthew Jones Joseph Wells Harper Brunswick County Court, 24th of August, 1783. This will was approved by the oath of William Crooke and Matthew Jones, witnesses there to and ordered to be recorded. And upon themotion of George Trotter and Isham Trotter, the executors therein appointted, and they having given bond with security, and taken the oath accordingto law, Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof indue form. Teste. Drury Stith. C. B. C. Information on the family of James & Ann Trotter fond in "Order Book No. 13. 440, april 23, 1781 and June 24th 1781, also Order Book No. 13 page 419. 1781, in the Clerks office of Brunswick Co., Virginia.
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