Some people think that Susannah was a Hill or a Raines, but I don't know of any evidence for either name. I believe that Susannah, wife of Gilbert Elam who died in Chesterfield Co., VA, in 1784, was the daughter of Benjamin Cannon and Susannah Walters of Henrico, Cumberland, and Prince Edward counties, Virginia, because 6 out of 7 names of Susannah’s children are names found in Benjamin Cannon & Susannah Walters’s family (not counting Robert Elam). These names are Jeremiah for her brother, Jeremiah Cannon, Francina/Francinia (her sister), Walters for her mother's maiden name, Benjamin for her father, Susannah for her mother and herself, and William Cannon may be for her grandfather.
Benjamin and Susannah had two known children, Jeremiah Cannon (who died in Goochland Co., VA, in 1767) and Francinia (who married William Cox in Cumberland Co. on 27 May 1768). (I wonder if the name of Susannah Elam's son, William Cannon Elam, could be the name of Benjamin Cannon's father, that is, William Cannon.)
Chesterfield County, VA Will Book 3, p.435
Will of Gilbert Elam
Lend to wife Susanna, items and use of my plantation below the Spring Br., and my daughter Martha to have liberty of the house while single, then after death to son Robert, and if he die without heirs of his body, then to his brother Walter. Also to wife, my household stock, and then to her children then living: Bille Cannon Elam, Franseina Elam, Benjamin Elam, Robert Elam, Walters Elam, Susannah Elam and Jeremiah Elam. [Note: Bille Cannon Elam is William Cannon Elam.]
To son James Elam and Lodwick Elam and Gilbert Elam and Godfree Elam and daughters Ann Godsee, Martha Elam, Susan Keill [could be Hill, some people say], and part of daughter Martha Elam shall belong to her daughter Bette Ann Elam.
Rest to be divided between my wife Susanna and my children above named
To son Burwell, land above Spring Br., up to Flournoy's line
To daughter Jene [Jane] Elam, I negro
Executors: Richard Elam and Barkley Elam
Dated 18 Sept. 1771
Wit: Math'w Farley, Dan'l Elam, Wm Sims, Dan'l Elam, Jr.
Chesterfield County, VA Order Book 6, p. 525. Court of 7 May 1784
Will of Gilbert Elam proved; Matthew Farley and Daniel Elam, witnesses; Susannah Elam, widow of Gilbert Elam, relinquishes her claim to estate.
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