The 1730 Will of Thomas Pitman (Jr) did not refer to the land of William Pitman (Jr) and it did not refer to the Blackwater land of Thomas Pitman.
The Will of Thomas Pitman (Jr) said this: To his Son Samuel Pitman the Plantation whereon his brother lived.
Thomas Pitman (Jr) gave his son Samuel the land where “his” (Whose?) brother lived not the land next to his brother’s land, and it appears someone’s brother was living on that land when Thomas Pitman (Jr) wrote his Will.
The records from 28 Mar 1730 show that Thomas Pitman (Jr), in his will and a statement, gave his sons Thomas, Samuel and Ambrose 290 acres of adjoining land:
Thomas received 150 acres,
Samuel received 100 acres and
Ambrose received 40 acres.
Robert Lancaster testified that Thomas said: “To his Son Ambrose Pitman a parcel lying between his Son Thomas and his Son Samuel” (i.e., 150 + 100 + 40 = 290 acres)
Thomas Pitman’s Blackwater land was only 250 acres.
On 22 Feb 1724 Thomas Pitman (Jr) had patented 250 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp, and on 24 Mar 1725 he had patented 400 acres on the south side of Tarrara Creek and north of the Meherrin River.
The land devised to Thomas, Samuel and Ambrose could only have come out of the 400-acre patent, as it was 290 acres of adjoining land.
This is the description of the land of Thomas Pitman (Jr), 400 acres south of Tarrara Creek and north of Meherrin River:
Pitman, Thomas, Jr, 24 March 1725, Isle of Wight County, 400 acres on the South side of Tarraroe Creek on the north side of Meherrin River . . . Beginning at a Gum on the north side of the Long Branch thence north 320 poles to a (….) then east-northeast 96 poles to a white oak then southeast 154 poles to a hickory (….) Tarrara Creek then south 17(?) degrees east 96 poles to a white oak then south 28 degrees east 140 poles . . . then south 37 degree east 20 poles to a white oak (….) a marsh then south 40 degrees west 102 poles . . .then south 76 degree west 94/95 poles . . . then north 8 degrees west 219 poles to the side of the Long Branch and then up the various courses of the said branch to the beginning . . .
Below is the Will of Thomas Pitman (Jr).
Thomas Pitman (Jr) died between 3 Mar 1728 and 28 Sep 1730. He wrote his will about a year before his death. His wife Elizabeth is not mentioned in his will, and it is assumed that she had died before March 1728. The will is recorded in Isle of Wight Co., VA, as follows:
Isle of Wight County this third Day of March 1728, Whereas I Thomas Pitman of the County aforesaid do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First, my Soul I desire to return to God who gave it, My Body to be decently Buried, and for my Estate real and personal to be disposed of as follows (viz)
My Son Thomas I desire may have an entry of Land lying up the Creek containing an hundred and fifty (150) Acres and he having two thousand Nails to build him a house out of the Estate.
For my Son Samuel I desire may have the Plantation lying on Dicks Marsh bounded by a line of Mark Trees containing an hundred(100) Acres.
To my Son Robert a piece of Land lying on the upper side of the Long Grand containing fifty (50) Acres.
For my Son Ambrose the upper part of the Survey lying above the Marsh branch containing forty (40) Acres.
For my sons John and Arthur the place called the hedge pen Neck and containing One Hundred (100) Acres. My Sons Samson and Joseph my mannour plantation containing an hundred and Ten (110) Acres. To my six Daughters Five Pounds to each being Ann, Olive, Pratta, Elizabeth, Lucy, and Faith and for the rest of my Estate after my debts are paid I desire may be equally shared by my Trustees among all my children. I do appoint Robert Lancaster, Wm John Dunkley and Robert Monger jun, Trustees and my son Thomas Pitman Executor of this my last Will. I do desire my Trustees may value my Estate and equal share it without any Cost, Charges and carefully take care of it.
Witnesses Joseph E. Strickling Thomas tp Pitman / Thomas Pitman mark / Edw. Hood
At a Court held for Isle of Wight County the 28th day of September, 1730, The last Will and Testaament of Thomas Pitman Deceased was presented in Court by Thomas Pitman Executor and being proved by the Oaths of the Witnesses thereunto is admitted to Record. Test. James Ingles CC http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/PITTMAN/1998-09/0905289746
Robert Lancaster (Jr), Elizabeth Lancaster Pitman’s brother, made the following deposition in Isle of Wight County, VA:
These are to inform the Worp. Court that I the Subscriber heard the Thomas Pitman say seven Months after his Sickness that he made his Will and told me that he had given to his Son Thomas Pitman his Entery of Land lying up the Creek, To his Son Samuel Pitman the Plantation whereon his brother lived, To his Son Robert Pitman a parcel of Land lying over the —— Branch,
To his Son Ambrose Pitman a parcel lying between his Son Thomas and his Son Samuel,
To his Son John and his Son Arthur a piece lying up the Meadow Branch to be divided between them and to his two youngest Sons Sampson and Joseph he had given a Plantation whereon he lived to be divided between them when they come of Age, and to his six Daughters he had given Five Pounds a piece; and that he did believe he should not alter what he had done. (Sd.) Robt. Lancaster / At a Court held for the Isle of Wight County the 28 day of September 1730 The above deposition was presented and being duly proved in Court was Admitted to record. Test. James Ingles, Clk. Court
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