Martha Unknown


Personal and Family Information

Martha was born in 1738, the daughter of unknown parents. The place is not known.

She died in 1791 in Amherst County, Virginia.

Her husband was Thomas Gillenwaters, who she married in ABT 1755 in Virginia. Their seven known children were William (c1757-1777), Elijah (c1758-1832), Joel (c1762-c1840), Elizabeth (c1763-1847), Sarah (c1765-<1860), unnamed daughter (c1768-?) and Thomas (1771-1841).


Address: US and International Marriage Record
Place: Amherst County, Virginia
WILL7 AUG 1779
Place: Amherst County, Virginia
Address: GILLENWATERS, THOMAS Amherst Co., Va. Will filed March 6, 1780. wife Martha s. Elijah Gillenwaters s. Joel Gillenwaters ....court house records of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Loudoun, Prince William, and Rockbridge Counties"
See Note 1




Note 1

Will of Thomas Gillenwaters

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Gillenwaters of the Amherst County being in a low condition of health, but in good and perfect memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. Firstly I give my soul to Almighty God and my body to be buried in such decency as my Executors hereafter shall think proper. As to my worldly estate after discharging my true debts, I dispose of it in manner and form following.

Items: I give my sons Elijah and Joell my land as follows a straight line run from the old line where it crosses Duck Bill the upper part of which when so divided is to be equally divided so as the advantages of each may be as equal as possible. Elijah is to take his choice and Joell the other part of that subdivision. I give to Elijah one two year old heifer. I give Joell the first colt my horse Blaze brings, provided he shall stay on the year and work and behave on his place as usual.

Item: I give to my beloved wife the remainder of my land and plantation during the remainder of her natural life and then I give it to my son Thomas. As to the remainder of my stock, household furniture, shop tools and other advantages I leave them to my wife to raise her children on, by me begotten, during her widowhood. Provided she should marry, my desire is that what part of my estate should rest then in her hands should be the support of my young children, such of them as are incapable of maintaining themselves. Last of all I leave my beloved wife Martha Gilllenwaters & Elijah Gillenwaters executors to this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this seventh day of August one thousand seven hundred & seventy nine.

Thomas Gillenwaters {his seal}

In presence of

Thomas Wright Snelling Johnson John Merrit