Note by Phyllis Brown: Ann Scarlett is my 9th great-grandmother. I am actually descended from her through two children – Ann Green who married Edward Barton and Lettice Green who married Edward Smith. Ann first married William Green, and after his death, Martin Scarlett.
Will of Ann Green Scarlett
In the name of God, Amen. I, Ann Scarlett, of Stafford County, gentlewoman, being sick in body, but sound in mind do hereby make this my last will and testament.
Item. I give to my daughter Ann Barton during her natural life the negro woman Bess, and if the negro Bess survives her, I give her to my daughter Ann’s children. Likewise I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Barton ten thousand pounds of tobacco.
Item. I give and bequeath all that parcel or tract of land I bought of Thomas Norman adjoining to Edward Barton to Constant Barton and Ann Barton, daughters to Edward Barton. In case either of them should die, to the survivor and their heirs forever. And likewise to the aforesaid Constant Barton and Ann Barton ten thousand pounds of tobacco to each of them.
Item. I leave and bequeath to my grandchildren Margaret Barton and Lettice Barton ten thousand pounds of tobacco to each of them.
Item. I leave and bequeath to my daughter Lettice Harrison half the land lying at the mouth of Neabsco, which my husband Martin Scarlett gave to my son Joshua Green during his natural life – the other half to her children Edward Smith and Catherine and after her decease the whole tract of land to Edward Smith and Catherine Smith and their heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lettice Harrison the negro man Tony during her natural life and if the said negro survives her to fall to her children begot by Edward Smith.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lettice Harrison ten thousand pounds of tobacco.
Item. I give and bequeath to my grandchildren Will Smith, Kate Smith and Edward Smith and Scarlett Green, to each of them ten thousand pounds of tobacco.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Joshua Green all my personal estate, money, plate, tobacco, negroes, etc., after all my just debts are paid, and if my executor think this is not a sufficient personal estate to pay my debts and legacies, then the whole personal estate is to be sold and not to be appraised, my just debts to be paid and that my executors pay the children their legacies when they come of age.
Item. And lastly I appoint my son Joshua Green to be my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 16th of February 1697/8
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us James Seath, Arthur Jackson and Thomas King.
Proved by Arthur Jackson and Thomas King and admitted to record the 10th of August 1698.