Genealogy Ramblings

Will of Ann Green Scarlett

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

Ann Scarlett

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.

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  1. I am related to Ann Scarlett. My mother was a Brumfield from Pike County , Miss. Her dad was Albert O. Brumfield . Her Mother, Ruby Rachel Simmons Brumfield. Ruby’s father was Pinkey X. Simmons . It is his side where we are connected. Pinkey’s dad- Silas Mercer Simmons-his dad John Simmons – his Mom, Mary Polly Hope- Mary’s father- James Hope. -Mary’s Mother-Isabella Smith-1783 -her dad, – James Smith –born 1740 Warwickshire, England. His dad, John R. Smith-his mom Edith Jane Smith- John R. Smith’s father- Edward Smith -mother – Mary Bell Smith-his father Edward Smith -1668 Virginia -mother Lettice Green-1658 Virginia then William Green -Anne Scarlett1649 – Maryland.

  2. My Mary Bell married Edward Smith son of Edward Smith and Lettice Green. I researched this family for 30+ years. I have been trying to find information of Mary Bell’s father Roger Bell. In Edward Smith’s will he mentions the land given to his wife Mary Bell daughter of Roger Bell.
    I would love to talk to you. Please email me At; janicefriel@aol.com

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