He is often referred to as William Henry Gaines, but his will was signed William Gaines with no Henr…

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He is often referred to as William Henry Gaines, but his will was signed William Gaines with no Henry as a middle name.

From Slaughter Records, William Gaines fought Indians in 1753. From Henning Statue , Vol I, page 23, he is listed as a foot soldier in the Culpeper Militia in 1758.

In Augusta County Virginia Files, Vol 2, pages 171, 174 and 175, William Gaines in 1776 had for military service under proclamation of 1736, entries for 1,500 acres of land. From 1781 Revolutionary Archives, Richmond Virginia , William Gaines had been authorized to aid in purchase of food, ammunition and other war supplies.

The will of William Gaines was not dated but was filed for probate on July 18, 1796, in Will Book D, page one, in Culpeper County some years after his death it is assumed. The Will of William Gaines as recorded in Culpeper County , Virginia , Will Book D, page 180-181 reads as follows:

In the name of God, amen. I, William Gaines of the County of Culpeper being now sick but in perfect memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to whit:

I resign up my soul to Almighty God who gave me and my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my children and friends and the small remains of my worldly goods and estate I bestow in the following manner;

I lend the remaining part of my land unto my daughter Isabella Brown. It includes my home I now live in and by estimation eighty acres during her span of life. At her death I give it to her daughter Lucy and her heirs forever.

I give my horse to my Grand daughter, Elizabeth Brown.

I give my household furniture without mention particularly any article to my daughter Isabella Brown.

I give my son Phillip my saddle and wearing clothes.

I give one cow and calf to my grand daughter Ann Brown.

My debts due me I leave in the first place to satisfy my just demands against me and the balance to the remaining part of my children, Richard, Henry, Ben, Robert, Thomas James and Ann Steenbergen to be equally divided this being my last will and testament and revoke any former will by me made, I leave my son Ben. Gaines my Executor.

Title Gaines, William.
Publication 1796
Gen. note Part of index to Culpeper County Wills and Administrations (1749 - 1800)
Note p. 180-181. Will pro. 18 July 1796.
Note Will Book D, 1791-1803 (Reel 32)

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