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Monday, November 11, 2013

Charles Carter of Shirley Plantation

The Last Will and Testament of Charles Carter of Charles City County Virginia is easy to read on Virginia Pioneers  From the text of the document, we learn that he was also a substantial landowner of plantations in Westmoreland, Prince George and Richmond Counties and 4000 acres in Fauquier County. He also owned Nanty Parsons plantation in Lancaster County. The document mentions a marriage contract with his wife, Ann Butler, in Prince William County, wherein he agreed (at his decease) to bequeath to her 3,000 pounds in gold or silver!  His daughters married into the Randolph, Berkley and Lee families. This is why the old wills are so important. Where else do you learn the true history of a person?

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