Priscilla Heabard Smallwood

Death 1783 (aged 68–69)
Marbury, Charles County, Maryland, USA
Burial Marbury, Charles County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 176913369 · View Source
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Daughter of William Heabard and Margaret Newton, who married second, John Travis. John and Margaret had a son, Barrett Travis of Edgefield District, South Carolina.

Wife of Bayne Smallwood.

Charles County Maryland Will Book B-1, 1782-1785; Page 409.
Priscilla Smallwood's Will.
I, Priscilla Smallwood of CC, widow, am sick and weak of body but of sound and disposing mind and memory- Firstly, I want my just debts paid.
To my son William Smallwood - all my lands in Virginia that are now in trust in Stafford County, lying between the two main branches of Parbetansey Cr, now and for some years past, in his possession, containing, by patent, about 450 acres. Also one other tract of land in Culpeper County [Virginia], lying on Rappahannock River about a mile above Normans Hoard, adjoining the lands of Colo Beverly, containing, by patent, about 360 acres. Also my title to any other land I may havc a right to in Virginia. Sd William is heir at law. In consideration of his disclaiming his title to the following entailed Negroes called George, Toney, Bob, Charity, Celia, Jack, Basil, and Dick (this last formerly given by my husband Bayne Smallwood to our daughter Lucy Heaberd Stoddert) and giving use of the same to his sisters and William Truman Stoddert, son of sd Lucy Heaberd, and also his obligation to himself to furnish 2 plantations on Mattawoman Cr, one of which to be the plantation and mansion house wherein I now dwell, for the use of my daughter Priscilla, to reside in and to work her people herein devised by me and maintain her stock on until the day of her marriage or death, for the faithful performance whereof, William has passed his bond of this date to my sd daughter Priscilla Smallwood, in the penalty of 100,000 lbs of tobacco. If my son dies without heirs and should not devise an equal quantity of land to ad Priscilla, lying in CC, adjacent to her friends and connections, then the above lands in Culpeper County, Virginia to revert to sd Priscilla,
To William Truman Stoddart - Dick, one of the entailed Negroes formerly given to his mother, Lucy Heaberd Stoddert, and Negro Joe in Culpeper, in lieu of his proportion of the 7 entailed Negroes afd, and George Warwick willed him by Mr. Barker to be delivered at my death.
To my daughters Elizabeth Leiper, Margaret Stoddert, and Eleanor Grayson to be equally divided between them - the following Negroes and stock, to wit, Bob (entailed but relinquished to them by my son William), Jack, Rose, Dennis, John, Sam, Boatswain, & Daniel, and provided they relinquish Jim to my daughter Priscilla, I give Yellow Sarah to them, Also 60 cattle and 60 sheep, provided their husbands, representatives, or assigns make no further claim against my late husband's estate, Mr. Barker's, my son Heaberd's, or my own estate, for Negroes, stock, further than certain Negroes devised them by the wills of Mr. Barker and my son Heaberd, not included herein, which are also ordered to be delivered at my death. But should such claim be made by any of them, then the abovesd Negroes and stock together with my personal property, I give to my daughter Priscilla Heaberd Smallwood.
To my daughter Elizabeth Leiper - 2 feather beds and an old bed assigned out of my late husband's estate, and 3 Negroes, Jenny, Tom, and Nace, devised by Mr. Barker to her, to be delivered at my death.
To my daughter Margaret Stoddert - Peter, now in her possession, and in like manner devised by Mr. Barker,
To my daughter Eleanor Grayson - Grace, now in her possession, and in like manner devised by Mr. Barker.
To my daughter Priscilla Heaberd Smallwood - the following Negroes and stock, to wit, Jonathan, little George, Jenny, and 4 [sic] children, viz, Sall, Mille, eliza, Lewis, George, Charity & her children, viz, Jack, Basil, Celia, and Toney (the last 6 entailed but relinquished by my son, William), Joan, Merlbro, Bess, Fussie, Phil, Jem (the two last of Heaberd Smallwood's estate), Austin, Joan, and Will (devised her by Mr. Barker), Robin, or Joe, devised by Mr. Barker to my son, Heaberd, in default of issue, to be equally divided between my daughters Eleanor Grayson and Priscilla Heberd Smallwood, and Yellow Sarah, provided Jim is not assigned her out of Heaberd Smallwood's estate exclusive of Phil, who is claimed as her proportion of sd estate, 9 horses, and 110 cattle, 100 sheep, 48 hogs, 15 lambs. In consideration of the above legacy, she and anyone claiming under her is to barred from receiving any of the like species of property, due as her proportion of Bayne Smallwood's and Heaberd Smallwood's estates, which if she or any person claiming under her should demand, in that case, I will that so much of the above devised species of property shall be deducted from Priscilla, to pay the same. Nor shall she claim any horses, furniture, or household goods as her proportion of Bayne Smallwood's estate, under like penalty. The rest of my personal property (after my just debts are paid and the above legacies are delivered)
As the severity of the winter may occasion a loss and decrease of my stock above devised at large, my will is that such loss should be proportionally sustained by my daughters, Elizabeth Leiper, Margaret Stoddert, Eleanor Grayson, & Priscilla Heaberd Smallwood, agreeable to the quantity devised each.
Executrix: my daughter Priscilla Heaberd Smallwood. Signed Mar 7, 1780 - Priscilla Smallwood. Wit - Amelea Powell, Thos Ne[l]son, James Craik.
Probated on Oct 14, 1784 by the oath of the executrix and by the oaths of witnesses Thomas Nelson & Doctor James Craik. Major Genl William Smallwood, the heir at law, was present & assented to the taking of the above probates.

Maj. Gen. William Smallwood never married and lived with his mother, Priscilla Heaberd Smallwood, until her death in 1783. The family estate is called "Mattawoman" in a letter which he wrote to Gov. Paca in 1784. I have visited the "old Smallwood mansion" in the Chicamuxon district. It is a well built brick house, one story and a half high, with a tall steep roof having dormer windows on each side. There are four rooms and a hall on each floor. The Smallwoods had a road cut from their place down to Durham Church which is known to this day as "Smallwood's Church road.

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