James Geddy



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James Geddy  Immigrant Ancestor see Family Tree
Born: Bef. 1710 Scotland    
Died: Bef. 20 Aug 1744 Williamsburg, York Co., VA   In the name of God Amen being in sound Judgment & memory, Thanks be to God for the same. Imprim ** I bequeath my Soul unto almighty God who gave it * and my body to be decently buried with comfortable hopes of a blessed and joyfull resurrection through Jesus Christ * Saviour.  As for Temporal Estate after all my just debts are paid I *********  Item I give unto my Sons & Daughters David, James, William & John Geddy & Elizabeth, Anne & Mary Geddy each of them five shillings.  I do constitute & appoint Anne Geddy my beloved wife Sole Executrix and heiress of all my real & personal Estate to be disposed by her as she thinks most proper.  In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal this 23rd day of Septr. anno Domini one thousand Seven hundred & forty three years. Signed, Sealed & delivered  James Geddy in the presence of us) Thomas Bennett   George Charlton  Hugh Boyd




1. David Geddy

2. James Geddy b. 1731

3. John Geddy

4. William Geddy

5. Elizabeth Geddy

6. Anne Geddy

7. Mary Geddy

8. Sarah Geddy

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James Geddy was born in Scotland. He was a gunsmith and brass founder in 1738 in Williamsburg, Va. He signed a will in 1743 and died in 1744 leaving his wife with eight children. James, his second son, was only 13. James left his entire estate to his wife "to be disposed by her as she thinks most proper." It is likely that Anne was able to assume direction of the business affairs of the family. In October 1744 she petitioned the House of "burgesses for the payment of a debt owed to her deceased husband for cleaning 700 weapons in the Magazine by order of the governor. Anne's petition was initially rejected. Undeterred by this setback, she persisted in her application and was finally awarded a substantial sum of money.

"Anne's oldest son, David, was probably sufficiently skilled at the time of his father's death to be able to continue the operation of the foundry and gunsmith shop. The situation of Anne's three younger sons, however, was rendered somewhat uncertain by their father's death. James, Jr., was only 13 at this time and William and John were even younger, so neither could have progressed very far in an apprenticeship to their father."

Anne may have made an agreement with a local silversmith, Samuel Gault, to rent him some of her property in return for apprenticing her younger sons. James and John both became silversmiths.

Anne sold her property to her son James in 1760 but probably continued to live with him. He tore down the house his father had built and constructed the house now still standing. We assume Anne lived in this house until she died around 1784.