Does anyone know the whereabouts of the New Gate plantation mentioned in the will of Edmund Pendleton? (see below)
Why I ask: The Richersons occupied the farm now called Auburn Hills, and in all the books the lore is that the house was built by Edmund Pendleton for his nephew and then the Richersons owned it.
We're wondering how the Richersons acquired it---by sale, by inheritance through intermarriage, and if Auburn Hills is New Gate?
Thanks for any clues,
... I recommend a sale to be of New Gate plantation including the land below the road bounds of young Edmund's land to the road which leads over the bridge below my old mill and along that road to its nearest approach to the corner between that plantation and Capt. Jones and along the several lines to the creek and up the creek to the beginning, which I think will make a valuable settlement and sell well.
I give to my beloved wife the said New Gate plantation and all my other land in Caroline, all my slaves, stock and household goods, my chariot and harness, kitchen furniture, new goods, provisions and liquors in the house and such books as she shall choose, all which i give her the use of during her natural life, at her death I give the residue of my land except New Gate plantation above described, my great nephew John Pendleton of Newbury and his heirs, the slaves and other personal estate not consumed in the use to be equally divided between my nephew Edmund and his six children who are married, my faithful servant Nero to choose his master of them.
My New Gate plantation if not necessary to be sold I give to my nephew at the death of my wife, to hold during his life and at his death to his son John Pendleton and his heirs, but in that event I give no more of my land on the North East side of the road than shall lie southwest of a straight line to be run from young Edmund's corner, on that road to Dixon's line where it crosses the road above, and the residue of my land on the north east side of the said line I give to my great nephew Edmund Pendleton Junr. and his heris who I hope will not think me partial to his brother for they share equally in my affection. I contemplate his equal provision from his father's land finally and only anticipated that for his brother on account of his more forward and growing family.
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