Note: 1850 - Not Stated, Gloucester, Virginia John Tabb - 65 - farmer - $155,000 - all Va. Evelina M. - 51 1 manager John Tabb owns 203 slaves widowed: 1860 - Not Stated, Gloucester, Virginia Eveline M. Tabb - 60 - (Tabb's estate) - $150,000 + $150,000 - VA farm manager Evalina Matilda Prosser became the wife of John Tabb of Toddsbury. John bought out the interest of his sister-in-law in White Marsh, and he and Matilda made it their home. At that time, after adding his wife's fortune to his own, John Tabb was said to have been the wealthiest man in Gloucester. There were then three thousand acres of land in the White Marsh Plantation, and from three hundred to five hundred slaves were employed to operate it (1500 slaves rest in the slave graveyard, near the peach orchard.) Mrs. Tabb did not wish to continue living in the country, but insisted upon moving to Norfolk or Williamsburg, in order to enjoy a gayer social life. Mr. Tabb promised that if she would make herself content, and remain in the country, he would lay out for her the finest garden in Virginia. It was then that the terraced gardens were built, and many rare and fine species of trees were planted in the park. It was also about this time that the house was remodeled, and the wings and pillared portico built. There are various legends, or ghost stories told of White Marsh. It is said that Evalina Matilda Tabb has been seen ascending the stairs in rustling silks. She goes immediately to the nursery and opens the drawers of the chests where the children's clothes were kept. She folds the tiny garments and replaces them. The tombstones in the family burying ground on the knoll back of the apple orchard, and overlooking the lower fields, attest that Evalina Matilda lost two of her children in infancy. Another story is that subsequent owners of the house on returning home late at night have found all lights on and have heard music, as of a dance or party coming from the house. As they alighted from carriages or cars, the lights went out, the music ceased, and the house again stood dark and silent. Source: Old Virginia Houses, The Mobjack Bay Country, by Emmie Ferguson Farrar, Published by Bonanza Books, New York, 1957, pages 37-41. Will of Evelina Matilda Tabb: In the name of God amen. I Evelina M. Tabb of Gloucester County in Virginia widow of John Tabb late of White Marsh in said County do surly make and declare this as my last will and testament. I give to my sisters Mrs. Dabney and Mrs. Lee one thousand dollars each and to my nieces Matilda T. Holcombe and Julia E. Lee five hundred dollars each. I give unto my son Philip the balance of my estate and property of what kind sooner of which I may die poped, appoint him my Executor requesting no security be required of him by the Court. In witness whereof I hereto set my hand this sixth day of May eighteen hundred and sixty two. Signed and published as and for her Evelina M. Tabb last will and testament in presence of us who at the request of the Testatrix and in her presence subscribe our names as witnesses hereto. C. C. Curtis M. B. Seawell A. W. Robins. In a Court held for Gloucester County at the Courthouse on Monday the 6th day of October 1862 this paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Evelina M. Tabb deceased was proved by the oath of A. W. Robins and M. B. Seawell to of the witnesses thereto subscribed and by the Court ordered to be recorded. Teste John R. Cary Glouc A Copy Teste John S. Cooke sle In the event of my son Philip not being permitted to receive and hold the property in fee simple bequeathed to him by me, I leave it to my friend Mr. C. C. Curtis. May 6/62 Evelina M. Tabb C. C. Curtis, Esq. This paper not to be opened till after my death and then only in the event of my will not being permitted to stand. Evelina M. Tabb At a Court held for Gloucester County at the Courthouse on the 6th day of October 1862 this paper writing and an endorsement on an envelope in which the same was enclosed were produced in Court purporting and there being no subscribing witnesses to the same, John P. Tabb and A. W. Robins were _______ and _______ disposed that they are well acquainted with the hand writing of the testatrix and verily believe that the said papers are wholly in the proper hand writing of the said testatrix, whereupon the said papers are ordered to be recorded as part and parcel of the said will. Teste John R. Cary, Glouc A Copy Teste John S. Cooke sle (contributed by John Tabb)
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