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Notes on the Gorsuch Wills
prepared by Louisa J. KEYS
Baltimore Md. May 4, 1934


 Louisa Keys died November 4, 1957

1) Will of Charles Gorsuch dated August 3, 1792, proven Dec. 14, 1792
Charles bequeaths a lot in Philpot Point Maryland to his son, David Gorsuch. Charles did not sign the will but made his mark.
 2) Will of David Gorsuch, Grandfather Dunnuck's grandfather, dated December 24, 1827 and proved Nov. 10, 1841

David Gorsuch Last Will and Testament.

"In the name of God: Amen. I, David Gorsuch, of Baltimore County in the State of Maryland, being well in body and of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and hereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God, and my body to the death to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid."

Item: "I give my loving wife my dwelling house, gristmill and saw mill, and barn and about 18 acres of land laying contiguous to the said buildings, as aforesaid during her natural life, I also give to my wife one third part or share of all my personal estate."

Various other items were given, but principally the will divided tracts of land, know as Goshen, David's Race ad John's Folly between his sons Stephen (executor) and William. These lands were located in Baltimore County Maryland in the Northeast corner near the Pennsylvania line. The buildings lift his wife were in the village Gorsuch Mills.

Hanna, wife of Elisa Gorsuch, David's son, the two Curtis families and the Lesourds were all named as legatees. Then at the end: "Whereas I have given my son William more than I have given to some of my children my will is that he shall pay unto the children of my daughter Eleanor Dunnuck the sum of $250. for the said grand children to share and share alike in the same, to be paid in the following manner to wit: That my son William pay in one year after arrives to the age of 21 years old, unto the eldest grand child as forsaid their proportionable part of share of the said $250. as aforesaid, and then in proportion to pay each one of said grand children their full share annually, that is to say, pay one said grand children as aforesaid every year their proportional part or share of the sum of money."

The will is siged "David Gorsuch"


GORSUCH MILLS - by Louesa Keys
donated by Noble Gene Dunnuck
(see footnote)

The history and will both name the above village as established by David Gorsuch and located in the Northeast corner of Baltimore County, Maryland, very near the Pennsylvania state line and Harford County line. On Sunday, May 21, 1934, Beulah Putman Sada and Rebecca Funk and I, Louesa Keys, drove the 40 odd miles from Baltimore to the village. The map will help picture what we found (note Noble Gene Dunnuck hand copied the map for us and I will add it latter when I learn to you my scanner)

We reached the village about noon, and ate lunch in the nearby woods. As we ate several of the "neighbors" cam ad sat with us to visit. From them we learned much of the present history of Gorsuch Mills and the fact that "Old George Winmiller okwned the mill, was rich and could tell us the history." His father bought the mill homestead and contiguous land in 1866 from Stephen Gorsuch, David's son, and the present occupants and owners were born in the house. Mr. G. G. Winemill lived now in a frame house back of the mill and still uses the old office in the mill. His brother lives in the homestead and has built a large cattle barn on the road from the house.

I went to G.G. Winemiller's house, told him who I was and our mission here. He obligingly got his hat and an emormous key which unlicked the mill and showed us around. The Mill is built of brick, made probably by David Gorsuch, from clay of the hills, is four stories on the road side and three on the back, and still contains some of the original machinery although it has not been running for five years when a flood washed out the dam. The lumber used in the inner structure, floors and rafters, is of hand hewn logs, held together by wooden pins, the old mill stones had been broken and one was used as a door stop at the back door. The doors were bolted with hand whittled wooden bars and hinges were one half a long strap reaching across door, the other short and attached to door post.

About 400 feet northeast of the mill stands the old homestead. It is a frame house built on the hillside so that the front is three storiesand back is only two, the lower front story is of plastered brick and the porch on the graound and second floor front is of hand hewn logs fastened with wooden pins. An outside stairway connects the two porches. The occupants being away we did not see the inside. A small house of brick is farther up the road, and opposite the mill, Stephen Gorsuch built a chapel which was used by the family.

High up on the hill back of the mill and house was a small cemetery surrounded by low stone wall and containing two headstones exactly alike one Sacred to the memory of David Gorsuch 1763-1841. The other Sacred to the memory of Rebecca Gorsuch 1767-1841. Two trees, a walnut and a wild cherry, grew in the plot.
Written by Louesa J. Keys. (Died November 4, 1957) Special note: These two pages of notes (all of above) about the Gorsuch family, wills, and property were retyped by Noble "Gene" Dunuck from two pages in poor condition, thermo-fax copies which he obtained from Richard Dunnuck, May 31, 1997, at the town of Beaver near Eureka Springs, AK.
 Gene also sent another map - 1989 Maryland State Highway Map - that shows the village of Gorsuch located about two miles east of SYKESVILLE, MD. When I get and learn to use the scanner and will add it to the web site.