Thursday, May 26, 2016

John Mercer of Marlborough VA - Stafford Co. Wills, Estates, 1699 to 1763 #Genealogy #virginiapioneers.net

John Mercer of Marlborough, Virginia

By Jeannette Holland Austin Jeannette Holland Austin(profile)

John Mercer, ca 1750. George Mason III, son of late sheriff and ordinary keeper in the port town of Marlborough petitioned the court, together with Rice Hooe, "that Leave may be given to bring in a Bill to enable them to sell the said Land belonging to the town, the same not being built upon or Inhabited." The petition was put aside to be considerated, however on May 21, 1723 it was "Ordered That Rice Hooe and George Mason be at liberty to withdraw their petition." This was about the time that John Mercer arrived in the vicinity and settled in Marlborough. Mercer was born 1704 in Ireland and was the son of a Church Street merchant of English descent (also named John Mercer) and his wife, Grace Fenton Mercer. John received his education at Trinity College before sailing for the New World in 1720. John MercerHe kept journals of his experience in the New World. From his second journal, he was engaged in miscellaneous trading, sailing up and down the rivers in his sloop and exchanging goods along the way. By 1725 he had accumulated 322 pds. worth of tobacco which was located inside a warehouse at the falls of the Rappahannock River. On June 10th he was married to the sister of George Mason, Catherine which occasion was celebrated at the home of Mrs. Ann Fitzhugh in King George County with the Reverend Alexander Scott of Overwharton Parish in Stafford County officiating. Thus, age the young age of twenty one years, Mercer became allied to the old established aristocracy of the Fitzhughs. During 1725 Mercer pressed ahead with his trading enterprises. From his journal it is learned that he sold Richard Ambler of Yorktown 710 pds of raw Deerskins for 35 pds. 10 shillings and purchased 200 pds. of sundry goods from Ambler as well. Between October 1725 and February 1726 he sold a variety of furnishings and equipment to Richard Johnson, ranging from a horsewhip and a silk rug, shoemaker knives and an ivory Comb. In return he received two hogsheads of tobacco, a gallon of cider, and raw and dressed deerskins. At the time, the only house standing at Marlborough was that which had been built by Thomas Ballard in 1708. It was inherited by his godson David Waugh, who now apparently offered to allow his niece Catherine and her new husband occupy it. Mercer later referred to it as "the House I lived in built by Ballard." In 1725 he purchased from his wife Catherine 885 acres of land near Potomac Church for 221 pds. and another tract of 1610 acres on Potomac Run for 322 pds. His journal recorded that he moved to Marlborough in 1726. 

From his own words written toward the end of his life when he was not overburdened with wealth:
"Except my education I never got a shilling of my fathers or any other relations estate, every penny I ever got has been by my own industry and with as much fatigue as most people have undergone." Source: The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia by C. Malcolm Watkins.

Stafford County Genealogy, Wills, Marriages, Probate Records

Ferry Farm

Stafford County is located across the Rappahannock River from the City of Fredericksburg. The county seat is Stafford.

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Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Stafford Wills (1722-1729)
Miscellaneous Wills, Estates

Clement, Edward (LWT) 1733
Elzey, Margaret, deceased (1730) (Image)
Fudd, Michael (Inventory) ca 1733
Grigsby, Charles, LWT (1740) (image)
Grigsby, John, LWT (1728) (image)
Johnson, Booford, estate, inventory (1740) (image)
Mauzy, Peter, orphan (image)

Marriages

Marriages to 1699

Images of Wills 1699 to 1709
Testators: Alexander, Robert; Ashton, James, estate; Beath, Peter; Benson, Hugh; Bland, James; Brent, George; Brewton, John; Buckner, Philip; Cornwall, Ann; Enno, George; Farlow, Ann; Fitzhugh, William; Harman, Christopher; Harwood, William; Harvey, John; Jenkins, David; King, William ;Littlejohn, Oliver; Mann, James; Martin, Richard ;Matheny, William ;Pickett, Joyce ;Richardson, William ;Taylor, Edward ;Thomson, William ;Vandagesteel, Giles ;Waller, William ;Williams, Anthony ;Withers, John (Captain) ;Wood, William
Images of Wills 1729 to 1748
Testators: Barrow, Abraham; Bayles, John; Boles, Thomas ; Brent, William ; Burras, Mary ;Butler, James ;Cave, William ;Chadwell, John ;Chalmers, John ;Claiborne, Thomas ;Collinsworth, Mary; Cooke, John ;Cosby, George ;Counts, Joseph ;Craford, John ;Croftrodge, Thomas ;Crowley, George ;Denny, James ;Derrick, Mattox ;Duncan, Thomas ;Ellit, Charles ;Fowke, Chandler ; French, Hugh ; Grant, Ann ; Gregg, Lucy ; Grigsby, John ; Grigsby, Thomas ; Higgerson, John ; Hore, Elias ;Howard, John ; Hurst, John ; Jeffrice, Thomas ; Joanes, John ; Jones, Susan ; Keen, Matthew ; Massey, Dodd ; Masters, Thomas ; Mealy, Daniel ; Mees, Mary ; Ponton, Edward ; Powel, Grace ;Scott, Alexander ;Scott, William ;Seaton, James ;Todd, Richard ;Warner, John ;Waugh, John ;Waugh, Joseph ;Wheeler, John ;Wigginton, William ;Withers, James
Images of Wills 1748 to 1763 
Testators: Alexander, Philip ;Allan, George ;Anderson, John S. ;Barbee, Thomas ;Baxter, William ;Bosholl, Edward ;Brent, Charles ;Brout, Hannah ;Brown, John ;Buckner, John ;Burge, Edward ;Carter, William ;Chambers, Daniel ;Chapman, Taylor ;Chinn, Rawleigh ;Clifton, Burdit ;Colclough, Rachel ;Conway, Sarah ;Cook, Fravors ;Dade, Cadwallader ;Dade, Townshend ;Dade, Laughton ;Denaugh, Morrice ;Durrcom, Benjamin; Eaves, Thomas ;Edwards, Ignatius ;Findley, Mary ;Fitzhugh, Henry ;Fletcher, George; Foley, John ;French, Daniel ;Grady, Patrick; Grafford, Mary ;Grigg, Nathan ;Grigsby, James ;Grigsby, Jane ;Hampton, William ;Harper, Thomas; Herod, John ;Hinson, Charles ; Hood, Rino ; Johnson, John ; Mathews, William ; Mauzy, Peter ;McCarty, Cornelius ;McGill, Sarah ;Minor, John ;Murray, Anthony ;Nelson, Henry Sr. ;Parkridge, Eleanor ;Patton, William ;Pearson, Hannah ;Persons, Ann ;Peyton, John ;Rhodes, John ;Rigsby, Alexander; Robinson, Henry ;Rogers, John ;Simpson, John ;Stuart, David ;Smith, John R. ;Sturdy, Robert ;Sudderth, James ;Sudderth, Robert ;Thomas, Benjamin ;Thornberry, Samuel ;Thornton, Anthony; Todd, Hayward ;Travors, Rawleigh ;Walker, William ;Waller, Charles ;Waller, Susannah ;Washington, Henry ;Washington, John ;Waugh, James ;Waugh, Mary ;Whitecotton, Sarah ;Williams, George ;Williams, Jennett ;Williams, Thomas

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Causey's Care near James City County, Virginia. Images of Wills, Estates 1865 to 1887. #genealogy #virginiapioneers.net


Causey's Care (pronounced Cleare) 
By Jeannette Holland Austin Jeannette Holland Austin(profile) 

Because of the lost records of James City County, genealogists are constantly researching around that country endeavering to learn more about its first settlers. Nathaniel Causey was an old soldier who came to Virginia in the firstSupply vessel early in 1608. It was on December 10, 1620 that he obtained a land grant which he started developing as a private plantation. From all indications, that plantation was located to the east of West and Shirley Hundred on the north side of the James River. During the year of 1624 Causey sat on the Assembly, presumably represeing Jordan's Journeywhere his residence was listed. He was among the 31 who signed the Assembly's reply to the declaration of charges against the Smith administration of the Colony made by Alderman Johnson and others. His plantation, Causey's Care was across the river from Jordan's Journey and for years served as a landmark of the vicinity. Causey appears occasionally in the court records as when on May 23, 1625, he assumed a debt and obligation to "Doctor Pott" which required the delivery of "one barrel of Indian corne" to "James Cittie at the first cominge downe of the next boate." Another land entry appears on May of 1625 for 200 acres of land. At the time, his wife was Thomasine who had also come to the in 1609 where she resided without about five servants. However, the Indian massacre of 1622 changed the lives of the early settlers rather dramatically. Causey was reported as being " cruelly wounded, and the salvages about him, with an axe did cleave one of their heads, whereby the rest fled and he escaped." 

James City County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Settlers to Jamestown

Map of JamestownJames City County was created in 1634 as James City Shire by order of King Charles I. The county seat is Williamsburg, Virginia which was first settled in 1607 by English colonists. amestown, which evolved into James City County, was named for King James I. When King James revoked the charter of the London Company in 1624, Virginia became England?s first royal colony. By 1634, the colony divided into eight counties, among them were James City and the Charles River, now known as York. The division into counties laid the foundations for strong local government that later served as a model to states as they were admitted into the union. Every year until 1632, the Assembly met at the Jamestown church. The Assembly is believed to have met in the home of the governor until about 1699 when the capital was moved inland to Middle Plantation, which was renamed Williamsburg. Moving the county seat was unpopular with local residents, however in 1715 it was was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg. Some very historical events occurred in Jamestown. For one thing, the rebellion of Nathaniel Bacon and his followers in an effort to get the governor to prevent Indian raids and massacres, burned Jamestown.

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  • 1607 Settlers of Jamestown(list of names)
Digital Images of Will Book No. 1, 1865 to 1887

Testators: Allen, William ;| Ashlock, Richard |Barnes, William H. | Bennett, Abel | Bragg, Hugh | Bratcliff, George | Browning, A. J. | Browning, Absalom, estate | Bush, William, estate | Canaday, Jonathan | Chapman, Aaron | Clowe, John, estate | Davis, Benjamin Allen | Debriss, William | Dibble, A. S. | Fielding, Jeremiah, estate | Fox, George W. | Hankins, George | Harrell, Burrell | Harris, Abby | Hazlewood, George | Henley, Thomas | Hinson, John | Hockaday, Susan | Hockaday, William, estate | Hubbard, Charles M. | Hubbard, William B., estate | Hundley, Judith | Hundley, Thomas | Jackson, John | Jones, Henley (trust) | Jones, John W. | Jones, William M. | Knight, Garrett | Marston, Dandridge | Merridith, John | Minor, William J. | Moore, Horace, estate | Moore, Moses | Morris, James S. | Mulford, Furman | Peggott, Nathaniel | Pierce, Elizabeth B. | Pitts, Simeon | Post, Christopher | Power, H. S. B. | Ratcliffe, John | Richardson, B. M., estate | Richardson, Elizabeth | Russell, Simon, estate | Scarborough, James | Slater, Beverly | Spencer, Martha | Stewart, George W., estate | Spraggins, S. B., estate | Taylor, Frances P. | Taylor, Mathew, estate | Taylor, P. A. | Taylor, Robert P. | Taylor, Thomas | Turner, Archer | Vaiden, Ann | Van Horne, Cornelius | Waller, Littleton | Wallis, Archer | Walls, William B. | Whitaker, R. H., estate | Wilbern, William | Wilkins, John W., ward | Wise, David, estate | Wynne, Thomas | Yerby, William, estate

Magazine Ships

What is a Magazine Ship?

The magazine is the name of a place where ammunition is stored on board a vessel and included explosive materials. The London Company was quite strict in the weapons sent to the colony and the affairs of the magazine were administered by a director who was assisted by a committee of five counselors. One the cargo was received into the colony, the accounts thereof were required to be passed upon by a team of auditors specially nominated in a Quarter Court. Thus, the weapons received into the colony for defensive maneuvers were carefully guarded as they were sorely needed by the colonists as a defense against a huge population of marauding Indian tribes in the region.

This means that the adventurers held separate meetings to conduct all routine business affairs. During the settlement of Jamestown, no outside trader was permitted to ship supplies into the Colony. The first vessels were referred to as Supply ships because they transported supplies into the Colony as well as a those passengers proposing to reside in Virginia. Fevers, dysentery and Indian attacks were a way of life and restricted the settlers to reside within the confines of a palisade fence. The first ten years or so, a number of Supply ships arrived in the colony and it was not uncommon for the settlers to assume the return voyage to England in search of a new wife to replace the one which had died.

After the year of 1619, the vessel which conveyed articles and supplies into the Jamestown settlement were called a magazine ships. The articles purchased by the adventurers who entered into a joint stock (known as the magazine) were conveyed by the magazine ship to the New World. Also, its cargo was confined to necessities. Several immigrants were appointed to take charge of the goods both before and after the vessel arrived in Jamestown. The first magazine vessel was called the Susan, a small vessel whose cargo was restricted only to that clothing which the Colonists needed the most. The goods of the Susan were placed in the care of Abraham Piersey as the Cape Merchant, both during the voyage and after Virginia was reached. As the struggling colonists commenced their chores, the only commodities produced were those which assured a profit when sold in England, such as tobacco and sassafras. The exported cargo was then exchanged for the contents of the arriving magazine ship.

Miscellaneous Documents

Broadribb, William, LWT, transcription
Madison, James, LWT (1812), transcription
Randolph, John (Sir) of Williamsburg, LWT (1735), transcription
Rolfe, Johis, LWT, transcription
Sherwood, William, LWT, transcription
Taliaferro, Richard, LWT, transcription

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Images of Greene Co. VA WIlls, Estatates, Bonds, Deeds #genealogy #virginiapioneersnet

Greene County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Bonds, Deeds



Greene County
Greene County was established in 1838 from Orange County. The mountainous region which encompassed it became known as Stanardsville and included Piney Mountain. The county is named for American Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Greene.

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Indexes to Probate Records
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  • Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds in Circuit Court 1842 to 1902
Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds
  • 1838 to 1860
  • 1860 to 1925
Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds, Bonds in the Circuit Court 1842 to 1891

Testators: Beazley, James | Beazley, John S. | Blakely, Angus | Blakey, Virginia | Bonds | Bradford, Patrick | Carpenter, P. M. | Cox, Joab | Davis, Darby | Dulaney, John | Dulaney, William | Finks, Oliver | Garth, Jesse | Gibson, James | Gilbert, Joseph | Jarrell, John | Lee, John C. | McMullan, James | McMullan, John | McMullan, William | Rawls, Ann | Rumble, William | Shotwell, Jeremiah | Sims, Hiram | Smith, Gasper | Walker, James | Walker, Josey | Walker, Joyce | White, William

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Henricopolis, Virginia - Henrico Co. Wills, Estates, Marriages from 1650 to 1787 - #genealogy #virginiapioneers

Henrico County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Probate Records


Henrico County was founded in 1611. The county seat is Richmond, Virginia. The earliest of records which include deeds, orders and wills has been microfilmed even though the documents themselves are quite faded.

Henricopolis: A Second Town
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Henricus ChurchHenrico CountyDavis HousePictured is a reconstructed church of the 17th century. The original settlement was founded by Sir Thomas Dale in 1611 as an alternative to the swampy and dangerous surroundings of Jamestown and was named for Prince Henry, the eldest son of King James I. This site later became part of the Shire of Henrico (1634), renamed Henrico County in 1637. In 1749, the portion of Henrico County that lay south of the James River was detached to form the present-day Chesterfield County. After the visible 1609 decay of the town, the erection of a second town was commenced in Henricopolis, the name given the new town in honor of Prince Henry. Within four months the structures, hospital, framed dwellings on the edge of the river, and one brick home, were more substantial than Jamestown. Nevertheless the new settlement soon showed the same symptoms of decline as Jamestown. The buildings were decaying and in need of constant repair. Source: Ralph Hamor's "True Discourse", p. 30.

One of the early investors in Virginia, Sir Thomas Dale, departed Jamestown in the later summer of 1611 with a strong force of 300 men to proceed up river to establish a new settlement. This settlement was expected to be the chief seat of the Colony and its purpose was to remove the fear of Spanish invaders to the colony. In other words, it would serve as a defensive fortress in the wilderness country. The reason was that the settlers were generally dissatisfied with the Jamestown location. The town was to be named Henrico in honor of a protector and patron of the colony, Henry, Prince of Wales. Marshal Dale took a party upstream by boat while the larger part of settlers went overland, led by Captain Edward Brewster. But the latter party was met with resistance from the Indian chief, Munetute whom the Englishmen referred to as "Jacke of the Feathers". After various skirmishes with the Indians, however, Dale and Brewster rendezvoused at the appointed place where they commenced building a fort on a peninsula which jutted into the James River from the north side several miles below the Arrahatock village while the Indians continued their protests. In about fifteen days, Dale had impaled seven acres of ground and then set to work to build watch towers upon each of the five corners of the town. They also constructed a church and some storehouses. After this was accomplished, they commencing building the houses and lodgings for himself and his men. The site was two miles inland and it ran from river to river making an island of the neck on which Henrico stood. Presumably this palisade faced a ditch. But the project cost Dale his life, but Dale Laws prevailed, punishing deserters and law breakers. George Percy related the results in graphic terms. Some "in a moste severe manner cawsed to be executed. Some he appointed to be hanged, some burned, some to be broken upon wheles, others to be staked and some to be shott to deathe; all theis extreme and crewell tortures he used and inflicted upon them to terrefy the reste for attemptinge the like." Yet these stern measures produced results and few of his contemporary associates took issue including John Rolfe, Ralph Hamor, Reverend Alexander Whitaker and even Sir Edwin Sandys. To them, motivated by the spirit of the time, hard conditions required stern handling. During the year of 1612, Robert Johnson evaluated the new settlement as he saw it: "the colony is removed up the river forescore miles further beyond Jamestown to a place of high ground, strong and defensible by nature, a good air, wholesome and clear, unlike the marshy seat at Jamestown, with fresh and plenty of water springs, much fair and open grounds freed from woods, and wood enough at hand." In 1614 Hamor described the town here as having " three streets of well framed howses, a hansom Church, and the foundations of a more stately one laid, of brick, in length one hundred foote, and fifty foot wide, beside store houses, watch houses, and such like." Near it, and behind the pale, was a great quantity of ground corn, enough to support the whole Colony and easy for manuring and husbandry. Yet not more than two years had passed before the " "Citty of Henricus" had retrogressed, perhaps, out of emphasis on Bermuda City just down river. At this time there were only 38 men and boys in Henrico. Even though the "citty" continued its decline, the Incorporation carried on its name. In 1619 Henrico was reported to have had but a few old houses, and a "ruinated" Church. It continued, however, as a fixed community until it was finally destroyed by the Indians during the famous massacre of March 22, 1622. After the tally was made, however, only five were killed at Henrico Island.



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  • Marriages to 1699
  • Henrico County Marriages 1780 to 1861
  • Index to Settlements and Estates 1770 to 1787
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Michaux, Abraham (1717)
  • Perkins,, Nicholas, LWT, transcript (1711)
  • Randolph, Peter
Digital Images of Wills 1650 to 1717 

Testators: Bowen, John;Childers, Abraham; Clerk, Allison;Cooke, Richard;Frazier, William;French, Christopher Jr.;Ham, Martin;Holmes, Thomas;Jones, Thomas; Knight, Anthony;Lester, Edward;Lettus, Thomas;Moons, Abraham; Nolls, Philip;Perrin, Ann;Perrin, Richard;Pew, Henry;Pleasants, John;Randolph, William;Watson, Benjamin;Wells, Thomas

Digital Images of Wills 1678 to 1693

Testators: Bridgewater, Samuel;Clerk, John;Cole, John;Davis, John;Ealane, William;Epes, Elizabeth;Harwin, John; Partridge, John;Randolph, Judith;West, John

Digital Images of Wills 1717-1726

Testators: Archer, John;Barnes, John;Bowman, Edward; Brickett, John Sr.;Browne, Martha;Childers, Abraham Sr.;Corse, Margaret;Dutoit, Peter;Esley, Ann;Farriss, John;Goss, Peter; Griggs, Charles;Hancock, Johan;Hill, Henry;Hudspeath, Ralph; Leister, Aaron;Lufter, Henry;Martin, Richard;Pleasants, Joseph; Pledge, John;Porter, John;Powell, Charles;Pursel, Philip;Roberts, Morris;Roberts, Morris;Stovall, Bartholomew;Tanner, Edward;Turpin, Philip

Digital Images of Wills and Settlements 1770 to 1787

Albert, Francis;Allen, Isham;Allen, Julius;Allen, Littleberry; Allen, Timothy;Arbathriot, Dorotha;Austin, Mary; Bailey, Joseph; Bailey, Joseph, estate; Bailey, Peter;Baine, Robert;Bentley, Thomas;Bethell, Thomas;Binford, James;Bottom, John;Bowles, Thomas;Bridgewater, James;Brockett, John;Brown, JosephBrown, Robert;Brown, Robert, inventory;Brown, Samuel;Bullington, William;Bullington, William, estate;Burton, John;Cahill, Barney; Carter, John;Chelsey, Thomas;Childress, Frederick;Clark, Peter; Coutts, Patrick;Coutts, William;Cox, George;Duval, Robert, estate;Duvall, Samuel;Edwards, John;Ellis, George;Ellis, Jesse; Ellis, John;Ellis, Thomas;Evans, Thomas;Farriss, William; Farriss, William, estate;Fenton, Thomas;Ford, David;Ford, Samuel; Fussell, Solomon;Gathright, Ann;Gathright,Benjamin;Gathright, John, inventory;Gathright, William;Gathright, William Sr.; Giles, Nicholas;Goodes, Edward;Greenley, David;Gunn, James;Hales, John;Harbert, Mathew;Harris, Joshua;Harwood, John;Harwood, Samuel;Hay, John;Hay, Peter;Hughes, Charles, estate;Hutchings, John;Hutchings,Joseph;Hutchings, Joseph, inventory;Johnson, Benjamin, inventory;Johnson, Michael;Jones, Samuel;Kent, John; Lewis, Robert;Liggins, John;Lockley, John;Logan, John, appraisement; Maddox, William;Matthews, Anthony;Matthews, Charles Matthews, Thomas;Mitchell, Samuel;Moon, Richard;Mosby, Benjamin; New, William;Owens, William;Parker, John;Pleasant, John;Pleasant, Jonathan;Pleasant, Joseph;Powell, Robin;Price, Elizabeth;Price, John (inventory);Price, Samuel;Puryear, Peter;Puryear, Thomas; Randolph, Peter;Randolph, Peyton;Randolph, Peyton, appraisement; Randolph, Richard;Randolph, Ryland;Redford, Milner;Roberson, William;Robertson, William;Rockett, Baldwin;Scheror, George; Shackleton, John;Sharpe, Henry;Sheapard, Samuel;Shepard, Joseph, inventory;Sheppard, William;Simons, John;Smith, John;Sneed, Thomas;Sneed, William;Spears, John;Thornton, Sterling;Stone, Thomas;Turman, John;Warnock, Frederick;Warriner, Richard; Warriner, Thomas, inventory;Watkins, Thomas;Watkins, Thomas Jr.; White, David;White, Elisha;White, Elisha Jr.;Whitlock, Mary; Williams, John, estate;Williams, Thomas;Williamson, John; Winston, Peter;Wise, John;Woodcock, Isaac;Wright, Patrick; Young, Judith 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Damnified Goods! - Northumberland Co. VA Wills, estates - #genealogy - #virginiapioneers.net


Damnified VesselDamnified Goods!
By Jeannette Holland Austin

The term "damnified" or "damnification" referenced vessels where merchandise had spoiled or wrecked and it became necessary to pay someone for their losses. As agents across the seas shipped perishable goods into Virginia, there was always a risk of bad weather. Typically, hurricanes were responsible for the loss of vessels and cargo, but pirates combing the West Indies and Atlantic Ocean also played a major role in spoilt cargoes. Treasure hunters have discovered that there are literally thousands of ship wrecks along the Atlantic coast. The following is from the Records of General Court, p. 146: "Judgment is granted Colonel Daniel Parke Esq. against Mr. Thomas Warren, commander of the ship Daniel in Virginia for payment of 29pds, 13sh, 2d, being for money due for goods of the said Parke damnified in the said ship in her late voyage from London, the money to be paid within 40 days upon her next arrival to England." Five other persons also suffered losses during the same voyage. Source: British State Papers, Colonial, vol. IX, No. 64. This site has attempted to publish the activities of immigrants and agents crossing into the Colony of Virginia. This information is available to members and is labeled under the designation Origins

Northumberland County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Indexes to Deeds and Orders

Burgess, Virginia Northumberland County was formed about 1645, although not authorized until 1648, rom the district of Chickacoan, the early-seventeenth-century name for the region between the Potomac and the Rappahannock rivers. Its area is 223 square miles, and the county seat is Heathsville. The population is 12,259 according to the 2000 census. Courthouse Suffered some loss in a fire in the clerk's office on 25 October 1710. Birth and Death Records from 1650-1810 are located in the St. Stephens Parish. There being no court house in Northumberland in 1658, the judges met in a house probably used as a public tavern. But it was not until five years later that the court-house construction was begun. Before that, the justices held their sessions at the residences of Colonels Richard Lee and Peter Ashton. The building was situated at Fairfield and was made of wood. Therefore, in 1680, it was necessary to build another one. Source: Northumberland County Records, vol. 1652-66, p. 188; Orders Nov. 22, 1658; March 11, 1680. Virginia Historical Tidbits. Join our free blog

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School Commission Reports
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Road Papers
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Index to Deeds and Orders
  • Page 10; 40 to 80
  • John Mattson deed
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

John Yeargain, the Eccentric - Charlotte Co. VA Wills, Estates #genealogy #virginiapioneers.net

John Yeargain
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John Yeargain, a resident of Charlottesville since about 1790, was born in a small village four miles from Hampton. From the time of his youth, he enjoyed the game of catch and keep. The object was that if anything valuable was within his grasp, he possessed it. He continued playing the game when he became an adult. As a result, he became wealthy and "sometimes boasting exhibits the first four-pence half penny that was ever in his possession." Ultimately, he shunned his neighbors and and began buying and selling whiskey, which became his primary employment. After residing in different parts of the village, he purchased a home near the court house square where he conspicuously refused to treat any one and never receives paper money. He supplied himself with water from the pump at the court house. The eccentric behavior of John Yeargain left its imprint on Charlottesville when an article appeared in the Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, dated April 4, 1829. 

Charlotte County, Virginia Genealogy, Wills, Estates


CharlottesvilleCharlotte County was formed in 1764 from Lunenburg ounty and was named for Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England. It is located in the south central part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. John Randolph and Patrick Henry were from Charlotte County and their names are found in the old will records.

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Miscellaneous
  • Franklin, Robert, LWT (1809), transcript
Digital Images of Will Book No. 1 (1765 to 1791)
Testators: Adams, William;Adkins, William;Allen, Elizabeth;Allen, Joseph;Anderson, John;Ashworth, Isaac; Barksdale, Collier; Barnes, Henry Jr.;Bedford, Stephen; Bedford, Thomas;Boulden, Thomas;Brent, John;Bunkley, Joshua; Burton, James;Caldwell, David;Cardwell, Richard;Cargill, Daniel; Carter, Christopher;Carter, John;Childers, Jeremiah;Christopher, William;Clements, Francis;Coles, James;Collier, Thomas;Comer, Elizabeth;Cunningham, James;Davenport, Jack Smith;Davis, William; Dawson, William;Dickerson, Jane;Dudgen, Richard;Dudgins, William; East, William Sr.;Edenfield, Thomas;Farrar, Charles;Fletcher, Mary;Foster, George;Francis, James;Fuqua, Elizabeth;Fuqua, Samuel;Grigg, James;Gwin, George;Haley, James;Hall, William; Hannah, John Sr.;Harra, Isabella;Harra, Michael;Harvy, Thomas Sr.;Harwood, Francis;Haskerson, John;Hays, Richard;Hendricks, Gustavus;Henry, Robert;Herndon, John;Hudson, James;Hunt, Charles; Isbell, James; Jackson, Robin;Jamison, William;Johns, John; Johns, Thomas;Johnson, William;Joyce, Thomas;Lackland, John; Lane, James;Landsman, William;Lawson, George;Lea, John; Mann, Francis;Marshall, John;Martin, Abraham;May, Daniel;May, David;May, Henry;Middleton, John;Mills, William;Mitchell, John; Morris, Joshua;Morton, Joseph;Morton, Josiah;Morton, Samuel; Mullins, John;Oliver, Joseph;Orr, James;Orr, Shadrack;Perrin, Joseph;Pettus, Dabney;Porter, James;Portman, Thomas;Pryor, Robert;Pugh, Willoughby;Read, Clement;Read, Clement (2);Read, Isaac;Read, Mary;Redman, William; Roberts, John;Rodgers, Thomas; Smith, Conrad Mercer;Smith, Robert;Spencer, James;Spencer, Sion; Stanton, John;Stowe, Joel;Stowe, Matthew;Subblet, William; Sublet, Abram;Sullivant, Owen;Taylor, John;Thompson, Sarah; Toombs, Elizabeth;Towles, Japeth;Townes, William;Watkins, William;Watson, Elizabeth;Watson, Mathew;Watts, John;Weatherford, Majer;White, John;Williams, William;Williams, William(2); Womack, William;Wood, John Sr.;Wyatt, Richard

Digital Images of Wills 1791 to 1805
Testators:Adams, James;Adkins, John;Almond, Elizabeth;Almond, Emmanuel;Baker, Theodrick;Barnes, Henry; Beasley, John Sr.;Bibb, John;Biggs, Joe Willis;Bouldin, Wood; Breedlove, John;Breedlove, Robert;Briggs, John;Brown, Burwell; Brumfield, William;Carter, George;Chisolm, William;Clark. John; Claybrook, Obediah;Collier, Benjamin;Collier, John;Crumpton, Mary;Daniel, John;Davenport, William;Davis, John;Davis, Joseph; Dudgens, Margaret;Dunn, Abner;Elliott, Richard;Epperson, Thomas; Farguson, Thomas;Finch, Adam;Foster, Thomas;Francis, Obedience; Gaines, Francis;Gaines, Richard;Gallimore, William;Gates, William;Gill, Michael;Gilliam, James;Green, John;Greenhill, Paschal;Hainey, John;Hannah, Andrew;Harley, Duke;Hart, John; Hay, John;Henry, Patrick;Herndon, Joseph;High, David;Hight, Richard;Hines, Cabel;Hitchcock, Russell;Hunt, James;Hunt, William P.;King, John Thomas;Kirsey, Thomas;Ligon, Thomas;Loggins, James; Love, John;Mann, Page;Marable, Christopher;Marshall, William; Mimms, Thomas;Moore, Richard;Moore, Samuel Sr.;Morton, Agness; Morton, John;Morton, Quin;Neale, Thomas;Neale, Thomas Sr.;North, Thomas;Oliver, Ann;Oliver, Joseph;Osborne, Amey;Packell, Robert; Pamplin, Henry;Penticost, William;Pettus, John;Price, Samuel; Price, William Sr.;Rawlins, John;Rawlins, William;Rawson, William Sr.;Read, Edmund;Read, Jonathan;Read, Thomas;Reese, Joseph;Rice, James;Rice, John;Rice, Thomas;Richardson, Mary;Robertson, Henry; Russell, John;Sandefur, John;Scott, Sarah;Scott, Thomas;Sims, Sally;Smith, James;Spencer, Thomas;Staples, William;Tarpley, James;Tarpley, William;Terry, George;Tore, John;Turner, Hezekiah; Vaughan, Abraham;Vaughan, Edward;Vaughan, Molly;Ward, John;Ward, Seth;Ward, Seth;Ward, William;Westbrook, James;Wilks, Miner; Williams, Thomas;Wood, Mary


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A Distillery - Rappahannock Co. VA Wills, Estates, Marriages - #genealogy - #virginiapioneers.net

A Distillery in Rappahannock County
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"A distillery in Rappahannock County, Virginia has tempted twelve stands from the path of honey and wax and made confirmed inebriates of them. Before the distillery was started, their owner, a woman, found the bees very profitable, but their periodic visits to the still have made them comparatively worthless." Source: The Jones Headlight, Grays Station, Georgia, Saturday, January 7, 1888. 


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Rappahannock County Court House
Rappahannock County was first founded in 1656 from part of Lancaster County. Many of the first colonists resided in the area and records exist back to the sixteen hundredths. This old county became extinct in 1692 when it was separated to form Essex and Richmnd Counties. In 1833, the Virginia General Assembly created the currently existing Rappahannock County, taking land from Culpeper County. It was named after the old Rappahannock River which separates it from Fauquier County. The county seat is Washington, Virginia.

Historical Tidbits: In 1669 Thomas Butler of Rappahannock County bound himself to deliver to George Brown, the captain of the Elizabeth of London, three hogsheads of sweet-scented tobacco belonging to the choicest portion of his crop. Brown was to carry this tobacco to England and there to dispose of it for money sterling. After having laid aside twenty-two pounds for his own use, the amount of a claim which he held against Butler for goods previously sold to him, Brown was to employ whatever remained in buying linen and woollen cloths, shoes and stockings to be conveyed to Butler in Virginia.

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(Old, Former County) Rappahannock County Records:
  • Marriages to 1699
Miscellaneous Wills
  • Butler, John Kenny, William
  • Musgrave, Michael, LWT transcript
  • Rowzie, Edward
  • Toone, James (1677), LWT, transcript
Rappahannock County Records

Indexes to Rappahannock Wills and Estates
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book A, 1833-1842
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book B, 1842-1849
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book C, 1849-1855
  • Index to Rappahannock County Wills and Estates, Book D, 1855-1866
Digital Images of (current) Rappahannock County Wills and Estates
    Wills and Estates, Book A, 1833-1842
    Testators: Adams, Easter; Amiss, Philip; Barnes, Leonard; Best, Enos; Bragg, Thomas; Broaddus, Mary; Burgess, Dawson; Butler, Charles; Butler, Elizabeth; Cannon, Reuben; Carders, George; Carn, John; Cheek, Mary; Cheek, Nancy; Conner, Margaret; Daniel, Nancy; Deatherage, George; Dodson, William; Duncan, Frederick; Duncan, George; Eastham, Bird; Farrow, William; Foley, Thomas; Fristoe, Catherine; Gan, William; Gibson, Mary; Gibson, Moses; Gray, Richard; Griffin, Thomas; Grigsby, S.; Hawkins, Nancy; Hawes, Aylette; Hayne, Sarah; Hughes, Thomas; Jeffries, John; Jeffries, Louiza; Jenkins, Elizabeth; Jenkins, Stephen; Jones, William F.; Jordan, Mary; Kemper, Edmund; Kennard, David; Kittle, Jacob; Lilliard, Clara; Lilliard, Elizabeth; Lunsford, William; Madden, Samuel; Mallard, Susanna; Menfee, James; Miller, Jacob; Miller, John; Miller, Lucy; Murdock, Godfrey; Norman, Aley; Parker, Benjamin; Payne, Frank; Poulter, Jane; Pullen, Ann; Pullen, Thomas; Randall, Francis; Robertson, Elijah; Robertson, Mitchell; Ross, Enos; Rudacilla, Philip; Sims, Reubin; Smith, Jeremiah; Smith, John; Snyder, Daniel; Tapp, Vincent; Thornton, Jane; Turner, Lewis G.; Ubz, Solomon; Waters, Landy; Willey, Edward; Willis, Charles; Withers, James Jr.; Withers, Susannah; Wood, James D.; Yates, Lucy
    Rappahannock Wills, Book B, 1842-1849
    Testators: Berkley, Elizabeth; Brandon, Ezekiel; Brown, George; Brown, William; Browning, John; Calvert, Sylvia; Cheek, George; Corder, John; Duncan, Susan; Fisher, Thomas H.; Green, George James; Green, James; Grigsby, Jane; Haddon, John R.; Hopper, Joshua; Hudson, Robert; Jenkins, Reuben; Jones, Robert; Maddon, Notley; Mason, Catherine; Menefee, Henry; Moore, Lewis Sr.; Mosingo, George; O'Bannon, Bryant; Ritenaur, David; Royston, John; Spiller, Elizabeth; Updike, Daniel; Walden, Lucy; Wood, Burwell K.; Wood, John H.
    Rappahannock County Wills, Book C, 1849-1855
    Testators: Brooke, Reuben; Brown, William P.; Browning, John; Burgess, Francis; Corley, Richard; Deal, Peter; Gibson, Betsy; Hitt, James; Holland, John; Jeffries, Moses; Jenkins, William; Jetts, Susannah; Jones, Henry; Jordan, Absalom; Lodowick, Zadock; Majors, Sarah; Morrison, John; O'Bannon, James; Paylon, John Sr.; Popham, John; Sims, Abner; Sloane, James; Smith, Caleb; Smith, William; Whitehead, Margaret; Woodard, William
    Rappahannock County Wills, Book D, 1855-1866
    Testators: Allen, Madison; Amiss, John; Amiss, Joseph; Blackwell, Sarah; Bolen, W. A.; Brady, John; Brown, Margaret; Browning, Cassandra; Cooksey, Elias; Corbin, Joseph; Corbin, William; Courgill, John; Daniel, Silas; Deal, Allen; Dearing, Alfred; Dearing, Thomas E.; Dearing, Thomas E.; Deatherage, Catharine; Deatherage, George; Dodson, Margaret; Fletcher, Peggy; Fletcher, William; Fristoe, Asenath; Hinson, James; Houghton, Benjamin; Hudson, Alexander; Huff, Isaac; Hughes, Benjamin; Jones, Moses R.; Jones, William; Kemper, Elizabeth; Lalouradair, William; Learen, Hugh; Maddox, Nolly; McQuinn, Strother; Menefee, William; Millan, Francis; Miller, Delila; Miller, Nancy; Moon, Mary; Moore, Mary; Newman, Mary; O'Bannon, Mary; Pullen, Jesse; Reid, Mark; Rollins, Thomas; Rominus, John; Silman, Landon; Sisk, Ellen; Slaughter, Reuben; Stringfellow, Benjamin; Tannehill, William; Wall, Thomas; Whitescarver, Francis; Yates, Paul 

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