By Jeannette Holland Austin
As strange as it may sound, planters raised horses, cattle and sheep during the 18th century. John Ellis owned 600 acres in Amelia County, which lands adjoined Hardaway Wade, Finney and Samuel Smith. Part of this land bordered on the corner of Hampton Wade near Jacks branch. Also, there were 138 acres of land on both sides of the Nottoway River, which included the mill. This description of the location of the plantation was written by John Ellis and incorporated into his last will and testament in 1762. The genealogist can usually achieve some success in finding the homeplace simply by reviewing the tax digests and observing adjoining neighbors and waterways. The eariest deeds (if they survived) were quite vague in the use of chains and measures. Another popular marker were slashes upon certain trees, creeks, forests and the like.
Nottoway River in Amelia County
County and Probate Records to Help you Find your Virginia Ancestors