- [S13] A List of Immigrants who applied for Naturalization Papers in Dist. Cts. of Allegheny Co., PA 1798-1840.
- [S14] Lilly H. Landrum, Marriage Book 2: 11, Kenton Co. Ct. House.
- [S15] History of McKean, Elk, Cameror and Potter Co., PA.
- [S22] McCord, History of Columbiana Co OH (Biographical Publ 1905), unknown cd.
- [S32] Reminiscences.
- [S35] Lendrum-Blakely, Laura Glass, Belleair Florida (1998).
- [S36] Obituary, Misc articles, (various dates).
- [S77] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S78] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S79] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S176] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
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- [S229] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S246] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S265] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S266] Unknown subject.
- [S267] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S272] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S293] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S294] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S332] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S339] Unknown subject, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
- [S374] The Woods Family.
- [S457] Charles J. Schaut, Early St. Marys and Some of Its People (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date). Hereinafter cited as Early St. Marys.
- [S460] John Basse Surmon Book (London: n.pub., 1616). Hereinafter cited as Basse Sermon Book.
- [S461] Helen Haverty King, Historic Isle of Wight (n.p.: n.pub., 1993). Hereinafter cited as Isle of Wight.
- [S469] Williams and Griffin, compiler, Abstracts of the Wills of Edgecomb Co., NC 1733-1856 (n.p.: n.pub.). HEREINAFTER CITED AS Wills Edgecomb NC.
- [S476] Blanche Adams Chapman, compiler, Wills and Administration of Isle of Wight County Virginia 1647-1800 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1938 reprint 1975). Hereinafter cited as Isle of Wight Wills.
- [S477] John Bennett Boddie, editor, Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight County Virginia (n.p.: n.pub., 1938). Hereinafter cited as 17th Century Isle of Wight.
- [S496] Kay Ryan, "Correspondence with Kay Ryan - 2000 and printed copy of Kay Ryan's genealogy in MVW file.," e-mail message from unknown author e-mail (unknown address) to Laura Woodrough Glass, 2000. Hereinafter cited as "Kay Ryan to LWG."
- [S511] Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdioces of St. Louis. (http://stlcathcem.com/iSearch.aspx: n.pub., 2003). Hereinafter cited as St. Louis Cem.
- [S527] 17th Century Colonial Ancestors . Hereinafter cited as Colonial Ancestors.
- [S528] Hotten, Original Lists of Persons of Quality - 1600 to 1700 (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date).
- [S529] Adventurers of Purse and Person to Virginia 1607-1624 . Hereinafter cited as Adventurers of Purse.
- [S530] Cavaliers and Pioneers - Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666. Hereinafter cited as Abstracts of Virginia.
- [S541] Glenn H. Waight, "An "Old Timer"," East Liverpool Historical Society Newsletter (July 2000). Hereinafter cited as "East Liverpool H. S."
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- [S551] William Lindsay Hopkins, compiler, Isle of Wight County Virginia Deeds 1647-1719 Court Orders 1693-1695 and Guardian Accounts 1740-1767 (Athens, Georgia: Iberian Publishing, 1993). Hereinafter cited as Isle of Wight.
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Isle of Wight County Records
William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vo., 7, No. 4
Apr., 1899). pp. 205-315.
WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE
Quarterly Historical Magazine
Vol. VII. April, 1899. No. 4
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS
THE first occupants of this county known to history were the
Warrascoyack Indians. Their village was seated somewhere on
Burwell's Bay, on James river, and their territory extended some
five miles along the shore and twenty miles inland. Their
fighting strength amounted to forty warriors. They were visited
by John Smith in the summer of 1608, and fourteen bushels of
corn were supplied by them to the famishing colonists at James-
town. When Smith and his party set out in December, 1608, to
visit Powhatan at Werewocomoco, on the York, they spent their
first night at Warrascoyack. Here they left Michael Sicklemore,
a valiant soldier, whom the Indian king promised to furnish with
guides to search the country about Roanoke Island for the lost
colony of Sir Walter Raleigh, and Samuel Collier, a boy, who was
to learn the Indian language. The chief warned Smith to be on
his guard against Powhatan, and acted in good faith towards
Sicklemore(1) and Collier.(2)
The first English settlement in Isle of Wight county
was begun by Capt. Christopher Lawne and his associates,
Sir Richard Worsley, knight baronet; Nathaniel Basse, gent.,
John Hobson, gent., Anthony Olevan, Richard Wiseman, Robt.
Newland, Robert Gyner, and William Wellis. On April 27,
1619, Capt. Lawne arrived in person at Jamestown, with one
hundred settlers, in a ship commanded by Capt. Evans. They
(1) Sicklemore was furnished with two guides, penetrated to the Roa-
noke, but found no trace of the lost colony.
(2) Samuel Collier became proficient in the Indian language, and was
accidently killed by a white sentinel at Kecaughtan (Hampton) in 1622.
206 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
settled near the mouth of a creek on the south side, still known
as Lawne's creek. This creek, whose name is sometimes written
"Lyon's Creek," was made the dividing line between the counties
of Surry and Isle of Wight, as early as 1642.
Capt. Lawne and Ensign Washer represented the settlement
in the first House of Burgesses, which met at Jamestown July
30, 1619. All new settlements are unhealthy, and terrible
mortality prevailed among these settlers. Capt. Lawne soon
died, and on November 30, 1620, the London Company ordered
that "in regard of the late mortality of the persons transported
heretofore by the late Capt. Lawne, his associates be granted till
midsummer, 1625, to make up the number of persons which they
were disposed to bring over." They also declared that the plan-
tation was to be henceforth called "Isle of Wight plantation" -- a
name, however, not in use till many years later. It was derived
very probably from the place of residence, in England, of the
principal patentees. One of them was certainly from Isle of
Wight, viz., Sir Richard Worsley, probably the Richar Worley,
gent., who went to Virginia in 1608. He was knighted at White
Hall February 8, 1611.
On November 21, 1621, Edward Bennett, a rich merchant of
London, obtained a patent for a plantation conditioned on
settling two hundred emigrants. His associates in the patent
were his brother, Robert Bennett, and nephew, Richard Bennett,
Thomas Ayres,(1) Thomas Wiseman, and Richard Wiseman. And
in February, 1622, the Sea Flower arrived with one hundred and
twenty settlers, headed by Capt. Ralph Hamor, one of the
council; Rev. William Bennett and George Harrison, kinsmen
of Edward Bennett, and connected with him in his colonization
scheme. Their place of settlement was called "Warrascoyack,"
and sometimes "Edward Bennett's plantation."
On the day this patent was awarded, Arthur Swain, Capt.
Nathaniel Basse and others undertook to establish another plan-
tation in the same neighborhood. Capt. Basse came over in
person, and his plantation was known as "Basse's Choice," and
was situated on Warrascoyack river.
(1) Many of the kinsmen of Thomas Ayers, doubtless, came to Virginia.
In Lower Norfolk County records we learn that "John Custis married
the relict of Robert Eyres, dec'd" (1652, Feb. 16), and that "Sam. Chew,
of Herrington, in Maryland, Esq.," married Anne, "daughter and sole
heir of William Ayres, late of Nancemond" (12 Sept., 1672).
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 207
The houses were building, when, in March, 1622, occurred the
great massacre by the Indians. In the course of a very few hours
one-fourth of the white population perished. The mortality in
the plantations in Warrascoyack reached a total of fifty-three.
Some miraculous escapes are recorded. The Indians came to
one Baldwin's house and wounded his wife, but Baldwin, by
repeatedly firing his gun so frightened them as "to save both her,
his house, himself and divers others." At about the same time
they appeared at the house of Master Harrison, half a mile from
Baldwin's, where was staying Thomas Hamor, brother of Capt.
Ralph Hamor, who also lived near by. The Indians pretended
that they came to escort the captain to their king, who was hunt-
ing in the woods. The message was sent to the captain, but, he not
coming as they expected, they set fire to a tobacco house, and
murdered the white people as they rushed out of Harrison's
building in order to quench the flames. Many were killed, but
Thomas Hamor was saved by a chance delay. He remained to
finish a letter, which he was engaged in writing. After con-
cluding the letter, he went out, but seeing the commotion, and
receiving an arrow in his back, he returned and barricaded the
house. Then the savages set the house on fire, whereupon
Hamor, with twenty-two others, fled to Baldwin's house, leaving
their own burning.
In the meantime, Capt. Ralph Hamor was in utmost peril.
He was on his way to meet the king, who had invited him, and
came upon the savages chasing some of the whites. He returned
to his new house, where, armed with only spades, axes, and brick-
bats, he and his company defended themselves till the enemy gave
up the seige and departed. At the house of Capt. Basse, however,
in the same neighborhood, everybody was slain. Basse, who was
in England at the time, escaped.
The consternation occasioned by the massacre was such that
the determination was taken to abandon all the plantations but
seven or eight, viz., Jamestown, the settlements on the opposite
side of the river (in Surry), Kecaughtan, Newports News,
Southampton Hundred (including Hog Island), Flowerdieu
Hundred, Sherly Hundred, and the plantation of Mr. Samuel
Jordan, at Jordan's Point. All Warrascoyack, from Hog Island
down the river shore for fourteen miles, was abandoned. But
vigorous efforst were made by the authorities to dislodge the
Indians from the locality. In the fall succeeding the massacre
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an expedition was sent out under the command of Sir George
Yeardley against the savages down the river. He drove out the
Nansemonds and Warrascoyacks, burned their houses, and took
On May 21, 1623, a commission was given to Capt. Roger
Smith, who had served twelve or thirteen years in the wars in
the Netherlands, to erect a fort on the shore opposite to Tindall's
Shoals, where Capt. Samuel Each had a block-house in building.
In the summer of 1623 the governor sent companies in all
directions against the Indians. Capt. William Tucker, of Ke-
caughtan (Hampton), commanded the expedition against the
Nansemonds and Warrascoyacks. On the same day, August 2,
1623, all of these commands fell upon the Indians, slaughtered
many, cut down their corn, and burnt their houses. A week
after, Capt. Tucker went down a second time against the Nanse-
monds. The proprietors of the abandoned settlements took heart
and were allowed to return to them. The census of February 6,
1623-'24, showed as then living at "Warwicke Squeake" and
"Basse's Choice" fifty-three persons; twenty-six had died "since
April last." Disease, in fact, proved more destructive to the set-
elrs than everything else combined. Four-fifths of the colonists,
including the new emigrants who arrived, died from this cause in
the interval between 1619 and 1625. The census of 1624-'25
showed but thirty-one persons alive at Warrascoyack and Basse's
Choice. Among those who had died were Mr. Robert Bennett
(brother of Edward Bennett), who had come to the colony, and
the first minister, Mr. William Bennett, doubtless one of the same
After 1625 the colony took a new and more prosperous turn,
Richard Bennett and his brother, Philip Bennet, came over also
to see about the interests of their uncle, Edward, and their own
interests. Capt. John Hobson now arrived, and Basse, Richard
Bennett and Hobson were made members of the council. In 1624
the representative from "Basse's Choice" was John Pollington. In
1629 Warrascoycak (which term came to embrace Basse's Choice
and all the other settlements in the Isle of Wight) were Capt.
Nathaniel Basse, Richard Bennett, Robert Savin and Thomas
Jordan. In March following, they were John Upton, John
Atkins, Robert Savin and Thomas Burges. In September, 1632,
they were Thomas Jordan and William Hutchinson. In Feb-
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 209
ruary, 1632-'33, they were John Upton and Robert Savin. All
freemen had the right of suffrage till 1671.
In 1634, the plantations in Virginia were divided into eight
counties, and "Warrascoyack" was one of these. In 1635 the
census showed five hundred and twenty-two persons in the
county. In 1658 the tithables amounted to six hundred and
seventy-three, which indicated a population of two thousand and
nineteen. In 1637 the name of the county was changed to Isle
of Wight. The same year the county of New Norfolk was formed
out of Elizabeth City county, which extended on both sides of the
river. New Norfolk being divided soon into Lower and Upper
Norfolk (Nansemond) counties, acts were passed in 1639-'40
and 1642-'43 to determine their respective boundaries. Isle of
Wight county was declared to begin at Lawne's Creek, from
thence down the river to the plantation of Richard Hayes, for-
merly belonging to John Howard, including the said plantation,
from thence to extend into the woods southerly to the plantation
of William Norvell and Robert Pitt, including the said planta-
tions and families. In 1656, the inhabitants of Terrascoe Neck
and the "Ragged Islands," formerly in Nansemond, were added
to Isle of Wight. Finally, in 1674, "to settle the long disputes
which had arisen between the inhabitants of Isle of Wight and of
Nansemond," because of the uncertainty attending the true
courses of the dividing creeks and branches, the General As-
sembly enacted that "a southwest by south line be run from the
river side at Hayes' plantation (including that plantation in Isle
of Wight) to the creek at or near the plantation called Norvell's
Oyster Bank, thence up the creek to Col. Pitt's Creek, thence
southwest half a point westerly indefinitely extended, provided,
nevertheless, that the house and cleared grounds of Capt. Thomas
Godwin, who hath been an ancient inhabitant of Nansemond
county, be deemed in the county of Nansemond, anything in this
act to the contrary notwithstanding." Till March, 1642-'43, the
county had but one parish. Rev. Thomas Faulkner was the
minister. In that year, it was divided into two, known as the
Upper and Lower Parishes, the former extending from Lawne's
Creek to the creek on the eastern side of the bay (Pagan's),
dividing the plantations of Samuel Davis and Joseph Cobbs, and
the latter from Pagan's Point, upon the bay, including all the
southerly side of the main river.
In 1680, Mr. Robert Parke was minister in the Upper parish,
210 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY
and Mr. William Hodsden minister in the Lower. In 1700-1719,
Rev. Andrew Monro was minister of the Upper parish. In 1724,
Rev. Alexander Forbes, who came to Virginia in 1710, was min-
ister of the Upper parish. He described it as extending on the
river twenty-one miles (?), and reaching back sixty miles to the
North Carolina line. The number of assessed persons was then
seven hundred. The value of his living was L80 currency, or L65
sterling, paid with sixteen thousand pounds of tobacco, "which
in this parish very often doth not produce half that sum." There
were then private schools in the parish -- no public. In the same
year Thomas Baylie was minister of the Lower parish. He was
formerly minister of St. John's church, Baltimore county, Md.,
and came to Virginia in 1719. His conduct was drunkenly and
disorderly; quite a contrast to his colleage -- Alexander Forbes.
He described his parish as eight miles on the river side and
twenty (?) in breadth. It had four hundred families. He offi-
ciated at the mother church, and at the chapel, nineteen miles
from the former, as well as at Chuckatuck, in Nanesemond
county. His church was decently provided with furniture, but
it had no font, and he had no surplice. His salary was from L50
to L70, according to the rise or fall of tobacco, in which he was
paid. There were in this parish four small public shools, taught
by a Mr. Hurst, Mr. Irons, Mr. Gills and Mr. Reynolds.
In 1725-'26, Rev. Mr. Barlow was minister of the Upper
parish, then in 1729 Rev. John Gammill was minister. In 1734,
the Legislature erected into a separate parish all the country
south of the Black Water river, and called it Nottoway parish,
and this parish was made into Southampton county in 1748.
Such parts of the parishes of "Warwick Squeak" (Upper parish)
and Newport as were north of the Black Water were formed into
one, and named "Newport parish." In 1736, William Bidgood
was clerk of the Upper church, and Joseph Weston clerk of the
"Brick church," which seems to show that the present St. Luke's,
near Smithfield, was originally in the Lower parish. Rev. John
Camm (afterwards President of William and Mary College) suc-
ceeded Rev. John Gammill in 1745, and then followed Rev. John
Reid from March 8, 1746, to April, 1757; Rev. Mr. Milner from
February, 1766, to May 3, 1770; Rev. Henry John Burges(1) from
(1) In the churchyard at Williamsburg is a tombstone to the memory
of "Ann Burges, wife of Rev. Henry John Burges, of Isle of Wight, who
died Dec. 25, 1771, in giving birth to an infant daughter."
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 211
1773 to 1776; Rev. William Hubard, who died on the Glebe in
1802; Rev. Samuel Butler, who officiated occasionally in 1780,
and Rev. William G. H. Jones, who officiated from 1826 to 1832.
To this list of ministers might be added the names of Robert
Bracewell, who died in Isle of Wight about 1667, and of Robert
Dunster, who died in 1656.
The Southside counties had many dissenters among their
population. Col. Byrd attributed the fact to the low grade of
tobaco grown in those counties, which rendered the support of a
competent clergy difficult and precarious. At an early day a con-
siderable Puritan party developed, at the head of whom were the
brothers, Richard and Philip Bennett, who had settled in Nanse-
mond county. Upon their invitation New England sent to Vir-
ginia three Congregational ministers, but Governor Berkeley
gave them a dose of the medicine, which they had long been ad-
ministering to Episcopalians in their own country. He banished
them from the colony, and got the Legislature to enact a law
against all non-conformists. The consequence of this ill-advised
policy was that there was a considerable emigration to Maryland.
From Lower Norfolk county William Durand and Dr. Thomas
Harrison, who were in charge of the churches there, carried off
quite a number of prominent families -- Lloyds, Marshes, Pres-
tons, etc. They settled along the river Severn, in Maryland, and,
after the Puritan spirit, soon tried to dictate to Lord Baltimore.
Richard Bennett, however, though obtaining large tracts of
land in Maryland, lived most of his life and died in Nansemond,
managing to keep in some sort of conformity with the Church of
England, for Puritanism did not necessarily mean Congrega-
tionalism, or severance from the Church. His grandson, Richard
Bennett, was the richest man in Maryland. His uncle, Edward
Bennett, of London, left two daughters, one of whom, Mary,
married, first, Thomas Bland, of London; second, Luke Cropley.
The other, Silvestra, married Major Nicholas Hill, who came to
Virginia, and was one of the leading men of Isle of Wight
county. Mary, a daughter of the first-named daughter, Mary
Bland-Cropley, married James Day of Isle of Wight, Va., and
Mary, a daughter of Silvestra Hill, the other daughter of Edward
Bennett, married John Jennings, son of the clerk of the same
After the restoration of King Charles II, the Quakers had a
strong following, especially in the Upper parish. William Ed-
212 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY
mundson, a friend of George Fox, visited this neighborhood in
1671, and met General Richard Bennett, "who," he said, "re-
ceived the truth and died in the same, leaving two friends his
executors." The able lawyer and preacher, Thomas Story, of
Philadelphia, came in 1699 and 1705, and held many "open and
comfortable meetings" in this and other parts of Virginia, viz.,
at Edward Thomas' house on Queen Creek, York county; at
Daniel Akehurst's and Thomas Cary's, on Warwick river; at
Robert Perkins', at Martin's Hundred; at John Bates', at
Skimeno, York county, and at Chuckatuck, where he met with
"his ancient friend,' Elizabeth Webb, of Gloucestershire, Eng-
land, and John Copeland, who at his request showed him his
mutilated right ear, being "one of the first of those who had
their ears cut by the Presbyterians, or Independents, of New
England."(1) There was a yearly meeting at "Levy Neck" (still
known by that name), and the chief Quakers were Dr. John
Grove, William Bressy, and Thomas Jordan.
Col. Joseph Bridger, Major Thomas Taberer, and General
Richard Bennett, and many others of the leading men sympa-
thized with the Quakers, and while the Quakers were sometimes
fined for non-conformity, they had their own meeting-houses and
practically their own way. After 1699 their houses were regu-
larly licensed, and there is in the Gazette for 1736 an address
signed by the leading Quakers of the Colony in which they admit
they had nothing to complain of except their being taxed to
support the State, or Episcopal Church.
In their address to Lord Botetourt in 1768 they spoke of the
"particular indulgence and protection they had enjoyed during
the reign of King George III.," which had impressed their minds
"with the warmest sense of duty and gratitude."
The records which follow show that the emigrants to Isle of
Wight were largely people from Bristol, where, in the civil wars,
the Cavaliers were very strong. For attempting to surrender
that place to Prince Rupert in 1643, Robert Yeamans and Henry
Boucher lost their lives. The former's son, Sir John, emigrated
to Barbadoes, and subsequently established a colony in South
Carolina. Sir John's nephew, Joseph Woory, lived and died in
Isle of Wight county. In 1666, Woory accompanied Robert San-
ford on a voyage of discovery along the coast of Carolina.
(1) Friends' Library.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 213
In 1653, soon after Virginia yielded to the authority of the
Parliament, the two representatives from the Isle of Wight, John
Hammond and James Pyland, were expelled from the House of
Burgesses -- the one because of his "scandalous" character, and
"being a frequent disturber of the peace of the country," and the
other because of his "abetting Thomas Woodward," a noted
loyalist, in his "mutinous and rebellious declaration" against the
Parliament. John Hammond, really a fine character, removed
to Maryland, where he was a friend of Lord Baltimore, and was
the author of "Leah and Rachell," a most interesting tract on the
relations of Virginia and Maryland. Woodward, for whom
Pyland suffered, had been assay-master of the mint to Charles I.,
patented in Isle of Wight and in 1665 was appointed the first
surveyor of the Province of North Carolina. He appears to have
had at least two sons, John Woodward, who died in England, and
Thomas, of Virginia.
In 1667, the fleet of merchant ships from Bristol, which
traded with the Southside, was suddenly attacked at the mouth
of the Elizabeth river by four Dutch men of war, and twenty of
the vessels were destroyed. The damage would have been greater,
had not Major-General Bennett, in command of the Southside
counties, arrived on the scene, and driven off the invaders.
In 1671, the Dutch came again, with further disastrous re-
sults, to the Bristol ships, which, however, were revenged in the
end in the seizure of New York by the English.
In Bacon's Rebellion (1676) Isle of Wight was the scene of
constant foray. Col. Joseph Bridger(1) headed the followers of
Berkeley, and John Jennings, clerk of the court, was the most
noted of Bacon's adherents. He was banished from the colony.
but died before the decree could be carried into effect.
Among the interesting places, the plantation of Edward Ben-
nett deserves notice. His personal share of land appears to
have been fifteen hundred acres of land, and by a deed recorded
in the secretary's office, dated April 8, 1663, this land was divided
between his daughters, Silvestra, the wife of Major Nicholas
Hill, and Mary, the wife of Thomas Bland. Silvestra's share
(1) Sir John Berry names among the eminent sufferers by Bacon's
Rebellion Col. Joseph Bridger, "a very Resolute gentleman, who, though
forced to fly in the heat of war from his own countrie, yet on his Return
was very Active and Instrumental in reducing to their obedience the
South parte of James River," &c.
214 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY
was the upper moiety, and began at a locust post on the river side,
and ran for length three hundred and twenty poles southwest
into the woods, and for breadth three hundred and seventy-five
poles up the river to a marked tree in a valley near a place called
"The Rocks" (still known as such). Mary's share was the lower
moiety. It began at the locust post on the river side, ran down
the river by Felgate's Island, and bounded on Pollington's Point
(Day's Point?), three lines of Peter Hull's land to a branch of
Hutchinson's Creek. Maj. Hill, in 1674, left this land to his son,
George Hill, after the death of his wife, Silvestra. Silvestra
Hill by her will left 550 acres of this land to Mary Baker, wife of
Major Henry Baker.
Col. Nathaniel Bacon, Sen., had a plantation near by, which
fell to his heiress, Abigail Smith, who married Major Lewis Bur-
well, of Gloucester county. By degrees the Burwells absorbed
much of the land in the neighborhood. In the Virginia Gazette,
about the latter part of the last century, is an advertisement,
which describes the Burwell estate as "ten miles below Hog
Island, containing thirty-five hundred acres, whereon are three
plantations, cleared and in good order for cropping, sufficient to
work thirty-five hands. On the Manor plantation is a handsome
brick house, sixty by twenty-six feet, two stories high, well fin-
ished and wainscoated, with two brick houses forty feet by twenty,
barns, stables and every other necessary house, a handsome
garden completely laid off, a hundred and five yards by seventy-
five. On the three plantations there are about seventeen hundred
apple trees, and a great variety of other fruit. Near the said
land is a tract containing eighty-five acres, with a well-accus-
tomed mill thereon, and as fine a stream as any in Virginia".
"Basse's Choce" originally called for three hundred acres,
but its acreage was really four hundred, of which two hundred
and fifty acres was marsh land. Mr. Peter Knight, who may
have married one of Basse's daughters, patented one hundred and
fifty acres of the same in 1640, and two hundred and fifty-five in
1643. It was situated on the east side of Pagan Bay. Peter
Knight sold the tract to John Bland, the eminent London mer-
chant, and in 1659-'60 the General Assembly ordered Mr. Wil-
liam Drummond as agent of "the coheirs of Basse" to pay Theod-
orick Bland, of Westover, brother and agent of John Bland,
twenty-five hundred pounds of tobacco damages awarded in some
suit probably affecting this land. In 1675, Giles Bland, son and
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 215
agent of John Bland, sold "Basse's Choice" to Major Thomas
Taberer; and Sarah Bland, wife of John, relinquished her dower.
In a patent to Taberer in 1681, it was described as "beginning at
ye mouth of Polentine (Pollington) (1) swamp, which divides ye sd
Taberer's land from ye land of Mr. James Day, thence up the said
swamp north 32 degrees west, 80 poles to a locust saplin in John
Munger's line, then by Munger's south west 92 poles to a white
oak near ye head of a small gutt, thence down ye sd gutt south 25
degrees westerly 60 poles to Hutchinson's (2) creek, and thence by
various courses down ye sd creek and ye Crosse creek to ye Maine
Pagan creeke, then northeast by ye Maine creek side 120 poles to
ye mouth of said Taberer's own creeke, then up that creek and
Jones' hole creek to a locust post in ye marsh, and then north 53
degrees west 40 poles to ye first station."
Major Taberer left the estate to his grandson, Joseph Cope-
land, probably a relative of John Copeland visited by Thomas
Story. "Warrascoyack River" was changed to "New Town
Haven Creek," thence to "Pagan Creek," "Pagan" being orig-
inally the name of a point of land.
Smithfield was laid out in 1752 by Col. Arthur Smith; and
Robert Burwell, Arthur Smith, William Hodsden, James Baker,
James Dunlop, James Arthur and Joseph Bridger were the first
Among the more interesting personages, besides those already
mentioned may be named Capt. John Upton, who came to
Virginia in 1622, aged twenty-six, and served as a member of the
House of Burgesses, and as Mint Master General; Capt. John
Moon, Henry King and Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, all three of whom
established free schools; Col. Robert Pitt, of Bristol, a member
of the council; Col. James Powell, Major George Fawdon,
Lt.-Col. John George, Major Henry Baker, Major Nicholas
Smith and George Hardy.
The value of real estate in Isle of Wight for 1895 was $1,457,-
043; value of personalty, $498,420; number of white inhabi-
tants, 6,130; colored 5,183. The soil is generally sandy and
(1) Feb. 16, 1623-'24, John Pollentin, Rachel Pollentin, and Margaret
Pollentin were resident at Warricksqueake. In 1626, John Pollington
is names has having a patent for 600 acres in Isle of Wight, not not loca-
ted. In 1624, he was a delegate for Basse's Choice.
(2) William Hutchinson, in 1624-'25, was living at Elizabeth City. He
came in 1618. In 1632 he represented Warrascoyack in the House of
216 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY
thin, but in some parts exceedingly rich. Smithfield has a popu-
lation of about 1200, and does a large business. It has long been
celebrated for its "hams", which commanded the highest price in
the market. Windsor, a station on the Norfolk & Western Rail-
road, is a place of some importance. The courthouse is about
eight miles from Windsor, and seven miles from Smithfield. Isle
Of Wight has an area of two hundred and ninety-two and one-
third square miles, and the land has an average assessed value of
$7.50 per acre.
MASSACRED BY THE INDIANS ON GOOD FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 1622.
TOTAL KILLED IN VIRGINIA, 347, OUT OF A POPULA-
TION OF 1,240
KILLED AT MR. EDWARD BENNETT'S PLANTATION.
Master Th. Brewood, his wife, his childe, Robert Gray, John
Griffin, Ensigne Harrison, John Costard, David Barry, Thomas
Sheppard, Henry Price, Robert ---------, Edward Jolby, Richard
----------, 2 servants, Thomas Ferris, George Cole, Remember Michel,
---------- Bullocke, Richard Chandler, Henry Moore, Nicholas Hunt,
John Corderoy, Richard Cockwell, John Howard, Mistris Har-
rison, Mary Dawks, Alice Jones, Thomas Cooke, Philip Worth,
Mathew, a maid, Francis Winder, Thomas Conly, Richard Wood-
ward, Humfrey Cropen, Thomas Bacon, Euan Watkins, Richard
Lewis, Edward Towse, John Scotchmore, Edward Turner, Mr.
John Pountis his men, Edward Brewster, Lieutenant Pierce his
men, Thomas Holland, Capt. Whittaker's man, Annie English,
Rebecca ----------, Master Prowse, Hugh ----------, John ----------, Edward
----------, Mistris Chamberlin, Parnel, a maid, Humfrey Sherbrooke,
John Wilkins, John Burton. -- Total, 53.
A LIST OF NAMES OF THE LIVING IN VIRGINIA FEBRUARY
THE 16, 1624, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TOTAL, 1,170
AT WARWICK SQUEAK.
John Batt, Henry Pinffe, Wassell Weblin, Anthony Read,
Frances Woodson, Henry Phillips, Peter Collins, Chr. Reinold's,
Edward Mabin, John Maldman, Thomas Collins, George Rush-
more, Thomas Spencer, George Clarke, Rich. Bartlett, Francs
Banks, John Jenkins, Thomas Jones, William Denham; Peter,
Anthony, Fransc, Margrett, netros; John Bennett, Nicholas
Skinner, John Atkins, John Pollentin, Rachel Pollentine, Mar-
grett Pollentin, Mary, a maid, Henry Woodward, Thomas
Sawyer, Thomas, a boye. -- Total 33, including 4 negroes.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS. 217
AT BASSE CHOISE.
Capt. Nathaniel Basse, Samuell Basse, Benjamine Simes,
Thomas Sherwood, Benjamine Handcleare, William Barnard,
John Shelly, Nathaniell Moper, Natha. Gammon, Margrett
Giles, Richard Longe, vx Longe, infans Longe, Richard Evans,
William Newman, John Army, Peter Langden, Henry, Andrew
Rawley, Petter. -- Total, 20
MUSTER OF THE INHABITANTS IN VIRGINIA. TAKEN IN 1625.
TOTAL, 1,095. THE MUSTER OF THE INHABITANTS
AT WARISCOYACK, TAKEN THE 7TH OF
The Muster of Mr. Edward Bennett's Servants.
Henry Pinke came in the London Marchannt 1619, John
Bate in the Addam 1621, Peter Collins in the Addam 1621,
Wassell Webbling, Antonio, a negro, in the James 1621, Christo-
pher Reynold's, Luke Chappman, Edward Maybank, in the John
& Grancis 1622, John Attkins, William Denum, Francis Banks,
in the Guifte 1623, Mary, a negro woman, in the Margrett &
A MUSTER OF THE INHABITANTS OF BASSE CHOYSE.
Capt. Nathaniell Basse his Muster.
Nathaniell Basse, aged 35, in the Furtherance 1622.
William Barnard, aged 21, in the Furtherance 1622.
Edward Wigge, aged 22, in the Abigall 1621.
The Muster of Thomas Phillipes.
Thomas Phillipes, aged 26, in the William and Thomas 1618.
Elizabeth Phillipes, aged 23, in the Sea Flower 1621/
The Muster of Thomas Bennett.
Thomas Bennett, aged 38, in the Neptune 1618.
Mary Bennett, aged 18, in the Southampton 1622.
Roger Heford, aged 22, in the Returne 1623.
Benjamine Simes,(1), aged 33 in the ---------.
(1) Benjamine Syms afterwards settled in Elizabeth City Co., and by his
will in 1634 provided for the first free school in America. The funds
are still used to conduct the High School in Hampton.
218 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY
Richard Longe(Lawne ?) His Muster
Richard Longe, aged 33, in the ---------.
Alice Longe, aged 23, in the London Marchant 1620.
Robert Longe, a child borne in Virginia.
Richard Evand's His Muster
Richard Evand's, aged 35. in the Neptune 1618.
William Newman His Muster.
William Newman, aged 35, in the Furtherance 1622.
John Army, aged 35, in the Furtherance 1622.
Henrie Woodward His Muster.
Henrie Woodward, aged 30, in the ------.
John Browninge, aged 22, in the Abigall 1621.
Ambrose, aged 25, in the Marmiducke 1621.
Peeter, aged 19, in the Margett and John 1620.
Total muster living at Basse's and Warrascoyack, 31.
A LIST OF THE DEAD IN WARISCOYACKE 1624 (25).
John Selley, Nathaniell Haukworth [or Hankworth],
Thomas Sherwoud, Benjamin Handcleare, Margrett Synes;
Nathaniell, Thomas, servants; of Mr. Bennett's men slayne by the
PATENTS GRANTED, ETC., 1626. (1)
Warosquoiacke Plantation contayneing downe ward's from
Hog Island xiiijteen miles by the River side, in weh are these
patents following, vizt.:
John Carter, 100 acres,
Christopher Daniel, 100,
Adam Dixson, 100,
John Berry, 100,
Thomas Winter, 100 By Pattent.
John Pollington, 600
Thomas Poole, 100,
Anthony Barham,(2) 100,
Capt. Natha. Basse, 300, planted,
Giles Jones, 150, planted,
(1) From Hotten's "Lists of Emigrants to America."
(2) Anthony Barham was member of House of Burgesses for Mulberry
Island, March, 1629-'30. An abstract of his will has been published in
the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Among other
legatees are his mother Bennett, and brother-in-law, Richard Bennett.
Charles Barham was justice of Surry county about 1674. See Virginia
Magazine, Vol. III, p. 278.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 219
ABSTRACTS OF IMPORTANT DEEDS, WILLS AND ORDERS, ON
RECORD IN CLERK'S OFFICE OF ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY.
1. Deed and Will Book, transcribed from the old records in
1733 by James Baker, Clerk.
Will of Timothy Fern X mark, dated this last of January,
1651: 200 acres to eldest son, 100 to youngest son; my wife to
have the use of the 300 acres, till sons of age; mentions a daughter;
lands in Rappahannock to the 3 children; one steer for my
funeral; friends Daniel Boucher and John Munger overseers of
Justinian Cooper to Alice Bennett, widow, 150 acres for a
cow, calf and one bbl. of corn. 19 Charles I.
Will of Roger Bagnall X mark, Oct. 19, 1647: Land and
personalty; names wife Rebecca and son James; cows, corn,
Will of Richard Death, dated March 3, 1647: Realty and
Will of Edward Welmoth, dated Feb. 15, 1647: Names wife
Annis, dau. Francis, son John; John Jackson and George Cor-
Capt. John Upton, for love and affection, to Christopher
Benn (cooper), 50 acres.
Will of Anthony Jones, dated Aug. 16, 1649: Legacy to
brother William Jones, if he comes to this country; dau. in-law
Ann Smith, the plantation I know live on; sister Catherine Jones
5L sterl.; Thomas and John Smith 2000 acres on The Black-
water, as recorded at Jamestown; wife Ann sole and whole exor.
Witnesses: Robert Watson, Edwd Chetwyne, Thomas Braser.
Will of Edward Chetwyne, dated Sept. 7, 1649: Legatees
James House, Thomas Attwell, Christopher Holms, John Young,
Robert Watson, Henry Pitt, John Inglish, Nicholas Aldred, Mrs.
Anne Jones, and all her children; Robert Watson and Henry
Pitt, exors. Witnesses: Thomas Brook, and Gulielm. Ruffin.
Will of Wm. Jewry, dated June 1, 1651: Legatees, Elizabeth
Penny, dau. of Richard Penny, Robert Ruffin, son of Wm. Ruffin,
John Arran, son of John Arran. Witnesses, Richard Penny,
R. P. [his mark], William Ruffin X R. [mark], William West-
WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
Will of Robert Watson, dated Nov., 6, 1651: Names wife and
brothers John and James.
Will of John Vasser, dated Jan'y 16, 1650: "I, John Vasser,
the unprofitable servant of God," etc.: Mr. James Pyland and
Thomas Walter overseers; children, John Vasser (eldest son),
Mildred, Peter and Ann Vasser, eldest dau. Elizabeth Vasser.
Witnesses, John Lewis, Richard Ames, Thomas Walter.
Will of John Valentine, planter, X mark: Names eldest
son James, duas. Ann and Elizabeth, wife Elizabeth.
Will of John Stiles X mark, Oct. 26, 1652: 200 a. and per-
sonalty to son John; godson John Murry; gaddau. Elizabeth
Johnson; goddau. Joane Maddin; wife Elizabeth Stiles; friend
Humphrey Clark overseer of will.
Deed of Capt. John Vpton and Margaret his wife, M. V., X
Will of Capt. John Vpton, dated 16 Jan., 1651 -- proved Dec.
16, 1652: "I, Capt. John Vpton, of the Isle of Wight county, in
Virginia." To eldest son John Vpton, all that tract of land
being part of it in the tenure of John King, James Bagnall,
Nicholas Morris, etc., containing in the whole eight hundred and
fifty acres, and if the said John Vpton dies before he comes to
the age of one and twenty, then I give and bequeath the said land
until William, Elizabeth, Sarah and Margaret Vnderood, to be
divided as followeth, &c., To said son a mare fole and one cow
with calf, being upon the probate of my will sett apart for him
with their increase to be equally shared amongst my daughters-in-
law Elizabeth, Sarah and Margaret Vnderwood. "To William
Vnderwood, Elizabeth, Sarah and Margaret Vnderwood 1500
acres near Ambrose Bennett's and allways reserved out of this
land Three Hundred acres with Mr. Robert Bracewell hath. To
William, Elizabeth, Sarah and Margaret Vnderwood all my land
at Rappahannock, &c. All the rest of my Estate, Goods, Chat-
tels, servants, &c., to whatsoever here in Virginia after my Debts,
Legacies and funerall rights paid and discharged I give &c. to
my Loving and Welbeloved Wife Margaret Vpton, whom I con-
stitute &c. sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament."
Loving friends, George ffawdon, William Vnderwood and James
Taylor, clerk, my overseers to see my will performed. To each
of my overseers a ring 20 shilling sterling apiece. Likewise or-
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS. 221
dains Ann Williamson, the wife of James Williamson equal
sharer in my land at Rappahannock with these above named. (1) To
Elizabeth Vnderwood one pillion and one pillion cloth at day of
marriage. Proved by the oaths of William Vnderwood and Ed-
ward Skinner. Witnesses, John Gallins X mark, James Taylor.
Will of Joseph Cobbs X mark, March, 1653: Wife Elizabeth
300 a. and personalty; sons Benjamin Cobbs and Pharaoh; dau.
Elizabeth Cobbs. Witnesses, Joseph Dunn, John Childs.
Will of Christopher Reynolds, dated May 1, 1654: Children,
Christopher, John, Abbasha, Elizabeth, Jane, child my wife now
goeth with, Richard; wife Elizabeth; a yearling heifer to
George Rivers; to son Christopher all my lands on southerly side
of the swamp that Richard Jordan now lives upon.
Will of Joshua Taberer: To brother Thomas Taberer all the
estate left me by my father William Taberer of the county of
Darby, he bestowing as a legacy to my brother William Taberer
of the co. of Derby, and the rest of my father's kindred 10 pds.
sterling or the value thereof out of my said Estate in England.
After my brother Thomas' death, his only dau. and heir, Ruth
Taberer to be possessed with all my aforesaid Estate in England;
to said Ruth 4 female cattle in Virginia; and the remainder of
my whole estate in Virginia to my brother Thomas Taberer.
Witnesses: William Lewer, Francis Higgins.
Margaret, relict of Lt. Col. John Upton, deed to Francis
Slaughter 850 a. March 8, 1655.
Will of Hunphrey Clark, Cooper, dated M'rch 3, 1655:
Wife Jane, son John, daughter-in-law Jane Brunt. "I do give
unto my two kinswomen Jane How and Mary Clarke each of
them one Cow Calf to be delivered this Fall; and whereas Mary
Clark is a convenant Servant for seven years, I do remitt and give
her Three years of her time. Then I do desire and appoint that
my servants shall be kept together and that half of the Benefit of
(1) James Williamson married Ann Underwood and removed from Isle
of Wight, with the Underwoods, to Rappahannock. John Hammond
dedicated to him his tract "Leah and Rachel." It was a tradition that
his daughter married William Ball, jr., (see Hayden's Va. Gen., p. 53),
and this is proved by a case in Barradall's reports, which recites that
"William Ball was gr.son and heir of the mortgagor James Williamson,
merchant, residing in Virginia, who mortgaged estate in England by
deeds dated 19th and 20th Nov., 1655."
222 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
their Labours shall be made use of for the maintenance of my
son John to school; legacies to Thomas Holmes, John Wil-
liams, and William Godwin; Robert Bird overseer.
Will of Robert Dunster, recorded May 17, 1656: To wife all
cattle, household goods, wearing apparel and books to brother
Leonard Dunster half a crown and to his son William Dunster
half a crown; desires to be buried in "the usual burying place
in this county."
John Askue [mark] agrees for 2500 lb. tobacco to sell his
place with all of its apple, peach and cherry trees, May 10, 1655.
Will of John Oliver, dated April 19, 1652: proved Jan. 16,
1658: Wife Ellen, two daus. and son John; James Pyland and
Robert Bird overseers of his will; witnesses, James Pyland,
John Burton and John Renney [mark].
Will of "Capt. John Moon, of Isle of Wight county, in Vir-
ginia, and Born at Berry, near Gosport, in ye parish of Stoak in
Hampshire in England:" To wife Prudence Moon (my debts
being paid) one-fourth part of all my movable estate (that is to
say) the same to be equally divided between my wife and three
daughters Sara, Susanna and Mary Moon. To eldest dau. Sarah
Moon my dwelling House near Bethlehem, with ye land and
houses from Pagan creek &c.; To second dau. Susannah Moon
all the land that Samuel Nichols now liveth on on the Easterly
side of Bethlehem Creek, that land now named Bethsaida; To
Mary Moon another daughter, all lands and houses wh lyeth on
Red Pt. &c. My brew house and land at James Town to be sold
for the payment of my debts. Various other devises; Legacies --
"to Joane Garland my wives dau., to William Wilson my wives
son, to Peter Garland my wives son-in-law." His land in Eng-
land by Berry and Alvenstoak in Hampshire, near Gosport and
Portsmouth, mortgaged to Mr. Owen Jennings for 200 pounds
sterling, to be redeemed if not to be sold outright and the pro-
ceeds divided between my three daus. 5 pds sterling to the poor
of Berry and 5 pds to the poor of Alvenstoak, the interest thereof
to be given to the poor in each place yearly. "Also I give and be-
queath four ffemale cattle to remain for a Stock forever for poor
Fatherless Children that hath nothing left them to bring them
up, and for Old People past their labour or Lame People that
are Destitute in this lower parish of the Isle of Wight county;
the ffemale from time to time to be disposed of to those that do
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 223
keep such persons, to have the milk, provided that those that have
them be careful of them they receive and of their Increase. My
will is that all ye ffemale Increase from time to time be and re-
main for a Stock for this use, and the male cattle and old cows to
be disposed of for clothing and Schooling and the like necessaries
for such persons, on condition as is before expressed, and the
overseers of the Poor with consent of my children from time to
time are to see this my will in this particular really performed
as is in my will expressed and not otherways." Recorded 12
Gift of Major George Fawdon to Isaac George, son of Major
John George, 100 acres, Oct. 27, 1654.
Memorandum of Nathaniel Bacon regarding the estate of
Major George Fawdon, 1655.
Deed of Charles Barecroft to his wife Magdalen and son Wil-
liam, 10 April, 1657.
Deed of George Fawdon for 1500 acres to Mrs. Ann Smith
whom he intends to make his wife, 30 Oct. 1654. Witnesses,
Richard Clark, Thos. Woodward.
Memorandum to the deed next above: "All of which above men-
tioned jointure and Dowry the nuptials being now celebrated,
Wee George and Ann ffawdon do oblidge ourselves never to alien-
ate, Release or in any way alter without the consent and approba-
tion of our ffather-in-law, Nathaniel Bacon (1) and our Mother Ann
his wife with our Brother William Smith." Signed George Faw-
don, Ann Fawdon. Witnesses, Thos. Woodward, Richard Clark.
Recordature 16 Martii, 1654-5.
(1) Nathaniel Bacon, Sen., was son of Rev. James Bacon and Martha
Woodward. He was cousin of Nathaniel Bacon, Jun., the Rebel. He
appears to have married, first, Ann Smith, a widow, who was perhaps
Ann Bassett, as Capt. William Bassett calls Nathaniel Bacon brother.
He married next Elizabeth Kingsmill, widow of Col. Wm. Tayloe. His
grandmother was Elizabeth Honiwood, celebrated for her charities.
Nathaniel Bacon's aunt Bridget married Sir Thomas Lyddall, and their
son Col. George Lyddall lived in New Kent, Va. So here was a regular
net-work of relatives -- cavaliers -- settled at this time in Virginia: Na-
thaniel Bacon, Sen., Thomas Woodward, assay-master of the mint to
Charles I., Sir Philip Honiwood, George Lyddall, Capt. William Bas-
sett, Col. Robert Abrahall, Col. Joseph Foster, &c. See Woodward pedi-
gree in Familiae Minorum Gentium IV., p. 1300, Keith's Ancestry of
Benj. Harrison and QUARTERLY II., p. 216, &c.
234 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
Deed of George Lobb (1) to Richard Jordan 50 a. Dec. 21, 1653.
Deed of Gyles Jones of Elizabeth City co., Gent., to Justinian
Cooper and Ann his wife, late relict of James Hrris, for 100
acres on Warwicksqueak Bay, patented by said Jones Dec. 14,
1629. Dated 19 Oct., 4th year of Charles I.
Deed of Justinian Cooper and Anne his wife, relict &c. to
Wassall Weblin, and Geo. Fadoine of Warwicksqueak, 28 Sept.
Justinian Cooper and Ann his wife to John George for two
steers and 1500 lb of tobacco the Robert Bennett tract and the
Quarter tract of 200 acres, part of a patent of 2000, March 16,
1642. Deed dated April 25th, 21 Charles I.
Edward Bruce to George Stevens, George Hardy and John
Watkins April 15, 1646, one water mill at head of Lawn's Creek.
Will of Justinian Cooper, "sick and weak of body," dated 26
March, 1650: To all his godchildren a cow calf apiece; names
Brother Richard Cossey, Edward Pyland son of James Pyland;
Wife Anne Cooper; friend Capt. William Barnard (2) appointed
overseer. "I give unto Capt. William Barnard a piece of plate of
ten pounds price, to be paid him the next year 1651." Justinian
Cooper, X mark.
2. Deeds, Orders, etc., 1664, &c.
John Jennings, Clerk of the Court, 1667.
Power of atty from Walter Tucker of Lyme Regis in the
county of Dorsett, mrchant, to Mr. Samuel Tucker of Bristol to
recover the estate of his coz. John Edwards in Virginia, lately
deceased. Dated 27 Sept. 1664.
Similar power from Samuel Tucker, of Ratcliffe.
Receipt of Robert Burridge of Lyme Regis in Dorsett, mer-
chant, of a full account of my goods lately in the custody of John
Edwards, lately deceased in Virginia, &c., to Samuel Tucker.
Dated 27 Sept., 1664.
(1) George Lobbs is referred to by John Ferrar, brother of Nicholas
Ferrar, the last deputy of the London Company, as one of the principal
silk-raisers in Virginia. Neill's Va. Carolorum, p. 241.
(2) Member of the Council, married Lucy Higginson, and described by
John Ferrar as "that Stout Colonel."
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS. 225
Power of atty from Wm. Wilson (1) of the city of Bristol,
mrchant, to friend Mr. John Watson. Dated 26 April, 1666.
Capt. George Hardy's wife was Mary, dau. of Mr. Richard
Jackson, late of the county, deceased. 19 June, 1666.
Letter of atty of Capt. William Woolard to Mr. John Cary to
make public clayme to the estate of Justinian Cooper, dec. Dated
20 Feb., 1666.
Samuel Davis, of Carolina, province of Albemarle Co.,
planter, sonne of Samuel Davis, late resident in the Isle of Wight
Co., to Nicholas Cobb. Dated 1667.
Receipt of William Addams, of Kenton, in the co. of Devon,
brother of Capt. Thomas Adams, late inhabitant in the county of
Isle of Wight in Virginia. Dated 1664.
Thos. Pitt 28 years in 1664; and Arthur Skynner 31 yrs. in
William Ruffin's power to his son Robert Ruffin. 22 Aug.
Deed noting that Capt. Henry Pitt was deceased. Mr.
Thomas Pitt "sonne and Heir." His widow Anne married Capt.
James Powell. Before she married Pitt, she was the widow of
Mr. Robert Watson. Dated 27 Aug. 1666.
Thomas Harris and Alice X his wife, 1664.
Commissioners ye 9th of ffebry, 1666: Prsent,
Coll. Robt Pitt, Mr. Nich Smith, Lt Coll Jno. George, Capt.
ffrancis Hobbs, Capt. Anthony ffulgeham.
Power from William Jennings of the City of Bristoll, surgeon,
to Thomas Moore of Pagan Creek to receive goods &c. of Arthur
Skynner, Gyles Driver, and Joseph Whitson, and by virtue of a
power from John Hardiman of Bristol, tayler; 29 June, 1667.
Deed of Francis Hobbs and Mary his wife for land near the
land of Coll Nathaniel Bacon, 1667.
Assignment of William Oldis and wife Jane. 1665.
Charles Smyth of the Parish St. Savoirs, Southwark, in
Surry Co. (England), grocer, his power to Gyles Driver on
James River to collect debts of George Moore and Henry King.
(1) This was probably Col. William Wilson, of Elizabeth City, progeni-
tor of the Wilson families of Elizabeth City and Lower Norfolk Cos.
His daughter Mary married Miles Cary, of Elizabeth City Co., also
226 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
Deed stating that Anthony Spiltimber,(1) of Surry, formerly
commences suit against John Jennings before the Govr and
Council in Sept. 1665, in right of Mary his wife, dau. of Mr.
Robert Harris, formerly of the Isle of Wight, deceased, and
sister unto Martha, daughter of the said Robert Harris and late
wife to John Jennings, concerning an interest in land which I
suppose fell to me by right of marrying the said Mary youngest
sister to the said Martha, which the said Jennings in his right to
the part of the Land altogeather defended; which suit &c. John
Spiltimber was father of Anthony &c.
Bill of exchange of Henry Filmer (2) in favor of Mr. Stephen
Watts, merchant of Bristol, for 17L 10s, for value received of
John Scott, mariner, of Bristol. Addressed to "Mr. Robt ffilmer
Esqr., living near ye Talbott att ye sign of ye Goat, London."
"Your loving Uncle Henry ffilmer." Recorded 16 June, 1668.
Capt. Francis Hobbs, aged 40 in 1664. Robert Kae, aged 36.
Rec't of Samuel Tucker of Rotterdam, 1664, to cozen
Samuel Tucker of Bristol, for goods in the custody of cozen
John Edwards, lately deceased in Virginia.
Valentine Oldis, citizen and apothecary of London, brother
of William Oldis of James River in Virginia, merchant. Deed
dated June 5, 1668.
Mary Moore of Bristol, late wife of Henry Moore of Bristol,
mrchant, deceased, who dyed in Va. 1667.
Conyers Bechinoe of London, mrch't, power of attorney to his
Brother Edward Bechinoe of ye Isel of Wight county in Virginia.
28 Aug., 1668.
Deed of George Smyth and Anne his wife. Said George
Smyth being a son of Arthur Smith deceased.
Barbadoes, Mary Markes, of the Island aforesaid, appoints Mr.
William Stringer of the City of Bristol, mrchant, her agent &c.
4 Sept. 1668.
(1) From Surry Co. records: Anthony Spilltimber made his will March
30, 1672. Names wife Mary, dau. Patty and dau. Martha, brother John.
Speaks of a debt due from Capt. Jennings. In the same records Anthony
Spiltimber is mentioned as son of Mr. John Spiltimber, dec., who died
about 1656, leaving James Mason overseer of his will.
(2) Henry Filmer was one of the justices of Warwick County in 1647;
member of the Burgesses for James City Co., &c. His descendants lived
for many years in Warwick Co.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 227
Letter of Charles Toplady requesting Robert Kae to prose-
cute Mr. Richard Izard 1668.
John Banton in the City of Bristol, merchant, resident in
Virginia, power to Robert Kee or Thomas Taberer, 17 June,
Mr. George Hardy aged 37 in 1670.
Edward Gosling, commander of the Ship Coventry of Lon-
don, power to Mr. Abraham Rouse to implead Capt. ffrancis
Hobbs, planter, late resident in Isle of Wight Co., for a bill 1800b
Tobacco and Caske due to me the said Gosling for his passage in
the Ship Coventry and for the necessaryes received of me when
he was on board the ship. 20 July, 1669.
Deed of John ffulgeham, son and heir of Capt. Anthony,
to his Brother Anthony, 19 Oct. 1669.
Thomas Wood, sonne of Arthur Wood and Sarah Wooten, his
mother, relict of Arthur Wood dece'd, to Richard Bennett of
Barbadoes -- Sir John Yeamans Barronet, now resident in ye
Island aforesaid, who long since adventured goods to Va. by
James Powell mrchant now resident in Va., appoints "my friend
and nephew Joseph Woory, mrchant, to recover of Ja. Powell." 27
Coll. James Powell and Anne my wife, lately the relict of
Captain Henry Pitt deceased &c. 1667. Thomas Pitt was his son
and heir, 1667.
John Hasset of Bristol, goldsmyth, to Arthur Grant of Bris-
tol, mrchant, to recover all goods lately belonging to my brother
Samll Hasset, late planter in Va. 25 Aug. 1669.
Bristol, the 28th of August, 1669. I do hereby assign unto
Capt. Nicholas Tovey of Bristol, and mar. of the good ship called
the Samll and Mary, five women servants by names as followeth:
Dorcas Willineth, Joan Joyce, Elizabeth Blesby, Margaret,
Robert and Grace Davis, to be made sale of in Va. for ye term of
four years for ye proper acct of ye said Thomas Grey as witness
my hand. Allowing for ye passage of ye servs. nine hundred
pounds of Tob. p. head. -- Thomas Grey; testes, Richard Ward,
Cart path mentioned, 1669.
Capt. Arthur Grant mentioned.
228 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
Sisely Selden of Barnestable, in the Co. Devon, admx. of
John Selden, late Barnestable aforesaid, mrchant, deceased,
apoints Joseph Rudd of Barnestable to recover of William
Burke of Chuckatuck, Virginia, merchant, &c., all goods &c.
which goods were delivered by order of the sd. John Selden, my
late husband, to Thomas Beaple of Barnstable aforesaid
Mrchant and Robert Charton of the same mariner and by them
left to the sd Wm Burke &c. for the use of my late husband &c. X
the mark of Sisely Selden.
Hester Phillips, wife of Wm. Phillips, ordered 30 stripes
upon her bare back till ye blood follow, and to ask forgiveness of
all her offences, for scandalizing and abusing Mrs. Silvestra Hill.
19 Sept. 1670.
John Beale of London, mrchant, exor. of George Mansfield
late planter in Virginia, appoints Major Nicholas Hill in James
River &c. July, 1670.
John Nosworthy leases 100 acres to Henry Skynner to plant
one orchard of 160 trees, the trees to be "all Apple trees and pare
trees," the tyme for their planting to be within two years after
the date hereof &c. 1664.
Moses Powell physician. 1671.
William Woolard of the Isle of Wight, mrchant. 1671.
Deed of William Woolard, late of Harwitch in Essex, mari-
ner, but now resident of Isle of Wight Co. Va., heir of Justinian
Cooper, long since deceased, to Coll. Nathaniel Bacon Esq. 1671.
Bond of William Luff of the City of Bristol, mariner. 21
Bond of William Hamonds of same place, mariner, to Mr.
John Brewer, of Isle of Wight in Va., Gent.
Deed of John Harper of the City of Bristol, lynen draper, to
Robert fflake, 1671.
John Seward of Bristol mrchant, his power to Thomas Mil-
ner of Nansemond and Mr. Edward Wickins of I. of Wight, 14
Deed of John Seward of the city of Bristol, mrchant, son and
heir of John Seward, late of sd City, mrchant, (and whoe died
in Virginia) to William Bressie of Va now resident in Bristoll,
for land called "Levy Neck" in the Co. of Warwicksquick, 1672.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 229
Deed of James Seward, of Bristol, to idem.
Power of Joan Gould, of Bristol, widow and admx. of
Thomas Gould, to William Bressie of Va., 2 Dec. 1672.
Land belonging to Capt. John Vpton mentioned as escheated
for want of legal heirs.
Deed of Robert Pitt Esq., 27 Nov. 1673, to son John Pitt.
Deed of John Perry, son of Phillip Perry, of ye Whitemarsh,
to Col Joseph Bridger, 1673.
Deed of Humphrey Marshall of Isle of Wight &c. HM, his
mark, and Priscilla Marshall P, her mark.
Robert Bracewell, son of Robert Bracewell, minister, late de-
Ja. Minge, surveyor, mentioned.
Bounds between Isle of Wight and Nansemond Co. deter-
mined by act of Assembly, 21 Sept. 1674. [Numbered Act VIII.
in the printed acts.]
ffrancis Hobbs' now wife Mary was former wife of Nathaniel
Richard Bracewell, son and heir of Robert Bracewell Clk,
and Sarah his wife & c. 28 June, 1673.
Thomas Greenwood made his will 19 M'ch., 1658. His widow
Elizabeth m'd Mr. James Pyland, &c.
Thomas Deacon of the Burrough of Warwick, in the county
of Warwick, gent. deceased.
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"We the subscribed haveing drawn up a paper in half of ye
inhabitants of Isle of Wight Co. as ye greivances of said county,"
recant all the "false and scandalous" relfections upon Gov. Sir
Wm. Berkeley Kt contained ina paper(1) presented to the Commis-
sioners, and promise never to be guilty again of "ye like mutin-
ous and rebellious practices." Ambrose Bennett, John Marshall,
Richard Jordan, Richard Sharpe, Antho ffulgeham, James Bag-
nall, Edward Miller, John Davis X his mark, Richard Penny
R. P. his mark. Acknowledged 9 April 1677. Test. Jno Brom-
field Cl. Cu.
John Marshall begs pardon in court on his bended knees for
(1) See Va. Mag. of Hist. and Biography, Vol. II, p. 380, where this
paper containing the frievances of Isle of Wight is published in full.
230 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY
"scandalous words" uttered before ye Worpfll Comrs (in accord-
ance with their order) April 9, 1677.
Petition(1) of John Jennings to the Right honoble Herbert
Jeffreys, Esq., Governr and Capt Generall of Virga and the honble
Council of State; that yor peticonr haveing reced sentence of ban-
ishmt and Transportation of this his Maties Colony asks for a
longer time for his departure since by reason of the late Rebellion
his estate has been so wasted that he has not the money to leave,
and because it would peril his life to undergo the said sentence in
his "aged, sick and weak condition," having the care also of a
poor wife and children incumbent upon him.
Letter of Gov. Herbert Jeffreys dated Swann Point April ye
9th 1677, asking the opinion of his councillors Nathaniel Bacon,
Sen., and Col William Cole, as to the case of John Jennings.
Endorsement of Nathaniel Bacon and William Cole approv-
ing the Governor's suggestion of a longer respite to Jennings.
Endorsement by Jeffreys dated May 22, 1677, for a respite of
time for the departure of John Jennings until the month of Sep-
Robert Ruffin (and Elizabeth his wife) of Surry county, ap-
parent heir and admr. of William Ruffin dec'd. 6 June, 1677.
Power of John Jennings to his wife Mary to get in his debts,
and to let his plantation for three years, and sell either mares,
sheep &c. 5 Sept., 1677.
John Bromfield, Cl. of the Court, 1678.(2)
Marriage contract between George Cripps and Joyce Eng-
land, of the parish and co. of Isle of Wight &c. 1678.
Herbert Jeffrey's warrant(3) to the Justices of Isle Wight and
Nansemond counties to meet and proportion the billets, for each
house, it being for his majesty's service that one of the companies
of foot do march into the counties of Isle of Wight and Nanse-
mong; the inhabitants are to receive 2 shillings a week for each
soldier's accommodation; Col Joseph Bridger is requested to
(1) See Petition in full and QUARTERLY IV., pp. 113-114.
(2) From an order in Hening's Statutes, it appears that John Brom-
field married Bridget, a daughter or granddaughter of Rev. Richard
Buck, the minister who opened with prayer the first Legislative Assem-
bly in 1619. A land grant about 1658 describes her as widow of William
(3) See warrant published in the QUARTERLY Vol. IV., p. 114.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 231
meet the justices &c. This warrant was presented in court by
Capt. Tongue (1) July 19, 1677.
Alexander Culpeper, (2) Esq., surveyor-gen'll of Virginia 1675.
Major George Nosworthy, of Nansemond Co.
Roland Place Esq., member of the Council -- 1677. (3)
Power of John Grascone of London, mrchant, to Dr. George
Lee of Surry Co. on James River, doctor in physique, &c. 1678.
Deposition of Francis Wade.
Power of John Bland, merchant in London, acknowledged in
London, to his wife Sarah, now bound from hence to Virginia to
call to acc't all persons in Va., particularly Mr. Bernard Sykes,
and Mr. Codd and alsoe to enter into and take into her custody,
&c. the several plantations of Bartletts, Kimerges, Herring
Creek Mill, Jordans, Westeffer, Vpper Chippoakes, Sunken
Marsh plantacion, Basse's Choice, Jamestown lot, Lawne's
Creek, and all other lands &c. servants, slaves, chattels &c. Like-
wise to receive &c of ye widow of Theodorick Bland, late of Bart-
lett [Berkley] upon James River in Charles City Co. in Virginia,
Mrchant, deceased &c. Sealed &e in presence of Anthony ffenn,
Robt Mitford, Hump. Higginson, Edward Mowntague, Thomas
By another deed, Giles Bland was son of John Bland.
Richard Jordan (4) [and Alice his wife], deed of gift to his son
John. 1st 9ber, 1678.
Mr. Tho. Merriweather, (5) of London, mrchant, 1678.
(1) Capt. John Tongue was Quartermaster in the Regiment sent over to
subdue Bacon's Rebellion, and Lieutenant in the Cold Streams Foot-
(2) Alexander Culpeper was brother of Lady Frances, wife of Sr. Wm.
(3) Rowland Place was the son of Francis Place, the celebrated painter
of York, and Ann Williamson. He married Priscilla, daughter of Sir
John Brookes, of Norton, Co. York, Baronet. Rowland Place was born
1642, and died 1713. (See Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vo. III., p. 921.)
(4) In the Surry Co. records Nicholas Meriwether was aged about 37
in 1668. At Bristol is the will of Jane Meriwether (1604).
(5) In the adjoining county of Surry was a family of Jordans, viz.: (1)
Col. George Jordan (Atty. Gen. of Va.) m'd. first, "Alice Miles, dau. of
John Miles, of Branton, near Herreford, Gent., who died Jan. 7, 1650"
(tombstone at "Four Miles Tree" in Surry). Second, Eliz. Coates, wid.
of Daniel Coates. (2) Arthur, his brother, born 1626. In 1654 he mar-
ried Eliz. Barins, had issue George Jordan, James Jordan, River Jordan,
232 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
Order in reference to the Quakers.
Col. John Dodman's dau. Susanna married (Capt. Robt
Massy of Potomack. Col. John Dodman of Mulberry Island,
gives all his right and title to certain lands to his dau. Margaret,
who has married Appleyard, 28 Jan. 1679
John Pitt's wife was the relict of Mr. Giles Driver, and gave
her dau. Hardy five sheep, one young mare &c, warranting the
sd mare to her the sd Hardy Driver: Deed 8 July, 1680.
Lt. Coll Nicholas Hill, (1) of Isle of Wight, deceased, father of
Ralph Hill. Silvestra Hill, widow of Lt. Coll Nicholas. His
youngest son Richard Hill. Deed to Major Samuel Swan. 1678.
Be it known unto all men by these prsents that I Wm Bressie
of ye Vpper parrish of ye Isle of Wight County in Virginia
planter wth Susannah my wife have given granted enfeoffed from
and Elizabeth Jordan. (3) Fortune, his sister, m'd Col. John Flood, inter-
preter for the Colony, who had issue Christopher Flood and Walter Flood.
Fortune Jordan m., 2dly, James Mills, merchant. By a previous mar-
riage Col. John Flood had issue Capt. Thomas Flood, who succeeded him
as interpreter, and Jane, w ho married John Cary, a prominent merchant
of London (see Surry Records). In the Surry records there is a deed
(year 1688) of Lucy Jordan, wife of Mr. Thomas Jordan (the Isle of
Wight man), conveying to Phillis Jordan that portion of land "which I
hold in partnership with sister Susannah Branch and niece Eliz. Par-
sons, dau. and sole heir of sister Judith Clay, dece'd, which land de-
scended unto said Susanna, Judith, and Lucy, as daus. and coheirs of
Capt. William Corker, dece'd" (son of John Corker). Witness, James
Jordan, Richard Washington. In 1685 Lt. Coll. Wm. Browne and Mr.
James Jordan presented in Surry as Inventory of the goods of Mr.
Thomas Jordan, dece'd. There is in Surry the nuncupative will of Capt.
William Corker "made at the house of his dau. Judity Clay in ye Isle
of Wight Co." Feb. 26, 1675-6. Divides his estate between his wife and
his three daus: Susanna (who m. George Branch, Jr.), Judith Clay and
Lucy Jordan; he confirms a gift to Elizabeth and Mary White, daus. of
Capt. John White, of whom Elizabeth md. Capt. Robert Spencer, of
Surry. Col. George Jordan names in his will his nephew Edward Bayley.
So he had probably a sister who married Bayley. Col. Henry Browne of
the Coucil, probably married Anne Flood, a sister of Col. John Flood.
The Jordans of Isle of Wight were leading Quakers. In 1728 Samuel
Bownas visited the staid with "Old Robert Jordan." In company with
Joseph Jordan he called on the Governor, who received him kindly and
promised to release from prison certain friends who refused to perform
militia duty. "Travels of Rev. Samuel Bownas."
(1) Nicholas Hill, in 1635, patented 100 acres in Elizabeth City Co. for
his own importation and a servant's.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 233
us or heires and doe by these prsents ffor evermore give and grant
and enfeofe unto Wm Yarrett, John Grove, ffrancis Wrenn, Ed-
ward Jones, Thomas Tooke and Henry Wigge and the rest of the
sevts of God frequently called Quakers, one house built by ye sd
people in ye place called ye Levy Neck Ould feilds neare the
creeke side to wo'rp and serve the liveing God, in spiritt and
truth wth ground sufficient for a Graveyard and what more may
be thought fitt, and shall suddenly be bounded by four corner
Trees to be planted with free Egres and regress of ye sd people
thrugh any of ye sd Bressies Land in any path that now leads to
the sd House, and further that noe Lease neither Sale nor deed of
guift that shall hereafter be made by us or either of us William
and Susanna Bressie or Heires or Ass contrary to the true Intent
and meaning hereof but shall be adjudged and is hereby declared
by us to be null and illegall. Witness or hands and seals, and fur-
thermore wee doe declare or intents and meaning to be that the
right freedom and liberty herein conteyned shall extend to as
many as hereafter shall receive and obey the Gospell and joyn
unto the said people.
Signed sealed and delivered in the prsence of us
This acknowleded in open Court by Mr William Bressie and
his wife to be t heir Act and Deed and Ordered to be Recorded
ffeb 9th . Test, John Pitt Cler Cruiae.
John Marshall's deed to his sons Robert and Hunphry.
Henry Hunt of Bristoll appointes Humphra Marshall of I. of
W. 9 Mch., 1680.
Power of Alice Hardy, A her mark, of the Isle of Wight Co.,
to her son-in-law Wm Mayo.
John Lear (1) and Anne his wife, of the one pt., to Thomas Pitt
(1) In the Surry records there is a suit entitled "Col. John Lear as
marrying exx of Col. John George vs. Thomas Jordan as marrying relict
of Capt. Robert Spencer, 1680." Capt. Spencer was born in 1630; was
justice of Surry, and made his will March 5, 1678. He married several
times. His dau. Anne mar. John Whitson, a violent rebel, hanged in
234 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
of the other all that messuage, late the plantacon of Coll. John
George, which he bequeathed to his then wife, the abovemen-
tioned Anne, on the south side of Castle Creek and Quarter
Spring, which land is now in possession of Lt. Coll. James
Powell. Ack. 9th June, 1681, by Coll. John Lear and his wife.
Deed of Joseph Bridger, Esq., for certain land (left by Dr.
Robert Williamson to Joan, his wife, for life, and then to his eld-
est son Robert, which lands were found to escheat and were then
granted in 1678 to said Bridger) to said Joan, now the wife of
Mr. Robert Burnett. 8 Aug. 1683.
Deed of Mrs. Dorothy Bond, widow of Major John Bond, (4) and
his son John Bond to Joseph Bridger, 29 July, 1693.
Michael ffulgeham warrants one acre of land to the church
wardens and vestrymen of the Lower Parish of the Isle of Wight
whereon the church house now standeth by deep Swampe -- with
consent of Anne my wife. 6 Sept. 1683.
Will of George Hardy, (2) dated M'ch 16, 1654 -- proved Ap. 14,
1655: After the decease of his wife all his land, housing &c., to be
divided between his kinsman George Hardy, Jr. and Christian
Wilson, for lack of heirs of G. H. then to fall to Thomas Hardy
and Christian Wilson. My seal ring to my said kinsman
George, and my wife my other ring: "100 pds of tobacco towards
Bacon's Rebellion. They had a dau. Martha Whitson. In 1675 Capt.
Spencer married Elizabeth White, dau. olf Capt. John White (Gen. Court
Records). Then he married Jane, who survived him. He names (in will
pr. 1679) children Elizabeth and Ann, which last child was by last wife.
Capt. John White, of James City, had, (1) John White (will proved in
Surry, 1679). (2) Lucy m. Capt. William Corker. (3) Elizabeth m.
Capt. Robert Spencer. (4) Mary m'd probably James Barrett.
(1) Major John Bond had been a burgess during the Commonwealth, and
at a time of the restoration he was removed from his office as justice by
the House of Burgesses, "because of factious and schismatical de-
meanor." Hening's Stats. at large, II, p. 39.
(2) George Hardy came to Virginia before 1636, when he is called "Ship-
right." In 1644 he patented 300 acres (increased to 500 in 1648), situ-
ated upon Lawne's creek and bordering upon Alice Bennett's land
(doubtless widow of Robert Bennett, of London), for 6 persons, Thomas
Sabin, Thomas Hardy, George Nettleford, James Strong, and John
Smith. He had a noted mill, which is still used. From this family of
Hardy was descended Hon. Samuel Hardy, a prominent member of the
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS. 235
the Building of the church in this parish in case it be built with
Brick." To my kinsman George H. 3000 lbs of tobacco to buy
two servants. In case of the return of 27 hds of tobacco I sent
Home last year doth come in I then ordain that George Hardy
"shall have a feather bed, Rugg, sheets, and Blankets out of the
produce of it, also I give him all my wearing appearal. Signed
and Sealed in the presence of us Karbry Kigan, Jno. Jennings,
George Woodward. John Pit Clk Cur."
Deeds of Ralph Hill and Hannah, his wife, of the Vpper
parish of the Isle of Wight, to Henry Baker, mrchant, for land
bounded by Lawne's Creek and the cart path that leads to Mr.
George Hardy's mill. 16 Jan. 1688.
Will of Karbry Kigan, of the Isle of Wight Co., dated 12 Jan.
1657; pr. 9 Feb. 1657: 1-3 part of all his estate to his wife,
Catherine, for life, all the rest of his estate to the child his wife
now goeth with, and in case the said child doth not come to per-
fection or capacity to inherit, all my said lands &c to go to Robert
Cowfield (son of Capt. Wm. Cowfield). "To said Robert Cow-
field all my Books, my Rapior and my fflowling piece"; to Eliz-
beth Cowfield a feather Bed and new Cupboard; to Capt. Wm.
Cowfield my seal ring, and to his wife 10 shil. to buy her a ring;
to Katherine, daughter of John Dew, a cow called Star and six
pewter dishes. I bequeath to the church of Isle of Wight one
hogshead of tobacco containing 350 lbs; cow calves to John
King and to John Norton's child; 20 shillings to my country-
man, John Rogers of Middle Plantation, to buy him a ring.
Capt. William Cowfield and my wife Katherine Exors.
Will of James Took, dated Feb. 1, 1659: Daughter Dorothy
wife of John Harvey; sons William Took and Thomas -- to
which last I give my Signett Seal Ring.
3. Will Book, commencing in 1666.
Will of Paul Luke, dated 14 Oct., 1666: proved 10 Dec.,
1666: wife Sarah; children Richard, Catherine.
Justices in 1667: Lt. Coll. John George, Adjutant Nicholas
Hill, Mr. James Boucher, Mr. Nicholas Smith, Capt. Joseph
Bridger, Capt. Anthony ffulgeham. 1668, there were also Mr.
John Hardy, Mr. Thomas Taberer, Mr. James Powell.
Will of Robert Bracewell, dat. Feb. 1667; pr. May 1, 1667.
Daus. Jane Stokes, Rebecca; sons Richard, Robert. Legacy to
236 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
servant Elizabeth Hall; Mr. Richard Izard and George Gwillin
to be guardians, &c., 40 shillings to each for a ring; dau. Anne
Bagnall. Sons Robert and Richard "shall be putt to schools
until they cann both write and read." Teste, John Jennings, Cl.
Will of Daniel Boucher, (1) dated 4 Dec., 1667; proved 1st
May, 1668: Legacies to kinsman Robert Boucher, Hodges Coun-
cill, William and Mary, children of William Hunt, Elizabeth
Munger, dau. of John Munger, Elizabeth Davis, dau. of John
Davis, dec'd. Item I give to the poorest people in the parish
to be distributed amongst them, such as my overseers hereafter
mentioned shall think fitt, one oxe commonly called Brand, with
a good loaf of bread to each of the poor people aforesaid." To
dau. Elizabeth all my lands, and in case of her death before age
or marriage, my land to my kinsman Robert Boucher, and all the
balance to the grandchildren of my wife Elizabeth Boucher
equally. John Hardy and Thomas Taberer overseers; and to
each of them 20 shillings.
Will of Henry King, of the Isle of Wight county: To my
daughters Susanna and Elizabeth my whole dividend of land,
nine hundred acres according to patent and former gift given me
by my deceased father and confirmed by my mother Elizabeth
King, since deceased; my wife Ruth King to have a life interest,
&c. "I give one hundred Acres of land lieing and being next ad-
jacent to Mr. England, And being exchanged for land of myne
now in the possession of Mr. England, to this parish where I now
live towards the maintenance of a free school." Legacies of
horses, and mares and cattle. Dated 2 march, 1668, pr. 3 May,
Will of John Reynolds, dated March 11, 1668; proved 3
May, 1669: brothers George Rivers and Richard Reynolds, sis-
ters Elizabeth Rivers, Jane Reynolds -- sister Rivers' dau. Mary.
Will of John Bond, gent., dated 2 May, 1669; pr. 9 June,
1669: Son William Bond, son John, wife Dorothy Bond; Capt.
Francis England. Left. Arthur Smith and Mr. Richard Sharp
Will of Richard Izard, X his mark: Daus. Mary and Martha
Izard, wife Rebecca; legacy to James Bagnall, son of James
Bagnall, my son-in-law.
(1) Member of House of Burgesses in 1653.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS. 237
Will of Phillip Perry, aged seaventie yeere or thereabouts;
sons Phillip and John under age, wife Grace. Dated 20 Nov.,
1667; pr. 9 oct, 1669.
Will of Robert Williamson, Doctr in Physicke: Wife Jane,
eldest son Robert; other sons George, Arthur and Francis. Dated
16 Feb., 1669. Mr. Robert Burnett mar. the relict of Robert
Williamson before 1672.
Will of Thomas Wotton: wife Sarah W.; her son Thomas
Wood, son Richard Wotton; "After my son Richard's decease,
he leaving no issue, I give it to my next kin of name in North-
ampton Sheire, att a town called Castor (?) neare unto Peters-
borough." Dated March 15, 1669; proved Nov., 1670.
Will of Thomas Harris: Names 2 sons John and Thomas,
wife Alice; names Major Nicholas Hill and John Jennings, dau.
Mary and other children. Dated 30 March, 1672 -- proved 24
Marriage contract of Alice Harris in favor of her 5 children
by Thomas H., with John Sojorner, 1673.
Deed of Gift of Robert Smith to his godson John, son of Mr.
John ffulgeham, of the Blackwater, and to Elizabeth, John's
Will of "Robert Pitt, (1) merchant": wife Martha, son John,
(1) Robert Pitt and Henry Pitt were sons of William Pitt and Mary
Pitt, of Bristol. William Pitt was son of Thomas Pitt, who made his
will in May, 1613. Thomas Pitt, who patented lands previous to 1646,
on the Appomattox, was probably another brother. Robert Pitt's sister
Maud married Dr. Richard Russell, of Lower Norfolk Co., referred to
by John Ferrar in his verses as that "learned physician." Russell appears
to have removed to New England, as did Mary Pitt, another sister, who
married Andrew Newell (Mary Pitt died Sept. 26, 1684). (See New
England Hist. and Gen. Mag., Vol. 45, p. 151; and Vol. 49, p. 255.) Rob-
ert Pitt was a member of the Council and Lieutenant Colonel. His wife
at time of death was Martha, sister of Col. John Lear. He had issue: (1)
Robert, dead before 1672, leaving son Robert; (2) Lt. Col. John; (3)
Hester m. Col. Joseph Bridger, Esq., of the Council; (4) Elizabeth, m.
Nosworthy; (5) Mary m. John Brassuer. His son, Lt. Col. John Pitt,
mar. after 1677 Olive Hardy. He appears to have had (1) Robert
(?), dead before father, m'd Sarah, dau. of Col Arthur Smith; she mar.,
secondly, Rev. Andrew Monro, (2) John, (3) Henry, (4) James, (5)
Sarah m. Nosworthy, (6) Prudence m. Driver. Capt. Henry Pitt, brother
of Col. Robert Pitt, m. Ann, widow of Robert Watson, and she m'd,
thirdly, Col. James Powell. Issue: Thomas, born 1636, who m. Mary
238 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
grandson John Pitt, grandson Wm. Pitt, dau. Hester Bridger,
dau. Elizabeth Nosworthy, gr. son Robert P., son of Robert Pitt,
dec'd, dau. Brasheire. Dated 6 June, 1672; proved June 9,
Will of (Major) Nicholas Hill, the first day of January,
1674: His body to be buried as near his deceased wife and child-
ren as may be; to his wife Silvester for life my plantation in
Isle of Wight with all the houses, buildings, orchards, and gar-
dens thereto belonging, being bounded betwixt the cart path that
goes from the mill belonging to Mr. George Hardy towards the
church and the swamp commonly called the Meadows, with lib-
erty to make use of any timber growing upon the land bought of
Col. Wm. Bernard, deced; after her decease said lands, &c., to
my sonne Richard Hill and his heirs, together with all the wood-
land bounded on the west of the said swamp by Mr. Richard
Briggs' and Mr. Edward Beckenoe's land; gives to his sonne
Ralph Hill all the land, houses, &c., bounded by the said cart
path that goes from the aforesaid mill towards the church to the
head of Lawn's creek, and so along the swamp that goes from the
head of said creek to said mill, with all the woodland of 70 acres
purchased of Mr. Peter Green, deceased, on the north side of said
creek in Surry county; to son Ralph Hill, the codd of land at
Blackwater between Branch and William Miles, from John Par-
son's bridge towards Left. George Branch; to son George Hill all
my woodland, betwixt the aforesaid branch betwixt Mr. Briggs'
and Mr. Beckenoe's plantations, and the old cart path that goes
from the River side to Blackwater, being the bounds betwixt the
land Col. Bacon bought of Thomas Harris and my land; to son
George Hill "after my wife's decease, or sooner, if she please,"
all the plantation, &c., contained in a patent of 750 acres granted
to me and my loving wife in the upper parish of Isle of Wight,
being at a place commonly called the Rocks, and running for
breadth down towards Pagan creek; two negroes to wife Silves-
ter for life, and then to son George; negro to son Ralph; 8,000
pds. of tobacco to dau. Agnes Hill; to dau. Martha one scarlet
mantle bought of Mr. Thomas Gould, deced; to wife Silvester
my silver tankard, with what money and rings she shall be pos-
Smith, d. of Col Arthur Smith, and had issue: Thomas, Martha, Mary,
Elizabeth, Henry, Ann, and Patience. In 1663 the General Assembly re-
warded John Pitt, of Isle of Wight, for building a vessel of 28 tons.
Robert Pitt was in 1699 Justice of Accomac Co.
ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY RECORDS 239
sessed of at my death; to said wife one-third part of all goods,
chattles, and cattle; residue to my dear and loving children
George, Martha, Mary, Anna, Richard, and Elizabeth Hill
equally; to son Nicholas 10,000 pds of tobacco to be paid at
several payments, &c., to son Ralph 5,000 pds. of tob. to be paid
the next shipping, &c.; land at Blackwater not disposed of to be
sold to pay his debts; to wife and her six children all my lands,
moneys, &c., not mentioned in this will belonging to me in either
England or Virginia; my three children by a former wife hav-
ing an equal proportion of what may fall to me in the Bay;
makes his wife exx. for all that part of the estate belonging to her
and her six children; friends Major James Powell, Mr. Thomas
Taberer, Mr. Wm. Bressie and John Jennings overseers of my
will. "I hereunto sett my hand and seal this 19th day of April,
1675 -- Nicholas Hill." Witnesses, John Grayham, John New-
man, I. N. his mark, Mary Davis X her mark. Proved by the
oath of Mr. John Newman 20 Oct., 1675, and by Mrs. Mary
Davis, 21st of same month. Teste, John Jennings, Clerk.
Will of Rebecca Izard: Dau. Rebecca Bagnall, dau. Martha
Izard, legacies to Rebecca Bagnall and Mary Bennett, Martha
Izard, James Bagnall, son of James Bagnall, Nehemiah Huntt,
son of Godfrey Hunt, and Elizabeth Reeves. Son James Bagnall,
Henry Reeves, and Ambrose Bennett overseers. Dated 15 Oct.,
1675, proved 20 Oct., 1675.
Will of John Clay, C, his mark: pr. 20 Oct., 1675. Eldest
son Thomas Clay, son William Clay, Elizabeth dau. of son Wil-
liam, Mary Clay my wife. "And it is alsoe my desire that my
executrix shall not bestow any pefuse expense upon my buriall;
namely to shoot no Gunnes." 7 April, 1675.
Will of William Clay, dated 10 June, 1675; proved 17 Feb.
1675: Cuzin Thomas, sonn of brother Thomas Clay, Mary,
youngest dau. of Henry Reynolds; bro. John and his dau. Eliza-
beth Clay; my dau. Elizabeth Clay and wife Judith.
Will of Francis England of Blackwater, F.E.: Dau. Anne, wife
of Mr. George Branch, daughter's sons: Geo., Francis, and John
Branch; wife Joyce. Mr. John Guthridge and John Pearson
overseers. Dated 13 May, 1677; pr. 2 June, 1677.
Will of John Hardy, of the lower parish, in the Isle of Wight
co., in Va.: Dau. Olive Driver, wife of Giles Driver, dau. Lucy
Council, wife of Hodges Councill, dau. Deborah Hardy; gr.
240 WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY.
child Hardy Driver, dau. of Giles D., Olive Driver's two chil-
dren, Lucy Councill's 3 children, wife's grand child of John John-
son; wife Alice Hardy, son-in-law Robert Burnett; to William
Mayo all my silver clasps to breeches and shirt. Dated 7 Oct.,
167--; pr. 9 June, 1677.
Will of Giles Driver: Sons Robert, Charles, Giles, John: dau.
Hardy Driver, wife sole exx. Dated 29 Dec., 1676, pr. 9 June, 1677.
Letter to the court "from yor Reall and faithful friend, John
George," reciting: "My dau. Rebecca, relict of Phill. Pardoe,
dece'd, intends this cort to relinquish his estate by reason of her
great engagements, and is very willing that Major James Powell
administer, on acct of his very great favor to her and her father-
less children, and my tender care of the welfare of Thomas Lewis
and his children John and Joyce Lewis, &c." April 9, 1678.
Will of John Vickers: Eldest son John, son Ralph, wife Jane.
Will of John English: "To loving Dafter Frances Iles, all my
Picturs"; 10 sh. to dafter Elizabeth Church; son-in-law John
Watts; dau. Alice Watts; dafter Mary English. Dated 13
Aug., 1678; proved 9 Oct., 1678.
Will of Anthony ffulheham: Land I now live on to bro.
Nicholas ffulgeham; bro. Michaill ffulgeham, brother John's
son Anthony; kinswoman Martha Fulgeham, dau. to bro.
Mitchail. Dated 14 Oct., 1678; pr. 9 Dec., 1678.
Widow and children of Thomas Emson: George, Sarah, Jane,
Thomas, Martha, Ann.
Will of [Lt. Col.] John George (1): To son Isaak all that land
(1) The following wills answering to the name of George are recorded
at Bristol, viz.: Julian George (1616), Robert (1628), Edward (1633),
Richard (1654), Eleanor (1665). In the Surry records there is a
suit: Col. John Lear as marrying exx of Col. John George, plt., vs.
Thomas Jordan as marrying exx (Jane) of Capt. Robert Spencer.
Spencer's first wife was Elizabeth White, dau. of Capt. John White.
Lear married, secondly, before 1691 Rebecca, widow of Col. Leonard
Yeo, of Eliz. City Co., and, thirdly, Anne Willis, of Ipswich, Mass.,
widow of Seth Sothell, Gov. of North Carolina. She was dead before
1695. His will was proved in Henrico Co. Dec. 12, 1696 (See Richm'd
Critic.) He mentions his "sister Pitt," probably Martha, wife of Col.
Robert Pitt. Both Lear and Yeo are west of England names. Peter
Lear, of Devonshire, was created a baronet for his loyalty to Charles
I., and Leonard Yeo was one of the gentlemen who in 1583 subscribed
for the defence of the country against the Spanish Armada.
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from the mouth of Castle Creek runing up the Creeke to the
Spring called Quarter Spring; "Item I give and bequeath to my
son Isaack George my horse Jading, with my Plush saddle and
Bridle, with all my wearing apparrell both linen woole or else,
with my Rapier and new Speanish leather belt and a long Gunn
and also one new feather bed;" grandchild John George a negro,
to be delivered to my son Isaac for the child's acc't two years
after the finishing of the present crops, and "my will is that said
grandchild after he is six years old be brought up to Reading and
writing with my wife at her charge and to her best conveniency,
soe far as writing and Accounts may here be taught"; legacy to
grandchildren Jno. and Joyce Lewis and the children of Philip
Pardoe to be paid to their use in 1680; dau. Sarah Peddington's
two children she had by my son Morgan Lewis; kinswoman
Mary Baugh; wife Anne George, whom he app'ts. sole execu-
trix; to Major James Powell and Thomas Taberer his overseers a
legacy of 20s. each "as a token of my love." Dated Aug, 2, 1678;
proved 9 Jan., 1678.
Will of John Jennings: Son John, to my s'd son one silver
tankard marked I I M, one small dram cupp and one small sack
cupp marked I G E, 2 daus. Mary and Martha Jennings, to Mary
one small cupp marked I M I, and one silver tumbler marked I I
and half a dozen of silver spoones marked I M I, and one salt
seller marked I I and one silver sugar dish marked I I, &c.,; son-
in-law William Seward a sword and belt which was formerly his
Father's; legacy to George Seward; wife Mary Jennings; son
and three daus. Disposes of much silver. Capt. Edward Wickens
Lt. George Moore, Thomas Moore and William Seward to see
my will performed. "Further I do give and bequeath my whole
library of Bookes to my sonn, my desk, my Gold Rings and silver
seals, and every one of my overseers to have 10s. to buy them a
Ring." Dated 19 Oct., 1678; pr. 10 March, 1679.
Francis Ayres' Inventory 1678. (Mention of Jane his wife
now wife of Henry Divison, Jane Clarke, Humphrey Clarke, the
son of Jno. Clarke.)
Will of Joyce Cripps, X her mark, dated 18 April, 1679, --
pr. 9 June, 1679: "I, J. C., wife of George Cripps." Legacies to
my Brothers, sons of my former Husband Francis England, to
sister Skinner. Legacies to Sarah Lupo; Geo. Branche's 3 chil-
dren, Francis, John and Ann; Anthony Lewis; Margaret, wife
242 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY
of Peter Vasser; Susan Braswell, my sister's dau.; 3 godsons,
viz., James Bennet, Nicholas Davis and William Philllips; my
mother Flake; beloved husband exor.
Will of Robert Burnett, R his mark: Dau. Ann Burnett;
brother William Mayo; brothers, Mr. Arthur Allen and Mr.
Jno. Bromfield. Witnesses, William Mayo, Roger Jones. Pro.
17 July, 1679.
Will of Ambrose Bennett: Wife Elizabeth and the child she
now goes with; devises plantation to Mary Beale, dau. of Benja-
min Beale; Martha Rutter, dau. of Walter Rutter; Col. Arthur
Smith and Rich'd Reynolds overseers. Proved 9th Dec., 1680.
Will of Dorothy Bond: Son John; grandson William Wat-
son; son William. 10 July 1684.
Deed of Joseph Bridger disinheriting his son Joseph, in favor
of his sons William and Samuel. 9 April, 1685.
Will of Jno. Burnell: John Burnell, his son, and Eles Shep-
pley, the wife of Jonathan Shepley; dau. Susannah Conley. Oct.
Will of Thomas Parker, aged fifty-six years: Eldest son John;
son Thomas; son John to have all the Islands that go in the
name of Hughs' Island; son Francis; son George; daus. Eliz-
abeth, Mary, Anne. Dated 16 No., 1685; pr. Feb. 9, 1685.
Will of Will Richardson: Devises to his wife Katherine, to
Mary Wisse and her dau. Elizabeth; bro. John Richardson. 9
Will of Coll. Joseph Bridger (1): Personal estate to be equally
divided between his wife and sons: Joseph, Samuel and William,
and daus. Martha (Godwin), Mary and Elizabeth, share and
share alike; except Martha Godwin is to have one hundred pds.
less than the rest in respect of what I have already given her hus-
band; and alsoe there mother and my dear wife shall have in the
first place and before it be delivered, over and above her propor-
tion at her choice, one Bed covering and furniture to it, halfe
dozen chaires, a chest of drawers, table and carpet and looking
glasses and Andirons to furnish the chamber and one horse as she
shall choose, and one man, and one woman servant white or black
(1) Bridger was born in 1628 and died April 15, 1686. See "The Old
Brick Church, Smithfield"; by R. S. Thomas, Va. Hist. Coll., Vol. XI.,
p. 142. He married Hester Pitt, d. of Col. Robert Pitt.
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to waite upon her, besides all her apparell, Rings, jewels, and ap-
purtenances for life, and at her decease to go to his heirs; to
Samuel Bridger the plantation bought by me of John Gatlin and
William Gatlin wherein John Cooke now lives, also one half of
my plantation of Curawaock 7800 acres, &c.; to Son William
850 acres granted to me by an escheat formerly belonging to Na-
thaniel Floyd & c., and another tract part of which is leased to
Christopher Wade; his wife to have the tract of land on which
he lives, 850 acres formerly belonging to Capt. Vpton, and 300
acres formerly belonging to Mr. Seward, and she keeping the
Brick housing and orchard in repaire; after her death they are
to go to his son Joseph, as well as half the land at Curawaock for
his natural life, and remainder to the heirs male of his body;
also tract at Manokin: to my mother Mrs. Mary Bridger 5
pounds yearly during her life. Lt. Coll. Jno. Pitt, Mr. Tho. Pitt
and Coll. Arthur Smith to assist my wife, to whom I give 20
shillings apiece to buy Rings. Wife Hester Bridger Exx. 3 Aug.
1683. By a codicil he disinherits his son Joseph, "who I finde
fly out with divers dissolute courses of life and is grown very dis-
obedient to me." Entails the land that went to him on his other
sons and divides the personal estate between his children Sam-
uel, William, Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, and Hester. Dated 18
Oct., 1683. Proved May 8, 1686.
Will of Thomas Greene: Sons Thomas, George, William,
John; wife Mary, dau. Mary Davis; to wife Mary and William
Greene, Prudence G., Sarah G., Bridget G., Elizabeth G., and
John G. all my personal estate. Dated 22 Oct., 1685; pr. June
Receipt of Mr. Tho. Godwin for share of his wife Martha's
legacy directed by Coll. Bridger's will: 203 pds. 8s. and 5 pence,
one cover of a silver tobacco box and two silver candlesticks, con-
taining 70 ounces; 5836 pds. tob. and caske in blls, 14 cattle, 7
hogs, 3 horses, it being her proportion, except of a sloop not yet
appraised and of ninety-two hhds. tob., shipped to London and
consigned to Mr. Perry and Lane. Dated 16 July, 1686.
Similar receipt by Capt. Rich'd Tibboth for his wife Mary,
the money being 303L 8sh. and 5d., one silver punch Bowl, one
small silver dish and one spoon, containing 70 oz.
Similar receipt by Mr. Tho. Lear in behalf of his wife Eliza-
244 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
Appraisment of Coll. Bridger's estate. Mentions chamber
over the store, the store goods, upper chamber of the oulde bricke
house. In the next chamber, in the first chamber of the first
story, in the next chamber, dining room, children's chamber;
uppermost chamber of the new house, middle uppermost cham-
ber, 3rd chamber over the dining room, the gallery, parlor, hall,
lower chamber, kitchen chamber, outer chamber, landing,
kitchen, cellar, 13 negroes, 4 white servants; total value of goods
including a sloop that will carry about 28 hhds., 816L 17s. 04,
not counting 105 cows, 46 hogs, 7 sheep, 490 oz. plate, 60L in
Spanish money, 42L 10 in English money, 14 horses and mares.
[One parcell of Virginia made clothes.] Money due by bills:
155L 13.01. Tobacco debts, 22,216 lb. and 20,455. Bills of ex-
change, 296L, 15, 05. Several bills of exchange sent to Mr. Perry
and sonn as by Journal of April, 1686, appears 502L, 07, 02.
Due in porke, 1304lb; wheate, 3 bu.; Beefe, 527lb.
Will of Thomas Parnell, cooper, dated 10 Oct., 1687; proved
June 9, 1688: Sons Thomas, Joseph; dau. Susanna; 3 daus;
my children shall be brought up in the fear of the Lord and to
learne to wright and reade; Sister Jemima Drake. My cloth
coate or hayre camlett coat to Mr. John fulgeham; John Drake;
Joane Johnson; cozen John Williams; cousen Sarah Williams
to have my dau. Jane's best suit of apparell; Boaz Givin.
Will of John Marshall, X his mark: Son Humphrey, dau.
Mary; "youngest son;" brothers Humphrey Marshall and Peter
Best. Dated 4 Oct., 1687; Proved June 9, 1688.
Will of Geo. Cripps: Devises land to his servant Henry Slater;
Edward Bechinoe, son of George Bechinoe, and Mary his wife,
Elizabeth Gutridge, dau. of Capt. John Guttridge and Anne his
wife; wife Mary Cripps; Capt. Guttridges and Wm. Evans
overseers. Oct. 10, 1687.
Will of Thomas Pitt: To deare and loving wife Mary Pitt
her first choyce of two of my negroes as alsoe the two diamond
rings, her wedding Ringe and inamelled ring with all her wear-
ing apparell and necklace of pearl; seven children, Thomas,
Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, Henry, Anne and Patience Pitt; to his
wife the plantaiton I now live on as far as the cart path that
goeth from John Campion's alias Coll. Bacon's Plantation up
towards the church and soe joyning to Thomas Grosses; to each
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of my daus, 5000 pds. of good tobacco; Mary Pitt whole and sole
exx. Dated 21 Aprill, 1687; pr. Aug. 9, 1688. By codicil land
left to Thomas Grosse and Francis Grosse, and to Michael Fulge-
ham. 21 Feb., 1687-8.
Will of Thomas Harris X his mark: Sons, Edward, Thomas,
Robert, dau. Jane Jones, dau. Anne Harris; 3 youngest sons
George, Martin, and William. 14 March, 1687-8.
Will of Robert Kae: To four grand daus., the daus. of Tim-
othy Ferm and Elizabeth his wife, 2 feather beds with their fur-
niture; all the rest of my estate to my son Robert Kae. Pr. De-
cember 10th, 1688.
Will of Edward Brantley: Names sons Edward, Phillip, and
John; Edward's son James, John's son John, dau. Mary Brant-
ley, Phillip's son Edward. Pr. Jan'y 9, 1688-9.
Will of James Sampson, P mark: Dau. Margaret wife of
Nicholas Wilson one silver Bowle and 2 silver wine cupps, one
with a foot and the other with a bulge, and three silver spoons
with nobs at the ends, and six pounds sterling to buy her a silver
Tankard, one sky colored water tabby gown, two fine holland pil-
low beeres with Elgin lace and one piece of stuffe strip't with
blew, a round black scarfe with a flanders lace, and my best bed
with blankets, sheets and coverlid and my cedar chest and cabi-
nett, my horse and mare and filly; my son-in-law Nicholas Wilson
a coasting coat and a blew silke sash and half my pewter, and one
gould ringe to his wife. I do likewise give him three of my oldest
steeres, and the halfe of my hoggs and four of the best doeskines
in the house, and a payre of buck-shoes and silver Buckells in
them, &c.; legacy to Mr. George Moore, my red silk sash, &c.;
dau. Clarke a large and a small Dram cupp, two silver spoones,
&c., Son James my wearing ringe and one silver spoone and all
my arms in my house and all my wearing apparell and the second
best bed in my house with its furniture, and doeskins; various
other legacies. 11 Feb., 1688. My wife's two daus. Elizabeth and
Margaret referred to in a codicil. Pr. April 9, 1689.
John Goodrich, aged 37, on April 9, 1689.
Will of William Evans: Son Thomas all my land at King-
sale being 400 acres more or less, my bible and all my armes; and
remaining estate to be divided between wife and children. Mr.
Robert fflake exor. Dated 12 July, 1689, pr. Aug. 19, 1689.
246 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
His inventory valued at 43397lb tob.; Libri of Bookes valued
at 1400 pds. of tob.; 1 silver Tankard about a quart, 1 dram cup,
4 lignum vitae dram cups tipt with silver, &c.
Appraisement of Mr. Thomas Pitt's estate: Sum total,
43612lb tob. Mentions hall and closet, kitchen, entry, parlor,
panthre, Hall chamber, parlor chamber, porch chamber, Vpper
entry. One halfe of the sloope Martha, with her sails, and rig-
gin, &c., belonging to Coll. William Cole and said Thomas Pitt
worth 7000lb of tob.; a parsall of books in the closet worth 400lb.
Deed of Tristram Nosworthy (1) in behalf of his daus. Sarah
and Elizabeth Nosworthy. 1 May, 1690.
Will of Michael ffulgham: To son Anthony ffulgeham plan-
tation where I now live; son Michael plantation on which Mr.
William Baldwin lives; rent of the plantation to go towards the
scooling of youngest children; dau. Sarah ffulgam, dau. Martha,
daus. Mary, Susanna and Ruth; brother Nicholas, wife Anne
ffulgeham, bros. John and Nicholas. Dated 17 Feb., 1690-1; pr.
March 9, 1690-1.
Will of John Grove (2): John Murrey exor., and the 20 pds.
sterling obligation of Arthur Allen I give out of the same to the
aforesaid John Murrey 10 pds. and to Thomas proud five pds.
"And all my Bookes and papers and medicines and gally pots
and glass bottles and the other five pounds I give to the repairing
of our meeting house on Levy Necke field; legacies to Elizabeth
Murrey, Susan Bressie, Samuel Newton, William Richards, John
Lux, John Murrey's three children John, William and George.
"I doe earnestly desire of the Court that noe swearing should be
urged to any about any concerning things of this my will, have-
(1) This family originated with "Lt. Col. Tristram Nosworthy (pro-
nounced Nosory) of ye Ragged Islands in Virginia, gent." Lower Nor-
folk Co. records, 1656.
(2) A Capt. John Grove or Groves (who came from Bristol) was justice
of Surry Co., and died about 1673. The testator above may have been
some relation of the Quaker Joseph Groves, who wrote "New England
Judged" -- a book containing a full account of the sufferings of the
people called Quakers at the hands of the Puritans in New England.
A copy is in the State Library. At Bristol are the wills of John
Grove (1634), Alice (1630), Foulke Grove (1630), Thomas (1593 and
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ing desired Thomas proud to send a coppie of this my will to
whom I do give my money in England, which I account to be
about sixty pounds -- that is, forty pds. to my sister's son Walter
Potter and the remainder to my nephew Peter Grove and to Peter
Grove aforesaid I give to him and his wife six lbs. of dowlas and
six lbs. of canvass. And to theire son John Lewis my darke col-
lored serge Coate, 10th of 10th month, 1689. John Grove. Wit-
nessed by Tho. Taberer, Jno. Carell, Edward Miller, William
Wilson, Thomas proud, and proved by the oaths of John Carrell,
Edward Miller and William Wilson June 9th, 1691.
Will of Christopher Halliman: Sons Thomas, William,
Christopher, son Richard, two daus., Anne, and Mary Atkisson,
wife Mary Halliman. 24 Apri. 1691.
Will of Marmaduke Cheriicholm, late of Virginia, now resi-
dent in Charlestown in the county of Middlesex, in New England,
Chirurgion: "Imprimis all my just debts to be paid and the resi-
due of my estate I bequeath unto my good friend Bartholomew
Greene, of Charlestown, mariner, aforesaid, from whom I have
received many obliging kindnesses, and particular all that legacy
bequeathed to me by the will of my honored father Thomas Cher-
richolme, late of Wakefield, in Yorkshire, in England, apothe-
cary, deceased." Dated 19 Nov., 1690; proved Novr 16, 1690.
Will of Colonel James Powell (1): Sister Mary my 16th pt. of
the ship Anne and Mary, Capt. Tibbotts master; to Nicholas
Wilson 5000 pds. of tobo. and my cloth coat with silver buttons
and breeches of plate buttons. Margaret Wilson, wife to Nich-
olas, 10,000 pds of tobacco; to Anne Wilson, dau. of Nicholas
Wilson, a negro girl named Franke; James Wilson the produce
of sixty odd barrels of porke sent to Antegoe in Capt. Raven-
scrafts sloope, and nineteen barrels of Nailes, from No. 1 to 19,
and two young negroes; to godson James Baker, a mare filly and
to Ambrose Griscoe ye first mare colt that falls this year; Capt.
Richard Tibbots ten pds. sterling, Henry Tooker 10 pds. ster'l,
Henry Baker 10 pds ster'l, Richard Stone his debt; to Margaret
Wilson 20 pds. ster'l, wife Anne, sole exx. Mr. Henry Tooker
and Henry Baker overseers. Dated Jan. 15, 1692-3; pr. Feb. ye
(1) Col. Powell was a warm friend of Sir Wm. Berkely, and was
wounded in the leg when Bacon besieged the Governor at Jamestown in
1676. He is described "as an honest, loyall person -- a great sufferer in
his stock and otherwise." (See Va. Mag., Vol. V., p. 681.)
248 WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE QUARTERLY.
Will of Arthur Smith of Warresquiak in Virginia, Gent.:
Names sons Arthur and Richard Smith, godson Arthur Long;
Son George Smith, dau. Jane Smith, son Thomas my seale ring
of gold and two cows and two heifers and a bull and two breeding
sows, a feather bed with furniture, a gun and all my Bookes, &c.;
godson Arthur Virgin, son of Robert Virgin, Arthur Taylor, son
of Jno. Taylor: his children "to be brought up in the fear of God
and to learn to write and read"; son Thomas Smith, sole exor.;
Mr. Peter Hull, Mr. Peter Knight and Mr. Geo. Hardy overseers,
20 shillings apiece to buy them Rings. Dated 1st Oct., 1645.
Recorded February 9, 1693. Written by Clk underneath, "The
old record being in many places disorderly and deficient; he was
father of Col. Arthur Smith." (1)
Estate of Mr. Joseph Woory,(2) dece'd, L374, 7, 01 (year 1694):
ffor his booke of Martyrs, one bible, one common prayer booke,
Lex Mercatoria, a Lattin Testamant and a parcell of old books in
Svo and duo., very inconsiderable, worth 01, 13, 04.
Samuel Bridger married the widow of Mr. Joseph Woory.
Will of Thomas Taberer, (3) dated 14 Jan., 1692: Gives "Basses
Choyce," on which he now lives to Joseph Copeland, his grandson;
gr.son Thomas Numan, son of John Numan and my dau. Ruth;
grson Thomas Webb, son of William and dau. Mary Webb; dau.
Christian's children and dau. Elizabeth Copeland's children
(and to Elizabeth Wombwell's chidren); gr.dau. Christian
Jordan; my son John Numan to keep Joseph to school till he
can write and reade sufficiently. Pr. 9 Feb., 1694. Codicil,
wherein he mentions 3 gr. children: Joseph Copeland, Thomas
Numan and Isabella Newman. His inventory mentions: A
(1) Mr. Arthur Smith, aged 25, came to Virginia in 1622, in the com-
pany of Farrar Flinton. The above was ancestor of Arthur Smith,
member of Congress. See his will published in full by R. S. Thomas,
Va. Mag. of Hist. and Biog., Vol. VI., p. 113.
(2) Joseph Woory was nephew of Sir John Yeamans, Gov. of Carolina,
and was one of the justices of Isle of Wight.
(3) This was probably the Justice Tabener, at whose house William
Edmundson staid in 1672, and whose wife was very loving to the
Quakers. Mr. Thomas writes his name Taberner, but it was really
Taberer. His wife was a legatee under the will of Richard Bennett. See
Va. Mag. of Hist. and Biog., III., pp. 53-56. So was Elizabeth Outland,
whom Edmundson visited in 1675 at Chuckatuck, where he held "many
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parcell of Virginia blankets, one seader chest containing wearing
apparell, one chest containing all the Books, one Danzick case
with bottles; one desk containing writings, one greate trunk
containing covering, lining, one riding hood and one silver
headed cane; one small trunk, one cubberd Inlaid, one silver
ladle, six silver spoones, one silver sack cup and one silver dram
cup; one silver tobacco box and two copper boxes and two brass
scales, 4 brass candlesticks, one pr. of snuffers, one looking glass,
one barber's case with two Razors, one pare of Dogs and And-
irons, one cold still and frame; a lining wheel and a wooling
wheel, sheets, &c. By John Newman I. N his mark.
Inventory of Mr. Nicholas Smith: Parlor, Hall, Parlor
chamber, Hall chamber, porch chamber, over the Parlor chamber,
over the Porch chamber; Virginia Pewter spoons, Virginia
cloth, plate in same chest, one large tankard, one large salt, one
caudle cup, one sack cup and nine spoons in ye closet, &c. Total
inventory, 338L:04 : 01-3/4; 81 oz. of plate at 5s : 6d; worth 22:
05 : 06.
Will of John Newman, I N: Wife Ruth, son Thomas, dau.
Isabella. Legacy to Wm. Holden. 11 Dec., 1695.
Will of Jno. Goodrich: Sons George, John; daus. Constance
Goodrich, Honnor Goodrich, Eliz. Goodrich, Mary Goodrich; 20
shillings apiece for wedding rings; Bro. Robert Kae and Mr.
Ja. Day overseers. Dated 9 June, 1695; pr. 10 Aug., 1696.
Will of Tho. Moore: Names Edward Champion, Jr., Orlando
Champion and their father Edward Champion, Sen., (1) Alice
Champion, dau. of said Edward Champion; Benjamin, son
of Edward Champion, Sr., wife Elizabeth Moore and bro. George
Moore, niece Magdalen Carter, Priscella Champion; wife and
bro. exors., and Charles Champion and Mr. Carrell overseers.
Proved 9, 10br, 1696.
Will of George Hardy: Son Richard Hardy, youngest son
Thomas, gr.children Richard and George Jarett; two daus.
Marg. and Sarah; gives his son Richard his part of a vessel and
(1) Champions and Travises intermarried. See Vol. V., p. 16, VI., pp.
60-61. There is in the Surry Co. records a power of attorney from
Edward and Elizabeth Travis, his wife, witnessed by John Champion
and William Harrison, dated 1678. At Bristol are the wills of Kath-
ering Champion (1616), William (1636), John (1705).. Hereinafter cited as "William and Mary."
- [S578] Jr. Dorman, compiler, Edgecomb county N.C. abstracts of Court Minutes 1744-46, 1757-94 (n.p.: n.pub., 1968).
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- [S600] Karl Lietzenmayer, "unknown title," e-mail message from Karl J Lietzenmayer [e-mail address] (unknown address) to mvw, Sept 2007.
- [S603] Cary A. Rutherford Jr., Research and Compilation by Cary A. Rutherford Jr.., online http://www.nelsongenealogy.org/gedcom/sources.html#2. Hereinafter cited as Rutherford.
- [S623] English Records, online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx
- [S626] Stephaun Paul, "Stephaun Paul Polemic," e-mail message from Stephaun De Paul [e-mail address] (unknown address) to MVW, august 2010. Hereinafter cited as "Polemic."
- [S629] Unknown record type: unknown subject, by unknown photographer; unknown series; unknown repository, unknown repository address. Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=63908; unknown file name.
- [S635] Unknown compiler, compiler, "North Carolina State Archives"; Ancestral File Department of Cultural Resources - Archives and Records Section, 109 E. Jones Ave, Raleigh, NC. Hereinafter cited as "NC State Archives."