Descendants of Thomas Anderson, Sr.

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

        1.  Thomas2 Anderson, Sr.  (Richard1) (Source: Patrick J. Anderson, "Suspected but unproven," Working Papers 2004.) was born October 06, 1616 in Stallingborough, Lincolnshire, England, and died Aft. 1651 in Gloucester County, Virginia.  He married ?. 

 

Notes for Thomas Anderson, Sr.:

        Thomas Anderson arrived on the ship "Merchant Bonaventure" having embarked in January 1634/5 for Virginia, his age is listed as 18.  He lived at Gloucester Point on York River according to tradition and was a shipwright.  Gloucester Point is on the North Bank of the York River across from current Yorktown.

        King Charles the I, of England, about the year 1635 became disenchanted with the mismanagement of the Virginia Colony by the London Company and revoked their charter and took control of the activities of the colony.  In addition to sending lawyers to set up the government offices in Jamestown, including creating 6 county governments and a land office in Jamestown and organizing the militia, King Charles also solicited volunteers among the shipyards of England to go to Virginia and establish repair yards for ships engaged in the Virginia trade.  There was a great need for those yards to take advantage of the plentiful Virginia timber which was becoming scarce in England and to provide repair facilities for ships engaged in the Virginia trade. Thomas Anderson apparently responded to this call.

        There are Andersons of the colonial period of the Gloucester County area and it is possible that some of them descend from this man. It is possible that he had several sons and it is important to remember that at this early time his sons may have resettled almost anywhere on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  The following record indicates that Thomas Anderson survived along the York River until after 1651. 

 

Virginia Patents Book 2, pge 310

William Guinsey 300 acres York County, 3 April 1651 upon southward side of Mattapony River, which tract is about 10 miles up the River. Transport of 6 persons: Wm Guinsey, Geo. Talker, Thomas Anderson, Ben. Dudley. (sic only 4 listed)

 

        The area of William Guinsey's patent is in the same vicinity that Robert Anderson, Sr. established himself by 1666 and is possibly the reasoning behind the claims that Thomas was the founder of the New Kent County Anderson family in the following 1881 newspaper article.  This leaves us with competing claims that the Reverend Richard, John or Thomas may have been the father of the Andersons of New Kent.

 

From the Richmond Virginia Standard, March 12, 1881 by B. A. Brock

Thomas Anderson was the traditional founder of the Anderson family near Gloucester Point where he founded a shipyard in the 17th century. Another representative of the family settled in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is claimed that an emblasoning of Thomas Andersons arms is extant as follows: Vert, three bucks lodged or. Crest--A buck lodged, holding in the mouth an acord leaved, and wounded in the breast by an arrow. Motto--Nit desperaudum, ausplee Dec.

 

From:  Rubroc2@aol.com        

See newspaper article in The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Va. 02/26/1984. Merchant Hope, ship that brought Richard Anderson to Va. in 1635. His sons John and Thomas were in the shipbuilding business in Gloucester Pt., Va.

 

        I have found no supporting evidence that this Thomas Anderson had any family at all, however there remain unattributed Andersons of Colonial Virginia born in the 1637-1660 period who may well be his.  Because early Colonial Gloucester County records were destroyed in an 1820 fire the records to connect them may be lost.

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        Reynard Anderson born ca1640 is identified as imported in the patent of Martin Coale for 300 acres on the South side of the Great Wicomoco River in Northumberland County on 07/01/1654. However I can find no evidence that he actually resided in the northern neck of Virginia, rather he was an early resident of the southside of the James River in Charles City County where he married Elizabeth Skiffen in 1662.  He lived near Bailey's Creek just northeast of Petersburg from the 1662 time until his death in 1690 leaving sons James, William, Henry, Matthew, and John and daughter Frances married to John Herbert. He lived some 7 miles west of our Thomas Anderson [d.1711].  I have prepared documentation of Reynard's descendants in order to allow me to distinguish them from Thomas'.

 

       

Child of Thomas Anderson and ? is:

+      2                 i.    Thomas3 Anderson, Jr., born Abt. 1637 in Possibly York County, Virginia; died Bet. 1673 - 1683 in Charles City County, Virginia.

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

        2.  Thomas3 Anderson, Jr. (Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: Patrick J. Anderson, "Suspected but unproven," Working Papers 2004.) was born Abt. 1637 in Possibly York County, Virginia, and died Bet. 1673 - 1683 in Charles City County, Virginia.  He married ?. 

 

Notes for Thomas Anderson, Jr.:

        The parents of Mr. Thomas Anderson of Charles City County deceased in 1711 have not been proven.  I include the following records to indicate one possibility and my current hypothesis.

        In 1607 when the colonists arrived in the James River the lands which now make up the eastern portion of Prince George County, Virginia were occupied by the Weyanoke Indian tribe.  These Indians were a derivative of an Algonquin culture.  The primary village of these people was located at a point on Powell's Creek at the head of navigation of that creek by Indian dugout canoe and was referred to by the English as "Old Towne".  This is about two miles from the mouth of the Creek on the James River.   Much of the land from the village northward to the James River was partially cleared and cultivated.  Just to the east of this region between Powell's Creek and Chippokes Creek was a large primeval forest.  Archeological investigations at the "Old Towne" site were being conducted in the 1980's.  This site was occupied by Indians for thousands of years.  The culture was similar to that described by Sir Francis Drake on his 1588 visits to Virginia and the Carolinas and published in his book.  Current evidence indicates that this site was co-occupied by the English and Indians between 1620's and 1640's.  There were warehouses built for the storage of tobacco before shipment.  During this period the "Old Towne" still served as a trading point between the English and the Indians.  It was sometimes referred to as "the great market" in land patents.  The Indian occupation of the site ended shortly after the 1644 Indian War. 

        One of the early Colonial governor's of Virginia was Sir George Yeardley who was married to Temperance Flowerdieu.  In 1617 the Governor received from the Weyanoke Indian King a grant of land called "Tanks Weyanoke" located on the point east of Powell's Creek.  He added 1000 acres by patent in 1618 and called the plantation and the nearby Creek "Flowerdieu Hundred".   Temperance's brother managed the plantation for him. In 1624 Governor Yeardley sold the plantation to Captain Abraham Piersey.  Piersey died in 1627 and left the estate to his daughter Elizabeth who as Elizabeth Stephens re-patented the lands on 10/15/1636.  In 1639 she had transferred a portion of this to William Barker.

        Powell's Creek drains from the highlands south of "Old Towne" Indian village northward to the James River.  This creek was named after Nathaniel Powell.  Captain Nathaniel Powell and his wife, a daughter of Mr. Tracey were killed in the 1622 Indian massacre at Powell's plantation called "Powlebrooke" located near the mouth of what is now Powell's Creek.  Captain Nathaniel Powell's brother Thomas Powell of Howlton, Yoeman in the County of Suffolk, inherited these lands and sold them to John Taylor, Citizen and Girdler of London.  John Taylor assigned them to "William Barker" and "his Associates & Co.", who re-patented these lands on 02/12/1638 as "Merchants Hope."  The name "Merchant's Hope" derives from the name of a ship owned by William Barker and engaged in the Virginia trade.  An examination of additional records identifies some of William Barker's associates as John Sadler, Richard Quiney , and Symon Sturges; all London Merchants.  These gentleman were among the major developers of both the north and the south side James River area.  Richard Quiney was married to Shakespeare's granddaughter.

        William Barker was married to Frances Ward daughter of James Ward for whom Ward's Creek (east of Flowerdieu) was named.  William Barker died before 1655.  William's widow Frances then married Robert Netherland and later still Thomas Drew.  William's daughter Sarah Barker married Richard Taylor of Flowerdieu Hundred, then Robert Lucy and lastly James Bisse.  She would inherit a large portion of William Barker's interests South of the James upon the death of her brother John Barker without issue, in 1677. 

        Howell Pryse is granted a patent for 4800 acres of land in Charles City County 10/27/1655 for the transport of many individuals, including a Thomas Anderson.  This is not filed in the Virginia State Land Patents rather it is filed in Charles City Court Orders 1655-58 on page 82. Howell Pryse was the Charles County sheriff and a resident south of the James River at Flowerdieu Hundred.  Howell Pryse later returned to Great Britain at the end of the Cromwellian period.

        I have found no further records for this Thomas Anderson in Charles City County, which may not be significant because all the will and deed books were destroyed in the US Civil War and only fragments of the court orders survive for some years.  I include this Thomas Anderson here because it is reasonable to speculate that he may have been the father of Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711).  There is no mention of his estate in the surviving Charles City Court orders after 1683, therefore it is likely that he died before then.  Bacon's Rebelion took place in Virginia in 1676 and the entire colony was embroiled in turmoil at the time.

        It is unknown whether this Thomas Anderson was an immigrant from Great Britain or whether he had originated within the Virginia Anderson family of the York River. It was not unusual at this time for a member of any family of the James and York rivers to have a son settle anywhere along those rivers. It is worth evaluating whether this Thomas Anderson was a son or nephew of the Thomas Anderson, Sr. (b.1616) who is alleged to have been a shipwright at Gloucester Point, York County, Virginia and arrived in 1634 aboard the Merchant Bonaventure, and was allegedly the son of Richard Anderson (b.1585) who arrived aboard the Merchant's Hope owned by William Barker in 1635. Richard and his sons John and Thomas were reputed to be shipwrights that were sponsored in early Virginia by the wealthy shipowner William Barker.  Richard Anderson, Jr. was the minister at Gloucester Point. Since our Mr. Thomas Anderson's (d.1711) family was associated with carpentry and Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711) marries the granddaughter of William Barker as his second wife these relationships are my current avenue of interest in exploring the ancestors of Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711).  Regretably I have located no records to prove these relationships.

        It is of interest that William Barker founded the "Merchant's Hope" plantation at the mouth of Powell Creek along the south side of the James River and just 10 miles north of the location of Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711) 1683 patent. In 1654 the Merchant's Hope Church was built near the Indian "Old Town" lands and a mile or so south of Merchant's Hope plantation.  The date is derived from the year 1654 carved into one of the roof beams.  The church was remarkable, before restoration work in the nineteenth century, for an acoustic arched wooden roof and suspended walkway from the sacristy to the pulpit which had been built by ships carpenters. Before 1694 Thomas Anderson (d.1711) lived on 100 acres just south of Merchant's Hope Church on the east side of the "Old Towne Run" and the Rev. Charles Anderson had a 505 acre plantation on the west side. Could it be possible that Charles Anderson and Thomas Anderson were brothers and Charles Anderson, a later minister of this chapel, was a son of the chapel's builder?

        David Piebels (Peebles) was a Royalist refugee from Fife County, Scotland.  He patented land along Powell's Creek south of the James River in 1650 and again, later, on Birchen Swamp with Charles Sparrow.  He was an early Court Judge of Charles City County in the 1650's.  His son William Peebles was born in Scotland in 1635, (mother Elspeth Mackie) came to Virginia before the time of his father's death in 1659 and again patented lands at the head of Birchen Swamp in 1673. Birchen Swamp was the name given to the small feeder creeks at the head of Powell's Creek.

        The 3 November 1673 land grant to William Peebles is recorded on page 182 of Virginia Land Patent Book Number 6.  The grant is for 862 acres in Charles City County, located on the south side of the James River.  Of this 473 acres is located adjacent to Thomas Newhouse and on Birchen Swamp.  388 acres is near the "old towne" land.  The first tract is granted by patent dated 30 July 1670 and the residue is for the transport of seven persons including Hen. Makeley, Roger Cooke, Mary Bennet, Jno. Traharne, Eliz. Jettly, Mary Gibbons, Tho. Anderson. William Peebles's patent was between the head of the Otter dam Creek and the headwaters of Powell's Creek.  This patent includes other surnames of well established Virginia families, (i.e. Cooke, Bennett, and Gibbons) and it would appear therefore as a purchase of head rights by Mr. Peebles. William Peebles married Judeth and had a son William, he married again and had a son David, and a third time to Elizabeth and had a son Henry.  His estate was named "Burleigh".

        Both Mr. Thomas Anderson's (d.1711) residence and Charles Anderson's plantation in the 1690's were adjacent the "Burleigh" estate.  It is possible to interpret the William Peeble's record two ways: 1st, that it is a reference to Thomas Anderson, Jr. late in life or 2nd, that it is the earliest mention of Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711).

        Firstly, if it is a mention of Thomas Anderson, Jr. then it is evidence that he survived after 1670 and indeed could be the father of Charles Anderson as well as Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711).  It seems likely then that he died between 1673 and 1683. I am curious if he may have distinguished himself or have been a casualty in Bacon's Rebellion in 1676.  I have made one attempt at finding an estate record in the surviving fragments of Charles City County Court Orders for 1673-1683 but wish to examine them again before losing hope.  This record set has never been abstracted and the hand writing in these fragments is difficult and will require patient interpretation.

        Secondly, if it is a mention of Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711) then the implication is that he was born earlier than the 1662 approximation, by 5 or 10 years, which would mean that perhaps Charles Anderson was not his brother as a 20 year gap in their birthdates is excessive.  Also this interpretation would mean that Thomas Anderson's (d.1711) first children were born when he was 27, rather late for the time, and would make him in his sixties on his death in 1711 with a young second wife and minor children.  This interpretation seems to time shift Mr. Thomas Anderson (d.1711) late by a decade.   This is why I have placed this 1673 record here with Thomas Anderson, Jr. I have doubted this second hypothesis; although it is still possible if the 1673 record is a mention of him as a 10 year old, the youngest age at which one qualified for a headright.

 

Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume 10, Charles City County Court Orders 1655- 1658, compiled by Beverly Fleet, Richmond Virginia, 1941.

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1666- 1695, Nell Marion Nugent. Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia, 1977.

 

 

       

Children of Thomas Anderson and ? are:

+      3                 i.    Mister Thomas4 Anderson, born Abt. 1662 in Charles City County, Virgnia; died Bef. June 1711 in on "Old Towne Run", Prince George County, Virginia.

+      4                ii.    Sarah Anderson, born Abt. 1665 in Charles City County, Virginia.

        5               iii.    William Anderson (Source: Benjamin B. Weisiger, II, Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders, 1687-1695,  (1980).), born Abt. 1667 in Charles City County, Virgnia; died 1690 in Charles City County, Virgnia.  He married Anne ?; born Abt. 1670.

 

Notes for William Anderson:

Charles City County Court Orders, 10/3/1689 page 251

Col. Bacon vs Wm Anderson referred to the next court

 

Charles City County Court Orders, 4/3/1690 page 281

Anne, widow of Wm Anderson, showng by petition her husband was deceasd much indebted to Hon. Wm. Byrd, Esq., beyond value of dec's's estate, prays administration may be granted to his Hono. Administration granted to Hon. Wm. Byrd, Esq., Capt. Fr. Perry, security, Capt Batte to name and swear Appraisers.

 

Charles City County Court Orders, 8/12/1690 page 286

Ordered that the Sherriff summon Anne, widow of  Wm. Anderson, to next Court, to swear to inventory of her deceased husband's estate.

 

Charles City County Court Orders, 8/12/1690 page 292

judgt. granted Hon. Wm Byrd, Esq., agst estate of Wm Anderson, dec'd for £ 40/3/3 on 2 bills, James Cocke, storekeeper for sd. Byrd making oath it is due.

 

Source: Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders, 1687-1695, Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1980.

 

 

        6               iv.    Charles Anderson (Source: Patrick J. Anderson, "Suspected but unproven," Working Papers 2004.), born 1669 in Unconfirmed; died April 07, 1718 in Charles City County, Virginia.  He married Frances ?; died 1739 in Charles City County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Charles Anderson:

       The Reverend Charles Anderson, was born about 1669 calculated from his tombstone at Westopher plantation.   I suspect he was one of the sons of Thomas Anderson of southside Charles City County. This is something to be further investigated. No contemporary record of the Rev. Charles Anderson confirms directly the identity of his father.  No contemporary record of his birth is known by the preparer other than the epitaph upon his tombstone.

       In Charles City County Court Orders of 6/4/1694 mention is made of Mr. Charles Anderson performing the marriage of John Moore and Elizabeth Perkins in July 1692.  This is the earliest record I have found of him in Virginia.  Mr. Charles Anderson is mentioned as buyer in the estate sale of John Burge on 05/09/1693. 

       The book "Scottish Ancestors" says that the magazine "Aberdeen Notes and Queeries" states that he was born in Scotland and that he graduated from King's College in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1693. An individual is to be found in school records of graduates in 1693 as Carolus Anderson (all graduates names were latinized). I have not yet found a way to track down the article in "Aberdeen Notes and Queeries", but have discovered that the series is on file at the Edinburgh City Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1.1EG.  However his presence in Virginia in July of 1692 as an acting minister makes suspect the graduation date above and claims that he is the same as Carolus Anderson.

       The family of Reverand Charles Anderson resided in the Parish Glebe at Westopher Plantation, North of the James upriver from Westopher.  His widow may have resided at or near the ferry crossing owned by her.  This ferry operated from Jordan Point (Old Jordan's Journey) to the "point" on the north bank of the James.  The Benjamin Harrison bridge now spans this gap.  No land patents are recorded in the name of Charles Anderson for this time period.  It is likely that his lands were acquired by deed.  The 1704 rent roll indicates that he held 505 acres south of the James River in What was then Prince George County. His plantation lands did border west of the old town run near Richard Pace and opposite the homesite on the east side of old towne run of Thomas Anderson of the southside of the James River.

       Charles was the Minister of Westopher Parish from 1692 to his death in 1718.  Throughout this period he served as minister of both the north bank and south bank chapels of this parish and since his dates of service co-incide with the period that the north and south side churches were combined into one parish it is likely that this arrangement was as he desired it.  This is one of the reasons that I suspect his origins were on the southside of the river, as the prior and subsequent parish ministers of Westover wanted nothing to do with the southside or the boat ride across the river each Sunday.

       During this period, he was a staunch supporter of James Blair in his conlicts with then Governor of Virginia Andros and Nicholson.  It is likely that he owed his appointment as Westopher Parish Minister to his possible marital relationship to Edward Hill and the sponsorship of James Blair, also a "Scotsman".  James Blair had come to Virginia with the mission of organizing the church in Virginia.

       Upon James Blair's return from his 1698 trip to England he called a conference of ministers at Bruton Church in Williamsburg.  During his trip to England he had sabotaged the governorship of Andros, (with the help of warring Spanish ships which had intercepted Governor Andros replies) with charges of mismanagement and misconduct.  Charles is recorded as being one of the six Virginia ministers which remained in Bruton Church when 23 others walked out in protest of James Blair's conduct.

       The Rev. Charles Anderson, his wife and children feature prominently in the secret diaries of William Byrd,II.  Both men had an interest in and practiced the medical cures of the early eighteenth century, often consulting each other.  William Byrd once comments in his diary on how the Rev. had "fixed" his watch using the full weight of sarcasm.  Charles was a frequent dinner partner of William Byrd,II.  William Byrd commonly stopped at Charles Anderson's home whenever traveling west along the north bank of the James River and mentions making his boat available for the Rev Charles to cross the river for services.

       Charles Anderson, was an occasional guest preacher at other Virginia churches and is recorded in William Byrd's diary as preaching at Bruton Church in Williamsburg, Virginia on one occasion before Governor Spotswood, who according to Byrd, was favorably impressed. When the Virginia Council heard the dispute between the French Huguenot settlers of Henrico petitioning for the removal of their church minister, Charles Anderson was present before the council and is recorded as having preached a sermon of reconciliation.  The Fountaine family were members of this congregation. James Robertson followed Charles Anderson as minister at Westopher, but was removed for slurs against the governor in 1720.  Peter Fountaine followed as Westopher Minister until 1757 and is noted for having accompanied William Byrd,II on his survey of the North Carolina border.

       Despite the occasional acerbic comments reserved for others in William Byrd's diaries, Charles apparently escapes any unfavorable mention.  This may be because of Byrd's religious bent, i.e. a "fear of God" or alternatively because of strict laws of the times prohibiting slandering ministers.  More likely, however, it was because of heartfelt respect for Charles by William.  Byrd's diary contains numerous and impressive details of Charles Anderson's attentions to the duties of a Parish Minister.  William Byrd comments frequently upon attending church and "Mr. Anderson preached a good sermon."

       An example serves best to make this point. On the occasion of the burial of WIlliam Byrd's infant son, William makes note in his diary that an extremely heavy downpour forced William and his wife to take shelter on the Church porch during the services.  The Rev. Charles Anderson, remained at the grave side and completed the service uninterrupted.  This attention to duty could not but impress William Byrd.

       The Rev. Charles Anderson died on April 17, 1718.  At this time William Byrd was in England, and regrettably therefore we do not have his diary to give us details.  It should be noted that Frances Anderson, Charles' widow and William Byrd lived near each other for more than a decade after the death of their spouses and that Byrd's subsequent diaries reflect that well after that period the daughters of Charles Anderson were still frequent guests at Westover.  Regretably Byrd's diaries from 1722-1738 have not been found, or perhaps not published.  On December 25, 1739 all of the daughters of the Rev. Charles Anderson were present at the Westover Plantation Manor House for Christmas dinner with William Byrd,II. 

       The list of children is believed to be complete, however as Charles did not list all of his children in his will it is possible that some have escaped notice.  Charles had one son who died as an infant.  This is recorded in the secret diary of William Byrd,II. His son Charles Anderson, also mentioned in the later diaries of Byrd, had died before 1737 and was not involved in the settlement of his mothers estate from which he was due his father's lands.

       Charles' will is filed on both sides of the James, in Prince George County, Book 1713-1728, Part II, page 289.  It is dated 06/26/1712, witnessed by Edw. Hill, H. Maria Platt, Sarah Baxter, and proved Prince George Court at Merchants Hope 03/13/1718 by Frances Anderson and at Charles City Court on 09/1718 by Edward Hill.  Of interest is the presence of the mullattos mentioned by Charles. At this time the number of such persons would have been fewer and therefore we can assume that some slaveowners assuaged their conscience regarding the mixed offspring of their slaves by arranging for them to serve the Parish Minister.  It should be noted that Charles' choice in his identification of these persons reflected that he was aware of the issue of race and the consequences of slavery, a man of conscious and unwilling to simply identify them as negro as was done in so many wills of the time.  As a prominent Parish Minister serving at the time when the very definitions of slavery were being formed by the Virginia Colonial Council it would be of extreme interest if we could hear from him of the discussion of slavery that he must have had over the billiard table at Westover with William Byrd, II a member of that council.

       In the Name of God, Amen. I Charles Anderson of Westopher Parish in the County of Charles City, Clerk, being sick in body but of good and perfect memory (thanks to Almighty God) and calling to mind the uncertain estate of this transitory Life, and that all life must yield unto Death, when it shall please God to call, do make constitute ordain and declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, revoking and annulling by these presents all and every Testament and Testaments, Will and Wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing.  And first being penitant and sorry for my sins past most humbly desiring forgiveness for the same, I give and commit my soul unto almighty God my Saviour and redeemer in whom and by the merrits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assured to be saved, and to have full remission of all my sins, and that my soul within my body at the General Day of Resurrection shall rise again with joy, and through the merits of Christs Death and passion possess & inherit the kingdom of Heaven prepared for his elect and chosen.  And my body to be buried in such place where it shall please my Executirx hereafter named to appoint.  And for the setling of my Temporal Estate which it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I do order give and dispose in manner and form following (that is to say) first I will that all my just debts whatsoever be well & truly contented and paid.

       Item.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Anderson these Negroes and Slaves following Viz: Frank a Mullato Woman, Dick a Mullatto man, and Nanny a negro girl, to her and her heirs forever.

       Item.  I give and bequeath unto my son Charles Anderson after the Death of my Dear and Loving Wife, All my Lands I now have or herafter may or shall belong unto me in this country or elsewhere, to him my said son and to his heirs forever.  And also I give and bequeath unto my said son Charles Anderson these Negroes following Viz:  Scipio a Negro man, Betty and Negro Woman, Jack a Negro boy, to him and his heirs.

       Item.  I give and bequeath unto my daughter Frances Anderson these Negros following Viz: Billy and Negro boy, Hannah a Negro girl and George a Mullato boy, to her and her heirs for ever.

       Item.  I will that what Tobacco's I now have in the country after necessarys for my familys use are bought, be shipped for England, and the produce of that and what else I have in England after debts paid, be equally divided amongst my wife and children.

       Item.  I will that my dear and loving wife have and enjoy all and singular the profits of my whole estate during the minority of my children or marriage for their better maintenance and more Liberal Education.

       Item.  I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife all the residue of my said estate not before mentioned to be given whether real or personal in this country or elsewhere, to her and her heirs for ever.

       And lastly I do ordain constitute and appoint my dear and loving wife my sole and whole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th Day of June Anno Domini 1712

       Sealed and Delivered before:           Ch: Anderson

       Edw: Hill                         seald wth red wax

       H: Maria Platt

       Sarah Baxter

 

       The Rev. Charles Anderson is buried in the old Westopher church on Westopher plantation on the north bank of the James River. The grave is located about 30 yards from the water about .1 mile west of the current manor house.  The burial originally took place in the apse of the church.         The marker is a ground level full length stone slab, The epitaph on his gravestone reads, " Here Lyes interred the Body of Rev. Charles Anderson, who was minister of this Parish 26 yeares and dyed the 7th of April 1718 in the 49th year of his Age." 

       The current site is enclosed with an iron fence and includes tombs for Elizabeth Horsmundsen Byrd, Evelyn Byrd, William Byrd,I and Capt. Nathaniel Perry.  Not far away are the tombs of Benjamin Harrison,I and his wife.  Disappointingly the condition of Charles' stone has deteriorated very rapidly since I first observed it in 1983 and is nearly illegible today. There is an archeological survey of this site recorded in the Virginia Historical Library, Battle Abbey, Richmond, Virginia. It is likely that the original Westopher Church was a wooden frame with brick underlining and was built about 1646.  Numerous references are made to the church at Westopher throughout Charles City County Court records from 1640 to 1700, refering to levies for repairs.

       The Westopher Parish church was located at this site until Mrs. Byrd in 1736 began the building of the current manor house and reorganized the neighborhood. Mrs. Byrd, tired of "dinner guests" after church services, arranged for the construction of a new church some miles away.  The councils of WIlliam Byrd and his Minister had occurred in the original wooden home built where the manor house garden is today.  William Byrd, II is buried at the center of this garden on the site of his original home.  She also tore down the brewry that used to be next to the church and court house.

 

Richard Pace

Francis Poythress  to                             Thomas Goodwyn

Prince George County                           Surry County

11/11/1718             400 acres                 Westopher Parish

Pr. George County        Book 1713-1728             Page 269

       This Indenture made this eleventh Day of November in the year of Our Lord God One thousand seven hundred and eighteen.  Between Richard Pace and Francis Poythress of the County of Prince George of the one part and Thomas Goodwynne of the County of Surry of the other part,  Witnesseth that the said Richard Pace and Francis Poythress for divers good causes and considerations then thereunto moving, but more expecially for and in consideration of the sum of One hundred pounds Sterl: to them in hand paid by the said Thoams Goodwynne at and before the ensealing and delivery of these presents the rect whereof the said Richard Pace and Francis Poythress doth hereby acknowledge they themselves to be therewith fullly satisfied contented and paid and thereof doth acquire release and discharge the said Thomas Goodwynne his Ex     Hath given granted bargained sold remised, released, and for ever quitted claim, and by these presents the said Richard Pace and Francis Poythress doth for themselves their heirs Exrs and Admts forever give grant bargain sell remise release and for ever quit claim unto the said Thomas Goodwynne and to his heirs forever to all that seat tract parcell or dividend of Land situate lying and being in the Pssh of Westopher in the County of Prince George contain by estimation four hundred acres of Land, be it more or less and bounded Viz: beginning at the Path on the Old Town run, where it crosses the same, leading from old Michael Rossers plantation to Edward Goodriches plantation, and running thence Westwardly as the path leads along the said Rossers cornfiled fence to the upper end of the same and from thence west ninteen degreed north along a line of mark trees to a corner oak in the head of a bottom thence down that bottom by a line of mark trees to the runn between Richard Paces plantation where he now lives, and the plantation whereon John Whittmore more lately lived, and so down that runn to the Path at the beginning. together with Two hundred acres of Land at the head of the said Richard Paces dividend, beginning at his southern corner tree and running east fifty chains to a red oake, thence No. One hundred and sixty chains to the line dividing this land from lands which did belong to Mr. Cha. Anderson Decsd: thence West fifty chains, thence So. one hundred and sixty chains to the beginning. To have and to hold the said land sand premises hereby granted unto the said Thomas Goodwynne and to his heirs forever, together with all houses Orchards, Gardens, Woods, underwoods, wayes, Pastures etc. and all other the appurtenances thereon or thereunto belonging or in any wise appurtaining, so that neither the said Richard Pace nor Francis Poythress nor their heirs nor any other person or persons whatever claiming or to claim by from or under them or either of them shall no at any time hereafter have any right title interest claims or demand of in or too the sd. lands and premises, but that the same with every part and parcell thereof shall be and forver hereafter enure to the only sole proper use and behoof of him the said Thomas Goodwynne and to his heirs forever.  In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals the day and year first above written.

 

Testes.   Peter Wynne           F. Poythress sealed w/ red wax

       John {B} Bonner            Richd: Pace  sealed w/ red wax

 

       Data form the 1704 Rent Rolls would indicate that Charles held a comparable amount of land in comparison to other Anderson families of Virginia.

 

Anderson, Charles Mr.  Prince George County    505 acres

Anderson, Tho.             Prince George County    450 acres

Anderson, Henry           Prince George County    250 acres

Anderson, John             Prince George County    228 acres

Anderson, Matthew              Prince George County    349 acres

Anderson, Wm.             Prince George County    235 acres

Anderson, David           New Kent County          300 acres

Anderson, John             New Kent County          100 acres

Anderson, John             New Kent County          100 acres

Anderson, Richard         New Kent County          200 acres

Anderson, Robert          New Kent County          700 acres

Anderson, Robert          New Kent County          900 acres

Anderson, George          Isle of Wight County      150 acres

Anderson, John             York County           50  acres

Anderson, Richard         King and Queen County 650 acres

Anderson, William Cpt King William County      150 acres

 

 

       Bibliography

 

The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704, by Annie Laurie Wright Smith, Virginia State Archives, 1957.

 

Charles City County, Virginia, Records, 1737-1774, Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1986.

 

Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders, 1687-1695, Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1980.

 

Prince George County, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, Abstracted and Indexed by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1973.

 

English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, by DesCognets, Princeton, New Jersey, 1958; page 242, 267.

 

Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Editor Lyon G. Tyler, Volume VI, Richmond, Virginia, 1925; page 262.

 

William and Mary Quarterly, Ist Series, Volume IV, Editor Lyon G. Tyler, Richmond, Virginia, 1895; Kraus Reprint Company 1977, page 127,143.

 

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Volume I, page 374; Volume II, page 4; Volume IV, page 212; Volume VIII, page 367; Volume XLV, pages 395, 396.

 

Westover Church and Its Environs, by Kirkland Ruffin Saunders,  W. M. Brown & Sons, Richmond Va., 1937; pages 52, 53.

 

The Secret Diary of William Byrd, 1709-1712, Edited by Louis B. Wright and Marion Tinling, Dietz Press, Richmond Virginia, 1941.

 

The London Diary, 1717-1721,  and Other Writings, William Byrd of Virginia, Edited by Louis B. Wright and Marion Tinling, Ox ford Universtiy Press, New York, 1958.

 

Another Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover, 1739-1741, Edited by Maude H. Woodfin, Translated and Collated by Marion Tinling, The Dietz Press, Inc., Richmond, Virginia, 1942; pages 12, 22, 23, 84, 87, 88,

 

William and Mary Quarterly, Ist Series, Volume IV, page 127,143.

 

 

Notes for Frances ?:

Frances Anderson

Edward Hill           to                     Robert Bolling

12/13/1720             Bond £ 50

Pr. G. Co.              1713-1728 Part II   Page 429

       Condition of indemnifying Robert Bolling for making payment to Fances of £ 24 owed Frances by Henry Offley of London, Merchant.

 

Charles Anderson's will names widow Frances, surname unknown.  Her close association with Mrs. Harrison of Berkley Plantation after the death of her husband suggests a possible relationship.  Alternatively, her husband was a close friend of Edward Hill and their lands south of the James bordered upon each other.  The family of Charles Anderson is recorded as having dined enmass with Edward Hill in William Byrd's diary.  This authors guess is that she was related to one of Edward Hill's wives.

 

Charles City County Court Orders

09/1739

page 115

       Will of Mrs. Frances Anderson presented by Frances Anderson, her executrix, and by John Stith, in right of his wife.  Jane Anderson and Charllotte Anderson, the other executors, did not move for any right to execute will.

 

       (Chas City Co Wills & Deeds 1725-1731:54)  1722 Accounts Current of Col. Edward Hill, dec'd. 

Credits:  Mr. Archabald Blair, William Byrd, Esq., Mr. Hall, Mr. Micajah Perry, Mr. Hide & Co., Littlebury Epes, Legacy to Mrs. Anderson and her daughter Stith, Mrs. Anderson's three youngest daughters, Mrs. Susanna Hunt, Susanna Epes, Mr. John Giffard, Executors of Charles Goodrich, Mr. Lyonal Loyde of Bristol, Wm Randolph, Mr. Cary, Col. John Carter for Thomas Bates's 2nd year wages, Capt. Hudson, Maj. John Bolling, Estate of Maj. John Epes, Capt. John Stith, Mr. William Royal, Estate of Maj. John Epes, Capt. John Stith, Mr. William Royall, Mrs. Frances Anderson, John Peterson, Mrs. Greenhill.

Debits:  William Randolph, Estate of Maj. John Epes, Mr. John Stith, Mrs. Anderson, Littlebury Epes.

November 29, 1725.  Examined and reported by Fran's Hardyman, Bowler Cocke, and John Bannister.  Recorded December 1, 1725.

 

 

        7                v.    Andrew Anderson (Source: Benjamin B. Weisiger, II, Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders, 1687-1695,  (1980).), born Abt. 1671.

 

Notes for Andrew Anderson:

October Court 1694 Charles City County Virginia

       Joseph Beale brings action of slander agst Andrew Anderson, for saying to plt. "Thou art a rogue and hast stole my money, being 4 pieces of 8/8, which I have lost", begging damages for these false and malicious words 5000 lbs tobacco. Deft., pleads not guilty and puts self on county, and plt. likewise. Jury is impanelled, same as in Down's case, only Stephen Samson in stead of Thomas Harnison, Jury finds for plt.. 200 lbs tobacco damages, Price and Burnby sworn in this case, William Harrison and Bartholomew Fowler, attorneys for plt. Joseph Beale awarded 20 shillings agst Andrew Anderson.

 

April Court 1695 Charles City County Virginia

       Abell Morgan agst Andrew Anderson, debt, 1000 lbs tobacco, sherriff returns deft non est inventus, judgement granted agst deft.

 

June Court 1695 Charles City County Virginia

       Abel Morgan agst Andrew Anderson dismissed.

 

 

 

Generation No. 3

 

        3.  Mister Thomas4 Anderson (Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: Thomas Anderson, 1711 Will of Thomas Anderson,  (1710-1713 Will Book, Page 36, Prince George County, Virginia).) was born Abt. 1662 in Charles City County, Virgnia, and died Bef. June 1711 in on "Old Towne Run", Prince George County, Virginia.  He married (1) ? Abt. 1683 in Charles City County, Virginia.  She was born Abt. 1665, and died Bef. 1695 in Charles City County, Virginia.  He married (2) Mary Lucy Abt. 1695 in Charles City County, Virginia, daughter of Robert Lucy and Sarah Barker.  She was born Abt. 1677 in Charles City County, Virginia, and died 1719 in Prince George County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Mister Thomas Anderson:

        There were people by the name of Anderson in Charles City County, between 1650 and 1700 but examination of those individuals has not yet assisted me in confirming the identity of Thomas' father.   No birth record, contemporary or otherwise, is known for Thomas Anderson. As it was common practice at the time to obtain a patent upon reaching the age of 21 Thomas was born before 1662 but not likely much before that. The Westover Minister, Reverend Charles Anderson, born in 1670, owned land adjacent on the west of Thomas in the period 1692 to 1711. I am investigating him as a possible brother.  There is mention of a Thomas Anderson as early as 1655 in Charles City County and in addition, Thomas, John and Rev. Richard Anderson sons were born at this time in York County.  Any of these Virginia men could be his father or he may have arrived in 1673 from Great Britain as named in WIlliam Peebles patent.

        On September 20, 1683 Thomas Anderson, identified as "Mr.", obtained his own patent of 400 acres along Cattail Creek, which drained southward from the head lands of Powell's Creek into the Blackwater River. These lands are near the triangular boundary of Prince George, Surry and Sussex Counties just north of current Disputania, Virginia.  At the time titles still retained social significance. A member of the colonial council would be referred to as "Esquire", a member of the County Court would be called "Gentleman", a member of the county militia would be addressed by his rank "Colonel", "Captain", or Lieutenant".  The title Mister was reserved for civilian men who had significant merchant or propertied standing.  The remainder of acceptable society were made up of men of assets greater than 50 pounds who were eligible to serve on juries and vote. Beyond that were the residue of servants and slaves.  That he was titled "Mr." on a document prepared for signature by the governor indicates that he was a propertied man. As he was young it is likely that this property had come from his father's estate.

 

Mr. Thomas Anderson

09/20/1683     400 acres        Westover Parish, Charles City Co.

Virginia Patent Book 7 1679-1689 page 303

To all [insert] whereas [i] now know ye that I the said Nicholas Andros, Esqr. President [i] and with the consent of ye Council of State accordingly give and grant unto Mr. Thomas Anderson an irregular tract of land containing four hundred acres lying and being in the County of Charles Citty, and in ye P.ish of Westopher, and on the South side of James River, Viz. beginning At a corner white oake, standing on the Line of Capt Robert Lucy, & running thense along ye said Lucies Line South South East four hundred seventy four poles, crossing the Cattaile Maine Branch, to a corner black oake, thense East North East sixty four poles to a corner white oak, thense North thirty six poles to a corner gum, thense East North East seventy poles, crossing a branch to ye corner bockibery, thense North and by West, six degrees westerly eighty poles to a corner black oake, thense North ward forty five crossing ye Cattaile Maine Branch to a corner oake saplin, thense North North East eighty five poles to a corner black oake, thense North North West one hundred sixty eight poles, crossing Mr. Wallises path to a corner line, thense west two hundred & one poles to a corner black oake, thense west and by North two degrees northerly twenty six poles to ye place we began, including ye aforesd four hundred acres of Land.  The said Land being due by [i] for ye transportation of eight persons into this colony whose names are mentioned in ye records with this Patent.  To have and to hold [i] hold [i] yielding & paying [i] proved and dated this twentieth day of September 1683.

        [head rights] Eliz: Kish, Valen: Taylor, Tho. Barrow, Wm Shofforld, Tho: Barret, Wm Stock, Jon Stewart, Joseph Fells

 

        The [insert][i] were points in the record where text from the patent form, recorded at the begining of book 7 were to be inserted.  An original full text version of this patent would have been given to Thomas Anderson but only the abstract above was recorded in book 7.

        Captian Robert Lucy was married to Sarah Barker, the daughter of William Barker who founded Merchant's Hope plantation,  James Wallice owned a plantation at the mouth of Powells Creek and one south of Thomas Anderson on the Blackwater River; and his path connected the two passing through Thomas' land.

        The Charles City County Court Orders for 10/03/1688 indicate that Thomas Anderson was to be summoned before the next Grand Jury for "planting tobacco on the Sabbath."  No mention of the charge is given at the next court. 

        Thomas Anderson, along with James Anderson, recorded his livestock earmarks on 04/13/1693.  Thomas Anderson, "Cropp and upper hole in ye right, and upper Hole in ye left"; and James Anderson, "The same only an under hool on the left".  This James Anderson was apparently the eldest son of Reynard Anderson and appears actively in County records of 1693.  He was of the same age as Thomas and the wording of their livestock earmarks may imply an unknown relationship.

        Thomas witnessed a deed of Ralph Jackson, Joseph Maddox and John Douglas on 02/10/1692/3. He served to appraise the estate of Charles Williams on 08/03/1692, of William Taylor (John Jane Executor) on 10/03/1693, of Morris Calagham on 11/08/1694, and posted bond for Sarah (remarried to Robert Reives) the widow of Morris Calagham on 08/05/1695.  Roger Rees the father of his daughter Mary's husband served as an appraiser with him. He served as foreman of a grand jury on 08/03/1692; and as member on 10/03/1692, 01/03/1692/3, 08/03/1693, and 06/04/1694.

        In 1701, Thomas Anderson, with other gentlemen of Charles City Court, signed a petition to the Crown Government.  This was a loyalty Oath taken in consideration of the recent war with Spain.  This can be found detailed in "Autographs, 1701/2", By Elizabeth Lawrence Dow, Richmond Virginia, 1976.  Therein, can be found his signature, in a small neat hand, using the script s as "Tho: Ander§on".

        Data from the 1704 Rent Rolls would indicate that Thomas held a comparable amount of land in comparison to other Anderson families of Virginia. Source "The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704"; by Smith, Annie Laurie Wright; Virginia State Archives; 1957.

 

Anderson, Tho.            Prince George County 450 acres

Anderson, Charles Mr.       Prince George County 505 acres

Anderson, Henry         Prince George County 250 acres

Anderson, John           Prince George County 228 acres

Anderson, Matthew            Prince George County 349 acres

Anderson, Wm.            Prince George County 235 acres

Anderson, David                 New Kent County                300 acres

Anderson, John           New Kent County                100 acres

Anderson, John           New Kent County                100 acres

Anderson, Richard              New Kent County                200 acres

Anderson, Robert                New Kent County                700 acres

Anderson, Robert                New Kent County                900 acres

Anderson, George               Isle of Wight County  150 acres

Anderson, John           York County         50  acres

Anderson, Richard              King and Queen County     650 acres

Anderson, William Cpt       King William County   150 acres

 

        No deeds of Thomas Anderson have been found, although he reputedly purchased 100a. from John Janes and lived on it. This purchase likely occurred before 1692 and would have been filed with the lost county records of Charles City County. The description of this land is as follows in the next deed.  Notice that being on the Old Town Run and belonging to Edward Goodrich this land is adjacent the Rev Charles Anderson who died in 1718.

 

Margaret Goodrich to Abraham Odium

02/09/1721     100 acres

Prince George County Book 1713-1728 page 516

This Indenture made the Ninth Day of February in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred twenty one, Between Margaret Goodrich Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of Edward Goodrich late of Prince George County Dcscd: of the one part, and Abraham Odium of the County aforesaid of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said Margaret Goodrich for divers good causes and considerations her thereunto moving and for the rents and covenants hereafter mentioned, hath let lease and to Term let, and by these presents doth let lease and to Term Let, unto the said Abraham Odium his Executors and Administrators, one certain Tract or parcel of Land Lying and Being in the Parrish of Martin Brandon and County of Prince George, bounded Westerly on the old Town Run, Northerly on the Lands of Phillip Jane and Easterly on the Lands of Edward Hill dcsd. and Southerly on the main woods and the Lands of Richard Pace, containing by Estimation One hundred acres, be the same more or less, which tract and parcel of Land was formerly purchased of and conveyed by John Jane to Thomas Anderson as by a Deed for the same acknowledged and recorded in the records of Charles City County Court will appear, and by the said Anderson in his Last Will and Testament given and devised to Mary his relict during her natural life, and thereafter to come and decend to his eldest son James Anderson and his heirs forever as by the said Will proved and recorded in the records of the County Court of Prince George will appear, and by Cornelius Cargill and Mary his wife the aforesaid relict of the said Thomas Anderson, and also by the said James Anderson sold and conveyed to the aforesaid Edward Goodrich, as by Deeds for the same acknowledged and recorded in the records of the said County Court of Prince George the Fourth Day of January 1720 given to and vested in the aforesaid Margaret his Executrix to be sold for payment of his debts as by the said Will it more plainly appears.  To have, use, occupy, and enjoy the said tract and parcel of Land, with all and singular the appertenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said Abraham Odium and his Executors Vz: for & during the Term of one whole year to commence from the day of the date hereof, and fully to be completed and ended, yielding and paying for the same at the expiration of the Term aforesaid the Fee Rent of One Shilling Current money if the same shall be lawfully demanded unto the said Margaret Goodrich her Executors Vz: to the Intent and purpose that by Virtue of these presents and of the Statute made in the Seven and Twentyeth year of the Reign of King Henry the Eight for Transferring of uses unto possession the said Abraham Odium may be in actual and peaceable possession of the said Land and Premises and thereby the better enabled to take and [?] of a grant or conveyance of the Reversion and Inheritance thereof to him and by his heirs, to the Use of him his heirs and assigns for ever In Witness whereof the said Margaret Goodrich hath hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above written

Signed Sealed and Delivered

in the presence of                        Margaret Goodrich sealed with

        Richard Cureton                               a wafer

        John Chues

        Charles Ryall

                At a Court held at Merchants Hope for Prince George County on the second Tuesday in February being the thirteenth day of the said month Anno Dom: 1721

        The above written Deed of Lease of Land (Indented and Sealed) was in Open Court acknowledged by Margaret Goodrich the subscriber thereto to be her act and Deed to Abraham Odium named therein on whose motion the same by order of the Court is truly recorded.

 

A Deed of Sale of the identical property follows in the County records.  This process reflects the practice at the time of initially granting a let lease, until after occupation of a property at which time final payment and execution of a Deed was performed.  Alternatively, an endorsement of the deed reflecting peaceable possession was made.

 

Cornelius Cargill to      Robert Hunnicutt

of Prince Georges county   of Prince Georges County

02/01/1726     150 acres

Prince George County Book 1713-1728 page 957

THIS INDENTURE made the First Day of February, in the Year of our Lord Christ, One Thousand, Seven hundred and Twenty Six, Between Cornelius Cargill of the Parrish of Martin Brandon in the County of Prince George of the one part, and Robert Hunnicutt of the Parrish and County aforesaid of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said Cornelius Cargill for and in consideration of the sum of Eighteen pounds current money to him in hand paid by the said Robert Hunnicutt, at and before the en sealing and delivery hereof, the receits whereof he the said Cornelius Cargill doth hereby acknowledge, and thereof and therefrom doth clearly acquit and discharge the said Robert Hunnicutt, his heirs, executors, and Administrators and every of them forever by these presents, Hath given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, released, en scoffed [?] and confirmed, and doth by these presents give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, release, enscoffe and confirm unto the said Robert Hunnicutt, and to his heirs and assigns forever, one tract or parcell of Land containing by estimation one hundred and fifty acres, be the same more or less, together with all houses, orchards and appurtenances to the said one hundred and fifty acres of Land belonging, or in any way wise appertaining, and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders of all and singular the premises, and every part and parcell thereof, which said bargained and sold lands and premises are situate, lying and being on the south side of the Cattail Swamp, on the north side of the Blackwater Swamp, and on both sides of the Reedy Branch of the said Cattail Swamp, in the Parrish and County aforesaid, and formerly were in the tenure, holding, and occupation of one Thomas Anderson now deceased, and by James Anderson and Charles Anderson two of the sons of the said Thomas Anderson after his decease sold and conveyed to the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs forever that is to say, One hundred and five acres of the aforesaid Land was sold and conveyed to the said Cornelius Cargill, by the aforesaid James Anderson, by Deed dated the fourteenth Day of April, One thousand seven hundred and nineteen, and the same day acknowledged and recorded in the records of the said County Court.  And the residue of the aforesaid tract of land was sold and conveyed to the said Cargill by the aforesaid Charles Anderson by Deed dated the Tenth Day of March, One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighteen and the same Day acknowledged, and recorded in the records of the County Court aforesaid, as by the said Deeds relation being thereunto had, will appear.  Which said one hundred and fifty acres of land are bounded according to the ancients and known bounds thereof, and as in the aforesaid Deeds is mentioned.  To Have and to hold the said hereby granted bargained and sold houses lands and premises and to his heirs and assigns, to the only proper use, benefit, & behoof of him the said Robert Hunnicutt, his heirs and assigns for evermore.  And the said Cornelius Cargill doth for himself covenant and grant to and with the said Robert Hunnicutt, his heirs and assigns, by these presents, that he the said Cornelius Cargill is at the time of the ensealing and delivery hereof lawfully seized of a good, perfect, and Indefeasible estate in Fee Simple, to him and his heirs and assigns forever, in his own right and to his own use, without any manner of condition, and that he hath good right full power and authority to grant, convey, and assure the said lands and premises & every part thereof, unto the said Robert Hunnicutt, and to his heirs and assigns in manner aforesaid, and according to the true intents and meaning hereof.  And the said Cornelius Cargill doth further covenant and grant to and with the said Robert Hunnicutt his heirs and assigns that the said lands and premises and ever part thereof, now are and be, and so from henceforth for ever hereafter shall remain and continue unto the said Robert Hunnicutt his heirs & assigns free and clear and defended of, from and against all manner of former and other bargains, sales, gifts, grants, leases, judgements, dowers, and of and from all other titles, troubles, charges, Incumbrances, and demands whatsoever levied suffered or executed by him the said Cornelius Cargill his heirs or assigns, or any other person or person's whatsoever, and that the said Robert Hunnicutt his heirs and assigns shall and may for ever hereafter peaceably and quietly have hold use occupy and enjoy the said premises with the appurtenances, without any loss, trouble, denyall, or eviction of or by the said Cornelius Cargill his heirs or assigns, or any other person or persons whatsoever.  And lastly the said Cornelius Cargill for him self his heirs, executors and Administrators, shall and will warrant and forever defend to the said Robert Hunnicutt, his heirs and assigns forever, the said land and premises and every part thereof, with the appurtenances, against him the said Cornelius Cargill, his heirs, and assigns, and against all and every other person and persons whatsoever claiming by, from, or under him the said Cornelius Cargill, his heirs or assigns, or any other person or persons whatsoever.  In Witness whereof the said Cornelius Cargill hath hereunto set his hand and seal, the day and year first above written.

Sealed and Delivered

in presence of us.                 Cornelius Cargill Sealed with

James Gee                                 a wafer

James Fletch

Wm Hamlin

        Memorandum.  That on the First Day of February, Anno Dominis, One Thousand Seven Hundred, Twenty Six.  Quiet and peaceable possession and seizin of the houses lands and premises above mentioned was delivered unto the above named Robert Hunnicutt and his heirs for ever, according to the form and effect of the above written DEED, by delivery of a Turf and Twigg of the said Land, in the name of all the lands and premises contained in the said Deed, by Cornelius Cargill [etc.]

 

        Thomas Anderson's will referred to the the deeds above, was lost for a period of time due to the confiscation of Prince George County records in the civil war and has recently been recovered. In the 1980's a women in Cincinnati, Ohio mailed the Prince George County book for 1710 to 1713 to the county.  An transcript of his will was published in the "Magazine of Virginia Genealogy", Volume 29, Number 1, February 1991, page 65 but unfortunately identifies his plantation as "Callactes" instead of "Cattails". 

        Thomas' will names wife Mary and three married children, two underage children and one grandchild Thomas Reese.  Mary re-marries in 1712 to Cornelius Cargill and has two more children in 1713 and 1718.  Since Thomas' three married children likely were at a minimum 18, 20 and 22 in 1711 this necessitates that an only wife had her first child by 1689 and her last in 1718 which implies her last child was born at age 48.  In light of Thomas' age and since the gap betwen births was likely earlier and longer, for these reasons and for the reason that Mary acted with Cornelius as guardians of Charles and Jane I have concluded that Mary was a second wife. Mary's surname has not been established by contemporary record or family tradition, although from circumstances it is likely that she was a second wife, Mary Lucy, daughter of Robert Lucy and Sarah Barker. Mary Lucy was then the mother of Charles and Jane. Thomas' three eldest married children are believed born of an unknown first wife. The identification of Thomas Anderson's children cannot be considered complete.  As son-in-law William Sanders is named without reference to a daughter that he married, it is possible that other children were not named.  It is also possible that William Sanders was the son of his first wife by a previous marriage.

        Thomas mention of his tools in his will suggests that he also was a carpenter as were the next generations of the family.  Thomas was a literate man who could read and write and it is my suspicion that he authored his own will.  This is because it is somewhat unstructured as though it was a single draft.  In addition it contains a serious legal flaw in that after bequeathing the use of his Cattail plantation to his wife during the nonage of his youngest son by her, Charles, it fails to clearly state the reversion of that Cattail estate to either of his sons after the nonage or upon the marriage of his widow.  The impact of this is that his son lost the main Cattail plantation to his step-mothers second husband Cornelius Cargill.

 

Prince Georges Wills and Deeds 1710-1713; P. 36

Will of Thomas Anderson of Westover Parish, Prince George Co.

        In the name of god Amen, I Thomas Anderson of prince Geor County and parris of Westopher, being sick and weak but of perfect sense and memory Thanks be to God for ye same do make and appoint and ordain this my Last will and Testament In manner and form, following hereby nullifying and making void all former wills and testaments by me made, and declared and this onely to be taken for my last will and testament.

        Firstly I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it me hoping by the merits of my blessed savior Jesus Christ to Inherit Eternall Life and my body to ye earth to be buryed In such dessent maner as my Exec. hereafter named shall think is fitt.

        Secondly I give and bequeath the plantation I now live on for and during her natural life, and do give her to make use of any firewood upon any part of my land. For repearing the plantation and too give to my loving wife Mary Anderson, the plantation and privilege, and liberty during my son Charles his non age of the increase of hogs at the plantation commonly called The Cattails and after to keep hoggs upon the land during her natural life except she marry and then not to keep hogs there and I too here give unto my loving wife her Choyce of my Beds with Boulster and blankets and yarnset rug curtains and vallens one pare of sheets and to pillars and one small feather bed and the choyce of my horses for her own house and all my hogs running of the plantation I now live on.

        Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my son James Anderson my plantation I now live upon and all the land I hold adjoiyning to the sd plantation and to his heirs for ever after the deces of my loving wife and fifty acres of land next to Capt Taylors Cart path westardly being part of the Cattail Land and one great Chest in the inward room which of the To he pleases and the father bed he lyes upon and one rugg and a pare of Blankets and sheets boulster and pillow one cutlis and gunn one pot which his mother picks.

        Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my son Charles Anderson my first tract of land at the Cattail that is now leased and to his heirs for ever and one featherbed boulster and yarnset rugg and blanket and a pear of sheets and two pillows and one gunn formerly Wm Landry gun one iron pot pothooks

        Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Rees forty HHD in cask for her  one particular use after my decease If she lives and one cow and calf and one to year ould hefer to my grandson Thos Rees and one mare filly the first that be fallen of any of my mares after me decease. To my said daughter Mary Rees.

        Sixthly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane Anderson one negro girl name Hannah and her first child If the sd negro have any To my son Charles Anderson and the negro Hannah to remain with my wife during my wifes life, and I give to my daughter Jane one feather bed in the trundle bedstead bedstead and the furniture belonging to it and I give my sd daughter one cow with calf and a hefer of to years ould. One chest and one silver tumbler and one small pott & pot hooks and to pewter cups.

        Seventhly my will and meaning Is that all my wearing clouse whatever that be maid for my use in my lifetime equally divided between my to sons James and Charles, and all my working tools and books, excepting sundry moveables to be equally divided between my to sons.

        Eighthly My will and meaning Is that all my cattall Sheep & Horses & what moveables soever I have not disposed of in this my will shall be equally divided between my loveing wife & my two sons by my loveing friends Wm Harrison Senr. Jethro Hairston if they be liveing at me decease & if they or one of them be dead at my decease then my loveing wife to make choice of such other friend or friends as she pleases to make the sd division so that it leeds to ye full satisfaction of my beloved wife and what goods may be sent me out of England for ye Tob. I have sent & what debts I have due to me at my decease to be equally divided between my sd wife & sons.

        9thly I give & bequeath to my son in law Wm Sanders five hundred pounds tobacco

        10thly I constitute appoint & ordain my loving wife & my son James Anderson jointly & severally my Executors of this my last will & testament, I give to my son Charles my chest that was Wm Lucys & my rapior & belt.

Sealed & delivered in presence of

Wm Harrison

Geo Hamilton                        Thomas Anderson

Wm X Sanders

On 11 June 1711, will proved by above witnesses and probate granted to the relict and James Anderson.

 

        His place of burial is unknown.  The most likely location is his Prince George County plantation along "Old Town Run".  No burials are believed to have occurred at Merchant's Hope Church (Westover Parish chapel south of the James River) in the early colonial era.  If the Rev. Charles Anderson was indeed his brother, then it is likely that he was buried at old Westopher Churchyard north of the James River with Charles officiating.

        Conversation in 1987 with the current owners of what is believed to be the "Cattail" plantation grounds revealed no knowledge of Thomas Anderson, of the initial patent holder or of any burials of that time period.  So little of the 1670-1800 history of the site was known however, that no possibilities could be limited. The current home was built before 1846, but does not likely predate that by much.  The grounds that the home is built on however, contain numerous large oaks and poplars common to the colonial period which may well date to that early period and indicate that the home site easily predates 1846.

        The following patent was issued after his death, but it was to this Thomas, as his son James signs a deed to this land to Cornelius Cargill in 1712 mentioning that his father had had it surveyed recently.  It was not unusual at all for that time to get a patent issued three years after your death.  If you had paid for the survey and the patenting fees the process itself for the issuance of the patent might take years.  The secretary of the colony spent months preparing them and the governor signed them once each quarter.

 

Thomas Anderson

06/16/1714     105 acres        Prince George County

Virginia Patents Book 10, 1710-19,    page 157

Anne   To All   Know Ye that for divers good causes & considerations but more especially for & in consideration of the sum of Ten shillings good & lawful money for ourselves paid to our Revenuer General of our Revenues within our sd Colony & Dominion of Virginia We have Given Granted & Confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs & successors do Give Grant and Confirm unto Thomas Anderson one certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred & five acres lying & being in the County of Prince George on the Cattails and Reedy Branch and bounded by lands, to wit, beginning at a corner Gum of his own land thence along his line South forty eight and half degrees East sixty poles and fifteen links to a corner pine, thence East twenty one degrees South one hundred and two poles & fifteen links, to a gum in a branch, thence East one degrees north eighteen poles to a scrub white oak, thence East eighteen degrees North twenty one poles seven links to a Spanishe oak, thence North twelve degrees east forty one poles to a corner hickory, thence North fourty degrees east fifty two poles to a corner stake, thence West thirty degrees North eighty five poles eleven links to a red oak, thence West five degrees South fourty eight poles ten links to a black oak, thence West thirty four degrees forty five poles to a corner hickory of the Sd Anderson, thence along his own line West twenty five degrees South one hundred two & half poles to the beginning with all   To Have and to Hold   To be Held   Yielding and paying   provided   in witness   witness our Trusty & Welbeloved Alexander Spotswood our Ld Governor   at Williamsburg under the seal of our Sd Colony this sixteenth day of June one thousand seven hundred and fourteen in the Thirteenth Year of our Reign.                   /s/   A. Spotswood

 

        Bibliography

 

Autographs, 1701/2, By Elizabeth Lawrence Dow, Richmond, Virginia, 1976.

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1666- 1695, Nell Marion Nugent. Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia, 1977.

Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1695- 1732, Nell Marion Nugent. Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia, 1986.

Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders, 1687-1695, Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1980.

Prince George County, Virginia, Wills & Deeds 1710-1713, Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1992

Prince George County, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1973.

The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704, by Annie Laurie Wright Smith, Virginia State Archives, 1957.

Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia, 1671-1750; Eliza Timberlake Davis, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1980.

Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Volume 29, February 1991, Number 1

 

 

More About Mister Thomas Anderson:

Will Probate: June 11, 1711, Prince George County, Virginia

 

Notes for ?:

        Because Thomas Anderson posted a high bond to secure the estate of Sarah (remarried to Robert Reives) the widow of Morris Calagham on 08/05/1695 it is possible that Sarah was a relation of Thomas or his first wife.  I have seen no evidence that Sarah was a relation of Thomas and as Charles Gee was a co-signer for the bond it is my current avenue of examination to determine whether the first wife of Thomas Anderson may have been a sister of Charles Gee.  I have found no other supporting evidence of this to date.

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        Because Thomas Anderson names William Sanders as a son-in-law without identifying the name of a daughter who may have married him, it is also possible that William Sanders was a son of this first wife from an earlier marriage of hers to an unknown Sanders.

 

 

 

Notes for Mary Lucy:

        My current theory is that Mary was a younger second wife to Thomas Anderson supported by the fact that James Anderson, Mary Anderson and Eliza Anderson were all married by 1711 but Charles Anderson and Jane Anderson were still minors and that the widow Mary Anderson and Cornelius Cargill acted as guardians for Charles and Jane.

        If so then it is likely that Mary is Mary Lucy the daughter of Robert Lucy and Sarah Barker (daughter of William Barker the Mariner who founded Merchant's Hope).  Mary Lucy is last listed as a minor with guardian John Taylor (her half brother son of Richard Taylor and Sarah Barker] in 1694 and the Saw Tree plantation of Robert Lucy is adjacent Thomas Anderson's 1683 Cattail patent .  Mary Lucy could have been born as early as 1678 as Sarah Barker had married Robert Lucy before that date.  Charles and Jane Anderson are likely her children then and James, Mary and Eliza Anderson were probably born of an earlier wife of Thomas Anderson.  The advantage to this is twofold, (1) it explains how the widow Mary Anderson was young enough to bear children with Cornelius Cargill as late as 1718, and (2) it explains having a gap between the births of the early children of Thomas Anderson and those of Mary Lucy.

        Mary Anderson remarried after Thomas' death to Cornelius Cargill about 1712.   According to the Cargill family researchers Mary is the mother of John Cargill born in 1713 and Mary Cargill born in 1718. 

        Charles Anderson the son of Mary Lucy by Thomas Anderson witnesses the sale of the neighboring Sawtree plantation [a property of Robert Lucy, Mary's father] in 1726 by Elizabeth Duke nee Taylor which substantiates his association with the Taylor family.  His aquiescence would have cleared any claim he may have had on the estate.  The Thomas Anderson 1711 will says that the residential lands of Thomas Anderson were to be Mary's during the minority of Charles Anderson. Thomas' son James sells the portion of his father's residence and his peripheral Cattail lands that he inherited after Thomas' death to Cornelius Cargill in 1713.  Charles then sells his inheritance in 1718 indicating that he may have come of age then and would have been born as late as 1697.  

        Mary is not listed in the 1726 deeds of Cornelius Cargill when he sells the southern half of the original property consisting of the portions bought from the Anderson sons, therefore it is likely that she died before 1726.  The Cargill family believes that she died before the birth of Cornelius Cargill, Jr. in 1721.  I believe that she actually died in 1719 after which James Anderson reaffirms the sale of his inheritance substantiating that Mary died in that year. Cornelius divides the patents in half selling the lower half made up of the lands acquired by sale from the Anderson brothers to Robert Hunnicutt, having had the land surveyed on Feb 7th and 8th 1725, takes up a relationship with Elizabeth Daniel and moves to Mecklenburg County, Virginia.  Cornelius holds on to the northern half of the Thomas Anderson Cattail estate until sometime after 1730 and indeed because of the loss of Prince George County records we cannot know if he was ever able to sell it.

        A careful reading of the will of Thomas Anderson indicates that residential estate was to revert to his son James upon the death of Mary. James immdiate sale of that land substantiates that Mary may have been much younger than Thomas.  However Thomas' will does not clearly indicate which son was to receive the Cattail lands and under which circumstance.  The deeds from James and Charles to Cornelius Cargill do not relinquish their rights to the primary Cattail estate.  Whether such reversion was their right is not clear due to the lack of clear wording in the will and this issue is interesting because Cornelius Cargill clearly takes control of the Thomas Anderson 1683 patent.  It possibly helped that his wife Mary Lucy was the half sister of a County Court Justice. Later, Rebecca Anderson nee Cooke the second wife of James Anderson becomes embroiled in the 1750's in an unsccessful attempt to take control of the lands of Thomas Anderson deceased.  This may have been an attempt on her part to excercise whatever rights of reversion may have belonged to her husband James Anderson. (See Surry County Court order book one pages 176, 271, 405, 464.)

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Subj:       Mary Lucy

Date:       98-04-26 23:40:08 EDT

From:      stressrelief@stic.net (A. J. Myers)

Reply-to:        stressrelief@stic.net

To:  PatAnder73@aol.com

 

Cliff Wilson, 1 Blackfriar Rd., Rosemont PA 19010-1003 and email at Cwil95@aol.com says "Mary Lucy was born about 1677.  Sarah Barker married (1) Richard Taylor some time before 1664; (2) Robert Lucy c1671/73 and (3) James Bisse c1689/90.  Sarah's Taylor children are older than her Lucy children which is why for a while Capt. John Taylor was made guardian of Mary Lucy.  I have no information on Mary Lucy's marriages."  This was in response to my email to him that I was hoping to prove Mary Lucy married (1) Thomas Anderson (2) Cornelius Cargill.  Now all that needs to be done is to prove it. 

Regards, Patty Myers

 

       

Children of Thomas Anderson and ? are:

+      8                 i.    Mary5 Anderson, born Abt. 1685 in "The Cattails", Charles City County, Virginia; died Bef. 1744 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

+      9                ii.    James Anderson, born Abt. 1689 in "The Cattails", Charles City County, Virginia; died November 20, 1751 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia.

+      10             iii.    Eliza Anderson, born Abt. 1692 in "The Cattails", Charles City County, Virgnia; died Bef. 1764 in Sussex County, Virginia.

 

       

Children of Thomas Anderson and Mary Lucy are:

+      11               i.    Charles5 Anderson, born Abt. 1697 in on "Old Towne Run", Charles City County, Virginia; died Aft. 1753 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

+      12              ii.    Jane Anderson, born Abt. 1705 in on "Old Towne Run", Charles City County, Virginia.

 

 

        4.  Sarah4 Anderson (Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: Patrick J. Anderson, "Suspected but unproven," Working Papers 2004.) was born Abt. 1665 in Charles City County, Virginia.  She married (1) Morris Calagham Bef. 1690 in Charles City County, Virginia.  He was born Abt. 1660, and died 1694 in Charles City County, Virgnia.  She married (2) Robert Rives Abt. 1695 in Charles City County, Virginia.  He was born Abt. 1664, and died Aft. 1716.

 

Notes for Sarah Anderson:

        Because Thomas Anderson served as an appraiser of Morris Calagham estate on 11/08/1694, and posted bond for Sarah his widow (remarried to Robert Rives) on 08/05/1695 it may be implied that Sarah was a sister. But this is speculative and is just included because I want to research it further.

 

harles City County Court Orders 11/8/1694 page 529

John Boltin makes oath on the will of Morris Calagham and probate granted to Sarah Calagham, th relect of Morris, and to Thomas Chappell, the executors named in the will. Ordered that Thomas Anderson, John Lanier and John Scott appraise the estate.

 

Charles City County Court Orders 8/5/1695 page 580

Commission of administration of late Morris Calagham granted already, Robert Reives and Sarah his wife, Executrix of Morris Calagnham, exhibit inventory of estate, Robert Reives, Thomas Anderson, and Charles Gee give 6000 lbs tob. bond for administration of above estate by Robert Reives and Sarah his wife, to see that legacies are paid

 

Charles City County Court Orders 8/5/1695 page 588

Bond of Robert Reives, Thomas Anderson and Charles Gee to pay the orphans of Morris Calagham when they come of age, such estate as belongs to them, and payment by Sarah, the Executrix of Calagham, no wifef of said Reives.

 

 

Notes for Morris Calagham:

Charles City County Court Orders 8/3/1694 page 515

Judgement granted Edward Hill, Esq., agst John Taylor, High Sherr., for 600 lbs Tobacco and 6 capons, claimed by plt. from Morris Calagham, deft., who failed to appear. If sheriff brings deft. to next court, judgement is void.

 

Charles City County Court Orders 11/8/1694 page 529

John Boltin makes oath on the will of Morris Calagham and probate granted to Sarah Calagham, th relect of Morris, and to Thomas Chappell, the executors named in the will. Ordered that Thomas Anderson, John Lanier and John Scott appraise the estate.

 

Charles City County Court Orders 8/5/1695 page 580

Commission of administration of late Morris Calagham granted already, Robert Reives and Sarah his wife, Executrix of Morris Calagnham, exhibit inventory of estate, Robert Reives, Thomas Anderson, and Charles Gee give 6000 lbs tob. bond for administration of above estate by Robert Reives and Sarah his wife, to see that legacies are paid

 

Charles City County Court Orders 8/5/1695 page 588

Bond of Robert Reives, Thomas Anderson and Charles Gee to pay the orphans of Morris Calagham when they come of age, such estate as belongs to them, and payment by Sarah, the Executrix of Calagham, no wifef of said Reives.

 

       

Child of Sarah Anderson and Robert Rives is:

        13               i.    daughter5 Rives.  She married William Jones.

 

 

Generation No. 4

 

        8.  Mary5 Anderson (Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: Thomas Anderson, 1711 Will of Thomas Anderson,  (1710-1713 Will Book, Page 36, Prince George County, Virginia).) was born Abt. 1685 in "The Cattails", Charles City County, Virginia, and died Bef. 1744 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  She married Roger Reese (Source: Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, Prince George County, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728,  (1973).) Bef. 1710, son of Roger Reese.  He was born Bef. 1683 in Charles City County, Virginia, and died Aft. 1746 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Mary Anderson:

        Identified as Mary Rees in her fathers 1711 will.  Mary was married to the son of Roger Rees an associate of Thomas Anderson, her father. Roger Rees, Jr. appears in the 1712 deed of James Anderson relinquishing control of his father's estate together with the brother in law William Sanders so it would appear that Mary married Roger Rees, Jr.

        From Thomas Andersons 1711 will:

        "Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Rees forty HHD in cask for her  one particular use after my decease If she lives and one cow and calf and one to year ould hefer to my grandson Thos Rees and one mare filly the first that be fallen of any of my mares after me decease. To my said daughter Mary Rees."

 

 

Notes for Roger Reese:

Prince George County, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1973.

Surveys

Nov. 12, 1718    Roger Rees, adj. to Col. Edward Hill's Burleigh tract  100 acres

Feb. 1, 1723      Roger Rees, on N. side White Oak Swamp    300 acres

Jan. 1, 1725      Roger Rees, on south side of White Oak Swamp  400 acres

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Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1695-1732, Nell Marion Nugent. Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia, 1986.

 

Roger Reece 

13 November 1721        100 acres        Prince Geroge County

Virginia Patents    Book 11          Page 78

adjacent Col. Edward Hill's Burley Tract; in a branch called Turner's Marsh; on Vinson's Line; to Williams of Pattyson's corner.

 

Roger Reece

16 June 1727  300 acres        Prince George County

Virginia Patents    Book 13          Page 121

on North side of White Oak Swamp; on upper side of the mouth of Beaverpond Branch.

 

Roger Reece

28 Sept 1730  400 acres                Prince George County

Virginia Patents    Book 14          Page 13

on South side of White Oak Swamp; adjacent Robert West; & Williams line.

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James Anderson     to  Cornelius Cargill

of Surry County

03/07/1712     155 acres

Prince George County Book 1710-1713 page 254    recorded 01/13/1713

bounded by land given by the will of Thomas Anderson, dec'd to his son Charles Anderson and the Queen's land; 105 acres was lately surveyed by Capt. Robert Bolling for said Thomas Anderson, and by him given to said James, with 50 acres adjoining Capt. Taylor's cart path.

Wit: Francis West, Will'm Sanders, Charles Anderson

Livery & seizin witnesses by Roger Reess, Michael Rosser, Richard Whitmore, James Anderson and wife acknowledged the deed.

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Roger Reese sells some of his acres on White Oak Swamp to John Old before 1767 according to Old's will in Amelia County Book 2X page 242.

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Children of Mary Anderson and Roger Reese are:

        14               i.    Thomas6 Reese (Source: Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George, and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798,  (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore; 1980).), born Bef. 1710 in Prince George County, Virginia; died Aft. 1760 in ?Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  He married Mary ? Bef. 1727.

 

Notes for Thomas Reese:

Thomas Reece 08/01/1734 Prince George Co

150a north side of White Oak Swamp

patents 15/250

 

Thomas Reece 07/10/1745 Prince George Co

250a north side White Oak Swamp adj his own

patents 22/313

 

1760 Thomas Rees named in estate sale of William Tisdale of Amelia Co.

 

 

        15              ii.    Hugh Reese (Source: Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George, and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798,  (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore; 1980).), born Bef. 1711 in Prince George County, Virginia.  He married Sarah ?.

 

Notes for Hugh Reese:

       This is a grandson that I cannot absolutely connect, but I believe he was a son of Roger and Mary.

       In the Book "Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George, and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798" by Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1980; the childrens births are recorded. Births of Rogers and Marys other sons are also recorded so it is likely they were co-located.  Cooks Branch is within a mile of White Oak Swamp where his brothers were.

 

the BPR shows Hugh processioning "from White Oak to Namos" in 1735 and 1736

 

Hugh Reece 08/30/1743 Prince George Co

323a lowerside Cooks Branch adj Mrs. Wyatt

patents 21/481

 

1759 Hugh Reece names in estate sale of Rev. John Ornsby of Amelia Co.

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        16             iii.    Roger Reese (Source: Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George, and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798,  (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore; 1980).), born Abt. 1712 in Prince George County, Virginia.  He married Elizabeth ?; born Abt. 1710.

 

Notes for Roger Reese:

Roger Reece,Jr. 12/01/1740 Prince George Co

315a Upper side of White Oak Swamp

patents 19/889

 

Roger Reece,Jr. 08/16/1756 Dinwiddie Co

400a head of White Oak Swamp

patents 33/240

 

 

 

        17             iv.    John Reese (Source: Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George, and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798,  (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore; 1980).), born Bef. 1720 in Prince George County, Virginia.  He married Mary ?.

 

Notes for John Reese:

       In the Book "Births from the Bristol Parish Register of Henrico, Prince George, and Dinwiddie Counties, Virginia, 1720-1798" by Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1980; the childrens births are recorded. Births of Rogers and Marys other sons are also recorded so it is likely they were co-located.

 

Thomas son of John and Mary Rees b. 10/10/1735

 

Since the second birth is in the Albemarle Parish register this John went south and is possibly the father of the Reese in Southampton County Joseph (will 1775) John (will 1794).

 

 

John Rees 08/28/1787 Southampton Co

574a St. Luke parish adj John Williamson, Benjamin Lewis

grants 10/557

 

John Rees 09/17/1787 Southampton Co

559a north of Three Creeks on LIttle Ploughman Swamp adj Benjamin Adams James Ivy

grants 14/177

 

 

 

 

        9.  James5 Anderson (Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: (1) James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia)., (2) Thomas Anderson, 1711 Will of Thomas Anderson,  (1710-1713 Will Book, Page 36, Prince George County, Virginia).) was born Abt. 1689 in "The Cattails", Charles City County, Virginia, and died November 20, 1751 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia (Source: Gertrude R. B. Richards, Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778,  (The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia; 1958).).  He married (1) Mary Jordan (Source: Robert A. Jordan, Jordan Journal, History of the George and Arthur Jordan Families of Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana from 1634,  (Indianapolis, Indiana; 1996).) Abt. 1712 in Surry County, Virginia, daughter of George Jordan and Mary Browne.  She was born Abt. 1694 in "Robin Hood Branch", Surry County, Virginia, and died Abt. 1736 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia.  He married (2) Rebecca Cooke Bef. May 01, 1740 in Surry County, Virginia, daughter of William Cooke and Rebecca Jones.  She was born Abt. 1705 in Surry County, Virginia, and died 1770 in Surry County, Virginia (Source: Lyndon H. Hart, III, Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories; 1730 - 1800,  (Southern Historical Press, Inc., Easley, South Carolina; 1985).).

 

Notes for James Anderson:

        James Anderson is named in the 1711 will of Thomas Anderson of Prince George County.  That the James Anderson of Surry County is the son of Thomas is established by a deed dated 04/14/1719 from James Anderson of Surry County to Cornelius Cargill for 105 acres on Cattail Swamp bounded by a line of Charles Anderson in which his wife Mary Anderson relinquishes her dower by separate affidavit. These are the lands willed by Thomas Anderson. Thus, the father of James Anderson of Surry County is Thomas Anderson of Prince George County.  No contemporary birth record is known.

        A caution, that in Prince George County there also resides at this time the children of James Anderson with sons Matthew,Jr., William,Jr. and James Anderson and daughter Elizabeth Ligon.  There is no confirmed relationship although such cannot be dismissed.

        James Anderson is identified as an executor of his father's will in 1711 and is mentioned in the inheritance lists of his brother and sister in 1712.  He co-signs deeds with Mary and Cornelius Cargill of his fathers land in 1712.  On that deed his wife Mary approves and shows that James married Mary Jordan before 1712.  In 1714 James sells his interest in the plantation that his father resided on and willed to his widow Mary, to Edward Goodrich.       

        In 1715 James's father-in-law George Jordan gave his daughter Mary Anderson, land along the north side of the Blackwater swamp.  This was located in Surry County. James was probably absent from the colony at the time of this gift, which  would explain why it was drawn in her name allowing her to perfect the title.  In 1730 he added 200 acres adjacent to this land by purchase from Henry Thomas and John Avery.  This Surry County estate he called "Arnols".  Arnols/Arnolds Creek formed the eastern boundary of the estate north of the Blackwater.  His father in law referred to this creek as a spring branch in his deed, without using the name Arnols. It would appear from the first use in James' will that he named the creek.  The plantation site, however, is at the major crossing point of the Blackwater River east of City Point.  It was at this point that the Berkley directed explorations of Southwest Virginia crossed the Blackwater in the 1650's.  At this point the Blackwater River has a gravely bottom which would support fording traffic. 

        In 1718 James having returned from whereever his travels or travails had taken him, identifies himself as James Anderson of Prince George County and sells 104 acres near the Nottoway River which he must have acquired before the surviving 1710 book of Prince George County.  He sells it to Joshua Meachum and records it in Surry County indicating that he was relocating from the frontier to the estate given his wife.

        In 1723 James patented 100 acres of land in Surry County (now Sussex) on the south side of the main Blackwater swamp beginning on the north side of the Pigeon Swamp. This record is found in Patents Book 11, 1735-38, page 289, dated 09/05/1723.  This was located only a few miles south of his and his fathers lands and can be found on the 7½ minute Geodetic Survey Map "Disputania South".  He sold this land to William Sanders his brother-in-law in 1726.

        In 1733 James acquires the southwest corner of Whetstone creek and the Little Nottoway River in current Nottoway County by purchase from its original patent holder Robert Mitchell. This deed is filed in Brunswick County.  This Robert Mitchell was the brother-in-law of his second wife's sister. He was the son of Henry Mitchell who was a landholder along the Prince George and Surry County border as was James.

        In 1735 James Anderson patents 150 acres North of the Little Nottoway River in Prince Georges County (now Nottoway). This is filed in patents book 16, page 150 dated 08/18/1735.  From the 1736 tax lists of Amelia County it would appear that James was speculating in Amelia County and was developing lands near the junction of Whetstone Creek and the Little Nottoway River just west of current Blackstone, Virginia.

        In 1743 James Anderson, identified as James Anderson,Sr. of Surry County leases to his sons Thomas and Jordan those lands along Whetstone Creek and to his son James the land just east of them on the North side of the Little Nottoway River.  These leases are filed in Amelia deed book 2.  James' will consigns these lands to the sons in possession of them.   There is a land plat of the original grants of this area prepared for the Amelia County Historical Association and is a must for anyone who wishes to understand the lands of all the Amelia Andersons.  He retains title to the head lands along Whetstone Creek until 1750, at which time he deeds this land to his son John.

        There are five sons and four daughters known to be issue of James Anderson.  I am confident that this list is complete. See the book "Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families"; By Grant James Anderson; Richmond Virginia; Whitter & Shepperson printers, 1909.  According to the family tradition of Grant James Anderson as documented in his book, the family came to South side Virginia about 1733. An unknown father of surname Anderson with his four sons James, Thomas, Jourdan, John and daughter Faith. The mother's maiden name was Jourdan.  It is not clear in the text whether their mother came with them.  The tradition states that he remarried and sired another son William Anderson and another unnamed daughter who married Mr. Moss.  The Christian name of the father is easily established by examination of Amelia County, Virginia deeds and Surry County Wills. He was James Anderson, of Southwark Parish in Surry County, Virginia.  My research has shown the immigration story of Grant J. Anderson to be erroneous.  We can hypothesize that his story is attributed to the relocation and travel of the five children from Surry County to Amelia County in 1733.

        I have chosen to assign the daughters of James Anderson to his first wife.  This is because the Grant Anderson text states Faith was a daughter of the unknown Jordan.  The text further says that another daughter who married a Moss was the daughter of the second wife.  However as she is recorded as having a child in 1745 I think it likely she was the daughter of the first wife.  It would appear that Mary was the oldest child, from the date of birth of her own children.

 

                Records of James Anderson

 

James Anderson     to  Cornelius Cargill

of Surry County

03/07/1712     155 acres

Prince George County Book 1710-1713 page 254    recorded 01/13/1713

bounded by land given by the will of Thomas Anderson, dec'd to his son Charles Anderson and the Queen's land; 105 acres was lately surveyed by Capt. Robert Bolling for said Thomas Anderson, and by him given to said James, with 50 acres adjoining Capt. Taylor's cart path.

Wit: Francis West, Will'm Sanders, Charles Anderson

Livery & seizin witnesses by Roger Rees, Michael Rosser, Richard Whitmore, James Anderson and wife acknowledged the deed.

 

James Anderson     to  Edward Goodrich

of Surry County

01/12/1713/14        100 acres

Prince George County Book 1710-1713 page 272    recorded 01/12/1713/14

for 4000 lbs Tob. Land where Cornelius Cargill & wife Mary lately lived (purchased by Thomas Anderson of John Jane, and given to the relict Mary then to James]

 

James Anderson          to    Joshua Meachum

of Prince George County            of Surry County

07/15/1718     104 acres

Surry County Book 1715-1730 page 127

This Indenture made the fifteenth Day of July in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith & in the year of our Lord God one Thousand Seven hundred and Eighteen Between James Anderson of Prince George County of the one part and Joshua Meachum of Surry County of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said James Anderson for the valuable consideration of four pounds current money of Virginia to him the said James Anderson by the said Joshua Meachum according to agreement between them well and truly satisfied and paid whereof and of every part and parcel thereof the said James Anderson doth free, quitt release and discharge him the said Joshua Meachum his heirs executors and administrators and hath for him and his heirs given granted bargained sold aliened assigned en scoffed and confirmed and doth by these presents fully freely and absolutely give grant bargain sell assign over en scoff and confirm to him the said Joshua Meachum his heirs and assigns one parcel of land in the present possession and occupation of him the said James Anderson with all privileges profits and emoluments whatsoever thereunto belonging. The said parcel contains one hundred and four acres of land be it more or less situate lying and being in Surry County near Nottoway River bounded as followeth Viz:. beginning at a small meadow branch thence Southeast & by East one fourth East twelve poles to a black oak, thence South Southeast three quarters East sixty one poles thence along the Line of Daniel Eppes East thirty eight degrees South eighty poles to two hickorys thence Northeast fourty poles to a black oak thence North by East half East fourty poles to a black oak, thence North Eighty poles to three black oaks thence Norwest and by West three quarters West sixty four poles to one oak and two hickorys, thence South West Eighty Eight poles to a pine standing in the said meadow branch thence up the said branch as it trends to the beginning including the said one hundred and four Acres of Land. TO HAVE and TO HOLD the said one hundred and four Acres of Land with all other the appurtenances thereunto belonging to him the said Joshua Meachum his heirs and assigns forever in as Large and Ample manner to all Intents and purposes as he the said James Anderson or any other might or could enjoy the same and further the said James Anderson doth for himself his heirs Est: & Administrators covenant promise and agree to and with the said the said Joshua Meachum his heirs and assigns that he the said James Anderson is at present rightfully seized of the said Land by an Indeisseizable Title in Law and that the said Land is at present free and clear and is and shall be warranted and maintained free and clear from nay former bargain sale gift grant dower estate title claim or interest made by him the said James Anderson or any other person or persons claiming by or under him or his heirs or by or with their consents or procurement and that the said Joshua Meachum his heirs an assigns shall peaceably and quietly possess & enjoy all the above receited premises without the least hindrance or molestation of him the said James Anderson or his heirs or any other person or persons.  IN WITNESS whereof the said James Anderson have hereunto set his hand and seal the Day and Year first above Written.

Signed Sealed and Delivered

In the presence of                                James Anderson sealed with

John Jane                                      a wafer

John Ingles

John Ingles

        Memo:  That on the tenth Day of July one Thousand Seven hundred and Eighteen Quiet and peaceable Possession and seizin of the Land within mentioned was delivered by the within named James Anderson unto the within mentioned Joshua Meachum according to the form and effect of the within written Deed in due form of Law.

        At a Court held at Southwark for

        the County of Surry July ye 16th 1718

This day appeared in Court the within named James Anderson and did acknowledge the within mentioned contents to be his real Act & Deed as also Delivery and Seizin which is ordered to be recorded and is recorded by

 

James Anderson to    Cornelius Cargill

of Surry County   of Prince George County

04/14/1719     105 acres

Prince George County Book 1713-1728 page 292

This Indenture made this Fourteenth Day of April in the year of our Lord Christ One Thousand Seven hundred and Nineteen between James Anderson of the County of Surry of the One part and Cornelius Cargill of the County of Prince George of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said James Anderson for divers good causes and considerations him thereunto moving, but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of Four pounds current money to him in hand paid by the said Cornelius Cargill at and before the en sealing & delivery of these presents the receipt whereof the said James Anderson doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth acquit release and discharge the said Cornelius Cargill his heirs, executors, Etc. Hath given, granted, bargained sold, remised, released, and for ever quitted claim, and by these presents the said James Anderson doth for him self his heirs Excrs Etc.: give, grant, bargain, sell, remise, release, and for ever quit claim unto the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs for ever to all that seat, tract or parcel of Land situate Lying and being on the Cattail Swamp in the County of Prince George containing One hundred and five acres of land and bounded Viz:  Westwardly on the Land of Charles Anderson, Easterly Northerly, and Southerly upon unpatented Lands. To have and to hold the said Lands and premises with all the appertenances thereunto belonging unto the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs forever, together with all houses orchards, gardens, meadows, pastures, fencings, woods, underwoods, ways, waters, and watercourses thereon or thereunto belonging, so that neither the said James Anderson or his heirs nor any other person or persons whatever claiming or to claim by from or under him or them shall not at any time hereafter have any right title interest claim or demand of or to the said lands and premises but that the same with every part & parcel; [? ] of shall be and forever hereafter [? ] to the only sole proper use & [?] of him the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs for ever more and lastly the said James Anderson doth hereby further covenant and agree to with him the said Cornelius Cargill to defend and warrant the sayl of these presents by a general warranty against all and all manner of persons whatever unto the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs for ever.  In Witness whereof the said James Anderson hath hereunto set his hand and seal the Day and year first above written

Signed sealed and Delivered

in sight and presence of             James Anderson sealed with

                                        red wax

                On the back of the above deed was a endorsement in the following words. Viz:

Memorandum

                That Livery and Seizin of the Lands and premises within mentioned was by the within named James Anderson made and executed in due form of Law unto the within named Cornelius Cargill in sight of

                                James Anderson

                At a Court held at Merchant's Hope for the County of Prince George on the second Tuesday in April being the fourteenth Day of the said month Anno Domini, 1719

The above written deed for land (indented and sealed) was in open Court acknowledged (with the above endorsement of Livery of Seizin theron) by James Anderson the subscriber thereunto, to be his act and deed to Cornelius Cargill named therein, on whole motion the same by Order of the Court is truly recorded.  And there also appeared in Court Mary the wife of the said James Anderson and being first privately examined freely & voluntarily relinquished to the said Cornelius Cargill her right of dower in and to the lands in the said deed mentioned which by Order of the Court is likewise recorded

                        teste       Wm Hamlin Cl Cur

 

Anderson, James

09/05/1723     100 acres        Surry County

Patents Book 11, 1735-38, page 289

GEORGE [insert] TO ALL[i] KNOW YE that for diverse good causes and considerations but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of TEN SHILLINGS of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Treasury in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia.  WE HAVE given granted and confirmed and by these presents for Us our [?] Do give grant and confirm unto James Anderson of Surry County one certain tract or parcel of Land containing one hundred acres lying and being on the South side of the Main Blackwater Swamp in the County aforesaid and bounded as followeth, to wit. BEGINNING at a pine on the North side of the Pigeon Swamp thence Northeast one hundred and thirty nine poles to a red oak then North by East seventy four poles to a pine thence West Northwest forty one poles to a pine then South fifty five degrees West Sixty poles to a pine by the side of a small Branch then down the various courses of the run of the said Branch to the Pigeon Swamp aforesaid and down the various courses of the run of the said swamp to the beginning WITH ALL[i] To have hold or to be held [i] yielding and paying [i] provided [i] In witness [i] witness our Trusty and Well beloved Hugh Drysdale Esqr. Lieut Govr. [i] at Williamsburg under the Seal of our said Colony the Fifth Day of September One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Three in the Fourth year of our Reign

                                        Hugh Drysdale

 

James Anderson to    William Sanders

  /  /1726 100 acres

Surry County Book 1715-1730 Part 2 page 671-673

Land north of the Pigeon Swamp beginning at the mouth of a branch.

 

James Anderson  from                Robert Mitchell

05/15/1733     800 acres        Brunswick County

Brunswick County Deed Book 1 page 36-36

        Beginning at Samuel Jordans upper corner on the River thence along Jordans line fore hundred sixty poles to his corner red oak thence along his line two hundred seventy two poles to a small red oak thence west fore hundred sixty five p.s to small red oak thence north two hundred fifty p.s at a hickory thence east to a creek and down the sd creek to the River and down the sd River to the beginning.

 

        Brunswick County had been formed in 1720, however, due to the lack of population, record keeping had not begun until 1732.  The boundary between Prince George County and Brunswick had been set by the legislature as the Nottoway river, while the southern border was the boundary with North Carolina and was not surveyed until 1728.  In the year 1732, the boundary between Prince George and Brunswick was delineated as the "Little Nottoway" and later changed to the "Nottoway River".  The above lands were located in the fork between these branches of the Nottoway, in the southwest corner of the current Little Nottoway river and Whetstone Creek, and would later fall into Amelia County in 1736.  In 1735 James added a patent across the Little Nottoway River from these lands as follows:

 

Anderson, James

08/18/1735     150 acres        Amelia County

Virginia Patents Book 11, 1735-38 page ?

        North side of the Little Nottoway River.

 

James Anderson  from        Henry Thomas

14 Jun 1736    200 acres        Surry County

on Blackwater Swamp

 

James Anderson  from        James Anderson

                                                and Rebecca

12/20/1743     150 acres

Amelia County Book 2 page 17 (old number)

        Lands on the North [east] side of the Little Nottoway River beginning at the river east 180 poles south 160 poles west 180 poles and then up river to the start. [East bank of the Little Nottoway north of where Jordan's road crosses]

 

Thomas Anderson       from                James Anderson

                                Rebecca

12/20/1743     300 acres        Amelia County            

Amelia County Deed Book 2 page 39 (20 old number)

        Lands on South [west] side of Little Nottoway river beginning at Jordans corner on the river west then south along Jordans line then up Jordan's Little Run to a line of trees and then northwest to a spring branch down the branch to Whetstone Creek and down the Creek to the Little Nottoway river and then down to river to the start.

 

Jordan Anderson from        James Anderson

                                                 and Rebecca

12/20/1743     300 acres

Amelia County Book 2 page 19 (old number)

        Lands on South [west] side of Little Nottoway river beginning at a spring branch on Whetstone Creek, up the branch to then south along Thomas Anderson's line to a line of trees northwest to the head line and then north and then east to Whetstone Creek and down the creek to the beginning.

 

John Anderson    from                James Anderson

                                and Rebecca

03/19/1750/1  200 acres        Amelia County

Amelia County     Deed Book 4 Page 39

This Indenture made the Nineteenth day of March in the Year of our Lord One thousand sevenhundred and fortynine & fifty between James Anderson Senior of Surry County of the one part and John Anderson of Amelia County of the other part Witnesseth that the said James Anderson for an [sic] in consideration of the sum of One Shilling Currt. money of of [sic] Virginia to him in hand paid by the said John Anderson the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge he the said James Anderson hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said John Anderson his heirs and assigns One Tract or Parcel of Land containing by estimation Two hundred Acres be the same more or less lying and being in the County of Amelia on the Southside of Little Nottoway River and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning on Jordans Little Run on Samuel Jordans Line thence along his Line South twelve Degrees West to a corner red oak thence West fifteen Degrees North fore hundred and forty five poles to a small red oak thence North along the head kine to a large Srub white oak blas'd three ways thence a Direct cors [sic] to a large Srub white oak blas'd four ways at the head of Jordans Little Run thence down the said run as it meanders to the beginnign and the reversion remainder and remainders thereof and all the Wright title interest claim and demand whatsoever of him the said James Anderson of in or to the premisses or any part thereof to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to the said John Anderson his heirs and assigns forever and the said James Anderson from him heirs the said land and premises with the appurtenances of the said land unto the said John Anderson his heirs and assigns will warrant and forever defend by these presents In witness whereof the said James Anderson with Rebeckah his wife hath hereunto set there [sic] hands and sfixed there seals the day and year first above written.

 

        Signed Sealed and Delivered     James Anderson {seal}

                                   her

        In presents of ...........           Rebeckah   Anderson {seal}

                                   mark

Exd. James Anderson,Junr: Edward Eppes: Daniel Eppes.  S.C.

        At a Court held for Amelia County the 16th day of November 1750 this deed from James Anderson Senr. to John Anderson was proved by the oaths of James Anderson, and Daniel Eppes.  And at one other court held for the said County the 19th day of April 1751 the same was also proved by the Oath of Edward Eppes the other witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

                                /s/ Samuel Cobbs Clk

 

 

        The 11/20/1751 date of James Anderson death is known from the entry in the Albemarle Parish Register, reported by Thomas Bedingfield.  There is some conflict between different abstracts of the register and I have not had the opportunity to examine the original.

The will of James Anderson appears in Surry County, Virginia,  Will Book 9, page 772. The inventory of his estate is filed 02/18/1752 and an account by his "exctriss" Rebecca Anderson is filed on 07/22/1752.

 

In the name of God amen January 9th, 1750/1 I James Anderson of the Parish of Southwark and the County of Surry being well in body and mind for which I praise almighty God and do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that I give it and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned and as touching such Worldly Estate as it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with in this life I give and devise of the same as followeth viz.

Item        I give and Devise to my Son Thomas Anderson all my Estate that he hath now in his Possession one book called human prudence one other book called the whole Duty of man and five pounds current money of Virginia.

Item        I give to my Son James Anderson all my Estate he hath now in his possession and also five pounds current money of Virginia and after the Decease or Marriage of my Wife Rebecca one Negro man called Peter and my large Bible to him and to his heirs for ever.

Item        I give to my Son Jordan Anderson all my Estate he hath now in his possession also five pounds current Money of Virginia, one Book called the fountain of Life, and after the Death or Marriage of my Wife Rebecca one negro man named Robin to him and his heirs for ever.

Item        I give to my Son John Anderson and to his heirs forever One certain parcel or tract of Land lying and being in the County of Amelia joining to Thomas and Jordan Andersons Land it being the remainder of a tract of Land given to the said Thomas and Jordan Anderson containing by Estimation Two hundred Acres more or less as also fifteen pounds current money in the lieu of a Tract of Land the I formerly designed to give to him joining to my Land I now live on and also five pounds current money more, and after the death of my Wife Rebecca or Marriage One negro Boy named Aaron.

Item        I give all my wearing Apparel to be equally divided between my Sons namely Thomas James and Jordan and John Anderson.

Item        I give my Daughter Mary Eps all the Estate she hath now of mine in her Possession and five pounds current money of Virginia.

Item        I give to my Daughter Lyddey Averiss Five pounds current Money of Virginia and all of the Estate she hath now of mine in her Possession.

Item        I give to my Daughter Priscilla five pounds current money of Virginia and all the Estate she hath now of mine in her Possession

Item        I give to my Daughter Faith five pounds current money and all the Estate she hath now of mine in her possession.

Item        I give and Devise to my Son William all my Land in Surry County to him and his heirs for ever as also one Snuff Box, one Pockett Book, One Gun, called mine, and after the Death of my Wife Rebecca one negro women named Kate and her increase one negro boy named Ned, one Still and also my Desk.

Item        I give to my wife Rebecca and my Son William all my Estate that I have not Disposed of to be equally divided between them and it is further my Will and Desire that if my Son William Anderson should die before heirs of age or married that all the Estates as given to him may be equally divided between all my children then living.

Item        I give to my Wife the use of the following negro's During her life Viz: Cate and Ned, as also Still, Gun, and Desk I also give my Wife Rebecca the use of the following negro's during her life or widowhood Viz, Peter, Robin and Aaron.

        As I have given my Wife the use of all my negro's and the plantation I live on during her life or widowhood it is my further my [sic] will and desire that if she should Marry that then she should have nothing to do with that tract of Land known by the name of Arnols.

        And lastly do appoint Rebecca my Wife whole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of January 1750/1

                                Jas: Anderson   L.. S..

                Signed Sealed published

                He. in presence of

                Lemuel Cocke

                    his

                John   Bishop

                    mark

                    his

                John   Ray

                    mark

        No site for the burial is known. It is likely to be on the site of the Arnols plantation north of the Blackwater Swamp near the common boundary of Prince George, Surry and Sussex Counties.  The other possibility the Southwark Parish Church cemetery is now a closed forest track but no sign of surviving burials was noted on a visit to the site in 2002.

 

 

Sources

Charles City County, Virginia, Court Orders, 1687-1695, Abstracted and Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1980.

Deed Book 1, Amelia County, Virginia, Deeds 1735-1743, Bonds 1735-1741, Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey, Mid-South Publishing Company, Amelia, Virginia, 1981.

Deed Book 2, Amelia County, Virginia, Deeds 1742-1747, Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey, Mid-South Publishing Company, Amelia, Virginia, 1982.

Prince George County, Wills & Deeds 1710-1713, Compiled by Benjamin B. Weisiger III, 1992

Prince George County, Wills and Deeds, 1713-1728, Abstracted and Indexed by Benjamin B. Weisiger, III, 1973.

Southside Virginia Families, Volume I, by John Bennet Boddie, Pacific Coast Publishers, Redwood City, California, 1955.

Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories 1730-1800, by Lyndon H. Hart, III, Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1985.

Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia, 1671-1750; by Eliza Timberlake Davis, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1980.

 

 

More About James Anderson:

Will Date: January 09, 1750/51, Surry County, Virginia

Will Filed: January 21, 1751/52, Will Book 9, Page 772

Will Probate: January 21, 1751/52, Surry County, Virginia

 

Notes for Mary Jordan:

        Mary Jordan was the daughter of George Jordan and Mary Brown. The will of George Jordan is filed in Surry County Will Book 7 page 145, dated May 18, 1718 and probated August 20, 1718.  He mentions his wife Mary and daughter Mary Anderson and legated to her a "large" bible. This Bible is later mentioned in James Anderson's will, and apparently goes to Georgia with Mary's son James Anderson, Jr.

        Mary acquiesed in the sale of James Anderson lands from his father in 1712 indicating that they married before that date. There are no known marriage records for this period. This sale was likely done because James' stepmother Mary was still young and of child bearing age and the estate was unlikely to revert to James Anderson any time soon. 

        George Jordan names his daughter Mary Anderson, wife of James Anderson in a 1715 deed to her.  The deed covered lands that had been in the Jordan family since the 1650's, had passed out of the family temporarily and then had been re-acquired in 1688 by River Jordan and Priscilla Brown.  Mary's father George bought 300 acres of it from his brother River in 1689 and probably move to and lived on this land.  In 1701 with the death of his brother River he gained another 200a of this parcel.  River's widow Priscilla lived on the remainder. George held the 300 acres of land from 1689 to 1715 and it is very likely that he began construction of the home on it.

         It is interesting and extremely unusual that the 1715 deed was made directly to Mary Anderson in name, even though under law at the time it became her husbands to use.  Perhaps there is a story there untold, possibly even a prenuptual agreement between James and her.  Most likely though the explanation lies in what was going on in Virginia in 1715.  Two items are of interest. First, on the North Carolina and Virginia border, the Tuscarora Indians were holding the Lt. Governor of North Carolina hostage and the Governor of North Carolina asked the Governor of Virginia to send a militia expedition against the Indians from the north. Second, the British fleet was at anchor in the James River, recruiting militia men to go on an expedition against Newfoundland to wrest it from the French.  These demands on the militia undoubtedly drew James Anderson into service in one of these efforts as he was of the appropriate age and social status.  My guess is that he took his new toys, the sword and gun given him in Thomas Andersons's 1711 will and shipped out for Newfoundland.  James' neighbor and possible uncle, the Rev. Charles Anderson, is recorded in William Byrd's diary as having reported to him the arrival of the fleet in the James River.

        Mary, living along the Nottoway River adjacent the Indians, likely discovering herself pregnant with her first child Mary,  probably packed her horse and rode east to daddy's new estate.  There she groused at him about being left to suffer her fate at the hands of the Indians.  He, put up with it for a while, and then just to get her out of his hair, gave her the old lands north of the Blackwater River and away from the Indians. Since she was the daughter of a Jordan and a Brown it seems appropriate that she should receive it and the gift probably created good will in both families except amongst her brothers, who might have anticipated receiving the land themselves. By giving the deed to her directly, it allowed her to perfect the title in the absence of James and retain the title regardless of what became of James Anderson.  It is this peculiarity of the arrangement that leads me to believe James was out of the colony, could not be communicated with, and with the possibility that he might not return.

        The land is in the western most corner of current Surry County and had a path running through it first noted in Virginia records as the point along the Blackwater River at which exploration parties crossed the river on the gravely bottom in the 1650's.  Again in 1688 the land description includes mention of the path that crosses the Blackwater. There is now a state highway (route 606) and concrete bridge that cross at this point.  It should be noted that the southern edge of this property is truly a black water swamp and that any home must have been located in the northern regions.  Since her sons are later noted as carpenters, there is some likelihood that they were involved in building the home and first bridge at this location whereon they may have performed their apprenticeships. Examination of Surry County Court orders might find mention of any bridge building activity.

        The archeological records of old homes in Surry County include a description of a home razed at the end of the last century that was located at the junction of the road that crosses the Blackwater and the road that goes northwestward to the plantation of James's father Thomas Anderson in Prince George County.  This home was in the northern portion of the estate.  This old home had collapsed before it was examined, but sufficent remains existed that it could be described as a two story colonial home dating from before the revolution.  As the property was not sold from the Anderson family until 1773, and the subsequent owner went into receivership; it is likely this was the home of the Anderson/Jordan family.  How old it was is not determined and it possibly dates back to the time of River Jordan and Priscilla Brown.

 

(drawing best viewed in a non-proportional font like courier)

 

        n      n              n      n 

       /  \__/  \______/_\__/_\                __________  \__________

      /     b     \    (#)        (#)   \               |f               |    =|                 f|              

     | f____f  |____________|              |___/   ___|    s|___/   ____|

     |             |    ##        ##    |              |                |    =|                  |

     | f____f_|_____[ ]_____ |              |f _______|_  _|________ f|

                                                                               \

             from the front                               first floor from above

 

f = fireplace; s= stairs; b= brick; #= windows; (#)= dormer windows

 

        It had brick walls of double chimneys at each end creating eight fireplaces for the home. The wooden frame ground floor was divided into four rooms; two on each side of a center hallway connecting a front and back door. A stair case in the hall way took you to the second floor where the bedrooms were located with dormer windows protruding through the roof.  The roof and 2nd floor beams were suspended from chimney wall to chimney wall.  Similar homes of the period had on the first floor a sitting room for entertaining visitors; a work/den room for buiness affairs and weaving and spinning; a dining room; and a master bedroom.  The second floor dormer area would have been divided in the middle by water closets and storage and would have created two bedrooms areas, one for the girls and one for the boys.

 

        The accouterments of the home can be determined by examining the complete estate listing in 1751 of James Anderson. From the estate list we know that to run the household his wifes had at their disposal:

 

One negro Boy Aaron

One negro child Ned

one wench Cate

(these probably worked in the house)

 

One Negro man Peter

one Negro man Robin

(Peter and Robin probably worked on the farm)

 

There were 11 old chairs and 3 tables distributed throught the house.

 

For the dining room they had:

 

Tea Kettle, Sugar Box, Canisters, Tea pott, 2 Dishes, 2 Basons, 12 plates, 6 spoons, 3 Dozen and 9 Spoons, 11 Dishes,  Basons & 15 Plates, 3 Porringers, a pepper box, some old pewter, a tin bucket and other tin ware, some napkins, Bagg and tablecloth, Butter Potts Muggs etc. and two Bowles Cupps and Saucers, a parcel of table Kives and Forks, 3 glasses and 4 small bottles, 2 pair of fire tongs Grid iron and an old cutting knife, One pewter flaggon and three old candlesticks, some Pepper Allspice Allum and Ginger, 5lb of Sugar.

 

for James' den they had:

 

3 Dozn Pipes, Two pair of money scales hone razor and straps, Two Lancetts Pen knife scissars waffers and ink, One Black Wallnut Desk, a parcel of old books, Some Trupers Arms, known to be a sword and gun from his father and a pair of pistols and holster that he had bought.

 

for Mary's sewing room they had:

 

1 Linnen Wheel, 3 spinning wheels and 5 pair of cards, a loom, 3 stays and harness, 17 Ells of Ozenbriggs & 4 Ells, 13 yards of white Linnen, 186lb of cotton  and some cotton & Flax thread, 3½ yards of cotton,  sheets and one blanket, 24lb of stitch Cotton and 28lb of Flax, 24lb of feathers 4lb of mean feathers, 3 Wallet 5 Baggs,  20lb of wool.

 

for the bedrooms they had:

 

1 Bed Bed Stead Hide Rug Blanket and pair of Sheets, 1 Bed Ditto with Pillers, 1 Bedstead, One Bed Bedstead and Covering, One Bed Ditto, One Bed Ditto, 6 Chests, All his wearing cloaths 6 coats 7 Jackets Breeches Shirts stockings & shoes, a walking cane Shoe thread & a small box, 2 pair of shoes.

 

        There would have been an external kitchen building and animal shed/barn.  The adult slaves would have slept in the kitchen where the warmth of the hearth would serve them, and the young slave children would have slept on bedrolls on the floor of the main house where they could have been at the beck and call of the family to service the fireplaces, etc.

 

for the Kitchen they had:

 

One large Still & a parcel of Beef and Bacon, a skimmer and Flesh Forks, one iron spit and one duck spit, 1 large Copper Kettle, 1 Brass Ditto 2 Small Ditto, 1 Bace Mettle Skillet, 5 Iron Potts Hooks and Racks, 2 frying pans and Box Iron, 2 Bushels of salt, 19 cyder casks & a parcel of old Barrels, Hoggsheads, baskets, etc., 4 sifters and a case of bottles.

 

In the barn/shed they had:

 

Three saddles; two mens and one womens, a parcel of Bridles Houssing and Holkers, a pair of Horse Teams Buckles Buttons etc., 9lbs of Tallow, a cart and wheels, harrow and gear, 6 Wedges, 4 Harrow Teeth and some old Iron, 8 new Hoes, a parcel of files and a set, a parcel of fodder and nubbins, 1 grindstone, pales, a tub & a sifter, one crosscutt Saw and 2 pair of Stilliards, a parcel of carpenters and coopers tools (including a joining lathe), 2000 Ten penny nails and some small Ditto, Some upper and sole leather, a parcel of rope and old traces, 4 hides in Tan, and a parcel of corn, 3 bushels of wheat and eight bushels of Pease, a parcel of Lime and 4 raw hides.

 

In pens around and about the barn/shed they had:

 

10 geese, One old Horse & one mare and one colt, 6 year old cattle, 12 Cowes, 15 young cattle, 11 sheep, 6 fat Hogs, 29 Hogs & 6 Piggs.

 

        I guess they didn't have a stereo, TV, computer, radios, microwave, VCR, snow blower or all terrain vehicle: gosh, it must have been quiet in the house:) This was probably made up for by the noise of traffic on the road outside which would have been a major route in the 1715-1750 period for people moving into southern Virginia.  Mary's neighbor to the east was her aunt Priscilla now Thomas and her neighbor to the west was Jane Brown now Cocke her first cousin once removed.  The word neighbor here has a diffrent meaning since they would have been at a 1 to 2 mile distance. However time also was measured differently in those days such that an afternoons walk to visit your neighbor would have been quite normal.

 

                     /Arthur Jordan b: BEF. 1600 d: AFT. 1635

             /Arthur Jordan b: 1627 d: 1698

     /George Jordan b: BET. 1659 - 1660 d: 1718

     |       |       /Richard Bevin b: ABT. 1600 d: 1 APR 1653

     |       \Elizabeth Bevin b: BET. 1634 - 1638 d: AFT. 1664

     |               \Mary ? b: ABT. 1600

Mary Jordan b: ABT. 1694 d: ABT. 1733

     |       /William Browne b: BEF. 1630 d: 1705

     \Mary Browne b: ABT. 1670 d: AFT. 1728

             |       /Henry Browne b: ABT. 1605 d: 1662

             \Mary Browne b: ABT. 1638 d: ABT. 1674

                     \Anne Busher d: 12 AUG 1668

 

 

Mary Anderson   from                George Jordan

07/01/1715     300 acres        Surry County

This Indenture made this first day of July in the first year of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King defender of the faith Etc. and in the year of our Lord God One thousand seven hundred and fifteen between George Jordan Senr and Mary his wife of the County of Surry of the one Part and Mary Anderson wife of James Anderson of the aforesaid County of the other Part.  Witnesseth that the said George Jordan and Mary his wife for and in consideration of five shillings of Lawfull money of England in hand Paid by the said Mary Anderson the receipt whereof and he himself therewith fully satisfied contented and paid he the said George Jordan and Mary his wife doth hereby acknowledge and for other good causes and considerations him hereunto moving Hath given granted bargained and Sold Demised Leased and to form letten and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell demise and lease and to form lett unto Mary Anderson and the heirs of her body one certain tract or parcell of land containing three hundred acres by estimation be the same more or less situate lying and being in the County of Surry and is bounded as followeth {Viz} beginning at the mouth of the spring branch on the North side of the Blackwater Swamp thence up the said branch about half a mile so thence a straight course Westerly to the first branch of Wintico so thence down the said branch to the Blackwater Swamp so down the said Swamp to the place began at with all houses edifaces buildings barns yards gardens orchards fields lands fences woods underwoods wasy waters watercourses swamps marshes meadows pasturage feedings and all other proffitts commoditys and advantages whatsoever to the said tract of three hundred acres of Land or to any part or parcell thereof belonging or any ways appertaining together with priviledges of hawking and hunting fishing and fowling to have and to hold the said demised premises unto the said Mary Anderson and the heirs of her body from the day of the date hereof for and during the full term and time of three years to be fully compleated and ended yeilding and paying therefore yearly on the tenth day of September to the said George Jordan his heirs or assigns one ear of Indian Corn if it be lawfully demanded upon the premises to the intent and purpose that by virtue of these presents and of the statute for the transferring uses into possession and that the said Mary Anderson may be in actuall and peicable possession of the premises before granted and maybe thereby the better enabled to accept of a grant or conveyance of the reverting and inheritances therof to her and the heirs of her body for ever.  In witness whereof of the said George Jordan and Mary his wife hath set their hands and seales the day and year above written

 

        Signed Sealed and Delivered

        In Presents of                       the mark of

        John Avery                   George |G| Jordan

        Tho Eldridge                 sealed with a wafer

                At a Court held at Southwark for the

                County of Surry July the twentieth 1715

        This day appeared in Court the above named George Jordan and did acknowledge the above specified contents to be his real act and deed which is ordered to be recorded and is recorded by

                                /s/   Ar: Allen Cl Cura

 

Mary Anderson   from                George Jordan

07/03/1715     300 acres        Surry County

This Indenture made this third day of July in the first year of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King defender of the faith Etc. and in the year of our Lord God One thousand seven hundred and fifteen between George Jordan Senr and Mary his wife of the County of Surry of the one Part and Mary Anderson wife of James Anderson of the aforesaid County of the other Part.  Witnesseth that the said George Jordan and Mary his wife for and in consideration of five shillings of Lawfull money of England in hand Paid by the said Mary Anderson the receipt whereof and he himself therewith fully satisfied contented and paid he the said George Jordan and Mary his wife doth hereby acknowledge and for divers other good causes and considerations him hereunto moving Hath given granted bargained and Sold Remised and Released and by these presents for himself and his heirs and assigns Doth grant bargain and sell Remise and Release unto the said Mary Anderson she being in full and peiceable possession and seizure by Virtue of a Lease of the presents hereafter mentioned by the said George Jordan and Mary his wife To the said Mary Anderson bearing date two days before the Date of this presents all the Right Title Interest possession Claim and Demand of him the said George Jordan and Mary his wife of in or to one certain tract or dividend of land containing three hundred acres of land be the same more or less situate lying and being in the County of Surry and bounded as followeth {Viz} beginning at the mouth of the spring branch on the North side of the Blackwater Swamp thence up the said branch about half a mile so thence a straight course Westerly to the first branch of Wintico so thence down the said branch to the Blackwater Swamp so down the said Swamp to the place began at with all houses edifices buildings barns gardens orchards yards fields lands fences woods underwoods ways waters watercourses swamps marshes meadows pasturage feedings and all other feedings commoditys and advantages whatsoever to the said tract of three hundred acres of Land or to any part or parcell thereof belonging or any ways appertaining together with priviledges of hawking and hunting fishing and fowling to have and to hold the said granted premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appertanances unto the said Mary Anderson and the heirs of her body forever to the only proper use and behoof of the said Mary Anderson and the heirs of her body for ever to be held to be held of our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs and Successors as of his manner of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in free and Common Acreage Yeilding and Paying the Quitrents gue and Lawfully Accustomed to be paid for the same being one shilling for every fifty Acres. In witness whereof of the said George Jordan Senr and Mary his wife hath hereunto set their hands and seales the day and year above written

 

        Signed Sealed and Delivered

        In Presents of                       the mark of

        John Avery                   George |G| Jordan

        Tho Eldridge                 sealed with a wafer

                At a Court held at Southwark for the

                County of Surry July the twentieth 1715

        This day appeared in Court the above named George Jordan and did acknowledge the above specified contents to be his real act and deed which is ordered to be recorded and is recorded by

                                /s/   Ar: Allen Cl Cura

 

 

Notes for Rebecca Cooke:

        James Anderson's second marriage was to Rebecca Cook.  This is established by examination of Surry County, Will Book 9, page 248.  The will of William Cook dated 05/01/1740 names sons Robin Cook, James Cook and daughters; Elizabeth who married Thomas Tomlinson, Rebeccah who married James Anderson, Sarah who married Henry Mitchell, Mary who married Wm. Briggs, Susannah who married Miel Hill, Hannah who married Richard Gary, Amy who married John Maclin. The will was probated 11/19/1740.

 

 

                                     /Richard Cooke

                             /Philip Cooke b: 27 DEC 1589

                     /William Cooke b: 25 MAR 1613 d: 1679

             /William Cooke b: ABT. 1633 d: 1698

             |       \Mary Blackbourne

     /William Cooke d: 19 NOV 1740

     |       |       /Hugh Roper

     |       \Joan Roper d: 1720

Rebecca Cooke d: 1770

     |       /James Jones

     \Rebecca Jones

             \Sarah ?Lewis

 

        Rebecca's name appears as the dower signature in the 1743 leases to James' sons.  In 1752 Rebecca is under Surry County court order to cease and desist from possession of the 400 acres of Thomas Anderson (deceased).  See Surry County Court order book one pages 176, 271, 405, 464.  This appears to be an attempt on her part to take control of her deceased father-in-law's land.  The author found no record of lands in Surry county owned by a Thomas Anderson. It is regrettable that the Prince George County Court Orders are lost as these may have provided further clarification over this struggle.  Rebecca Anderson nee Cook resides in Surry County, Virginia until her death in 1770, without remarrying. Perhaps by 1752 the original lands of Thomas Anderson were abandoned and she tried to use the vagueness of his will to assert a claim.

 

An Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate of James Anderson Deceased

 

One large Still @ £20/& a parcel of Beef and Bacon @ £3/  £ 23,, 0,, 0

One old Horse @ 20s/& one mare at £5 and one colt @ £3  9,, 0,, 0

One negro Boy Aaron @ £40 & one Negro man Robin @ £40 80,, 0,, 0

One negro child Ned at £15 and one wench Cate at £35,,10,,0 50,,10,, 0

One Negro man Peter at £16, & Tea Kettle Sugar Box Canisters and Tea pott  16,,14,, 0

Two pair of money scales hone razor and straps   0,,11,, 0

Two Lancetts Pen knife scissars waffers and ink   0,, 4,, 4

One Black Wallnut Desk £4 and 11 old chairs a parcel of axes & hoes      7,, 4,, 0

a parcel of carpenters and coopers tools 1,, 9,, 0

Three saddles two mens and one womens @ 3,, 6,, 0

A parcel of Bridles Houssing and Holkers      0,,14,, 0

6 Wedges 4 Harrow Teeth and some old Iron 0,,18,, 9

a parcel of rope and old traces 6s/ and 10 geese @ 7/6 0,,13,, 6

6 year old cattle at £1,,4,,0.12 Cowes @ 20/ each & 15 young cattle at 15s/      24,, 9,, 0

11 sheep at 40s/6 fat Hogs at £ & 4 hides in Tan @ 24s/      8,, 4,, 0

29 Hogs & 6 Piggs @ £6,,11 and a parcel of corn at £22       28,,11,, 0

3 bushels of wheat and eight bushels of Pease      1,, 5,, 0

a parcel of Lime at 5s/ and 4 raw hides at 11s/        0,,16,, 0

Some upper and sole leather      1,,16,, 0

All his wearing cloaths 6 coats 7 Jackets Breeches Shirts stockings & shoes  7,,17,, 0

a pair of Horse Teams Buckles Buttons etc.    0,, 5,, 0

a walking cane Shoe thread & a small box       0,, 3,, 0

a parcel of files and a set 1s/6d a parcel of fodder and nubbins  3,, 1,, 6

11 Dishes at 35s/.8 Basons 22s/& 15 Plates @ 18/ 3,,15,, 0

3 Porringers and a pepper box and some old pewter      1,, 2,, 0

a tin bucket and other tin ware  0,, 7,, 0

Butter Potts Muggs etc. 13s/6d and two Bowles Cupps and Saucers        0,,18,, 2

A skimmer and Flesh Forks        0,, 2,, 6

One iron spit at 5s/ and one duck spit at 1s/6d       0,, 6,, 6

9lbs of Tallow at 3s/ a cart and wheels harrow and gear       1,,13,, 0

1 large Copper Kettle 1 Brass Ditto 2 Small Do:      7,, 1,, 6

1 Bace Mettle Skillet at 12/.        0,,12,, 0

5 Iron Potts Hooks and Racks 2 frying pans and Box Iron   1,,17,, 0

3 spinning wheels and 5 pair of cards      0,,15,, 0

1 grindstone at 3s/6d pales a tub & a sifter     0,,17,, 6

19 cyder casks £1,,18,,0 a parcel of old Barrels Hoggsheads baskets etc   4,, 2,, 0

2 Bushels of salt   0,, 3,, 4

24lb of feathers @ 30s/4lb of mean feathers at 6d           1,,12,, 0

5 old combs @ 2/ 56 bottles @ 12s/ and 9 Juggs at 18s        1,,12,, 0

some Pepper Allspice Allum and Ginger  0,, 5,, 0

Some Trupers Arms     2,, 0,, 0

2 Dishes 2 Basons 12 plates and 6 spoons      1,,16,, 0

3 Dozen and 9 Spoons @ 6/6 and 3 Dozn Pipes at 1/     0,, 7,, 6

5lb of Sugar 2s/6d a parcel of shoemakers tools & lasts etc.        0,,17,, 6

2000 Ten penny nails and some small Ditto    0,,16,, 0

17 Ells of Ozenbriggs @ 17s/ & 4 Ells Ditto @ 3/   1,, 0,, 0

13 yards of white Linnen    1,, 1,, 8

3½ yards of cotton @ 7s/11 sheets and one blanket @ £3,,16,,0 4,, 3,, 0

some napkins Bagg and tablecloths 0,,19,, 0

3 Wallet 5 Baggs  0,,13,, 0

1 Bed Bed Stead Hide Rug Blanket and pair of Sheets  4,, 0,, 0

1 Bed Ditto with Pillers        6,, 0,, 0

1 Bedstead    0,, 2,, 6

1 Linnen Wheel 12s/ 4 Reap hoocks and a hackal  0,,14,, 0

8 new Hoes at 24s/20lb of wool at 17s/4d        2,, 1,, 4

24lb of  itch Cotton 24s/ and 28lb of Flax at 28s/    2,,12,, 0

one crosscutt Saw at 5s/ and 2 pair of Stilliards @ 10s/        0,,15,, 0

186lb of cotton @ 3d p/lb and some cotton & Flax thread    3,, 7,, 6

4 sifters at 2s/6d and a case of bottles at 12s/ 0,,14,, 6

2 pair of fire tongs Grid iron and an old cutting knife    0,, 5,, 0

One pewter flaggon and three old candlesticks      0,, 5,, 0

One Bed Bedstead and Covering      4,,10,, 0

One Bed Do  5,,10,, 0

One Bed Do  5,, 0,, 0

6 Chests @ 35s/ and 3 Tables at 20s/       2,,15,, 0

a parcel of table Kives and Forks      0,, 6,, 0

3 glasses and 4 small bottles etc       0,, 2,, 6

a parcel of old books   1,, 0,, 0

2 pair of shoes      0,, 2,, 6

 

 

 

In obediance to an Order of the Worshipful Court held for Surry County January the 21st 1752 We the subscribers being first sworn before Howell Briggs Gentleman one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace of the said County have valued the Estate of James Anderson deceased as appear by the Inventory above.

Teste                                      Benja: Baird

Rebecca Anderson Extrice                 Thos: Bedingfield

                                        Richard Jones

At a Court held for Surry County the 18th day of February 1752

        The aforewritten Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of James Anderson deceased was returned and by the Court ordered to be recorded.

Exd:                         Teste

                                A. Claiborne Clk.

 

1751        The Estate of James Anderson deceased        Dt      

        To Funeral Expenses                     £   3,,15,, 7  

        To paid the sherif of Surry for Levies, Clks &

        Secretaries Fees 422th to Co W/A/          2,,19,, 0  

        To paid Do for Quit Rents 500 Acres of Land 0,,12,, 8¼ 

1752        To paid the appraisers for two days        0,,18,, 0  

        To paid Doctor Peese                 0,, 3,, 6  

        To paid John Bishop                  0,, 3,, 6  

                                                _________  

                                                   £   8,,12,, 3¼ 

                To Rebecca Anderson        Cr     

        By the personal Estate appraised to           £  205,,10,, 1  

        By Cash found in the House                      56,,13,, 5  

        By 3 Cropp hhds:Tobo: Wt:3160 lbs at 15/      23,,14,, 0  

        By Mr. Peters                               2,, 4,, 63/4

        By Cash reced of Anthony Atkinson              0,,16,, 7½ 

        By Do reced of John Reddin                     0,, 6,, 4  

                                                _________  

                                                   £ 289,, 5,, 0¼ 

                E.E. by Rebecca Anderson Extrice

In obedience to the Worshipful Court of Surry we have examined the above acct and found it right.

                                                John Hay

                                                John Nicolson

At a Court continued and held for Surry County the 22 day of July 1752 the aforementioned Account Current of the Estate of James Anderson deceased was returned and being first Audited by persons specially Appointed was by the Court Ordered to be recorded.

                                Teste

                                A. Claiborne Clk.

 

 

        Rebecca's will is filed in Surry County, Virginia, Will Book 10a, page 77.  The will, dated 10/14/1763 names her four sisters Sarah Rachel, Mary Bonner, Sussana Hill, and Hannah Gray. A comparison of these names with the daughters of William Cooke clearly establishes her identity. In addition, she mentions her granddaughter Charlotte Anderson and son William Anderson, who is to get the estate. The will is probated by her son and executor William Anderson in 03/20/1770. The inventory of the estate appears on page 94 and is dated 06/19/1770.

 

        In the name of God Amen, October the Fourteenth Day One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Three I Rebecah Anderson of Sury County being of sound and Disposing Mind and Memory thanks be to God for the same do make ordain constitute and appoint this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say.

Inprincius      It is my will and desire that all my wearing apparel of every kind shall be equally divided as soon as conveniently may be after my decease between my four sisters Sarah Rachel, Mary Bonner, Sussanna Hill and Hannah Gary.

Item        I give and bequeath unto my grand Daughter Charlotte Anderson my Side saddle and Furniture one small trunk and a plain gold ring with the initial letters of my name in it to her and her assigns forever.

Item        All the res and residue of my estate of what nature or kind soever I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Anderson his heirs and assigns forever as a Testimony of his Duty respect to me. And lastly I do constitute my said son William Anderson whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and desire my Estate may not be appraised.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above Written

        Signed Sealed Published and

        Declared by the said Rebecah

        Anderson as her last Will and                          her

        Testament in whose presence and    Rebecah + Anderson (seal)

        at whose request We have                               mark

        hereunto set our names as

        Witnesses

        John Edmunds

        Moses x Hill

        John x Johnson

        At a Court for Surry County March the 20th 1770 The afore written last Will and Testament of Rebecah Anderson Deceas'd was presented in Court by William Anderson the Executor therein named who made oath thereto according to Law and the same being proved by the oaths of Moses Hill and John Johnson two of the witnesses thereto was by the Court ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of the said Executor Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probate thereof in Due form

                                Test        Wm Nelson CC Curr

 

An Inventory of the Estate of Rebecah Anderson Dec'd £35-15-3 Cash found in the House, £7-8-9 due to the Estate some corn and fodder, peas and Wheat, some carpenters coopers and shoemakers tools, a set of Tea Ware, one Sugar Box on hone and strop, two pair money scales, one pr. lancets, two pr. Horse Humes three saddles, a parcel of hoes and axes, some bridles and halters two pr. hosen a set of troopers arms, 13 chairs 7 iron wedges, 8 harrow teeth, some old iron, some Horse harnesses, one cart, 3 pair cart wheels, 2 plows, 2 Harrows, 14 Geece, A parcel of lime, 10 seder one yearling skin and 7 sheep skins of tanned leather. 4 rawhides and 3 sheep skins Do.  Rebecah Andersons Wearing Apparel some shoe thread, 3 small boxes 2 + cut saws, 2 hand saws all with Refts and Files some Bridle & Halter buckels, 4 Feather Beds and Furniture, 6 chests, one tin bucket and 2 funnels Do one box Iron and Heaters, 1 Quart Pott, a parcel of old Hogshead, Tubs, and Cyder Casks, 515 lb. Tobs, 29 plates, 14 basons, 15 dishes 27 spoons, 2 pewter tankards one pepper box Do 2 porngers Do some old pewter 5 Tea spoons of hard metal, 5 Iron Potts, 3 frying pans, 2 Butter Potts and 13 Juggs, 2 Pitchers, one punch Bowl, 2 Drinking Glasses, 2 Tumblers, 2 salt cellars, 3 Ticklers, 1 oil cruise, 2 Vinegar Cruets, one Bell Metal Skillet, 24 common bottles, some flax and Toe, one Linnen Wheel, 2 Hackles one hive of Bees some honey one Iron Spitt, one Duck spitt, Iron Pott, Rack and some Hooks, one Copper Kettle and 2 Brass ones, 3 Spinning wheels, 5 pr. cards one grindstone some pails and Tubs, a parcel of salt some geese & Duck feathers some Turkey and Chicken Do on case of bottles, four horses, 26 head of Cattle, 10 sheep, 57 Hoggs, some sugar, some brown Rowls some Virginia Cloth, one sf all Trunk, one gold Ring, one pair silver studs, some napkins, meal Baggs and Table Linnen some nails and saddle, tacks, aparcel of cotton, 6 Reap hooks, 2 Sives and a Sarch, 2 Wheat Riddles, 2 pair Fire Tongs, one Grid Iron, one cutting knife, one straw basket a parcel of Table knives and forks. A Parcel of Old Books one Couch, some Dryed Meat, some soap, some Tea and 2 Canisters 3 Cane Flasks, 2 Chamber Potts, a parcel of spun cotton, Toe and Wool, 2 pair stilliards 7 Bread Trays, 2 candlesticks, 2 pr. knitting Kneedles, 3 pair of spectacles, some sewing Kneedles, 19 Ducks & some dunghill Fowls.

                                & Excepted

                                William Anderson Executor

At a Court Held for Surry County June the 19th 1770

The afore Written Inventory of the Estate of Rebecah Anderson Dec'

was Returned and by the Court Ordered to be Recorded

                                        Test

                                        Wm Nelson  C.Cur

 

 

       

Children of James Anderson and Mary Jordan are:

        18               i.    Mary6 Anderson (Source: James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born 1715 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia; died June 13, 1765 in Sussex County, Virginia.  She married Edward Eppes (Source: John Frederick Dorman, Ancestors and Descendants of Francis Epes I of Virginia, Volume One,  (Society of the Dscendants of Francis Epes I of Virginia; 1992.).) Abt. 1738 in Surry County, Virginia; born 1710 in Surry County, Virginia; died 1780 in Sussex County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Mary Anderson:

       Mary Anderson would have been born on her father's Surry County plantation called "Arnols".  Armols was located in the western corner of Surry County Virginia. I curently know of no record of her birth date, but I consider it likely that the gift of a landed estate to her mother Mary Jordan in 1715 was in celebration of the coming birth of this first child. Thus I list her birth as 1715.

       Apparently there was little contact with her brothers after 1743 who relocated in Amelia County, as no oral tradition or correspondence regarding Mary's family passed into the documentation of the later generations. She is not mentioned in the family book "Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families"; By Grant James Anderson; Richmond Virginia; Whitter & Shepperson printers, 1909.

       In the 1750 will of James Anderson he names his daughter as Mary Eps, "I give my Daughter Mary Eps all the Estate she hath now of mine in her Possession and five pounds current money of Virginia".  According to the source John Frederick Dorman, Ancestors and Descendants of Francis Epes I of Virginia, Volume One,  (Society of the Dscendants of Francis Epes I of Virginia; 1992.), Mary Anderson married Edward Eppes the son of Daniel Eppes who had been a land owner adjacent James Anderson in the 1704-1718 time period.

       Mary Eppes' name appears frequently in the records of the Albemarle Parish register as a sponsor for the christening of children of many of her neighbors and relations families.  She was a genuinely religious woman and the births of Edward's children are carefully recorded in the register.  Since her brothers helped to build the chapels of the parish and her fathers own death is amongst those recorded in the parish register it seems likely that she was a prominent contributor to the religious life of the community and the activities at St. Paul's church just a mile or so southeast of current Waverly, Virginia.  Regrettably no trace of St. Paul's church remains today and as its location is a posted forest tract I was unable to determine whether any tombstones remain.

 

       Bibliography

 

"Frances Epes, His Ancestors and Descendants", by Eva Lee Turner Clark, Richard and Smith, New York, 1942.

 

"Southside Virginia Families, Volume I", by John Bennet Boddie, Pacific Coast Publishers, Redwood City, California, 1955.

 

"Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778", Transcribed and Edited by Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958.

a list of entries in the book:

page 8 - Amy d. of Edward Eps jr and w. Mary, b. Sept 19, c. Nov 20, 1739; gdpts. Peter Hawthorn, ELizabeth Weaver, Sarah Davis.

page 48 - Sarah d. of Edward Eppes and w. Mary; b. June 17; c. 1741; gdpts. Gilbert Weaver, Mary Moore, Eliza Denton.

page 10 - Anne d. of Edward Eppes and w. Mary; b. Sept. 15, 1743; c. Jan 8, 1743/4; gdpts. Richard Avery, Arthur Freeman, Eliza Bell.

page 213 - Amy Eppes a Child d. Oct 26, 1743; i. Edward Eppes.

page 80 - Mary d. of Edward Eppes and w. Mary; b. July 4; c. Aug 31, 1746; gdpts. Eppes Moore, Eliza Gilbert, Priscilla Mitchell.

page 172 - James s. of Edward Eppes and w. Mary; b. March 11 1748/9; c. April 29, 1749; gdpts. James Claiborne, James Anderson, Mary Tatum.

page 105 - Winny d. of Edward Epes and w. Mary; b. Sept 16; c. Oct 20, 1751; gdpts. Drury Tatum, Mary Moss, Judith Tion.

page 159 - Susanna d. of Edward Eppes and w. Mary; b. Sept 12; c. Nov 23, 1753; gdpts. Richard Blunt, Susanna Moore, Martha Gilbert.

page 140 - Elizabeth d. of Edward Eppes and w. Mary; b. June 3; c. Aug 29, 1756; gdpts. Timothy Ezell, Jr., Lucy Dunn, Anne Moore.

page 23 - Frances d. of Edward Eppes and w. Mary; b. June 1; c. July 29, 1759; gdpts. Nathaniel Tomlinson, Jacobina Wylie, Anne Wiggins.

page 220 - Elizabeth Eppes d. Oct 14, 1768; i. John Adkins (unconfirmed that this is the daughter)

 

 

Notes for Edward Eppes:

       Edward Eppes is the great-grandson of the original immigrant Francis Eppes by way of John and Daniel Eppes.  He was born about the time his father moved to Albermarle Parish in what is now Sussex County, Virginia.  At that time it was Surry County, Virginia.

 

                                             /John Epes d: JAN 1526/27 =>

                                     /Alan Epes d: 1551

                                     |       \Alice ? d: 1527

                             /John Eppes b: 1550 d: 1627

                             |       \Agnes ?

                     /Francis Eppes b: MAY 1597 d: 1655

                     |       |       /Alexander Fisher d: 1590

                     |       \Thomasine Fisher

                     |               |       /Peter Maplesden

                     |               \Katherine Maplesden

             /John Eppes b: ABT. 1626 d: ABT. 1679

             |       \Marie ?

     /Daniel Eppes b: ABT. 1672 d: 6 JAN 1753

     |       |       /Humphrey Kent

     |       \Mary Kent b: 1624

     |               \Joane ?

Edward Eppes b: 1710 d: 1780

     \Mary ? b: ABT. 1676 d: 13 JUN 1755

 

 

       Edward inherited his fathers lands in 1753 along the Nottoway River adjacent the land which James Anderson had sold to Joshua Meachum in 1718. He lived on this land all his life never patenting or buying additional lands.  He does appear as witness on various neighbors documents.

       Edward had six tithables in Sussex County in 1754

       Edward's will dated 06/08/1779 and probated 02/17/1780 bequeaths a negro to each of his daughters by name Sarah Tomlinson, Ann Gibbons, Mary Moss, Susanna Harrison. He gives to his son James the estate that he lives on and names son James and son-in-law Henry Moss, Jr. executors.  Witnesses are Robert Watson, Susanna Moss, Martha Meachum.  Sussex County will book C page 348.  The inventory of the estate is filed 02/25/1780 on page 362.

       The birth and christening of the children is recorded in:

"Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778", Transcribed and Edited by Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958. A microfilm of this is available in the Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia.

 

 

        19              ii.    Priscilla Anderson (Source: James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born Abt. 1718 in "Arnols", Surry, County, Virginia; died Aft. 1752 in Likely went to Georgia (Source: James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).).  She married James Moss Abt. 1744; born Abt. 1718 in Surry County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Priscilla Anderson:

       Priscilla Anderson would have been born of her fathers Surry County Plantation called "Arnols".  This was located in what is now the southwest corner of Surry County, Virginia.  Grant Anderson recalls (1909) that one of James' daughters married a Moss. The grounds for stating that Priscilla married a Moss is by process of elimination of the daughters of James.   The Albemarle Parish register provides the Christian name James Moss for her husband.

       The Albemarle Parish register records the birth of Amy, born 09/24/1745, daughter of James Moss and Priscilla, christened 10/27/1745 with godparents Henry Moss, Mary Eppes, and Mary Moss.  Mary Eppes was Priscilla sister and Henry Moss was James Moss brother.  Take caution there is another James Moss in Sussex with wife Anne throughout the period 1740 to 1762 a first cousin to this James Moss.

       James Anderson's 1751 wll does not identify her husband but mentions her as, "I give to my Daughter Priscilla five pounds current money of Virginia and all the Estate she hath now of mine in her Possession".

       I have never been able to find out what happened to James Moss and I suspect he either died young and Priscilla remarried; or they both moved to North Carolina or Georgia as did many neighbors.

 

               Bibliography

 

Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families, by Grant James Anderson, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, 1909. 

 

Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778, Transcribed and Edited by Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958.

 

 

Notes for James Moss:

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Subj:       Family Research

Date:      99-04-27 19:12:00 EDT

From:     rkirkpatrick@jcn1.com (rkirkpatrick)

Reply-to:       rkirkpatrick@jcn1.com (rkirkpatrick)

To: patander73@aol.com

 

Hi, My name is Linda (Moss) Kirkpatrick,

One of my family members gave me your email address. We are currently researching our family line consisting of Obediah Mors(moss) d.1774 we believe it's tied in with some of the imformation you have sent to my Brother -in-law . We don't know if he got your email or imformation from a website or where but any information is appreciated.

Priscilla Anderson b before 1729 in Arnols in Surry Co. Va m. James Moss about 1744

This what he told us . And again any imformation is appreciated and if we can help you any please let us know

 

Thank you,

Linda

 

 

        20             iii.    James Anderson (Source: (1) Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909)., (2) James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born 1720 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909).); died 1769 in Augusta, Georgia (Source: James Anderson, 1764 Will of James Anderson,  (Georgia Colonial will book A page 296.).).  He married Mary Ferguson Bef. June 10, 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia; born Abt. 1723 in Rappahanock County, Virginia; died Aft. 1776 in Augusta, Georgia.

 

Notes for James Anderson:

       James was born at his fathers estate "Arnols" in Surry County, Virginia.  This is located along the north bank of the Blackwater River which forms the southern boundary of current Surry county near the triangular intersection of Prince George County, Surry County, and Sussex County.  No contemporary record is known.  "Genealogy in part, of the  Anderson-Owen-Beall families"; By Grant James Anderson; Richmond Virginia; Whitter & Shepperson printers, 1909 gives his birth date as 1720.

       His father obtains a land patent along the Little Nottoway River in 1735 many miles west of Surry Co. and it is likely that James was involved in developing these lands as a teenager.  He first appears in the Amelia County tax rolls in 1741 at the age of 21.

       James Anderson became a contract builder.  His Georgia will dated 08/24/1764 gives his occupation as carpenter, and states that his sons are to be trained in the craft of "hous joiner."  His father was in possession of a quantity of cooper and carpenters tools and his grandfather Thomas named tools in his 1711 will.  His brother John Anderson continues to reside in Amelia, later Nottoway County, where he is recorded by the tax collector as "Carpt."  House Carpentry as a craft was apparently a family occupation.

       In 1743 his father apparently retires to the Arnols estate with his second wife and leases to his sons the lands in Amelia County. The Virginia land attributed to James Anderson is a plantation along the east side of the Little Nottoway River opposite the mouth of the Whetstone Creek, just at a bend in the River.  This land was patented by his father in 1735 and leased to him in 1743.  He acquired title in his father's 1751 will and sold the land to Charles Hamlin in 1755.  In 1747 he patented a section of land just to the east of this but never perfected the title and abandoned it in 1756 when he moved to Georgia.

 

James Anderson    to     James Anderson

12/20/1743     150 acres

Amelia County Book 2 page 17 (old number)

       Lands on the North [east] side of the Little Nottoway River beginning at the river east 180 poles south 160 poles west 180 poles and then up river to the start. [East bank of the Little Nottoway north of where Jordan's road crosses]

 

21 Sep 1743 surry book 4, page 157

takes Edward Griffis as carpenters Apprentice

 

James Anderson

10/01/1747     104 acres Amelia County

Virginia Patent Book 28 page 271

       (This is in the approximate area of Dandy's Racepath just west of Blackstone, Virginia on the north side of the Little Nottoway River.])

 

       In 1747 the Albemarle Parish, in Surry County, ordered the construction of a replacement chapel for Spring Swamp Chapel.  This construction was contracted to James Anderson of Amelia County, for £290.

 

Albemarle Parish Vestry Book

Pages 37-39

Virginia State Library

Richmond, Virginia

At a Vestry for the Parish of Albemarle in the County of Surry on the 20th Day of August 1747 at the Church on Barlthorp Creek.

...

Ordered That Chris.r Tatum & John Mason Sr. churchwardens do give public notice by advertisements at such places in this County & the Counties adjacent as they shall think proper, that on Thursday the 15th of October next a Vestry will be held at the Church on Barlthorp Creek in order to treat with workman for building & erecting a Church 70 by 26 feet at or near where the Chapel at Spring Swamp now stands for the [?] of the sd purpose.

...

 

Albemarle Parish Vestry Book

Pages 41-43

Virginia State Library

Richmond, Virginia

At Vestry held for Albemarle Parish at Nottoway Church the 25th Day of October 1747.

...

The Vestry having waranted & agreed with James Anderson of Amelia County for the building of a Church or Chapel at or near where the Chapel at Spring Swamp now stands, for which he is to have £290 Curr.t Money of Virginia, according the Dimensions & manner following Viz. 69 feet in length & 26 feet in bredth in the clear: 16 feet pitch under pind 2 feet high with 1/2 a foot below & 1 1/2 foot above the surface of the ground with good well [?] bricks & air holes at proper distances, a strong substantial [?] floor laid with sound well seasoned quartered pine plank in bredth not above 10 inches, all the pews to be 6 feet wide and 10 feet long , except two viz. on on each side of the Communion Table, which are to be 9 by 7 the ally to be 6 feet wide.  the Church is to have two doors in the South side & one in the West and 4 feet wide and 9 feet high all to be folding, and the work quarter round & rais'd panel: the two doors in the South side to be made fast with bars & iron hooks, that in the West end with two spring bolts & a nut & strong lock: all to be hung with suitable H hinges: the pews to be 4 feet high & close, the front to be quarter round & raised panel, the petitioners plain Wainscot: all the pews to be neatly cap'd plank seats on three sides, the doors to be of size according to the plan & hung with substantial H hinges, the Communion Table to be rais'd two steps above the floor of the Church, and enclosed with rails & neatly twind ballusters, the door thereof to hung with substantial hinges, a pulpit with a neat & suitable canopy & door hung with H hinges & both that & the two reading pews viz. for the Minister & Clerk to be the sort of work with the front of the pews & of dimension according to the plan, rails & ballusters from the Minister's reading pew to the pulpit: The length & width fo the space for the Communion Table & number of steps to ascend to the reading pews & pulpit to be set as mind & directed by the Minister.  The span of two pews on the North side at the West end of the Church to be set apart for a Baptistry with seats all around: A neat twind post erected in the area with handsum mouldings around the top, whereon to place the font or bason & a desk adjoining to lay the book on: two plank seats to be put up in the Westmost front doorway & one in that of the Eastermost. The Church to have 6 windows in the South Side 7 in the North side of sash    on & sills in the clear according to the plan, a large window in the East end 6 feet wide in the clear & of a proportional height divided by a part in the middle a window in the West end above the plate of dimension suitable to the place: all the Windows to be glaz'd with good crown glass, the running sashes to be supported when up with iron pins made fast to the frame with a leather thong.  The Church to be done up the height of the pews with    ther edge plank plain'd & bonded, to have a comon substantial roof with a compass edging the walls & roof to be strengthened with great beams across in number & size suitable, the walls above the pews & ceiling to be well plaster'd & whitewashe: The window frames on the inside & door cases on both sides to be archistrad: a small window in the back of the pulpit of size suitable to the plan, shutters for all the windows of plain wainscot, to be hung with substantial H hinges & made fast when open with iron hooks & staples & when shut with an iron spring bolt, the walls & gable ends to be done with feather edge plank plain'd & beaded to show not above 6 inches, with cornish leaves. The roof to be covered on [?]'d laths with good C[?] heart shingles in length 90 inches in thickness 1 inch & in bredth not above 4 inches & nailed with 6d nails the roof to be hip'd from the [?] beams, the side & gable end walls to be well [?]'d: the window shutters on both sides the outside of the doors & dorr cases, the outside of the window frames & sashes the Cornish the corner & Barge Boards all to be well painted with White Lead & oil: a Fraonton or Pediment over each door shingled as the roof:  White Oak or Light Wood steps at each door mitred at the corner.  A gallery in the West end of the Church of pitch, dimension & form according to the plan with a proper stair pews & close breast or front of wainscot quartered round & raised panel with archistrad [?] & Cornish & proper bars, one pew in the fore part on the North side 6 feet by 11 1/2 with seats rais'd & sides the back door & ends: on the South side plain wainscot 8 feet by 11 1/2 a passage from the stairs of 3 feet wide, a passge to the backside of 3 feet wide, 8 seats on each side four 2 by 11 1/2 feet to rise above one another 9 inches, a partition between each seat 2 feet high above each respective floor of plain wainscot.  The gallery plastered underneath the whole to be completed & finished at the proper cost & charges of the sd James Anderson and that in a neat & workmanklike manner: by the 15th of June which shall happen in the year 1750.  For the performance whereof the s'd James Anderson is to give Bond with sufficient surety as soon as may be, to the Church wardens of the Sd Parish for the time being.              Wm Willie Minr.

 

Amelia County, Deed Book 5, page 380. 

       Edward Eppes, son of Daniel Eppes,Jr., deceased, of the County of Surry, binds himself to James Anderson,Jr., of Amelia County, carpenter, to learn the carpenter trade for the term of five years.  04/18/1749.  Witnesses John Anderson, Thomas Raines.

 

Albemarle Parish Vestry Book

Page 66

Virginia State Library

Richmond, Virginia

At Vestry held for Parish of Albemarle in the County of Surry on the 12th Day of November 1750.

...

The Vestry met in order to take the Spring Swamp Chapel and the said Chapel being not compleatly finished the said Vestry thought not yet fit to receive the said Chapel.

Ordered that the Church wardens pay James Anderson so much money as will make 232,,12,,08 1/2 up 290 pounds

James Anderson has given this parish liberty to make use of the chapel that he has built from this day till such time as he can finish the said Chapel.

 

Albemarle Parish Vestry Book

Page 92

Virginia State Library

Richmond, Virginia

1749 Albemarle Parish [account sheet]

       To cash paid Mr. Anderson viz. order           221,,18,, 8

 

Albemarle Parish Vestry Book

Page 96

Virginia State Library

Richmond, Virginia

1751 Albemarle Parish [account sheet]

       To removing the Spring Swamp old Chappel 2,,--,--

 

Albemarle Parish Vestry Book

Page 102

Virginia State Library

Richmond, Virginia

1751 Ordered that the churchwardens pay to Ja.s Anderson the sum of twenty five pounds fice shillings & six pence out of the money belonging to this Parish.

 

       This chapel was shortly thereafter renamed St. Andrew's Church.  It was located on Spring Creek, in southern Sussex County, near the current town of Jarratt.

 

Amelia County, Deed Book 5, page 101. 

This indenture made this twenty fourth day of Jamuary in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four between John Nance and James Nance son of the sd John Nance of the Parish of Nottoway in the County of Amelia of the one part and James Anderson Junior Joiner of the same Parish and County of the other part.  Winesseth that the said John Nance by virtue of these presents, and with the advise and consent of his son James Nance and with the consent and approval of the Court of Amelia County doth bind his said son James Nance to he said James Anderson Junior and with him after the manner of an apprentice to serve for and during the full time of five years from the first day of December last past;  During all which time the said apprentice his said Master faithfully shall serve his lawfull commands every where galdly obay [sic]; nor absent himself day of night from his said Masters service but in all things behave himself as a faithfull apprentice might to do during the full time for which he is bound and the said James Anderson likewise obliges himself the sd James Nance          S         and the art             and occupation of a carpenter and joiner, which the said James Anderson now follows, and intends so to do and find and provide for the said apprentice good sufficient meat drink washing and lodging and cloths and at the end of the five years three pounds current money and for the free performance of all and every the sd covenants and agreements to each of the said parties binds themselves to the other firmly by these presents in Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals the day and year above written.

 

Signed Sealed in                             John Nance,Senr  seal

presents of us                                James Nance      seal

                                       James Anderson   seal

 

       At a Court held for Amelia County the 24 day of Jan. 1754 James Nance,Jun in Court consented to serve James Anderson the full time mentioned in this indenture and the Court did approve of the dame and ordered the same should be recorded

 

                                       Samuel Cobbs C.C.

_

James Anderson    to             Charles Hamlin

11/26/1755     150 acres Amelia County, Virginia

Amelia County Deed Book 5 Page 448 and 449

This Indenture made this Twenty sixth day of November in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty five between James Anderson and Mary his wife of the Parish of Nottoway and County of Amelia of the one part and Charles Hamlin and of Rawleigh Parish and County aforesaid of the other part for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred pounds current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the sd Charles Hamlin the receipt whereof      Sd James Anderson and Mary his wife doth hereby acknowledge hath given granted bargained sold aliened conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth give grant bargain sell alien convey and confirm unto the Sd Charles Hamlin his heirs and assigns one certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in the County aforesaid on the north side of Little Nottoway River containing on hundred and fifty acres more or less and the same is bounded as followeth Viz:  Beginning at two Dutch Elms cornerd at the River thence East fifteen degrees North one hundrd and eighty poles to a corner gum and poplar in a small branch thence South one hundred and sixty poles to a corner red oak.  Thence due West one hundred eighty eight poles to a corner on Little Nottoway River near below the Bent thence up the River as it meanders to the beginning . To have and to hold the Sd tract or parcel of land with all of its appurtenances to the said Charles Hamlin his heirs and assigns for ever and the sd James Anderson and Mary his wife for them selves their heirs directors and administrators doth further covenant and agree to and with the sd Charles Hamlin that the the sd James Anderson will warrant and for ever defend the above mentioned lands with all its appurtenances to him the said Charles Hamlin his heirs and assigns for ever against him the Sd James Anderson his heirs and assigns from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever. In witness whereof the sd James Anderson and Mary his wife hath hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals this day and year above written.

       Sealed and Delivered               James Anderson {seal}

       In presence of                             her

           his                               Mary   Anderson {seal}

       Saml   Jordan                       mark

           mark

       Alexd Erskins

       P Mcquaid

            her

       Phibe   Rayns

            mark

 

       Memorandum

                       That quiet and Peaceable possession and seisur of the within mentioned lands and premisses was given and taken by the within named James Anderson and Mary his wife to the within named Charles Hamlin in his own prper person for himself his heirs and assigns according to the purposes of the written deed in the presence of us the subscbribers.

                               James Anderson {seal}

           his                       Mary   Anderson {seal}

       Saml   Jordan

           mark

       Alexd Erskins

       P Mcquaid

            her

       Phibe   Rayns

            mark

       At a Court held for Amelia County the 27th day of November 1755

               This Deed with livery and seisur endorsed from James Anderson and Mary his wife to Charles Hamlin was proved by the oaths of Samuel Jordan and Alexander Erskin and at one other Court held for the said County the 24th day of June 1756 It was also proved by the oath of Phebe Rains the third witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

                                       Samuel Cobbs CC

 

William Hamlin

12/15/1758     104 acres Amelia County

Virginia Patent Book 33        page 520

       On the N side of Little Nottoway River, adj. Peter Wynn, Chappel, Cox, John Thomas & Eppes. 10 Shillings.  Wheras by Pat. 1 Oct 1747 There was Gtd. James Anderson and Whereas the sd James Anderson hath failed to pay Quit Rents & to make Cultiv. & Improv. & William Hamlin hath made humble Suit & hath obtained a G. for the same.

 

       The book "Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families"; By Grant James Anderson; Richmond Virginia; Whitter & Shepperson printers, 1909 states that he "married and settled in, or near, Savannah, Ga."

       Upon moving to Georgia, James resided in Savannah where he owned a portion of a lot.  His name also appears as a witness to transactions on Savannah lots for William Matthews, his son-in- law, and others.  He files numerous petitions with the colonial government of Georgia which can be found in the Georgia Colonial Records.  It is possible that he is also the surveyor James Anderson of those records.         A short list of his petitions extracted from the Georgia Colonial Records series of volumes:

02/1756          Petition for 200 acres along the east side of Buck Branch and Beaver Pond Creek. rejected.

04/12/1757     James Anderson and Andrew Newland petition for reward and costs involved in the capture of escaped felon David Dundass. Taken under advisement.

12/1757          Declaring that he has a wife and 6 children petitions for 200 acres on Briar Creek, 2 miles below Joshua Atkinson. Postponed.

06/1758          same, granted.

05/1760          Declaring that he has a wife, 7 children and 3 slaves and has resided 3 years in the Colony petitions for 300 acers on Bowen's Branch bounded by William Raines and 300 acres on the south side Walnut Branch between Evan Lewis and Thomas Irwin. Granted 500 acres on Bowen's Branch.

03/1761          Declaring that he has a wife, 7 children and 2 slaves petitions for 200 acres on the Savannah above Point Pleasant adjacent John Davis. postponed.

07/1761          petitions to reactivate 05/1760 land warrant which had expired before a survey could be conducted.

04/1762          Petitions that he should be permitted to improve a lot in Savannah and that he should be granted lot #9.  Rejected.

05/1762          Petitions for 500 acres next Rocky Creek in Hallifax District and requests an additional grant for 300 acres adjacent which was granted to William Raines who has left the colony 2 years ago.

05/21/1762     The Governor signs 500 acre grant to James Anderson.

03/1764          Declaring that he has a wife, 7 children and 4 slaves petitions for 500 acres north of Great Ogeechee and east of Spring Creek. Rejected.

04/1764          petitions for 400 acres adjoining his lands which was William Matthews who left the colony. Granted.

08/1764          Governor signs grant for 400 acres.

06/1765          petitions for 1 acre lot in Augusta lot #19. Granted.

07/1766          Petitions for lands he settled on Rocky Creek branch of Buck Head in 1757 plus resolution of conflict over lands granted Jacob Colson which he was originally awarded but could not settle due to conflict with the Indians. granted.

12/1766          James Anderson petitions as deputy surveyor for extensions of land warrants which could not be surveyed due to inclement weather.

02/1767          Governor signs grant for 150 acres.

...

       The cattle brand of James Anderson if recorded in Georgia Colonial "marks and Brands" Book K on page 39.  It was recorded in 1763 and indicates that James Anderson is a resident of Savannah.

       Examine Book JJ page 128 deed of Stephen Britton, cordweiner, of Savannah and Wife Mary selling lot #9 in Savannah to Henry Yonge,Jr. of Savannah.  Lot granted in 1767 to Thos. Moodie who sold in 1769 to Jas. Anderson, cabinetmaker and wife Mary, both of Savannah, who sold same in 1772 to Britton.  This sale may be to James shortly before his death.

 

       In 1768 he sells his Savannah lot and moves to his plantation southwest of Augusta and purchases lot 19 in the town of Augusta.

 

James Anderson    to     Joseph Butler

04/16/1768     lot    Savannah, Georgia

Ga. Col. Records Book S       page 238

       Lot in Savannah originally granted to Ann McIntosh, now wife of Robert Bailie, sold by Ann to James Anderson.

 

       His lot in Augusta bordered on that of Lachlan McAvillary a Georgian of note, whose journal of that period is contained in the New York City Historical Library, and would be worthy of examination for reference to James.

 

James Anderson

05/21/1762     500 acres St George Parish

Georgia Grant Book D page 100

       Bounded on the west by William Raines. on Rocky Creek. All other sides vacant land.

 

James Anderson

07/03/1764     400 acres St George Parish

Georgia Grant Book E page 24

       Bounded on the east by James Anderson. on Rocky Creek. All other sides vacant land.

 

James Anderson

02/03/1767     150 acres St George Parish

Georgia Grant Book F page 51

       Bounded on the south by Joseph Dunlap. On the north by James Anderson. on Rocky Creek. All other sides vacant land.

 

       Georgia Plat Book C page 2. Not examined yet (1987).

 

       There are records of land sales by Anderson's in the Revolutionary Records of Georgia which I have not had the opportunity to examine.  Augusta, Georgia changed hands several times in the American Revolution and the Anderson lands would have been within a few miles of the site of the major battles.  The Anderson town lot was within a few hundred feet of the fort the British built on the church cemetery in Augusta, and it is likely that it was necessary to abandon the town lot and it is unlikely that any home upon that lot survived the American Revolutionary War. Mary, Tabitha, Cynthia, and Ann were unmarried in 1764. Elizabeth married William Matthews. The first governor of Georgia was a Matthews, of no established relationship.

       The reference Grant Anderson makes to "T. W. Anderson of Twiggs County, Ga.; also a granddaughter who married Mr. Murvain" need to be evaluated.  Thomas W. Anderson did indeed exist and is found amongst the records of Twiggs County. Thomas W. Anderson is listed in the 1830 census of Twiggs County with a wife and three sons.

 

       James Anderson's will is dated 08/24/1764, probated on 01/06/1769 and filed in Georgia Colonial will book A page 296.

 

In the name of God Amen, the twenty fourth Day of August 1764 I James Anderson of the Town of Savannah and Parish of Christ Church Carpenter being in perfect mind and and memory Thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, Principally & first of all I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the Earth, to be buried at the Direction of my Executors nothing doubting  but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such worldly goods wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give Remise and dispose of in the manner and form following; First I give and bequeath unto Mary my Dearly beloved Wife, her choice of the Feather beds and furniture as well as my bay horse called Rock.

Also I give and bequeath unto my son David Anderson three hundred acres of Land in St. Georges Parish on Rocky Creek and Ten pounds Sterling.

Also I give and bequeath unto my Son James Anderson three hundred acres of Land in St. Georges Parish on Rocky Creek and ten pounds Sterling.

Also I give and bequeath unto my Son Willm Anderson three hundred acres of Land in St Georges Parish and on Rocky Creek & ten pounds Sterling.

Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Anderson ten pounds Sterling.

Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Tabitha Anderson ten pounds Sterling.

Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Cynthia Anderson ten pounds Sterling.

Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Anderson ten pounds Sterling.

Also it is my will and desire that my daughter Elizabeth Matthews Shall have the use of what things she hath of mine in her possession During her natural Life and then Dispose of them as she please.

Also my will and desire is that all the rest of my Estate both Royal and Personal be equally divided between my Dearly beloved wife Mary and my seven children namely, David, James, Mary, Tabitha, Cynthia, Ann, and William after my just debts and Financial Expenses is paid, and that my wife Mary shall have the liberty to dispose of any part of the Estate as she pleases to discharge the debts; and that my wife Mary shall have the use of the rest of the Estate after my just debts are paid and pay of [sic] the Legacys as the Children come of age or Marry (but not bring any charges against the Children for their bringing up or Raising) that is if She remain a Widow but if she marry than the children may (at the age of twelve years) chose of or them selves and have their parts of the Estate with them but if they chose to abide with their mother let them and their part of the Estate abide together, also it is my will and Desire that she my wife Mary shall have the use of her choice of two negroes as long as she remains a widow (without being accountable to the children for any part of their   all as so long as she remain a widow, but nolong [sic] and when has it she marry then an equal division made between her my wife Mary and the seven children before married (if alive) if any be ded then an equal division to be made between Mary my wife and the children then living and if any of the children Die in their minority their parts of the Estate shall be equally divided between them that survive also my will is that if my wife Mary do sell my house and lott in Savannah (or Shall chose to rent it out to pay my debts) or for any other purpose as she shall think convenient and move to the country than and          she shall have the liberty of settling on that part or portion of land that shall be my son Williams and there to remain without         during her widowhood or natural life it is my will and desire that my William be bound out at the age of fifteen years for the space or term of five years to any Trade or Occupation as he my son William choses at the time he is to be bound which is at the age of fifteen years. it is also my will and desire that when the land is divided that what difference there may be in the quality ot may be made equal by paying a sum of money to them that has that part (of lesser Tally) or parts  Also it is my will and desire that my two sons David and James bee all the assistance they can in maintaining sd family till they com to the age of twenty one years and during that same time to be employed by such persons as they think most proper to teach and instruct them in the trade of a Carpenter and hous joiner  I also constitute and appoint my well beloved son David and James Anderson with my dearly beloved wife Mary my sole Executors of this my last will & testament and I so hereby utterly revoke and disanul all and every other former testament wills legacies and bequests executed by me in any ways before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

 

       Signed, Sealed, Published, pronounced,  

       and delivered by the said James Anderson  James Anderson  s

       his last will and testament in presence 

       of the subscribers                   

       Peter Blythe

       Thomas Barwich

       Thomas Day

       GEORGIA

                               Before me James Wright Esqr Capt. General and governor in Chief of his Majestys said Province and ordinary of the same appears Peter Blyth of Savannah in the province

       aforesaid Carpenter one of the subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament within written of James Anderson of the Town of Savannah Carpenter deceased who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God made oath that he was present and did see the testator sign seal publish pronounce and declare the same to be and contain his Last Will and Testament and that he was of sound mind and disposing mind & memory to the best of his knowledge and belief and that he with Thomas Barwich and Thomas Day subscribed their names as witnesses to the said will at the request and in the presence of the sd testator and in each others presence.

                               At the same time David Anderson one of the Executors named in the said will qualified as such.

Recorded 9 january 1769       given under my hand the 6th january 1769

                                       /s/    Ja. Wright

 

       No record of burial is known. 

       The will was written in 1764 while residing in Christ Church Parish (Savannah). However about that time he acquired the Augusta lot.  In the will he recommends that his wife sell or rent the Savannah lot and move to the Country.  This sale had actually taken place in 1768.  It is possible therefore that the actual residence at the time of his death was Augusta, Georgia.  He would then likely be buried in the cemetery of St. Pauls Church. This was only two lots west from his. The earliest recorded burial there is in 1783.  Some of the earliest fortifications in revolutionary Augusta were built on the cemetery that existed at that time and it is likely that his grave was disrupted by the construction of the revolutionary era forts.

       His son David is the executor of the will and acquires additional lands bounding his in 1774.

 

 

Bibliography

 

Colonial Georgia Genealogical Data 1748-1783, William H. Dumont,  National Genealogical Society, Special Publication No. 36, Washington D.C., 1971.

Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families, by Grant James Anderson, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, 1909. 

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Notes for Mary Ferguson:

       James Anderson's wife was Mary, surname unconfirmed.  As James is listed in the 06/10/1744 Tax List of Amelia County as James Anderson and Wife.

       Mary's name is established by the deed dated 11/06/1755 and filed in Amelia County Deed book 5 on 11/27/1755.  The dower signature is that of Mary.  We can be confident that this is James son of James Anderson of Surry because the land description is that of the original acreage leased to him by his father in 1743 along the east side of the Little Nottoway River.  This same acreage was granted to his father in 1735.  Carpenter James Anderson of Christ Church Parish Georgia (Savannah) named widow Mary in his 08/24/1764 will.

       Examine the 1764  will of Thomas Bridgeforth in Essex County which names Sarah Bridgforth and her children Peleg Ferguson and son in law Benjamin (husband of Philadelphia Ferguson) Bridgeforth.  The will mixes a Mary Anderson in with these and she is my suspect to be the wife of James Anderson. If she was an older sister to Peleg she would be the likely candidate.

 

"Will of Thomas Bridgforth 1763. Records of Essex County. Tappahannock, Virginia. Wills No. 12. 1762-1775. p.147. Thomas Bridgforth of St. Ann's Parish, Essex Co., Va. Dated 25 April 1763. Probated 19 November 1764. All lands in Essex County "to my Cousin Thomas Bridgforth", 6 slaves, etc. "Item I leave my Lands in King and Queen County to be sold and the money arising from such sale to be applied to Charitable uses in the Parish of St Ann's at the Decretion of my Executors". Bequests to "my sister Sarah Ferguson". Bequests to Benjamin Bridgforth. Bequests to Mary Anderson. Bequests to Mrs. Hannah Edmondson. Residue of estate to be div. equally betw. Robert Fargeson, Titus Farguson, Jael Ferguson, Peleg Ferguson,  Ann Martin, Joice Lumpkin and Elizabeth Ferguson. Exors. Mr. John Rowzee,

Mr. Robert Brooke and John Smelt. Signed Thomas Bridgeforth (LS).  Wit: Jere'h Boswell, Alex'r Anderson, Benj'a Edmondson."

 

 

        21             iv.    Thomas Anderson (Source: (1) Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909)., (2) James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born 1721 in "Arnols", Surry, County, Virginia (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909).); died Bet. 1782 - 1787 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  He married (1) Kehrenhappuck Yarbrough Bef. June 10, 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia; born Abt. 1720; died Bef. 1756 in Amelia County, Virginia.  He married (2) ? Jackson Aft. 1756; born Abt. 1730.

 

Notes for Thomas Anderson:

       Thomas Anderson would have been born on the estate "Arnols" in the western corner of Surry County in 1721 according to Grant J. Anderson's 1909 genealogy.  No contemporary record of his birth has been found. Thomas mother appears to have died about 1733 precipitating speculation by his father James Anderson in the western lands of expanding Virgnia. Thomas therefore was a resident of Amelia County, Virgnia after 1740 and subsequently of Dinwiddie County after its formation in 1752.  

       His first land patent is at the age of 18 years along Whetstone Creek just northwest of his father's patent along the little Nottoway River in Amelia County.  He later sells this patent off in lots of 200 and 54 acres.

 

Anderson, Thomas

09/22/1739     254 acres Amelia County

Virginia Patents Book 18, 1738-39, page 469

       North of the Whetstone Creek and south of Long Branch.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 08/15/1740

       John Thomas appt. to clear road from Jordan's bridge best way into Mr. Cock's road, Thomas & James Anderson, Thomas Taylor, and John Thomas & all other male tithables to assist.

 

       Jordan's Bridge crosses the Little Nottoway as 602 west of Blackstone.  His father James' owned the plantation at the east end of this bridge, until it was given to his brother James Anderson in 1743.

       Amelia County Court Order Book 1 records at a Court on 07/16/1740 a deed as follows. No corresponding record is indexed in the Amelia Deed Books. Because Thomas Anderson appears alone in Amelia County Tax records in 1742 perhaps his father leased him some or all of the land in 1740 and the lease was never recorded in the deed book and expired before 1743.

 

Thomas Anderson from                James Anderson

Count Orders Book 1

07/16/1740

       Unknown land. Witness Samuel Jordan and James Anderson,Jr.

 

Anderson, Thomas to            Thomas Burge

06/17/1741     200 acres Amelia County

Amelia Co., Virginia Deed Book 1, page 222-223

       North side Whetstone Creek, bounded in part by Peter Benford's line and the Long Branch, being part of a patent by Thomas Anderson. Wit. James Anderson, John Taylor & Lucy Taylor.

 

       Thomas reserved the timber rights to the 200 acre plot.  When I was looking at the deed in the Amelia County Courthouse a real estate attorney asked to look at the deed and stated that he was glad it was not one of his properties.  The land is currently farmed for timber. His descendents could file claims.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 09/17/1742

       Thomas Anderson is given leave to clear road from his own house into Thomas' Road.

 

Thomas Anderson from                James Anderson

                               Rebecca  

12/20/1743     300 acres Amelia County              

Amelia County Deed Book 2 page 39 (20 old number)

       Lands on South [west] side of Little Nottoway river beginning at Jordans corner on the river west then south along Jordans line then up Jordan's Little Run to a line of trees and then northwest to a spring branch down the branch to Whetstone Creek and down the Creek to the Little Nottoway river and then down to river to the start.

 

       The land deeded to him by his father in 1743 took up the southwest corner of the intersection of Whetstone Creek and the Little Nottoway River in Nottoway Parish of Amelia County, whereas his patent had been on the northside of the Whetstone Creek.  In the 1744 tax list of Amelia County he is recorded as Thomas Anderson and Wife.  This indicates that he had married Kehrenhappuck Yarbrough the daughter of William Yarbrough before June of 1744.  William Yarborough owned a patent just to the west of Thomas Anderson's 1739 patent.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 12/20/1744

       Petition   Robert Melone        vs.   Henry Robertson

       Thomas Anderson & James Anderson appt. to view & value work done by petitioner & make report.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 02/22/1745

       Petition   Robert Melone        vs.   Henry Robertson

       For £ 2,,10,,0 due for carpentry work done. Thomas Anderson & James Anderson appt. to view & value work & make report. Found work worth £ 2,,7,,6 & Ptf. to recover amt., plus costs.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 02/22/1745

       Cate a Negro girl belonging to Thomas Anderson judged age 8.

 

       Thomas was a friend of George Cabiness of Amelia County and is mentioned in George's 1744 will and was executor.  James Anderson, Thomas' brother, was an appraisor of the Cabiniss estate.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 05/17/1745

       Petition Thomas Anderson & Matthew Cabiniss, Excr. of George Cabiniss, vs. William Hardcastle. Deft. failed to appear; to Ptf. for £ 59,,6,,0 plus costs.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 05/18/1745

       Petition Richard Witton vs. Thomas Anderson & Matthew Cabiniss, Excr. of George Cabiniss, to Ptf. for £ 0,,40,,4 plus costs.

 

Amelia County

Court Orders Book 1

At Court on 07/19/1745

       Petition Robert Bolling, Esq. vs. Thomas Anderson & Matthew Cabiniss, Excr. of George Cabiniss, failed to appear; to Ptf. for £ 0,,57,,11 plus costs.

 

Thomas Anderson

and

Kerenhappuck Anderson      to     Henry Buford

03/25/1749             54 acres   Amelia County

Amelia County Deed Book 3 page 235

       adj. Binford's corner on Whetstone Creek, Thomas Burges' line, & Whetstone Creek. Wit. Thomas Buford, Benjamin Shelton, Faith Anderson.  This is the sale of the remainder of his original patent.

 

       Thomas is mentioned in his father's 1751 will as follows, "I give and Devise to my Son Thomas Anderson all my Estate that he hath now in his Possession one book called human prudence one other book called the whole Duty of man and five pounds current money of Virginia."

 

Amelia County

From the "Virginia Gazette and General Advertiser", Williamsburg, Va., 1752, we are told:

               Amelia County =, ff.

       To all Sheriffs, Constables, and other His Majesty's Liege     People, to Whom these Presents shall come.  Greeting

       Wheras complaint hath this day been made to me, on of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for this County, by Thomas Anderson, of the County aforesaid, That he was, on Sunday the 23rd Day of August last, robb'd of a Beaver Hat to the Value of 30 Shillings, a Pair of Leather Breeches, a Pair of blue-grey Worsted, and a Pair of Yarn Hose, a Common-Prayer Book, a Razor Strap, a half-worn down brown Linen Shirt, a Pair of Jack Boots, two Holland Caps, one Pair of Shoes, and other Things, and that he has great Reason to suspect one William Roach, alis Rough, late of this County, an idle Person, about 23 Years old, short and well-set, with a simple Look, has a large scar just above his Forehead, is much addicted to Gaming, had on when he went away a blue- grey hald-trimm'd Coat, and a Pair of striped Holland Trousers :

       These are therefore in His Majesty's Name, to command and require all Sheriffs, Constables, and other His Majesty's Liege Peoples, within this Colony, to make diligent Search nad Pursuit, by Way of Hue and Cry, within their several Counties and Precincts, after the said William Roach, alias Rough; and him having found, to apprehend and carry before the next Justice of the Peace, that he may be dealt with according to Law. Herein fail not.

       Given under my Hand and Seal, at Amelia, this 17th Day of September, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Two, in the Twenty Sixth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King GEORGE the Second.

                               CHARLES IRBY

 

Thomas Anderson                  to    Thomas Williams

of Bath Parish, Dinwiddie Co               Bristol Parish, Dinwiddie Co.

09/12/1755     300 acres Amelia County       for 200 pounds

Amelia County Deed Book 5 page 488

       Southside of Little Nottoway River, being formerly conveyed by James Anderson Sr. to said Thomas Anderson by deed.

Wits: Leonard Claiborne, James Stark, Leonard Claiborne, Jr., David Smith

 

       On 09/12/1755 he sells the remainder of his Amelia County lands to Thomas Williams.  In the deed he is identified as being of Dinwiddie County.  Therefore we can assume he had removed to Dinwiddie before this, and had purchased land there.  It is likely that this move was related to the suspected death of his first wife Kerenhappuck about 1754 and a 2nd marrige probably to a women of the Jackson family who lived across the border of Amelia with Dinwiddie County.

       Unfortunately due to the destruction of Dinwiddie Records we know little of him from 1755 to 1787 at which time he apparently dies.

 

Anderson, Thomas

02/01/1781     10 acres   Dinwiddie County

Patents Book D, Volume 2, page 514

       Adjacent to John Jones

 

       Jordan Anderson, his son, sold all of his 1782 (382 and 108 acres) Dinwiddie holdings to John Edmundson in 1787. The sons of Kehrenhappuck apparently went through GA to Alabama, in the 1909 genealogy of Grant James Anderson he states that the brothers Jordan and Robert were deaf mutes who went out west, for which Alabama would have qualified in that day. The daughter Lydia was married in the central valley of Virginia in one of the cities. The two daughters of the 2nd wife ended up in Georgia, and likely migrated with the Jackson and Elder families of Dinwiddie County.

       The records of Dinwiddie County prior to 1833 have almost all been destroyed in a fire.  A surviving survey book does have a record of an adjustment to one of Thomas's properties, a survey of his 1781 ten acre patent adjacent his own lands.  Perhaps when examined closely it will reveal where he lived in Dinwiddie County.  Little more of the Thomas Anderson family will be found without special effort by researchers delving into the Dinwiddie County past.

___________________________________________

Amelia County, Virginia Tax Lists

1736      

               James Anderson

There is a Thomas Anderson in this list but he lived in northern Amelia County and later moved to Mecklenburg County. He originated in King & Queen County.

1740

               James Anderson

               Thomas Anderson

1741       List of Abraham Cocke

               James Anderson,Jr.         1

               Thomas Anderson                  1

1743               James Anderson, Jack             2

               Thomas Anderson, Robt

                       and Jordan Anderson      3

1744,10 Jun

               James Anderson & wife          2

               Thomas Anderson & wife              2

               Jordan Anderson                     1

1747, 10 Jun Below Deep Creek and above the Cellar

               Anderson, James,Jr., John Anderson

                       Thomas Raines & Jack & Cate       5

               Anderson, Thomas, Jordan Anderson

                       Robert Munford, Jack   , Manuel   6

1748, Jun       List taken below Deep Creek and Above the Sellar by Charles Irby

               Thomas Anderson, John Nance, Jack, tom,

                       Manuel, Gideon                      6

               James Anderson,Jr., John Anderson

                       Thomas Raines, Jack and Cate       5

1749       Charles Irby's List of Nottoway Parish

               Thomas Anderson, Jack, tom,

                       Manuel, Gideon              5      30

               James Anderson,Jr., Thomas Raines,

                       John Anderson, Edward Eppes

                       Daniel Eppes, Jack, Cate        7      5

               Jordan Anderson, Adam         2      12

1752

               Anderson James,Jr., Edward Eppes,

                       Daniel Eppes and Cate   4x

               Anderson Thomas                  1x

               Anderson Jordan, Adam         2x

[1752 formation of Dinwiddie County places Thomas Anderson in Dinwiddie County.  He no longer appears in Amelia County tax lists.]

Dinwiddie County, Virginia

1782 Dinwiddie County

Anderson Thomas         382 acres 12/6 238,15,0  ,27,9

               108 acres 6        32     6,5

 

                       Bibliography

 

Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families, by Grant James Anderson, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, 1909. 

 

Will Book 1, Amelia County, Wills 1735-1761, Bonds 1735-1754, Abstracted and Compiled by Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey, Mid- South Publishing Company, 1978.

 

Wills and Administrations of Surry County, Virginia, 1671-1750; by Eliza Timberlake Davis, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, 1980.

 

 

Notes for Kehrenhappuck Yarbrough:

       Grant J. Anderson's genealogy states that Thomas married twice and that his first wife was Kaehrenhappuck Yarbrough.  The 1744 tax roll of Amelia County refers to Thomas Anderson and wife.  Kehrenhappuck Anderson is named in the 1749 deed.  However, there is no dower signature in the deed of Thomas Anderson made in 1756.  Perhaps she was dead by then.

       She is the daughter of William Yarbrough who had patented land just west of the Andersons in southern Amelia County, Nottoway Parish and is named as Kehrenhappuck Anderson in his 1748 will..

 

Notes for ? Jackson:

This wife is likely a Jackson as there was a Jackson family co-ocated in Nottoway Parish in the 1750's.

 

        22              v.    Jordan Anderson (Source: (1) Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909)., (2) James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born May 05, 1723 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909).); died October 20, 1805 in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  He married Mary Watkins September 15, 1748 in Amelia County, Virginia (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909).); born March 22, 1724/25 in Henrico County, Virginia (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909).); died November 13, 1805 in Chesterfield County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Jordan Anderson:

       The book "Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families". By Grant James Anderson, (Richmond Va., Whitter & Shepperson printers, 1909), provides an account of the descendants of Jordan Anderson as reconstructed from the ancestral correspondence and recall of Grant J. Anderson who was a great grandson of Jordan Anderson.  At the time of publication Grant J. Anderson was a resident of Westminster, Texas, just north of Dallas, Texas.  In his text G. J. Anderson refers to Jordan Anderson using the spelling Jourdan Anderson.  This reflects the Virginia pronounciation of Jordan (Jur-dan).  Virginia records however record the name as Jordan.

       Jordan Anderson was likely born on his father's estate "Arnols" in the West corner of Surry County, Virginia, north of the Blackwater River.  He kept a register of he births of his family which Grant Anderson apparently had in his possession in 1909 at the time he published his book and his birth date came from this source.

       It would appear that he had several primary residences in his life.  First James, his father, leased land along Whetstone Creek in 1743, then later in 1751 willed 200 acres at the southwest intersection of Whetstone Creek and Little Nottoway River to Jordan Anderson.

 

James Anderson    to     Jordan Anderson

12/20/1743     300 acres

Amelia County Book 2 page 19 (old number)

       Lands on South [west] side of Little Nottoway river beginning at a spring branch on Whetstone Creek, up the branch to then south along Thomas Anderson's line to a line of trees northwest to the head line and then north and then east to Whetstone Creek and down the creek to the beginning.

 

       Jordan began early to speculate on lands.  In one land "deal" in 1744 he bought 800 acres along the Little Nottoway River from Edward Thweatt and sold it back to him for half as much the following year.  Too many deals like that and anyone will go broke.  However, it would appear that his skill improved immeasurably as he dies a wealthy planter.

       Jorda is named in his fathers 1751 will as follows, "I give to my Son Jordan Anderson all my Estate he hath now in his possession also five pounds current Money of Virginia, one Book called the fountain of Life, and after the Death or Marriage of my Wife Rebecca one negro man named Robin to him and his heirs for ever. "

       He acquires his brother John's 200 acres adjacent his in 1754 and 1755 and then he and his brother John sell their lands along Whetstone Creek to Francis Eppes in 1764. John apparently served as his overseer from 1754 to 1764. Although he kept his land in Amelia County, Jordan Anderson, after his marriage to Mary Watkins settled in Cumberland County near his Watkins kin. He described himself in 1754 as of Cumberland County. In the 1759 tax roll  Jordan Anderson is listed next to his brother-in-law, John Watkins, and to his wife's uncle, Thomas Watkins of Swift Creek. Jordan would witness Thomas's will in 1760.

       In 1762 he bought from Peter Randolph 200 acres "on the run of Middle Creek," a stream now known as Goode's Creek, which raises near the Skinquarter Church and flows south-westerly to the Appomattox River in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  A few years later, in 1768, they bought their final home, 200 areas in the area of southwest Chesterfield county now called "Clover Hill." 

       There is a flury of land transactions in the 1780's by Jordan and his sons.  He was involved in land transactions along the Appomatox River and throughout Cumberland, Prince Edward, Lunenburg and Charlotte Counties.  Jordan Anderson apparently dabbled in land speculation using his sons to "occupy" the land. He apparently acted as banker for his son's land deals as well.  I have found several occasions where a son has sold back to his father Jordan,Sr. a piece of land only to have that piece resold by the father to another son.

       From a study of his property it would appear that he had most of his money in land at the time of the revolution and the inflation that occurred at that time.  This may have been the key to his success.  His lands were located just west of the coal pits at Winterpock, which was the farthest west the the militia were driven during any of the Virginia Military Operations south of the James.  Therefore his properties avoided any of the damage sustained by those further east of him.

       Jordan's land dealings were extensive and would require an examination of almost all county records of Virginia and perhaps Georgia and the Carolina's.  His will refers to a purchase made of Patrick Henry by his son David and wills his lands in Kentucky to his son Thomas.

 

"Virginia Gazette and General Advertiser", Williamsburg, 1768.

       Run away from the subscriber in Chesterfield, about the end of August last, a middle sized Negro man named WILL, about 30 years old, of a yellowish complexion, very much marked on his face, arms, and breast, his country fashion, speaks very broken, and can hardly tell his master's name; had on when he went away a new osnabrugs shirt; Virginia linen short Trousers, old cotton jacket, and felt hat, with part of the brim burnt off.  He has made three attempts, as he said, to get to his country, but was apprehended.  All masters of vessels are hereby forewarned from carrying the said slave out of the colony.  Whoever apprehends him, and brings him to me,  shall have 20 s. reward, besides what the law allows.

                                       Jordan Anderson

 

As regards Jordans political opinions we have the following record:

 

To the Honourable The President and Gentlemen of the Convention of the Colony of Virga.

The Petition of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the County of Chesterfield

 

Humbly Sheweth.  That agreeable to the Eleventh Resolution of the Continental Congress, the Delegates of the County proceded to the election of a Committee for said County,  In a short time after being resolved on by The Honourable Congress, with a design to bring the people into the Measures of Associating.  As well as doing the other business to them recommended, for which reasons, but Very Few had it in their power to vote in the choice of the committee, at the time not well Understanding what they Ware to do, or the intent of Associating, and the not being Associates, by which means some persons was by the few, voted in, that we by no means can think proper, we now conceiving that the committees are to do business of much Greater Importance, then we could possible then conceive.  We humbly Pray that it may be dissolved before they proceed to further business and another elected to execute and do all things that you in Your wisdom shall think proper, that we may have no Divisions amongst us, but all unite and be as one man in this critical time in the great & Common Cause, and as in duty Bound Shall Ever Pray &c.

August 20, 1775

 

72 signators including

Jordan Anderson

Edward Anderson

 

       Jordan Anderson became opposed to the perpetuation of slavery as is confirmed by the details of his will and the following entry in Chesterfield Deed Book 11 page 639.

 

Know all men by these presents that I Jordan Anderson of the County of Chesterfield, seeing such an inconsistency betwixt our Declaration of Independence Viz. That all men are equally born free and our practice in holding a great number of our fellow men in the most abject slavery especially those born since that Declaration and also seeing our youths supported thereby, instead of becoming useful members of Society in our Commonwealth are rather become a mere nuisance and scandal thereto: observing these things I do hereby gradually emancipate and set free the following persons Viz. York, Lucy, Rachel, and her increase, Tamy, Jack, George, Felice and her increase the first day of January after my wife's and my death.  Amica, Miley, & Amy and their increase as they come to age, unless that period arrives before our deaths then they shall be free at the same time the others above mentioned after our deaths.  Frank and Little York to be free at the same time if of the age of twenty one years.  Frank was born April 25th 1773. Amica September 24,1774.  Milley March 12, 1777. Amy November 14,1779. Little York October 23,1782. Moses July 25,1787. Salley September 8th,1789. The two last to be free at 21 years of age.  In witness whereof I do hereby relinquish all claim, title, or interest in them for that my heirs or assigns shall ever have any right, or title, or claim to or in them after the above stated period for my Heirs and Assigns forever for the due Comformance of which I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this seventh day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety.

       Jordan Anderson  seal

       At a court held for Chesterfield County April 8th 1790 This Instrument of writing was acknowledged by Jordan Anderson a party thereto and ordered to be recorded.

       Teste Thos Watkins C.C.C.

 

       He dies in Chesterfield County.  The exact date of death is known through the obituary of the Virginia Gazette and General Advertizer 9 November 1805.  Jordan,Sr. and his wife of 57 years, died in Chesterfield Co., Va.  His obituary refers to him as Dr. Jordan Anderson and mentions that although he had received no formal schooling he was trusted for his healing skills. Several of his sons were apparently also "doctors".

       Jordan Anderson's will is dated 01/01/1805 and probated 12/09/1805.  It is filed in Chesterfield Will Book 6 page 264.  It is interesting for the detailed account of the portion of his estate to go to each of the Chesterfield sons and for the fact that he willed each of his slaves to be freed upon reaching the age of 21.

 

Chesterfield County, Will Book 6, Page 264

In the name of God Amen, January 1st 1805. I Jordan Anderson, senior of Chesterfield county being by the course of nature near my dissolation, but in my reason and senses do make and declare this my last will and testament, and do make all my other former wills void.  First and principally I give my soul to God who gave it, trusting only in the merits of Jesus Christ for my salvation, who hath redeemed me from destruction and brought me again unto a lively hope of the resurrection of the dead to live under his smiles to all eternity.  Glory be to God for the gift of his dear Son and for his unspeakable love and unmerited favour and as touching such worldly estate as God has trusted me with I give and bequeath as follows.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Anderson and his heirs forever, five hundred dollars.  Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Charles Anderson and his heirs forever, one hundred and seventy six acres of land in Prince Edward County that I bought of my son David Anderson, a part of the land he the said David bought of Patrick Henry, which he has given me a bond of one thousand dollars to make a good and lawful title to any person as I shall direct by will or otherwise, but if my son Charles shall chosse to have the one thousand dollars in stead of the land, my son David shall pay the said sum of money to Charles and keep the land aforesaid, also I give Charles  one bed & furniture.  Item, I give and bequeath unto my son John Anderson and his heirs forever, one stud horse named Juniper now in his possession.  Item, I give and bequeath unto my son James Anderson and his heirs forever, all the tools I lent to him in Lunenburg County, I also give to his children and their heirs forever, all the stock and all the other property lent to him at the same time and place now in his possession, and also give them and their heirs forever, two hundred and fifty pounds, the sum I leave in my sons Jordan's hands to be paid by him to the said children as they shall come to age or marry, and have a right to give a lawfull discharge, I give unto them also one bed and furniture to be deposited in their mothers hands for them.  Item, I give and bequeath unto my son David Anderson and heirs [sic] forever, four hundred dollars and one bed and furniture.  Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Jordan Anderson and his heirs forever, that tract of land he now lives on, one hundred and fifty acres, and after the death of my beloved wife (his mother) the tract of land I now live on, two hundred and fifty acres, on his paying his brother James' children their legacies above, but if my son Jordan shall fail to pay the money as above directed the said two hundred and fifty acres of land shall be sold to pay the same money given those children.  Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Anderson and his heirs forever, all my right and title to all lands I have any right and title to in Kentucky, also the land I had of Captn Hezekiah Rudd, according to my bargain with said Rudd: as that now he stands in my place essentially as his own bargain.  I also give him two hundred two hundred dollars.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Nathan Anderson and to his heirs forever five hundred dollars, deducting the money and interest he owed me on two bonds, and also for seven hundred and fifty two pounds of pork in the year 1791, to be paid for at forty shillings per hundred havin had it thirteen years to this date. I also give him the the labour and raising of my young negroes, namely Annicas increase, and Tom, and Patt, and Peter, Fillis's children and her future increase, not to be moved out of the state or so far as to deprive them of their freedom.  It is further my will and desire that my son Thomas shall have all the labour and the raising my yound negroes namely Amey's and MIlley's increase and Sall, till come to age of twenty one years but not to move them out this state, or so far as to prevent their freedom, but Matt is excepted now with Charles.  It is further my and desire that my son Jordan shall have the labour of and the raising of all Rachel's increase, but not to move them out of this state or so far as to prevent their freedom.  It is further my will that my son Jordan shall account for the pork I lent him five hundred and fifty five pounds, and pay off his bond to me of Ten pounds on interest, in short, that all my children shall pay to my estate all the debts any of them may owe to it.  as there are two young negroes with Charles and two with James, they, and all the others to be free at Twenty one years old.  Item, is is further my will and desire that after my death all my estate that can conveniently be spared of wasting property shall be sold, and the money applyed in discharging the money legacies with the last crop if any to be spared in proportion to each, also all the money in hand or to be collected then due to my estate: excepting one thousand dollars which I devise and give as follows, that is to say, I give the interest of one thousand dollars for ten years from this date to be applyed for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, if it shall be wanting for that purpose, but if it is not wanting for that purpose, then it shall be applied to the relief of the most indigent and distressed pious, Methodist saint: and after that term of years, then the principal one thousand dollars shall be equally divided among all my sons and their heirs forever: it is to be observed, I mean by the money legacies that I have given to my sons Edward and David, and Thomas and Nathan and that James's children are to come in for a part of the one thousand dollars instead of himself.   Item, it is my will and desire that this plantation  shall be occupied with the negroes and stocks on it, for raising money to support my beloved wife Mary Anderson and for advantage of my children after her death equally to be divided: and I leave in trust this business to my three sons Jordan, and Thomas and Nathan to see my desires fulfilled, especially see their mother duly taken care of so that she shall want for nothing that this world affords that can be got for comfort & support, and as she is incapable of judging or determining for herself, may the Lord give you to remember her exertions for your temporal interest, and give you the tendeest feelings for body and soul:  and keep a just account of the cost and expence she may be, also the profits of the estate: and I desire you shall receive a just and reasonable compensation for your troubles out of the profits.  It is my will and desire that all my negroes that shall be twenty one years old now living with me and my sons Jordan, Thomas, and Nathan shall be free on the first day of January after mine and my wife's death, and they shall be well clothed both males and females, and shall have their working tools, and bread corn for one year, and liberty to settle on 33 acres of land where my son Thomas shall choose for them, and I earnestly request that no advantage may be taken of them or suffer any to be taken of them that can conveniently be prevented, but let them have wood land as well as cleared: and it is my desire that my estate shall not be appraised: and that my loving and beloved wife shall live where she shall choose, and any one of the negroes she may choose to wait on and attend her during her life, and if any of my executors shall move away they shall then settle with the others the estate affairs.  Item, it is further my will and desire that a thousand dollars shall be put into the bank of the United States, or into the hands of my executors for the presiding elders of this district to collect the interest for the purpose above mentioned, who shall give up a just account to my executors and bishops how the same is expended, with the receipts for it: the same to be collected annually and expended.  And lastly, I do appoint Jordan Anderson, Thomas Anderson, and Nathan Anderson my sons, executors of this my last will and testament.  Witness my hand and seal the day and date above written.

       Published and signed   in presence    Jordan Anderson, senior

       of - Interlined before signed and

       published.

       Peter Rowlett

       Thomas Cavender, junr

               It is my desire that the thousand dollars I give the interest of for ten years, shall be put into the treasury of the United States, it it can be done, that the interest may be the more easily or readily collected, and it, is to be observed that I mean by Bishops Mr Francis Asbury, Coke and Watcote, as they have a more copious view what manner of expending with the money for the Glory of God.  Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written.

               Interlined before signed.

       Thomas Calender, junr            Jordan Anderson, senior

 

               At a court held for Chesterfield county the 9th day of December 1805. The last Will and testament of Jordan Anderson, senr  was proven by the oath of Peter Rowlett and Thomas Calender subsribing witnesses, and ordered to be recorded.

                               Teste       Th: Watkins Clk.

 

Petersburg intelligencer (Petersburg, Va.) Died - At his seat in Chesterfield Co. on Sun, Oct 20th last, Doctor Jordan Anderson, in the 84th year of his age. (pg 3, col 3) Tue, Nov 12, 1805.

 

Amelia County Tax Lists

1744,10 Jun

               James Anderson & wife          2

               Thomas Anderson & wife              2

               Jordan Anderson                     1

1747, 10 Jun Below Deep Creek and above the Cellar

               Anderson, James,Jr., John Anderson

                       Thomas Raines & Jack & Cate       5

               Anderson, Thomas, Jordan Anderson

                       Robert Munford, Jack   , Manuel   6

1748, Jun       List taken below Deep Creek and Above the Sellar by Charles Irby

               Thomas Anderson, John Nance, Jack, tom,

                       Manuel, Gideon                      6

               James Anderson,Jr., John Anderson

                       Thomas Raines, Jack and Cate       5

1749       Charles Irby's List of Nottoway Parish

               Thomas Anderson, Jack, tom,

                       Manuel, Gideon              5      30

               James Anderson,Jr., Thomas Raines,

                       John Anderson, Edward Eppes

                       Daniel Eppes, Jack, Cate        7      5

               Jordan Anderson, Adam         2      12

1752

               Anderson James,Jr., Edward Eppes,

                       Daniel Eppes and Cate   4x

               Anderson Thomas                  1x

               Anderson Jordan, Adam         2x

 

       Bibliography

 

Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families, by Grant James Anderson, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, 1909. 

 

Revolutionary Virginia, The Road to Independence, Vol. III, Compiled and Edited by Robert L. Scribner and Brent Tarter, University Press of Virginia, 1977.

 

Southside Virginia Families, Volume I, by John Bennet Boddie, Pacific Coast Publishers, Redwood City, California, 1955.

 

Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories 1730-1800, by Lyndon H. Hart, III, Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1985.

 

The Armistead Family and Collaterals, Margaret R. Cate and Wirt A. Cate, Reed Printing Company, Nashville, Tennessee, 1971.

 

 

Notes for Mary Watkins:

In June 1765, Edward Watkins bequeathed to "Daughter Mary Anderson, a Negro girl named Tamer and her issue" with two pounds cash.

 

Virginia gazette, & general advertiser - Died on Wed last, age 82, Mrs. Mary Anderson, consort of Dr. Jordan Anderson, whose death was lately notified in this paper. (pg 2, col 4, issue of Wed, Nov 20, 1805.

 

Virginia gazette, & general advertiser. Died - On Wed last, age 82, Mrs. Mary Anderson, consort of Dr. Jordan Anderson, whose death was lately notified in this paper. Married for 57 years. (pg 2, col 4) Wed, Nov 20, 1805.

 

 

 

        23             vi.    John Anderson (Source: (1) Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909)., (2) James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born 1725 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909), 12.); died Bef. April 1815 in Black's and White's, Nottoway County, Virginia (Source: John Anderson, 1807 WIll of John Anderson.).  He married Mary Bell (Source: John Bennet Boddie, Southside Virginia Families, Volume I,  (Pacific Coast Publishers, Redwood City, California; 1955.).) 1749 in Surry County, Virginia; born Abt. 1728 in "Spring Swamp", Surry County, Virginia; died Bet. 1810 - 1815 in Black's and White's, Nottoway County, Virginia (Source: John Anderson, 1807 WIll of John Anderson.).

 

Notes for John Anderson:

       Grant J. Anderson in his book "Genealogy in Part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families", Whittet & Shepperson, Printers, Richmond, VA., 1909; gives the date of John's birth as 1725.  This appears reasonable.  No contemporary record has been found.  He would have been born at his fathers Surry County estate called "Arnols".  This is located in the southwest corner of current Surry County, Virginia along the north side of the Blackwater River.

       The family tradition of Grant James Anderson and the land records of James Anderson, Sr. imply that his four sons and daughter Faith, removed from "Arnols" in Surry County about 1733, and settled in Nottoway Parish, Amelia County.  This was along the east side of the Little Nottoway River across from Samuel Jordan just north of where Jordan' Bridge now crosses the river.  It is very likely that these Amelia lands were speculative and I cannot be certain of how much actual development took place on them.  It is likely that a home was built on the 1735 patent of John's father on the east side of the Little Nottoway River.  Jordan's Bridge (due west of Blackstone) is the exact terminus of the "Church" road leading west from Petersburg, marked on the 1755 Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia, indicating that James Anderson's property was at the very edge of what was considered civilization in that year.  Blackstone was built at the junction of Church road and the Colonial Road (route 40) which led along the ridge north of the Nottoway River from John's father's "Arnols" plantation.  The land was sold in 1755 to Charles Hamlin and 1787 court records refer to "Hamlin's Tavern" at this location.

        In 1743 John's father James leased his Nottoway lands to his elder three sons and returned with his second wife to "Arnols" in Surry County.  John appears with his older three brothers in Nottoway Parish tax rolls in 1747, four years after their initial leases from their father. This would have been the year John came of legal age. John is listed with his brother James Anderson,Jr. (carpenter) until 1750.  John was likely assisting James in the construction of the church at Spring Swamp in Surry County during these years 1747-1750.  About 1749 John Anderson marries Mary, the young daughter of the widow Hannah Bell, whose family lived one mile from the Spring Swamp Church. John's father grants John 200 acres in 1750 in Amelia County adjacent his brothers. James Anderson dies at his "Arnols" plantation in Surry County in 1751 and in his will leaves John "the remainder of a tract of Land given to the said Thomas and Jordan Anderson containing by estimation two hundred acres more or less".

       John does not re-appear in Amelia tax records again until 1753, and he likely remained in Surry County from 1750-1753, as the birth of his eldest daughters are recorded in the Albemarle Parish Register in 1750 and 1752.  It is possible that he was resident in the home of his wife's widowed mother adjacent St. Andrews Church (Spring Swamp renamed) on Spring Swamp, in light of the protests in Hannah Bell's will about the absence of her sons.

       The land granted him by his father James in 1750, was 200 acres of headland (not creek side) that James had withheld from the original leases to his older three sons.  James states in his will that he had intended to give John land near him in Surry County, but gives him 15 pounds in lieu of that land.   Notice that this is the second generation of the family that has lost the old family estate due to the presence of a second wife of the father, wherefrom must derive the reputations of stepmothers in literature.

       He returns to the lands that his father willed him in 1753 and again is listed in the Amelia County tax rolls.  Listed in his tax account is John Orgain, perhaps a servant, but more likely an apprentice carpenter.  In 1754 he sells half of the first 200 acres to Jordan Anderson, his brother.  He witnesses the deed of Greenham Dodson to Peleg Ferguson on May 22, 1754 for 29 acres on the first spring branch out of Great Hurricane Creek below Peleg Ferguson's mill.  His sister Faith Anderson had married Peleg Ferguson about 1750.  In 1754 his brother Jordan Anderson moves off his Little Nottoway 300 acres to Cumberland County to marry Mary Watkins but retains the title to his Little Nottoway lands.  In 1755 John's brothers James and Thomas sell their lands on the Little Nottoway River and move away.  In 1755 John sells the other 100 acres of his first 200 to his brother Jordan Anderson now of Cumberland County.  John witnesses the deed of neighbor Patrick McQuaid to Samuel Jordan on Mar 27, 1758.

       In 1764 John Anderson and Jordan Anderson grant a deed to Frances Eppes selling 993 acres at Little Nottoway and it is signed by both John and Jordan and their wives.  The tax list for Jordan Anderson indicated in 1763 that he owned 500 acres (300 inherited + 200 bought of John) and thus it appears that the land had been resurveyed and our John had received a windfall through the "remainder" wording of his father's will perhaps as much as 93 acres over and above the 400 he got from his father.  Additionally it seems likely that John Anderson was acting as overseer for Jordan Anderson's lands throughout 1754 until 1764.

       No contemporary document exists which declaritively states the surname of John Anderson's wife.  John's wife Mary's dower signature is recorded in the 1754, 1756 and 1764 sale of their Nottoway estate to Jordan Anderson then Francis Epes.  My research has shown the surname of John's wife Mary is Bell.  Mary Bell was a resident of Surry, later Sussex, County living approximately one mile from the Spring Swamp Chapel at the time John's brother James built St. Andrews Church.  According to the wills of John and Hannah Bell their daughter Mary Bell married an Anderson sometime between 1746 and 1768.

       In the 1766 tax roll John is listed as John Anderson, Carpt. without any indication of land acreage. In 1767 he purchases 103 acres from Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife adjacent Mr. Arthur Leath along Long Branch falling just within the southern town limits of current Blackstone, Virginia. This is very near the estate of his sister Faith Ferguson. In 1768 he is identified as taxed on the 103 acres that he purchased in 1767.  Most importantly, in 1768 he is taxed on one slave named Patt.  A woman slave, named Patt, is left to his wife Mary Bell by Hannah Bell, her mother in her 1768 will in Sussex county, and this provides the confirming evidence that John married Mary Bell.  Patt appears in his tax list for many years later including the 1782 Amelia county list which includes his son Allen, so we know that it is this John that married Mary Bell.  In 1786 he acquires a 30 acre piece of land adjacent to him from Mr. Leath along Long Branch.  This acquisition is witnessed by his son Armstead Anderson who has returned home from his legal troubles in Henry County, VA and was likely intended for his use.

       The 1787 Nottoway County tax roll credits John Anderson with two land plots one of 103 acres and another of 30 acres, identified as 10 miles SE of the courthouse on Long Branch.  There are two Long Branch Creek's in Nottoway.  One is just above his original deed from his father, however his 1767 purchase was along Long Branch just south of Blackstone, Virginia. The 1815 Nottoway Tax lists indicates that the 135 acres of John Anderson were acquired by Edmund Irby in 1815.  I suspect that John Anderson had mortgaged his property to Edmund Irby as he grew elderly. Edmund Irby likely handled the affairs of John's estate, but no record was found at the courthouse.  Edmund Irby was the executor for his daughter Hannah's estate who also died in 1815, after John, in light of subsequent litigation.  An old home of Nottoway County, "The Elms" , originally known as "Poplar Hill" was constructed in 1812 by Edmund Irby.  John would have been 85 years old in 1812.  This house still stands.

       "The Bowry" was built by John Freeman Eppes son of Captain Thomas Eppes, year unknown.  His son Samuel Eppes did not like the name and changed it to "Battleview", because of its proximity to the battle of "The Grove", whereat the Union Cavalry under Kautz and Wilson were repulsed on 06/23/1864 during the Civil War.  John Anderson is listed on page 17 in the 1810 Census of Nottoway County contiguous to Thomas and John Eppes,Sr.

       John Anderson is often listed as a carpenter in the county tax records. Such a notation is not common for other occupations other than Minister of the Gospel (M. G.) and implies that the tax collector considered his skill and implements noteworthy.  The tax lists indicate that he was not a major slave holder, the 1792 tax lists credits him with 2 slaves. He was due one other slave from the estate of his step mother who died in 1770 but there is no indication that he ever received that legacy.  

       His lands and those of his children are around and about the town now called Blackstone, which was in colonial times was called Black's and Whites. It is logical to assume that he was in some part responsible for the construction of buildings at the junction of Cocke's road and Church road which developed into that town. In fact his land faced onto Cocke's road which was a segment of the colonial post road from Richmond to the south.  The colonial stage coaches traveling south from Richmond would have passed his home.  Today the place his 1767-1815 home would have occupied is a super Walmart.

       Only one building in town today survives from that period which through serendipidy is called Anderson House (aka Schwartz Tavern), though named after a much later Anderson family. In addition, just a few miles northwest along Church road a two story wooden church was built before the revolution which survived until it was destroyed in a hurricane in 1836.  Also along Jordan's road the Green Church was built before the Revolution which served first as the Methodist church, then as a Presbyterian Church until it was destroyed by arson in 1827 by a neighbor who complained  that she couldn't keep a ladle at her well because of the church go-ers. There was considerable enterprise involved in building what is today a significant southern Virginia town, and it is likely that this enterprise provided John's livelihood.

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               Records of John Anderson

 

John Anderson      from                James Anderson

                               and Rebecca

03/19/1750/1  200 acres Amelia County

Amelia County      Deed Book 4 Page 39

This Indenture made the Nineteenth day of March in the Year of our Lord One thousand sevenhundred and fortynine & fifty between James Anderson Senior of Surry County of the one part and John Anderson of Amelia County of the other part Witnesseth that the said James Anderson for an [sic] in consideration of the sum of One Shilling Currt. money of of [sic] Virginia to him in hand paid by the said John Anderson the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge he the said James Anderson hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said John Anderson his heirs and assigns One Tract or Parcel of Land containing by estimation Two hundred Acres be the same more or less lying and being in the County of Amelia on the Southside of Little Nottoway River and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning on Jordans Little Run on Samuel Jordans Line thence along his Line South twelve Degrees West to a corner red oak thence West fifteen Degrees North fore hundred and forty five poles to a small red oak thence North along the head kine to a large Srub white oak blas'd three ways thence a Direct cors [sic] to a large Srub white oak blas'd four ways at the head of Jordans Little Run thence down the said run as it meanders to the beginnign and the reversion remainder and remainders thereof and all the Wright title interest claim and demand whatsoever of him the said James Anderson of in or to the premisses or any part thereof to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to the said John Anderson his heirs and assigns forever and the said James Anderson from him heirs the said land and premises with the appurtenances of the said land unto the said John Anderson his heirs and assigns will warrant and forever defend by these presents In witness whereof the said James Anderson with Rebeckah his wife hath hereunto set there [sic] hands and sfixed there seals the day and year first above written.

 

       Signed Sealed and Delivered    James Anderson {seal}

                                  her

       In presents of ...........      Rebeckah   Anderson {seal}

                                  mark

Exd.        James Anderson,Junr: Edward Eppes: Daniel Eppes.  S.C.

       At a Court held for Amelia County the 16th day of November 1750 this deed from James Anderson Senr. to John Anderson was proved by the oaths of James Anderson, and Daniel Eppes.  And at one other court held for the said County the 19th day of April 1751 the same was also proved by the Oath of Edward Eppes the other witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

                               /s/ Samuel Cobbs Clk

______________________________

John Anderson      to             Jordan Anderson

05/13/1754     100 acres Amelia County

Amelia County Deed Book 5 Page 156

This Indenture made the Thirteenth day of May In the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fiftyfour Between John Anderson of the County of Amelia of the one part and Jordan Anderson of Cumberland County of the other part Witnesseth that the said John Anderson for and in consideration of the sum of fifty pound Current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said Jordan Anderson the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge he the said John Anderson hath granted bargained sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sell unto the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns all that Tract and Parcel of Land containing by estimation One hundred acres be the same more or less lyning in the fork of Nottoway and on the head of Jordan's Little Run in the said County of Amelia bounded as follows. Beginning at a large Srub white oak at the head of Jordan's Little Run thence West twenty six Degrees North along a line of Marked Trees to a large srub white oak at the head line thence along the head line South to the corner thence East fifteen Degrees South one Hundred and Sixty seven poles to a small red oak marked three ways with a braoad ax thence North four Degrees East to the Beginning and the reversion remainder and remainders thereof and all the Estate Right Title Interest Claim and Demand whatsoever of him the said John Anderson of in or to the premisses or any part thereof To have and to hold the said Tract or Parcel of Land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns forever to the only use and behoof of the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns forever and the said John Anderson for himself and their heirs the said Land and premisses with the appurtenances unto the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns will warrant and for ever Defend by these presents  In witness wherof the said John Anderson and Mary his Wife hath hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written                        The word County Interlined before affixed and the letter e

 

Signed Sealed and Delivered                  John Anderson {seal}

In the Presents of us...                                           Mary Anderson {seal}

       Richard Ellis

       Chrispin Skelton

       James Anderson

 

       At a Court held for Amelia County the 23d Day of May 1754

               John Anderson and mary his wife came into Court and acknowledged this their written Deed unto Jordan Anderson which was ordered to be recorded.

                               /s/    Samuel Cobbs C.C.

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John Anderson      to             Jordan Anderson

11/20/1755     100 acres Amelia County

Amelia County Deed Book 5 Page 437

This Indenture made the Twentieth day of November In the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fiftyfive Between John Anderson and Mary his wife of the Parish of Nottoway and County of Amelia of the one part and Jordan Anderson of the County of Cumberland of the other part Witnesseth that the said John Anderson and Mary his wife for and in consideration of the sum of Twenty nine pounds Current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by the said Jordan Anderson the Receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge they the said John Anderson and Mary his wife hath granted bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns forever all that Tract or Parcel of Land containing by estimation One hundred acres lying in the fork of Nottoway River in the said Parish of Nottoway and County of Amelia bounded as followeth (to wit)  Beginning on Walker Boyds upper line where it crosses Jordan's Little Run thence along Boyds and Jordans lines South twelve Degrees West to a corner red oak. Thence West fifteen degrees North to Jordan Andersons corner black srub oak. Thence along his line North two Degrees East to a large srub white oak at the head of the North fork of Jordan's Little Run. Thence down the said branch as it meanders to the beginning.  And the reversion remainder and remainders thereof and all the Estate Right Title Interest Claim and Demand whatsoever of them the said John Anderson and Mary his wife of in or to the premisses or any part thereof To have and to hold the said Tract or Parcel with the appurtenances thereunto belonging to the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns for ever to the only use and behoof of the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns for ever and the said John Anderson and Mary his wife for themselves and their heirs the said Land premisses with their appurtenances unto the said Jordan Anderson his heirs and assigns will warrant and for ever by these presents  In witness wherof the said John Anderson and Mary his Wife hath hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year above written

 

Signed Sealed and Delivered                  John Anderson {seal}

In the Presents of us...                                           Mary Anderson {seal}

       Chrispin Shelton

       Charles Hamlin

       James Anderson

Memorandum

               That this day full and peaceable possession and seisure of the within mentioned Land and premisses were given and delivered by the within named John Anderson and Mary his wife to the within mentioned Jordan Anderson.  In presence of

       Chrispin Shelton                     John Anderson {seal}

       Charles Hamlin

       James Anderson                      Mary Anderson

 

       At a Court held for Amelia County th 22 day of April 1756 John Anderson presented and acknowledged this deed with livery and seisure theron endorsed to Jordan Anderson and ordered to be recorded

                               /s/    Samuel Cobbs C.C.

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Jordan Anderson & Mary of Chesterfield

John Anderson & Mary of Amelia       to     Francis Eppes

May 24, 1764                         Amelia County Book 8 Page 354

       993 acres in Amelia County for consideration of 484 pounds In the fork of the Nottoway River adjacent a small branch, Jordan's Little Run, Boyd, Polecat Branch, & Whetstone Creek as it meanders with all houses, woods, etc.

Amelia County Book 8 Page 354

       Commission to Wood Jones, David Greenhill, John Winne, Alexander Erskine, Richard Jones, & Robert Munford, Gent. - two of these men to receieve the dower relinquishments of both of the foregoing wives, done June 25, 1764 returned June 28, 1764 and recorded.

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John Anderson  from  Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife all of Nottoway Parish

11/23/1767  103 acres  Nottoway Parish Amelia County

Amelia Deed Book  9, page 290

recorded March 24, 1768

 

This Indenture made in the seventh year of his Majestys Reign George the Third by the grace of god of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith Etc. and the twenty third day of November in the Year of our Lord god One thousand seven hundred and sixty seven by and Between Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife of the Parish of Nottoway in the County of Amelia of the One part and John Anderson of the aforesaid Parish and County of the Other Part Witnesseth that the said Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife for & In consideration of the sum of Twenty five pounds Ten shillings Current money of Virginia in hand paid the receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and evry part and parcel thereof Clearly and absolutely - requit exoneerate and discharge the said John Anderson by these presents and for divers other good causes and consideration him the said Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife especially thereunto moving hath granted Bargaind, sold and enscoffed & confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell enscoff and confirm unto the said John Anderson all that Tract of parcel of Land Lying situated and being in the said Parish of Nottoway in the county of Amelia Containing One Hundred and three acres of Land Beginning at Leaths Corner White Oak on the Long Branch thence up the said Branch as it Meanders to a Corner Willow Oak on the Same thence West fifteen Degrees North Forty one Poles to afaced Corner on the road thence on the said Road as it meanders to afaced Corner on the same in Leath's Line thence East Thirteen Degrees North Eighty two poles on Leath's line to the Beginning and the Reversion and Revershions Remainder Remainders Right Estate Interest Claim benefit and Demand Whatsoever of him the said Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife to the same or any part thereof To Have And To Hold the said tract or parcel of Land and all and singular the premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto him the said John Anderson and his heirs to the only use and behoof of him the said John Anderson his heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever and the said Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife for himself and his heirs the said tract of land with all and singular premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto him the said John Anderson his heirs Executors Administrators & Assigns shall and will Warrant and forever defend by these presents In Witness whereof he the said Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed &

acknowledged before                                    Tho. X Morgan

John Winn, Peter Pincham

Robt Munford, Sr; Thos. Williams                 Rachel X Morgan

 

Memorandum: That Peaceable and quiet possession and seizur of the within mentioned Land and Premises was had and taken by the within Named Thomas Morgan and Rachel his wife and by him delivered to the said John Anderson this Twenty third day of November 1767.

Signed Sealed & Delivered

In Presence of                                              Tho. X Morgan

John Winn, Peter Pincham

Robt Munford Sr., Thos. Williams                Rachel X Morgan

 

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This Indenture made this twenty fourth day of May One thousand seven hundred and eighty six between John Leath of Amelia County of the one part and John Anderson of the aforsaid county of the other part Witnesseth that the said John Leath for and in consideration of the sum of Eighteen Pounds six shillings to him in hand paid the receipt whereof he doth acknowledge doth grant bargain and sold afixed and confirmed unto the said John Anderson his heirs Executors and Assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of land containing thirty acres and a half be the same more or less bounded by Mills and Bridgeforth and also all hereditments ways waters water courses and appurtenances whatsoever to the said tract or parcel of land belonging or any way appurtaining and also the Revision and Revisions Remainder and Remainders of the said premises and every part thereof to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land and all singular the premisses above mentioned and that the said John Leath his heirs or assigns to the only proper and behoof of him the said John Anderson his Heirs Executors and Assigns forever and that the said John Leath for him self his heirs and assigns against all and any person or persons whatsoever to the said John Anderson his heirs Executors and assigns will warrant and forever defend by these presents In Witness whereof I have to these presents set my hand & seal the day and year above written.

Signed Sealed & acknowledged

before                                                             John X Leath

Richard Cross

Am Cross

John Cross

Armstead Anderson

William Manly

At a court for Amelia County the 22nd day of June 1786 this indenture was acknowledged by John Leath the party thereto and ordered to be recorded.

                                                                     Teste Holmes

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       The will of John Anderson, dated 11/04/1807 was not probated until 04/06/1815.  He mentions his widow Mary, and his three unmarried daughters Hannah, Lucy, and Rebbeca. 

 

In the name of God Amen I John Anderson of Nottoway County being in a low state of health but sound in mind and memory & calling to mind the uncertainty of life; Do make and ordain this my last Will Testament,  Hereby revoking all former Wills by me or for me made.  In manner and form following Viz. Inprincius: my will and desire is that all my just debts be paid.  Secondly I lend to my beloved wife Mary Anderson all my estate both real and personal during her life to have it in quiet & peaceable possession.  Item I give and bequeath to my three daughters, namely Hannah Anderson Rebekah Anderson & Lucy Anderson all my Estate both real and personal that I have lent to my wife ( at her death ) to them and their heirs forever.  My will and desire is that there be an appraisement on my Estate; Lastly I nominate and appoint my three daughters, namely Hannah Anderson Rebekah Anderson & Lucy Anderson my sole Executrices of this my last Will & Testament given under my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of November in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ Eighteen hundred & seven,  Signed, sealed & acknowledged to be the last Will and Testament of John Anderson and witnessed at his request on the day and year above written. by

attest                                      John Anderson  seal

Saunders Crenshaw

Alain Crenshaw

 

At a Court held for Nottoway County the 6th day of April 1815.  The last Will and Testament of John Anderson dcd. was exhibited into Court, proved by the Oaths of Saunders Crenshaw and Alain Crenshaw witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded

                                       Teste

                                       F. Fitzgerald,Jr. Clk.

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       Tax Data

 

Amelia County, Virginia                        Tithables

 

1747, 10 Jun Below Deep Creek and Above the Cellar

       Anderson James,Jr. John Anderson

               Thomas Raines & Jack & Cate       5

 

1748, Jun       List taken below Deep Creek and above the Sellar by Charles Irby

       James Anderson,Jr. John Anderson

               Thomas Raines, Jack and Cate       5

 

1749       Charles Irby's List of Nottoway Parish

       James Anderson,Jr. Thomas Raines,

               John Anderson, Edward Eppes,

               Daniel Eppes, Jack, Cate                7      5

 

1750 Charles Irby's List of Nottoway Parish

       James Anderson,Jr.

               Ed. Eppes, John Anderson, Jack,

               Daniel Eppes, Cate                 6      27

 

1752

       James Anderson,Jr. Edward Eppes,

               Daniel Eppes and Cate           4

 

1753

       James Anderson,Jr., et. al.                              5     

       John Anderson, John Orgain                          2

 

1763       Bookes List

       Anderson, Jordan's list

               Dick Bruce                      3      500 acres

 

1765       Winn's List of Nottoway

       John Anderson                                        1

 

1766       Erskine's list of lower part of Nottoway

       John Anderson, Carpt.                           1

 

1768 Munford's list

       John Anderson & Patt                    2      103 acres

 

1770       Cooke's list

       John Anderson

               Patt                         2      100 acres

 

1771

       John Anderson

               Patt                         2      100 acres

 

1781       Cooke's list

       John Anderson, Patt                       2

 

1782       Stephen Cooke's list of Nottoway

               John Anderson Carpt., Patt            2

                       Allen Anderson               1

 

1782       tax roll Amelia County, Virginia

John Anderson              11 whites, 2 blacks

 

1785       tax roll Amelia County, Virginia

John Anderson              15 whites, 2 dwellings, 3 outer

 

1810 Census Nottoway County, Virginia

017 John Anderson

       Male        0      1      0      0      1      2

       female      0      0      0      2      1

 

 

Notes for Mary Bell:

       Mary Bell was born about 1728 the youngest daughter of John and Hannah Bell, and a granddaughter of John Bell and Anne Bennett. Mary is named in the 1746 will of her father who bequeaths her "fifty shillings current money of Virginia and likewise two cows and calves & one fether bed and furniture to be delivered to the said Mary Bell at the age of twenty and one years or at the Day of Marriage".  She is last named as Mary Bell in the Register of Albemarle Parish on March 17, 1747/48. She married John Anderson after then and before October 29, 1750 when the birth of her first daughter Martha is recorded in the parish register.

       The Spring Swamp Chapel (later St. Andrew's Church) was contracted by the Albemarle Parish Vestry to be replaced for £290 in 1747.  James Anderson of Amelia County was the undertaker (18th century term for contract builder).  The church was completed in 1749.  The Amelia Tax rolls for 1747, 1748, 1749 list John Anderson and Thomas Raines and the Eppes brothers as co-resident with James Anderson in Amelia County where his lands were located.  These data indicate that while James and John were land owners in Amelia county, they were likely residing and working in Surry County near Spring Swamp Chapel.  Perhaps they bunked with the nearby Bell family at Spring Swamp.

       It is likely that Mary Bell and John Anderson were married in the old Spring Swamp Chapel since no services are recorded at St. Andrew's Church until 1751.  John Anderson's and Mary's eldest two daughters were baptised in 1750 and 1752 in Albemarle Parish. These events are recorded in the Albemarle Parish register of which parish Spring Swamp Chapel was one of the member churches.  These children were likely baptized in the baptismal fonts of the old Spring Swamp Chapel and then of St. Andrew's Church built by James Anderson. 

       The god-parents for the Baptism of Martha, the first daughter of John and Mary Anderson were: Phoebe Bell nee Stokes, daughter of Sylvanus and married to John Bell, Mary's brother;  Drury Stokes, grandson of Sylvanus; and Jane Judkins of unknown probable relation to Charles Judkins a witness for the will of John Bell, Mary's father.

       John Bell's widow Hannah Bell gives a woman slave named Patt to her daughter Mary Anderson in her 1768 will, "I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Anderson my Negro Woman named Patt to her and her heirs and assigns forever."  The slave Patt appears in the Amelia County tax lists for John Anderson beginning in 1768, and appears in his tax lists until after the 1780's including lists with John and his son Allen Anderson.

       The 1807 will of John Anderson says that his wife Mary is still living, " Secondly I lend to my beloved wife Mary Anderson all my estate both real and personal during her life to have it in quiet & peaceable possession." The 1810 census listing for John Anderson reflects the presence of 2 females under 45 years of age and only one female greater than 45.  As his three daughters Hannah, Rebeccah and Lucy were alive at this time it seems likely that two of these three are living with him.  His daughter Susan Vaughan, living east of the Long Branch Creek, has an extra female greater than 45 living with her and perhaps this is the other daughter or Mary Bell, who then was likely one of the two women over 45 and thus died after 1810 and before 1815.  The name Polly B. (Mary Bell) is used by two generations of the descendants of John Anderson and Mary Bell. 

       The children of John Anderson and Mary Bell are established by: first, two entries in the Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778, Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958

page 150; Martha d. of John Anderson and w. Mary; b. Oct 29; c. Dec 16, 1750; gpts. Drury  Stokes, Phoebe Bell, Jane Judkins.

page 30; Katie d. of John Anderson and w. Mary; b. March 25; c. April 26, 1752, gpts. John Welborn, Lucy Newsom, Rebecca Smith.

and; second, those children born after the move to Nottoway Parish are derived from:

 

Nottoway County Court Order Book 7, page 194

"May Court 1815

Rebecca Anderson         Complt.

                       In Chancery

                       against

                                       Dfts.

Edmund Irby adms. of Hannah Anderson decd. Daniel Vaughan

& Caty His wife, Priscilla Hawkes, David Vaughan &     his

wife, Lucy Anderson, Armstead Anderson, Allen Anderson, Wm

Anderson and                  Harp children and infants of

Henry Harpe by Sally his wife formerly Sally Anderson and

               Eckles children & infants of Freeman Eckles

by Rebecca B Eckles, formerly Rebecca B. Anderson, the said

infants by Freeman Eckles their special Guardian

 

It is decreed and ordered that Nathaniel Niblett, Abraham Buford, John Pace, and Samuel Morgan or any three of them who are hereby named and appointed Commissioners for that purpose do proceed to sell to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve months one negro Girl and one colt of which Hannah Anderson died possessed, and that they do divide the proceeds of the said sale into ten equal parts and that they assign to Rebecca Anderson one equal part, to Daniel Vaughan & Sussey his wife one other equal part, to Priscilla Hawks one other equal part, to David Vaughan & Caty his wife one other equal part, to the children of Henry Harp by Sally his former wife who was Sally Anderson one other equal part, to the children of Freeman Eckles by his former wife Polly B Eckles who was formerly Polly B. Anderson one other equal part, to Lucy Anderson one other equal part, to Armstead Anderson one other equal part, to Allen Anderson one other equal part, to William Anderson one other equal part, and that they make a report to this court in order to a final decree.

 

The banner of this court order confuses the children but the body is correct.  The subsequent return indicates that the order was carried out but adds no familial detail.  One does wonder how the sons got their share in far away places but I suppose the spinster daughters made good use of it.

 

 

Bibliography

 

Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778, Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958

page 150; Martha d. of John Anderson and w. Mary; b. Oct 29; c. Dec 16, 1750; gpts. Drury  Stokes, Phoebe Bell, Jane Judkins.

page 30; Katie d. of John Anderson and w. Mary; b. March 25; c. April 26, 1752, gpts. John Welborn, Lucy Newsom, Rebecca Smith.

 

Marriage Notes for John Anderson and Mary Bell:

       Would have been married in the old Spring Swamp Chapel, Albemarle Parish, Virginia, located a couple miles NE of the current town of Jarrat, Virginia.  Mary lived only a mile or so west of the chapel. The replacement church (St. Andrew's Church) was being built by her brother-in-law and husband in the 1747 to 1749 time period but no services took place in the new chapel until 1751.

 

 

        24            vii.    Faith Anderson (Source: (1) Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909)., (2) James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born 1727 in "Arnols", Surry, County, Virginia (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909).); died Bet. 1770 - October 20 1776 in Nottoway County, Virginia.  She married Peleg Ferguson (Source: Grant James Anderson, Genealogy in part, of the Anderson - Owen - Beall Families,  (Whittet & Shepperson, Printers; 1909).) Bet. 1750 - 1754 in Amelia County, Virginia; born Abt. 1727 in Rappahanock County, Virginia; died 1796 in Nottoway County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Faith Anderson:

       No contemporary birth record has been found.  James Grant Anderson gives her birth as 1724 in his book Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families. Faith Anderson would have been born on her father's Surry County plantation called "Arnols" located in the West corner of Surry county, Virginia North of the Blackwater River.

       Faith Anderson apparently relocated to Amelia County with her brothers about 1733 and remained in Amelia County in 1743 when her father returned to the Arnols estate in Surry County. Faith Anderson did not marry until after 1749 as she appears as a witness using her maiden name in her brother Thomas Anderson's deed along Whetstone Creek in that year. Faith is mentioned in her father James Anderson's 1751 will as follows: "I give to my Daughter Faith five pounds current money and all the Estate she hath now of mine in her possession."

 

Thomas Anderson

and

Kerenhappuck Anderson      to     Henry Buford

03/25/1749             54 acres   Amelia County

Amelia County Deed Book 3 page 235

       adj. Binford's corner on Whetstone Creek, Thomas Burges' line, & Whetstone Creek. Wit. Thomas Buford, Benjamin Shelton, Faith Anderson.  This is the sale of the remainder of his original patent.

 

       It is stated in the Anderson genealogy of G. J. Anderson (1909), that Faith Anderson married Peleg Ferguson. This marriage is not confirmed as of yet but is very likely as Peleg Ferguson appears co-located in Nottoway Parish with her brother John along Hurricane Creek from 1754 until 1796 and John Anderson acts as a witness for his deed.

       Faith dies before 1776 as Peleg remarried before that year, but all his children are believed to have been hers.

 

       Tax Data

 

    -1782 tax roll Amelia County, Virginia

Peleg Ferguson               9 whites, 11 blacks

 

    -1782         tax roll Nottoway County, Virginia

Allen Anderson             1 tythe   

Peleg Feguson                5 tythes  

John Ferguson

 

    -1785         tax roll Amelia County, Virginia

John Anderson              15 whites, 2 dwellings, 3 outer      

Peleg Ferguson               9 whites, 3 dwellings, 5 outer

 

 

       Bibliography

 

Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families, by Grant James Anderson, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, 1909. 

 

 

 

Notes for Peleg Ferguson:

       In the book "Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families", by Grant James Anderson, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, 1909; it is stated that Peleg married Faith Anderson and the children of Peleg and Faith are listed as Mary, John, Delphy, Betsey, William and Lucy. Faith's brother John and Peleg were in the same tax district and lived near each other at Hurricane Creek south of current Blackstone Virginia.

 

Amelia County Deed Book 5, page 166

May 22, 1754

Greenham Dodson of Nottoway Parish to Peleg Farguson of Nottoway Parish in consideration of 6 pounds.

       29 acres in Nottoway Parish, being part of a patent of 444 acres to Hugh Williams on Aug 1, 1745, and by him conveyed to Greenham Dodson. land is adjacent first branch spring out of Great Hurricane Creek, below said Ferguson's mill.

WIts: John Durham, John Anderson(brother of his wife Faith), & William Morgan

 

Amelia County Deed Book 7, page 573

Mar 4, 1762

Robert Ferguson to Peleg Ferguson for 5 shillings

       300a in Nottoway Parish adj John Bridgforth & Harricane Creek as it meanders, being part of 950 acres patented to James Farguson Oct 1, 1757.

 

       Peleg apparently remarried after Faith's death. On 10/20/1776 Francis Eppes conveys to Peleg Ferguson and Frances his wife, her dower of her late husband, Charles Williams. In his will he mentions no wife so it is assumed that Frances died before 06/1795. 

       The will of Peleg does not mention all of his children, as the Amelia County marriage records provide us with the name of Delphe Ferguson daughter of Peleg.  The 1795 will of Peleg Ferguson names no wife and his beloved daughter Mary Anderson, son William Ferguson, daughter Elizabeth Jackson, daughter Lucy Tankersley, grand-daughter Ann Jackson (daughter of Lucy), grand-daughter Betty Tankersley (daughter of Lucy) and son John Ferguson.  He designates John Ferguson and friend Freeman Eppes as executors.  Witnesses are Woodlief Thomas, John Mills, Edw Mays, Benjn Bridgeforth.  In a codicile he provides for Rebecca Chavis and her daughter Betty Chavis who attended him in his declining years. files in 1796 on page 213,214 of will book 1?

 

In the name of God Amen I Peleg Farguson of the Country & Parish of Nottoway being weak in body but in perfect sound mind & memory do make ordain this my Last will & Testament hereby revoking all other will by me heretoforer made and after paying all my just debts I give and dispose of the rest of my Estate in  maner & form following viz...  Item I give & bequeath to my beloved Daughter Mary Anderson five pounds specie... Item I give & bequeath to my Son William Farguson five pounds specie... Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Jackson five pounds specie and two pewter Dishes of a middle size two pottle pewter basons six pewter plates the above pewter to be new & good...  Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Lucy Tankersley five pounds specie and two middle sized pewter ddishes xx...xx..xx, one size under the other two pewter pottle basons six pewter plattes the pewter to be new & good...  Item I give & bequesth unto my Grand Daughter Ann Jackson daughter of Lucy Tankersley a negroe girl by the name of Jenney together with her increase to her & the lawful heirs of her body but if should die before she marry  or comes of lawful age it s my will & desire that the above named negroe Jinney shall with her increase go to my Gran Daughter Betty Tankersley daughter to my Sd. Daughter Lucy Tankersley... Item I give & bequeath to my beloved son John Farguson & his heirs foever all the rest & residue of my estate of what nature or kind soever whether real or personal provided he pays the legacies mentioned to my Daughter Mary Anderson, my Son William Farguson, Elizabeth Jackson & Lucy Tankersley and likewise he is to perform & fulfill the conditions of the memorandum made on the back of these presents.  It is my will & desire that there shall be no inventory or appraisement of my Estate and that my Exceutors herein after named shall hav a reasonable time allowed them after my death to make from my estate a suffficiency to pay the money legacies, as above directed.  I constitute & apoint my beloved son John Ferguson & my friend Freeman Epes my Executors of this my last will & testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this first Dat of December in the year of out Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Ninety Five. Signed Sealed published & declared to be the last will & Testament of Peleg Farguson & by his request signed by us

Woodlief Thomas                                      Peleg Farguson {seal}

John Mills

Edwd Mayes

Benjn Bridgforth

 

Item I do further add as my will & Desire and do give & bequeath unto Rebecca Chavis who has faithfully attended on me for some time past as well as at this time my weaving loom & five slays one little Iron Pott and the largest  of the bigg potts three pewter plates one pewter dish one pewter bason of the old kind the old knives & forks three of the oldest chairs the old table & one barrel of corn and three hundred weight of good pork consisting of three hogs for each year for ten years Also one pair of pott hooks & the bed stead she now makes use of. The frying pan the water pail I made Eleven ducks six henns one cocke one ax and one good milk cow every year for ten year I also leave her the use of my house that stands over the cellar during her natural life with the use of as much ground as she can tend in the following, Bounds Beginning at the great gulley aaat the creek and up the said gulleyby the barn to the fence that encloses the orchard and down siad fence to th mill pond and thence down the said pond to the mill & from thence down the said creek to the beginning with the priviledge of as mcuh fruit as she an dry for her own use and to eat also as much fire wood as is necessary for her use, but if she should attempt to dispose of her right and title to the sd house and land she shall by so doing forfeit her right & Title to the whole left her she is not to keep no other person whatsoever with her but her Daughter Ritter Chavis for the use of the house & land she is to spin on pound of cotten for my son John Farguson, that will run five yards to the fine hundread slay & year.

Attest

Woodlief Thomas                                               Pelege  {mark} Farguson {seal}

John MIlls

Edwd Mayes

Benjn Bridgforth

 

Editors Note:  The Chavis family was descended from a Moorish Doctor who came early to Virgnia and his many descendents practiced the art of medicine and nursing.

 

       Tax Data

 

    -1782 tax roll Amelia County, Virginia

Peleg Ferguson               9 whites, 11 blacks

 

    -1782         tax roll Nottoway County, Virginia

Allen Anderson             1 tythe   

Peleg Feguson                5 tythes  

John Ferguson

 

    -1785         tax roll Amelia County, Virginia

John Anderson              15 whites, 2 dwellings, 3 outer      

Peleg Ferguson               9 whites, 3 dwellings, 5 outer

 

__________________________________

Posted to Genforum  by: Mary Ferguson Fiser Date: September 26, 1999 at 19:40:19

In Reply to: Peleg Ferguson abt 1730-1796 Amelia VA by Patrick Anderson

 

Hi Patrick!

I am collecting the descendants of Peleg's paternal grandparents, John Ferguson (Fargeson, etc.) and Anne Stubbleon of Essex Co., VA. Please contact me via email - mfiser@kscable.com

Thanks, Mary Ferguson Fiser

 

__________________________________

 

George Ingram <gingram7@iswt.com>

 

             /John FERGUSON , Sr. b: ABT. 1650 d: 1717

     /John FERGUSON , Jr. b: ABT. 1685 d: 22 APR 1769

     |       |       /Stubble STUBBLESON d: UNKNOWN

     |       \Ann STUBBLESON d: ABT. 1735

Peleg FERGUSON d: 1796

     \Sarah BRIDGFORTH d: UNKNOWN

____________________________

 

 

 

        25           viii.    Lydia Anderson (Source: James Anderson, 1751 Will of James Anderson,  (Will Book 9, Page 772, Surry County, Virginia).), born Bet. 1717 - 1730 in "Arnols", Surry County, Virginia; died Aft. 1752.  She married William Avoris; born Bet. 1715 - 1730 in Surry County, Virginia; died Aft. 1771.

 

Notes for Lydia Anderson:

       Lyddey Anderson would have been born on her father's Surry County plantation called "Arnols".  She does not appear in the genealogy of Grant J. Anderson (1909) "Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families"; By Grant James Anderson; Richmond Virginia; Whitter & Shepperson printers, 1909 and it would appear therefore that little contact existed between her and her brothers in Nottoway County.

       Lyddey is named iin the 1750 will of fher father Jamesd Anderson as having married an Averiss, "I give to my Daughter Lyddey Averiss Five pounds current Money of Virginia and all of the Estate she hath now of mine in her Possession".  I have not absolutely been able to identify her husband but by process of elimination he appears to be William Averiss.

       It seems very likely that William and Lyddey were among the many families that left for the Carolinas in the 1750's.

 

 

Notes for William Avoris:

       The christian name of Lyddey's husband has not yet been confirmed.  An examination of Surry County records reveals a John Averiss 6/26/1761 will naming son William Averiss and son Thomas Averiss, deceased.        John Averiss' sons are the most likely candidates for Lyddey's husband. Thomas Averiss' 05/18/1751 estate settlement lists his wife Rebecca as executor.  Thomas Averiss' son John Averiss eventually ends up with James Anderson's Arnols estate.

       The most likely candidate for the husband of Lyddey is William Averiss the brother.  As the Avories family children were not listed in the Albemarle Parish register it is likely that the were Quakers or Baptists.

 

               Bibliography

 

Surry County, Virginia, Wills, Estate Accounts and Inventories 1730-1800, by Lyndon H. Hart, III, Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1985.

 

 

       

Child of James Anderson and Rebecca Cooke is:

        26               i.    William6 Anderson, born Bef. 1742 in "Arnols", Surry, County, Virginia; died December 03, 1773 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia (Source: Gertrude R. B. Richards, Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778,  (The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia; 1958).).  He married Elizabeth Chappell January 13, 1763 in Southampton County, Virginia; born July 06, 1745 in Surry County, Virginia (Source: Gertrude R. B. Richards, Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778,  (The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia; 1958).).

 

Notes for William Anderson:

       William Anderson should have been born on his Father's Surry County estate called "Arnols".  This is located in the Southwest Corner of Surry County along the north side of the Blackwater River.  He is named in the 1750 will of his father James Anderson as follows, "I give and Devise to my Son William all my Land in Surry County to him and his heirs for ever as also one Snuff Box, one Pockett Book, One Gun, called mine, and after the Death of my Wife Rebecca one negro women named Kate and her increase one negro boy named Ned, one Still and also my Desk."

       William is identified as a son of the second wife of James Anderson in the Grant J. Anderson Genealogy of 1909. He is named in the 1770 will of his mother Rebecca Anderson nee Cooke as follows, "All the res and residue of my estate of what nature or kind soever I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Anderson his heirs and assigns forever as a Testimony of his Duty respect to me."

       The dower signature in the deeds of William Anderson is Elizabeth.  The association of Elizabeth in Dinwiddie with Thomas Chappel of Charlotte, suggest that her maiden name may have been Chappel.  Southampton County marriage records record the marriage of William Anderson to Elizabeth Chappel with Thomas Chappel sureter in 1763.

       The only confirmed child is Charlotte mentioned in her grandmother's will.  However, Thomas Chappel of Charlotte County acts as co-executor with his widow of his estate after his death in Dinwiddie County.  This Thomas Chappel, is apparently Thomas Chappel,IV the son of Mary Cook, William's mother's sister. In the 1782 taxes of Dinwiddie County, Thomas Chappel is acting as the guardian for a minor James L. Anderson. James L. is being taxed on 444 acres comprising two plots one of 382 acres the other of 62 acres. In 1794 Richard Mays is taxed on 70 acres conveyed by James Anderson.   In 1796 James Anderson is taxed on 359 3/4 acres.  In 1797 Joel Roper is taxed on 14½ acres conveyed by James Anderson. In 1797 William Chandler is taxed on 592 acres conveyed by James Anderson.  These associations would indicate that William had a son James L. Anderson.  This James Anderson marries Martha Chappel the daughter of Thomas Chappel in Sussex County in 1800.

       William inherited the "Arnols" estate in Sussex County in reversion from his mother who dies in 1770.  He expanded the estate in 1764 and sells it to John Avoriss in 1773, the deed identifies William as a resident of Dinwiddie County.  All pre 1836 Dinwiddie records, other than a court order book and a surveyors book, were destroyed in a court house fire in that year. 

       William died 12/03/1773 according to the Albemarle Parish register.  His death is reported by William Dunn,Jr. a neighbor of James Eppes the son of his brother-in-law Edward Eppes.

      

 

William Anderson

03/01/1773     54 acres   Surry County

Virginia Patent Book 41 page 287

       North of the Blackwater River.

 

William Anderson from         John Johnson

03/25/1764     150 acres

Surry County Book 8 Page 233

       150 acres adjacent to the 300 inherited from his father?

 

William Anderson to             Richard Blunt

Elizabeth (dower)

08/26/1772     63½ acres

Surry County Book 10 1769-1778 Page 238

       William of Surry sells a portion of the Arnols Estate not along the water.

 

William Anderson to             John Saunders

Elizabeth (dower)

10/30/1773     12 acres

Surry County Book 10 1769-1778 Page 371

       A portion of the Arnols Estate

 

William Anderson to             John Averiss

Elizabeth (dower)

11/01/1773     371 acres

Surry County Book 10 1769-1778 Page 401

       William Anderson of Dinwiddie County for £ 324,,12,,06 on Arnolds Spring Branch on Blackwater Swamp up the branch to Henry Cocke's line thence along his line N 30 W 40 poles to a Hickory, N 20 W 83 poles to a white oak at a corner of Lemuel Cocke's line thence with his line N 44 W 72 poles, N 48 W 104, N 75 W 31 poles to a red oak, S 27½ W 33 poles, S 5 W 25 poles to a pine thence by a line of new marked trees S 26 W 228 poles to an oak standing in the Thoany Branch thence down the watercourse of the said branch to the Main Blackwater Swamp and Down the Swamp to the begininng.

 

Thomas Chappell from         John Averiss

& Elizabeth Anderson

03/05/1774                    

Surry County Book 10 1769-1778 Page 427

       A title to his personal property in lieu of seizure of his land because of his inability to pay a bond used in the preceding sale of the Arnols estate, with an option to redeem at a later date.

 

John Avoris

07/13/1776

Virginia Gazette

       his admr., Thos. Chappell and Jos. Fowler of Dinwiddie will sell all of his est. consisting of 371 ac.

 

John Averiss  to             John Stewart

08/20/1776     371 acres

Surry County Book 10 1769-1778 Page 486

       The Arnols estate for 200 some odd pounds.

 

               Bibliography

 

Genealogy in part, of the Anderson-Owen-Beall families, by Grant James Anderson, Whittet & Shepperson, Richmond, Virginia, 1909. 

 

Southside Virginia Families, Volume II, by John Bennet Boddie, Pacific Coast Publishers, Redwood City, California, 1956.

 

 

More About Elizabeth Chappell:

Living: 1774, Dinwiddie County, Virginia

 

 

        10.  Eliza5 Anderson (Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: Gertrude R. B. Richards, Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778,  (The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia; 1958).) was born Abt. 1692 in "The Cattails", Charles City County, Virgnia, and died Bef. 1764 in Sussex County, Virginia.  She married William Sanders (Source: Thomas Anderson, 1711 Will of Thomas Anderson,  (1710-1713 Will Book, Page 36, Prince George County, Virginia).) Bef. 1711 in Prince George County, Virginia.  He was born Bef. 1687 in Charles City County, Virgnia, and died 1764 in Sussex County, Virginia.

 

Notes for Eliza Anderson:

        From the will of Thomas Anderson d.1711, "9thly I give & bequeath to my son in law Wm Sanders five hundred pounds tobacco."

 

The Albemarle Parish Register mentions Eliza Sanders in 1745 associated with christenings of the Tomlinson family.

 

Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778, Transcribed and Edited by Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958.

 

 

Notes for William Sanders:

        William Sanders witnesses the 1711 will of Thomas Anderson and is named as a son-in-law in the will.  This can be interpreted in two ways, 1) that he married a daughter of Thomas Anderson unnamed in the will, or 2) that he was a son of Thomas Anderson's first wife by an earlier Sanders husband.  I am still trying to find a document that clarifies which circumstance is true.

 

Surry County Wills, Deeds, Etc. #5 1694,1709, page 376, 1 Nov 1707

Charles Briggs of Surry County to William Sanders of Waynoke Parish in Prince George County ---- 100 acres at Otterdam Swamp bounded by Mr. Thomas Hunt, Samuel Briggs, Patrick Lashely and Henry Briggs.. Wit: Henry Harrison and Joel Barker.

 

Surry County Deeds Wills Book #7, 12 Feb 1719, page 248

William Saunders to Henry Briggs

100 acres on Otterdam Swamp at said Henry Briggs and bounded by Edward Gunell and THomas Blunt.

Wit: James Anderson, John Cargill and Daniel Eelbank Recorded 17 Feb 1719

 

William Sanders leased 200 acres adjacent James Anderson in the 1719 time period as is found in the following

 

THOMAS, William; Leg To son John Thomas all my land on the south side of Meherrin River, featherbed, furniture, etc. To son William, my Plantation he now lives on, one negro, my silverheaded cane, wathc books, etc.. To daughter Jane Later, 200 acres, adjoining Mr. Bluntsland & one Negro, when she is 18 years old, feather bed etc. To daughter Ann a negro. To daughter mary negro. To Son Henry the land where William Saunders now lives and the land at Beaverdam, two negroes one three pint silver tankard and six silver spoons etc. all stock at Meherrin to be equally divied. My desire is that all goods now come in the Bradby, be sold by outcry at Cabbi's Point to raise money to pay Mr. Blunt's children To wife a negro and rest of my estate for life by equally divided among my children. Mentions three youngest daughters.  Makes wife Priscilla Thomas Executrix. Made 17 Jan 1719 probated 17 Feb 1719 Wit: Thomas Bedingfield, Howell Edmunds, Wm Blunt Book 7, 243

 

James Anderson to    William Sanders

  /  /1726 100 acres

Surry County Book 1715-1730 Part 2 page 671-673

Land north of the Pigeon Swamp beginning at the mouth of a branch.

 

The description of this land is contained in the patent:

Anderson, James

09/05/1723     100 acres        Surry County

Patents Book 11, 1735-38, page 289

GEORGE [insert] TO ALL[i] KNOW YE that for diverse good causes and considerations but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of TEN SHILLINGS of good and lawfull money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Tresury in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia.  WE HAVE given granted and confirmed and by these presents for Us our [?] Do give grant and confirm unto James Anderson of Surry County one certain tract or parcel of Land containing one hundred acres lying and being on the South side of the Main Blackwater Swamp in the County aforesaid and bounded as followeth, to wit. BEGINNING at a pine on the North side of the Pigeon Swamp thence Northeast one hundred and thirty nine poles to a red oak then North by East seventy four poles to a pine thence West Northwest fforty one poles to a pine then South fifty five degrees West Sixty poles to a pine by the side of a small Branch then down the various courses fo the run of the said Branch to the Pigeon Swamp aforesaid and down the various courses of the run of the said swamp to the beginning WITH ALL[i] To have hold or to be held [i] yielding and paying [i] provided [i] In witness [i] witness our Trusty and Wellbeloved Hugh Drysdale Esqr. Lieut Govr. [i] at Williamsburg under the Seal of our said Colony the Fifth Day of September One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Three in the Fourth year of our Reign

                                        Hugh Drysdale

 

William Sanders 06/10/1737 Prince George Co

200a north side Gravelly Run adj William Richards, Jeffrey Munford etc.

Virginia patents 17/329

 

William is named as witness to several Surry County deeds in the 1730's

 

William Sanders will is filed in Sussex County Will Book "A", page 336 21 Jun 1764 and names son William Sanders the land he now lives on;  Son John Sanders the land I now live on. Wife Mary Sanders my personal estate for life. Executors: Sons. Wit Reuben Baird, William Evans and Henry Peoples. Inventory book "B" page 12.

 

       

Children of Eliza Anderson and William Sanders are:

        27               i.    William6 Sanders, born 1714 in Surry County, Virginia; died Aft. 1765.  He married Huldah ? Bef. 1748; born 1728; died Aft. 1765.

 

Notes for William Sanders:

       William was christened 11/13/1748 at age 34 and recorded in Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778, Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958.

 

Sussex Deed book C, page 192

Oct 17, 1765

William Sanders and Hulda to Benjamin Figg for 18 pounds 90a on the north side of Black Swamp

 

 

 

More About William Sanders:

Living: 1765, Sussex County, Virginia

 

Notes for Huldah ?:

Christened on November 13, 1748 at age of 20 APR

 

 

More About Huldah ?:

Living: 1765, Sussex County, Virginia

 

        28              ii.    Sarah Sanders, born Abt. 1716.

 

Notes for Sarah Sanders:

Sussex County Will Book "B" page 340 16 Apr 1772

Inventory of Estate of Sarah Sanders, dec'd, for John Sanders

 

        29             iii.    John Sanders, born Abt. 1720 in Surry County, Virginia; died Aft. 1773.  He married (1) Mary Parsons; born Abt. 1735; died Aft. 1774.  He met (2) Anna Curtis.

 

Notes for John Sanders:

       John got the 100a of his father on Pidgeon Swamp which left him in Albemarle Parish.  John's childrens births are recorded in the Register of Albemarle Parish, Surry and Sussex Counties, 1739-1778, Transcribed and Edited by Gertrude R. B. Richards, The National Society Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1958.

 

Suusex County Deen Book B, page 388

21 Apr 1763

John Gary to John Sanders for 10 pounds 50 acres on Pidgeon Swamp being part of a tract bought by John Gary from Reuben Baird and bounded by Robins Branch.

 

Sussex County Deed Book C, ppage 143

17 Dec 1764

John Gary to John Sanders for 8 pounds 40 a on Pidgeon Swamp being part of a tract bought by said Gary from Reubin Baird on 21 Nov 1760 bounded by north side of Pidgeon Swamp.

 

Sussex County Deed Book D, page 169

19 Apr 1770

John Sanders and wife Mary Sanders to John Clark for 35 pounds 100a on east side of Pidgeon Swamp.

 

Sussex County Deed Book E, page 159

15 Oct 1773

John Sanders and wife Mary to Joshua Johnson for 50 pounds 90a on Pidgeon Swamp being part of tract bought from John Gary bounded by Robins Branch and Gary's Old Field. (resold by Johnson in 1777 to Jesse Partridge)

 

Notes for Mary Parsons:

Sussex County Deed Book C, page 192

21 Sep 1765

Robert Parsons to his son and daughter, John Sanders and Mary Sanders for love and affection one negro girl, Lydia.

Robert Parsons will 18 Jun 1777 proven 18 Sep 1777 names dau Mary Sanders

 

John Parsons <jparsons@cafes.net>

 

             /Unknown PARSONS

     /Robert PARSONS b: 1720 d: SEP 1777

     |       \Unknown HARRISON

Mary PARSONS b: 1755

     \Eleanor HINES b: 1725 d: 9 NOV 1770

 

 

 

 

        11.  Charles5 Anderson (Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: Thomas Anderson, 1711 Will of Thomas Anderson,  (1710-1713 Will Book, Page 36, Prince George County, Virginia).) was born Abt. 1697 in on "Old Towne Run", Charles City County, Virginia, and died Aft. 1753 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia.  He married ?. 

 

Notes for Charles Anderson:

        Thomas Anderson names his son Charles in his 1711 Will. An inventory of Charles Anderson's portion of his father's estate is filed on 09/07/1712 in Prince George County by Cornelius Cargill his guardian and at the prayer of James Anderson it was recorded.  This indicates that Charles was stll a minor at the death of Thomas.

        There is filed on page 957 of the Prince George County records 1713-1728, a deed of 02/01/1726 from Cornelius Cargill to Robert Hunnicutt for 150 acres on the south side of Cattail Swamp on the north side of the Blackwater and both sides of Reedy Branch formerly the, "occupation of one Thomas Anderson now deceased, and by James Anderson and Charles Anderson two of the sons of the said Thomas Anderson...", 105 acres sold by James Anderson to Cornelius Cargill by deed dated 04/14/1719 and the rest by Charles Anderson his brother by deed dated 03/10/1718.

        There are records of Charles Anderson witnessing deeds to lands bordering on the patent of his father.  Charles appears as a witness to a deed of Elizabeth Duke in 1726 and another of William Jackson in 1727.  Elizabeth Duke nee Taylor had inherited the Saw Tree Plantation to the southwest of Charles' father's plantation.  This indicates that he was still a nearby resident. 

        The Prince George County 1737-1740 Court Orders record on page 106 that Charles Anderson served 05/09/1738 on a grand jury regarding the acceptance of a bridge.  Again on page 365, Charles Anderson is reimbursed 20 shillings on 11/14/1739 for setting up one post.  In light of the talents of his father, brother and nephews as carpenters these items are suggestive that this Charles is the son of Thomas.

        Charles Anderson was given a patent in the southern portion of central Prince George County in 1733.  The area of this patent exists within the eastern boundary of Dinwiddie County today.  Dinwiddie was formed from the western half of Prince George County in 1752. This is the same year that his brother James purchased lands in Brunswick County, well to the west of this patent. 

        Some potential clarification may be found from a close examination of Charles Anderson data from Amelia County tax records 1736-1752.  At the time I examined these I was not familiar with Charles Anderson data as I am today.  Little additional information is available about the family of the Dinwiddie County Charles Anderson because the county records were destroyed in an 1833?7 fire at the courthouse.

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Prince George County, Virginia, Wills & Deeds 1710-1713, page 161

        A true inventory of all Charles Anderson son of Thos Anderson D'cd his estate land only excepted bequeathed to him by aforesaid Anderson in his last will & testament.

Item        Feather bed & boulster with curtains & vallances & yarn sett rug & blanketts & pair of sheets two pillows one gun one iron pott with pott hooks one chest one rapier & belt.

Item        One mare about three years old, five sheep, vis 3 Ewes 2 weathers, & the third part of a price of two steers valued to seven hundred pds of Tobacco being vis 233.

Item        One cow called Blossom another called Snowflake & another Pretty, one red yearling steer, one heifer of two years old with ware all appraised to fifteen hundred pds of Tobco.

Item        Three four year old Barrows five old sows five young sd, five young Barrows [could?] said half old.

Item        His part of two hhds Tobco said out at the land platt amounting to 366.

Item        His part of thousand pounds of Tobco said out lying part amounting to 593.

Item        His part of Tobco due from Joshua Wynne amounting to 233.

Item        His part of Tobco due from John Hardyman amounting to 523.

Item        His part of Tobco due from Cpat. Fra. Mallory amounting to 143.

Item        from Peter Walpoole ......40

Item        for a coat sold to Edwd Denton his part amounts ....175

Item        from Joseph Pattison ....76

Item        from George Hamelton ....100

Item        from David Goodgame ....20

Item        from Jno Wickill ....81

Item        from Joseph Carter ....36

Item        Two Rupia Leather Chairs ....150

Item        from Daniel Higdon ...50

Item        Cash ... vis 40s

Item        One couch viz tan leather

Item        one eight gold [?P/R rop]

Item        one old frying pan

Item        five doe skins

Item        for his part of old lumber ....136

Item        his part of the Pewter....viz...28s

Pr. George County Court February 1712

This above and here before witten Invent & acct of the estate of Chas Anderson was presented into court by Cornelius Cargill his guardian & at prayer of James Anderson same was truly recorded.

        test. Edwd Goodrich

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Charles Anderson        to    Cornelius Cargill

Westopher Parish                Weynoak Parish

Pr. George County               Pr. George County

03/04/1718     50 acres  Prince George County

This Indenture made this Fourth Day of March in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand Seven hundred and eighteen.  Between Charles Anderson of the Parrish of Westopher on the County of Prince George of the one part and Cornelius Cargill of the Parrish of Waynoake and County aforsaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Charles Anderson for divers good causes and considerations him thereunto moving but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of five pounds current money to him in hand paid by the said Cornelius Cargill at and before the [?]  and sealing and delivery of these presents [?]  receit whereof the said Charles Anderson doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth acquit release and discharge the said Cornelius Cargill his Ers. etc. Hath given granted bargained sold and for ever quitted claim and by these presents the said Charles Anderson doth for himself his heirs executors etc. give grant bargain sell and for ever quitt claim to the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs for ever to all that seat tract or parcel of land situate lying and being on the south side of the cattail swamp in the County aforesaid containing fifty acres, be it more or less being all the land that the said Charles Anderson holds on the south side the said swamp and joining the said Cargills land.  To have and to hold the said lands and premisses with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs for ever.  So that neither the said Charles Anderson or his heirs nor any other person or persons whatsoever claiming or to claim by from or under him or them shall not at any time hereafter have any right title or interest in or to the said land and premises, but that the same with every part and parcell thereof shall be and for ever hereafter enure to the only sole proper use and behoof of him the said Cornelius Cargill and to his heirs for ever In witness whereof the said Charles Anderson hath hereunto set his hand and seal the day and year first upon written.

signed sealed and delivered

in presence of                       Charles Anderson sealed with

        Gil Hay                           red wax

        John Peterson,Junr

                On the back of the above Deed was an endorsement in the folowing words Viz:

        Memorandum: That Livery and Seizin of the Lands and premisses within mentioned was by the therein named Charles Anderson delivered by Turf and Twigg unto the therein named Cornelius Cargill with quiet and peaceable possession of the same in presence and sight of us.

                                Charles Anderson

                At a Court held at Merchants Hope for the County of Prince George on the second Tuesday in March being the Fourth Day of the said month Anno Dom. 1718.

        The above written Deed for land (indented and sealed) with the above endorsement of livery of Seizin thereon was in open Court acknowledged by Charles Anderson the subscriber thereto, to be his act & Deed to Cornelius Cargill named therein on whoose motion the same by order of the Court are truly recorded.

                                Test  Wm Hamlin Cl Cur

________________________

Charles Anderson

06/20/1733  400 acres Prince George County

Virginia Patents Book 15 page 23.

George the second and to all prs. know ye that for divers good causes and consideration but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of forty shillings of good and lawful money for our use paid to our revenur general of our [Row??] in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia WE HAVE given granted and confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and succesors do give grant and confirm unto Charles Anderson of Prince George County one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres lying and being in the county aforesaid on the leads of Wills run of Stony Creek and joyning Robert Bollings Sappone Tract and bounded as followeth (to wit) BEGINNING at a large pine at the head of the said run in the said Bollings line thence north twenty five degrees west one hundred and twenty one poles to a corner red oak thence east thirty six degrees north two hundred and fifty six poles to a corner thence south thirty six degrees east two hundred and sixty poles to a corner thence west thity six degrees south two hundred and twenty two poles to Bollings line thence north thirty six degrees west sixty poles to his corner gum in a meadow thence west twenty degrees north one hundred and fourteen poles to the beginning WITH ALL er. to have hold er. to behold er. yielding and paying er. Provided er. in his h??? er. We h??? our Trusty and Wellbeloved William Gooch Esq. our Lieutenant Governor and Commaner in Chief of our said Colony and Dominion  at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said colony the twentieth day of June One Thousand and Seventeenhundred and thirty three of the seventh year of our reign.

                                        William Gooch

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Evaluate the following

 

Subj:  Anderson, REES

Date:  3/2/01 8:59:46 AM Eastern Standard Time

From:    doriskf@adelphia.net (Doris)

To:    weanderson@evergo.net (Anderson, Bill), ED.BOYD@prodigy.net (Anderson, Bud), PatAnder73@aol.com (Anderson, PAt)

CC:    kcks@goldendale.net (Grimes, Lisa), mmcdonald3@houston.rr.com (Pattie), doriskf@adelphia.net (doris)

 

Page 126. Account Current of the estate of John Miles, deceased.

Debits. To: 2 caveats against Tinsly; Sec'y's fees for Miles against Dawson; 3 children's schooling; a girl for 4 months' tending the children; a hand for 2 weeks assisting to Dutell(?); 3 appraisers' fees; a cart to carry the children to Pennsylvania; Capt. John Austin; Edmund Booker, his Sheriff's Acc; William Baldwin; Francis Graham; William Watson; Stephen Lewis; James Francis; Mathew Talbot; Douglas Baker; Margaret Zyre; George Henry; Wm Rees; James McCroy; John Ruffin; Alexander Hamilton; Charles Anderson; John

Gordon; Saml Baker; Clement Read; Secretary Nelson. Total: £ 66.15.7.

Credits. By: an acco sales of the personal estate which is hereunto annexed - £ 131.10.0.

At Aug 7, 1753 Court, Thomas Boulden and Abraham Martin, Gent, who were appointed by a former order of this Court to settle an account current of the estate of John Miles, deceased, this day returned this account current, which is passed by the Court, and ordered to be recorded.

 

http://www.tlc-gen.com/LunenburgWillBook1.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More About Charles Anderson:

Living: 1733, Prince George County, Virginia

       

Children of Charles Anderson and ? are:

        30               i.    Charles6 Anderson (Source: Patrick Joseph Anderson, GEDCOM of Reynard Anderson Family,  (9654 Blatimore Avenue, Laurel, Maryland 20723 (patander73@aol.com)), "Electronic," Date of Import: Feb 13, 2000.), born Abt. 1730 in Prince George County, Virginia.  He married Sarah Herbert Claiborne (Source: Patrick Joseph Anderson, GEDCOM of Reynard Anderson Family,  (9654 Blatimore Avenue, Laurel, Maryland 20723 (patander73@aol.com)), "Electronic," Date of Import: Feb 13, 2000.); born Abt. 1740 in Sussex County, Virginia (Source: Patrick Joseph Anderson, GEDCOM of Reynard Anderson Family,  (9654 Blatimore Avenue, Laurel, Maryland 20723 (patander73@aol.com)), "Electronic," Date of Import: Feb 13, 2000.).

 

Notes for Charles Anderson:

       Charles Anderson that appears in the Albemarle Parish Register is likely this individual as his father lived just across the Parish Border to the west on Stony Creek.  Proof remains to be found though.

 

 

        31              ii.    William Anderson, born Abt. 1735 in Prince George County, Virginia.  He married Jane ?.

 

Notes for William Anderson:

Subj:  Anderson in Surry/Sussex VA

Date:  2/18/01 11:07:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

From:  LynWilkins

To:  PatAnder73

 

 

Hi Patrick,

My name is Lyn Wilkinson.  I am doing research on my Wilkinson line.  Henry Wilkerson married Susanna Anderson in 1791 in Sussex.  Near that time was a McDowell Anderson and a Nelson Anderson.  Let me give you the connection.  My ancestor James W. Wilkinso migrated to GA in 1832.  He had 4 sons and 2 daughters -- his first son Robert McDowel Wilkinson, his third son was Joseph Nelson Wilkinson, his first daughter was named Susanna.  I have been trying to find his origin in VA.  I know that he came from Sussex.  I have always been going on the theory that McDowell was the surname of James W. Wilkinson's mother  -- but when I saw both the McDowell Anderson and Nelson Anderson along with the marriage of Henry Wilkerson to Susanna Anderson.  I have been researching the Anderson but have not made much sucess in identifying McDowell Anderson and Nelson Anderson.

 

Can you help me?

 

Thanks,

Lyn

 

 

        12.  Jane5 Anderson (Thomas4, Thomas3, Thomas2, Richard1) (Source: Thomas Anderson, 1711 Will of Thomas Anderson,  (1710-1713 Will Book, Page 36, Prince George County, Virginia).) was born Abt. 1705 in on "Old Towne Run", Charles City County, Virginia.  She married John Taylor Duke, son of Henry Duke and Elizabeth Taylor.  He was born 1705 in Prince George County, Virginia, and died 1790 in Wilkes County, Georgia.

 

Notes for Jane Anderson:

        My current theory is that Jane married John Taylor Duke.  The connection is unproven but substantiated by the fact that she is born within a few years of John Taylor Dukes birthdate and is a contemporary of his and her brother Charles witnesses the sale of Richard Tylor's 1673 patent which descended to Elizabeth (Taylor) Duke wife of Henry Duke.  John Taylor Duke and Jane Anderson definitely knew each other as teenagers but I am still seeking proof that she is his wife Jane.

        Jane Anderson was the daughter of Sarah Barkers last child by her 2nd husband Robert Lucy and Elizabeth (Taylor) Duke was a daughter of John Taylor, Sarah Barker's first child by her 1st husband Richard Taylor.  John Taylor, father of Elizabeth was the guardian for Mary Lucy the mother of Jane Anderson in 1694.

        Richard Taylor and Robert Lucy obtained side by side patents along the Blackwater RIver in 1673 and in 1683 Thomas Anderson patented the land above them along Cattail Creek.

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Prince George County, Virginia, Wills & Deeds 1710-1713, page 161

Inventory of all Jean Anderson, daughter to Thomas Anderson, dec'd, her estate, bequeathed to her by the said Andreson in his last will & testament. One featherbed in the trundle bedstead with the furniture thereunto belonging,, one cow with calf & heifer of Two years old, one chest, one silver tumbler, one small iron pott and pott hooks, two pewter dishes. 

Pr. Geo County Court the day of  [?] 1712

This above written acctt of estate of Jean Anderson was presented into court by Cornelius Cargill her guardian and ordererd by the justices to be truly recorded - Edward Goodrich

 

 

 

More About Jane Anderson:

Living: 1712, Prince George County, Virginia

 

Notes for John Taylor Duke:

Christina Hunt <Ninah@ix.netcom.com>

Residence: Brunswick Co., VA 1733

Residence: Lunenenburg Co., VA 1757

Residence: Brunswick Co., VA 1761

Residence: Lunenburg Co., VA 1763

Residence: Mecklenburg Co., VA 1764

Residence: SC 1769

Residence: Washington Co., GA 1784

Residence: Wilkes Co., GA 1787

 

__________________________________

Linda L. Clements <clements@sierra.net>

John Taylor Duke was born between 1705 and 1710 in Prince George County, Virginia, and was named after his maternal grandfather. He married Jane. He owned land and live in several different counties in Virginia. He seemed to move quite often. Before 1769 he had left Virginia and lived in both North and South Carolina. By the end of the Revolutionary War John Taylor Duke was living in Georgia.

(from Duke web site at www.geocities.com/WallStreet/Market/4071/Duke.html -- presumably taken from a Duke family history book, accessed 7-99)

 

He had at least five children. (from "Henry Duke, Councillor -- His Descendents and Connections" by Walter Garland Duke, Dietz Press, Inc., Richmond, VA, 1949; cited by Don A. Marsh on his website at www.mexia.com/LadyHawke/1210.htm, last revised 11 January 1992.)

 

John Taylor Duke was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and received land in Georgia in payment for his service. (According to DUKE rootsweb posting by Leon Flusche, 30 May 1999)

 

       

Children of Jane Anderson and John Duke are:

        32               i.    Michael6 Duke.

        33              ii.    Edmond Duke, born Abt. 1726.

        34             iii.    Charles Duke, born Abt. 1728.

        35             iv.    James Duke, born Abt. 1730.

        36              v.    Robert Duke, born Abt. 1732.

        37             vi.    Thomas Duke, born Abt. 1734.

        38            vii.    Henry Duke, born Abt. 1736 in Virginia; died September 18, 1780 in Georgia.

        39           viii.    John Taylor Duke, born Abt. 1740.