About Doodes Minor


Documents, Chiefly Unpublished relating to the Hugenot Emigration to Virginia and to the Settlement at Manakin Town, Published by the Virginia Historical Society in 1886

In March, 1659 [1660], and October, 1660, acts of naturalization in favor of John Johnson, millwright, being a Dutchman; and of Nicholas Boate, severally, were passed. An act passed September, 1671, allowed "any stranger * * upon petition to the grand Assembly, and taking the oaths of allegiance and supremacy to his Majesty" to be naturalized, and be capable of office, traffique, and trading, of taking up, purchasing, conveying, devising and inheriting of lands," etc.e Under this act, patents of naturalization were granted by the Assembly, in September, 1673, to Joshua Mulder, Henry Weedick, Christopher Regault, Henry ifayson Vandoverage, John Mattoone, Dominick Theriate, Jeremy Packquitt, Nicholas Cock, Henry Waggamore, and Thomas Harmenson, aliens; in October, 1673, to John Peterson, Rowland Anderson, Michaell Valandigam, Minor Doodes, Doodes Minor,f and Herman Kelderman, aliens; in March, 1675 [1676], to Christian Peterson ; in February, 1576-1677], to Garratt Johnson, and in April, 1679, to Abraham Vincler, John Michaell, Jacob Johnson, John Pimmitt and John Keeton.g

f. Said to have been born in Holland in 1644; m. in Virginia______ Garrett, and had issue, four sons: William, Minor, Peter and Garrett: progenitors of the Minors of Virginia, and the Southern and Western States.

Note: Doodes Minor's father, Maindort Doodes, was a Dutch sea captain. It would be interesting to learn whether or not his ship was used for the transportation of slaves.

YORK COUNTY, VIRGINIA RECORDS 1659-1662...by Benjamin B. Weisiger III - 1989

At a Court Held for York County, 26 April 1661
Difference between Meindort Doodes and John Sandifer concerning transportation of John Marshall, is referred to next court.

At a Court Held at George Reade's House, 27 August 1661
I, Minor Doodes, appoint well-beloved friend Richard Hatton my attorney to implead John Sandifer in an action of debt.

I, Richard Hatton of County of Warwick, Gent.., appoint loving friend Thomas Penryn my attorney to implead John Sandifer at suit of Meindert Doodes in action of debt. 13 May 1661

 Richard Hatton

Wit: John ( ) Waters, Margaret ( ) Hatton

Genealogies of Virginia Families; from the William and Mary College Quarterly History Magazine, Vol. 1, Adams -Clopton, With an Introduction by John Frederick Dorman...

Will of Maindort Doodes
In the name of God Amen I Mindote (sic) Doodes being weake in body but of sound and perfect Memory doe Ordaine this my Last will and Testamente Firste I doe bequeathe my sole to God that give it and my body to buried in Christian buriall at the discretione of my Executor or Executrix hereafter nominated.

Item My Debts being firste paide I leave my hole persnall estate in the hands of my loving wife Mary Doodes during the time of her widowhood and if Inkase she should marry againe then my will is thatt my sonn Doodes Minor's children shall have the one half of my Negroes forthwith delivered into the possession of there father for the sole use & behoufe of them while such time that it shall please God to take him away & then to Redound to the use of there Mother during the time of her widowhood & afterwards to them solely & Inkase of the Mortality of ither without issue the survivors to succeed thereon and the other half to be forthwith delivered into the possession of Peter Montague for the sole use of his wife which is now living and afterwards to the sole use of her children & Inkase of the Mortality of ither of them without issue the Survivore to succeed thereon as abovesd & soe to Remaine them & there Increase male and female & not to be sould nor Morgadged & further my will is that the two ould Negroes Degoe & Pallis his wife shall serve but ten years after my desease & then to be free & Doe make my loving wife Mary Doodes & my loving friend William Chance my sold Executor & Executrix to see my will truly performed in witness whereof I here unto sett my hand and seale the 13 day of December 1677, & None of My other Negroes to serve any longer than fourty five yeares a. sold them nor there Increase.
Maindort Doodes [seal]
William Chance
Silvt Blizard
Probat in Cur Com Midde 7 die January 1677 at Recordat 9 die sequent
Teste Chr Robinson Clerk

Will of Doodes Minor
In the name of God. Amen. I Doodes Minor of the County of Middlesex being of sound and Perfect mind and Memory Do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following and first and chiefly I bequeath my soul to God who gave it hoping through the merit of my Blessed Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus to obtain perfect forgiveness and Remission of all my sins and as touching such worldly goods as God of his great goodness hath bestowed upon me I do Dispose of the same as followeth, and do commit my body to ye earth from whence it was taken to be Decently buried at ye Discretion of my Exra hereafter named.
Imp I give and bequeath to my loving son Minor Minor my seal gold ring.
Item I give and bequeath to my loving grand Daughter Elizabeth Mickleburrough one Silver Mugg to be Delivered to her immediately after my now wife's disease or if she should marry then this to be delivered as aforesd.
Item I lend unto my loving wife Elizabeth Minor During her widdowhood all and singular my goods and chattels of what nature of quality soever the same be together with all Debts whatsoever and it is my will that ye same Do Remain upon my now dwelling plantation to be managed as she shall think convenient During her widdowhood as aforesd and when she shall Intermarry (or at her death) then I give the same as is aforesd to my fower sons, that is to say, Minor Minor Wm Minor Garat Minor & Peter Minor to be equally Divided Between them.
Item It is my will that my loving wife Elizabeth Minor Do Remain upon and be peaceably possessed wth my dwelling plantation During her widdowhood and also that she have liberty to fell and make use of any timber upon any part of my land for ye good and Benefit of ye sd plantation.
Item I give and bequeath to my loving sons Minor Minor, Wm Minor Garat Minor & Peter Minor all and every part and parsill of Land wch I die possessed of in the upper part of this County of Middlesex to be equally divided Between them to them and to their Lawfull heirs forever and if any of them shall dy without such heirs then and in such a case it is my will that their part of my land Be equally Divided among my surviving Children.
Item I do Constitute and appoint my loving wife Elizabeth Minor and my loving sons Minor Minor and Wm Minor to be my Lawfull Exrs. of this my last will and testament and I doe request my loving friends Mr Maurice Cock Mr Tobias Mickleburrough Mr Wm Montague and Jno Smith to make an equall Division of my land and other estate at the time appointed Between my then surviving sons having regard to the quality and after Division it is my will yt my eldest sons when he shall come of age to have his first choyce and so successively as they shall come of age to be Possessed with their part or share of land and I do deliver this to the world as my last will and testament making Voyd all former wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I do hereunto sett my hand and fix my seal this 13th day of November Anno 1694.
These words Interlined before signing (upon their part of: of Land).

Doodes Minor [Seal]

Signed and Sealed in Presence of Maurice Cock Nicolas Curtis Arthur Hancock John Smith

Att a Court held for the County of Middlesex &c ye 27th day of May 1695 Mr. Maurice Cock Mr. Jno Smith and Arthur Hancock made oath that they see the above named Doodes Minor sign seal and publish the above written will to be his last will and testament and that he was then in perfect mine and memory.
Teste Edwin Thacker, Clerk