A portion of the Charles City County Record Book, 1692-1700, taken from the Charles City courthouse in 1862 during the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War, was returned to the Library of Virginia in 2016 by a Pennsylvania family who had cared for it for over three decades. It was reunited with another portion of the record book that had been returned to Virginia decades earlier.
The order of these images are interrupted as the transcriptions come online. Use the search box for the finished ones. This is pretty cool. The transcriptions from the search are not only from the Charles Citty records but other records as well.
I’m bogged down with work and haven’t had time to properly search these new documents. My main interest is the hope of finding new info on a James Anderson of this time period. He vanishes about mid 1690s. (He was associated with James Thweat and others).
Meanwhile I did find this mention of a will for one Joseph Wall… much controversy concerning the WALL families still perplexes us. This is a fresh bone to chew on…
Here is somewhat of a synopsis…
I have some notes elsewhere you can find with a search of “joseph wall”…
Ah… a tidbit…
This is “smoking gun” proof that Mathew Anderson was the son of Reynard Anderson. I suspect this James Anderson is his brother- 1. because Ten pounds “Money” was changed hands. 2. because the land was formerly James Thweatt’s. James Anderson married the daughter of Thweatt (Elizabeth). It is possible however, that this James is the nephew of Mathew.
This Indenture Made the Second day of Feabrury in the
Eleventh Yeare of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King William of England Scotland France Ireland & in the Year of our Lord God one seven hundred Between Mathew Anderson of the prish of Bristoll in Charles Citty County of ye one party and James Anderson of ye aforesaid prish and County of the other partie witnesseth that he the said Mathew Anderson for the valuable consideration of Ten pounds Sterling Money according to agreement between them well & truly satisfied and paid where of and of Every part & parcel whereof the said Mathew Anderson Doth free quite & for Ever Discharge the sd James Anderson his heirs & assignes & hath for him & his heirs given granted Bargained Sold Assigned over Enfeofed & confirmed & doth by these presents give grant Bargaine Sell assigned over enfeosesand confirm to him the sd James Anderson his heirs & Assignes for ever one prsell of land Containing about one hundred Acres of land more or less in the present possesion of him the sd Mathew Anderson with all the priveleges profitts and Emmolliments thereunto belonging to him the sd James Anderson his heirs and assinges for Ever the sd Land being due unto the side Mathew Anderson by the Last will & Testament of his father Rainard Anderson Deseast & being all & everie part of the Land due to him out of a Conveiance made over to his father by James Thweatt & bounding as by the said will it is Exprest to have & to hold the sd Hundred Acres of Land more or less & all the appartenances thereto belonging to him the said James Anderson his heirs and assignes forever in as Large and ample maner to all intents & purposes as he the sd Mathew Anderson or any Other might or could Enjoy the same & further the said Mathew Anderson Doth for himself his heirs Executr & Administraters Covenant promise & agree to and with the sd James Anderson or any Other person or persons Claiming under him or his heirs by or with his present consent or procurement and that he the said James Anderson his heirs or assigned shall peaceable & quietly posses & Enjoy all the before Recited premises without the Least hindrance or Molestation of him ye sd Mathew Anderson his heirs or assigns In witness whereof the sd Mathew Anderson hath hereunto sett his hand & seal the Day & Years first above written
Signed Sealed & Delivered
In prsents of
Joseph (his X mark) Patison
Charles City Cont Cur Mathew Anderson seal
Att Westover March ye 4th 1699 This
Deed was acknowledged In open Court
By ye sd Mathew Anderson To ye
sd James Anderson and at his motion
the same is ordered to be Recorded
and accordingly is truly recorded
Test Ino Paytor? Cl Cur
Background on these Virginia Andersons can be found at this site: Click on the Reynard Anderson link:
The author of the site (Patrick Anderson) has purported that James Anderson, son of Reynard Anderson, died before 1704. Further he speculates that he had sons and they became wards of Mathew Anderson (his brother). The evidence points to that conclusion.
My interest has been to track these folks to see if any may have migrated to North Carolina. My efforts have found only one in the Colonial Period. That would be one John Anderson who had property near modern Halifax. He did not remain and returned to Virginia, leaving a will. At this point I have to conclude that the James Anderson near the Halifax area from about 1716 to the mid 1720s is not one of these Virginians. I am left stumped.
Another track of raw research, particularly for these new records from Charles Citty, is the STURDIVANT line. The immigrant Sturdivant was an Indian Trader employed by William Byrd II… he was killed while out trading and it is an interesting tale. But more to my research, he likely had an ANDERSON who married into his line. I suspect that there is a connection of that Anderson to the Peter Anderson clan who settled near Halifax, NC. Somehow there seems to be a connection to the Prince George County, VA Andersons and Halifax, NC. So my hunt continues…
And so, interestingly and oddly enough, after my notes above, and as I transcribed another of the Charles Citty documents… I find this mention of a Sturdivant… and on the same page a note of the death of Mathew Anderson. So I am again dumbfounded. Is this the older Mathew Anderson, son of Reynard, or is it a son of James Anderson. (note the mention of “6 diaper napkins”… seemingly a reference to a baby)
And note each document refers to the same third person- James Savoker (Saveker)
Know all men by these presents yt I Elizabeth Sturdivant of ye prish of bristoll in Charles Citty County have made ordained Constituted & appoynted and by these psts doe make ordaine Constitute and apoynt Robert Bolly of ye same parish & County Govt my true & Lawful attorney for me and in my stead and name att ye next Court att Westover holden in & for ye County of Charles Citty aforsd then & there for most in my name to Deliver & acknowledge as my act & Deed unto James Savoker or his Assignes one Indenture Whereunt[o] Thus already sealed bearing ognall date wth these pnts and made between Chischester Sturdivant & ye sd Elizabeth his wife ye one part and ye aforsd James Sovoker of ye other part. As by ye sd Indenture may more fully and att large apeare wch Indenture after ye same shall be soe Delivered by ye sd Atorney I ye sd Eliz. Sturdivant doe promise & these pnts yt it shall be my efectual Deed in Law to all intents construction & purposes as if my self were yhere present yo acknowledge ye same In Witness whereof I have unto sett my hand & seale this secont day of novemr in ye yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred ninty and six_
Sealed & dvd in pnts of
Evan Evans Elizabeth E (her mark) Sturdivant
Proved in Court by the oath of Evan Evans
November 3 1696 Test James Minge
Goods Recd By James Saveker for Mathew Andersons Estate
To 24 [?] of new puter………………………….at……………………..1: 4: 0
To 1 oval table……………………………………..at…………………….1: 5: 0
To 6 plates………………………………………….at 1/4………………. 0: 8: 0
To one flagon……………………………………….at……………………0: 8: 0
To 4 leather chares……………………………….at 5/………………..1: 0:0
To 1 bed & furniture………………………………at……………………4: 10:0
To 1 looking glass…………………………………at……………………0: 6: 0
To 1 pr of curtains an Vall………………………at……………………0: 18: 0
To 1 iron pott [26?] pott hooks……………….at……………………0: 9:8
To 6 diaper napkins………………………….at…………………….0: 6: 0
To 1 pr of Roland sheets 1 table cloth…….at…………………….1: 10: 0
To 1 Callico Carpitt……………………………….at…………………….0: 8: 0
To 2 cows and 2 stears…………………………at……………………..5: 0: 0
17: 12: 08
This Chichester Sturdivant is a known son of the immigrant John Sturdivant (the Indian Trader killed while out trading).
A snippet from Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5: Families G-P…. to whet your appetite…
So the clues are in these new records… (I ran across other references to the Sturdivants and have to re-find them… they have to be transcribed before they can be searched… hint, hint)…
A Mathew Sturdivant and Biggins Sturdivant relocated from Prince George, VA to Halifax, NC…. also staring you detectives in the face is the fact that a Sturdivant descendant had a middle name of ANDERSON… hence my suspicion that an Anderson daughter from Prince George married into the family. Who was she?
07 Sep. 1757 Edgecombe Co. deed, 6-345, Smith to Sturdivant, witness Peter Anderson. 23 Sep.
1758 Edgecombe Co. deed, 6-341, Adams to Peter Anderson, 100 acres on Dry Pond Swamp joining Adams, witnessed by Weldon and Bigins Sturdivant.
Edgecombe County Court Minutes 1744-1762, Pub. GoldenWest Marketing Genealogy, March 1988
[XX]-XX* * the unbracketed numbers refer to original page numbers
Peter Anderson-17 (Feb 175_-Jun 1758) On Motion of Bigans Sturdivant Order’d that a Summ. Issue for Joshua Tatum & Peter Anderson Evidences to a Deed of Feefment, from James Smith to the sd. Biggans, to appear here at Next Court to prove the sd. Deed. (this paragraph crossed out in original) -25 (Jun 1758-Sep 1758) Sackfd. Adams to Peter Anderson Deed proved by Bigins Sturdivant James Smith to Biggans Sturdivant Deed proved Peter Anderson
My earlier thoughts are here…
It is assumed that Henry relocated to another county sometime after 1830.
I am now playing with the theory that this Henry Anderson “might” be a son of George Anderson Sr. or another son of William Anderson d1789. While a son Henry is noted in William’s will of 1789, he is nowhere to be found in this 1791 Inventory where all of the others are noted (excepting Absala Vaughn whom we suspect has died). But then it may be assumed his legacy is written in the will as “land”; therefore no need to mention.
I am “convinced” there was only one George (born 1756) and his son George Jr (born 1798).
I think the census bears that out… however, I think it is obvious he had a “first” family.
In this Rev War deposition, George Jr (b. 1798) relates that HIS mother left 6 living heirs. This is 1853 and they are all living in Tenn. George Jr is petitioning (he was denied) for a year of pension money he felt was due his mother.
On August 1, 1853 in Henderson County Tennessee, George Anderson filed a claim for the pension due his father from September 4, 1836 to September 4 1837 and the amount due his mother, Jane Anderson, as the widow of a revolutionary war pensioner; that his father died in Henderson County Tennessee the last of August 1837; that his mother Jane lived until the last of March 1838 and was survived by six living heirs, George Anderson, John Anderson, Nancy Anderson, now Nancy Halions [?], Rebecca Anderson, Sally Anderson, now Sally Taylor, Polly Anderson now Polly Lee.
So above is the complete “Second Family” of wife Jane.
1790……………………….. 1 male (head of household)
1 male under 16
2 females (including head)
1 to 10
1 to 16
1 to 45
3 to 10 (female)
1 to 16 (female)
1 to 45 (female)
1 free other
1 to 10
1 to 16
1 0ver 45
3 to 10 (female)
1 to 16 (female)
2 to 26 (female)
1 over 45 (female)
In the 1800 census son George Jr is shown (born 1798) but son John is not born until AFTER 1800 so he is not shown but there is clearly an older male. That son is clearly in the 1790 census.
Also I am thinking that the female in 1790 may be a daughter?
Note the older (daughters?) in 1810. (between 16 and 26)
So… gathering my thoughts……. George Sr is about 20 in 1776… exits Rev War about 1781… age about 25/26.
Starts his first family about this time… per the 1800 census, the son is under 16… so possibly born 1786/7.
As long as I have been playing this genealogy game… about 17 years now…this JUST NOW resonates in my mind. Once you realize it then it is something you look for. (To be crass… the old boys did not have birth control and for that matter, more kids to maintain the homestead was a GOOD THING.)
It was fairly common for either a husband or wife to die and they QUICKLY REMARRIED…
Below is the marriage bond for Henry Anderson and Lovey Staton. (credit: familysearch.org)
Marriages of Early Edgecombe County N.C. 1733-1868 by Williams & Griffin
Anderson, Henry – Lovey Staton, ———–1799, George Anderson,(w) S. Wren.
According to the Will abstract below Lovey Staton was married before 1813. (I assume this is a mistake of the name ANDREWS for ANDERSON… it clearly reads ANDREWS in the document however). It has been reasonably proven that this is a mistake.
Gammon Vol II
(362) JESSE (X) STATON 8 Oct 1812 May Ct 1813 O E/58
Wife REBECAH STATON – lend 120 acres of land, Negroes Pompy, Charlot and her son Stephen, horses, table, bofat, looking glass, etc., all for her lifetime
or widowhood. Son FREDERICK STATON – Negro Reuben which he already has,
bed, etc. Son THOMAS STATON – reversion of fire dogs at my wife’s death.
Daughter SARAH MANNING – ten dollars. Daughter LOVEY ANDREWS – reversion of Negroes Charlot and her son Stephen at my wife’s death, but if LOVEY dies without issue these Negroes shall be divided among my three sons FREDERICK STATON, THOMAS STATON and BYTHEL STATON. Son BYTHEL STATON – my land, except for the portion loaned my wife, and he may have it all at my wife’s death, but if he dies without issue this property shall be divided between
my sons FREDERICK and THOMAS. Residue of estate to be divided between sons FREDERICK and THOMAS.
Ex. MICAJAH MAYO, sons THOMAS and BYTHEL
Wit. WILLIAM (X) BARFELL, JAMES STATON
This deed abstract clearly has them married at year 1801:
Edgecombe Co. N.C. Deeds Vol. 6: 1798-1802 by Stephen Bradley Jr.
751-(110) Henry(x)Anderson & his wife Love of Edgcomb Co to Edward Griffin of same.
24 Feb 1801. £15s5. 20 ¼ acres & 25 poles on the north side of Folks Branch, joining Lewis Fort, sd Anderson. Wit: Starling Waller. Proved Aug Ct 1801. Edward Hall C
So (gathering my thoughts again and thinking out loud)… considering the 1790 and 1800 census info… George Sr appears to have a son (or other possible relation) seemingly born about 1786ish (under 16 in 1800).
I do not know who that person was. But according to the deed above and this deed below it cannot be the Henry Anderson who married Lovey Staton.
Refer my map here… I consider this overwhelming proof of Henry Anderson disposing of part of his INHERITED property from his father William Anderson d1789. This also seems to prove that the widow Mourning (Price) Anderson has died by 1795. As much as I fumble with theories, this simply cannot be denied.
Edgecombe Co. NC Deeds Vol. 4: 1786-1794 by Stephen Bradley Jr.
Deed Book 8 pg 61
558-(586) Henry(x)Anderson of Edgecombe Co to George Anderson of same. 24 Dec 1795. 10£. 20 acres which was part of a deed from Elijah Horn to William Anderson 26 Jan 1787, on the south side of Tar River, joining Brakes Branch, Falks Branch. Wit: W.R. Gray, Jos Pitt, Mitchll Dormon. Proved Nov Ct 1796. Edward Hall CC
My thoughts are that the Henry Anderson/Lovey Staton is the brother of George Anderson Sr.
So who is the male in the 1790/1800 census? And who are the older females?
Some more speculation… unless and until any new facts emerge that there was another George Anderson south of the Tar River near Faulks Branch just after the Revolution then I have to assume that it is my ancestor who was married to a “Rachel” prior to his marriage to Jane (maiden name unknown).
Bottom line… per the will of William Anderson d.1789, there is nothing specific to arrive at a birthdate for his son Henry Anderson. So he is still somewhat of an enigma.
Perhaps one of my most absurd questions of all time… is it possible that these were 2 different Henrys in the 2 deeds above? (24 Dec 1795 and 24 Feb 1801).
Some notes of my friend David…
Ct. 1835, James Griffin and Rachel Griffin, his wife and Nancy Jones to
Zachariah Griffin, Edge. Co. for $400 a tract of land containing 187
acres being the same tract of land said James Griffin bought of James
W. (Wauhop) of Patrick Co., VA, and also the land belonging to the said
James Griffin in right of his wife, Rachel and said Nancy Jones which
fell to them by the death of the late Allen Jones, dec’d all of our
right title & interest after reserving to the widow of the said dec’d
her dower of said tract of land, signed James Griffin, Rachel Griffin
(X), Nancy Jones (X), wit. J.C. Knight, Willie (Many), proved by
Knight. Abstracted 9-28-01, FHC film 0370237, CTC. (note this is 2 parcels of property)
William Griffin, Edge. Co to Henry Anderson, county aforesaid for $110
all his right to the tract said Griffin is now possessed of containing
40 acres beginning at a pine in the run of the branch then nearly a
north course along the fence to a pine corner then nearly east along
James S. Battle’s line to a black gum then south along Elizabeth
Griffin’s line to a post oak in said E. Griffin’s line then nearly
south to a sassafras stake then nearly west to a hickory then nearly
south to an ash a corner then up the various courses of said branch to
a pine beginning, it being a part of the land where I now live, signed
William Griffin, wit Robt. Bryan, J.W. Calhoon, proved by Jno. W.
Cahoon. Abstracted 9 Oct 08, NCA film C.037.40018, CTC.
Edge. Co. Db 7, page 346, deed date 14 Jan 1794, recorded Feb Ct 1794,
Wm Griffin to George Anderson, each of Edge. Co for 12 pounds, a tract
of land containing 44 acres, beginning at a poplar & white oak (Henry
Anderson) line then along a line of marked trees to a pine in Wm
Griffis line then along the said Griffis line to a corner post oak
Henry Anderson’s line to the first station, signed William Griffis (M),
wit George Narsworthy (proved), Saml Ruffin. Abstracted 2-13-05, NCA
film C.037.40008, CTC.*******
DB 8/586 24 Dec 1795
Henry (X) Anderson to George Anderson, both of Edgecombe
For 10 pounds, 20 acres that was part of a deed from Elijah Horn to William Anderson, 26 June 1787, on the south side of the Tar River, adj. Brake’s Branch, Falk’s Branch.
Wit. W.R. Gray, Jos. Pitt, Mitchell Dorman
This is definitely Henry son of 1789 William, selling part of that 136 acre tract. Now he has 116 acres left.
DB 10/110 24 Feb. 1801
Henry (X) Anderson and wife Love to Edward Griffin, all of Edgecombe
For 15 pounds, 5 shillings, 20 ¼ acres and 25 poles on the north side of Folks Branch, adj. Lewis Fort, said Anderson.
Wit. Thomas Guion, Starling Waller
Because of the reference to Folk’s Branch, we believe this to be Henry son of 1789 William. He has already sold 20 acres of the original 136 acres, so now he is left with 95 ¾ acres.
DB 16/336 27 Feb 1819
Josiah Worrell to Henry Anderson
For $600, 120 acres on Buck Swamp on the south side of the Tar River, adj. Ross, Moses Price, and Price’s old plantation.
Wit. Spencer D. Cotton, William Allsbrook
If this is Henry son of 1789 William, he now owns this 120 tract, plus 95 ¾ acres near Folk’s Branch.
DB 16/336 27 March 1819
Henry (X) Anderson to Josiah Worrell
For $275 and 25 cents, 91 3/4 acres where the said Henry Anderson now lives, on the south side of the Tar River, on Folks Branch, adj. Henry Austin, Folks Branch, Rachel Anderson, James Battle, and George Anderson.
Wit. Jesse Andrews, James (X) Anderson
This ¾ of an acre looks suspicious. It makes me wonder if indeed this is Henry son of 1789 William, and he has now sold all of Mourning’s dower lands. True, it is “off” by four acres – but that doesn’t worry me a lot. If we are right, then now Henry son of 1789 William only owns 120 acres on Buck Swamp.
DB 22/415 24 Feb 1838
William Griffin to Henry Anderson
For $110, 40 acres on the north side of Falk’s Branch, lying on the branch and adj. James S. Battle and Elizabeth Griffin.
Wit. Robert Bryan, John W. Cahoon
This could be the Henry who married Martha Brake.
DB 22/426 16 Dec 1839
Whereas in his will, Zachariah Griffin requested that certain of his lands were to be sold by his executors Jesse C. Knight and Margaret Griffin, the following sale was made: For $437, the said executors sold to Henry Anderson 134 ¾ acres at the fork of Brake’s Branch, adj. the Grapy (Grassy?) Branch, Johnson’s corner, and Thomas Griffin.
Wit. John Garrett, B.F. Knight
This is definitely the Henry who married Martha Brake. It’s getting late for it to be Henry son of 1789 William.
DB 22/616 24 Jan 1840
Henry (Z) Anderson (signed as Harry Anderson) to Elizabeth Anderson
For ____, 40 acres on the north side of Falk Branch adj. said branch, James S. Battle, said Elizabeth Anderson, being land Henry Anderson bought of William Griffin.
Wit. C.B. Killebrew. William Simmons
This could be the Henry who married Martha Brake.
DB 39/179 24 Nov 1851
Sheriff’s Sale of 100 acres adj. R.S. Petway, William Brake, and William Worsley, Jr., sold to Henry Anderson, for eight dollars.
I have no clue – if this is the Henry who married Martha Brake, then he got rid of this land before his death.
DB 30/734 22 March 1867
Because of a case in the Court of Equity, Spring 1861, by George Anderson, Joseph J. Anderson, Mary Anderson, and Barshaba Anderson, infants with their guardian Churchwell B. Killebrew, versus Wright Williams and wife Helen, it is shown that a parcel of land was ordered to sold to make a division among the said petitioners and the said Helen, all children of Henry Anderson, deceased. Land was 134 ¾ acres, lying on Deloach’s Branch and adj. George W. Killebrew and James H. Griffin. Land was sold to William Norfleet for $750.
Interestingly enough, William Norfleet was son of the Isaac Norfleet who bought all the land from the heirs of 1801 Henry. This William Norfleet was born 1814, died 1871, never married, and was a lawyer. When he died, he left all his lands to two former slaves.
If this is the James Griffin I discuss, it may offer some clues…
Here I go theorizing again…
If the sister of Allen Jones,i.e., Rachel Jones, married an unknown ANDERSON and that husband died… she would be Rachel (Jones) Anderson to explain the marriage of James Griffin in 1825. In other words: Rachel (Jones) (Anderson) Griffin after the “apparent” death of James Griffin prior t0 1837. A twice-widow by 1837.
My friend Joani Taylor has noted an Allen Jones mentioned as a grandson in the 1788 will of Gregory Stallings. If such is the case he perhaps would be of the 1780ish generation. Since Rachel is his sister she also would be of that generation (unless some quirky second marriage- second family goofiness). Thus making her an older woman in 1825.
Can that explain this?:
from Watson’s “Kinfolks”… Deed Book 17, page 246 May 1, 1820 Rachel Anderson makes a deed of gift to her daughter Elizabeth Anderson and to her grandsons Bennett Anderson, George Anderson, and Gralndes Anderson. (sic)
If so… who was her deceased husband?
Is there a plausible explanation for no estate papers for James Griffin?
The Estate Sale of Allen Jones is a Who’s Who of Andersons in this area… including a Henry Anderson and a Gary Anderson. Also a suspicious Rachel Griffis?
The will of Gregory Stallings 1788 (highlighting Allen Jones and Stalling’s daughter Rachel m. ____ Jones. It makes sense that a daughter would be named Rachel also…
As I keep deluding myself that I have a concrete clue to build upon to figure these folks out, another roadblock shows up…
As I mentioned above: the mystery Rachel Griffi”S” (as opposed to “GriffiN”. Is this intentional or a misspelling?
In 1830 she is HH, between 50-60 years old. In the deed of division of the estate of Allen Jones she is clearly referenced as “adjoining”. And the different spelling is present for her and James Griffin/Rachel Griffin. My assumption is that she is a separate woman entirely with an utterly aggravating last name. Who in hell is she?
Edge. Co. Db 20, page 288, deed date 25 Aug 1832, recorded Aug Ct 1832, division of the land of Allen Jones, dec’d, lot 1 to Mary Worrel beginning at a pine in James S. Battle’s line then south 70 poles to a black gum on the south side of Folks Branch then south 50 east 20 poles to a black gum on said branch then south 6 west 40 poles to a hickory then east 52 poles to a pine then north 46 poles to a holly and ash on said branch then north 20 west 122 poles to a sassafras then to first station, containing 39 3/4 acres; lot 2 to Nancy Jones beginning at a stake in the field and running south 88 east 150 poles to a pine in a small branch then south 25 west to a small gum on said branch Rachel Griffis corner then north 86 west 38 poles to a stake Rachel Griffis other corner then south 5 east to a stake then south 87 east 16 poles to a small hickory then south 5 west 16 poles to a ash in Folk’s Branch then south 88 west 40 poles to a holly and ash on said branch then north 20 west to first station containing 37 acres and pay #1 $2.75; lot # 3 to James Griffin in right of his wife Rachel beginning at a stake field corner of lot #2 then south 88 east 150 poles to a pine in a small branch then north 25 east to a gum and oak on said branch then north 74 west 128 poles along a line of marked trees in Joab S. Battle’s line then west 67 poles to a sassafras corner of lot #1 then south 20 east 55 poles to first station, containing 37 acres and pay to lot #1 $2.75, signed ?. Abstracted 12-12-00, FHC film 0018895, CTC.
Joani Taylor has an observation that is important if we can just unravel the puzzle:
DB 22/616 24 Jan 1840
Henry Anderson (signed as Harry Anderson) to Elizabeth Anderson
For ____, 40 acres on the north side of Falk Branch adj. said branch, James S. Battle, said Elizabeth Anderson, being land Henry Anderson bought of William Griffin.
Wit. C.B. Killebrew. William Simmons
Remember William Griffin had the land from Catherine Williams Jones, wife of Allen Jones, they had no kids, she married William Griffin and kept her dower, Allen’s siblings got the rest of his land
William Brake was married to Catherine Griffin, Williams Griffin’s sister the mortgage was to nephew James H Griffin, son of Jane Waller and Thomas Griffin, another brother. Thomas Griffin lived next to Reuben Johnston too.
Henry R was living on the land he traded Josiah Worrell
(this slave transaction substantiates Catherine (Williams) Griffin and the note of her death)…
Edge. Co. Db 24, page 140, deed date 11 Apr 1846, recorded ?, William
Griffin, Edge. Co to Robert Braswell, for ?, my share (1?5 part) of the
slaves left to my deceased wife, Catherine Griffin, formerly Catherine
Williams by the will of her father, Burrell Williams, to wit, ( ),
Dinnah, Rachel, Frank, signed William Griffin, wit Francis Griffin,
Henry Williams. Abstracted 11-29-04, NCA film C.037.40018, CTC.
No, seriously, a damn pond has me all in a mental turmoil… the question with myself is could a “particular” pond be 400 years old? Bear with me – I’ll get to it.
Hugh Campbell… who the hell was this guy? He shows up around 1685 or so? and starts buying up more damn property than Rush Limbaugh has sponsors on his radio show.
A nice guy… he gives away land in 3 counties for “schools”. The counties were IOW, Nansemond and maybe “Norfolk” wherever that was “officially”? Say around 1700.
But back to the damn pond… later.
Several years ago I “mapped” Robert Pitts patent… and dutifully wrote all my words of wisdom about his doings and the aftermath of all his doings and his descendants. Little did I realize that I was talking out of my ass. (for lack of a better terminology… I’m a ground to earth kind of guy).
This Hugh Campbell guy swoops in and buys ALL the land of Robert Pitt. Coll Pitt was a hotshot from England with entangling alliances which leave his descendants all aquiver with “stuff” which is just plain fun genealogically.
But I draw maps. I get distraught and upset when some interloper comes in and messes up my damn maps.
Here… just look at the proof…
See that 1200 acres that the good Coll Pitt acquired? I worked my ass off to figure out where that nifty little curved arrow DEFINED where this land actually was. This patent, in my opinion, can be considered a first proof. Go ahead… bring up an expert to refute me. I dare you.
And now I confront this… Mr Campbell buys the said property. What 1699? 98?… I don’t give a damn… he bought the whole damn property! (45 YEARS later)
Look at it!
So every thing that you and I thought about this particular patent (‘land’ in common terms) is brought into QUESTION. What we thought we know ain’t necessarily so. (Considering his descendants.)
The damn POND will be the proof of where Giles Driver and Ambrose Bennet had their land.
Like I stated…I’m a mapper… south of here is a pond I think is 400 years old which will tell the tale…
If I can do it… I will map Ambrose Bennett, Giles Driver and Robert Bracewell… it all depends on the “pond”. If my hunch is correct.
Oh… here is the pond… use Google maps to find it…
My simple reason for thinking it may be 400+ years old is the feeder creek leading to it… from Cypress Creek
Oh… and no one to my knowledge has ever been able to do what I am attempting here,,, so I have that going for me…
My IOW map is “not ready for prime time” and I am still revising away. But I just got this comment and have a few things to say…
In my research of the Jolly family I found a land grant in Bertie Co., NC issued to Thomas Goodson 150 acres south of the Maherrin River Dec. 1, 1727. ………”Beginning at a pine Thomas Boons corner tree standing in the Wild Cat Swamp……..” Thomas Goodson married Elizabeth Jolly who was the daughter of James Jolly of Isle of Wight Co., my 6th great grandfather. When Thomas Goodson died in 1761 he and his family lived in Tarboro, NC. His will stated that he left half of his lot No. 57 in Tarboro to his daughter Winne and the other half to his wife Elizabeth.
William Jolly of IOW just happens to be on my radar, along with some other folks. And they are all centered around The Pond. The Pond is noted by the asterisk:
The base map is dated about 1920 or so… making those ponds at least 100 years old.
If I can “accurately place” Ambrose Bennet’s 1641 patent then all the other landowners will fall in place and I can merrily proceed with my mapping. My ranting about Robert Pitt’s 1654 patent is another milestone. Hugh Campbell purchased his land in 1698/9. So that is accurate… the metes and bounds of his freshly minted patent 45 years later is verbatim .
Robert Coleman purchased 300 acres of Ambrose Bennet’s land in 1667… and you can see it represented above. Coleman’s patent noted The Pond. Likewise with Hugh Campbell’s later purchase of the same land in 1699. Likewise William Jolly’s patent mentions it in 1704.
A major difference to Campbell’s later patent can be seen (I have both patents shown on the map above). And the difference is purchases which involved Giles Driver. Hugh Campbell also purchased part of Giles Driver’s land. Just as with a jig saw puzzle, I need to have those “anchor points” to connect the other pieces.
So these are the hoops I am jumping through to sort out the map. Good Grief. But a good thing about all these mysteries is the tantalizing revelations which are revealed… as to my commenter, just look at William Jolly and his neighbors after 1700. Note Mary Jolly (Corne Swamp) and the earlier John Jolly. Good clues…
A few years back I grabbed my high school aged grandson and headed off to Edgecombe County, NC… the Archives at Raleigh, then on to the Petersburg battlefield… spent a day at Monticello and circled back for a drive thru Isle of Wight, VA. Then back to SW Florida. We had a ball…
I know you folks like to blab about such things… well, here you go… looks like good fun…
Well actually I think a Chinese firm purchased Smithfield Hams in IOW but be that as it may…
I have been wrenched of my erroneous? preconception of where Col. Nathaniel Bacon held a 1075 acre patent. And it ignited my fascination of several folks in 1600s IOW. Namely several HARRIS and BRANTLEY families.
An Ancient History newspaper article from way back in 1971 caught my eye:
So without further ado… I will attempt to locate Bacon’s land with the idea per the article that Bacon’s patent was near Wrenn’s Mill… the 1652 and 1663 renewal:
“To all &tc Whereas… grant… Colo Nathaniel Bacon Esq. 1075 ares…IOW… upon a ‘BRANCH’ of the Pagan creek Beginning at the southernmost point of the Cross Creek where Anthony Jones Land Beginneth & running over the said Creek NE x N 50 poles. then N x E 48 to a pine where WILLIAM SMITHs line Beginneth thence along Smiths Land NE x N 320 po, thence S 1/2 pt E 884 po to [an oak] thence SSW 190 po to a pokekory, thence W x S 244 po to the miles end of John Sparks Land and so along the said Sparke’s and Jones’s Land to the place Where it Began … said land renewed 1663”
Mentioned above is Anthony Jones which is helpful to locate this land…
It is my notation above concerning James River… the Jones Patent is useful but does not help much as far as me mapping the damn thing… so I hunted down another patent to where Jones sold it… now we get some meat on the bones…
Smith genealogists will clearly be interested because this Nicholas Smith obviously morphs into William Smith by the time of the Nathaniel Bacon patent. (renewed in 1663).
This still is not enough to “place” the patent… so a little more digging- it seems Anthony Jones had another patent:
MR ANTHONY JONES, 500 acres, 2 June 1635, upon east side of Pagan Point Creek, beg. At Cross Creek and running southerly to land of John Sparkes for trans. of 10 servts.
Another reference is here but this land is clearly not the area of the mystery “branch” of Pagan Creek I am looking for. This “hunt” is beginning to smell a bit fishy.
WILLIAM SMITH, 700 acres Sept. 29, 1645. Lying near Pagan Point, adj. Anthony Jones, Tristram Nosworthy, Nicholas Smith and Capt. John Upton, S. W. upon Hutchinsons Cr., also 225 acres of marsh land, 500 acres due for trans. of 10 pers. by his late father, William Smith, and 425 by assignment of rights of 9 pers. by Anthony Jones.
This is perplexing as hell! This obviously matches to the Bacon patent… Jones and Sparks are duly shown as adjoining landowners. But this patent declares Jones to be:
on the East side of Pagan point Creek! But the patent states “begins at a creek called the Cross Creek and runs southerly to John Sparks. That part makes map sense. And what does this mean? “Westerly upon the river” I have to assume the James River. The bit about “Easterly into the woods” I interpret to be the usual and customary 320 poles.
So what to make of it? The author of the newspaper article is a bit quick to castigate the esteemed Mr. Morrison it seems to me… The author, in effect, further compounded the mistake.
My son stopped by last night as I made some Southern spaghetti and we consumed a few Heinekens and a bottle or 2 of a nice wine. With a slight hangover this morning, I again took up this conundrum and have come to the conclusion that the newspaper article of 1971 is bullsh*t (that is hangover language). The Nathaniel Bacon patent for 1075 acres was nowhere even near the modern Wrenn’s Mill pond.
So even with the hangover I think my map of several years ago is closer to the actual truth of where his original patent was. Viz:
I rest my case. But to throw a bone to the good researchers of Isle of Wight, Nathaniel Bacon did have some property “somewhere” in the neighborhood of Wrenn’s Mill Pond and he very well may have built a mill there. I have attempted and so far failed to find his specific land there… but I discuss it and provide several clues in this post:
The dirty secret is that my maps are not always accurate… sue me (smiling). But then again, they might be close enough to get you to where you want to go.
A commenter, Dawn, asks:
Any clues to where “Cabbin Branch” is located on the Blackwater River? I am trying to find Patents circa 1722 for John Branch who received land on both sides of Cabbin Branch and on the south side of the Main Blackwater River in IOW/Southampton VA.
Branch, John. grantee.
grant 18 February 1722.
Summary Location: Isle of Wight County.
Description: 200 acres on the south side of the main Blackwater Swamp, and on both sides of the Cabbin Branch.
Source: Land Office Patents No. 11, 1719-1724, p. 167 (Reel 10).
I had no clue to help her… but then I found another patent a year later (1723)… there was the clue– it referenced “Lightwood Swamp” (which is extant on modern maps). So I shared my little tidbit in the comments. But my curiosity takes over and I delved into the area. And therein were found more clues… Here is a screen shot prior to my changes on the main map.
Note the red circle… in that particular patent (referenced in the written patent itself) is noted the adjacent landowner… it is one Elizabeth BRANCH (and by inference, she is probably a widow). So the clues evolve… this tells me that there was at least one BRANCH family near Lightwood Swamp. Then all hell breaks loose and I go on the hunt. The “hunt” involves searching the Land Patents on the Library of Virginia website. In that hunt I find a John DREW who has several delicious patents which not only refer to Lightwood Swamp but also the mystery “Cabbin Branch”. Cabbin Branch is a ghost record that can only be found by “grouping” a little community of patents.
So as you see from my revisions, the main map will never be “finished” and its real value is in “helping” to narrow down where the Old Folks lived. Note also that I moved other patents around… such is this Jig Saw game… Occasionally however, I will strike gold and there will be no doubt that the placement is “fact” and not mere guesswork. In the case of this John Branch… my hunch is that it is placed within a mile or 2. If more patents can be added it will further narrow him down.
And while I am on my soapbox… this 1720ish era of Old Isle of Wight (which crossed the Blackwater River and ran all the way to North Carolina until 1749) reminds me of a favorite research “source”… that being found on Familysearch.org. Navigate to the Virginia, Isle of Wight records> Churches… click on the Newport Vestry 1723-1772. At image 7 you will start finding records of what I suspect is the BRANCH folks that were in this area… therein are some of those delicious CLUES…
There is the “Widdow Branch” that first piqued my curiosity. Note that she appears to be at the “Mouth of Lightwood Swamp”. But then I can’t have all the fun… enjoy the hunt.