Closer Look at Our Ancestors
Prepared by Members of the
Chesapeake Bay Company
Submissions Editor: Diane Meredith Scott
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NOTE: The last generation listed in lineages following
Ancestor Sketches is one generation above the last
which currently contains the names of living persons, but in no case
includes listing of parents of Members,
The information below was taken from
"Hoskins of Virginia and Related Families" by Charles
Willard Hoskins Warner, published in 1971, and from "The
Beverley Family of Virginia" by John McGill, published in
1951. "Hening's Statutes, Vol. III" also contains much of
Robert Beverley came from near Beverley in Yorkshire,
England to Virginia in 1663. Robert Beverley was Clerk of
the House of Burgesses and served in the Governor's Militia
and rose to the rank of Major. He was a very prominent
figure in Bacon's Rebellion and a close friend of Governor
Berkeley. Major Beverley became a member of the Council, the
upper house of the colonial government. In 1687, when he
died, he was the largest landowner in the history of
Virginia. Major Robert Beverley introduced Whig politics
into Virginia, and remained active in political life and one
of the most colorful and controversial figures of the
Jefferson considered him a forerunner
of the American Revolution by creating antagonism with the
British government. Major Beverley stood by Governor
Berkeley when Bacon led the Rebellion in 1676. When the King
sent Commissioners over to investigate the causes for the
Rebellion, Beverley felt as Berkeley did that the Crown was
ungrateful for their loyalty. Beverley as Clerk of the House
of Burgesses refused the Commissioners' request for the
records – the records were seized by the King's
commissioners and the Burgesses retaliated in support of
Beverley and sent a strong protest to Parliament. Charles II
became antagonized and ordered that Beverley be removed from
his seat on the Council. This was done but he was reinstated
later. Some years later Beverley led the planters in his own
county of Middlesex in the cutting of tobacco plants so that
the price might be increased. The Crown became antagonized
again at Beverley for this, and put him on board a prison
ship in the Rappahannock River. The House of Burgesses and
the Council protested so much that he was released, but was
restricted for the rest of his life to Middlesex County.
His life stimulated his son Robert
Beverley II to write to first history of Virginia, "The
History and Present State of Virginia," published in 1705.
LINEAGE FROM ROBERT BEVERLEY
Robert Beverley I
(b.ca.1630-d.1687) married twice, first to Mrs. Mary Keeble,
the widow of George Keeble of Lancaster, and they had issue:
Peter, Robert, Harry and Mary Beverley.
Harry Beverley did the original
survey of the Town of Tappahannock in 1706 and was on the
survey party that created the boundary line between Virginia
and North Carolina, and was Clerk of the House of Burgesses.
Harry Beverley died in 1730. He married Elizabeth Smith
about 1696. She died in 1720. She was the granddaughter and
heiress of Major General Robert Smith of Brandon in
Middlesex County and his wife Elizabeth Wormeley. Elizabeth
Wormeley was the daughter of Col. Christopher Wormeley and
the niece of Ralph Wormeley I of Rosegill.
Harry Beverley's daughter, Judith
Beverley, born 1710, died 1756, married twice, having
married secondly, Thomas Roy of Port Royal, Caroline County
(born about 1712, died 1772).
Captain Beverley Roy, born
about 1760, died 1820, served in the Revolution, and was a
charter member of the Society of the Cincinnati. Captain
Beverley Roy married Jeanette Dickey, the widow of Robert
Byrd of Poplar Grove in King and Queen County.
Dr. Augustus Gustavus Dunbar Roy
was born at Poplar Grove in King and Queen County in 1804,
and died at Ashdale in Essex County near Center Cross in
1873. His wife was Lucy Carter Garnett. They were married in
1834. She was born in 1816 and died in 1850.
Janet Carter Roy of Ashdale
(1838-1910) lived in the lower end of King and Queen County
with her husband Dr. William Hoskins. Dr. Hoskins was born
in 1833, and died in 1895. He was a major in the Civil War
and a member of the legislature after the war, and the
father-in-law of Attorney General John R. Saunders and
Governor Andrew Jackson Montague. Dr. and Mrs. Hoskins were
the parents of a large family, well known in that area. One
of their daughters married an attorney general of Virginia,
and another married the first twentieth-century governor of
Virginia, and she followed Mary Custis Lee as head of the
Confederate Home for Needy Women.
His son, Willard Dunbar Hoskins(1860-1910)
married Ella Garnett Hundley of Hundley Hall, Essex County.
She was born in 1869 and died in 1910. He was a merchant in
Willard Dunbar Hoskins and Ella
Garnett Hundley the grandparents of Charles Willard Hoskins Warner,
preparer of this Ancestor Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.
The information presented below comes
from a Virginia state highway marker placed near Windmill
Point. Also see article on Henry Fleete in Northern Neck of
Virginia Historical Society Magazine.
"Henry Fleete was born about 1602 in
Kent, England, and moved to Jamestown, Virginia in 1621.
Fleete was seized by the Anacostan Indians during a trading
expedition, and held for five years. He learned their
language and after his release in 1627 became a negotiator
for the Virginia and Maryland colonies. Fleete helped
established Maryland in 1634 and served in its General
Assembly from 1635 to 1638 and in the Virginia House of
Burgesses from 1652 to 1661. He established the boundaries
of Lancaster County when it was created in 1651. In May 1661
Fleete died and was buried at his home here on Fleet's
Henry Fleete had the first patent in
the Colony of Maryland, and he owned thousands of acres in
LINEAGE FROM HENRY FLEETE
Sources for the following are: "The English Ancestry of Henry Fleete,"
pp.109-112; "Americans of Gentle Birth and Their
Ancestors," by Mrs. H. D. Pittman, Editor, Volume I,
pp.248-250 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co.,
Inc.,1970); "Smith Family Bible, 1801-1942,"
Smithfield, King & Queen County, Virginia, copy of which is
in the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
Henry Fleete, Esq. died in
1729; he was Justice and Sheriff of Lancaster County. He
married before 11 April 1701 Elizabeth Wildey, daughter of
William and Jane Wildey.
Captain William Fleete, Esq.,
WP 13 Mar 1734, married 1 Nov 1718 Anne Jones, daughter of
William Jones, Esq. of Middlesex County.
William Fleete, Esq., born 19
Oct 1726, died about 1773, married in 1755 Susannah Walker,
daughter of John and Elizabeth Baylor Walker of King and
Captain William Fleete, Esq.,
of Goshen, King and Queen County, Sheriff of King and Queen,
married Sarah Brown Brooke Tomlin, daughter of Bennet Brooke
and Mary Hill Brooke, of Essex County.
Their daughter, Priscilla Brooke
Fleete, born 1802, died 1876, of Goshen, King and Queen
County, married James Smith, Esq., born 1801 and died 1859,
of Smithfield, King and Queen County, lawyer and planter. He
was the son of William and Ann Throckmorton Smith of Essex
County, Virginia. James Smith was the uncle of the Honorable
George William Smith, Governor of Virginia, who perished in
the Great Theater Fire where Monumental Church was built as
a memorial in Richmond, Virginia. He died trying to save
James William Smith, Esq., born
1828, died 1893, of Smithfield, King and Queen County,
lawyer, planter, Captain of 26th Virginia Infantry, CSA,
married Lelia Olivia Adelaide Ellis, of Linden, Essex
Francis Wyatt Smith, Esq., of
Smithfield, King and Queen County, born 1871, died 1942,
graduated from University of Virginia, member of House of
Delegates 1910-1915, and Judge of King and Queen County,
married Anne Lavinia Ryland, born 1873 and died 1960,
daughter of John Newton and Anne Lavinia Brown Ryland of
Farmington, King and Queen County.
Smith and Anne Lavinia Ryland were the grandparents of Anne Dudley George Hagerty,
preparer of this Ancestor Sketch and Charter Member
of the Chesapeake Bay Company, who married first Reno Harp
III of Richmond. She married secondly Charles Willard
SIR GEORGE YEARDLEY,
Creating a reputation as a leader and dedicated proponent of the
successful colonization in Virginia, George Yeardley served
the fledgling colony as Deputy Governor (1618-1621, 1625)
and also as Governor (1626-1627), and presided over the
convening of the first representative legislative assembly
in North America 30 July 1619. The veteran of more than one
voyage across the Atlantic, his first arrival in Jamestown
was aboard the "Sea Venture." The storm-plagued journey was
the basis of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," and while they
left England in 1609, they were shipwrecked off Bermuda, and
did not reach Jamestown until 1610.
By the time of Yeardley's arrival in Jamestown, his future wife had
already beaten him to it. Temperance Flowerdew arrived in
Jamestown aboard the "Falcon" in 1609, and is one of the few
to survive the difficult "Starving Time" the following
winter. Her family name survives in Flowerdew Hundred, one
of the original "hundreds" along the James River, and the
site of the first windmill on what would become American
soil. Today Flowerdew Hundred is open to the public, and has
a museum which contains a medallion belonging to Sir George
His connection to the Eastern Shore of Virginia began at least as
early as 1620. That year, land there was given to Sir George
Yeardley through Thomas Savage from Debedeavon, "The
Laughing King." Capt. John Smith wrote that Sir George
Yeardley with his company went to Accomack to his new
plantation and stayed there for 6 weeks in the summer of
1620. At the time of his death, he owned 3700 acres on the
Eastern Shore alone.
Yeardley was designated Deputy Governor in 1616 when Sir Thomas
Dale, appointed Governor, returned to England. He returned
to England late in 1617 and stayed there until he was
appointed to replace Samuel Argoll as Governor and
Captain-General of Virginia 18 November 1618. He was
knighted 22 Nov 1618 at Newmarket, and he and wife
Temperance sailed aboard the "George" 10 January 1619,
arriving 19 April 1619 in Jamestown. Declining a second
term, he remained in Virginia as a member of Council and
served as Deputy Governor in 1625 when Wyatt returned to
England. However, Yeardley was commissioned as Governor once
again 4 March 1616/7. He died 13 Nov 1627 and was buried at
Jamestown. Visitors today to Jamestown Island can see what
is acknowledged to be his tomb in the chancel area of the
His will mentioned his house in James City, his lands and houses
within the island of James City and his thousand acres of
land at Stanley in Warwicke River, and he owned 3700 acres
on the Eastern Shore. By the time his will was written, he
had already sold Flowerdew Hundred to Capt. Abraham Piersey.
Sources for the above information include Virginia's Eastern
Shore: A History of Northampton and Accomack Counties,
by Ralph T. Whitelaw (Rockport, ME: Picton Press, 1951,
reprinted 1981), Vol. I; "Parentage and Ancestry of Sir
George Yeardley and Temperance Flowerdew," by Noel Currer-Briggs,
in National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Washington, DC,
Vol. 66, pp.17-28 (1978); The Knights of England: A
complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of
the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England,
Scotland, and Ireland, and of Knights Bachelors, by
William A. Shaw, Litt.D. (Baltimore. MD: Genealogical
Publishing Co., Inc., 1971), Vol. II, p.170; The General
Assembly of Virginia (30 Jul 1619-11 Jan 1978), a
Bicentennial Register of Members, by Cynthia Miller
Leonard; Adventurers of Purse & Person, 1607-1624/25,
revised and edited by Virginia M. Meyer (1974-1981, John
Frederick Dorman (1981-1987), published by Order of First
Families of Virginia, 3rd edition 1987, pp.723-726;
George Yeardley, Governor of Virginia and Organizer of the
General Assembly in 1619, by Nora Miller Turman
(Richmond, VA: Garrett and Massie, Inc., 1959), pp.183-186
LINEAGE FROM SIR GEORGE YEARDLEY, GOVERNOR
Sources for the following lineage include some of the above cited
sources and additionally: Maryland Eastern Shore Vital
Records, 1648-1725, 2nd Ed., by F. Edward Wright (Silver
Spring, MD: Family Line Publications, 1982); Marriages,
Northampton County, Virginia, 1660-1854, 3rd Rev. Ed.,
by Jean M. Mihalyka (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000);
Wills and Administrations of Accomack County, Virginia,
1663-1800, by Stratton Nottingham (Bowie, MD: Heritage
Books, Inc., 2000); US Census 1870, 1860, 1850 and 1820 for
Accomack Co., VA and US Census 1900, Westmoreland Co., VA;
Barnes Families of Accomack: A Genealogy, by Louis N.
Barnes (privately printed, 2003); Graven Stones:
Inscriptions from Lower Accomack County, Virginia, including
Liberty and Parksley Cemeteries, 3rd Ed., by Jean M.
Milhalyka and Faye D. Wilson (Bowie, MD: Heritage Books,
Inc., 1992), pp.15-17;
Sir George Yeardley, Governor
(bap. 28 Jul 1588. -
WD 12 Oct 1627 WP 14 Feb 1628) married Temperance Flowerdew
(d.1628/9), who arrived on the "Falcon" in 1609. The
"Knight's Tomb" discovered when the original Jamestown
Church was excavated is believed to be that of Yeardley.
Col. Argoll Yeardley, Sr
(b.1619-d.bf.29 Oct 1655)
married Frances Knight (d. by 1648). They were married 9 Mar
1635/6 in London. In 1638, Argoll Yeardley received land
which has been earlier granted to Sir George Yeardley,
Knight, by patent ; in 1639 Argoll Yeardley became a member
of the Governor's Council.
Argoll Yeardley, Jr
(d.1682) married Sarah
Michael (pronounced McKeel) in 1671 in Virginia. Their
three daughters were Frances, Elizabeth and Sarah, who
married, and ultimately inherited all of the Yeardley lands.
married John Powell (b.27
Sep 1674 Somerset County, MD, d. 1718, VA).
(d. by 1764) married John Haggoman
married Esau Jacob (d.bf.6 Dec 1775). They were married in
Northampton County, VA on 4 Jun 1741.
Elizabeth ("Tabitha") Jacob
married John Barnes (WD 10 Sep 1799, WP 28 Oct 1799,
Accomack County, VA). They were married 6 Dec 1775 in
Northampton County, VA.
Parker Barnes II
(b.ca.1789-d.15 Oct 1868,
Accomack County, VA) married Elizabeth Taylor (b.ca.1804).
They were married on January 29, 1817 in Accomack. He served
during the War of 1812 as a member of the Accomack Militia.
John Parker Barnes
(b.25 Sep 1820-d.17 Dec
1878 Accomack County, VA) married Sarah (Sallie) Justice on
25 Jan 1847, Accomack Co, VA. They are buried in Liberty
Cemetery, Parksley, VA.
Edward Parker Barnes
(b. 25 Mar 1852, Accomack
Co., VA, d. 27 Jan 1921, Coles Point, Westmoreland Co., VA)
married Susan Anna Barnes (b.29 Jan 1856, Hunting Creek,
Accomack Co., VA - d.14 Sep 1927, Coles Point, Westmoreland
Co., VA). They sailed from the Eastern Shore to the Northern
Neck of Virginia about 1882, where Barnes, a merchant and
farmer, became the founding Postmaster of Coles Point,
Virginia, and a founder of the Coles Point Methodist Church.
Effie Lee Barnes
(b. 29 Mar 1879, Accomack
Co., VA, d. 8 Jul 1984) married George Warren Godman (b.19
Jan 1869, Crisfield, Somerset Co., MD, d. 25 Oct 1965).
They were married 14 Jun 1900 at Coles Point, Westmoreland
Co., VA in the Methodist Church her father had helped found,
and lived their entire lives in Coles Point.
Effie Lee Barnes
and George Warren Godman
grandparents of Susan Noel Godman Rager, preparer of
this Ancestral Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake
Bay Company, and of Virginia Lee Appich
Boudreaux, and Mary Susan
English Newton, and the great-grandparents of Virginia Lee Boudreaux,
all of whom are members of the
Chesapeake Bay Company.
As an English settler who arrived in Jamestown 13
May 1607 who left descendants, Robert Beheathland is listed
by Thomas Studly who recorded the "names of them that were
the first planters." Studly, who recorded names according
to their stations in life, listed Robert Beheathland as one
of the "Gentlemen" on board. Leaving Blackwall in late
December 1606, the voyage seemed anything but promising as
bad weather kept them just off the English coast until
February 1607. Finally breaking free of the inclement
weather, they sailed across the Atlantic, sighting land at
what would become known as Cape Henry 26 April 1607. They
chose Jamestown Island to be their place of settlement,
arriving on May 13.
Robert Beheathland was among Capt. John Smith's party who visited
Powhatan on the Pamunkey (York) River in February 1607/8,
and visited Powhatan a second time aboard the "Discovery" in
December 1608. Because of bad weather, the explorers stopped
at Kecoughton (Hampton) and spent the first Christmas in the
colony with Indians there.
Later, in 1609, Beheathland was among the settlers who traveled to
the Pamunkey River site where Opecancanough was staying, and
was one of two men chosen as guards for that visit.
In 1620, Captain Robert Beheathland, back in England by this time,
petitioned the Royal Council to establish a permanent
governorship in Virginia. He indicated he would be willing
to return if this was accomplished.
He survived the Starving Time, clashes with Indians, and generally
had seen the worst that the new settlement could offer.
Perhaps the stability offered by the convening of the first
representative assembly in 1619, although the Colony was
still controlled very much by England, had signaled to
Beheathland that the lack of stability which plagued the
settlement in the early years was now abating. Having
survived the famine that took many and having survived a
dearth of leadership at various times in the early years,
this sturdy gentleman lasted long enough to see Virginia
become a colony of the Crown. After his death (by 1627), his
widow Mary married Lieutenant Thomas Flint of Warwick River.
She was still living on 9 Apr 1651, but died before 18 Oct
Sources include the following (for the biographical information
above and for the lineage information below): Adventurers
of Purse and Person, Virginia: 1607-1624/5, 4th ed.,
compiled and edited by John Frederick Dorman (Baltimore, MD:
Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 2004), Vol. I, pp.
Robertson Family Bible, Ingram Family
Bible, Noel Family Bible; The Marriage License Bonds of
Northumberland County, Virginia, from 1783 to 1850, by
Stratton Nottingham (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.,
Inc. 1976); The Descendants of Hugh Brent, Immigrant to
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1642, by Chester Horton
Brent (Rutland, VT: Tuttle Publishing Co., Inc., 1936);
The English Storkes in America, by Charles A. Storke
(Santa Barbara, CA: News-Press Publishing Co., 1936);
Cradle of the Republic by Lyon Gardiner Tyler (Richmond,
VA: Hermitage Press, Inc., 1906), pp.100-106,; 1810 and 1850
US Census; "Genealogy: Major Andrew Gilson and Some of His
Descendants," by J. B. C. Nicklin, Virginia Magazine of
History and Biography, Vol.38, No.2, Apr 1930, p.184, 185
190; "William & Mary Quarterly," Vol. 9, No. 3, p.176, and
Vol. 9 No. 1, p.60; Lancaster County, VA Will Book 28:
LINEAGE FROM ROBERT BEHEATHLAND, GENTLEMAN
Robert Beheathland (d. by 1627) m. Mary Nicholson (d. bf
18 Oct 1670). After his death, Mary married Thomas Flint.
They had a son, John, (WD 15 Jun 1636-WP 22 Oct 1639), and
two daughters, Mary and Dorothy.
married Capt. Thomas Bernard of Warwick. He served as a
member of the House of Burgesses for Warwick 1644-46, and
died before 10 Nov 1651.
Behethland Bernard Dade
married, secondly, Andrew Gilson (her first marriage was to
Capt. Francis Dade). Andrew Gilson was High Sheriff of Old
Rappahannock County in 1660, 1656, 1664, and Justice of Old
Rappahannock in 1652. His will was dated 2 April 1697.
Beheathland Bernard Gilson's will (WD 20 Aug 1716-WP 3 Mar
1720/1) names her grandson William Storke.
received a land grant when she was a year old in 1667 for
1050 acres in Rappahannock County. She married Nehemiah
Storke of Westmoreland County, who was a justice there. Both
of their wills were presented for probate 29 Nov 1693.
was 72 years old when she died in April 1759. She married,
firstly, in 1702, Capt. Thomas Newton (b.1678 Westmoreland
Co., VA, WD 26 Aug 1727-WP 31 Jan 1727/8). She and Thomas
Newton had four children, Willoughby, Catherine, Elizabeth,
and Beheathland. After Newton's death, she married Col.
Samuel Oldham. She is buried in Westmoreland County, VA.
Catherine Newton Martin
married, firstly, Thomas Martin (d.1727), and secondly, on
26 Jul 1727, James Brent (b. ca. 1706, Lancaster Co., VA; WD
19 Apr 1750-WP 11 May 1750, Lancaster Co., VA).
(b. ca. 1728, Christ Church Parish, Lancaster Co., VA, d. 7
Feb 1778 Lancaster Co., VA) married Susannah Payne, daughter
of George Payne and Frances Edmonds.
Lieutenant in the American Revolution, was born ca. 1758 and
died before 21 Jul 1795 in Lancaster Co., VA. He married Ann
Lettice Lawson Brent
(b. 12 Sep. 1785, d. 29 Dec 1824), married Thomas Glasscock
Robertson (b.10 Mar 1782, d. 03 Jul 1830) on 16 Dec 1801 in
Northumberland Co., VA. He was the son of Andrew Robertson
and Ann Elizabeth Glasscock.
Lettice Terebena Robertson
(b. 5 Jun 1821), married on 25 Feb 1841, Benedict Julian
Ingram (b. ca. 1819, d. aft. 1850).
Julian Cicero Ingram
(b. 31 Dec 1841, d. 22 Sep 1906 in Ophelia, Northumberland
Co, VA) married Mary Elizabeth Owens (b.28 Nov 1858, Lodge,
Northumberland Co., VA; d. 18 Oct 1937, Folly,
Northumberland Co., VA). They lived at "Greenfield," Folly,
Minnie Blanche Ingram
(b.01 Dec 1886, Lodge, Northumberland Co., VA, d. 09 Nov
1976), m. William Robert Noel (b. 15 Oct. 1863 and d. 30 Jan
1939 in Ophelia, Northumberland Co., VA),
Minnie Blanche Ingram and William Robert Noel were the
grandparents of Susan Noel Godman Rager, preparer of
this Ancestor Sketch and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay
The following lineage represents descent from Robert
Beheathland, Gentleman of Sheri Lynn Black Hillman,
of the Chesapeake Bay Company:
Beheathland (d. by 1627) m. Mary Nicholson (d. bf
Oct 18, 1670).
m. Captain Thomas
Bernard (d. by 10 Nov 1651).
Bernard (b.1635 prob. Warwick Co. VA, WP 3 Mar 1720/1)
m. (2) Andrew Gilson (WD 2 Apr 1697).
(b.1665, d. 8 May 1707 Stafford Co., VA) m. Elizabeth
Newton (b.1685, d. 22 Feb 1763, Westmoreland Co., VA).
m. ca 1719 John Berryman (d.1727).
(d. 4 Apr 1749, Stafford Co. VA) m. 1741 Hannah Bushrod
Berryman (b. ca 1726, d. 1745 Fairfax Co., VA).
Jun 1742 Stafford Co. VA, d. 16 Apr 1787 Lancaster Co. VA)
m. ca 1761 Martha Newton (b.2 Sept 1744, d. bf 16 Apr 1787).
(b.25 Mar 1762 VA, d. 17 Aug 1836 Fayette Co. KY) m. Ann
Waters Berryman (b.2 May 1769 VA, d. 18 Oct 1856 Fayette Co.
(b.31 Jan 1801, Owen Co., KY, d. 12 Dec 1875, Owen Co., KY)
m. 4 May 1824 Owen Co., KY, Lucy Harriett Gower (b. 28 May
1804, Owen Co., KY, d. 21 Aug 1872, Owen Co., KY).
Ann Mary Berryman
(b.12 May 1825, KY, d. aft 1902, Owen Co., KY) m. 4 Nov 1840
Owen Co., KY, Daniel S. Adams (b. 19 Apr 1814 KY, d. 6 Oct
1902, Owen Co., KY).
Stanley G. Adams
Jul 1863 KY, d. 30 May 1936, Port Royal, Henry Co., KY) m.12
Sep 1893 Stella Dean (b.4 Nov 1871 OH, d. 18 Jan 1953,
Jefferson Co., KY).
(b.29 Jun 1899, Owen Co., KY, d. 20 Mar 1964 Owen Co., KY)
m. 29 Mar 1920 Owens Co., KY, Robert Squire Duncan (b. 26
Jan 1890 Owen Co., KY, d. 20 Dec 1991 Tampa, Hillsborough
Adams and Robert Squire Duncan were the great-grandparents
Sheri Lynn Black Hillman, member of the Chesapeake Bay
Sources for the lineage of Sheri
Lynn Black Hillman from
Robert Beheathland, Gentleman, include the following:
Robert Squire Duncan and Margaret Dean Adams: Death
Certificate, Owen Co., KY Marriage Register, 1900 Owen Co.
KY Census, Record of Funeral; Stanley G. Adams and Stella
Dean: Owen County Marriage Register; 1870 Owen Co. KY
Census, "Port Royal Cemetery Records from Henry County, KY
Cemeteries," by Meek;
Adams and Ann Mary Berryman: Owen County Marriage
Register; McDonald & New Funeral Home Records; Owenton KY
Records; "History of Owen County, Kentucky," by Owen Co.
Historical Society, p.25; Owen County, KY, Censuses of 1850,
1870, 1900; Gravestone in Berryman Family Cemetery, Owen
Co., KY; "Owen County Historical Society Preserving Local
Memorabilia," "Henry County Local" newspaper article;
Thomas Alexander Berryman and Lucy Harriet Gower,
"Kentucky Cemetery Records Project, Vol. 1, Owen County," by
Kentucky Historical Society; Owen County KY Marriage
Register; Gravestone picture; Last Will and Testament of
Lucy Berryman dated 1861; Fayette County Will Book P, p.312;
Last Will and Testament of Lucy Gower proved 21 Sep 1872;
"Owen Co. Historical Society Preserving Local Memorabilia;"
Gilson Newton Berryman and Ann Washington: "History
of Kentucky," Vol. III, edited by Judge Kerr, p.261; Fayette
Co., KY Will Book ), p.84; Fayette Co. KY Records, Vol. 5 by
M. & B. Cook; Fayette Co. KY Will Book, p.133; John
Berryman and Martha Newton: The Register of St. Paul's
Parish 1715-1798, Pub.1960, p.11; Bible of Willoughby
Newton; "Genealogies of Virginia Families," William & Mary
Quarterly, p.243; Last Will and Testament and Inventory of
John Berryman; Gilson Berryman and Hannah Bushrod
Berryman: William and Mary College Quarterly Historical
Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families,
p.243, 254; The Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798,
Pub.1960, p.11; Will of Gilson Berryman: Virginia County
Court Records, Stafford County, VA Will Book, Abstracts,
p.23; Behethland Gilson and John Berryman: William
and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1,
1982, Genealogies of Virginia Families, p.243, p.254; Will
of Benjamin Berrymant: Virginia County Court Records, Deed
and Will Abstracts, Westmoreland County, VA, p.103;
Thomas Gilson and Elizabeth ______: Westmoreland County
Order Book 1705-1721, Part 3, Abstracted by J. Frederick
Dorman, 1991; William and Mary College Quarterly Historical
Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families,"
p.257; Major Andrew Gilson and Behethland Bernard:
William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol.
1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families," pp.242-243,
254, 257; Captain Thomas Bernard and Mary Beheathland:
William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine,
Vol. 1, 1982, "Genealogies of Virginia Families," p.242;
Robert Beheathland and Mary Nicholson: William and Mary
College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 1, 1982,
"Genealogies of Virginia Families," p.242.
The following lineage represents descent from Robert
Beheathland, Gentleman of Mary Elizabeth Stewart,
of the Chesapeake Bay Company:
(b. St. Endelyon, Cornwall, England, d. by 1628)
m. Mary (_____), immigration 13 May 1607, Jamestown,
m. 1631 Capt.
Thomas Bernard, Warwick County, Virginia, d. a 1651.
Bernard (b. ca 1635, d. 1720, WP 30 Mar 1720,
Westmoreland County, Virginia) m. 1652 Capt.. Francis Dade.
(b. ca 1661, d. 1694, Stafford County, Virginia) m. (1) 1677
Capt. Robert Massey, (2) Col. Rice Hooe.
Massey Sr. (b.1679, d. 16 Apr 1735, WP 13 May 1735
Stafford County, Virginia), m. Elizabeth ______.
Massie (b. a 1705, d. 16 Jun 1746, St. Paul's Parish,
Stafford County, Virginia) m. 4 Apr 1743 Mary Stuart, St.
Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia.
Mary Massey (b. 29 Jun 1746, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford
County, Virginia, d. 18 Apr 1832, WP 7 Jan 1833, Prince
William County, Virginia) m. 18 Apr 1765 Col. William
Alexander, St. Paul's Parish, Stafford County, Virginia.
Ashton Alexander (b. 22 Dec 1773, d. c Mar 1815) m. c
1795 Col. Gerard Alexander.
Alexander (b. 12 May 1805, d. 12 Jun 1891, WP 10 Aug
1891, Campbell County, Virginia) m. 10 Jan 1838 (2) Sarah Ann
Moorman, Campbell County, Virginia.
Alexander (b. 17 Jan 1839, Bedford County, Virginia, d.
1 Feb. 1923, Campbell County, Virginia, bur. 2 Feb 1923
Hill's Creek, Campbell County, Virginia) m. 24 Dec 1867
Charles Jones Winston, Campbell County, Virginia.
Alexander and Charles Jones Winston were the
great-grandparents of Mary Elizabeth Stewart, member
of the Chesapeake Bay Company.
Sources for the
lineage of Mary Elizabeth Stewart from Robert Beheathland,
Gentleman, include the following: Mary Elizabeth
Alexander, Charles Jones Winston: Obituary written by
Lucy Winston Clay, 10 Feb 1923; tombstone; Campbell County,
VA MB 2, p.109; Marriage certificate of C. J. Winston and M.
E. Alexander, photocopy in possession of M. E. Stewart;
"Census Microfilm Records: Campbell County, Virginia, 1900"
(Heritage Quest: Family Quest Digital Microfilm, 1999)
T623-1703, T623\1703\Part 1\210B. ED 28, page 7B; Death
certificate, VA: Campbell County, VA; Campbell County,
VA, WB22, p.511; Henry Ashton Alexander, Sarah Ann
Moorman: Samuel Moorman Family: Holy Bible, LVA, MBRC2,
Acc. No. 21403 (Transcription by Juliet Fauntleroy 11 Sep
1937: John Adams, printer, 1804, Philadelphia, PA); Death
Certificate, VA: No record was found in Campbell County
1890-1892, Virginia Department of Health, 16 May 2001;
Campbell County, VA, WB17, pp.156-157. Elizabeth Ashton
Alexander, Col. Gerard Alexander: George Harrison
Sanford King, "Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798,
Stafford County, Virginia 1777-1798 (Easley, SC: Southern
Historical Press, 1960), p.93; Sigismunda Mary Massey,
Col. William Alexander: George Harrison Sanford King,
"Register of St. Paul's Parish 1715-1798, Stafford County,
Virginia 1777-1798 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press,
1960), p.93; Sigismund Massie, Mary Stuart: George
Harrison Sanford King, "Register of St. Paul's Parish
1715-1798, Stafford County, Virginia 1777-1798
(Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1960), pp.93, 134;
Capt. Dade Massey Sr., Elizabeth ______: Violet
Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert Beheathland
(Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp.47-53; George
Harrison Sanford King, "Register of St. Paul's Parish
1715-1798, Stafford County, Virginia 1777-1798 (Easley, SC:
Southern Historical Press, 1960), p.93; Mary Dade, Capt.
Robert Massey: John Frederick Dorman and Virginia M.
Meyer, "Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5"
(Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1987), pp.109, 373-374;
Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert
Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp.47-53;
Beheathland Bernard, Capt. Francis Dade: Violet
Noland Gray, "Genealogical History of Robert Beheathland
(Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978), pp. 15-16; John
Frederick Dorman and Virginia M. Meyer, "Adventurers of
Purse and Person 1607-1624/5" (Richmond, VA: The Dietz
Press, Inc. 1987), pp.107-109; Mary Beheathland, Capt.
Thomas Bernard: Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical
History of Robert Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press,
1978), pp. 6, 10-14; John Frederick Dorman and Virginia M.
Meyer, "Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5"
(Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1987), p.107; Robert
Beheathland: Violet Noland Gray, "Genealogical History
of Robert Beheathland (Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978),
pp. 1-7, p. 6 quotes Cavaliers & Pioneers, Minutes of
Council & General Court; John Frederick Dorman and Virginia
M. Meyer, "Adventurers of Purse and Person 1607-1624/5"
(Richmond, VA: The Dietz Press, Inc. 1987), pp. 105-107.
was born about 1635, probably in England, and died in 1692
in Northumberland County, VA. According to some sources, he
was a Captain in the British Navy and the son of Richard
Kenner (b.1600) who died in Lower Norfolk County, VA about
1651. Richard Kenner married Elizabeth Rodham (b. ca. 1649,
Kent Island, MD, d. 20 Apr 1709, Northumberland, VA), the
daughter of Matthew Rodham and Elizabeth Hewitt. At the time
of the marriage, Elizabeth's father executed a deed of gift
of 750 acres in consideration of their union. With this,
plus property he owned and later acquired, his plantation
included more than 2000 acres. Matthew Rodham was one of the
early English settlers in Northumberland County, VA, being
first located in Accomack County in 1634 at age 14. In a
1653 deposition, he stated he was about 33 years old.
was the seat of the Kenners; it was a large estate on the
Coan River near the mouth of the Potomac. "Kennersley"
was divided in 1818, and by 1844 left family ownership after
more than 150 years. At the final sale, the property was
described as "on the waters of the Coan River bounded by
Catesby Jones, James Haynie, Thomas Oldham and John
Grindstead." There is no record of the house except the
will, inventory and appraisal in 1786 which suggest a large, well-furnished home attended
by 22 house slaves plus 47 others, totaling 69 slaves. The
family also owned a 30-ton brigantine named for Richard's
daughters, "The Elizabeth and Hannah," which was used in the
represented Northumberland in the House of Burgesses in 1688
and 1691. He also served as Justice. His son Rodham served
as Burgess in 1696-97 and 1699. Richard and Elizabeth had
five sons and two daughters: Rodham, Richard, Francis, John,
Matthew, Elizabeth and Hannah. Richard Kenner's youngest
son, Matthew, married Elizabeth Aldridge, daughter of
Clement Aldridge. Matthew Kenner's will provided generously
for the welfare and education of his younger children. His
inventory included the usual furnishings of a large family,
along with books and musical instruments (fiddle, bagpipe
and drums), farm implements, cattle, beehives, slaves, and
the contents of the Ordinary. Matthew Kenner was a
shipwright, tavern owner and planter.
daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth Kenner, was underage when
her father died. She later married William Gallihue, son of
Darby Gallihue and Charlotte Ewell of Lancaster County, VA.
Charlotte Ewell was a granddaughter of Rev. John Bertrand
and Charlotte de Jolie, Huguenots of "Belle Isle." Charlotte
Ewell's mother, Mary Ann Bertrand, was married three times,
to (1) Charles Ewell, (2) William Ballendine, and (3) James
Ball. She is buried at Saint Mary's White Chapel, Lively,
the following (for the biographical information above and
the lineage information below): "Matthew Rodham," by C. D.
Cohran, Northumberland County Historical Society Bulletin,
Vol. XVII, Bicentennial Issue 1975; "Lone Gone Kenner
Plantation - Kennersley," by Isabel Gough, Northumberland
County Historical Society Bulletin, Vol. VIII, NO. 1, 1971;
"A History of the Ernest Rodham Kenner Family 1634-1865," by
Alexander G. Young and Harry F. Young, 1992; "White
Pillars," by J. Frazer Smith; "Northumberland County Wills
and Administrations, 1713-1749," p.145; "Virginia County
Court Records, Northumberland, 1680-1683," p,88; William &
Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. IV, No.3,
Jan. 1896, p. 179; Vol. XIV, No. 3, Jan. 1906, pp.173, 174,
LINEAGE FROM RICHARD KENNER
(b. ca 1625-d. ca 1692), Burgess of Northumberland
County, married Elizabeth Rodham (ca 1664), daughter of
Matthew Rodham who came to the Eastern Shore of Virginia in
(b. ca 1679-d. ca 1742), fifth child of Richard and
Elizabeth Rodham Kenner, was a mariner and tavern owner who
married (ca 1700) Elizabeth Aldridge.
Kenner (b. ca 1731-d. ca 1790) married William
Gallihue(Gallahough) of Prince William County (b. ca 1730-d.
daughter of Ann Kenner and William Gallihue, and
granddaughter of John Bertrand, Huguenot of "Belle Isle,"
married Sam Dalton, Jr in 1767. He died in 1789-90.
Dalton (1772-1840) married Absalom Scales (1769-1835).
They moved to Tennessee and lived at "Rocky Glade," in
Williamson County; the county line was changed and the house
is now in Rutherford County.
John Scales, Sr
born in North Carolina and died in Tennessee; he married,
secondly, Lucy Fields (1792-1820) who was also born in North
Carolina and died in Tennessee.
Scales (1819-1862) married, secondly, in Williamson
County, TN, William Garner Osborne (1812-1883), merchant and
Osborne (1853-1935), merchant in Bedford County, TN,
married Martha Jane Elmore (1852-1903).
Osborne and Martha Jane Elmore were the great-grandparents
of Patty Stephens Arnold, preparer of this Ancestor Sketch
and Charter Member of the Chesapeake Bay Company.
COL. JOHN MOTTROM
Col. John Mottrom (or Mattrom), a
Cavalier immigrant often regarded as the founder or first
English settler of the Northern Neck of Virginia, is
believed to have been born in Cheshire, England, about 1610.
By 1640, he settled at York, founded by Governor Sir John
Harvey and located on the York River at the west side of
Wormeley’s Creek, three miles away from latter-day Yorktown.
At that time York and Chiskiack were the first two
plantations on the York River. Mottrom used a shallop to
trade with other plantations in Virginia and Maryland.
About 1645, Mottrom settled at
Chicacoan (or Coan), the first English settlement on the
Virginia side of the Potomac River at the confluence of the
Coan and Potomac Rivers in what was soon to become
Northumberland County, Virginia. His home there became a
refuge for Protestants and some disenchanted Catholics
across the Potomac River in Maryland who opposed the Roman
Catholic government of Lord Baltimore.
For the first few years of the
Chicacoan settlement, its residents enjoyed living tax-free
and free from governmental control until authorities needed
revenue to finance the Indian wars, which cause the House of
Burgesses to pass an act levying taxes on Chicacoan
residents in the form of tobacco payments. The residents
were alarmed, and Mottrom became involved. John Mottrom was
present at the State House at Jamestown Island (James City),
the first colonial capital of Virginia, on November 20,
1645. It probably took several days to sail from
Northumberland down the Potomac into the Bay and then up the
James River to Jamestown. Here the Assembly acknowledged
Mottrom as a Burgess from the Plantation of Northumberland.
Shortly afterwards, Northumberland County was created, at
which time Mottrom became its first Burgess, and he served
again in 1652. Mottrom’s home at Coan was the first county
seat. At Coan he established the first wharf and warehouse
on the Northern Neck. Mottrom also served as Presiding
Justice and Colonel of the Militia, making him the highest
ranking military officer of the Northern Neck.
The land acquired by Col. John Mottrom
on the Northern Neck and/or Middle Peninsula amounted to
more than 8222 acres, largely for transporting over 100
settlers to the Colony of Virginia. These land grants
included sites on the "Pyankatanke River," on Nomini Bay and
the Potomac, on the Coan, at Doegs Island and vicnity, and
on "Wicocomoco Creek." Mottrom’s "Coan Hall," which was the
site of his large personal library, no longer survives.
There is a Victorian cottage, built about 1870, near what is
believed to have been the home site. It is on Route 630 near
Claraville in Northumberland County.
Mottrom was known to be married twice
and had three children. His first wife was the mother of his
children Anne (who married Captain Richard Wright, then
David Fox, then St. Leger Codd), John, Jr. (who married
Hannah Fox and Ruth Griggs), and Frances (who married
Nicholas Spencer, Acting Governor of the Colony of Virginia
in 1683-84, and (second) Reverend John Bolton). Mottrom’s
second wife was Ursula Bish Thompson, who after Mottrom’s
death married (third) George Colclough. Two years after John
Mottrom died about 1655 in Northumberland, his 1657 estate
inventory was valued at 33896 pounds of tobacco.
Mottrom’s descendants have played a
major role in the heritage of the Northern Neck and
elsewhere. His grandson, Major Francis Wright, married a
great-aunt of George Washington, and was one of the
principal contributors to and vestryman of Westmoreland’s
historic Yeocomico Episcopal Church in Cople Parish.
Distinguished jurists Spencer Roane (1762-1822) and nephew
Thomas Ritchie (1778-1854), natives of Tappahannock,
Virginia, and namesakes of two West Virginia counties, were
Mottrom descendants. Among others, Jamestowne Society
Chesapeake Bay Company member and local historian/ author
Charles Willard Hoskins Warner descends from Colonel
John Mottrom, as did Westmoreland County educator James Dall
Brown, Jr., late husband of member Virginia Felts Brown
of Westmoreland, and second cousin of Bryan Godfrey’s
Sources include the
following (for the biographical information above and for
the lineage information below): “Mottrom—Wright—Spencer—Ariss—Buckner”
in Volume V of Genealogies of Virginia Families From the
William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine
(published by Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore,
Maryland in 1982); "Ayres-Dawson and Allied Families," by
Henrietta Dawson Ayres Sheppard (1871-1960) of Hanover,
Pennsylvania (published posthumously by The American
Historical Company, Incorporated, 1961), and "The
Stronghold: A Story of Historic Northern Neck of Virginia
and Its People," by Miriam Haynie (published by The Dietz
Press of Richmond, Virginia in 1959). Information on Mottrom
and his activities is scattered throughout the early
chapters of this narrative.
LINEAGE FROM COL. JOHN MOTTROM
Mottrom (b ca. 1610
probably in Cheshire, England, d abt 1655 in Coan,
Northumberland Co., VA) m ?
(b ca. 1639 England, Maryland, or Virginia, d ca. 1713 in
Westmoreland Co. or Lancaster Co., VA) m (1) Capt. Richard
Wright (b ca. 1633 London, England?, d ca. 1663
Northumberland or Westmoreland Co., VA)
(b ca. 1660 Northumberland Co., VA, d in probably
“Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA) m Col. George
Nicholas Hack (b ca. 1657 Accomack Co., VA, d ca. 1705
“Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA).
Hack (b ca. 1680 Cecil Co., MD or “Evergreen,” Hack’s
Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d ca. 1712 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck,
Accomack Co., VA) m Sarah Preeson (d aft 1733 Accomack Co.,
(b 24 Sep 1706 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d
17 Dec 1784 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA,
buried at “Evergreen) m Adam Muir (b 5 Nov 1705 probably in
Scotland, d 29 Jun 1772 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack
Co., VA, buried at “Evergreen”).
(b 6 Mar 1744/45 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA,
d 16 Jan 1774 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA,
buried at “Evergreen”) m Walter Hatton (b ca. 1740 probably
at Hatton Gardens, London, England, d ca. 1784 on high
Hatton (b ca. 1768 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack
Co., VA, d ca. 1846 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co.,
VA) m Capt. John Kellam (b 1 Jan 1769 Wachapreague, Accomack
Co., VA, d ca. 1800 Accomack Co., VA).
Hatton Kellam (b 6 Jul 1790 probably at “Evergreen,”
Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d 25 Sep 1841 Northampton
Co., VA, buried at “Evergreen”) m (first) 23 Jan 1819 in
Northampton Co., VA to Mrs. Elizabeth Bell Jacob Dorsey (b 3
Nov 1793 probably at Eastville, Northampton Co., VA, d 26
Dec 1835 probably at “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co.,
VA, buried at “Evergreen”).
Kellam, Jr. (b 28 Oct 1819 or 1823/24 probably at
“Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack Co., VA, d 10 Jul 1907
Shady Side, Northampton Co., VA, buried at Johnson’s United
Methodist Church, Bayside Road near Routes 618 and 622,
Northampton Co., VA) m 23 Jun 1845 in Accomack Co., VA to
Susan Ann Taylor (b 13 Apr 1824 Northampton Co. or Accomack
Co., VA, d 22 Sep 1873 probably Accomack Co., VA, probably
buried at “Evergreen”).
Kellam (b 29 Jun 1856 “Evergreen,” Hack’s Neck, Accomack
Co., VA, d 28 Nov 1931 Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, buried Old
Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC) m 6 Sep 1881 at
Baltimore, MD to John Gregory Stevens (b 13 Aug 1855 near
Taylor’s Beach, Camden Co., NC, d 9 Oct 1942 Shiloh, Camden
Co., NC, buried Old Hollywood Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC).
Stevens (b 10 Feb 1888 Shiloh, Camden Co., NC, d 14 Nov
1963 Butner, Granville Co., NC, buried Shiloh Baptist
Church, Route 343, Camden Co., NC) m 24 Mar 1913 in Camden
Co., NC, to Charles Forbes Godfrey (b 16 Nov 1886 Shiloh,
Camden Co., NC, d 11 Mar 1962 Elizabeth City, NC, buried
Shiloh Baptist Church, Route 343, Camden Co., NC).
Stevens and Charles Forbes Godfrey were the paternal
great-grandparents of Bryan Scott Godfrey, member of
the Chesapeake Bay Company.
CAPTAIN THOMAS PUREFOY
Thomas Purefoy arrived in Virginia in
1621 in the ship, George, shortly before the
1622 Indian massacre. The friendly chief Powhatan was dead,
and his brother Opekankano, who had never been friendly to
the English, ruled. This chief instituted a massacre in
which 347 of the settlers were killed; but the remaining
colonists put up a furious defense and, in turn, killed a
far greater number of the tribe. Twenty-two years later this
same chief made a second attack on the settlement, killing
over 200; but his tribe was again defeated and he was taken
captive and put to death. When the Crown
(Charles I) took over in 1624, the colony had been
Lt. Thomas Purefoy (age 43) completed
a muster role for the 1624/5 census. At the time there were
1,232 surviving inhabitants, out of perhaps 7000 who came to
Virginia between 1607 and 1624 Lt. Purefoy first owned land
near James City. He was appointed a commissioner (justice)
for Elizabeth City August 1626, led an expedition against
“the Nansamungs” in 1627, and was made principal commander
for Elizabeth City in 1628/9. In 1628, he was granted 100
acres in Elizabeth City, near Fort Henry (now mostly
Hampton, Va.). In 1630 he represented the lower part of
Elizabeth City in the Assembly and was a member of the
Council, 1632-37. He patented large tracts of land,
including 2000 acres called “Drayton.” By 1637, he was
called Capt. Thomas Purefoy. He was alive 27 Sept. 1638 but
dead by 4 October 1639.
LINEAGE FROM CAPTAIN THOMAS
Capt. Thomas Purefoy and his
wife Lucy ____ had a son Thomas Purefoy.
Thomas Purefoy married Anne
_______. Thomas was a large landholder whose holdings
included land on the south side of the Rappahannock River
near Nanzimum Towne. He was living in 1671, but ded by 19
Frances Purefoy, daughter of
Thomas and Anne, married once before marrying William
Lowry. Frances' first marriage provided her with two
children. Her second husband, William Lowry, was a
justice of Elizabeth City, surveyor of Warwick and Elizabeth
City counties, and held land in Elizabeth City. When
William died in 1724, his son William Lowry inherited
land in Essex and King and Queen Counties, a lot in Hampton
Town, twenty head of cattle, money, and tobacco.
first shows up in Essex County
records in 1706 when he had land cleared. William married
Jane Nutting from York County, probably before he
settled on his land in Essex Co. They had several children,
including John. William died in 1750.
son of William Lowery and Jane
Nutting, received the slave, “Lemon,” through his
father's will. This legacy is part of the proof that
William of Essex County was the son of the William of
Elizabeth City. In 1716, John Lowry witnessed a legal
document by Edward and Richard (?) Booker, probably his
cousins. John Lowry married Sarah Rust,
probably a neighbor, in 1729. John was living in
South Farnham Parish when he died in 1758. He left 40
pounds and some of his estate to his wife, Sarah; 25 pounds
to his brother, Robert, and all the rest to his daughter
Ann Lowry married as her second
husband and as his second wife, Robert Payne Waring,
a prominent citizen of Paynefield in Essex County. Waring
was a large landowner, county court justice, and supporter
of the Revolution. They had two sons, William Lowry Waring
and John Waring. After Ann’s death her husband
married a third time and had a total of eleven children.
eventually lived in Portobago,
Caroline Co. He married Elizabeth Latane in 1810.
He appears in the 1820 and 1830 census with a family of
about the right size and ages. He married second Katherine
Gray of Tappahannock. In the 1850 census, a John Waring was
living in Tappahannock in the home of Lucy Gray, age 62 and
blind. His death notice is found in The Fredericksburg News
on Sept. 17, 1857: In New Kent County, on Friday, the
11th inst., JOHN WARING, formerly of Port Tobago, Caroline
One of John and Elizabeth’s sons was
William Payne Waring.
William Payne Waring moved to King William Co., south of
the Mattaponi River.
He bought Liberty Hall in 1838, and it was charged to him in
the Tax returns until 1848. (Malcolm Harris, Old New
Kent County). After 1848, William and his young wife,
Maria Ellen Brumley, moved to New Kent to be near her
mother; they then sold Liberty Hall (Land Tax Returns for
New Kent County, 1838-48). In the 1850 and 1860 census,
William is listed as a farmer in New Kent County, with wife,
Maria E., and children. By 1870, he is 60 years old and his
wife had died the year before.
Their son William Henry Waring
was born 2 Dec. 1842. On 28 October 1878, he married
Martha Ellen Williams. By 1882, he was farming part of
the former Williams property called Cypress Spring in
King and Queen County, VA. William and Martha (Mattie) had
seven children, but two died young. He died 20 August 1893,
about 6 weeks before the birth of his last child.
A daughter of William Henry Waring
and Martha Ellen Williams, Anna Maria Waring, was
born 24 March 1885. In 1912, she married James Godwin
Hart, born 30 October 1885, Middlesex Co. They lived in
north Baltimore and raised their family of two sons and a
daughter. Godwin died 14 November 1951 in Lancaster Co.
Virginia. Anna died 11 February 1964 in Charlotte, N. C.
She and Godwin are buried at Harmony Grove Baptist Church in
(NOTE: Subsequent generations have been omitted for
Kathlyn Lee Harris Waltermire,
descendant and author of this ancestral sketch, is currently
a member of the Jamestowne Society.
Adventurers of Purse and Person, 4th
Ed., Vol. 2, John F. Dorman, p. 863 ff.; Will of William
Lowry of Elizabeth City County, proved 16 Sept. 1724,
Eliz. City Co. Wills and Administrations; Deeds, Wills and
Orders 1704-1730, Pt. 1 (Reel 5), Library of Virginia;
Will of William Lowry, Essex Co., VA WB8, p. 392, proved 18
Dec. 1750; Will of John Lowry, Essex Co., VA. WB 11, p. 105,
proved 16 May 1758; Will of Robert Payne Waring, Essex Co.,
VA, WB 15, p. 457, proved 17 June 1799; Essex Co. Marriage
Register No. 1. p. 226, John Waring and Elizabeth Latane;
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, July 1903, p.
104, William Payne Waring as a son of “James” [John] and
Elizabeth Latane Waring; 1850 Census, New Kent Co, VA,
William Payne Waring family (Ancestry.com, Roll M432_963, p.
338, Image 236); Motley, Arnold, Thomas Waring, Gentleman
of Essex County and His Descendants, App. 1, Tide-Neck
Press, Tappahannock, VA. 1960; W. H. Waring and M. E.
Williams family Bible record.
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