Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Richard Gissedge

Male - 1703

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  • Name Richard Gissedge 
    Born London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 May 1703  King William County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I088548  Tree1
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 

    Family Sarah MNU Shelton,   b. 1682, St Paulís Parish, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1732/33, Louisa County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married King William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F37594  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Research note from Bernice

      Lipscombs 300 Years in America 1679-1979 by Dorothy G. Helmer.

      The thing that struck me was on page 14 which contains part of a copy of the will of Richard Gissedge

      "Richard Gisssedge's Will no doubt originally recorded in the King William Co. record books, but no longer extant due to the fire of 1885, has fortunately been quoted in an article by Thos. H. Ellis in a genealogy column of the 7 Aug. 1879 Amherst Enterprise and News, and later discussed in 10W(1) 126-131 (1901). Mr. Ellis must have had access to these records before they were destroyed.

      Relative to Richard Gissedge he says -

      His will dated March 3, 1703, was admitted to record in King William county court on the 20th May following. It is witnessed by John Waller (posssibly Walker), Joseph Brown, and Isaac Ironshaw (possibly Crenshaw). The executors were Mary Lipscomb (his daughter from a previous marriage) and William Noyes. The bond they gave was for (symbol my computer does not have) 3,000, good and lawful money of England, payable to the worshipful her majesty's justices of the peace for said county; and the sureties were Ambrose Lipscomb (the husband of Mary) John Walleer and Samuel Cradock. It is attested by William Aylett, clerk of court."

      {MM: The will of Richard Gissedge, written 3 Mar 1702/3 and entered for probate on 20 May of the same year, no longer exists. Richard Gissedge divided his real property into four parts, but does not specify to whom it was to be left.
      He is more specific concerning Mr.Gissedge's personal property which was divided into three parts; one-third to his widow, Sarah, one-third to his daughter, Mary Lipscomb, wife of Ambrose Lipscomb; and one-third to his daughter, Christian Gissedge [who married a Poindexter, and one of their descendants was the Hon. George Poindexter, first delegate to Congress from the Territory of Mississippi, later a governor of the state and a U.S. Senator].
      Bequests were made to his friends William Noyes, Daniel Miles, and Robert Sercey]

      There are only three paragraphs of this will and the last paragraph given plainly spells out that Richard's wife is Sarah and it was Mary Gissedge who was the wife of Ambrose Lipscomb.

      What I do not understand is the part in parentheses following Mary Lipscomb's name - his daughter by a former marriage. Any ideas?

      Oh yes, in an earlier text paragraph it mentions that in 1703 Sarah Shelton Gissedge, widow of Richard Gissedge was involved in a land deal pertaining to land which had belonged to Richard Gissedge. Our ancestors did not waste any time in remarrying.

      Since you do not have this information on your site I thought you might be interested. Sarah and Ambrose were plainly married before 1709. I also, since we are not Lipscomb's, think it is just as important to us to know Richard Gissedge was Mary's father. My question now is - was Sarah actually the mother of Mary?

      http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/t/a/y/MaryRobin-L-Taylor/GENE6- 0020.html

      Notes for Richard Gissage:
      From: "Old, New Kent County Some Account of the Planters,
      Plantations, and Places in New Kent County" by Malcom H. Harris


      In June 1699, the Committee appointed to settle the claims and
      titles to land in Pamunkey Neck conceded that because of long
      residence or the development of their lands, that a favorable grant
      should be made to a number of the applicants for lands already being seated. Among these claimants was Richard Gissedge who asked approval of a grant to 2,000 acres of land, within the Indian Ring. {English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, des Cognets, Jr., page 62}

      The location of the Gissedge land lying in Pamunkey Neck was
      not stated but subsequent records positions the land along the east side of Cohoke Swamp and extended downward from the tract which had been deserted by Humes and patented by Ambrose Lipscomb, which lay below the Courthouse and was, for many years, a Lipscomb home called Blakesville.

      Richard Gissedge was in the first Commission of Peace for the
      county of King William, which was appointed on 12th of March
      1701/2 by the Council. {Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia, Vol. 2, page 225}

      There was another small tract of 140 acres which was purchased of Edward Dell by Ambrose Lipscomb and this land was with consent of the Council approved. This was because of its proximity, in 1713, to the Indian lands reserved for their use. {Executive Journals of the Council of State of Colonial Virginia, Volume No. 3, page 360}

      Ambrose Lipscomb had petitioned the Council for a tract of 470
      acres of land which had escheated when it was deserted by John
      Humes and, on the 16th day of December 1714, he was granted this
      land which lay between the main county road a little below the
      courthouse and the head branches of Cohoke Swamp, in behalf of his
      children: Richard Lipscomb, Ambrose Lipscomb, William Lipscomb,
      John Lipscomb, Mary Lipscomb, and Benjamin Lipscomb. {Land Patent Book No. 10, page 206}

      It must be noted that one of the bounds of this tract of land was
      Bickley's Old Field which was a part of the Bickley Plantation which Joseph Bickley had gotten by his marriage with Sarah, widow of
      Richard Gissedge, deceased

      Richard Gissedge had named Mary Lipscomb, Daniel Miles and
      William Noyes the executors of his last will. There is a long settle-
      ment between the executors of the Estate of Richard Gissedge
      deceased and John Walker, the surviving executor of the Estate of
      Col. Richard Johnson. {King William Records, Book No. 1, pages 251, 252, 253}

      In 1703/4, Joseph Bickley published his intention of marrying
      Sarah, the widow of Richard Gissedge, decd.

      Soon after this, Joseph Bickley was appointed by the Court,
      guardian of one Ralph Shelton Who was a son of Sarah Bickley by a
      former marriage, and Joseph Bickley paid school accounts for Ralph

      The personal property had been, in due time, appraised by an
      order of the Court and the executors of the will of Richard Gissedge
      decd., Mary wife of Ambrose Lipscomb, with Daniel Myles and
      William Noyes, had made a settlement with John Walker, the
      surviving executor of Col. Richard Johnson. The personal property
      was divided into three parts and one third part, to wit: two hundred
      and seventy-five pounds and six shillings and three farthings were
      duly delivered to Joseph Bickley on behalf of his wife, Sarah, the late
      wife of Richard Gissedge, decd.

      Joseph Bickley gave receipts for the same and the lengthy
      division was recorded at King William Court on the 9th of February
      1703/4. {King William Records, Book No. 2, pages 19, 20, 21}

      It is certain that Joseph Bickley and Sarah, his wife, had con-
      tinued to live at the old Gissedge home place and, in November
      1722, they conveyed by deed one hundred and fifty acres of land
      which was stated to be "a part of the Old Plantation" by an order of
      Court and agreement between Joseph Bickley and Ambrose Lips-
      comb and Mary, his wife. The record reads "one of" and the rest is
      lost by the two fires which burned the records at King William. {King William Records, Book No. 2, page 62}

      These meager bits of record point to the fact the Gissedge-
      Bickley plantation lay next to the lands of Ambrose Lipscomb and
      his wife, Mary, and it is certain that she was deeded this land because she was one of the heirs, probably a daughter of Richard Gissedge, decd. A definite Statement is not made.

      Joseph Bickley had become an important person in King William
      and, at some time before 1742, he had moved with his family to the
      western part of Hanover County, which became Louisa County.

      On October 29, 1742, Joseph Bickley was named in a new
      Commission of Peace for the County of Louisa and it was ordered
      that Joseph Bickley should be appointed Sheriff for the county. {History of Louisa County, Harris, page 14A}

      He died in 1749 and left a will which was probated in 1749. {Louisa Will Book No. 2, page 21}

      There are no records at King William to show the disposition of
      the large Gissedge-Bickley plantation which contained 2,000 acres
      and which lay along Cohoke Swamp, extended downward and as far
      back as the King William Road on the east. This tract probably
      included the land in the plantations later known as Lilly Point, Cedar
      Circle, and Rosegarden. {King William Records, Book No. 4, page 59}