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

William Rankins

Male 1758 - 1836  (78 years)

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  • Name William Rankins 
    Born 1758  King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Apr 1836  Washington, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I022510  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 

    Father William Rankins,   b. Abt 1722, Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1761, Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00779  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Anne Reid,   b. 1768, Frederick County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1836, Washington, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Abt 1790  Berkeley County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 8 May 2021 
    Family ID F13632  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2807773&id=I55 3256341
      URL title: Fitch, Hawes, Porter, Jarrett Family

      Name: William RANKINS
      Birth: 1758 in Hanover,KG,Va.
      Death: 12 Apr 1836 in Washington,Mason,Ky
      Change Date: 28 Jan 2004

      Father: William RANKINS b: Abt 1722 in Hanover,KG,Va
      Mother: Elizabeth MARSHALL b: Abt 1735 in King George,Va

      Marriage 1 Mary Anne REID b: 1768 in Frederick,Va
      Married: Abt 1790 in Berkeley,Va
      Thomas W. RANKINS b: 1797 in Frederrick,Va.
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.jadecat.com/famdocs/mNichollswill.html
      URL title: Will of Margery Nicholls
      Will of
      Margery Nicholls
      (died 1823)
      Mason County, Kentucky

      Mason County KY Will Book:

      Margery Kirk Nicholls,

      In the name of God, Amen. I Margery Nicholls being of sound disposing mind and memory do make ordain and declare this my last Will and testament as follows towit: First I desire that my executor herein after mentioned shall pay and satisfy all just demands which I may leave unsatisfied. Secondly I will and bequeath unto my beloved nephew George Kirk son of Thomas Kirk Junior and to his heirs and assigns forever all and singular the tract of land whereon I now live, also all the household and kitchen furniture, which I may leave in the house and kitchen or on the said farm, and my farther will is that my executors herein after appointed shall pay to my said nephew the sum of five hundred dollars.

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      My farther will is that my said nephew shall have all my stock of horses, cattle sheep and hogs, and all and every kind of farming tools and utensils which I now have or may have at the time of my death.

      Item, I give and bequeath to my brother Thomas Kirk the Sum of one hundred dollars to be paid him by my executors as soon as they can conveniently collect the same.

      Item I give and bequeath to my brother-in-law George Plummer the sum of fifty dollars to be paid by my executors so soon as they can collect the same.

      Item, I will and bequeath to my Neice Mary Thomas wife to William Thomas the sum of fifty dollars to be paid to her by my executors.

      Item. I will and bequeath to Isaiah Nicholls son to my Nephew Thomas Nicholls the sum of fifty dollars to be paid to his guardian by my executors, or in case he thinks proper to secure it, so that it shall answer for a fund for schooling the said Isaiah.

      Item. My will and desire is, that all the residue of my said estate, not herein bequeathed shall be equally divided between all the children of my brother Thomas Kirk and my sister Nancy Plummer deceased, except such cloathing as I may leave, which I direct to be divided between my sister-in-law Elizabeth Kirk, my neice Mary Thomas, Malinda Dollas and Sally Kendall, wife of Aaron Kendall.

      Item, I appoint my friend THOMAS MANHALL Executor to this my last Will and testament hereby revoking all and every other will or wills heretofore made by me. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third of September eighteen hundred and eleven.

      Signed, sealed Published &
      Pronounced as the last Will
      & Testament in the presence of
      Teste her
      J.R. Bullock Margery X Nicholls {Seal}
      Manhall Key mark
      Peyton R. Key

      I Margery Nicholls being still of sound mind and memory as make this codicil to my will as follows towit It is my will and desire that my negro boy Armstead be free after the year eighteen hundred and twenty four and my executor is hereby directed and empowered to sell the said boy for that term and no longer and to give him the privilege of choosing his master if he shall think proper.

      My farther will is that my nephew George Kirk shall receive but three hundred dollars instead of five hundred mentioned in the body of my will. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal the nineteenth of September eighteen hundred and eleven.

      THOMAS MARSHALL Margery X Nicholls {Seal}
      J.R. Bullock

      Mason County Kcty April Court 1823
      This last Will and testament of Margery Nicholls deceased was produced in Court and proved by the oath of Peyton R. Key and Marshall Key, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that THOMAS MARSHALL the executor named in said Will has departed this life, on motion of George Kirk, administration with the will annexed of the estate of the said Margery Nicholls deceased is granted to the Said George Kirk, whereupon he made oath &c and upon his motion certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration thereof in due form, upon his giving Security, whereupon he together with Daniel Rees and WILLIAM RANKINS his securities entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of Six thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs.

      Manhall Key, Clk.

      Transcribed by J.L. McKenzie. Words/comments in [brackets] were inserted by me for clarification. This Margery was the wife of Thomas Nicholls who was the brother of my 6th great grandfather, John Nicholls. Interestingly, in spite of Thomas's wishes, stated in his will, Margery wrote left her entire estate to her brother, her sister and their children, save for $50.00 to Isaiah Nicholls, son of her husband's nephew, Thomas Nicholls.
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://www.vanhook.us/narr/SamuelNC.htm
      URL title: Samuel VanHook of North Carolina
      8 March 1799 - Fayette County, Kentucky., District Court Deed Book B, page 350 - Jacob Myers of Mercer County, Kentucky sold to Samuel Cook of Harrison County, Kentucky, 100 acres in Harrison County for 300 pounds. A tract on the south fork of Licking River, above the mouth of Indian Creek, part of Samuel VanHook's settlement and bounded as follows (to wit) Beginning at a sugar tree & white oak thence north 3E109 poles crossing the river to WILLIAM RANKINS upper corner to some ash & Elm on the Bank thence up the said river with its meanders thereof (as follows) N67W24 poles, N59W58 poles, N75W20 poles, N80W50 poles, S65W9 poles to a hackberry & box elder lower corner to THOMAS GALLISPIE, thence with GALLISPIE's line South 145 poles to a stake thence East 145 poles to the beginning. Witnesses: John Owings, WILLIAM FORD, James Nicholas. Recorded 3 June 1799.
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://webroots.org/library/usahist/homnrs04.html
      URL title: History of The Middle New River Settlements - Chapters V-VI
      The people living along the New River to the northeast thereof and north of the Narrows of said river, in what is now Giles County, were inhabitants of Greenbrier County and lived many miles from Lewisburg, their county town. They therefore determined to apply for the creation of a new county, and by an act of the Legislature of Virginia passed January 14th, 1799, the County of Monroe was created out of the territory of Greenbrier, with the following boundaries as set forth in the said Act, viz: "Beginning where the ridge dividing the eastern from the western waters joins Peter's Mountain, and with said eastern ridge to the ridge which divides Howard's and Second Creek, thence with the said ridge westwardly, including the waters of Second Creek to the Wagon road at Robert Knox's, thence with the said creek to THOMAS Nicholls' Spring branch, thence a straight line to Alderson's ferry landing on Greenbrier River, thence down the said river to the mouth of Muddy Creek, thence crossing the same to the ridge which divides the waters of Muddy Creek and Griffith's run, and with the said ridge to Keeney's Knobs and with said Knobs, including the waters flowing into Greenbrier River to New River, and up the same to where it breaks through Peter's Mountain, thence with said mountain an east course to the beginning."

      A court for the county was directed to be held on the second Monday of every month. The following named gentlemen were by the act to locate the site of justice for the county, to wit: THOMAS KIRK, of the County of Giles, James Harvey, of the County of Tazewell, Joseph Stratton, of the County of Logan, and Henry B. Hunter, of the County of Greenbrier
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:3073097&id=I55 45
      URL title: Ancestry file
      ID: I5545
      Name: Thomas Nicholls
      Surname: Nicholls
      Given Name: Thomas
      Sex: M
      Birth: 22 Sep 1758 in , , Maryland
      Death: BEF 8 Jul 1805 in , Mason, Kentucky

      Marriage 1 Margery KIRK b: BEF 1765 in , , Maryland
      Augusta County, Virginia Page 399-400
      AUGUST, 1793 (D to M).

      John Dixon vs. James Kerr and Robert Campbell.--Deposition of James
      Kerr taken in Lexington, Kentucky, second Tuesday in June, 1793. Son of
      James, defendant John Campbell's deposition at same place. John Dixon
      was drafted to go into service under McIntosh, but persuaded Kerr to sell
      him a servant as a substitute.

      William Kerr vs. John Dixon.--Trespass on land involving title. John
      Allison appeared as agent for William Kerr and was William's nephew.
      William Rankin is about to remove to Kentucky, 16th September, 1789.
      William and James Kerr were sons of John Kerr. Jury finds special verdict;
      patent to Wm. Kerr 2d June, 1760. William Kerr and Martha, his wife,
      17th May, 1768. Deposition of Elizabeth McClure, 5th August, 1789. She
      was the daughter of John Kerr. William Allison, son of John Allison, Sr.
      See some papers of above suit in the papers Samuel Hunter vs. Torbett and

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