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

Thomas Griffin

Male Abt 1671 - 1720  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name Thomas Griffin 
    Born Abt 1671 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Jun 1720  St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I023088  Tree1
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 

    Father UFO Griffin 
    Family ID F50969  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Thomas,   b. 21 Dec 1679, Christ Church Parish, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1725, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 47 years) 
    Married Abt 1700  St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Griffin,   b. Abt 1700, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1745/46, Essex County, Virginia - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years)
     2. Anne Griffin,   b. Abt 1700, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1725, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     3. Thomas Griffin,   b. Aft 1700, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1738, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 36 years)
     4. Robert Griffin,   b. Aft 1700, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Eli Griffin,   b. Aft 1700, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Winifred Griffin,   b. Aft 1700, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Anchoridge Griffin,   b. Aft 1700, St. Mary’s Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F14083  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1717-1722 Essex County, Virginia Wills, Inventories & Settlements, No. 3; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 156-157
      Will of Thomas Griffin, being sick and weak of body, dated April 27, 1720, St. Mary’s Parish.
      To my son John besides what I have already given him five pounds and 200 acres of land the which he now liveth on and the Negroes he is now possest with.
      To my son Thomas my plantation I now live on and as much more land as will make the same to contain 250 acres, and three Negroes Billy, and Tom and Little Moll and two fether beds and furniture.
      To my son Robert two Negros Jack and old Moll and one fether bed and furniture.
      To my son Elie two Negroes Florah now in being, the other to be bought by my executors with mony that is now in the hands of Mr. Willis, merchant.
      To my daughter, Winefred four thousand pounds of tobacco or a negro but not to be paid to her til 25 Dec. 1721.
      To my daughter Anchoridge four thousand pounds of tobacco or a Negro but not to be paid to her till 25 Dec 1723.
      To my daughter Anne Stevens on Negro girl Sarah which he now hath in possession.
      My Three youngest sons Thomas and Robert and Elie shall not have their Negroes delivered to them till they arrive to the age of twenty years and in case either of them should die without an heir then their estates equally divided amongst the surviving brothers and sisters except my son John who is not to come in for any part thereof.
      The rest of my estate be equally divided amongst all my children except my daughter Anne who hath had her part already. The rest to receive their parts as they come to age or marry.
      I have made provisions for building of a mill and purchased stones and iron work for the same. My executors go forward with it and cause the same to be built and after my son Thomas comes to the age of two and twenty he possess the said mill. In case he should dye without an heir, to fall to the next heir.
      My two sons John and Thomas Executors.
      Thomas (T) Griffin
      Witnesses: Geo. Robinson, Jno. Ellitts, Barbary Robinson. June 21, 1720. Presented in Courth by John Griffin executor. Proved by George Robinson and John Ellitts.
      ===
      1717-1722 Essex County, Virginia Wills, Inventories & Settlements, No. 3; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page
      Pages 216-218. Thomas Griffin. Inventory. 13 Abr 1720. Made pursuant to order of 21 June 1720. Appraisers sworn before Maj. Benja, Robinson. No total valuation. Signed by Jno. Griffin.
      John Carlett Junr.
      Henary (H) Brice
      Jno. Ellitts
      Geo. Robinson
      === brother thomas
      1695-1697 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 99-100
      IN THE NAME OF GOD, Amen. I JOHN GRIFFING of the County of Essex in Virginia Shipright, being of perfect sence and memory do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following;
      Imprimus, I bequeath my Soule to Almighty God that gave itt and my body to the Earth from whence itt came hopeing that by the merritts of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to receive a blessed Resurrection, And as for my worldly goods and estate wch. itt hath pleased Almighty God to posssesse me with after my just debts satisfied and paid I give and bequeath in manner and forme following;
      Imprimis, I give and bequeath unto my Brother, SAMLL. GRIFFING, all my wearing cloathes to be delivered imediately after my funeral!;
      Item, I give unto my Cuzen, JNO: GRIFFING, Son of my Brother, SAMLL. GRIFFING, two Cowes and Calves as soone as itt may be convenient after my decease;
      Item, I give unto my Cuz:, SARAH GRIFFING, one Cow and Calfe and one Cow yearling to be delivered as above;
      Item, I give my Brother, THOMAS GRIFFING, Son and Daughter, Five pounds Sterl. a piece to be paid to them on demand;
      Item, I give unto my Brother, LAWRANCE GRIFFING, Ten pounds ditto;
      Item, I give unto my Sister, SARAH GRIFFING, then pounds Sterl.
      Item, I give unto ELIZABETH, my well beloved Wife, all the rest of my lands goods and Chattles whatsoever dureing her natural! life and after my said Wifes decease to my Cozen, JNO: GRIFFING, Son of my Brother, SAMLL. GRIFFING, to him and his heires forever; Likewise I do appoint my well beloved Wife, ELIZABETH, sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament; In Testimony whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this 13th day of April! 1696
      Sealed & signed in the presence of lus
      WILLIAM JOHNSON, JOHN GRIFFING
      RICHARD CLOUTHER,
      THO: TABUT
      I the Subscriber did see Mr. JOHN GRIFFING signe seale and deliver this within mentioned as his last Will and Testament and that he was in pfect sence and memory att that time to the best of your Deponants knowledge, and further saith not
      Sworne to in Essex County Court the WILLIAM JOHNSON
      10th day of May 1697
      I the Subscriber did see Mr. JOHN GRIFFING signe seale and deliver this within mentioned as his last Will and Testament and that he was in p:fect slence and memory to the best of your Deponants knowledge and further saith not
      Sworne to in Essex County Court the RICHARD CLOUTHER
      10th day of May 1697
      Att a Court held for Essex County the 10th day of May 1697
      This Will was proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded Vere Recordatr: Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
      ===
      1714-1716 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 2; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 9, Beverley Fleet]; Page 337. Will of Robert Thomas of St Maries Parish, Essex Co. D. 1st Jan. 1714/15. P. 13 Jan. 1714/15.
      To two grandsons Robert and John Thomas 600 acres of land lying on the branch of Ware Swamp to be equally divided. The residue of that patent, 370 acres,
      to daughter Anne Griffin.
      To wife Susannah all the full Estate both real and personal that she brought with her.
      Balance of estate to son Robert Thomas and daughter Anne Griffin.
      Son in Law Thomas Griffin to be Exor.
      Signed Robert Thomas
      his mark
      Wit:
      Jno Taliaferro
      ffran:Thorton
      Mary x Mackor

      Bond. 13 Jany 1714/15. £200. Sterl. Thomas Griffin as Exor. of Robert Thomas, deceased.
      Signed Thomas x Griffin
      William Pickett
      Robt Thomas
      Wit:
      Robt Jones
      Rec. 13 Jany 1714/15
      ===
      ===
      1697-1699 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 182-183
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I THOMAS MEDOWS of the County of Essex do sell to THOMAS GRIFIN and his heirs forever a certaine parcel of Land containing Two hundred acres being in the aforesd. County and on the South side of Rappa: River in ye freshes of the same, and on the South side of a Run called PEUMANSEND and begining at a marked Burch corner tree to WILLIAM BROWNE and thence runing up the Maine Run of PEWMANSEND South West to a life Oake with this first course bounding on and with the natural water course of the abovesd. Run, thence South to a sweet Gum and thence North to a Dogwood standing in the line of the Land I sold to CHRISTOPHER MAN, and thence West along the said MANs line to a marked red Oake saplin, thence North along the said MANs & BROWNEs line to ye first stacon, To have & to hold ye said Land with all mines & minerals and all other priviledges thereon in as ample manner as to me in the Patent granted from me my heirs to the said GRIFFIN and his heirs forever; with warranty from the claimes of any persons whatsoever, As Witness my hand & seale this 10th day of May in the year one thousand six hundred ninety eight
      Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of
      THOMAS SHORT, THOMAS MEDERS
      WM GANNOCKE
      Acknowledged in Essex County Court ye llth day of July 1698 & truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
      === land mentioned
      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 6-7
      THIS INDENTURE made ye 10th day of Augt. in ye year of our Lord God One thousand six hundred ninety nine Between THO: MEADOWS of ye County of Essex (togather with SUSANNA my Wife) within ye Colony of Virga:, Planter, Son & heir of JOHN MEADOWS, late of ye same County, Planter, deced of the one part and GEO: LOYD of ye Parish of Cittenburne in ye County aforesd., Planter, of ye other part Witnesseth that for ye sum of Seven thousand & five hundred pounds of good sound merchantable tobacco unto ye sd THO: MEADOWS in hand well & truly paid the sd THO: MEADOWS hash granted unto ye sd GEO: LOYD his heirs & assignes forever all that devident of land containing Five hundred & fifty acres being in the Parish of St. Maries & County of Essex aforesd., formerly called RAPPAHANNOCK County, bounded as followeth, begining at an Oaks Corner tree in THOMAS GRIFFING (upon ye branches of PEWMANSEND and on ye South side of ye Maine River & on ye East side of a forke of the said River) thence up ye Maine Run to a marked Beech corner tree that ye division line begineth at that pasteth WM. GANNOCK & THO: MEADOWS, thence South West to a marked white Oake standing in ye devision line. thence North West to & marked white Oake, thence East to a marked Hickory standing in ye sd Division Line, thence East to a marked Hickory standing in CHRISTOPHER MANs line & along ye sd MANs line West to a maked Dogwood; thence South West to a sweet Gum corner to sd THO: GRIFFING & thence along sd GRIFFINGs North to ye first mentioned Station, the said land being part of a Patent bearing date ye 17th day of April 1664 and now loth of right belong unto ye sd THO: MEADOWS as Son & heir of ye sd JNO: MEADOWS deced as aforesd., wth: all houses buildings fences barns woods swamps & appurtenances whatsoever belonging (Now Know yee that Fifty acres of this land hereby granted is that which is excepted in ye Deed of Gift as I ye sd MEADOWS gave to WM. GANNOCK as by Record may appear) To have & to hold unto ye sd GEO: LOYD his heirs &assignes forever and the said THO: MEADOWS & SUSANNA his Wife will warrant & forever defend And also that GEO: LOYD his heirs & assignes shall possess the said land without any trouble of ye sd THO: MEADOWS & SUSANNA his Wife their heirs or any other persons wt:soever
      Sealed & delivered in ye presence of
      ROBT. COLEMAN, THOMAS MEADOWS
      JOHN PEATLE, PHIL: PARR SUSANNAH MEADOWS
      Acknowledged & right of Dower relinquished in Essex County ye 11th day of Augt. 1699 & truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
      ===
      1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 24
      Assignment. 10 July 1703. Tho Man assigns 100 acres "which I have of Thomas Meadoes with warrenty" to Tho Griffin.
      Wit: Signed Christopher Man (sic)
      John Ellits Jeane x Man Thomas Dickinson
      Jeane Man wife of Christopher Man reling dower rights.
      Rec. 10 July 1703
      ===
      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 243
      Deed. 10 June 1706. Charles Smith of St Marys parish, Surveyor, sells Thomas Griffin of same par, planter, for £ 50., 1/2 of a mill in St Annes parish, on Blackburn's Creek. The mill formerly bulit by sd Smith, and 1/2 sold by him to Thos Short, and that half sold by Short to Thos Pettross.
      Wit: Signed Cha: Smith
      Aug't Smith
      Edw'd Gouldman
      Ja: Alderson
      Bond on above witnessed by Aug't Smith and Edw Gouldman.
      Ack and red 11 June 1706.
      Note:We cannot but wonder what became of the Gouldmans in Virginia history. This name seems to disappear altogether. B.F.
      ===
      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 158-159.
      August 28, 1708. Thomas Griffin of Essex County to Charles Brown of same. For former bond of 80 pounds sterling dated 31 July last. One half of a mill then in the possession of Thomas Griffin and Thomas Petross. Thomas Griffin
      Witness: Paul Micou, Job (X) Virgit.
      Oct 11, 1708. Acknowledged by Thomas Griffin. George Loyd by virtue of a letter of attorney from Anne Griffin wife to Thomas relinquished her right of dower.
      Oct 9, 1708. Anne Griffin wife of Thomas Griffin make George Loyd my attorney to relinquish my right of dower. Anne (A) Griffin
      Witness: Charles Brown, Samuel (S) Johnson.
      Oct 11, 1708. approved by Charles Brown and Samuel Johnson.
      ===
      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 185
      Feb. 10, 1708/9. Bond of Ralph Rowzee as guardian of Ralph Smith. Unto James Boughan of Essex County, Gent., in behalfe of the Court. For 100 pounds sterlin. Securtities, Thomas Griffin and Henry Long of Essex County.
      Ralph Rowsy
      Thomas (x) Griffin
      Henry Lond
      Witness: Robert Jones, Ja. Alderson
      Feb 10, 1708/9 acknowledged.
      ===
      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 350.
      June 10, 1710. Judgement being affirmed against John Lomax, Gent., late Sheriff for 291 pounds of tobacco for the nonappearance of William Thomas at the suit of Thomas Griffin, June 17, 1710. Order to Sheriff to attach estate.
      Francis Gouldman
      serviced upon a black cow of the estate fo William Thomas
      Robert Parker SSEC
      === attorney
      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 433-34..
      3-4 Sept 1711. Richard Booker of Essex County to George Duckberry of same. Lease and release; for 60 pounds sterling. 150 acres, part of 1050 acres former granted to James Coghill by patent 17 April 1667 in St. Marie’s Parish... in the old reputed Indian line.. to the main furn of Portobago swamp...
      Richard Booker
      Witness: William Pickett, Frederick (F) Coghill, Robert Cooke. 13, Sept 1711. Acknowledged by Richard Booker by Robert parker his attorney. Margaret Booker wife to Richard by Thomas Griffin her attorney relinquished her right of dower.
      Sept 4, 1711. Richard Booker appoint my friend Robert Parker to acknowledge deeds.
      Richard Booker.
      Witness: Robert Cooke, Frederick (F) Coghill, William Pickett. 13 7ber (Sept) 1711. Proved by the witnesses. Sept 4, 1711 Margaret, wife of Richard Booker relinquishes her right of dower and appoint Thomas Griffin to be her attorney.
      Margaret (M) Booker
      Witness: William Pickett, Frederick (F) Coghill, Robert Cooke, Sept 13, 1711. Proved by the Witnesses.
      === payments
      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 437
      Mr. Benjamin Mosely. Estate account. 13 Sept. 1711.
      Payments made to Mr. Samuel Thacker, Mr. Richard Buckner, Mr. John Worden, Christo. Man, Henry Byrom, legacies given to his son Wm. Receipts from George Perry, Chr Man, Cha. Dowers, Chr. Whittemore, John Hudson,Thomas Griffin, Robt. Williams, Eliza Franklin, Rovt Moss, Mr. Augt. Smith.
      Signed by Samll. Thompson
      13 Sept 1711, Returned by Samuel Thompson, administrator.
      === bondsman
      1711-1714 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 8, Beverley Fleet]; Page 93. Bond. 12 Dec. 1712. Robert Thomas as Guardian for Elizabeth Thomas, orphan. £ 100 Sterl.
      Wit: signed Robert Thomas
      Ja Alderson his mark
      Wm Covington junr Thomas Griffin
      his mark
      Rec. 12 Dec. 1712.
      ===
      1716-1718 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 15, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 9, Beverley Fleet]; Page 10. Lease and Release. 18-19 Feb. 1716/17. Thos. Griffin of Essex County, sells Geo. Robinson of same County, 100 acres, part of a tract formerly belonging to Thos. Meadows.
      Signed
      Thomas x Griffin
      Anne x Griffin
      Wit:
      John Sanders
      William Bramlitt
      Rec. 19 March 1716/17
      ===
      1716-1718 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 15, Part 2; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 65-66.
      4-5 July 1717. Thomas Griffin and Anne, his wife of St. Marys Parish Essex County, to Thomas Lantor of same. Lease and release for 5000 and 5000 pounds of tobacco. 366 acres
      Thomas (T) Griffin
      Ann (A) Griffin
      Wit: John Boughan, Richard Johnson, Augt. Smith.
      16, July 1717: Acknowledged by Thomas Griffin and Anne his wife.
      ===
      ===
      Jame Hughes 2006-02-11 18:48:01
      Early Ware Patents

      716 - 14 Jun - "We the subscribers being summoned and this day to lay of and possession the land of Richard Johnson, pursuant to an order of the Essex Co. court, dated 16 May 1716 and we demanded of the said Richard Johnson to show us the bounds of his lands and to also produce what writing he held his land by and made, the said Richard, did answer us and said that his land was already bounded and that there was no occasion to show us his writings, or bounds of his lands for that Henry Hill and he had agreed to their bounds for which reason we did not further proceed to perform the said order. Given our hands and seals, the day and year above written. John Elliott, Foreman, Thomas Griffin, Robert Kay, Jr., John Long, Samuel Prosser, William Harrison, George Robinson, John Sanders, Nicholas Ware, Robert Kay, Henry Brice, Andrew Harrison, Jr. (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. 9, Essex Co. Wills and Deeds, 1714-1717, Page 60.8)
      ===
      Essex County Order Book 1716-1723 Part II
      19 February 1718

      It is ordered yt Thos. Griffin be Surveyr. of ye Highways from ye King & Queen Road by John Goug's Plantation down to John Pckles Rolling House & from thence to the Landing in ye Creek & have all the titheables in ye sd precincts to clear ye same.

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