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

Francis Thornton

Male 1682 - 1758  (76 years)


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  • Name Francis Thornton 
    Born 4 Jan 1681/82  "The Hills", Gloucester County, Virginia. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Feb 1758  St. Mary's Parish, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I023597  Tree1
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 

    Father Francis Thornton,   b. 5 Nov 1651, Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1726, St. Paul's Parish, King George County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Alice Savage,   b. Abt 1652, Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1701, St. Mary's Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1674  Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14389  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anne Kenyon,   b. Abt 1688, St. Mary's Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1758, Brunswick Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Thornton,   b. Abt 1704, Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1768, Drysdale Parish, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F48808  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Taliaferro,   b. 1686, Golden Vale Swamp, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1721 and 1753, Snow Creek, St. Mary's Parish, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1703  Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Thornton,   b. Abt 1706, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1767, Lamb's Creek, King George County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     2. Alice Thornton,   b. 1707, St. Mary's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1739, Bloomsberry, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     3. Mary Thornton,   b. Bef 1710, St. Mary's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1732, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 24 years)
     4. Francis Thornton,   b. 1711, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1749, Fall Hill, Spotsylvania County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     5. John Thornton,   b. 1712, Stafford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1777, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     6. Reuben Thornton,   b. 1714, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1768, Drysdale Parish, Caroline County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     7. Elizabeth Mary Thornton,   b. 1719, "Snow Creek" Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1774, Albemarle County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     8. Mildred Thornton,   b. 21 Mar 1720/21, Snow Creek, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1778, Castle Hill, Albemarle County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     9. Lucy Thornton,   b. 1722, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1753, Caroline County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 30 years)
     10. Anne Thornton,   b. 1726, "Snow Creek" Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Fredericksburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Sarah Thornton,   b. Abt 1731, Snow Creek, Spotsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1760, Grange, Culpeper County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years)
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F14388  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • === father
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://genforum.genealogy.com/thornton/messages/6413.html
      URL title: Will of Francis Thornton (d.1726) King George Co VA
      Will of Francis Thornton:
      In the Name of God Amen. I Francis Thornton of the County of King George considering the frailty of this mortal life and being sick and weak in Body but of sound and perfect sense and memory praised be God for the same doe make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
      Item: I give to two sons Francis Thornton and Rowland Thornton all my tract of Land at the foot of the Lower Falls of Rappahannock River containing Eight Hundred & Odd acres which I purchased of Mr. John Hawkins, my son Francis to have the upper part and my son Rowland the lower part of the said land by equal portions as it is already divided. The said Land with all its appurtenances doe I give and bequeath to my said two sons Francis and Rowland to them or either of them their heirs forever.
      Item: I give and bequeath to my son Rowland Thornton the moiety or half of a tract of land containing one thousand acrew which I purchased of Mr. John Wright as by deed of sale recorded in Richmond County Court may appear the said moiety or half which I do give and bequeath to my son Rowland beginning on the lines of John Hawxford and Thomas Tippett and running the full breadth of the said land on both sides Crowes Swamp upwards to a division line already made by my son Anthony Thornton by my consent which said five hundred acres I doe give and bequeath to my said son Rowland Thornton his heirs and behoofs forever.
      Item: I give and bequeath the other moiety or half of the said Thousand acres of land purchased of John Wright to my Loving Wife Anne Thornton in full dower and satisfaction of all my Lands before given and bequeathed that she shall claim no right, title, interest or claim in or to any of my other lands before bequeathed which said five hundred acres of land I give to my said Wife during her natural life and after her decease that is to say after the death of said wife Anne then the said five hundred acres of land I give and bequeath unto George Riding, the son of my wife Anne Thornton, to him the said George Riding his heirs and behoofs forever.
      Item: I give and bequeath to George Riding the son of my Wife Anne Thornton, one tract or tenement of land containing one hundred and seventy odd acres which I purchased of Capt. John Washington lying and being in the County of King George, the said land I do give and bequeath unto the above named George Riding to him and his heirs forever.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my eldest son William Thornton Five pounds of Sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Francis Thornton Five pounds Sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Elizabeth Gibson Five pounds Sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Taliaferro Five pounds Sterling.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret Strother Thirty pounds Sterling. I having Ninety pounds Sterling now due to me from my son Anthony Thornton, my will is that these above named legacies to all my children above named be paid out of the said Ninety pounds and the remainder of the said ninety pounds after all the above said Money Lagacies are paid, I give and bequeath unto my son Anthony Thornton.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandson Francis Conway one mulatto girl named Bess.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto the within named George Riding, son of my Wife Ann, five slaves by name - Mullato James, Negro Dick, Negro Jane, Negro Nanny and a Negro boy named Samuel.
      Item: The rest of my Negroes I give and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Anne Thornton during her natural life and after her decease I will and bequeath all my said Negros to be divided by equal portions between George & Margaret Riding, son & daughter of my now wife Anne Thornton.
      Item: I give all my personal estate unto my Loving Wife Anne Thornton during her widdowhood and in case she marrieth my said personal estate to be equally divided between my said wife and her two within named Children George & Margaret Riding by three equal portions. And I do hereby make constitute and ordain my loving wife Anne Thornton my whole and sole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this 10th day of may 1726. Frans Thornton (Seale) Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of us
      T: Turner
      Thomas Moore
      his
      John [I] Kendall
      mark
      At a Court held for King George County on Friday ye. 7th day of October 1726. This last Will & Testament of Francis Thornton, deceased, was presented into Court by Anne Thornton, his Widdow & Executrix, who made oath thereto and the same was proved by the oaths of Thomas Turner, Thomas Moore, and John Kendall the Evidences thereto and Admitted to Record. Copy Test T: Turner Cl:Cur:
      ===
      1722-1749 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Will Book A; [William Armstrong Crozier]; Page 6
      ROY, JAMES, d. Apr. 16, 1741, p. May 5, 1741. Wit. Edward Herndon. John Gordon, Elizabeth Gordon. Ex. Maj. Francis Thornton. Leg. son Thomas Roy, all my land; daughter Elizabeth Gordon, now wife to John Gordon; daughters Effey, Isabella, Mary, and Sarah Roy; son David Roy. (Page 325)
      === son Francis Jr.
      1749-1759 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Will Book B; [William Armstrong Crozier];
      THORNTON, FRANCIS, Spotsylvania Co., d. Nov. 11, 1748, p. Sept. 5, 1749. Wit. John Sutherland, Sarah Slaughter, Ann Jackson, James Allen, Robert Jackson. Ex. wife, Frances; father, Francis; brother, John; son, Francis. Leg. wife, Frances; son, Francis; to son George, land in Orange Co., bought of Thomas Meriwether and Moseley Battalay; son, William; son, John; daughter, Mildred Thornton; daughter, Mary Thornton. Codicil dated Mar. 21. Wit. Robert Jackson, James Allen, Ann Jackson, George Hicks. (Page 1)
      ===
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes
      URL: http://gedcom.surnames.com/burgess_jim/np90.htm
      Will of William THORNTON

      In the Name of God Amen. I William THORNTON of King George County and Parish of Brunswick, Gentleman, being sick and weak in body but of sound perfect and disposing mind memory and understanding.
      Praised be Almighty God for the same, do make and declare this my Last Will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator and by the Merits of his son Jesus Christ my Redeemer I hope for the Enjoyments of a Heavenly Being.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto Frances ROBINSON my granddaughter the following slaves, Punch, Venus and her child Lucy, Hannah, Primus, Cato Mingo, Jack and Dafeny. I also give unto my said granddaughter all that tract or parcel of land in Prince William County at the Great Marsh whereon William Hackney and John Jones now live containing five hundred acres of land more or less.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandson William ROBINSON THE following slaves Dick, Winney, Milley, Jolly, Dick, Edinborough, Plato, Phill and Sambo. I also give unto my said grandson William Robinson fifteen hundred acres of land in Prince William County, Virginia, the uppermost part of my land binding upon Tin Pot Run.
      Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving brother Francis THORNTON of Caroline County One Hundred Pounds Current Money.
      Item: At the day of my death I do acquit and discharge my loving friend John Steward from all debts, dues and demands.
      Item: Give unto Anne Redman the sum of Thirty Five Pounds Current Money to be paid in provisions on this plantation or money as the said Anne Redman shall like best.
      Item: I give unto my kind friend the Reverend Mr. Daniel McDonald a book called Usebuss History of the Church. As I apprehend there is no occasion of appraising my estate, I desire it may be omitted. All the rest and residue of my estate I give unto my dearly beloved wife Frances ROBINSON and my only son William ROBINSON
      in due proportions as the law shall direct.
      Lastly I do appoint my loving brother Francis Thornton and my only son William THORNTON EXECUTORS OF THIS MY Last Will and Testament heretofore by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & Forty Two. Signed Sealed Published & Declared as for my Last Will & Testament in William THORNTON the Presence of
      Elias SHARP John HOBBY
      William (His Mark) COCKRIL
      At a Court held for King George County the 4th day of March 1742/43
      The Last Will and Testament of William Thornton, Gentleman, Deceased, was presented into court by Frances and William THORNTON his executors, who made oath thereto and the same was proved by the oaths of Elias Sharp and William COCKRILL and admitted to Record.
      ON THE MARGIN OF THE WILL IS WRITTEN-Colonel William THORNTONs WILL
      ===
      1722-1749 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Will Book A; [William Armstrong Crozier];
      HORSENAIL, JAMES, St. George's Parish, d. July 30, 1730, p. Mar. 2, 1730-1. Wit. John Smith, Myles Potter, Lewis Murrah. Ex. Francis Thornton, Francis Thornton, Junr. Leg. Francis Thornton, Junr; Mary Abbott and William Abbott, son of the aforesaid Mary; my brother and sister Thomas and Elizabeth Horsenail, of Nazing Parish, in Essex Co., England; Mr. Thomas Griffin, whom I appoint my attorney in London; to Francis Thornton, my two servants Robert Deniston and William Aiken, and likewise the rest of the servitude of William Flowers. (Page 120)
      ===
      BROWN, JAMES (d.i., 1742). COB#2, p. 248: 3 April 1741=Administration on the estate of James Brown, deceased, is granted to Francis Thornton as Jeremiah Brown, heir-at-law to the deceased, came into court and relinquished his right of administration. See also Ibid.,p.316. On 3 April 1741 FRANCIS THORNTON, Gent. gave bond as administrator of James Brown, deceased, with Harry Turner, Gent., his security. [BB#3, p. 9] On 3 December 1742 the inventory of the estate of James Brown, deceased, was returned to court and recorded in I#1, p. 173.
      ===
      1722-1749 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Will Book A, Administration Bonds; [William Armstrong Crozier]; 100 William Lynn, admr. of Alexander Hill, decd., with Francis Thornton, sec. May 1, 1744.
      ===
      1722-1749 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Will Book A, Administration Bonds; [William Armstrong Crozier]; 25 Ann Gibson, admx. of Joseph Gibson, decd., with Francis Thornton, sec. Apr. 1, 1746.
      ===
      1722-1730 Essex County Virginia Wills, Inventories and Settlements of Estates No. 4; [John Frederick Dorman]: Page 84.
      Will of Lawrence Catlett of Essex County, dated 27 Oct. 1724.
      To my loving wife Alice Catlett, durying her naturel life eight. Negroes Robin, Tom, Sambo, Giney, Beck, Jeiney, Judath, Toni the younger, and equally divided between my two brothers John and Thomas Catlett at the death of my wife.
      To my loveing wife Alice, for ever three Negroes Harcules, Essex land Venos.
      To my loveing wife all my houshold goods, all my stock of horses, cattle, hoggs and sheep.
      My loving wife Alice Catlett and my father in law Mr. Francis Thornton executors.
      Lawrence Catlett
      Wit: Jno. Roy, Robt. Smith.
      19 Jan., 1724 [1725]. Presented in Court by Francis Thornton. Proved by the witnesses.
      ===
      ===
      James Hughes 2006-02-17 15:29:10
      Poe Family Essex County, Virginia

      1717

      At a Court continued and held for Essex County on Wednesday ye 22nd day of May 1717*

      * the May 22, 1717 was indeed a Wednesday.

      page 16.

      And upon this day also upon ye return of another report of a jury impannelled & sworn in pursuance of the Order of this Court on the 25th day of March last which report is in ye following words, "In pursuance of an Order of Essex County Court bearing date the 25th of March 1716, wee ye Subscribers being summoned by the Sheriff first sworn did proceed to lay of ye land between John Doe Plt. and Larkin Chew* Deft., according to the order of Court. And finding ye evidence & Patend disagree & the Jury divided, could not proceed to lay of the sd. land: Therefore we humbly pray the Worshipful Court to order whether ye land shall be laid of p. the evidences or Patent for it appears to this Jury that either Patent of evidences must be destroy'd, they being directly contrary one to the other."

      Tho. Ramsey
      Francis Browning
      CHARLES TALIAFERRO
      Jno Pickle
      MATTHEW COLLINS
      John Battaile
      Samuel Poe
      John Sanders
      FRAN. THORNTON JUNR.
      Henry Hill
      Geo. Robinson
      Robert Slater

      By which it appearing the order of March Court aforesd. was yet unperformed. it is ordered that the same be renewed and performance thereof made on ye Second Thursday in June next if fair if not the next fair day & that the report of ye proceedings be made to the next Court.
      ===
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1712-1714 {Antient Press}: pg 4
      Westmoreland County Court 25th day of June 1712
      - BERRYMAN's ackno. to THORNTON
      BENJAMIN BERRYMAN, Gent., personally acknowledged a Deed of Exchange ofLand made between him and Mr. FRANCIS THORNTON to be his proper act and deed together with Livery of Seizin which Mr. ANTHONY THORNTON accepted in behalfe ofFRANCIS THORNTON, ordered the same be recorded
      ===
      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1712-1714 {Antient Press}: pg 4
      Westmoreland County Court 25th day of June 1712
      - THORNTON's ackno to BERRYMAN
      Mr. ANTHONY THORNTON by vertue of a Power ofAttorney duely proved acknowledged a Deed of Exchange ofLand from Mr. FRANCIS THORNTON to BENJAMIN BERRYMAN, Gent., to be his proper act and deed together with Livery ofSeizin ordered the same be recorded
      ===
      1718-1721 Essex County Deed Book No. 16; [John Frederick Dorman]: Page 326.
      20 Nov. 1721. Lawrence Taliaferro and John Battaile of St. Mary's Parish, Essex County, to Zechariah Taltaferro of same.
      Three Negroes named Prince, Pegg and Rocko, three cows and calves, one horse, one mare, four sows and piggs, a bed and, furniture, a pott and pan, all which are now in the said Zachariah Taliaferro's possession and taken out of the estate of John Taliaferro, dec. (in consideration of, which the, said Zacha. Taliaferro having by bond relinquished his whole right to his father John Taliaferro's estate unto the abovesaid Lawrence Taliaferro and John Battaile)
      Lawr, Taliaferro
      John Battelle
      Wit: Francis Thornton, Junr John Catlett, Junr. 21 Nov, 1721. Acknowledged by Lawrence Tallaferro.
      ===
      1721-1735 King George Co VA Deed Book 1: pg 76-79
      Indenture 2/3rd August 1722 between JOHN GREEN of Hanover Parish King George County Planter and ANTHONY THORNTON of St. Pauls Parish in County of Stafford Gent .. for ffour thousand pounds of good tobacco .. by deeds of Lease and Release . sold 65 acres bounded as followeth .. head of a valley that falls into Troro Swamp near a Plantation of ffRANCIS THORNTON whereon lives one WILLIAM GIFTY.. corner tree of JOHN KENDALLS land ..
      Presence Fran. Thornton, John Green
      Will. Strother Abigail x Green .. and ABIGAIL the wife of the said JOHN relinquished her Right of Dower and thirds at the Common Law in and to the same .. 7th September 1722 .. Deeds of Lease and Release recorded.
      ===
      1722-1725 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book A; [Antient Press] Page 1
      THIS INDENTURE made the twenty fourth day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty two between FRANCIS THORNTON and MARY his Wife of ESSEX County and ANTHONY THORNTON and WINNIFRED his Wife of STAFFORD County of the one part and ELIZABETH TAPP of Spotsylvania County of the other part; Witnesseth that FRANCIS THORNTON and MARY his Wife and ANTHONY THORNTON and WINNIFRED his Wife for and in consideration of five hundred pounds of tobacco to them paid by ELIZABETH TAPP the Receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge have and by these presents do bargain and sell unto ELIZABETH TAPP one tract of land containing four hundred and fifty acres lying and being in Spotsylvania County on the Ridge that lies between the Branches of NASSAPONNAX and the Branches of MATTAPON Y RIVER being part of two thousand seven hundred and forty acres granted to the said FRANCIS THORNTON and ANTHONY THORNTON by Pattent the fifteenth day of Aprill one thousand seven hundred and twenty beginning at a forked red Oak and running thence South fifty four degrees West four hundred eighty three poles , thence North forty four degrees West three hundred and thirty poles, thence North sixty three degrees East three hundred poles, thence South eighty five degrees East two hundred and ninety eight poles to the beginning, together with all houses orchards fences and commoditiies to the same belonging; To have and to hold the four hundred and fifty acres of land with all its appurtenances unto ELIZABETH TAPP her heirs from the day of the date hereof for and during the term of one whole year next comeing fully to be completed and ended yielding and paying therefore the rent of one ear of Indian Corn on Christmas day next ensuing if the same shall be fully demanded to the intent that by vertue of these presents and of the Statute for transferring uses into possession the said ELIZABETH TAPP may be in actuall possession of the said four hundred and fifty acres of land and be thereby the better able to accept the Freehold thereof, In Witness whereof the said FRANCIS THORNTON and MARY his Wife and ANTHONY THORNTON and WINNIFRED his Wife have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written Signed sealed and delivered in presents of us
      FRANCIS CONWAY FRANCIS THORNTON
      WILLIAM STROTHER MARY THORNTON
      ANTHONY THORNTON WINNIFRED THORNTON
      Att a Court held for Spotsylvania County on Tuesday the 4th of September 1722' FRANCIS THORNTON and ANTHONY THORNTON presented and acknowledged this Deed and Lease unto ELIZABETH TAPP and FRANCIS CONWAY by venue of a Power of Attorney from MARY THORNTON and WINNIFRED THORNTON, Wives of the said FRANCIS and ANTHONY, acknowledged their Rights of Dower of and in the above Lease of Land to ELIZABETH TAPP which was
      admitted to Record Test JOHN WALLER, Clk Cur
      ===
      1722-1725 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book A; [Antient Press] Page 72
      THIS INDENTURE made the twenty fifth day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, Between Mr. FRANCIS THORNTON of ESSEX County and Mr. ANTHONY THORNTON of STAFFORD County of one part, Gentlemen, and BENJAMIN MORRIS of Spotsylvania County of the other part; Witnesseth that FRANCIS THORNTON and ANTHONY THORNTON for divers good causes and considerations them thereunto moving but more especially in consideration of the Covenants and Agreements together with the yearly rent hereafter mentioned have and by these presents do demise and farm let unto BENJAMIN MORRIS and his heirs one tract of land situate in Spotsylvania County, Begining at two white Oaks and a black Oak in or near the line of Capt. CHARLES TALIAFERRO and runing North fifty seven degrees West one hundred sixty poles to a white Oak, thence South twenty seven degrees West two hundred poles to a red Oak, thence South fifty seven degrees East one hundred sixty poles to a Poplar Hiccory and red Oak standing in ROWZER's line, thence along the said line to the first begining including two hundred acres of land together with the priviledges of the woods and underwoods with all appurtenances, To have and to hold and quietly and peaceably use and possess unto BENJAMIN MORRIS his heirs from the date hereof for the term of ninety nine years to be fully compleated and ended, without the molestaton of FRANCIS and ANTHONY THORNTON their heirs paying therefore after the expiration of four full years the neat quantity of five hundred and thirty pounds of good sound tobacco and is to pay the quitt rents for the land during the said term and BENJAMIN MORRIS his heirs is to have free priviledge of all the timber growing upon the demised premises and BENJAMIN MORRIS and his heirs is not to dispose of the land during the said term without consent or liberty given and granted him and his heirs by FRANCIS and ANTHONY THORNTON or their heirs &c., to the performance of the above agreement both parties hereby bind themselves their heirs &c. to each other in the penal sum of five thousand pounds of tobacco, In Witness whereof both parties to these presents have set their hands and seals the day and year above mentioned Signed scaled and delivered in presence of us
      LAWRENCE BATTAILE FRANCIS THORNTON
      HENRY MARTIN ANTHONY THORNTON
      BENJAMIN MORRIS
      Att a Court held for Spotsylvania County on Tuesday the 7th day of April 1724 Mr. FRANCIS THORNTON and Mr. ANTHONY THORNTON presented and ack- nowledged this their Lease for Land unto BENJAMIN MORRIS which at the said
      MORRIS'S motion is admitted to Record
      Test JOHN WALLER, Clk Cur
      ===
      1722-1725 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book A; [Antient Press]; Page 91
      Decr. 25, 1723. Francis Thornton of Essex Co. and Anthony Thornton of Stafford County, gentlemen, to Benjamin Morris of Spotsylvania County, planter. 200 a. in Spts. County, 530 lbs. of tobacco yearly for 99 years. Witnesses: Law. Battaille, Henry Martin. Rec. April 7, 1724.
      ===
      1722-1725 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book A; [Antient Press]; Page 73-74
      THIS INDENTURE made the twenty fifth day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty three; Between Mr. FRANCIS THORNTON of ESSEX County and Mr. ANTHONY Oaks and a Gum standing in a small Branch that falls into the TUBLICK SWAMP, thence South sixty degrees East two hundred poles to the Swamp first begun on and from thence along and up the run of the Swamp to the place first begun on, including two hundred acres of land together with all the priviledges of the woods and under woods with all appurtenances to the same belonging; To have and to hold and quietly and peaceably occupy and possess from the date hereof till the full term of ninety nine years be compleated and ended without the molestation of FRANCIS THORNTON or ANTHONY THORNTON their heirs; paying yearly after the expiration of four full years the neat quantity of five hundred and thirty pounds of good sound tobacco and is to pay the quitt rent for the land during the said term, and JAMES SPARKS to have the priviledge of all the timber growing upon the demised premises but JAMES SPARKS his heirs is not to dispose of leave or deliver up the said land during the said term without the consent and liberty given and granted by FRANCIS and ANTHONY THORNTON their heirs &c., to the performance of the above Agreements both parties hereby bind themselves their heirs and to each other in the penal sum of five thousand pounds of good tobacco. In Witness whereof both parties to these presents have set their hands and seals the day and year above written Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of
      HENRY MARTIN FRANCIS THORNTON
      LAWRENCE BATTAI LE ANTHONY THORNTON
      JAMES SPARKS
      Att a Court held for Spotsylvania County on Tuesday the 7th day of April 1724 Mr. FRANCIS THORNTON and Mr. ANTHONY THORNTON presented and acknowledged this their Deed of Lease for Land unto JAMES SPARKS which upon the said SPARKS's motion was admitted to Record
      Test JOHN WALLER, Clk Cur
      ===
      1722-1725 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book A; [Antient Press]; Page 91
      Decr. 25, 1723. Francis Thornton of Essex Co. and Anthony Thornton of Stafford County, Gentl., to James Sparks, planter. 200 a. of land in Spts. County, 530 lbs. of tobacco yearly for 99 years. Witnesses: Henry Martin, Law. Battaille. Rec. April 7, 1724.
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