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

John Sturman

Male 1650 - 1723  (73 years)


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  • Name John Sturman  [1
    Born 1650  Kent Island, Queen Anne's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Nov 1723  Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I023739  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 

    Father John Sturman,   b. Bef 1620, Haddenham Parish, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1655, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 35 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth MNU Sturman,   b. 1631, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1659, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 29 years) 
    Married Abt 1650  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Dorcas Norrie,   b. Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1680, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1671  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dorcas Sturman,   b. Abt 1676, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 25 Feb 1750/51, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     2. Thomas Sturman,   b. Bef 1680, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1737, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F14467  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Spence,   b. Abt 1660, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Oct 1708, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married Abt 1678  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jemima Sturman,   b. Bef 1676, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Sturman,   b. Abt 1680, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1735, Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)
     3. William Sturman,   b. 1682, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1732, Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     4. John Sturman,   b. 1686, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1748 and 1765, Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F14493  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Anna MNU Sturman,   b. Bef 1689, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1705  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Sturman,   b. Abt 1705, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1734  (Age ~ 30 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F14494  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEEDS & WILLS. No. 8. Part 1
      1723-1738 {Antient Press}: pp 3-4
      IN THE NAME OF GOD, Amen, I JOHN STURMAN aged seventy three yeares or thereabouts do make constitute & appoint this to be my last Will & Testament in manner & form following. And firstgive and bequeath my Soul into the hands of Allmighty God who gave it to me hopeing & trusting to have pardon of all my sins thru the merritts of my blessed Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ and my body to be buryed in decent manner at the discrecon of my Exrs hereafter named and for that little Estate that I have I give & bequeath in manner & form following, And first I give tint, my beloved Wife. ANNA STURMAN this House, Plantation & all my land on this side the Mill Branch & all on the other side the Swamp towards THOMAS SANFORDs not otherwise given with Orchard & fruit trees except the Peach trees on the hill sides which I give to JOHN as long as they hold, likewise I give her the Mill the great Still during her natural life (parts of the last lines torn off); with a drawer, I likewise give her the black
      looking glass the best trunck. two of the best low Chaires, I likewise give her the oman Bess and her boy. Will and all her encrease if ever she has any. Likewise I give her the use of Dick till Johns boy. Richard comes to the age of sixteen t 1 of so many yeares to them and their heires I likewise enioyn my dear Wife likewise give her her own Horse. her own Cow & Calf and all her encrease and the yearling Cow brindy & her Calte in the like manner Likewise two ewes & lambs if any at the time on the Plantacon. Likwise her own Pott & the little pott or Iron Kettle & one pair of hookes All this 1 give her besides her proper part as alter mentioned Likewise a pale & 2 pig gins now.
      Item I give & bequeath unto my Son. THOMAS STURMAN, the third part of all the land in MARYLAND or that formerly belonged to my Grandfather or Father, to him & his heires for ever one feather bed bolster & the spotted rugg, half my Shopp tooles. 2 chaires with what he has received already, I intend it to be his portion of that little I have that 1 bought of LOCKHART.
      Item, I give to my Daughter, NEALE. a Silver Tumbler she hath in hand. five hundred pounds of tobacco to buy her a marrying Ring, what she has received already to be her part of that little I have.
      Item. I give to my Daughter. DORCAS SANFORD, a parcell of Land lying between her Husbands Land & WM. STURMANs Land so right across from the head line of WILLIAMs Land to my line by EDWARD JONESes Old Field, and on the other from a marked line tree by PAPOOSE PATH so crossing the Path right down to the next Branch, to her and her heires for ever, with what she hath received already. I intend to be her portion.
      Item, I give & bequeath unto my Son, WILLIAM STURMAN, the one third part of the title of all the lands in MARYLAND that was either my Fathers or Grandfathers to him & his heires for ever. I likewise give him a parcell of land that lies between his land that MADAM ASHTON save him and the Branch that divides his land from the land given to JEMIMA STONE and so up to the land given to my Daugher, DORCAS SANFORD. I likewise give him a Negro girl called Nan to him & his heires. I likewise give the little Still & worm. I likewise give him two ewes and lambs if to be had on the Plantacon after my Wile is served this with what he has received is to be his porcon.
      I give & bequeath to my Son. JOHN STURMAN, the other third part of all the right & title I have to all or any land I have by my Father or Grandfather either in MARYLAND or Virga, to him and his heires, I likewise give him all my Land that lies on that side the MILL SWAMP to hold & possess it imediately where he now lives and likewise where I now live after the decease of my dear Wife, ANNA, to him & his heires for ever. I likewise give my great Bible, my left handed Gun. the use of the Still not molesting my Wifes use of it when she pleases, I likewise give him the second choice of the beds & bolster„ one of the redd ruggs & bedstead. the Chest called Old Davids, the half of my shop tooles. I likewise give him the Negro, Robin, after my Wife marries or lives five veares a Widdow to him & his heires for ever. As to the Mill, if he will keep it in repair to have half the use of it, and my Wife give him the use of all the back trees without the fence that is now and half the Apple trees in like manner.
      Lastly. I give & bequeath to my Daughter, JEMIMAH STONE. all my Land that lies beyond a, branch that. does down from the fill valley to Coll. CARTERS Land and along his land to a corner tree and in divers courses as is expressed in the Deeds that I had from Majr. ASHTON. which Land I give to her to her heires that are lawfully begotten of her body for ever, I likewise give her a Negro girl called Moll, to her & her heires. In like manner. I likewise give her one feather bed & bolster & covering and if not in the House something to be allowed to buy a Rugg & Blanketts. Likewise the bedstead in the Little Room, one iron pott, one of the old truncks, two flagg or string bottom chaires and the Silver Tumbler to her Boy, JOSEPH. but not to be sold by no meanes when my debts are justly paid and after all the within mentioned portions paid. I give all the rest of my Estate to my beloved Wife. Son. JOHN STURMAN & JEMIMAH STONE to be equally divided between them and for the true performance of this my Last Will &Testament, the first line at the top of page is torn off) JOHN STURMAN to be my Executors to this my Will truly performed. In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & affix my seal
      JOHN STURMAN
      Westmoreland ss. At a Court held for the said County the 27th day of November 1723 This Instrument importing the Last Will &Testament of JOHN STURMAN, Gent., deced,, was presented into Court by ANN his Relict & JOHN his Son, two of the Executors therein appointed, (WILLIAM STURMAN, the other Ext.. therein nominated in open Court refuseing to undertake the burthen of the Execucon thereof) which said ANN & JOHN made Oath thereto and for that the Court was fully perswaded the sd. Will was the very hand writeing of the sd. STURMAN. and GEORGE ESKRIDGE. Gent., affirming that it was delivered to him by the deced., to transcribe in his life time, but that he departed this life before he had an opportunity to transcribe it And all the sd. STURMANs Sons being present and not disclaiming but willingly allowing thereof (altho there is no Wittnesses thereto - the said Will is admitted to Record And upon the mocon of the said ANN and JOHN. their performing what is usual in such cases, Certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form
      Test THO, SORRELL Cl
      Recordat nono die Decembris 1723
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      John Frederick Dorman, Westmoreland County Virginia Deeds, Patents, etc Part 4, 1665-1677 (Washington DC. 1975. Privately published.)
      Pages 73-74 31 Jan 1707 [1708]. Deposition of John Sturman, Gent., age 59 years or thereabouts
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      James Hughes 2005-09-06 14:56:35
      Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia , Page 15

      STURMAN, RICHARD, 2 June 1691; 29 September 1691.

      (Cople Parish.) Friend John Sturman 100 acres of land; servant Penelope Higgins one servant; friend Patrick Spence; friend Alexander Spence trooping saddler and furniture; friend Elizabeth Hardidge rest of land in Va., utensils etc. William Hardidge exr.
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      JOHN STURMAN 2nd, only heir-at-law of his father, (West'd. Co. Orders 1705-1721—p. 12, 1705), was b. 1650 in Maryland, d. 1723, West'd. Co. at the age of 73 years. (according to a deposition, O. B. 4 p. 73-1707).
      West'd. Co. Orders 1675-1688, p. 529 Itt is Ordered by this Court that the Sheriff of this County pay unto John Sturman or his order five hundred pds. of Tobacco & Cask for setting upp the Stocks & Pillory att the Court House out of the County Levy. 1686.
      Same Vol. p. 258 Jan. 27-1714. John Sturman Gent. petitioned the Court set forth that he hath good right to certain tract of land in St. Mary's County, Maryland and desires depositions of certain persons concerning same. This was granted.
      Ibid. Feb. 1705 p. 8. John Sturman Justice.
      Ibid. Jan. 1706 p. 44. John Sturman & Henry Ashton, two of the Gentlemen Justices designated to draw plot & draught for new Court House.
      Ibid. Feb. 1706 p. 23 John Sturman delivered into Court list of persons to claim land for importation - Wm. Doyle, Margaret Smith, Sylvester Gaskin, Thos. Hodges, Bryany Marphey, Alice Malay. (More of Bryany Marphey, or Murphey, hereafter).

      Ibid. May 26 1708--p. 379 John Sturman, Gent., presented into Court his Commission as Sheriff.
      Orders 1705-1721 p. 143 June 1 1710 John Sturman, Gent, again appointed Justice of the Peace.
      Ibid--Nov. 27---1712 p. 200
      Upon Mocon of John Sturman gentl: It is ordered That he keep Nomony Ferry for the ensuing year under the Rules & Restrictions hereafter mentioned (that is to say) That he the said John Sturman Shall find a Substantial) boat Fitt to Convey man & horse over the sd River and Shall give due attendance (with an able man Capable to manage the Said boat) as well on the Lords day and night as alsoe on all week days & nights through-out the year and to Convey all persons inhabiting in the County to and from either Side of the Sd River as their occasion Shall Require (that is to say) to and from that Side commonly called ffranklins & to Majr. Youells and thence to Strodders point being the usual) ferry points on the said River, and on his true performance of the Same It is ordered there be Levyed Collected & paid him at the laying the next County Levy five thousand pounds of Tobacco in Consideracon of his aforesaid Service & undertaking.
      Ibid April 29--1713--p. 210 (John Sturman again Sheriff.)
      John Sturman, gentll: produced into Court a Commission from under the hand of Alexander Spottswood Esqr. her Ma j ties Lieut. Governr. of Virg. appointing him Shrff of Westmoreland County —etc.
      Ibid p. 222 Aug. 27 1713

      JOHN STURMAN 2nd., was married three times. 1st., to Dorcas Norrie, dau. of David Norrie (will 1671) and his wife, Bridgett; 2nd, to Elizabeth Spence, eldest dau. of Patrick Spence, Sr., and his wife, Dorcas; 3rd, to Anna, who survived him. His will, undated, but proved Nov. 27 1723, (Wills & Deeds-1. p. 12), is as follows:

      Will of John Sturman, aged 73 years or thereabout
      (1) To beloved wife, Anna Sturman, this house & plantation & all my land on this side the Mill branch, and all on the other side the swamp towards Thomas Sanfords the great still I give her during her natural life, pair of == with the green curtains two pillows the great table the small oval ended table with a drawer, I likewise give her the black looking glass, the best trunk two of the best low chairs & the Negro woman Bess, & certain other slaves. I give her the use of Dick till John's boy Richard comes of the age of sixteen, but if he be dead, to William's 'girl Betty-
      I likewise enjoin my dear wife to teach him to read & say the Lord's prayer the creed & ten Commandments I likewise give her her own horse Likewise 2 ewes, lambs, likewise her own pott & other little potts or Iron kettles which she pleases & one pair of hooks All this I give her besides her proportionable part likewise a pale and 2 piggins, new.
      (2) to son Thomas Sturman 1/3 part of all lands in Maryland or Virginia that formerly belonged to my grandfather or father; one feather bed bolster & the spotted rug, half my shopp tools 2 chairs with what he has received already—the bed I bought of Lockhart.
      (3) to my daughter Neale a silver tumbler she hath in hand and 500 Ibs. tobacco to buy her a mourning ring
      (4) to Dau. Dorcas Sanford a parcell of land lying between her husband's lands & Wrn. Sturman's lands
      (5) to son Wm. Sturman 1/3 part of all lands in Maryland or Virginia that was either my father or grandfather's Likewise a parcell of land that lies between his lands that Madame Ashton gave him and the branch that divided his land from the land given to Jemima Stone, & to the land given to my dau. Dorcas Sanford
      Likewise a negro girl, Nan the little still and worm also 2 ewes and lambs.
      (6) to son John Sturman the other 1/3 part of any land I have by my father or grandfather either in Maryland or Va.; likewise all my land that lies on that side of the mill swamp—& likewise the land where I now live after the decease of my dear wife Anna. I likewise give him my great Bible, my left hand gun, the use of the great still, not molesting my wife's use of it. I likewise give him the 2nd choice of the beds and bolsters one of the redd rugs & bedsteads the chest called old David's the half of my shopp tools. I likewise give him the negro Robin after my wife marries or lives five years a widow. As to the if he will keep it in repair to have half the use of it—likewise all the peach trees without the fense that is now & one half the apple trees.
      (6) to dau. Jemima Stone all my land that lies beyond s branch that goes down from redd hills valley to Coll. Carter's lands as is expressed in the deeds that I had from Maj. Ashton likewise give her a negro girl called Moll one feather bed and bolster & covering. & if not in the house something to be allowed to buy a rugg & blankets likewise the bedstead in the little room, one iron pott, one of the two trunks, 2 flag bottom chairs; the silver tumbler to her son Joseph
      Dear wife and beloved sons Wm. & John Sturman to be Exors.

      The will of John Sturman decd was produced in Court by Anne Sturman relict and John Sturman his son William Sturman the other Executor therein nominated in Open Court refusing to under-take the burthen of the execution thereof The Court was fully persuaded that the will was in the very handwriting of the said John Sturman, & George Eskridge, Gentl. Affirming that it was delivered to him by the decd. to transcribe in his lifetime but that he departed this life before he had the opportunity to transcribe it, and all the sd Sturmans sons being present and not gain saying but willingly allowing thereof (altho there is no witnesses there-to) the said will is admitted to record.


      JOHN STURMAN 2nd, by his marriage to Dorcas Norrie, previous to 1671, had one child, a son:
      (1) Thomas Sturman 2nd, who was the sole heir of his mother, Dorcas (Norrie) Sturman, who d. prior to 1680. Thomas d. 1737, his wife, Margaret evidently, predeceasing him.
      His will, bearing date April 1 1737: pro. Nov. 30 1737, names the following children :
      (1) Dorcas Sturman, md. Raffedy, untraced.
      (2) Anne Sturman, named in father's will as Anne Walker, md. 1st, not later than 1729, her half cousin, William Stewart, son of John and Elizabeth (Sturman) Stewart, Elizabeth was half sister of Thomas Sturman, whose mother was Dorcas Norrie, EIizabeth's mother being Elizabeth Spence, second wife of John Sturman 2nd. Anne Sturman, by her marriage to William Stewart, had at least two children, and probably more. The only ones known at present are:
      1. Nicholas Stewart, a voter in King George County, Virginia. in 1751.
      2. Elizabeth Stewart, named in the will of her grand-father, Thomas Sturman, 1737.

      (2) Anne (Sturman) Stewart and her husband, William Stewart, deeded 30 acres of land to John Spence in 1732, "land inherited by sd William as heir-at-law to his 1/2 bro. Bryant Marphew," (D. B. 8-(1)-p. 41-1732). sd. John Spence being cousin to William Stewart. This land was purchased by Bryant Murphy, Sr., from Thomas Sturman, father of Anne (Sturman) Stewart, in 1707. In 1733/34, Anne Stewart and her husband, William, deeded 80 acres to George Blackmore, and removed to King George County, Virginia. in 1735. In that year, very shortly after the death of his mother, Elizabeth Sturman (Stewart-Murphy) Muse, Williams Stewart died. On April 4, 1735, Anne Stewart, his widow, and Nicholas Muse 2nd, her husband's half brother, gave bond in King George County, as co-executors of William Stewart's will. By March 30, 1736, Anne had married Samuel Walker, son of Thomas Walker, (will West'd. Co. 1715), and his wife, Mary, and cousin to Elizabeth Asbury, last wife of Nicholas Muse 2nd, Williams Stewart's half brother. On March 30-1736, Samuel Walker sued Nicholas Muse 2nd, Exor. of the will of his (Nicholas') mother, Elizabeth Sturman (S.-M.) Muse, (will 1735), for the Cow and Calf which she gave to Williams and Ann5 Stewart, each, which the Stewarts had in their possession until Nicholas Muse, in the gift, was older than she.
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      Note:
      Vol III, page 744-45-46. John Sturman later crossed into Virginia where he married Elizabeth, daughter of Patrick and Dorcas Spence, the sister of Eleanor Spence, who married Andrew the 2nd, son of Andrew1, the immigrant. Patrick Spence the second married Penelope, daughter of Thomas Yowell. Andrew and Elizabeth Monroe had issue the following 6 children: - 1 Mary2, who was buried in Westmoreland county 15 Jan 1661. 2 George. 3 Elizabeth2, married Bunce Roe (or Wroe). 4 Susannah, who married George Weedon. He died in Westmoreland county 1704 leaving a will under that date in which he mentions his wife and two children - 1. Jordon3 Weedon. He married Martha Sturman, daughter of William Sturman (who died 1732) and his wife Sarah Elliott,
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1705-1707 {Antient Press}: pg 16
      Westmoreland County Orders 1st of March 1705/06
      - RUST p STURMAN v BRENT. &c.
      THOMAS BONAM was attached to answer at July Court 1704, GEORGE RUST in a Plea why hee by force and armes &c. into one certaine tract ofland containing three hundred acres ofland with one Plantation thereon made and the appurtenances scituate lying and being in on the West side of NOMINY RIVER in the Parish of CopIe and County aforesd and now or late in the possession of ELIZABETH BOOTH, which JOHN STURMAN, Gent., demised to him, the said GEORGE RUST, for a tenn not yett expired, did order and him the said GEORGE from the land, Plantation and premises did eject and other enormities to him did do to his great damage and against the peace of our Sovereign Lady the Queen that now, &c. And whereupon GEORGE RUST by GEORGE ESKRIDGE his Attorney saith that hee is damnified and damage hath sustained to the value of one hundred pounds sterling, and thereofhath brought suit &c., And at a Court held for the sd County the 30th day of August 1704, Oath being made that the tennant in possession was duely served with a coppy of the Plaintiffs Declaration and the notice thereon endorsed, it was ordered that the tenant in possession or those under whom shee claimed haveing legall notice by the Sheriff ofthis County, or his Deputy, did not appeare at the then next Court to bee held for the said County and make him or themselves Defendants, confess Lease Entry and suffer and insist only on the title ofthe premises then Judgment to go for the Plaintiff, &c., And at a Court held for the sd. County the 27th day ofAprill 1705 continued by adjournment from the 25th day ofthe said month appeared ANN BRENT, Widdo, by NATHANIELL POPE, her Attorney, confessed Lease Entry and ouster and was admitted Defendant in the room ofTHOMAS BONAM and praysed Lycence of Imparlance till the then next Court, which was granted her; And at a Court held for the said County the 30th day ofMay 1705, ANN BRENT by her Attorney defended the force and injury when &c., and saith that the Plaintiff his action ought not tohave for that JOHN STURMAN under whom the Plaintiffsaith hee holds by virtue ofa demise did bring suite in this Court against ARTHUR BALDRO for the land now in dispute and obtained Judgment for the same, from which Judgment ARTHUR BALDRO by Mr. GEORGE BRENT his Attorney appeared at the Genrall Court held at JAMES CITTY the first day of October 1680, the matter being fully heard the oppinion of the Court was that ARTHUR BALDRO had good right and title to the land and that JOHN STURMAN had no cause of action; And did order said BALDRO to bee possessed of the land &c. ad by the Order dated as aforesd.and here &c., and ready &c. may appeare. and said BALDRO being so seized in fee of the same and makeing no disposition thereofnor haveing any heirs to inheritt the lands with the appurtenances did Escheate to the Proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia, whereupon ROBERT BRENT, late of STAFFORD County, deceased, and late Husband ofthe Defendant, and from whom the Defendant claimes Dower of the lands suggested the same to the Office and whereupon obtained a Grant of the Escheat as per Patent under the hand of WILLIAM FITZHUGH and GEORGE BRENT, late Agents &c., and Seale of the Office dated the 28th day of November 1694 and here in this Court ready &c., by virtue of which Gant ROBERT BRENT became possessed in fee of the land and so dyeing without makeing any disposition of the land with the appurtenances comes and descends upon ROBERT BRENT, the Father ofthe Defendant's son, and Son and heir to said ROBERT, which ROBERT BRENT being under age and the Defendant haveing Dower in the same doth hold occupy and possess by the Law shee is warranted, Whereupon the Plaintiff prayed tyme till the next Court to reply or demurr to the Plea which was granted him; And now at this Court both Plaintiffand Defendant being present, GEORGE RUST in replication saith that nothwithstanding anything by sd. ANN in her Plea aIledged hee from his claime and action ought not to bee barred for that said GEORGE saith that the Judgment ofthe Generall Court in the Defendant's Plea mentioned inter BALDRO and STURMAN under which said STURMAN said GEORGE now claimes appeares to grounded upon and for that there appeared a sale ofthe land in dispute from JOHN STURMAN, Father of the aforesd JOHN STURMAN under whom GEORGE now claimes unto THOMAS YOUELL of the County aforesd. and therefore the Generall Court adjudged as said ANN in her Plea hath alledged. Now said GEORGE by his protestation saith that the said Sale from said STURMAN the Elder to THOMAS YOUELL was but for life only, and hee said THOMAS haveing an Estate only for life could not convey an Estate of Inheritance EDMUND BRENT under whome ARTHUR BALDRO claimes from whom said ANN derives her title, And said GEORGE by protestation further saith that THOMAS YOUELL hath departed this life for some considerable tyme before the demise to him made, therefore said GEORGE conceives the whole right and title of the land is again devolved to JOHN STURMAN under whome said GEORGE claimes as the only heir at Law to JOHN STURMAN, the Elder, deced., And therefore hee from his action aforesd ought not to be barred without that the aforesd pretended sale is insufficient in the Law to pass the aforesd land in fee, And GEORGE saith hee is read to verifie and therefore prays as by his Declaration, &c. And the Defendant saith that the aforesaid Plea of the Plaintiffby pleading pleaded and the matter in the same contained does not appeare sufficient in Law, the Plaintiff his action against Defendant to have and maintaine and that shee to that Plea in manner and form to plead hath no need nor by the Law ofthe land is bound to answer; And this shee is ready to verefie; Wherefore for default of sufficient Replication of the Plaintiffin that part the Defendant desireth Judgment and that the Plaintiff from his action against her to have may bee debarred, Which severall Pleas being fully heard and considered by the Court, it is adjudged the Plaintiffs Replication to be good and sufficient in the Law for her the Defendant to answer and doe therefore overrule her Plea thereto. Whereupon the Defendant refused to make any further Plea or to say anything more in barr or preclusion ofthe Plaintiff's action by means whereof the Plaintiffremaines against the Defendant without defence; therefore it is considered that Plaintiffdo recover against the Defendant his term aforesd. ofand in the land and premises with appurtenances as yet to come as also his damages occasioned by the trespass and ejection, but because it is not known what damage the Plaintiffhath sustained by occasion of the trespass and ejectment, it was commanded the Sheriff that by Oaths ofhonest and lawfull men of his Baylywick hee dilligently enquire what damages the Plaintiffhath sustained by occasion ofthe trespass and ejectment and return the same under their hand to this Court immediately; And the Sheriffhaveing returned twelve honest and lawfull men ofhis Baylywick who being impannelled sworn and charged to say the truth in the premises and upon their Oath do say "Wee find the Defendant a Trespasser and that the Plaintiffis damnified two pounds, tenn shillings sterling;" And further Plaintiff prayes her Majties Writ ofhere facias possessionem directed to the Sheriff of this County to putt him in the possession of his terme yet to come and uncompleated of and in the land and premises, And upon reexamination ofthe Court's
      Order the Defendant moves in arrest ofJudgment and says the Court has given Judgment for the Plaintiff although the Plaintiffnever did produce any title in evidence to the Court whereby it did appeare that the title of the land in dispute was in the said STURMAN under whome the Plaintiff claimes, therefore prayes the Judgment may bee quashed, but for the fact the Defendant as before had refused to plead any further in the matter it is considered as before that the Plaintiff do recover against the Defendant his term aforesd. of and in the land with the appurtenances as yett to come and that hee have her Majties Writt ofhere facias possessionem to the Sheriff of this County to putt him into the possession of the same. It is also further ordered that the Plaintiffdo recover against the Defendant as well the surne oftwo pounds, teoo shillings sterling, the damages by the Jury in form found as also his costs of suite by him expended, which is ordered the said ANN BRENT do pay to GEORGE RUST als execution From which Judgment, ANN BRENT by her Attorney, prayed an Appeale to the sixth day ofthe next Generall Court which is granted, the Appellant entering into Bond with good and sufficient Security to appeare and prosecute her Appeale, &c.
      NATHANIEL POPE, SENR. acknowledged himselfindebted to GEORGE RUST in the surne of (blank) to be paid to GEORGE RUST his heirs &c. ifANN BRENT failes to appeare and prosecute her Appeale, to perform the award and Judgment of the Court therein and to pay damages according to Law if cast in the Appeale
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      WESTMORELAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA ORDER BOOK, 1714-1716 {Antient Press}: pg 26
      Westmoreland County Court 27th ofJanumy 1714/5
      - STURMAN for Commission for Evidence &c.
      JOHN STURMAN, Gent. by his Petition in Chancery to this Court preferred humbly setts forth that he hath a good right to a certaine tract ofland scituate in the County of ST. MARIES in the Province of MARYLAND and that there are diverse persons now living in this County whose Testimoies may be usefull to prove his right to the land and not knowing but himselfe or his heires may be prejudiced hereafter ifthose persons should depart this life before the Right can be made appeare, therefore he prayed this Court to order such and soe many discreet persons as to them should seem convenient to take and receive the depositions of all such persons as to them should be nominated by JOHN STURMAN to the end the same might be lodged on the Records ofthe County for the manifestation ofthe truth in perpetuall memory. Upon consideration whereofit is ordered that JOSEPH BAYLY, Gent., Mr. HUMPHREY POPE and Mr. ROBERT VAULX some time before the next Court meet at the House of JOHN QUISENBURY and examine such and soe many persons on Oath as JOHN STURMAN shall nominate to them and of all such persons soe examined depositions in writeing to take and that they make report of their proceedings herein to the next Court to be held for this County to the end they may be lodged on the Records of the County in perpetuall memory for the manifestation of the truth as aforesaid

  • Sources 
    1. [S044843] Sturman.
      Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol IV
      Sturman Family Notes
      By Mary Hope West, Chevy Chase Md, and Juliet Faunteroy

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