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

Elizabeth Lawson

Female Bef 1634 - 1688  (> 40 years)

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  • Name Elizabeth Lawson  [1
    Born Bef 1634  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Between 1674 and 1688  Sittingbourne Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I028429  Tree1
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2021 

    Father Epaphroditus Lawson,   b. 1607, Brough Hall, Catterick, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1652, Lancaster County, Virginia - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Family ID F15972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Payne,   b. Abt 1604, St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1675, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married Bef 1650  Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Robert Payne,   b. 1669, Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1701, Paynefield, Essex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     2. Robert {Addl Records} Payne,   b. 1669,   d. 10 Sep 1701, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F10243  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      LANCASTER COUNTY DEEDS & WILLS 1652-1657; Antient Press; Page 31-34
      Lancaster County Court 10th of January 1652/3
      KNOW ALL MEN by these p;sents yt: I RICHARD BENNETT of Virginia hearby make over & assigne unto WM. CLAPHAM ye Younger, all ye right tytle & interest yt: I have wch: to me belongeth in an Estate of Lands, Servants, Cattle, Hogs & houses and all other that Estate yt: is exprest in a writinge of Mortgage dated ye 13th of Aprill yr: 1641 by Mr. EPAPRO: LAWSON deced, for fortie thousand pounds of tobacco & caske as by ye sd writinge may & doth appears, Exceptinge I give Two thousand acres of land in Rapahanock & wch: it is to be disposed this vizt. One thousand acres thereof to RICH: LAWSON & his heirs forever & the other thousand acres to be entered & intended for ELIZA:, ye Daughter of ye aforesd. EPAPHRODITUS, to her & her heirs in case there be she live to fifteen yeares of age but if she have not soe longe then yt: it shall belonge to him, ye aforesd, WM. CLAPHAM and his heirs, all wch: lands, servants, cattle, goods &c., mentioned shall bee to ye aforesd WM. CLAPHAM his heirs & assignes forever in consideracon of Thirty six thousand pounds of tobacco & caske to be paid as followeth: Six thousand thereof readie down upon all demands & ye other 30 thousand at 3 paymts. ye ensueing yeares following after this vist. ten thousand pounds yearly In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seale ye 12th day of 7ber 1652
      In presence of RICHARD LAWSON, RI: BENNETT
      It is farther condiconed & deposed yt: if Mr. LAWSON Pattent for ye land beinge lower most in Rapahanock River be not included in ye land gave to me yt; then ye same may be for ye Children in lieu of ye 1000 acres within menconed for & ye sd 1000 acres above belonge to ye sd WM. CLAPHAM & his heirs forever Witness my hand ye 5th of fibr, 1652 RI: BENNETT
      Recordat: 12th die Janery p JO: PHILIPS, Cl Cur
      -To SMYTH. I have dealt wth Mr. CLAPHAM for ye Estate made over to me by Mr, LAWSON & he hath given me satisfaction for it & wherefore ye Mortgage is now noe longer belonging to moo but to him & therefore pray let him have ye Bill now concerning it wch: I left wth: you to be recorded & same order as I should have had yt: is pt: ye Sheriff be required to give him possession of ye same; Servants, Cattle & whatsoever doth be yt: is made over for encouraginge ye deal
      Rapahanock 12th of 7ber 1652 Yor: loveing ffreind
      Recorded 12th die January 1652, J. P., Cl Cur
      -KNOW ALL MEN by these p:sents that I RICHD: BENNETT Esqr. by sale under his hand alienate make over from him his heirs all ye land servants cattle chattles & whatsoever to him belonging by Mortgage & sale thereof made unto him by EPEP: LAWSON deced to ye within mentd: WM. CLAPHAM JUNR., and his heirs & for acknowledgmt. yesd RICHD. BENNETT Esqr. hath under his hand made ye 12th of 7ber: 1652 sent to Mr.
      TOBY SMITH to (cause) ye warrant of sale in order of Lancastr: County of ye 6th of 8br: Record 12 die January 1652 RI: BENNETT
      -NOW KNOW YE I ye sd Sr. WM. BERKELEY do wth: ye consent of ye Councell of State make unto EPAPHRODITUS LAWSON 700 acres of land scituate about twelve myles upon ye Northward side ( ) West side of a Creek called SLAUGHTERS CREEKE wch. parteth from ye land of JOHN CARTER, N. E. over a branch of ye sd Creeke 320 poles downe by or night ye same, So. E. 350 poles unto a marked wt: Oake ye land beinge ( ) ye sd EPA. LAWSON dated the third of 7ber: 1649
      -NOW KNOW YEE yt: I ye sd Sr. WM. BERKELEY doe with ye consent of ye Councell of State accordingly give unto EPAPHRODITUS LAWSON Two thousand acres of land scituate upon ye Rapahanock river on ye south side & begining at a marked white Oake on ye Lowermost poynt of a Great ILELAND & SSW crossing a Creeke called LAWSONs Record 12 die January 1652 WILLIAM BERKELEY
      Test JOHN PHILIPS, CI Cur
      -KNOW YE that I ye sd Sr. WM. BERKELEY do with ye consent of ye Councell of State make unto EPAPHRODITUS LAWSON ( ) scituate in Rapahanock River adjoyning on ye land of JOHN SLAUGHTER standing on a poynt on ye Westward end ye sd land being due for transportacon of twenty p:sons into this Colony dated at JA: CITY ye 27th of Febr: 1650
      Recordat 12th die Janry Ano: 1652 WILLIAM BERKELEY
      - IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I EPAPHRODITUS LAWSON of Rapahanock beinge very sick of bodye but of p:fect memorie praised be to God doe make & ordainge this my last Will &Testamt. I make & ordaigne ye Child yt: my Wife now goeth wth: my heire. EL. my Wife, Esteemed friends Mr. RICH: BENNETT Marcht., & Mr. JOHN CARTER Administrs. Witness my hand the 7th of March 1652
      Witnesses (3) EPAPHRODITUS LAWSON
      Record 12th die Janry 1652 p JOHN PHILIPS, Cl Cur

      Deed, Lancaster, Sept. 11, 1666, from Robt. Davis and Elizabeth his wife, assigning to Thomas Medestard a patent for 203 acres in Christ Church parish, Lancaster, part of a patent of 1000 acres taken up by Epaphroditus Lawson May 22d, 1650, and inherited by the said Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, his daughter and heir; (1]
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://carl.lawson dot net/Media/Virginia%20Counties/Old_Rappahannock.html
      Notes on Immigrant Lawson's of Tidewater - A Search for Clues to the Illustration of Origins, by Caroline Kemper Bulkley; The Lawson's of Virginia (Virginia Magazine, Vol. IV, 1894.) - Elizabeth Lawson, Jr. was married to a man using the name of Davis; with him she signed at least one deed, which has been taken to mean she had two husbands. Robert Payne, her son, prosecuted and proved his claim as the heir of his grandfather Epaphroditus, against William Clapham, Jr., his grandmother's second husband. There were no "heirs named Davis"; Elizabeth Lawson Jr. was the wife only of Robert Payne and mother of Robert Payne, Jr. The elder Robert Payne was the Clerk of Rappahannock County and the first clerk of Essex County.

      The Davis deed was made 11 September, 1666 and for a good price, turns over land inherited from Epaphroditus Lawson, her father, to Thomas Medestard, the brother-in-law of her step-father, possibly her uncle. It is signed Davys by attorney Fleming, who has before appeared in the parental affairs. By the time stepfather Clapham has been dead about six years. This fact may or may not have relevance in the light of Robert Payne's petition to court for resumption of his own name "20th of 9 Bris. 1666."
      Any discussion as to the authenticity of the documents signed Davis or of the dual identity of the persons involved may be permanently settled by perusing the records of that court.

      On the 22 February 1667/68 this appears: Indenture between Robert Payne and Elizabeth his wife of Sittingbourne Parish County of Rappahannock, Virginia. It is from the Rappahannock Record Book of 1663-68. It is witnessed by William Underwood, W. Moseley and George Andrus. Elizabeth Payne came into Court and again acknowledged this contract 4 November 1674.

      The following is the full text of court action; quite evidently the justices were fully satisfied with the reasons laid before them, although they are not set forth: - "Upon the petition of Robert Payne showing civil reasons and cause to assume the name of Davis, which name he hath passed and been called for the space of about five years past, acted as a public officer in the court of Rappahannock County, married a wife acquired sevll lands goods debts and possessions in the country and desiring to undeceive the world by manifesting his true surname to be Payne, this Court is pleased and accordingly doth hereby make known and publish to all persons concerned that the right and true surname of the said person hitherto called Davis and of his wife and issue (when he shall have any) is and shall be from henceforth called, accepted and taken to be Payne as above said and doth further order that all official acts records Judgments, instruments and proceedings of that quality whatsoever made done entered copied or attested by the said Payne by or under the name of notion of Davies shall be esteemed accepted and held in as full and equal force value and authenticities and esteem as if he had acted therein by his right and true surname and that all lands, tenemts possessions, rights, privileges, heridataments, debts, goods, servants, profits and other estate of wt nature, equality kind or condition so ever legally acquired, grained, earned or possessed by the said Payne under the borrowed name of Davies as aforesaid are confirmed and established unto him the said Payne and his wife and his heirs....


      Old Rappahannock County, VA Deeds, Wills, Inventories and etc. 1656-1664, Book 2, page 86 (68) The last will and testament of Richard Lawson (missing) delivered by word of mouth to Mr. John Catlett and Mr. John Paine; being the day before he departed out of this life which was (missing)ber, 1658. That his wife* enjoy his plantation that he (missing) during her life and afterwards Elizabeth Lawson the daughter of Epaphroditus Lawson (missing) case said Elizabeth die before his wife then his wife to dispose of the plantation as she pleases. Item - His wife to have and enjoy all his goods excepting that James Gaines have a heifer; that John Taylor, his servant, have a heifer. If said John Taylor survive his m(missing) time with Elizabeth his daughter and if the said Elizabeth survive (missing) then she to have (missing) aforesaid heifer. (missing) land upon the so (missing) Occupacia Creek (missing) John Whitty according to mutual agreement which (missing) deliver unto the said Lawson two men servants the age of sixteen and twenty years, having sufficient bedding and clothing, where note that the land was excepted in case the full tract were included within the bounds of the patent, and not entrenching upon any mans land. This being all to the best of our remembrance we subscribe (missing) day and year abovesaid. Signed John Catlett and John Paine.

      Postscript. (missing) get further which before (missing) the abovesaid thought not of vizt. The said Richard Lawson, deceased (missing) if in case the said Captain Whitty did not accept of the said land for the payment of his debt that then it should be sold to pay the said Capt. Whitty what he was indebted to him subscribed to the postscript by us. Signed John Catlett and John Paine.

      *See Court Order dated 2 November 1659
      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 3 - 1663-1668; Antient Press: Antient Press; Page 407-412
      THIS INDENTURE made the 22d of February in the yeare of our Lord Christ 1667 Betweene ROBT. PAYNE and ELIZABETH his Wife of the one party and RICH: MORELEY of the other parte Both of this County of Rappa. & Parish of Sittingbourne WITNESSETH that the sd Robert and Elizabeth his Wife for and in consideracon of the Valluable Sume of Five thousand pounds of good and lawful! Tob: wth caske by them in hand recd whereof the sd Robt. and Eliza, his Wife doe hereby accknowledge and themselfes therewth fully Sattifyed and paid and by these presents have granted and confirmed unto the sd Richard Morley his heires and assigns for Ever all that Eleaven hundred acres of land be it more or less lying and being in the County & Parish aforesd and on the South Side of Rappa. River and formerly belonging to RICHARD LAWSON late of this County Deced and now in the Tenure & occupation of the said Morley and belonging to the sd Robt: Payne in right of his Wife ELIZABETH Daughter of EPHRADITUS LAWSON Elder Brother to the sd Rich: Lawson one part of wch said Land Vizt. Three hundred acres was purchased of WILL: MOSELEY of the aforesd Parrish and one hundred and sixty acres of HENRY BERRY formerly liveing in the aforesd County by WM. HALL late of this County Cooper and by him sold to the aforesd Rich: Lawson the other 640 acres taken up by the sd Rich: Lawson as by a Pattent in his name may and will more at Large appeare bearing date the 27th of Febry 1666 all wlch 1100 acres lying neare and on the Branches of a Creeke called Occupacy Creeke Vizt. 460 lying and being where the sd Morly now liveth the other 640 lying behind the land of Wm. Moseley and knowne comonly by the Name of PAGES HILLS the aforesd Robt. & Elizabeth his Wife doth hereby grant sell and make over from them their heirs for Ever all and singular its rights & members That the sd Robert and Eliza. his Wife shall and will at the reasonable request of the sd Richd. at the next Court held for this County make accknowledgemt: of this their Deed at the First or Second Court and further the sd Robt: and Eliza. his wife doe hereby promise that the sd Eliza. shall in person make a re-accknowledgmt: of this present Deed at the first or Second Court held for this County after March Court in her owne person or her knowne lawful! Attorney the sd Morley his heires paying or causing to be paid wch from henceforth shall grow due or payable to our Soveraigne Lord the King IN WITTNESS whereof the sd Robt. and Eliza. his Wife have hereunto sett their hands and seales the day and yeare above written.
      In presents of us W. MOSELEY, Ro: Payne
      WM. UNDERWOOD, GEO: ANDRAH Eliza, Payne
      Recognit in Cur Com Rappa 6 Die Maii 1668.
      This Deed was acknowledged by Mrs. Elizabeth Payne to the uses wthin menconed in open Court Novembr. the 4th 1674.
      Test EDMO: CRASKE Cl Cur
      These are to authorize and Impower my loveing Freind Mr. WM, MOSELEY of the County of Rappa. Gent. the true and lawfull Attorney of me the Subscribed Eliza. Payne the wife of Robert Payne of the same County to accknowledg in my Behalfe all my right title and Interrest of in and to a Certaine quantity of land sold by my husband to RICHD. MORLY and his heires For Ever in as large and ample manner to all intents and purposes as if I my selfe were personally present in the Court of Rappa. County wch said sale bears Date the 22d day of May 1668
      Test GEO: ANDRAH Eliza. Payne
      Recordat 12 Die Maii 1668

      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 3 - 1663-1668; Antient Press: Antient Press; Page 413-416
      THIS INDENTURE made the 22d of Febry, in the yeare of our Saviour Christ 1667 Betweene RICHD MORLEY of the one parte and WILL: MOSELEY of the other parte both of this County of Rappa and Parrish of Sittingbourne WITTNESSETH that the sd Richd: Morly for & in consideracon of the Valluable sume of fifteen hundred pounds of good and Lawfull Tob: and Caske and one mare by him in hand received have granted and sold unto the sd Wm. Mosely his heires and assignes for Ever all that six hundred acres of land lying and being in the County & Parrish aforesd and on the South side of Rappa. River and formerly belonging to RICH: LAWSON late of this County deced and now in the tenure & occupacon of the sd Morley and belonged to ROBT. PAYNE in Right of his Wife ELIZABETH daughter to EPAPHRODITUS LAWSON Elder brother to the sd Rich: Lawson and by him sold unto the sd Rich: Morly the sd 640 acres of land lying behind the lands of Mr, Wm. Moseley and knowne comonly by the name of PAGES HILLS the aforesd Richd: Morly doth hereby grant and make over from him his heirs to the sd Mosely his heires and assignes for Ever all and singular its rights thereunto belonging To Have and To Hold the sd 640 acres with the apptennces and privilidges hereby granted bargained and sold unto the sd Wm. Mosely his heires the said Richard shall and at the Reasonable request of the said Wm. Mosely and at the sole and proper charge of him the said Wm make a lawfull accknowledgmt: of this Deed or Instrumt: of wrighting Either by himselfe or his knowne Lawfull Attorney at the next Court held for this County the sd Wm. Mosely yeelding and paying the Rights Rents and services hereof to be due of Right accustomed IN WITTNESS whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this 22d of Febry 1667/8.
      In presents of us RO: PAYNE Cl Rich Morlley
      Recognit in Cur Com Rappa 6 Die Maii 1668
      1689-1692 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 198
      - Rappahannock County Court 8th of January 1690/1
      - ROBERT PAYNE brought his action in this Court against RICHARD SHIPWAY SENR. and declares that EPHRODITUS LAWSON deced, Grandfather to the Plt., did in his life time stand seized in his Demesne as of fee of in & to a certaine tract of land situate and being in Rappa: County on the South side thereof conteyning Two thousand acres wch: sd Land came & descended to ELIZABETH PAYNE, Mother of the Plt. and Daughter
      and sole lheire of the sd EPHRODITUS LAWSON, And so to the Plt. as Son & heire to the sd ELIZABETH; And further sheweth that the sd RICHARD SHIPWAY hath unlawfully entered in and upon the prmises and doth wrongfully keep & withold from him, the Plt., his free hold & Inheritacne, And therefore prayed that their Majties. Writt of habere fatias seizeinam might be awarded to the Sheriff to put him, the sd ROBERT PAYNE, into peaceable possession of the sd land wth: appurtinances. The Deft. sayes that he cannot plead to the Plts. declaracon for want of Certainty, for that the Plt: in dereigning his Title doth not sett forth that the sd ELIZABETH PAYNE, Daughter and sole heire of the sd EPHRODITUS LAWSON & Mother to the Plt., was every seised of the Prmises. And further sayes that it is a Rule in Law that whosoever claime an Inheritance must claime from the person imediately last seized wch: the Plt. in his Declaracon doth not; which plea this Court having over ruled and for as much as by Patent bearing date the 22d day of May Ano. 1650 granted to the sd EPHRODITUS LAWSON for Two thousand acres of land situate & being on Rappa: River on the South side thereof, beginning at a marked white Oak standing on the lowermost point of a great ISLAND and running for length S:S:W: 320 poles cross a Creek called LAWSONS CREEK and for breadth from the sd menconed white Oake one thousand Poles by or nigh on the Main River side taking in the Marsh land that fronteth in before the sd Land unto a marked red Oake standing by the Edge of the high ground side to the Maine River and so running againe for length S:S:W: 320 poles including the sd Quantitie. It evidently appeared to the Court that the sd EPIPHRODITUS LAWSON was lawfully seized of the land aforesd. nd for as much as the sd ROBERT PAYNE hath duly proved himselfe lawfull heire to the sd ELIZABETH, who was Daughter and sole heire to the sd EPHRODITUS , the Court have ordered that their Majties: Writt of habere fatias seizeinam be directed to the High Sheriff of this County or his Deputie to put the sd ROBERT PAYNE in quiet peaceable possession and seizen of the sd Land with the appurtinances, And that the Deft. pay all cost of suit
      - Mr. ROBERT BRENT appeared Attorney for RICHD: SHIPWAY
      Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 7; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 329
      MR. ROBERT YARD & MR. JOHN WATERS, 900 acs., on S. side of Rap- pa. River; on the point of an islarrd: adj. Mr. John Cox; in a marsh at mouth of Lawson's Cr; 25 Oct. 1688, p. 693. Granted to Epaphraditus Lawson, 22 May 1650, which became the estate of Robert Paine as marrying the dau. of sd. Lawson; which land was deserted, & now granted by order &c. Trans. of 18 pers: Tho. Adams, James Robins, Judeth Morgan, James Bissett, Richd. Jones, Jane Richardson, Sarah Jones, Wm. Young, Jno. Ellis, Jno. Peugh. Richd. Jones, James Rookins, Abraham Bates, Sarah Huberd, Jno. Shrowsberry, Jno. Relfe, Jane Brooks, Ratchell Jones.

  • Sources 
    1. [S044816] Lawson.
      Lawson family of Lancaster and Rappahannock Counties, Virginia. by Floyd Wills Sydnor

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