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

Thomas Wright Belfield

Male 1705 - 1743  (38 years)


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  • Name Thomas Wright Belfield  [1
    Born 1 Jan 1704/05  Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 Dec 1743  Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I028771  Tree1
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2018 

    Father Joseph Dr. Belfield,   b. Bef 1678, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1737, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 59 years) 
    Mother Frances Wright,   b. 7 Jan 1685/86, Chicacoan, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1712, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 25 years) 
    Married 1703  Lancaster County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F17554  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Meriwether,   b. Abt 1697, Bathurst, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1750, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Married 9 Mar 1723/24  Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Belfield,   b. 23 Jun 1725, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1801, Manor House, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Joseph Belfield,   b. 1 May 1727, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1750, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     3. Thomas Meriwether Belfield,   b. 23 Mar 1727/28, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1728, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Thomas Meriwether Belfield,   b. 11 Feb 1730/31, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1743, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
     5. Elizabeth Belfield,   b. 25 Oct 1732, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1785  (Age 52 years)
     6. Bathurst Belfield,   b. 21 Jan 1733/34, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1735, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     7. Frances Belfield,   b. 23 Mar 1735/36, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1818, Prince George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     8. Elizabeth Belfield,   b. 19 Mar 1737/38, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1810, Orange County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     9. Bathurst Belfield,   b. 27 Jun 1739, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1740/41, Manor House, Lunenburg Parish, Richmond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F16562  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      p.427 - Thomas Wright BELFIELD, Lun.Par., will; 6 Dec 1743, 6 Feb 1743/44
      sons John and Joseph; daus. Elizabeth and Frances;
      ex: wife Mary and son John with fr. William JORDAN;
      wits: William LYNN, Charles BOREMAN, Edward HERNDON.
      (Capt. Thomas W. BELFIELD mar. Mary (MERIWETHER) COLSTON, 9 Mar 1723/24. MRC, p.16.]

      p.428 - [Declaration of Mary BELFIELD]; 6 Feb 1743/44
      Mary BELFIELD, wid. and relict of Thomas W. BELFIELD, dec'd, declares that she will not stand to her sd. late husband's will, but claims to herself all the benefits which the law shall allow out of his est;
      wits: Avery DYE Jr, Edward PRICE.

      p.430 - Capt. Thomas Wright BELFIELD, inv; 5 Mar 1743/44. p.436 - Thomas W. BELFIELD, inv. in Orange Co.; 5 Mar 1743/4.
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      1755, July 21 Samuel & Eleanor Hening .. to Adam Menzies .. near head of br of Hungry Run .. by bridge on Bloodworth's Road over the sd br .. down the road corner Thomas Wright Belfield .. on a ridge [Culpeper Deed Bk B p. 397-405]

      1757, Jan 3 Joseph Belfield to my loving friend Benjamin Cave Jr .. for love, good will and affection negroes [Culpeper Deed Bk C, p. 23-4]
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      Richmond County, Virginia Will Book 4, 1717-1725
      p.32 - Henry SEAGAR, NFP, will; 27 Feb 1717, 4 Jun 1718 Christopher ASCOUGH and Anne ASCOUGH (son and dau. of Thomas ASCOUGH); Thomas Wright BELFIELD (son of Joseph BELFIELD); Henry and Mary SISSON (chil. of William SISSON); ex: Henry SISSON; wits: John DOZIER, Edward HINKLY, Marmaduke BECKWITH. [Henry SEAGAR mar. Mary HUDSON, wid. of Bryan HUDSON. MRC, p.183.]
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      1711-1714 Richmond Co VA Deed Book 6; Antient Press: (Page 103)
      THIS INDENTURE made the Fourth day of February in the Eleventh year of the Reigne of our Sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God Queen of Great Brittaine France and Ireland, defender of the faith &c., Annoq: Domini 1712; Betweene JOHN WRIGHT of the Parish of COPLEY in the County of WESTMORELAND, Gentleman, of one part and JOSEPH BELFIELD of the Parish of Sittenbourne in the County of Richmond, CHIRURGEON, of the other part; WHEREAS MOTTREM WRIGHT late of the County of LANCASTER in the Colony of Virginia, Gent., deced., did in and by his Last Will and Testament in writing dated the Eighth day of October 1700 (amongst divers other legacies and bequests) give and devise unto his Daughter, FRANCES WRIGHT (late Wife of the said JOSEPH BELFIELD since deced.) Seven hundred acres of his land and Plantation on the North side of RAPPAHANOCK CREEK in the County of Richmond, to hold to her and her heirs and assigns for ever and all the rest of his Lands and Plantations in Virginia he did give and devise to his Son, MOTTREM WRIGHT his heirs and assigns for ever, Willing that in case either of his Children MOTTREM or FRANCES WRIGHT should dye before the age of one and twenty years or day of marriage, that then the Legacyes of him or her so dying should go to the Survivour and to his or her heirs; and in case of both their deceases before marryage or the aforesaid age of one and twenty yeares, then he gave and devised the legacyes given to his two Children unto his Cozen, the above named JOHN WRIGHT, and to his heirs and assigns for ever (as in and by the said Will relation thereto being had doth and may more fully appeare); AND WHEREAS the said FRANCES, Daughter of the Testator, intermarryed with said JOSEPH BELFIELD and is since deced., leaving issue by him the said JOSEPH BELFIELD, one Son named THOMAS WRIGHT WITIELD. and the said MOTTREM WRIGHT, the Testators Son it also lately deced., unmarryed, and under the age of one and twenty yeares so that the reversion and remainder in fee of and in the aforesaid Lands by virtue of the aforesaid Will lyes and is vested in him the said JOHN WRIGHT in case the said THOMAS WRIGHT BELFIELD should dye before age and without issue; NOW THIS INDENTURE WITTNESSETH that JOHN WRIGHT in consideration of the summe of fifty pounds Sterling to him in hand paid by JOSEPH BELFIELD, by these presents doth bargain sell release and confirms unto JOSEPH BELFIELD his heirs all that tract of land sciwate on North side of RAPPAHANOCK CREEK in the Parish of Sittenbourne containing by estimation Fifteene hundred acres be the same more or less formerly belonging to the aforesaid MOTTREM WRIGHT, the Testator, being bought by him of HENRY FLEET of the County of LANCASTER Gent., and of EDWIN CONWAY, late of ye same County, Gent., since deced., and now in the possession of JOSEPH BELFIELD, and all houses orchards commodities & appurtenances to said land belonging; (the reversion or remainder in Fee of which said land and premises lyes and is vested in the said JOHN WRIGHT in case the said THOMAS WRIGHT BELFIELD, Son of said JOSEPH BELFIELD. should happen to dye as aforesaid before age and without by Virtue of the Last Will and Testament of MOTTREM WRIGHT), To have and to hold the tract of land unto JOSEPH BELFIELD his heirs; And JOHN WRIGHT doth hereby covenant with ye said JOSEPH BELFIELD that ye said JOHN WRIGHT shall att the next Court to be held for the County of Richmond or att such other time as he shall be thereto required by said JOSEPH BELFIELD acknowledge this Deed to said JOSEPH BELFIELD in order to its being entered upon the Records of ye said Court; In Wittnesse whereof the parties abovenamed to these present Indentures have interchangeably sett their hands and seals the day and year first. above written Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
      THOS: DICKENSON, JOHN WRIGHT
      JNO: DAVIS, SAMLL. GODWIN
      Au a Court held for Richmond County ye Fourth day of February 1712
      JOHN WRIGHT came into Court and acknowledged this his Deed unto JOSEPH BELFLELD
      and it was att the said BELFIELDs motion admitted to Record
      Test M. BECKWITH, Cl Cur.
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      1722-1724 Richmond County, Virginia Order Book; {Antient Press}:
      At a Court held for Richmond County the Sixth day of May 1724
      - Surveyor of the Road from ye Creeke by Mr. BELFIELD's to ye Main Road to be summoned Ordered that the Sheriff summon to next Court the Surveyor of the Road that goes from the mouth of the Creeke by Mr. THOMAS WRIGHT BELFIELD's into the Main Road for not clearing it according to Law
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      ORANGE COUNTY ROAD ORDERS 1734-1749 {Ann Brush Miller}
      17 June 1735, O.S. p. 19
      On the Petition of Thomas Wright Bellfield to turn the Road that goes thro. his plantation.
      Christopher Zimmerman Michael Claure and John Michael or any two of them are appointed to view the convenientest and best Way to turn the same and make report of their proceedings to the next Court.
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      1735-1738 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 1, {Antient Press}:
      Pages 6-10. 25-26 May 1737. Richard Mauldin of St. Mark's Parish, Orange County, to Thomas Wright Bellfield, Gent., of Lunenburgh Parish, Richmond County. Lease and release; for 51 current money. 1000 acres at Mr. Joshua Fry's upper corner on the Meander Run
      R. Mauldin
      Wit: Jno. Curtis, Arjalon Price, John Bramham.
      26 Hay 1737. Acknowledged by Richard Mauldin, Gent.
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      1733-1738 Essex County Virginia Deed Book 20; {Antient Press}: Page 433-438
      THIS INDENTURE made this Fifteenth and Sixteenth day of January 1738 Between SAMUEL MAYNARD late of the County of Essex of one part and WILLM. FAUNTLEROY Gent. of the County of RICHMOND of the other part Witnesseth that sd Samuel! Maynard for sum Sixty pounds currant money doth sell unto the said William Fauntleroy (in his actual possession now being by bargain and sale for one whole year and by force of the Statute for Transferring uses into possession) his heirs and assigns for ever all that parcell of land in the Parish of Saint Annes in the County of Essex containing Two hundred and forty acres and eighty pearches bounded Beginning at a white oak stump corner to COOKs land thence with said line North West to the beginning Corner of JOSEPH LEMANs land thence runing along the said Lemons line tuning along a line of markt trees that divideth the hereby demised land from the land of NATHANIEL FOGG South West to a small read oake standing in MOSLEYs line thence along the said line North to a Willow oake Corner to MAJR ROBERT BROOKEs thence along the said Brooks line South to a Hickory a Corner to INGRAMs land thence North East to the begining being according to a Survey made the 13th of Aovember 1735 by JOHN VAWTER of the aforesaid County of Essex part of a Patent of lard formerly in the possession of Mr. FRANCIS MERIWEATHER decest which came by desent to his Son THOMAS MERIWETHER and the said Thomas dying under age the said Land decended to the several! sisters of the said Thomas Daughters to the said Francis this demised parcel! being part of the proportion of land which desended to MARY BELFIELD Wife of THOMAS WRIGHT BELFIELD and sold by Deed acknowledged in the County court of Essex to the aforesaid Samuel! Maynard party to these presents and Nathaniel Fogg of the Countey of Essex aforesaid In presence of W. JORDAN, Samuel Maynard
      JONATHAN SYDENHAM, WM, KENNAN,
      WILLM. FAUNTLEROY JR.
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa. on the XVIth day of January MDCCXXXVIII William Jordan, Jonathan Sydenham and William Kennan made oath they did see Samuel Maynard sign and deliver this Indenture and the receipt thereon endorsed which is admitted to record.
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      1735-1743 Orange County, Virginia Will Book; {John Frederick Dorman}:
      Pages 248-49.
      Will of John Rucker of Saint Mark's Parish in the County of Orange, planter, being weak in body, dated Jan. 1742 [1743].
      To my well beloved wife Susanah Rucker four Negros namely
      Bristol, Tony, Doll and Sue, and one third part of my houshold furniture and stock, horses excepted, one horse named Roger. The four mentioned Negroes to remain my wife's no longer than her widowhood, after to be sold and divided as the rest of my estate.
      To my son Peter Rucker one black horse called Jockey and his choice of my guns.
      To my son John Rucker one grey horse called Oglesby and a run the next choice after his brother.
      To Thomas Wright Belfield one lot in Fredgburg [Fredericksburg] No. 5.
      The one half of my land on the branches of James's River may be sold; likewise my waggon and five horses and horse kinds to pay my debts. I likewise leave my dwelling house and land thereunto adjoining to be sold if my debts can't be complied with; if they can the dwelling house and land to remain my wife's dureing her widowhood. If she marrys to be sold by way of auction.
      To my well beloved sons Peter Rucker, John Rucker, Ambrose Rucker, Benja. Rucker, Reuben Rucker, Isaac Rucker, Anthony Rucker half the land I hold on the branches of James River to be equally divided.
      The rest of my estate I desire may be equally divided among my beloved children as follows Peter Rucker, John Rucker, Sarah Rucker, Winniford Rucker, Ambrose Rucker, Benja. Rucker, Reuben Rucker, Isaac Rucker, Anthony Rucker, Mildred Rucker, Pheby Rucker.
      My daughter Margaret Smith one shilling sterling.
      My beloved wife Susanah Rucker executrix and my beloved son Peter Rucker and my beloved friend George Taylor executors.
      Wit: John Rucker
      Robt. Seayrs
      Joseph Hawkins
      Richd. Cross
      28 Jan. 1742 [1743]. Presented in Court by Susanah Rucker and Peter Rucker. Proved by Robert Seayres and Richd. Cross.
      Pages 250-51. Bond of Susanah Rucker, Peter Rucker, Anthony
      Head, Michael Holt and James Picketu unto Thomas Chew, Gent.,
      first justice. For 1000. 28 Jan. 1742. Susanah and Peter Rucker are executors of John Rucker.
      Susanah (X) Rucker
      Peter Rucker Anthony (A) Head
      Michael Holt James Picket
      Wit: James Porteus.
      28 Jan. 1742. Returned by Susanah Rucker and Peter Rucker. Acknowledged. [1743]

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      SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY DEED BOOK D, 1742-1751; William Armstrong Crozier
      Sept. 17, 1746. Mary Belfield, widow, and John Belfield and Wm. Jordan, Gent., all of the County of Richmond, in Va., executors of the Last will and testament of Thomas Wright Belfield, Gent., Decd., to Charles Dick of Fredericksburg, Spts. Co., Mercht. Recites Trustees of Fredksburg, by Deed, Augt. 2, 1737, sold to John Rucker of Orange Co., Gent. Lot No. 5, in town of Fredksbg, sd. Rucker by his last will and testament devised the sd. lot to Thomas Wright Belfield, and his heirs, etc., sd. Belfield taking possession thereof at sd. Rucker's death, sd. Belfield making his last will and testament, Dated Dec. 6, 1743, and stated for his exers. to dispose of such land as they should think fit for the payment of his debts, etc., etc. Witnesses, T. Turner, Thos. Turner, Junr., James Dun, Archd. Gordon. Oct. 7, 1746.

  • Sources 
    1. [S814050] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. I, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine.