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

Catherine Morris

Female Bef 1643 - Aft 1693  (> 52 years)


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  • Name Catherine Morris 
    Born Bef 1643  New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Aft 1693  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I033261  Tree1
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 

    Father George Morris,   b. Bef 1617,   d. Between 1685 and 1690, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 68 years) 
    Mother Eleanor MNU Morris,   d. Aft 1681, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F19717  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Thomas Pettit,   b. Bef 1623, Norwich, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1665, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 42 years) 
    Married Bef 1658  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dorothy Pettit,   b. Bef 1658, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1714, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)
     2. Thomas Pettit,   b. 1664, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1720, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F09266  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 John Long,   b. Bef 1645, King & Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1674, Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 29 years) 
    Married Bef 1667  Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Catherine Long,   b. 1668, Sittingbourne Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1728, St. Stephen's Parish, King & Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 61 years)
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F19715  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Thomas Gaines,   b. 1630,   d. Bef 20 Jun 1699, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 69 years) 
    Married Bef 9 Nov 1675  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Anne Gaines,   b. Abt 1673, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1694, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2020 
    Family ID F19716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Pettit married Katherine, daughter of Major George & Eleanor Morris. Besides his daughter Dorothy he had a son Capt. Thomas Pettit "born in the Spring after the death of his father Vizt. April or May." Land Trials 1711-1716, page 19.

      Major George Morris and Mr. John Long received a land patent for 1600 acres on July 29, 1667 (Land Patent Book #6, page 158). On April 1, 1685 George Morris of New Kent county conveyed his half interest in this 1600 acres to "Thomas Pettit and unto his sister Mrs. Catherine Longe" (Rappahannock County Record Book #7, page 179).
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      1662-1664 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 1, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 344
      KNOW ALL MEN that I KATHERINE PETTIT of the County of Rappa. Widdow do give & make over from(missing) day of the date hereof unto my Son THOMAS PETTIT one black heiffer comonly called Marton & now about fifteen months old marked with two swallow forks & a nick under each ear together with all female increase from this time forwards until my sd Son shall be twelve years old & after he shall be of the aforesd age of twelve years I do hereby give unto my sd Son the increase both male & female to him & to his heirs for ever In Testimony I set my hand this 3 of June 1665
      KATHERINE PETTIT
      Test THo GOODRICH,
      ROBERT BEVERLEY
      Recog in Cur Cora Rappa 7 die Junii 1665
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      1670-1672 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 4, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 287-288
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I ROBERT ARMSTRONG wth DOROTHY my Wife do for a valuable consideration by me received assigne over all my right and title of foure hundred acres of land acccording to the bounds of this within mentioned Pattent to NICHOLAS CATLETT his heirs and assigns and do warrent the said land from me my heirs and assigns or any person or persons laying any claim or clayming any part or parcel thereof and to acknowledge the same the next Court held for this County as Witnesse my hand this Twentieth of januarie 1671
      Test THOMAS GAINES, ROBERT ARMSTRONG
      KATHA GAINES her mark her mark DOROTHY ARMSTRONG
      Recognitr, in Cur Rappa, 7th die March Anno Dom 1671
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      Old Rappahannock Co Va Deed Book 5, Part I - 1672-1674; Antient Press: page 12
      KNOW ALL MEN that I NICHOLAS CATLETT doe assigne over all my right title and interest of this within mentioned Bill of Sale to DOROTHY ARMSTRONG her heirs or assignes from me my heirs or assignes and to acknowledge it the next Court held for the County as Witness my hand this 21st of Feby 1671
      Test THOMAS GAINES, NICHO. CATLETT
      CATHARINE GAINES
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      1674-1676 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 5, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 330-331
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that Whereas there is a MARRIAGE intended between JAMES FUGATT and DOROTHY PETTIS both of the County of Rappa to bee forthwith solemnized the said JAMES FUGATT and DOROTHY PETTIS freely and voluntarily give their consent that. Whereas THOMAS GAINES have intermarried wth KATHARINE the Mother of the said DOROTHY by wch Marriage he is Intitled by right of Dower wth the thirds of a Divident of land given by Will to DOROTHY PETTIS by THOMAS PETTIS her deceased Father this present writing doe witness that in case the said THOMAS GAINES shall survive KATHARINE the Mother of the said DOROTHY the said THOMAS shall have possess & enjoy those houses that are upon the said divident of land whereon he now liveth for and during the time he shall live unmarried he not committing any waste upon the Timber or wood growing upon the said land other then for his necessary building and fencing during his abode there and at his MARRIAGE to surrender the same up againe unto the said JAMES and DOROTHY their heirs or assigns wth the houses fences & edificies that shall then be upon the said land in good condition the same to enjoy wth sufficient ground to plant in fire wood and Timber & fencing Stuff during the time as abovementioned without the let hindrance disturbance eviction or ejection of them the said JAMES FUGATT and DOROTHY PETTIS their heirs or assigns or any of them In Witness whereof the said JAMES and DOROTHY have set their hands and affixed their seals this 9th day of November 1675
      in presence of us EDMUND CRASE, JAMES FUGET
      WILLIAM JOHNSON DOROTHY PETTIS
      Recordatr Test EDMO. CRASK Cl Cur
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      1679-1682 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Will & Deed Book 6, Part II; [Antient Press]; Page 245
      I underwritten doe hereby freely give unto PETER GOODRICH, the Son of Coll. THOMAS GOODRICH deced, a Cow called Dainty marked with a crop on the right eare and a nick over &a nick under & a crop & 3 slits in the left eare To have use and enjoy the said Cow with all her increase to said PETER GOODRICH his heires & assignes for ever, as Witness my hand this 18th day of Decembr: 1679
      Test PHI: PENDLETON, KATHERINE GAINES
      LEONARD HILL
      Recordatr xx9 die xbris 79
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      1682-1686 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 7, Part I; [Antient Press]; Page 163
      KNOW ALL MEN by these prsents that I GEORGE MORRIS of the County of NEW KENT out of the love I beare to THOMAS PETTUS and unto his Sister, Mrs, CATHARIANE LONGE, doth give all my right I have in & unto Eight hundred acres of land lying in the County of Rappa: to them their Exectrs. to be equally devided them vch land is granted by Pattent bearing date 29th 7ber 1667 to me the aforesd MORRIS and Mr. JOHN LONG deced for One thousand six hundred acres and it is so given by the sd MORRIS that if either THOMAS PETTUS or CATHARINE LONG shall die before they are married that the Survivor shall have the whole quantity aforesaid and to the truth of this my Guift I have hereunto set my hand and seale this first day of Aprill 1685
      Signed sealed and delivrd. in the prsence of
      CHRIST: PETERSON, GEORGE MORRIS
      JOHN GRIFFIN
      STEPHEN BENBRIDGE his marke
      Recordatr. in Cur Com Rappa x die Aprillis 1685
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      1692-1693 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; (Page 67-68)
      -At a Court held for Essex County April ye 11th Ano 1693
      - JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife, Daughter & Devisee of THOMAS PETTITT, late of ye County of RAPPA: deced, in all humility complains that her deced Father. THOMAS PETTITT, in and by his last Will in Writeting bearing date September ye 13th 1663 did give & devise unto her, ye Complainant, and to her heires forever, all his land then lying and being in ye County of RAPPA: now this County, being perticularly One hundred acres of land taken up & patented by the said THOMAS PETTITT and Two hundred & eighty acres adjoyning thereto by him purchased & by Conveyance assured to him as by ye said Will more at large doth & may appeare Now so it is, may it please yor: Worps: that ye Complts. have great cause to suspect that the said Patent Deed Writeing conveyance & Charter did all of them come into ye hand and Custody of THOMAS GAINES & KATHERINE his Wife, late ye Wido: of ye said deced PETTITT,. or into ye hands of one of them, and may still in possibility be in their or one of their Custody keeping and possession; And ye sd Complts. humbly conceive that ye said Patent, deed, writeing, conveyance or Charters justly belong to them and they, ye Complts., being utterly remediless at ye Comon Law to recover ye same, humbly pray that by the Decree of this Court ye Respondts., THOMAS GAINES & KATHERINE his Wife may be compelled upon their Corporall Oaths to lett forth and declare what Patents deeds, writeing, conveyances, charters or other evidences they or either of them at any time before or since ye death of ye abovesd PETTITT have had in their hands, custody and possession , & what and how many of them and that yor: Worps: will please to decree that they, the said THOMAS GAINES & KATHERINE his Life, do forthwith surrendr: & deliver up to these Complts., all ye said writeings, papers and evidences relateing to ye said lands as shall seem most agreeable to Equity in such cases & that they pay costs pleaded, To which ye said THOMAS GAINES appeared and alledged that the summons did not agree with ye Docqts: & therefore pray'd that ye suit might be dismist, Wherefore the Court have dismist ye same.
      - JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife, Daughter & Devisee of THOMAS PETTITT late of RAPPA. County deced, complaines against THOMAS GAINES in a Plea of Trespasses for that, that is to say, the Compit. DOROTHY hath good right title & interest by the Guift of & devise of her deced Father, THOMAS PETTITT, in his last Will in writeing menconed & exprest, of in and to Three hundred & Eighty acres of land more or less situate lying and being in this County, and was the proper Estate and freehold of him ye sd deced PETTITT, & of which he dyed seised, into which the said THOMAS GAINES with force and armes &c. on or about ye Month of December now last past did then enter & the Timber and Trees thereon growing did cutt fall maul and destroy, and did & many other Injuries & Trespasses before and since dayly hath and doth comitt, And ye possession thereof from ye Complts, do wrongfully keep & withold, all wch: is contrary to ye Laves & to ye Complts. damage One hundred pounds Sterl:, for which they bring their suit and pray Judgmt. with costs and that the Sheriff be commanded by Writt of habere facias seisinam to eject the said GAINES and to put the Complts, into quiet and peaceable possession of the premisses To which ye Deft. appear'd and pleaded that ye Writt did not agree with the Docquet & therefore pray'd that the suit might be dismist, Wherefore this Court have dismist ye same
      (the following crossed out: JAMES FUGEET & DOROTHY as Marrying DOROTHY PETTIS & Legatee to THO: PETTIS deceast brought their accon of Trespass to this Court agt, THOMAS GAINES to wch: ye Deft. appear'd & pleaded that ye Writt by wch: he was arrested did not agree with ye Docqt: & therefore pray'd that ye suit might be dismist, Wherefore this Court have dismist)
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      1693-1694 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 99
      Essex County Court 10th of May 1693
      - JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife. Daughter and Devisee of THOMAS PETTITT deced, brought their accon of Trespasse to this Court against THOMAS GAINES but not fileing their Declaracon (upon ye mocon of Mr. JAMES BOUGHAN ye said GAINES Attorney) a nonsuit is granted him against ye sd JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife to be paid with costs
      - JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife, Daughter and Devisee of THOMAS PETTITT deced, causing THOMAS GAINES and KATHERINE his Wife to be summoned in Chancery to this Court, but not exhibiting their Bill (upon ye mocon of Mr. JAMES BOUGHAN ye sd GAINES Attorney) a nonsuit is granted against ye sd JAMES FUGEET and DOROTHY his Wife to be paid with costs als Exo.

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