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

William Beverley

Male 1696 - 1756  (60 years)


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  • Name William Beverley  [1
    Born 1696  Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Feb 1756  Blandfield, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I033719  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 

    Father Robert Beverley,   b. 1673, Middlesex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1722, Beverley Park, Drysdale Parish, King & Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Ursula Byrd,   b. 29 Nov 1681, Westover, Charles City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1698, Jamestown, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years) 
    Married Abt 1693  Jamestown, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F19948  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Bland,   b. 29 May 1706, Jordan's Point, Prince George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1770, Blandfield, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married Aft 1722  St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ursula Beverley,   b. Abt 1729, Blandfield, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1778, 'Marmion' King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)
     2. Robert Beverley,   b. 21 Aug 1743, Blandfield, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1800, Blandfield, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F14659  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      WILL OF WILLIAM BEVERLY, 1756.
      [The will of William Beverley of "Blandfield", Essex County, Member of the Council and patentee of the great Beverley Manor tract in Augusta County has not heretofore been discovered. In the recently published abstracts of the records of Augusta County, by Judge Lyman Chalkley, it was shown that a copy of the will was recorded in a suit in that County. We are indebted to Mr. Armistead C. Gordon of Staunton, a member of the Executive Committee of the Society, for a exact copy. It appears from this that the will was proved in the General Court and destroyed by fire with the other records of that Court. It is evident that when James Brown, clerk of the General Court, made the copy filed in Staunton, that the original record was mutilated as the copy omits the amount of the money legacy to Anna Beverley and does not give the name of the person commemorated by the tombstone which is ordered. An elaborate genealogy of the Beverley family has been published in this Magazine*in Vol. II, 4; III, 1, 2, 3; XX, 2, 3, 4; XXI, 1, 2, 3. The numbers in Vols. II and III, are not now for sale.] **

      In the Name of God, Amen. I, William Beverley of Elan-field in the parish of St Ann in the County of Essex Virginia Esquire being in Tolerable health and of sound mind & memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Imprimis I do order my Executors herein after named to pay all my just debts that I owe to my several creditors.
      Item I do lend unto my dear and loving wife Elizabeth during her natural life and in full consideration of her thirds Dower or childs part of all my estate real and personal and in lieu thereof all my lands and plantations in the County of Essex together with all my slaves cattle horses hogs and sheep unusually kept thereon and I also give her on the said consideration all my household goods carts and tools with corn belonging to the said Plantations also all my household Goods and Plate which I now have in England also my chair and coach if Mr. Edward Athawes has bought one for me at the time of my death as I have directed him all this in full consideration as aforesaid.
      Item whereas I have already given unto my son in law James Mills in Money & slaves to the value of one thousand pounds Sterling I do therefore give and bequeath unto my dear daughter Elizabeth the now wife of the said James Mills and her heirs forever the further sum of five hundred pounds Sterling.
      Item I give and bequeath unto my dear daughter Ursula the now wife of William Fitzhugh and her heirs forever the sum of five hundred pounds Sterling having also already paid her said Husband the sum of one thousand pounds Sterling Memorandum that these legacies are in full of my said two daughters marriage portions.
      Item I give and bequeath unto my dear daughter Anna Beverley to the paid her on the day of her marriage or when she comes to the age of twenty-one years which shall first happen and in the mean time I order that she be maintained out of her brothers Estate.
      Item I do give and bequeath unto my dear son Robert and-to his heirs forever all the rest of my estate both real and personal and the fee simple of the estate above devised to his dear Mother but if he shall happen to depart this life before he shall attain to the age of twenty one years (which God forbid) Then and in such case I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Mills and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever all my Lands in the Counties of King & Queen and Essex and my lands called Pewmazeno situate lying and being on both sides of the Mill pond of the Mill commonly called Taliaferros Mill in the county of Caroline and now belonging to Thomas Roy and Adam Lindsey together with one third of all the negroes left my wife and son and all these lands and negroes are to go to and descend together in manner to my dear daughter Elizabeth as aforesaid but on the express condition that she and her heirs shall convey unto my dear daughter Anna all their right and title of in and to my tract of land of four thousand acres called Elkwood situate in the County of Culpeper which was settled by act of assembly in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and twenty two and in the same manner as therein in this my will shall give it her & if my said daughter Mills and her heirs shall refuse to convey to it her as aforesaid then and in such case all the said tracts of lands herein bequeathed to my dear daughter Mills to go to my dear daughter Anna & to descend in the same manner as the other lands will in this my will be given unto her are appointed to go and descend and no otherwise and then my said dear daughter Mills to have all these lands I shall give and bequeath to my dear daughter Anna on the same terms as I give and bequeathed in King & Queen Essex and Caroline to her And in case of failure of Issue of the body of my said dear daughter Mills lawfully begotten I give and bequeath all the said lands and slaves to my dear daughter Ursula Fitzhugh and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever and on failure of such Issue I give and bequeath the said lands and Slaves to my dear daughter Anna and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever Item in case of the death of my dear son Robert as aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ursula Fitzhugh and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever one third of all the negroes left my wife and son and all my lands in the County of Caroline containing about fourteen thousand one hundred and seventy four acres commonly called Beverley Chace be the same more or less and my Lotts in Port Royal and on failure of such Issue I give the Lands and Slaves to my dear daughter Anna and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever and on failure of such Issue I give the said lands and Slaves unto my dear daughter Elizabeth Mills and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever. Item in case of the death of my dear son Robert Beverley as aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my dear daughter Anna Beverley and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever one third part of all my slaves and all my lands in the Counties of Culpeper and Prince William and my Lotts in Falmouth & Fredericksburgh and on the failure of such Issue I give the said lands lotts and slaves to my dear daughter Elizabeth Mills & the heirs of her body lawfully begotten for ever and on failure of such Issue I give the said slaves lands and Lotts to My dear daughter Ursula Fitzhugh and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever. Be it Remembered that it is my intention that in all these bequests of slaves to my dear daughters the increase of them to go and, descend in the several Intails as if they had been expressly named.
      Item I desire my Executors will buy for each of themselves a pair of good horses fit for coach or chair and charge my estate with their cost.
      Item I desire my Executors will send to London for a neat Marble Tombstone and have it placed over his body at the charge of my estate he departed this life at Beverley Park the 21st of April 1722 new Stile and lies buried there. {mm - this is for his father Robert Beverley}
      Item it is my desire that my body may be Intered as privately as may be without any pomp or funeral sermon. Item I do nominate and appoint my well beloved wife and my cousen & Friend John Robinson Esqr of King & Queen Executors of this my last will and Testament and Guardians of my dear son Robert and of my dear daughter Anna And it is my will and desire that my son may remain under the care of Mr. Edward Athawes of London Mercht till he thinks proper to send him unto this Country. And it is also my intent that my wife is not to make up the loss or decrease of the Horses Cattle Sheep or Hogs or other personal estate. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this third day of december in the year one thousand seven hundred and fifty five being all written with my own hand and the several obliterations also made by myself
      W. Beverley (L. S.)
      Sealed & declared to be his last will & Testament in the Presence of us.
      Item my will and desire is and I do impower either of my Executors to sell all my Lands in Augusta and Isle of Wight and add the produce to my Personal estate. Item if money should be wanted for the payment of my debts and legacies before my Crops & Rents and other profits of my estate can raise money sufficient for the payment of them I do hereby impower my Executors to borrow enough for the payment thereof at interest. In Testimony whereof I have to this my last will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
      W. Beverley (L. S.)
      Sealed & declared to be the last Will and Testament of the within named William Beverley by him in presence of us. Archibald Ritchie, Chs. Mortimer, John Corrie, James Emerson.
      Virginia Sst.
      At a General Court held at the Capitol the 3rd day of May 1756.
      This will was proved according to law by the oaths of John Corrie and James Emerson, witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of John Robertson Esqr one of the Executors therein named who made oath according to law Certificate was granted him for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form giving security whereupon he together with Ralph Wormeley and Bernard More Gent. his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of ten thousand Pounds current money conditioned as the law directs liberty nevertheless being reserved to Elizabeth Beverley the Executrix named in the said will to Join in the Probat thereof when she shall think fit.
      Teste
      Ben Waller C. Cur.
      A Copy
      Teste
      J. Brown C. G. C.


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      Wills of Westmoreland County, Virginia , Page 122

      LEE, HENRY, Parish of Cople, 28 Aug. 1747; 21 Oct. 1747. My son John my King Copsico tract and 20 slaves; son Richard land where I live given me by my father Col. Richard Lee decd. and 26 slaves; son Henry land in Prince William given me by my bro. Richard, 3500 acres in Fairfax County and 20 slaves; my grandfather Henry Corbin and his dau. Lettice who was my mother; daughter Lettice; wife Mary; bro. Thomas Lee, Esq., and Col. William Beverley and sons John and Richard exrs. Codicil 15 Oct. 1747. My daughter Lettice wife of William Ball of Lancaster, gent., 40 and household furniture.
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      1718-1721 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 16; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 35-37.
      15 May 1719. John Hines of Essex County, boatwright, to William Beverley of same county, Gent. For 4000 pounds of tobacco. All his right to all the land with buildings thereon within the bounds of all patents granted to any of the former proprietors of the land whereon William Beverley now dwells and now in his possession by virtue of indentures of lease and release made between Nathaniel Burwell, GentĄ attorney for Messrs. Micajah Perry and Richard Perry of London, merchants, to the said Wm Beverley.
      John Hines
      Wit: Robt. Parker, R. Tunstall.
      19 May 1719. Acknowledged by John Hines. Ann Hines, wife of John Hines relinquished her dower right
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      1718-1721 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 16; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 142.
      18 Sept. 1719. Sarah Taylor of St. John's Parish, King William County, appoints Wm. Beverley of St. Ann's Parish, Essex County, her attorney to acknowledge unto Henry Reeves Senr. of Southfarnham Parish, Essex County, her right of dower to 500 acres.
      Sarah Taylor
      Wit: A. Somorvell, Henry Reeves Jr., Joseph Reeves.
      17 Nov. 1719. Proved by Alex [Somor]vell and Henry Reeves Junr.
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      1718-1721 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 16; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 237. 1 Nov. 1720. Alexander Spotswood, His Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia., To William Beverley, Gentleman.
      Whereas by the death of William Cocke, Esqr., late Secretary of this Dominion, all offices held by virtue of any commission from him are to cease, I continue you to be Clerk of the Court of the County of Essex.
      A. Spotswood
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      1721-1735 King George County Deed Book 1, Part II, (Antient Press); pp. 561-562
      Indenture 1st October 1728 between ROBERT CARTER, WILLIAM THORNTON, JOHN FITZHUGH and CHARLES CARTER Directors & Trustees of the Town of Falmouth King George County of one part and WILLIAM BEVERLY of Essex County of other part .. for sum of five pounds current money of Virginia .. conveyed one Lott or half acre of land numbered 3 .. according to Platt .. To have and to hold .. (See folio 553 to Mann Page) .. Presence John Warner, Robert Carter Wm. Thornton
      Robert Jones, Benja. Rush John Fitzhugh Charles Carter
      Memo - October 1st 1728 .. Livery & Seizin .. THOMAS TURNER presented into Court this Deed for one Lott No. 3 on behalf of said WILLIAM BEVERLY
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      1724-1730 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; {Antient Press}: Page 27
      Spotsylvania County Court 3d of November 1724
      - On Petition of WILLIAM BEVERLEY Gent., in behalte of him selfe & others for a ROAD to he cleared from the end of the ROAD whereof JACOB WALL is Overseer down to the ford by ye sd BEVERLEYs Quarter, ordered that ROBERT GREEN, ABRAM. FIELD and FRANCIS KERELEY or any two of them do lay it out the least prejudicial to any Proprietors of land & make report of their proceedings to the next Court
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      1730-1732 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 31
      Spotsylvania County Court 6th of April 1731
      - ROBERT GREEN Gent. is discharged from being Overseer of the Road from Mr. BARNES QUARTER to Majr. WILLIAM BEVERLEYs FORD, And ANTHONY SCOTT is appointed to serve in his room, And ordered that all the tithables that served under the former Overseer do serve under the said SCOTT in clearing & keeping in good repair the same
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      1734-1742 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book C; [William Armstrong Crozier];
      April 30, 1734. William Beverley of St. Ann's Par., Essex Co., Gent., to John Burk of St. Mark's Par., Spts. Co., planter, deed of lease. 100 a. on Elkwood in St. Mark's Par., Spts. Co., whereon sd. John now dwells, etc., "said John, Mary, his wife, and Richard, his son," etc., 430 lbs. tob. yearly. Wit.: W. Russell, Anthony Scott, John Seaton, Edmd. Pagett. May 7, 1734.
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      1734-1742 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book C; [William Armstrong Crozier];
      Augt. 6, 1734. William Beverley and Ann Beverley, Executors of the last will and testament of Robt. Beverley of Spts. Co., Esqr., Decd., to Lawrence Battaille of Caroline Co. £110 ster., 1000 a. in Spts. Co. Eliza. Jones, Catherine Beverley, Zach. Taylor. Sept. 3, 1734.
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      1734-1760 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 11, Part 2; [Antient Press]; Page 8
      At a court held 18 May 1736 .. application of WM. BEVERLEY Gent. .. improvements tract of four hundred acres .. patent 20 June 1734 .. granted to Robert Brookes, Gent., and by him afterwards conveyed to sd Beverley .. ordered Philemon Cavenaugh, John Conner, Lewis Davis Yancey .. certified 8 June 1736 .. one
      cabbin & falling trees, one dwelling house 16 foot by twelve, etc. .. total valuation £ 118.15.6. At a court held 15 June 1736 .. ordered to be recorded.
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      1738-1740 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 3; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 53-55.
      30 Sept. 1738. William Beverley of Essex County, Gent., to Miles Murfey of Orange County, planter. Lease for lives of Elizabeth Murfey the wife of said Miles Murfey, James Murfey and Miles Murfey their sons.
      100 acres and the plantation whereon he now dwells called Buxton's Cabbin, being part of a tract called Ursulana in the little fork of Rappahannock River. Annual rent of 430 pounds of tobacco delivered at a rolling house or warehouse at the falls of Rappahannock River, and four fat hens, capons or pulletts delivered at William Beverley's chief quarter at Elkwood. If he keeps more than two tithables working on the land he shall pay one hen and 100 pounds of tobacco additional for each.
      Murfey shall plant near his dwelling house 64 apple trees and shall keep all houses and fences in repair
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      1734-1742 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book C; [William Armstrong Crozier];
      April 1, 1740. Henry Willis, Esqr., and John Waller, Gent., Trustees. etc., of Town of Fredksburg, to William Beverley of Essex County, Gent. £5 5s. curr. Lot No. 15 in Fredksbg. Witnesses: Jos. Brock, Wm. Johnston, W. Robinson. April 1, 1740.
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      1741 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 6; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 311-13.
      9 July 1741. Articles of agreement. William Russell of Orange County, Gent., and Robert Brooke of Essex County, Gent., with William Beverley of Essex County, Gent. His Majesty by letters pattent 6 September in the tenth year of his reign did grant unto William Beverley, Sir John Randolph late of the City of Williamsburg, Knight, since deceased, Richard Randolph of Henrico County, Gent., and John Robinson of King and Queen County, Gent., a tract of land called the Mannor of Beverley containing 118,491 acres beyond the great mountains on the River Sherrendo. Sir John Randolph, Richard Randolph and John Robinson by deed 17 Sept. 1736 recorded in the General Court did release to William Beverley all their right to the land. The letters pattent and deed of release were obtained by William Beverley in trust for himself and William Russell and Robert Brooke, two-fifths for William Russell and one-fifth for Robert Brooke. Part of the land by agreement of William Russell and Robert Brooke hath been sold by William Beverley. The consideration money is to be divided among them. In case William Beverley shall be put to any expenses for executing any deed, William Russell and Robert Brooke shall pay parts.
      W. Beverley
      Wit: Henry Armistead, T. Turner, Samuel Quarles.
      26 Nov. 1741. Acknowledged by William Beverley, Esq.
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      1741 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 6; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 326-29,
      25-26 Nov. 1741. William Beverley, Esq., of Essex County to Robert Brooke of same. Lease and release; for £15 current money. 500 acres ... William Campbell's corner ... James Millis' line ... William Robinson's corner ... Robert Moffitt's line .
      W. Beverley
      Wit: Richd. Winslow, W. Russell, Hen. Downs.
      27 Nov. 1741. Acknowledged by William Beverley, Esq.
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      1742-1743 Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 7; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 1-2.
      25 Nov. 1742. William Beverley of Blanfield, Essex County, Esq., to Benja. Winslow of Essex County, Gent. For £175. 3000 acres given to Benjamin Winslow by the last will and testament of Robert Beverley, Esq., deceased, which Benjamin Winslow conveyed to William Beverley by deed recorded in the General Court 20 Oct. 1737 ...
      W. Beverley
      Wit: Richd. Barnes, Wm. Waller, Beverley Stanard.
      26 Nov. 1742. Acknowledged by William Beverley, Esq.
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      1742-1751 Spotsylvania County, Virginia Deed Book D; [William Armstrong Crozier];
      Wm. Beverley of Blandfield, Essex Co., Esqr., guardian of Harry Beverley, son and heir of Robert Beverley, late of Spts. Co., Esqr., Decd. Power of attorney to William Waller "of sd. county, Gentl., Dated, June 20, 1750. Witnesses, R. Tunstall, W. Russell. Recd. Oct. 2, 1750.
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      1749-1753 Culpeper County, Virginia Deed Book A; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 192-94.
      13 Nov 1749. William Beverley of Blandfield,. Essex County, Esqr., to William Abbot of Culpeper County
      planter. Lease of 104 acres, part of Elkwood ... on a branch ... line of Waddington Abbett lott saving liberty of making a path thro the land where it shall be necessary. For lives of William Abbet, Elizabeth his wife and Roger their son and the longest liver.,. yearly rent 474 pounds of tobacco on 27, November
      If Abbet shall work more than two tithables besides himself to pay for every tithable beside the two and himself 105 pounds_of tobacco additional
      William Abbet shall keep an orchard of one hundred good apple trees in good repair, well fenced, safe from horses, goats and sbeep and will keep all houses in good repair.
      W. Beverley
      Wit: W. Russell, Gabriel Jones, Waddington (W)_ Abbet.
      19 July1750. Proved by William Russell, Gabriel Jones and Waddington Abbet.
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      1749-1753 Culpeper County, Virginia Deed Book A; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 195-97.
      13 Nov, 1749, William Beverley, of Blandfield, Essex County, Esqr to Waddington Abbet of Culpeper, planter.
      Lease of 104 acres part of Elkwood ... in a glade ... William Beverley's out line ..For lives of Waddington Abbet, his sons William and Waddington and the longest liver. yearly rent 474 pounds of tobacco on 27 November, If Abbet shall work more than two tithables besides himself to pay for every tithable beside the two and himself 105 pounds of tobacco additional rent. Waddington Abbet shall keep an orchard of one hundred good apple trees in good repair, well fenced, safe from cattle, horses, goats and sheep and will keep all houses in good repair
      W. Beverley
      Wit: W. Russell, Gabriel Jones, William (W) Abbet.
      19 July 1750. Proved by William Russell, Gabriel Jones and William Abbet.
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      1749-1753 Culpeper County, Virginia Deed Book A; [John Frederick Dorman]; Pages 526-28.
      18 Nov. 1749. William Beverley of Blanfield in Essex County, Esquire, to John Farmer of Culpeper County, planter. Lease of 109 acres, part of Elkwood. ... corner to Roger Oxford (in Colo. Carter's line) ... on Carter's Run ... William Beverley's out line ... For lives of John Farmer, Mary his wife and Daniel their son. Annual rent 530 pounds of tobacco on 27 November in one note clear of discount, delivering the same at Falmouth Warehouse in King George County. If John Farmer shall work thereon more than two tithables beside himself, then to pay for every tithable beside the two and himself 105 pounds of tobacco. John Farmer shall keep an orchard with one hundred apple trees in good repair.
      W. Beverley
      Wit: W. Russell, John (JM) Mingee, Joseph Rosson.
      17 May 1753. Proved by William Russell.
      21 June 1753. Proved by John Mingee.

  • Sources 
    1. [S804378] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. I, from the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

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