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

Daniel Swillivant

Male Aft 1659 - 1705  (< 44 years)

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  • Name Daniel Swillivant 
    Born Aft 1659  Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Feb 1704/05  St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I035636  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 

    Father Dennis Swillivant,   b. Bef 1634,   d. 1 Sep 1675, North Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 41 years) 
    Mother Jane Bradshaw,   b. Bef 1638,   d. Aft 1689, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 53 years) 
    Married Bef 1654  North Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F17737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary MNU Swillivant,   b. Bef 1674,   d. Between 1722 and 1724, Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 48 years) 
    Married Bef 1702  Westmoreland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F20898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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      http://pages.prodigy dot net/dan_sullivan/main/noneck.htm

      Dennis Sullivan of Richmond County

      The first mention of Dennis Sullivan is noted in Cavaliers and Pioneers - Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants in Volume V. Dennis Sullivant had 1446 acres in Rappahannock (later became Richmond), on southern most branch of Totuskey Creek which was a renewal of a patent dated 23 May 1660. In Index to Marriages of Old Rappahannock and Essex Counties, Virginia 1655-1900, Jean Sullivan widow of Dennis married James Clayton in 1689. This indicates Dennis died prior to 1689. The same source also has Sarah Sullivan daughter of Dennis marrying Henry Lenton.

      The next mention of Dennis is in a deed left by his son Daniel Sullivan also of Richmond County dated September 4, 1694 from Richmond County DB 4 page 71. The deed says that Daniel got the land from his father Dennis Sullivan proving the connection between Dennis and Daniel. There is another deed at about the same time where Daniel buys land from Thomas Freshwater. Daniel Sullivan left a will in Northumberland County, listed in Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume 20, Northumbria Collection 1625-1720.

      Daniel Sullivan of St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland will was dated 29 Aug. 1704 and was probated February 1704/5. In the will, a tract of land that Daniel bought from Thomas Freshwater is left to Phillip Rogers and Vincent Cox. This fact indicates that he is the same Daniel Sullivan that was in Richmond County. It also lists cousin George Hutton (under 21) cousin Rebecca Hutton and cousin Margaret. Richard Baker, Isabella Rogers, Anne Cox, James Roger, Winifred Cox are also mentioned. It was witnessed by James Thomas, Joseph Willgrass and Jno Kean. Daniel does not list wife, sons or daughters in the will,so no more is known of his family. One can infer that from the cousins listed that his father, Dennis, had other brothers or sisters. In summary, the family looks as follows:

      Dennis Sullivan, died before 1689 wife Jean who married second James Clayton in 1689, probably had brothers and sisters and had the following children:
      Daniel Sullivan b. before 1640 d. February, 1704/5 in Northumberland County, Virginia

      Sarah Sullivan married Henry Lenton in 1672
      Daniel Sullivan of Westmoreland County

      From Northern Neck Land Grants 1692-1742 Compiled by Gertrude E. Gray p. 72, Reference A4:

      Nath'l Gray of Westmoreland Co. 2 July last set forth that Dan'l Sullivant of said Co. dyed seized of 100 A. in Washington Par. in said Co. part of patent granted John Beard in 1666 who sold to Sullivant 4 Oct. 1674. Gray purchased the 100 A. from Mary, wid. of Sullivant, 4 May 1719. Mr. Tho's Sorrell, Clk of said Co. Escheat Grant to Gray. 15 Feb. 1722/3.
      The next entry on the same page in the same source says: Reference A5.

      John Ashton of Westmoreland Co. 150 A. in Washington Par. Westmoreland Co. Ashton Set forth 2 July last that Daniel Sullivant died seized of land in Westmoreland Co. Land Escheats. (See A4). Said 150 A. in possession of Ashton by marrying wid. of Sullivant. Grant to Ashton. Mr. Tho's Sorrell, Clk of said Co. 15 Feb. 1722/3.
      In the next county at about the same time there is listed in Northumberland Co. VA Apprenticeships 1650-1750 compiled by W. Preston Haynie there are apprentice records listed for Paul, age 11, John ,age 15, and Daniel, age 9, on 17 January 1721/22. Since the dates are so close, I am assuming that these boys are the sons of Daniel and Mary. Therefore this family is composed as follows:

      Daniel Sullivan b. before 1653 d. about 1721 in Westmoreland or Northumberland County married to Mary who later married second John Ashton about 1722. They had the following children:
      John b. Sept. 1706/7 apprenticed as cooper

      Paul b. Nov. 1710/11 apprenticed as shoemaker

      Daniel b. March 1712/13 apprenticed as cooper
      A John Sullivan, son of Daniel Sullivan, got a Granville grant in Halifax County, NC in 1761, see Halifax County Deed Book 8, p. 21. This could be the same John Sullivan that is in this family. Many Northumberland families such as Humphries, Harvey and Dameron show up in deeds in Halifax County with John Sullivan as a witness.

      Wills of Old Rappahannock County, Virginia [William Montgomery Sweeny]
      1 December, 1673 ; 1 September, 1675.
      SWELLIVANT, DENNIS, of the County of Rapp. and Parish of ffarnham in Virga., Planter.
      Weak in body but of perfect minde and memory.
      To son Dennis Swellivant the land I now live on from the lower pte thereof as farr as the place called by the name of Dennits Cove wth the land purchased of Thomas freshwater if when he comes to the age of sixteen years he will accept thereof or else to have the upper part of my devident (Vizt) from the sd. Dennits Cove to the upper end of my devident soe my sd son Dennis to have his Choice either pte when he attain the age of sixteen years. I give unto my son Daniel the upper pte of my devident vizt from the sd Dennis Cove to the upper end and provided my son Dennis doe not make Choice thereof and if he should then my sd son Daniel to have the other pte that I now live upon and to enjoy the same at the years of sixteen but it is my will that neither of my sd. sons shall dispose sell or convey away any parts thereof until they attain the age of one and twenty years and if either of my sd. sonnes dye before they attain the sd. age of one and twenty years without issue then it is my will that the Survivour should enjoy the whole Item I give and bequeath unto my wife Joane my whole personall estate during the time she shall remain a Widw. and if she shall happen to Marry then my personall estate to be divided into three equal pts Vizt. my sd. wife one third and my sd sons each of them athird and if she shall die in time of her widowhood then to be equally divided between my two sons Dennis and Daniel Item I give unto my daughter Sarah the wife of Henry Lenton three Cowes and one steer of five or six years of age and I give unto my grandson Anthony Lenton one Cow Item I do make constitute and appoint my sd wife Joane Swellivant my sole executrix of this my Last will and testament Item I do hereby intrust my well beloved friends Mr. Robert Baylie, Mr. James Samford, Henry Lenton and Thos. freshwater as overseers of this my last will and in confirmacon thereof have hereunto set my hand and Seale this first of December 1673
      Signed Sealed & publishd. DENNIS X SULLIVANT Seal
      in prsence of
      JOHN X HORYESLY Page 183
      Old Rappahannock Co VA Deed & Will Book 6, Part II - 1679-1682; Antient Press: pg 364
      THIS INDENTURE made this fourteenth day of October in the yeare of or: Lord One thousand Six hundred Eighty & two Between JAMES CLAIGHTON of NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, Cooper, as Guardian of DANIELL SWELLIVANT, Son & heire of DENNISH SWELLIVANT deceased, on ye one party and JOHN JONES of Rappae: County, Planter, & ALICE his now Wife on ye other party Witnesseth that ye above named JAMES CLAIGHTON, Guardian as aforesaid, doth for & in behalfe of his Ward, DANIELL SWELLIVANT, above specified grant & have by these prsents demised &c to farme letten unto ye above named JNO. JONES & ALICE his now Wife their heirs and assignes one certain tract being by estimacon Two hundred acres bounding in a Neck of land called ye RED BANKE Eastward and on DENNARDS COVE Westward and So up to ye MILL ROAD (the land lying on ye North side of RAPPAE RIVER on TOTASKAY CREEK and is part of a greater tract belonging to the above said DANIELL SWELLIVANT as heire of DENNISH deceased) To have and to hold with all rights & priviledges thereto belonging with ye use of Timber for building & fencing for ye good of ye land plantation to be made thereon being for & during ye terme of Six yeares from ye date of these presents & after for and during ye terme & space of ye naturall lives of ye above named JNO. JONES and ALICE his now Wife or to their assignes during their lives with all rights and priviledges as in ye first Six yeares; they the said JOHN and ALICE JONES or their assignes during their lives paying as an acknowledgement yearely & for every yeare an eare of Indian Corne to these Indentures thus made and agreed upon & for ye true pformance of ye same we the persons above named doe bind or:selves In Witness whereof we have sett or: hands & seales the day & yeare above written Sealed and delivered in yr. prsence of us
      Recognitr in Cur Com Rappae: prima die 9bris 1682
      Old Rappahannock Co VA Deed Book 8 - 1689-1692; Antient Press: pg 92-94
      Vide Fol. 198
      TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE to whom this present writing shall come, I DANLL, SWELLIVANT of County of Rappa., Plantr send Greeting in our Iord and everlasting this 6th day of September in year of our Lord 1689 Know yee that I sd DANIEL SWELLIVANT for sum of Eighteen thousand three hundred pounds of Tobb: paid by JOHN NEWTON of WESTMORELAND COUNTY in Colony of Virginia Gent, do by these presents sell unto JOHN NEWTON his heirs one tract of land conteyning Three hundred and fifty acres being part of a Devident of land granted to my Father, DANLL. [sic Dennis] SWELLIVANT by Patent bearing date the 2d of February 1663, part thereof being by my sd Father given and bequeathed to me by his last Will and Testament bearing date the 1st day of December 1673; and the other part coming and descending to me by the death of my Brother, DENNIS SWELLIVANT, as by the sd Patent and Will doth appear the sd land being in Parish of Farnham in County of Rappa butted and bounded beginning at a Mill Dam at the head of TOTASKEY CREEKE from thence alonge a PATH or ROAD comonly called or known by the MILL ROAD unto a line of marked trees that is on the outside of the sd SWELLIVANTs land and right unto the corner of a small Plantacon where one FRAN: ELMORE, Soyer [sawyer], liveth thence along the sd line to a great Swamp or run down the sd run to DENNIS, his Cove, from thence up TOTASKEY CREEKE to the place where it first began with all and singular its rights Together with all houses gardens orchards pastures and appertenances belonging To have and to hold for the proper use and behoofe of sd JOHN NEWTON his heirs And I sd DANLL. SWELLIVANT will warrant from the same of any manner of person whatsoever and said JOHN NEWTON shall peaceably and quietly hold sd land with all its rights forever without any lawfull trouble of me sd DANLL. SWELLIVANT my heirs or assigns In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seale
      Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us
      Recognitr in Cur Comt Rappa 1 die Jany. 1689
      Old Rappahannock Co VA Deed Book 8 - 1689-1692; Antient Press: pg 254-255
      TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE to whom these presents shall come Know yee that I DANIEL SWILLIVANT of County of Rappa do for me my heirs in consideracon of one Negro man delivered to my content for One hundred acres of land and an obligation for Six thousand pounds of Tobb: p. hundred to be paid year after year for as many hundred acres as is conteyned within the following devident of land & delivered unto JOHN TRAPLEY & do for these presents sell and make over unto JOHN TRAPLEY his heirs one parcell of land being on the head of TOTASKEY CREEK in the County aforesd and lying as following adjoyning the land sold p me to Mr. NEWTON and from yt. all the land outwards that is within the bounds of the Patent which was granted to my Father, DENNIS SWILLIVANT deceased, and is according to an obligation under my hand bearing date the 3rd day of March last past and from that day the sd TRAPLEY to have & to hold the sd tract of land with all rights conteyned to him his heirs and furthermore by reason of the bounds and Nomber of acres yet cannot be known for want of a survey I the sd SWILLIVANT do by these presents oblige myself my heirs to procure a Surveyor and lay out the sd land at my cost & charges and with the first convenience or at reasonable requet of sd TRAPLEY and the courses of the sd land and nomber of acres are so known then to give to the sd TRAPLEY such Deed or Deeds according to Law for the securitie of the sd land as shall be thought convenient by the sd TRAPLEY his Attorney In Witness to all & singular herein conteyned I have hereunto sett my hand & seal the first day of September Ano Dom: 1691
      Signes Sealed in the presents of us
      Recognitr in Cur Comt Rappa 2 die 7ber 1691
      1692-1693 Richmond County, VA, Deed Book 1; Antient Press: (Page 55-59)
      THIS INDENTURE made the 3d day of March Ano: Dom: 1692/1 Between DANLL. SWILLIVANT of the Parish of Farnham in the County of RAPPA: and JOHN TRAPLEY of the County & Parish aforesd, of the other part. Witnesseth that I DANLL. SWILLIVANT do for a good & valuable consideration of one young Negro man & Seven thousand eight hundred & eight pounds of Tobb: to me payed by JOHN TRAPLEY, before the enseling & delivery of these pr:sents, have granted unto the sd. JOHN TRAPLEY his heirs or assigns forever Three hundred ninety eight acres of land, it being part of a tract of land granted to my Father, DENNIS SWILLIVANT deced, as may more at large appear p his Patent, the sd Land situate lying & being at the head of TOTASKEY CREEK and adjoining to the Land of Mr. JOHN NEWTON sold him by me, the sd DANLL. SWILLIVANT, in the Parish & County aforesd. & being as followeth: Beginning at the North end of the MILL DAM and extending thence along the ROAD its several' courses to three red Oakes standing triangle about the said ROAD near the Plantacon of FRAN: ELMORE, thence South Easterly to an Hickory, thence North Easterly between a red Oake & a white Oake, thence South Easterly to a dead white Oake & a red Oake marked by it; thence South Westerly into a Great swamp comoniy called the MILL SWAMP neer the Mouth of the same & thence alonge the same to the first beginning, the Mill Dam; Together with all rights comodities & emoluments thereto belonging to him the sd JOHN TRAPLEY his heirs or assigns forever in as large & ample manner as may be granted by Deed Indented for Land holden in fee simple to his only use & behoofe and I do also oblige suffitiently to save & keep harmless from all manner of former sales, guifts and from all other charges heretofore made or suffered to be done by me the sd DANLL. SWILLIVANT my heirs, the sd TRAPLEY henceforth paying the rents & services therein due & of right accustomed according to the other parts of Virginia in such cases and that the sd SWILLIVANT will warrant & keep indemnified the sd tract of land to the sd TRAPLEY as afore sd, against all persons that shall or may pretend any claime whatsoever and also shall for the space of Ten years and on the reasonable request of the sd TRAPLEY his heirs &c. and at his or their charges in the Law do acknowledge every such acts or devises for the further strengthening to assurance of the sd land as by his Coun cell learned in the Law shall be reasonably required Witness whereof I the sd DANLL. SWILLIVANT have hereunto sett my hand & seale this (blank) Anoq: Dom 1692 Signed sealed & delivered in the pr:sence of
      CHA : BARBER
      It is mutually agreed p both parties (Vitt.) that notwithstanding all the articles & clauses conteyned herein within these bounds one acre of land reserved to Mr. JOHN NEWTON for the use the MILL
      Recognitr. in Cur Com Richmond 5 die 8ber 1692

      1699-1706 Order Book Part 1 - Northumberland Co Va; Hamrick: Pg 220
      Northumberland County Court 17th day of Septemb'r Anno 1702
      Whereas Capt. JOHN CRAWLE [sic] brought suite ag't DANIELL SWILLIVANT for twelve thousand pounds of Tobacco due by bond which bond was with Condic'on that if the said DANIELL SWILLIVANT Deed in fee for fifty Acres more or less Situate & being in Richmond County & Acknowledge the same to the said Capt. CRALLE in a Certaine time Lmitted in the said Condic'on in Richmond County Court which said time is Lapsed & the said Condic'on not performed Wherefore the Pl't brought suite and prayed Judgm't for the penalty of twelve thousand pounds of tobacco Expressed in the said Bond Whereupon the Deft appeareing affirmed that he is ready on the Plts demand to make & acknowledge such Deeds according to the Tenor of the s'd Condic'on & that he had noe ill intent in his delay but wanted Conveniency and the Kt favouring the Def'ts assercion only moved he may have a Order for the said sum'e to the Effect (viz't) That unless the said Deft shall makeCondicionall and Acknowledge such Deed as afores'd according to the Tenor of the said Condic'on Excepting the time already Lapsed & to be Lapsed before the next Court to be held for Richmond County that he the Pl't may have Judgm't for the said sum'e the next Court held for this County succeeding Richmond Court and alsoe pay the said Pl't five hundred pounds of Tobacco being his Expence to his Attorney or Attorneys with Costs Which said Cond'll Order is Accordingly granted etc.
      1699-1706 Order Book Part 1 - Northumberland Co Va; Hamrick: Pg 305
      Northumberland County Court - 20th day of July Anno Dom. 1704
      In the Difference depending betweene GEORGE GROVES & ELIZA. his wife Plts and DANIELL SWILLIVANT Deft It's Ordered the said SWILLIVANT give an Inventary of GEORGE HUTTONs Estate which he tooke into his possession to the next Court and for his due Performance thereof PHILL' ROGERS doth Obleidge himselfe together with the said SWILLIVANT in the penal sum'e of five thousand pounds of Tob'o And that then the said GROVES have Judgm't for his proporc'onable part of the said Estate unless the said SWILLIVANT shall then appeare and shew reasons to the Contrary.
      1705-1708 Richmond Co VA Deed Book 4; Antient Press: (Page 38a)
      THIS INDENTURE made this Second day of Aprill in the Sixth yeare of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lady Anne the Queene that now is Ann by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland, Defender of the faith annoq. Domini one thousand seven hundred and Six Betweene PHILLIP ROGERS of the Parish of St STEPHENS in County of NORTHUMBERLAND and VINCENT COX of the Parish of COUPLE in the County of WESTMORELAND on the one part and DANIELL McCARTY of the Parish of COUPLE in the County of WESTMORELAND of the other part; WITTNESSETH that PHILLIP ROGERS and VINCENT COX for the sum of Sixteene thousand pounds of good sound merchantable tobbo: in caske to them in hand already paid by DANIELL McCARTY by these presents doth bargaine and sell unto DANIELL McCARTY his heirs all that parcell or moyety of land containeing Eighteene hundred and fifteene acres being the remaineing part of a Patent granted unto RICHARD WEBLEY, ROBERT DAVIS and THOMAS FRESHWATER for Seven thousand two hundred and twenty one acres of land lying in (Richmond) then RAPPAHANOCK County and NORTHUMBERLAND County which land came to the aforesd. THOMAS FRESHWATER as Survivour of the aforesd. Patentees and from him to THOMAS FRESHWATER his Eldest Son and heire at Law who made sale in fee of Four thousand thirty one acres being then the remaineing part of the aforesd. Pattent unto DANIELL SWILLIVANT then of the County of Richmond by Deed beareing date the Seventh day of September one thousand six hundred ninety four which said land DANIELL SWILLIVANT by his last Will and Testament in Writing beareing date Twenty (2 seventh) day of August Seventeene hundred and four and duely proved in NORTHUMBERLAND County Court did give and devise the aforesd. land unto the aforesd. PHILLIP and VINCENT and theire heires as by the aforesd, Patten, Will and Deed will appeare; the aforesd. Eighteene hundred and fifteene acres being scituate in Richmond County part in NORTHUMBERLAND and part neere adjoyning in WESTMORELAND County, together with all houses orchards priviledges and appurtenances whatsoever to the same belonging; To have and to hold the afaoresaid part parcell or quantity of land containeing Eighteene hundred and fifteene acres with all appurtenances unto DANIELL McCARTY his heirs free and clear from all In cumbrances whatsoever; IN TESTIMONY whereof PHILLIIP ROGERS and VINCENT COX hath to this Indenture of Bargaine and Sale sett theire hands and affixed theire seales the day and year above written Sealed and Delivered in the presence of
      Acknowledged in Richmond County Court the third day of April! Ano, Dom: 1706 and recorded the 20th day of the same month and yeare Test J. SHERLOCK Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that we ISZABELLA ROGERS, the Wife of the within named PHILLIP ROGERS and ANNE COX the Wife of the within named VINCENT COX do hereby acknowledge that the within sale is made by and with our consent and we do hereby relinquish all our right title and interest to the within mentioned land unto DANLL. McCARTY his heirs and we do hereby joyntly and severally appoint in our places our well beloved friend Mr. JAMES SHERLOCK our Attorney to acknowledge this our Relinquishment of Dower before her Majties. Justices for the County of Richmond as Wiuness our hands and seales this 2d day of April 1706
      Sealed and Delivered in presents of
      FRAN; SPENCER ANN her marke COX
      The above Lre. of Attorney was proved by the oathes of SAMLL. DAMONVELL and FRANCIS SPENCER in Richmond County Court the 3d day of April! Anno Dom 1706 and by virtue thereof the above named JAMES SHERLOCK did then acknowledge the above recited relinquishment to the above named DANIELL McCARTY, all wch: is recorded among the Records of the said County this 20th of April in ye yeare aforesd.
      http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=4&last=&g_p=GA&coll ection=NN Grant
      Title Gray, Nathaniel.
      Publication 15 February 1722/1723.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Note Location: Westmoreland County.
      Description: 100 acres escheat land formerly belonging to Daniel Sullivant, being part of a patent granted to John Beard, dated 1666.
      Source: Northern Neck Grants A, 1722-1726, p. 4, folio (Reel 290).
      http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=5&last=&g_p=GA&coll ection=NN Grant
      Title Ashton, John.
      Publication 15 February 1722/1723.
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Note Location: Westmoreland County.
      Description: 150 acres escheat land, formerly belonging to Daniel Sullivant, being part of a patent granted to John Beard, dated 1666.
      Source: Northern Neck Grants A, 1722-1726, p. 5, folio (Reel 290).