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

Gilbert Simpson

Male Abt 1731 - 1803  (~ 72 years)


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  • Name Gilbert Simpson 
    Born Abt 1731  Fairfax County, Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Jul 1803  Fairfax County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I075789  Tree1
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2020 

    Father Gilbert Simpson,   b. 1699, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1773, Fairfax County, Virgina - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Williams,   b. Bef 1714, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1748, Fairfax County, Virgina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 36 years) 
    Married Bef 1738  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F06477  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosanna Mason,   b. Aft 1735, Truro Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1790, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 55 years) 
    Married Aft Mar 1753  Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. French Simpson,   b. Abt 1754, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 21 Sep 1795, Fairfax County, Virginia - Admin Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
     2. Anne Simpson,   b. Aft 1754, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1803, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 49 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2020 
    Family ID F17009  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === contributed by Mrs. Thomas Betty Simpson simpson.tom.betty@sbcglobal.net
      Fairfax Co., VA Will Book I-1 1801-1806, LVA microfilm reel 29, pp. 262
      At a court held for Fairfax County the 18th day of July 1803 -- This last will and testament of Gilbert Simpson deceased was presented in Court by John Simpson Executor therein named, and the same being proved by the oath of James H. Blake a witness thereto who also deposed that Beverly R. Wagener and John Speake subscribed and signed the said Will as Witnesses at the request and in presence of the said Testator and in presence of this deponent is ordered to be recorded and the said Executor having in open Court refused to take upon himself the burthin and executirion thereof, whereupon administration with the Will Annexed of the said Decedents Estate is granted William Johnston, he having together with William Payne and Francis Keene his Securities entered into and acknowledged a Bond for the same. Conditioned as the law directs -- Wm. Moss Clk. Fx. Cty.
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      Book "Solving the Identities of Gilbert Simpson (1699-1773) of Charles Co., MD & Fairfax Co., VA, by Robert C. Neibling
      p. 12
      GILBERT SIMPSON, JR. was reasonably properous. In 1782 he owned 12 slaves, 8 horses, and 25 cattle. Five years later, in 1787, he owned 15 slaves, 7 horses and 25 cattle. On 20 September, 1790 he sold 8 slaves to Daniel McCarty, Jr. for a token amount of 5 shillings to be used solely for the benefit of Gilbert and Rosanna and upon their death, for the benefit of daughter Ann Johnston, wife of Capt. William Johnston, and upon her death for the benefit of son, French Simpson. The rationale for this transaction is not fully understood. Gilbert also increased his land holdings. According to Land Tax records, Gilbert acquired an additional 100 acres from Thomas Lee sometime before 1787. In 1796, he inherited an additional 200 acres from his deceased son, French Simpson, had purchased from French Mason for 100 pounds on 13 February, 1790. This property was located on the northeast side of Pohick Creek and was originally owned by Thomas James.
      In about 1786, Gilbert Simpson, Jr. apparently became heir to the rental property his father had leased on Clifton Neck in 1741. This is based on the account of Virlinda Payne in George Washington's ledger book B. Virlinda was Gilbert's sister. The contra side of the account contains the entry, "By settlement with G. Simpson......230" (pounds of tobacco). Later that year, on 21 November, 1786, Gilbert Simpson relinquished his right to the Clifton Neck property to George Washington for 50 pounds sterling.
      On 11 October, 1802, Gilbert Simpson prepared his will. He mentions his daughter, Ann JOHNSTON, who inherited the estate; granddaughters, Ann and Sarah Johnston; grandson, Dennis Johnston, and nephew JOHN SIMPSON, who inherited 20 pounds. The will was witnessed by James H. Blake, Beverly R. Wagener (Waggoner) , and John Speak. In his will, Gilbert emancipated his favorite slave, Nell, and she was given a house and lot consisting of one and a half acres of land. The following 16 May, John Simpson, executor, stated why he should not be executor of the estate and William Johnston, husband of Ann, was executor when the will was probated on 18 July, 1803. Beginning in 1811, William Johnston, Sr. is shown as owner of the 400 acres on Pohick Creek previously owned by Simpson. The nephew, John Simpson, named in the will is not positively identified.
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      Prince William County, Virginia Deeds {Antient Press}: Liber E; 1740 - 1741; pp 416-418
      THIS INDENTURE made this fourteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred forty & one Between WILLIAM CLIFTON of the County of Prince William gent of one part & GILBERT SIMPSON of the aforesaid County Planter of other part Witnesseth that the said WILLIAM CLIFTON for the Rents and Covenants expressed on the part of GILBERT SIMPSON his heirs to be performed hath granted to farm Let unto the said GILBERT SIMPSON a certain parcel of land by estimation one hundred and fifty acres in the aforesaid County being the land where the said SIMPSON now lives on & bounded begining at three chesnut white Oaks on the lower side of a COVE runing thence Southwest by West to two red Oaks corner trees between the said GILBERT SIMPSON & WILLIAM WILLIAMS then North to a corner red Oak in the line that divides the land of MR. CLIFTON & SMITH thence North East to a box Oak thence Northeast to the river side then down with the several courses thereof to the first begining with the rights to the same now belonging To Have and To Hold the said land & other the premises to him the said GILBERT SIMPSON his heirs during the Natural life of him the said GILBERT SIMPSON, ELIZABETH his Wife & GILBERT his Son during which time it shall be lawful! for the said GILBERT SIMPSON to possess the said land paying therefore unto the said WILLIAM CLIFTON his heirs or assignes the annual rent of Seven hundred and thirty pounds of Tobacco quallified according to Law to be paid yearly by the twenty fifth day of December & the said GILBERT SIMPSON cloth agree with the said WILLIAM CLIFTON not to dispose of any Timber of the aforesaid premises nor have a Subtenant on the same during this Lease neither sell his Lease to any with- out the Leave of the said WILLIAM CLIFTON Provided Always if it shall so happen the said Rent be not paid in Twenty days space next after the same shall be payble that then it shall be lawful! for said WILLIAM CLIFTON into the messuage to enter & having entered & the goods & chattels then & there found to take & distrain by himself or Servant for and appointed by him the said WILLIAM CLIFTON to bear away & the same to keep untill the Rent & arrearages of rent be fully paid further said WILLIAM CLIFTON for himself his heirs agree it may be lawfull for him the said GILBERT SIMPSON his heirs to make use of any timber they can find on the Land unleased belonging to the said WILLIAM CLIFTON for the support of the Plantation provided it is not to be found on his own part Sufficient to support the same Land hereafter only excepted all the land lying between the said WILLIAM CLIFTONs & a North Course runing to four Spanish Oaks corner trees of JOHN SHERRIDANs Land to a red Oak & two Spanish Oak saplins Corner trees by the side of a Branch that WILLIAM WILLIAMS is bounded finally the said GILBERT SIMPSON doth oblidge himself in three years Space after the present date to plant out one hundred Apple trees on the said Plantation & the same to keep under good fence & if any Dies to plant one in its Stead. In Witness whereof the parties have set their hands & Seals
      in presence of ROBERT WHITELY, WILLIAM CLIFTON
      JNO WESTBROOKE, WILLIAM WILLIAMS
      At a Court held for Prince William County the 24th day of August 1741
      WILLIAM CLIFTON acknowledged this Lease from himself to GILBERT SIMPSON to be his act & deed & it was thereupon admitted to Record

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