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

James Edmondson

Male Abt 1670 - 1741  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name James Edmondson 
    Born Abt 1670  South Farnham Parish, Old Rapahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Aug 1741  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I111875  Tree1
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 

    Father Thomas Edmondson,   b. Bef 1643,   d. 20 Dec 1715, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 72 years) 
    Mother Anne Gregory,   b. Abt 1650, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1673, South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years) 
    Married Bef 12 Feb 1666/67  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F44305  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Judith Allaman,   b. Bef 1676, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1763, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 87 years) 
    Married Bef 11 Dec 1701  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Edmondson,   b. Aft 1700, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1765, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 65 years)
     2. Elizabeth Edmondson,   b. Aft 1700, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Sarah Edmondson,   b. Aft 1700, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Susannah Edmondson,   b. Aft 1700, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Thomas Edmondson,   b. Aft 1700, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1763, St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 63 years)
    Last Modified 22 Sep 2020 
    Family ID F36143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      1736-1743 Essex County, Virginia Will Book 6; [Antient Press]; Page 340-341
      IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I JAMES EDMONDSON of Essex County being of disposeing sence and memory make this my Last Will and Testament.
      First I bequeath my Soul to Almighty God my Heavenly Father in hopes of a pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins in and through the merits of my blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and my body to the earth to be decently buried and as to my Estate real and personal I dispose as follows
      2dly I give to my Son JOHN EDMONDSON and his heirs forever my manner house with all the land I have on the West side of the main Swamp that runs into DUNNS MILL DAM. I also give my sd Son JOHN two of my Negros Cook and Harry and one horse named Wonton Ten head of cattel and the best bed and furniture Excepting that whereon my Wife lies and six of the newest Silver Spoons.
      3dly I give to my Grandson JOHN EDMONDSON and his heirs the plantation where his Father lived with all the land I have on the South side of the abovesd Mill & Swamp.
      4thly I give to my Grand Daughter SARAH EDMONDSON my Negro Jenny to be delivered to her at the age of eighteen or the day of the marridge also one feather bed of six pounds price, but if she should die before this Legacie becomes due then its my will that it return to my Son JOHN EDMONDSON.
      5thly I give my Daughter SUSANNAH EDMONDSON three Negroes Dick, Beck and Kate and the next feather bed and furniture not disposed of allso eight head of cattle ten Barrels of Corne Eight hundred pound Tobo. one horse colt named Blasd the Chest wherein her cloaths lies and Liberty to live on my Plantation and work her Negros as long as she remains unmarried and no longer.
      6thly I give my Daughter ELIZABETH HAY my Negro man named Walley and twenty six pounds Cash and six head of cattle.
      7thly I give to my Grand Daughter SARAH HAY my Negro Rachel. Sthly I give to my Daughter SARAH TOWNLY twenty five pounds cash.
      9thly I lend my beloved Wife JUDITH the use of four Negro's Tom, Duke, Rose and George dureing her widowhood and no longer. I give my beloved Wife eight hundred pounds of tobo.
      10thly all the goods I have in the hands of my Son THOMAS EDMONDSON and Cash that I have in the hands of JAMES WEBB I desire should be equally divided between them Excepted fifty ells of Brown Linen and all the white sheeting and twenty two yards of Negro s Cotten which is for my famileys use and twelve yards of Check Linen.
      11thly I give to my Son JNO. EDMONDSON all my cash and cash accots. &Tobo. & plate not above dispos'd of in this my Will
      12thly I lend my beloved Wife all the remainder of my household Estate not above disposed of as long as she remains a Widow and after my sd Wifes decease or marring again I give George and Rose and my lent Estate to my Son JOHN EDMONDSON and Tom to my Daughter SUSANNAH and Duke to my Daughter ELIZABETH HAY and its likewise my will that no part of my Estate be appraised and Lastly I do hereby ordain my beloved Son JNO. EDMONDSON my Executor to Execute this my Last Will and Testament Signed sealed and delivered to be my Last Will
      Test THOMAS EDMONDSON JUNR., JAMES EDMONDSON
      ROBERT EDWARDS Augst. 19th 1741
      CHRISTIAN GRESHAM
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa. on the 15th day of September 1741
      This Last Will and Testament of JAMES EDMONDSON deced being exhibited by JOHN EDMONDSON the Executor therein named. THOMAS EDMONDSON JUNR. heir at Law to the said JAMES came into Court and declared he had no objections to make against the said Will being proved and then the said JOHN EDMONDSON made oath to the said Will as the Law directs and the same being also duely proved by the oath of two of the witnesses thereto was admitted to record
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      1736-1743 Essex County, Virginia Will Book 6; [Antient Press]; Page 341-342
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that we JOHN EDMONDSON & THOMAS EDMONDSON are held and firmly bound unto THOMAS WARING, ALEXANDER PARKER, WILLIAM DAINGERFIELD and MUNGO ROY Gentlemen Justices of the peace for the County of Essex in the sum of fifteen hundred pounds Sterling Witness our hands and seals this 15th day of September 1741
      THE CONDITION of the this obligation is such that if the above bound JOHN EDMONDSON Executor of the Last Will and Testament of JAMES EDMONDSON deced do make or cause to be made a true and perfect Inventory of all the goods, chattles and credits of the sd deced the same so made do exhibit or cause to be exhibited in the County Court of Essex at such time as he shall be thereunto required by the sd Court and further do make a just and true account of all his actings and doings therein when thereunto required by the sd Court and also do well and truly pay & deliver all the Legacies contained and specified in the sd Testment as far as the sd goods chattles and credits will thereunto extend according to the value thereof & the Law shall charge them then this obligation to be void and of none effect
      JOH: EDMONDSON
      THOS . EDMONDSON JR.
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappahannock on the 15th day of September 1741 (those bound) acknowledged this bond to be their act and deed which is ordered to be recorded
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      1699-1702 Essex County, Virginia Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 86
      Essex County Court 10th of April 1701
      Its ordered that the Clerk of this Court deliver the Last Will & Testamt. of PHILL: PARR deced to Mr. JAMES EDMONDSON & JUDITH his Wife, late Widow of ye sd deced, in order to get ye same proved in GLOSTER County where ye witnesses live, and that ye sd JAMES EDMONDSON & JUDITH his Wife after probate of the same return it back againe to this Court that admon may be granted them on ye deceds Estate, ye exrx. of ye sd Will haveing refused to Execute their Office of Executorship
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      1701-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 95
      Att a Court held for Essex County ye 11th day of Xber: 1701.
      JAMES EDMONDSON & JUDTH his Wife, Admrs. with ye Will annexed of PHILL: PARR deced presented this Inventory & Appraisement upon Oath and the same is truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER. Cl Cur
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      Will of Thomas Edmondson. In the name of god amen, I Thomas Edmondson of ye County of Essex being of disposeing sence & memory make this my last Will & Testament, Impr. I bequeath my Soul un to Almighty God & my body to the Earth to be decently buryed, And as to my Estate reale & personall after my Just Debts paid, I dispose of in manner following
      ffirst I Give unto my Son William Edmondson my plantation whereon I now live, wth all the Land on ye west Side of maine swamp known by the name of Samuell Perry Swamp & to his theirs for Ever,
      I Likewise Give unto my son Bryan Edmondson all my Land on ye East side of ye sd Swamp & to his heirs for Ever, Provided always ye my beloved wife Mary Edmondson possess & Enjoy ye third part of both ye sd parcells of Land above disposed of during her life, anything herein to the Contrary notwithstanding,
      I Likewise Give unto my two Sons James Edmondson & Joseph Edmondson all my mony & proceeds of ye Tobo. unaccounted for wch I have in the hands of Mr. Micajah Perry & Compe, & Mr. Richard Lee merchants in London to be Equally divided betweene them.
      I Likewise give unto my sd Son James Edmondson one of my best feather beds wth its covering & also my new riding Coate my best hat my wigs & my Silver headed-Cane.
      I Likewise Give unto my Son Thomas Edmondson one negro women caled mealt [?], to be Deliver’d to him by my Exertrs when he attaines ye age of twenty-one Years,
      I Likewise give unto my sd Son Thomas Edmondson my Young gray horse branded on ye near buttock with this ffiguerd R: & my riding Saddle & bridle,
      I Likewise Give unto my sd Son Thomas Edmondson two thousand pounds of Sweet Sented Tobacco, it being the one halfe of a bill of ffower thousand pounds of Tobacco wch my Son Samuell Edmondson by his bill stands Undebted to me to be paid when my sd Son Thomas Attains ye Age of twenty one years, by my sd Sonn Samuell Edmondson,
      I Likewise Give unto my Son John Edmondson one Negro Girl name Grace & to his heirs for Ever to be Delivered by my Executrs to my sd Son John Edmondson when he attaines ye Age of twenty one years,
      It is also my will ye my Executrs give unto my Son Samuell Edmondson ffower thousand Eight penny Nailes to build him a Dwelling house when he Shall demande them,
      I Likewise Give unto my sd Son John Edmondson two thousand pounds of Tobacco it being ye one half of the bill of tower thousand pounds of Tobacco wch my sd Son Samuell Edmondson stands Indebted to me, to be paid to my sd Son John Edmondson by my sd Son Samuell when my sd Son John Attaines the age of twenty one years.
      I Likewise give to my Daughter Sarah Boughan ten Shillings to buy her a ring.
      I Likewise Give to by Daughter Ann Hayman ten Shillings to buy her a ring to be paid by my Executrs
      It is also my will & absolute Desire ye there be given by my Exectrs to three of the antiente & poorest people of this parish two pound towards their reliefe to be paid them as soon as possible, In Tobacco meat Corne, or any other product of ye [?] Country, attending to theire wants & according to ye value of things bought and sold in ye Country.
      It is also my will & Chief Desire that my wellbeloved wife Mary Edmondson have ye use of all ye rest of my Estate undisposed of by this my last will (to wit) Negro’s horses Cattle house hold goods & new goods out of England, during the time she remains a widdow, & no longer, & if she marry again after my decease, yt yn [? could be that in] my whole estate not disposed of by this my will, be Equally divided amongst my Six Sons, James Edmondson, Joseph Edmondson William Edmondson, Bryan Edmondson Thomas Edmondson & John Edmondson, and lastly I do hereby ordaine & appoint my well beloved wife Mary Edmondson & my beloved Sonn James Edmondson executrs of this my last Will Provided always tt [?] if my sd wife Mary Edmondson marry again after my Decease yt yn her Executorship be at and End & yth my sd son James Edmondson stand & be my Sole & only Executr to Execute this my last will, any thing herein contained to ye Contrary in any wise notwithsanding” Signed Tho Edmondson.
      Witnesses: none listed. Proved on 20 December 1715 by the oaths of Mary Edmondson and James Edmondson, who declare it to be the writing of Thomas Edmondson. [Essex County, Virginia, Deed Book 14, pages 421–423.]

      On 5 January 1715/16, an inventory and appraisal of the estate of Thomas Edmondson was made by Wm Covington, Richd Tiler and Benja ffisher. The inventory is very long, including slaves, a great deal of textiles, livestock, a silver headed cane, 80 books and 7 bibles. Ordered recorded 16 January 1716. [Essex County, Virginia, Deed Book 14, pages 720–728.]

      Va Colonial Abstracts, p. 62.

      See Tyler Quarterly Genealogies of Virginia Families, A-Ge, p. 661 ff.

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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 82
      10th February 1704/5. Jury in land dif betw John Games [Gaines], Procheinamy of Thomas Games pltf and Joseph Edmondson deft. With Mr Harry Beverley Survey of, laid out the land and find the Deft a trespasser. Damages at 2 shillings.
      Francis Merrimether foreman John x Fargeson
      Erasmus--Allen John-Meade
      Saml Parry Henry Adcock
      Henry x Boughan Will Journey
      John x Brasier Timothy Driscoll
      Henry x Woodnot Francis Shakelford

      Surveyor's report. 10 Feb 1704/5. In dif Games vs; Edmondson. 190 acres on N side Piscataway Creek, etc. Signed Harry Beverley, Surveyor.
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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 198
      16 Feb 1705/60; James Edmondson states he owes Geo Loyd, ordinary keeper, 1250 lb.tobo which he refuses to accept; Three honest men of the neighborhood; Thomas Williamson (sic); Wm Williamson and John Williamson to be sworn and to pass on the quality of the tobo.
      Signed James Boughan
      Richd- Covington
      Sworn statement by the three Williamsons that the tobacco is "good sound and legally merchantable".
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      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 20.
      Mr. Phill. Parr. Estate account. I heare give accot. of 156 pounds of tobacco recd. since the last accot. that I gave the Court, as also one stuffs vest that my wife gave to the man that tended her husband in his sickness.
      James Edmondson
      11 Aug. 1707. Presented by James Edmondson and Judith his wife.
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      1714-1716 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 2; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 9, Beverley Fleet]; Page 330. Deed. 13 Jany 1714/15. James Edmondson of Essex Co. sells to Samuel Edmondson of same Co., for £45 Sterl., 150 acres bought from Mr. Leo Tarent, being part of Buttons Range Pattent formerly belonging to William Williams and sold by him to Edward Gouldman and by his Ex'or, Mr ffrancis Gouldman sold to Mr Samuel Thacker late dec'd, and by his will given to Mary Brooks now the wife of Mr, Leo Tarent. Adjs. land of William Howlet, the land of Makum [Mottram] Wright.
      Wit: Signed James Edmondson
      Will Edmondson
      Robt Elliott
      Bryant Edmondson
      Power of Atty. Judith Edmondson wife to James Edmondson to Mr. James Boughan to relinq. Right of Dowor. Dated 8 Jan. 1714/15.
      Wit: Signed Judith Edmondson
      William Edmondson
      Bryant Edmondson Rec. 13 Jan. 1714/15

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      1716-1718 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 15, Part 2; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 216-18.
      9 Aug. 1718. Bryant Edmondson, Gent., of South Farnham Parish, Essex County, to James Edmondson of same county. For £20 current money and 6800 eight penny nailes.
      200 acres given to me by my deceased father Mr, Tho. Edmondson in this last will, on the south side of the main swamp of Mr. Saml., Perry's Creek Swamp. All my right to any land adjoining the 200 acres.
      Bryant Edmondson . -
      Wit: John Edmondson, Constant (O P) Parr, Dunkin (R) Robeson..
      19 Aug. 1718. Acknowledged by Bryant Edmondson
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      1711-1714 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 8, Beverley Fleet]; Page 225. Deed. 8 April 1714 "Leonard Tarent of the County of Essex Gentleman and Mary his wife legatee in the Last will and Testam't of Sam'll Thacker formerly of the said County Dec'd" sell James Edmondson of Essex Co., Gent., for £ 45., 150 acres formerly belonging to William Williams and given by the sd Samll Thacker by his last will and Testam't to Mary Brooke now the wife of the sd Leonard Tarent, in Essex Co., being part of Buttons Range patent, adj, land of Wm Howlett, land of Makum Wright (Mottram Wright - this may give us the correct pronunciation of the hard drinking and important old Col. John Mottrom's name)
      Wit:
      Richard Jones signed Leo Tarent
      Ja Alderson Mary Tarent Ann Alderson
      Ack. by Leonard Tarent and Mary his wife to James Edmondson in Essex County Court the Eighth day of Aprill 1714 and is Recorded.
      Wit:
      Wm Raines
      Timo Sallavand
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      1724-1728 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 18; [Antient Press]; Page 275-278
      THIS INDENTURE made the Fifteenth/Sixteenth day of May 1727 Between BRYANT EDMONDSON of the Parish of South farnham it County of Essex of one part & JAMES EDMONDSON of aforesaid Parish & County Witnesseth that Bryant Edmondson for sum of Twenty pounds Court. money of Virginia & Six thousand eight penny Nailes in hand paid by these presents doth grant unto said John Edmondson 200 acres in the aforesaid Parish & County & on the South side of a branch of Piscataway Creek known by the name of SAMUEL PERRYs Swamp & bounded Begining upon the aforementioned Branch on the South side & runing South East to a corner white oak near to an old feild on the head of a valley thence North to a Swamp and so up the Swamp to the place it begun which said 200 acres of land is part of a Patent of 600 acres granted to Mr THOMAS EDMONDSON dated 1687 Relation being had to the record of Essex County & by the said Mr. Thomas Edmondson in his last Will given unto his Son Bryant Edmondson & his heirs forever & now doth of right belong to the aforementioned Bryant Edmondson as heir apparent to the same
      In the presents of us THOS EDMONDSON JUR.. Bryant Edmondson
      SAMUEL EDMONDSON, JOHN EDMONDSON
      At Court held for Essex County the 18th day of July 1727
      This Lease and Release of land Indented is admitted to record

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