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

John Harper

Male Bef 1660 - Aft 1720  (> 62 years)


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  • Name John Harper 
    Birth Bef 1660  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death Aft 1720  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I28026  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Father Thomas Harper,   b. 10 Feb 1618, Leeds, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 2 Apr 1684, South Farnham Parish, Old Rapphannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary MNU Harper,   b. Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 10 Apr 1710, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage 20 Jan 1630  Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F16820  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia MNU Harper,   b. Bef 1670   d. Between 1710 and 1719, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 40 years) 
    Marriage Bef 1689  South Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward Harper,   b. Bef 1698, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 24 Apr 1760, Amelia County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 62 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Henry Harper,   b. Abt 1700, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Jul 1766, Halifax County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 66 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F18476  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
    • James Hughes 2005-12-23 15:00:25
      Historical and Genealogical Notes; Wm. and Mary Qrtly., Vol. 3, No. 4, 1895

      HARPER. - III., Page 204. William Harper, son and heir of William Harper, was living in Sittenborne Parish, Essex county, in 1699. Will of Solomon Harper mentions brother, Thomas Harper, and William and John Harper, sons of brother John, proved in 1699. John Harper and Lydia, his wife, grant in 1699 to Mrs. Sarah Nicholls land (formerly pantented by Thomas Harper). - Essex County Records. John Harper was a linen draper in Bristol, England, in 1671. - Isle of Wight County Records. William Harper died in York county March 24, 1734. -
      Bruton Register.
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      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 311.
      Will of Mary Lake, being very sick and weak, dated 30 Jan. 1709.
      To my son John Harper one feather bed and furniture.
      One mare filly to my grandson Soloman Harper.
      One cow and calf to William Harper.
      To my Godson William Neal one gray mare, provided he live and abides with my dafter in law Mary Harper till he attains to the age of twenty one years.
      All my wearing apparel to equally divided between my two daughters in law Ledey Harper and Mary Harper.
      To my two grandsons Soloman Harper and Thomas Harper two cattle.
      John Harper executor. Mary (M) Lake
      Wit: James Fullerton, Thomas Burnett.
      10 April 1710. Proved by James Fullerton and Thomas Burnett.
      Page 311. 10 April 1710. Bond of Jno. Harper as executor of Mary lake. Unto Janes Boughan of Essex County, Gent., in behalf of the Court. For £200 sterling. Securities, James Boughan junr. and William Price.
      John Harper
      James Boughan junr.
      Wm. (P) Price
      Wit: Ja. Alderson, Abr. Ayrton.
      10 April 1710. Acknowledged.
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      William, Mary, and John Harper identified as children of John Harper in will of Solomon Harper, Essex Co. Deeds & Wills 1699-1701, Page 20-21
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      1656-1692 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Will Book; [William Montgomery Sweeny]
      4 December, 1683; 2 April, 1684.
      HARPER, THOMAS, of the County of Rappa in the Parish of ffarnham.
      All my debts being honestly satisfied & paid then it is my desire that my welbeloved wife Mary Harper and Jno Harper my eldest son be Joyntly Executors. of all my personall estate moveable & Immoveable & furthermore it is my desire that all my land be Equally Devided between my three sonns Jno., Solomon and Thomas Harper Then my desire is that my wife and other son Jno. Harper be posest with the aforesaid Land untill my two youngest sons doe Come to age Provided my wife should Marry any such pson who may by his prodigallyty wast Consume & destroy ye aforesaid Land then my son Jno. Harper to take it into his Custody untill they Come to age furthermore I doe bequeath unto my son Jno. Harper one servant boy named Wm. Cassaulough And one gun.
      Wit. HENRY WATKINS, JNo. BONNER, JOHN X STEWART.
      Page 22.
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      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 64)
      IN THE NAME OF GOD Amen. this 11th day of Decembr: in ye yeare of or: Lord God 1700 I WILLIAM LEAKE of Farnham Parish in the County of Essex, Miller, being weake in body and of sound & perfect sence & memory and knowing the uncertainty of this life on Earth and being desireous to settle my worldly Estate which God of his grease Mercy hath endowed me with in order do make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following:
      Imps. I recommend my Soule into the hands of God Almighty my Creator assuredly believing that I shall receive full pardon & remission of all my sins and be save & precious Death of my blessed Saviour & redeemer Jesus Christ and my body to ye Earth from whence it was taken to be buryed in decent and Christian like manner as my Executrix hereafter named shall see convenient, Also I revoke and make void all former Wills by me made & declare & appoint this my Last Will and Testament
      Item I will that all those debts and duties that in Right or conscence I doe lawfully owe or stand indebted to any manner of person whatsoever shall be well & truely pd. in some lawful! time after my decease by my Executrix.
      Item I give unto my Godson, WILLIAM NEALE, one Cow & Calfe to be paid him when he comes of age to him and his heires forever
      Item I give unto WILLIAM HARPER, the Son of JNO: HARPER, one Cow & Calfe the same to be paid him when he comes of age to him and his heires for ever
      Lastly, I give & bequeath unto my now well beloved Wife, MARY LEAKE, my House and Planation with all the rest of my lands in Virginia or elsewhere whatsoever and also all the rest of my Estate both reall & personall whatever or wherever with all Bills bonds Dues or demands whatsoever that is any wayes owing or due to me the same I give unto her and her heires for ever whom I make & appoint my whole & sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I the sd WM. LEAKE have hereunto set my hand and fixed ms seale this day yeare first above written
      WILLM. ACRES WILLM. LEAKE
      CHARLES BEGERLEY
      JA: CLERKE
      Prov'd by the Oathes of the Witnesses thereto in Essex County Court ye 30th day of Xber: 1700 & truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
      KNOW ALL MEN by these pr:sents that wee MARY LEAKE, JAMES BOUGHAN & JNO: HARPER of the County of Essex are firmely bound unto JNO: CATLETT Gent. President of the said County Court in ye sum of Two hundred pds. Sterl. we bind ourselves Witness or: hands and seales this 30th day of Xber: 1700
      The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bound MARY LEAKE who att a Court held for Essex County the day and yeare abovesaid obteyned a Probate of the last Will of WM: LEAKE deceased shall and doe at all times hereafter performe ye said Will fully pay and satisfie all such Legatees as therein are expressed and doe performe all ye Law enjoines in such cases, Then he above obligation to be void otherwise to remaine in full force
      HEN: GOAR MARY LEAKE
      THO: HUCKLESCOTT JAMES BOUGHAN
      JOHN HARPER
      Truely recorded Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, Cl Cur
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      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jcat2/mh16751730.html
      URL title: Traces of MOTTERSHED/MOTHERSHEADs in Virginia
      Note:
      p. 246 The Deposition of Mr Jonathan MOTTERSHED aged about fifty yeares or thereabouts Sworne and examined saith that beinge in Mr Matthew THOMPSONs house sometime in February last past did hear Mr Matthew Thompson aske Edward KENNINGTON who it was that killed the hogge ye said Edward KENNINGTON said it was John HARPER that killed them and farther saith not -- Jonathan MOTTERSHED

      Sworne this 29th day of March 1692, Recorded the 10th day of May 1692
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      1689-1692 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 8; [Antient Press]; Page 59 - 60
      TO ALL TO WHOM these presents shall come I JOHN HARPER of the Parish of Farnham in County of Rappa. send Greeting in our Lord everlasting. Now know yee that I sd JOHN HARPER for divers good considerations me thereunto moving before the ensealing of these presents wherewith I acknowledge myselfe well and truly satisfied do by these presents give and confirm unto ROBERT CADE of County and Parish aforesd. all my right title and possession which I have to a part of a tract of land being in County and Parish and being part of a greater Devident formerly granted unto THOS. HARPER being by estimation Two hundred acres and One hundred acres part thereof conveyed by sd HARPER unto sd CADE by Sale dated the 7th day of March 1672 and the other hundred acres sold by JOHN HARPER, Son and heir of the sd THOMAS HARPER, unto sd ROBERT CADE and bounded begining at a marked Hickory on a point by the Mane Swamp of PISCATAWAY CREEKE at the mouth of the middle branch in Forke Between them and thence runing up the sd Branch to the land of FRANCIS BROWNE to a Stake between a white Oake and line thence by his South to a small white Oake, thence South to an old white Oake stump and Spanish Oake marked by a small branch corner of JOSEPH GOODRICH land, thence by his line W. to a red Oake on the brow of a hill where the head of the sd small branch in the line thence by a line of marked trees West to the sd Maine Swamp, thence down the sd Swamp to the place it first began To have and to hold the aforesd Two hundred acres of land to him sd ROBERT CADE and his heirs in as large manner to all intents and purposes as it is granted to me sd JOHN HARPER by Patent engaging myselfe my heirs that the sd ROBERT CADE shall peaceably possess every part and parcell of the sd land according to bounds without molestation from any peson that shall lay any clame thereof the sd ROBERT CADE paying yearly and every yeare the Kings Rents and farther I sd JOHN HARPER do oblige myselfe my heirs to acknowledge this sale of land in Rappa Court unto the sd ROBERT CADE his heirs when thereunto required In Testimony whereof I have hereunto afixed my hand and seale this first day of (blank) One thousand Six hundred and Eighty nine
      Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presents of
      JOHN GATEWOOD, JOHN HARPER
      JOHN EVANS
      These presents shall oblige me LIDIA HARPER, Wife to JOHN HARPER the above named to acknowledge all my right and title in the above menconed premises unto the above named ROBERT CADE Witness my hand and seale the day and yeare above written
      LIDIA HARPER
      Recognitr in Cur Coml., Rappa 2 die 8bris 1689
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      1689-1692 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 8; [Antient Press]; Page 218-220
      THIS INDENTURE made the 19th day of fiber 1689 in the first year of the Reigne of Lord King William Between JOHN HARPER of Parish of Sittenburne and County of Rappa of the one partie and ROBERT RICHARDSON of the Parish of St.Stephens and County of NEW KENT, Planter, of the other part Witnesseth that JOHN HARPER for sum of Two thousand pounds of Tobacco to him in hand paid and secured to be paid and for divers other causes hath granted unto ROBT. RICHARDSON his heirs a certain parcell of land being in the Parish of and County of Rappa conteyning One hundred acres beginning at the uppermost corner tree of ROBT. CADE and from thence up the MANE SWAMP to the corner tree of HENRY BOUGHAN for breadth to conteyn the complement of the aforesaid One hundred acres of land Together with all ways and appertinances to the same belonging and all the right the sd HARPER now hath To have and to hold the sd bargained tract of land and bargained premises with their appertenances unto ROBERT RICHARDSON his heirs and that sd JOHN HARPER will warrant and forever defend the sd ROBERT RICHARDSON his heirs in the quiet enjoyment against all persons claiming under him and lastly that JOHN HARPER and LIDIA his Wife herself or lawful! Attorney shall make acknowledge of these presents and her right of Dower in Court next held for Rappa County In Witness I sd HARPER to this presents his hand and seal hath putt
      Sealed and Delivered in the presents of us
      JOHN GORDON, JOHN HARPER
      WM LEE
      Recognitr in Cur Com Rappa 4 die Febry 1690
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      1689-1692 Old Rappahannock County, Virginia Deed Book 8; [Antient Press]; Page 252-254
      THIS INDENTURE made the 5th day of Augst. 1691 and in the Third year of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady Wm. and Mary over England, Scotland, France, Ireland. Virginia Between JOHN HARPER of County of Rappa in the Colony of Virginia, Plantr., of one part and JOHN PRICE of the same County & Colony, Plantr., of other part, Witnesseth that JOHN HARPER for a valuable consideracon already received have granted unto the sd JOHN PRICE his heirs and assigns forever all his Right and demand of a certain parcell of land conteyn in g Two hundred acres of land more or less being part of a greater tract of land granted by Patent to THO. HARPER late of the aforesd County and Colony deced and by him given to sd JOHN HARPER the sd land being in the aforesd County of Rappa on the South side of the PISCATOUN POCOSON and hounded begining at a corner marked Gum of the sd HARPERs thence down the Fork of the sd Swamp thence up the BRIDGE SWAMP to the North of sd PRICES SPRING BRANCH thence up the sd Spring Branch to sd HARPERs line To have & to hold the sd land together with all woods water and appertinances belonging unto the sd JOHN PRICE his heirs and assigns subject nevertheless to the quit rents that from henceforth grow due for the same to our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King & Queen their heirs & Successors and the sd JOHN HARPER his heirs & assigns for the sd valuable consideracon will warrant and defend unto the sd JOHN PRICE his heirs and assigns forever In Witness whereof the sd JOHN HARPER have hereunto sett his hand and seale
      Teste. THO HUSLESCOTT JOHN HARPER
      WM. MORRIS
      Recognitr in Cur Comt Rappa 5 die Augt. 1691
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I LIDIA HARPER by these presents freely and voluntarily ratify and confirm what my within menconed Husband path acted and done and relinquish all my right and interest and dower in the premises and have hereunto
      sett my hand & seal this fifth clay of Augt. 1691
      Test: THO: HUSLESCOTT, LIDIA HARPER
      WM MORRIS
      Recordr Test WM COLSTON Cl Cur
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      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      p. 227a JOHN VIOLETT aged Twenty four yeares or thereabouts Sworne &examined saith that some time about ye Beginninge of Janry last past his Master GILES VANDECASTAILL ordered him to go to ye house of JOHN HARPER to assist ye said HARPER & EDWARD KENINGTON to kill three Sowes wch his said Master & ye said HARPER had brought in out of ye Woods two dayes before, butt his said Master ordered him first to aske EDWARD KENNINGTON whether he were sure they were Mr. MATTHEW THOMPSONs hoggs ye wch this Deponent accordingly did, & ye said KENINGTON answered him hee was sure they were & hee would bear them out in killinge them and soon after they were killed&Singed came Mr. JOHN WEST & who lookeinge upon ye eare of ye said bogges said to EDWARD KENNINGTON I thinke in my heart these are ye hogges that you Lost and then ye said HARPER & KENNINGTON divided the meat ye said KENNIGTON takeing ye one halfe thereof for ye use of Mr, MATTHEW THOMPSON and gave ye other halfe to ye said JOHN HARPER for him &ye said GILES for bringeinge in ye sd hogges
      JOHN VIOLET
      ,writ. in Curia Febry 12th 1691/2 and was then recorded
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      1689-1693 Stafford County, Virginia Deed & Will Book, Part 2 [Antient Press];
      p. 246 The Deposition of Mr. JONATHAN MOTTERSHED aged about fifty yeares or thereabouts Sworne and examined saith that beinge in Mr_ MATTHEW THOMPSONS house sometime in February last past did hear Mr. MATTHEW THOMPSON aske EDWARD KENNlNGTON who it was that killed the hogge ye said EDWARD KENNINGTON said it was JOHN HARPER that killed them and farther saith not
      Sworne this 29th day of March 1692 JONATHAN MOTTERSHED Recorded the 10th day of May 1692
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      1692-1693 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 20)
      At a Court held for Essex County 10th of August 1692
      - JNO: HARPER appeared in Court and acknowledged a Deed of Sale of a parcel' of Land to ALEXANDER DENAIN to be his real act and deed ye same was admitted to Record
      - LYDIA HARPER, Wife to ye above named JOHN HARPER, appeared in Court and did freely & voluntarily relinquish her right of dower of in & to a parcell of land sold by the said JOHN HARPER to ALEXR: DENAIN, ye same was admitted to Record
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      1693-1694 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 107
      Essex County Court 10th of June 1693
      WM. BALL brought his accon of Trespass on Battry. to this Court against WM:COX and declar'd that the said COX did with force & armes on or about the 4:th day of April' last at the House of JOHN HARPER in this County and contrary to the Peace & so forth assault his, ye Plts. Wife, ANN BALL, and did then and there fore beate & knife ye sd ANN with his hands and feet with stamping on her upon the ground and almost beate her eyes out of her head and the breath out of her body and taring her Cloaths all of her back that of her life she did dispair to the Plts. great damage and damage hath to Two thousand pounds of tobo: caske; wherefore he humbly pray'd order against thesd COX with all costs & damages &c., To which the Defendt. by Mr. JNO. EVERIT, his Attorney, appear'd and pleaded to ye insufficiency of ye Declaracon as not agreeing with the accon and thereupon moved for a nonsuit against the Plt., wch: this Court have granted, and ordered that the same be paid with costs als Exo.
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      1693-1694 Essex County, Virginia Deed, Will & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 173
      Essex County Court 10th day of April 1693/4
      - Upon the peticon of JNO: WOOD, it is ordered that JNO: HARPER officiate as CONSTABLE this ensueing year in the precincts ye said WOOD was late Constable off and that the said HARPER forthwith repair to Mr. THOMAS EDMONDSON to be sworne
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      1694-1695 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 371
      To all &c., Whereas &c., Now Knowe ye that I ye sd Sr. HENRY CHICHELY, Knt. Deputy Governr: &c. doe with ye consent of ye Council of State accordingly give and grant unto THOMAS HARPER Five hundred and fifty acres of land lying in RAPPAK. County and on ye branches of PISCATAWAY CREEK bounded as followeth: Beginning at Coll. GOODRICHes Spanish Oake by an INDIAN PATH and running thence West South West to a white Oake, thence down a branch ye several! courses dividing this land from a dividend of One thousand acres formerly taken up by ye sd HARPER & JAMES VAUGHAN deced., Two hundred & fifty pole to ye forke of ye sd Branch; thence ye several' courses up ye branch to a corner Oake by ye mouth of a small branch; thence hundred & twenty po:, thence East three hundred and forty po: to markt. trees to a corner Oake, thence North by East three quarters Easterly Two hundred and fifty po: and thence by ye land of Coll. GOODRICH where it began; the sd Land being due and for ye Transportation of Eleven persons into this Collony whose names are menconed in ye Records under this Pattent; To have and to hold &c., To be held &c., yeilding & paying &c. Provided &c., Given under my hand and ye seale of ye Colony this 22d. day of September 1682
      Recordatr: Test PHILL: LUDWELL, p Mr. Secr. HEN: CHICHLEY
      KNOW ALL MEN by these presents that I JOHN HARPER, Son & Heir of THOMAS HARPER deced, do for ye good will love & affection that I bear to my Brother, SOLLOMON HARPER dogive & grant & enfeoffe all my right & tytle claime estate & possession that I have unto this within menconed Pattent unto him and his heires forever with warranty from me and my heires and from ye right claime estate of any persons whatsoever by from or under us, unto ye sd SOLLOMON HARPER & his heires & assignes for ever As Witness my hand & seale this (blank) day of September 1693
      Signed & sealed & delivered in ye presence of us
      JAMES BOUGHAN JOHN HARPER
      GEO: PARKE
      At a Court held for Essex County ye 10th day of 7br: 1695
      The above named JOHN HARPER appear'd & acknowledged ye above specified contents to be his act & deed to ye above named SOLLOMAN HARPER wch: was ordered to be recorded
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      1695-1699 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 9; [Antient Press]; Page 20)
      THIS INDENTURE made this Tenth day of January 1695/6 and in ye Eighth year of ye Reigne of our dread Sovereigne William by the grace of God &c. Between JOHN HARPER and LYDIA his Wife of SOUTH FARNHAM Parish in Essex County, Planter, on ye one part and WILLIAM COX of ye aforesd. Parish and County, Planter, on ye other part; Witensseth that ye sd JOHN HARPER for Five thousand pounds of sweet sented tobacco & caske fully grant unto ye sd WILLIAM COX & his heirs & assignes forever a certaine tract of land being in ye aforesd. Parish & County being part of a greater Divident of Land bounding as followeth; Begining at a white Oake in ye mouth of a Branch, runing thence up ye sd Branch the severall courses & turnings to a Maple standing at ye head of ye sd. Branch, thence by a line of marked trees South to a Hickory in DENHAMs line, thence along DENHAMs line South West to a white Oake at ye head of a small branch, thence down ye sd. branch to ye mouth thereof, thence down a bigger branch the severall courses till it meet with HILLS SWAMP, thence up HILLS SWAMP till it meets with HILLS line, thence along HILLS line North West to a read Oake in HILLs line. thence to ye place where it first began, containeing Two hundred acreo of Land together with all wayes profitts & interest; To have & to hold all ye sd Land with the appurtenances unto WILLIAM COX his heirs & assignes and ye sd JOHN HARPER for himselfe his heirs that ye same shall remain unto ye said WILLIAM COX & his heirs & assignes forever, deer & kept harmless from all other sales & against all other persons whatsoever lawfully claiming any right; And lastly that he the said JOHN HARPER and LYDIA his Wife by herselfe or lawful' Attorney shall make acknowledgmt. of these presents, and her right of Dower in open Court to be held for Essex County; In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seales
      Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us
      ALDER. DENHAM, JOHN HARPER
      WILLIAM FFOSAT LEDEY HARPER
      Acknowledged & right of Dower relinquished in Essex County Court ye 10th day of Aprill 1696 Test FRANCIS MERIWETHER, CI Cu
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      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 24)
      TO ALL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE to whome these pr:sents shall come wee JNO. HARPR: & LYDIA his Wife of ye County of Essex send greetings. Know yee that we ye sd JON: HARPR: & LYDIA his Wife for a valuable consideration to them in hand payd by SARAH NICHOLS of ye sd County, Widdow, and especially for ye sume of Two thousand One hundred pounds of tobacco and cask. hath sold to SARAH NICHOLLS her heirs & assignes a certaiane p:cell of land being in ye aforesd. County being part of a greater divident formerly granted by Patent unto THOMAS HARPR: late of ye sd County deceased, wch: sd parcell of land is bounded as followeth: begininge at a willow Oake standing in ye Forte of a Swampe called by ye name of BRIDGE SWAMP issueinge out of PISCATAWAY CREEKE in ye sd County & Parrish of South Farnham, thence up ye sd Swamp to a white Oak, standing. ye line of WM. COX & a long, ye sd line to a corner white Oake standinge by ye side of a small branch & thence down ye sd branch to a white Oake standinge in ye mouth of ye sd; branch & thence downe ye mains branch to ye sd Willo Oake where it began containeinge by estimacon One hundred acres of land together wthall houses plantations fences cleared grounds priviledges whatsoever to ye same belonging To have & to hold unto ye sd SARAH NICHOLLS her heires & assignes forever & ye sd JNO: HARPR: & LYDIA his Wife doth promise at all times for ever hereafter that she ye sd SARAH NICHOLLS her heires & assignes shall at all times forever hereafter peaceably hold ye sal land without any trouble of ye sd JNO: HARPR or LYDIA his wife or any other p:sons claiminge thereunto payinge therefore unto ye Lord or Lords of ye Fees such rents & services as shall henceforth grow due In Wiliness whereof ye sd JNO: HARPR: & LYDIA his Wife have sett their hands & seales this Nineth day of Decembr: in ye years of our Lord One thousand Six hundred nynty & nine
      Sealed & delivered in pr:sents of
      ROBT, MOSELEY, JNO: HARPR:
      THO: GREGSON LYDIA HARPR:
      Acknowledged & right of Dower relinquished idn Essex County Court ye 11th day of Xbr: 1699 & truely recorded Test FRANCIS MIRIWETHER, Cl Cur
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      1699-1701 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book; [Antient Press]; Page 62)
      THIS INDENTURE made this 10th day of xbr: in the yeare of or: Lord God 1700 and in the Twelfth yeare of the Reigne of or: Dread Sovereigne William the third &c, Betweene JOHN HARPER of Farnham Parish in the County of Essex & Colony of Virga:, Planter, and LIDIA his Wife of the one part and JOHN PRICE of the aforesaid Parish & County, Chyrurgion, on the other part Witnesseth that the said JOHN HARPER and LIDIA his Wife for the sume of Two thousand pounds of sweet scented tobacco & caske to them in hand paid hath granted the said JOHN PRICE his heires Exers. & Administrs: a parcel! of land lying and being in the aforesaid Parish & County upon the branches of PISCADDAWAY bounded as followeth beginning at the mouth of a branch caled & knowne by the name of the MIRIE BRANCH and runing up the said Branch to a line of COLD HILLS & along the said line to a corner red Oake by JOHN PRICE & along his line to a Great Swamp & down the said Swamp to the beginning as the beginning is a white Oake conteyning by estimacon a hundred acres of land together with all wayes waters profits to the same belonging and all the right which he the said JOHN HARPER now hath; To have & to hold all the said land with the appurtenances unto the said JOHN PRICE his heires & assignes & that the same shall be and remaine unto him for ever free & cleare and sufficiently kept harmless from all former incumbrances whatsoever And Lastly that he the said JOHN HARPER and LIDIA his Wife by herselfe or Lawful! Attorney shall make due acknowledgmt. of these pr:sents and her right of Dower in open Court the next Court to be held for Essex County when thereunto required In Witness whereof the said JOHN HARPER and LIDIA his Wife hath sett their hands and seales in the presence of HEN: GOARE, JNO: HARPER
      SAM: COATES
      Acknowledged in Essex County Court the 10th day of December 1700 and truely recorded
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      1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 19
      Deed. 9 July 1703. Mary Lake relict of Wm Lake deed of Essex ( this name also appears as Leak and Leake) in the deed ) sells John Harper, planter of Essex ( for consideration paid but more especially for said John Harper making over deed for 300 acres to Tho. Harper of Essex ) 471 acres on the head of Piscataway Creek, a part thereof 114 acres formerly granted to said Wm. Lake 21 October 1687 and adjoining Jas Boughan's land, Clay Patch Branch, the plantation of the Widdow Boughan, Mr. Samuel Parry's land, the land of John Jones, etc. Another parcel of the land, 150 acres was formerly sold by James Boughan of Essex Co. decd to Thomas Troath decd and escheated by the said Wm Leak. And another parcel being 103 1/2 acres was formerly purchased by Thomas Harper of Essex Co. decd from Francis Browne of said County decd, and by Harper sold to Tho: Lydall of said County decd, and by said Wm Leak escheated as by inquest-taken by and before Mr. Isaac Alderson, Escheater, the 18 August 1685.
      Another part being 103 1/2 acres being the other-moiety of the 207 acres purchased by the said Tho Harper of the said Francis Browne and was purchased by said Wm Lake from John Jones.
      All of which makes up 471 acres, which by will of Wm Leake was given to Mary Leake the extrx and relict.
      Wit: Signed Mary Lake
      Tho: Edmondson
      Salvator Muscoe
      James Boughan Junr. Rec. 10 July 1703
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      1702-1704 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 11; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 22
      Deed. 9 July 1703. John Harper of Essex, planter, sells to Thomas Harper of said Co., for 8000 lb Tobo, 300 acres in Essex on branches of Piscataway Creek, part of 1000 acres granted 8 Oct 1672 to James Boughan and The. Harper both deceased. The 300 acres adjoins the bridge swamp, Allexander Denham's line, etc.
      Wit: Signed John Harper
      Tho Edmondson
      James Boughan junr
      Salvator Musooe
      Rec. 10 July 1703
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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page
      Deed. - 1705. Month and day not entered in record., John Harper sells "James Boughan Jr, for 1000 lb tobo, 5 acres at head of Piscaton Creek, being part of land granted Oliver Seagar and adjs "the old mill feild where formerly a mill stood" that was built by Mr Robert Tomlin", the main road, the old mill Dam, etc. Refers to the wife of Harper as agreeing to the sale but does not show her name.
      Wit: Signed John Harper
      Salvator Muscoe
      Abr Ayrton Ack and rec 10 Dec 1705.
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      1707-1711 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 13; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 246-48.
      10 July 1709. John Harper of Southfarnham Parish, Essex County, planter, to John Pickett of same, planter. For 4000 pounds of tobacco. 244 acres, part of 550 acres granted to Willm. Tomlin, Edw. Gouldman, James Bougnan by patent 21 Oct. 1704 and by them conveyed to John Harper, in parish aforesaid ... near a branch by Wm. Coxes plantation ... to Colo. Hill's swamp ... up the swamp to Mr. Bailor's line...
      John Harper
      Wit: Thomas Harper, Henry (HB) Boughan.
      10 7ber [Sept.] 1709. Acknowledged by John Harper. Lidia Harper wife to John Harper relinquished her right of dower.
      8 Sept. 1709. Possession and seizin given to John Pickett.
      Wit: Willm. (C) Cox, Andrew Hardee.
      10 7ber [Sept.] 1709. Acknowledged by John Harper.
      10 June 1709. Bond of John Harper of Southfarnham Parish, Essex County, to John Pickett of same. For 8000 pounds of tobacco. To fulfill covenants in the indentures.
      John Harper
      Wit: Thomas Harper, Henry (HB) Boughan.
      10 7ber [Sept.] 1709. Acknowledged.
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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 29, Beverley Fleet]; Page 201
      Deed. Day and month omitted from record. 1706. John Harper of So Farnham par sells Francis Merriwether of same par £30. Sterling, 250 acres, excepting 5 acres said Harper formerly sold James Boughan Jr, and being part of 2 tracts.
      1 The tract sd Harper now lives on
      2 The 100 acres granted Harper as escheated from Thos Troth decd.
      The land adjs Richd Taylor's land formerly Saml Perry's to Pisoattaway main pocoson, the main road, etc.
      Wit: Signed John Harper
      Ro: Brooke
      Richard Buckner
      Thomas Meriwether Ack and rec 10 Apr 1706.
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      1704-1707 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 12, Part 2; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 319-321
      9-10 Oct. 1706. William Tomlin, James Boughan and Edward Gouldman of Essex County to John Harper and Thomas Harper of same. Lease and release; for 3000 pounds of tobacco. 550 acres, granted them by patent May 1705 in South Farnham Parish and formerly granted unto Thomas Harper 22 Sept. 1682
      and by him deserted... Wm. Tomlin -
      James. Boughan
      Edw Gouldman
      10 Dec. 1706 by Wm. Tomlin, James Boughan and Edward, Gouldman.
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      1711-1714 Essex County, Virginia Deed & Will Book 14, Part 1; [Virginia Colonial Abstracts Vol 8, Beverley Fleet]; Page 109. Agreement. Date omitted. Regards dividing line between dividends of Land we now live upon Vizt beginning at a white oak standing in the mouth of old Francis Browns Spring branch which said Tree is a corner Tree to Dan'l Brown Lane that he now lives upon" etc. (may mean 'Dan'l Brown's Lane' or 'Dan'l Brown's Land')
      Wit:
      James Boughan signed Richard Jones
      Spilsbee Coleman John Harper
      Date of record omitted.
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      1718-1721 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 16; [John Frederick Dorman]; Page 94-96,
      7 March 1718 [1719]. John Harper of Southfarnham Parish, Essex County, to Mary Meriwether of same. For [ ] and 975 pounds, of sweet scented tobacco. 250 acres, in said parish in two tracts, one whereon the said John Harper n(ow lives], 100 acres granted to the said John (Harper] escheated, from Thomas [ ] ... head of the branch that parts this land and the land of Richard Jones.
      John Harper.
      Wit: Wm. Daingerfields James (J) Webb, William (X) Edge. ] Possession granted to Mary Meriwether.
      21 July 1719. Acknowledged by John Harper. [Mutilated]

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      1721-1724 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 17; [Antient Press]; Page 330-334
      THIS INDENTURE made the 27th/twenty eighth day of December 1723 Between REUBEN WELCH Gent & MARY his Wife of Parish of Southfarnham in County of Essex of one part & LEONARD HILL of Southfarnham Parish in County of Essex Witnesseth that sd Reuben Welch & Mary his Wife for sum of Eighty pounds of Lawful' money of Virginia hath granted unto said Leonard Hill (in his actual possession) and to his heirs and assign forever all that plantation tract of land in Parish of Southfarnham & County of Essex containing two hundred and fifty acres beginning at a corner white oak standing in Clay Patch Branch thence along and over the said Branch according to the course of JOHN HARPERs Pattent North North East to a red oak on the side of a hill thence over ye said branch to a corner beach wch parts this land & the land of JAMES BOUGHAN standing on a small point thence along a line of marked trees wch parts this land and the land of the said Boughan and is according to the course of ye Pattent South East to a corner white oak standing in the said line on a point near a branch (which oak is the corner tree of one hundred acres of land granted to the said Harper by Escheat from THOMAS TROTH) thence down the said Branch to Piscataway main pocoson & so over the pocoson to a corner tree standing on the old ROAD point thence along ye parallel line of the said one hundred acres of land towards the marked corner black walnut until it meets the Corner in the sd line of a parcel of land sold by sd John Harper to FRANCIS MEREWETHER Gent Deced thence bounding on the land sold to said Merewether its several courses until it comes to the West North West line of the land the said Harper lives on thence along the line to the head of a branch along a line of marked trees (which parts this land and the land of said JONES) to the first beginning white oak standing in Clay Patch Branch it being the land sold by the said John Harper to MARY MEREWETHER (now MARY WELCH) by Deed dated the seventh day of March 1718 ... .
      In presence of ALLIN HOWARD, Reubn. Welch
      THOMAS BLANTON, MARY GORST Mary Welch
      At a Court held for Essex County ye 19th day of May 1724
      Reuben Welch Gent. & Mary his Wife (the said Mary being first privily examined by Capt. ROBT. BROOKES) acknowledged this their lease & release which is admitted to record
      I the within named Reuben Welch do hereby acknowledge to have reced on this day from Leonard Hill the consideration money mentioned to be paid to me
      Witness Allin Howard, Thomas Blanton. Reubn Welch
      Mary Gorst
      Acknowledged by Reuben Welch in Essex County Court ye 19th May 1724 & admitted to record,

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      1745-1749 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 24, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 99-101
      THIS INDENTURE made the tenth day of March in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Forty six Between JOSEPH REEVES of County of Essex and Parish of Southfarnham of one part and JOHN HARPER of KING and QUEEN County of other part Witnesseth that JOSEPH REEVES by virtue of one Letter of Attorney bearing date the fifteenth day of July in the year aforesaid to him made by DANIEL ROBERTS and remaining of Record in Essex County Court whereby said JOSEPH REEVES is appointed by DANIEL ROBERTS his true and lawfull Attorney and amongst other things contained in the same, said JOSEPH REEVES is impowered to sell the lands and tenements belonging to DANIEL ROBERTS lying in County of Essex; Now This Indenture Witnesseth that JOSEPH REEVES, Attorney of said DANIEL ROBERTS, for the sum of Eighteen pounds current money to him in hand by said JOHN HARPER by these presents doth bargain sell and confirm unto JOHN HARPER his heirs all the right title and estate which shall hereafter become due to said JOSEPH REEVES, Attorney, or to DANIEL ROBERTS of and to a certaine devident of land in County of Essex and Southfarnham Parish containing One hundred and twenty one acres more or less and bounded, Beginning at the mouth of a small Branch on South side of the Pocoson of HOSKINS CREEK where formerly stood a Stake between two Poplars, runing thence South West two hundred and sixty poles to a Corner Maple standing on North side of the South Swamp, so down said South Swamp to the Pocoson, so up said Pocoson to the beginning, part thereof being the land that formerly belonging to PATRICK CAMMELL and part thereof purchased of JOHN DISKINS by JOHN ROBERTS. Father of said DANIEL, and by JOHN MACKENEY as by said DISKINS Deeds to the said ROBERTS and MACKENEY bearing date the 16th & 17th days of December one thousand seven hundred and Twenty two may appear; and part thereof purchased of JOHN MAKENEY by MARY the Grandmother and JOHN the Father of said DANIEL as by the said MAKENEYs Deed bearing date the 10th of October 1702 it may appear; And all houses orchards profius and appurtenances to the same belonging, To have and to hold the land and premises unto JOHN HARPER his heirs to be hold to our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs by the Quitrents accustomed free and clear from all Incumbrances whatsoever; In Witness whereof the said JOSEPH REEVES hath set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year above written
      Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of
      THOS BARKER, JOSEPH REEVES
      JOHN Da
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappahannock on the 17th day of March Anno Dom:
      1746 JOSEPH REEVES acknowledged this Deed of Feoffment Indented together with the
      Livery and Seizen thereon Indorsed to JOHN HARPER to be his act and deed which on
      the motion of said JOHN was admitted to Record and is truly recorded
      Test JOHN LEE Cl Cur
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      1745-1749 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 24, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 282-284
      THIS INDENTURE made the Eighteenth day of July in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Forty eight Between JOSEPH REEVES of County of Essex and Parish of Southfarnham of one part and JOHN HARPER the Younger of the same County and Parish of other part; Witnesseth that whereas DANIEL ROBARTS late of said County, by one Power of Attorney bearing date the Fifteenth day of July in year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty six hath appointed JOSEPH REEVES his true and lawfull Attorney as by said Power of Attorney remaining among the Records of said County it doth appear, wherein amongst other things the said Attorney hath full authority to sell and dispose of the Lands belonging to DANIEL ROBARTS; And the said JOSEPH REEVES having occasion to sell the same and having lawfully advertised the same did expose the same to sale by Publick the first day of this Instant, the said JOHN HARPER the Younger being the highest bidder; NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that JOSEPH REEVES in consideration of the sum of Eight pounds Five shillings and six pence current money of Virginia to him in hand paid by JOHN HARPER the Younger, doth bargain sell and confirm unto JOHN HARPER the Younger and to his heirs all the title and demand of DANIEL ROBARTS in a certain tract of land containing One hundred acres more or less, being part of a tract that formerly belonged to HENRY ASBERRY, lying in County and Parish aforesaid and bounded, Beginning at a corner white Oak standing near the Main Pocoson of HOSKINS CREEK, thence South fifty four degrees West to another corner white Oak in the same Line, thence S. East forty degrees Thirty one pole to a corner Pine standing near the head of a small Branch, thence down the said Branch to a Swamp called the SOUTH SWAMP, so down the said SOUTH SWAMP to the Main Pocoson of HOSKINS CREEK thence up said POCOSON to the beginning, Together with all houses profitts and appurtenances to the same belonging: To have and to hold the land and premises with appurtenances unto JOHN HARPER the Younger and to his heirs sufficiently indemnified from all In cumbran ces whatsoever to be holden of our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs by the Quitrents accustomed and do warrant the same from JOSEPH REEVES, Attorney, or from said DANIEL ROBERTS or our heirs: In Witness whereof said JOSEPH REEVES hath affixed his hand and seal the day and year above written
      Signed seal'd and Deliver'd in presence of
      THOS BARKER, JOS: REEVES
      JOHN BALL HENRY STEWART
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappahannock on the 19th day of July Anno Dom 1748 JOSEPH REEVES, Attorney of DANIEL ROBERTS, acknowledged this Deed of Feoff-ment Indented with the Receipt thereon endorsed to JOHN HARPER the Younger to his his act and deed which on motion of said JOHN was admitted to record and is truly
      recorded Test JOHN LEE, CI Cur
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      1745-1749 Essex County, Virginia Deed Book 24, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 311-313
      THIS INDENTURE made the Fifteen day of August in year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and Forty eight Between JOHN HARPER the Younger of Parish of Southfarnham in County of Essex of one part and JOHN DICKS of same County and Parrish of other part; Witnesseth that JOHN HARPER the Younger in consideration of the sum of Eight pounds current money of Virga: to him in hand paid by JOHN DICKS, by these presents doth bargain sell and confirm unto JOHN DICKS his heirs all his title and demand in a certain parcel of land or woodland ground containing Fifty acres more or less lying in Parrish and County aforesaid and being part of that parcel of land which said JOHN HARPER the Younger purchased at Publick Auction of JOSEPH REEVES, Attorney of DANIEL ROBERTS, as by said JOSEPH REEVES Deed to sd HARPER bearing date the Eighteenth day of July last past and remaining amongst the Records of said County it will appear; bounded, Beginning at the Bridge, rung. thence up the Road fifty six pole to three Pines on South side of the Road, thence South 5 and fifty degrees West to a corner Pine in the Old Field, thence South seventy degrees West forty four poles to a corner Maple standing in a Branch, thence up ye sd. Branch thirty poles a corner Pine, thence North 40 West 32 poles to a white Oak neer Mr. PAMPLINs Fence, thence North 54 1/2 degrees East to a corner white Oak by the Pocoson, thence down ye Pocoson to the beginning; Together with all houses orchards profits and appurtenances belonging To have and to hold the land and premises unto JOHN DICKS sufficiently saved harmless and indemnified from all Incumbrances whatsoever to be holden to our Sovereign Lord the King his heirs by the Quitrents accustomed and do warrant the same; In Witness whereof JOHN HARPER the Younger hath affixed his hand and seal the day and year first above written
      Signed Sealed and Delivered in presents of
      THOMAS BARKER, JOHN his mark HARPER
      JOS REEVES, HENRY STEWART ye Younger
      At a Court held for Essex County at Tappa. on the 21st day of Febry: Anno Dom: 1748 JOHN HARPER the Younger acknowledged this Deed of Feoffment Indented with ye livery of seizen and Receipt thereon Indorsed to JOHN DICKS to be his act and deed which on motion of said JOHN DICKS was admitted to Record and is truly recorded
      Test JOHN LEE, Cl Cur

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