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

Martha Lear

Female - Aft 1695


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  • Name Martha Lear 
    Gender Female 
    Death Aft 1695  Isle of Wight County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I60544  Tree1
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

    Family ID F32872  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Pitt,   b. 16 Mar 1606, Bristol Parish, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 9 Jun 1674, Isle of Wight County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 68 years) 
    Marriage Aft 1660  Isle of Wight County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F32868  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2024 

  • Notes 
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      The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Apr., 1899), Page 237
      Will of "Robert Pitt, " merchant": wife Martha, son John, grandson John Pitt, grandson Wm. Pitt, dau. Hester Bridger, dau. Elizabeth Nosworthy, gr. son Robert P., son of Robert Pitt, dec'd, dau. Brasheire. Dated 6 June, 1672; proved June 9, 1674.
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      The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Apr., 1899), Page 310
      Will of Col. John Lear, "the first day of November in ye
      yeare of our Lord one thousand Six hundred ninety-five I John
      Lear in ye County of Nansemond in Virga being weake in body
      and in good and perfect memory thanks be to God &c.": All
      debts to be truly paid; to widow Pitt, my sister, besides what she
      owes me 5£; to ye pol' widow Perdue of ye Isle of Wight County
      500 pds of tobacco a yeare so long as she lives; ye clothes of all
      sort silk, silver and gold fringe as all dresses fitted and made up
      now in ye house weh were belonging to my wives and daughtrs,
      as also their weareing linen to be equally divided betwixt my
      daughtr Martha Burwell and my daughtr Elizabeth Lear, widow
      of my deceased son Thomas Lear; to gr.dau. Elizabeth Lear
      all that tract which I leased to Col James Powell, and now in
      possession of Capt. Robt. Randall, for her life, and for default
      of issue ye said tract, lying in Warcksquick bay to John George,
      and in default of his heirs I give ye same to my grandson John
      Charles Goreinge negro Charles at Kekotan and ye negro girl.
      about selling to William Browne, as I pattent 330 a'Cres; to said
      Charles Coreinge negro Charles at Kekotan and ye negro girl.
      Names there also, six cowes and a bull; to John George ye negroes
      Jack and dide, and permission to plant in ye point of land where
      ye said negroes are, till his own land given by ColI. George shall
      come into his hands, and I give him the cattle on ye said pointe
      'of land; to James Montgomerie my stuff suit with fringed
      Jackett and silk hose in full compensation of his trouble; all
      other my wearing clothes linen and wooling to be divided between
      John George and Charles Goreinge; to grandson John
      Lear all my other lands and leases; all other my accounpts, estate, merchantable goods, household goods, plate, money, bills.,
      bonds, &c., either here or in England, Carolina or elsewhere, to
      -be equally shared, 1-3 to my grandson Thomas Lear, I-p to two
      gr.daus. Elizabeth and -Martha, children of my only son Thomas
      Lear; dec'd, and 1-3 to dau. Martha Burwell and her children she
      had by Col. Oole, and ye land I bought of George Gwilliams
      and 350 acres where John Mack Williams did live, with all
      houses, orchards, &c., ye same belonging to her and her heirs
      forever; appoints my son-in-law Major Lewis Burwell and good
      friend Capt. Tho. Godwin exors. Witnesses, William W. C.
      . Cofeild, Jno. Lowe, Elizabeth Bridger, Anne (A.) Cofeild. At
      a courte held for Nansamond County December 12th, 1695:
      proved by ye oaths of Mr. William Cofeild, Mr. John Lowe, Mrs.
      Anne Cofeild and by ye affirmation of madm Elizabeth Bridger
      with order to be recorded. Copia Vera. Test, Andrew Ross,
      dept. Clk. Cur.

      [Abstracted from a copy of the will in Henrico county clerk's office.
      Martha Lear, dau. of Col. John Lear, was widow of Col. Wm. Cole, secretary
      of State, and second wife of Major Lewis Burwell, of Gloucester Co.
      Madam Elizabeth Bridger appears to have been a Quaker, as she makes
      affirmation to the will. The county records of Nansemond are lost, hence
      the special value of this will. Charles Goring was son of John Goring,
      of Surry, who made his will in 1679, and leaves his son Charles to the
      care of kinsman Col. Charles Moryson.]

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