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

Abraham Bruce

Male Bef 1666 - Aft 1695  (> 31 years)


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  • Name Abraham Bruce  [1
    Born Bef 1666  Nansemond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1695  Nansemond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I62487  Tree1
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2022 

    Father Walter Bruce,   b. Abt 1631, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1688 and 1690, Nansemond County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth MNU Sayer,   d. Aft 1666, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Between 1650 and 1666  Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F33604  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      MATHEW WHITFEILD, 240 acs., Nansemond Co., in Chuckeytucke Par., 9 Apr. 1693, p. 307. Beg, at the Hole r., by Mount Lawson's Bay; to Little Tare Poynt; by an old Cart Roade, to John Copeland; down Carter's Neck; to the Up. Wadeing Place Poynt, c. Part of 700 acs. purchased by Mr. Walter Bruce of Ephaphroditus Lawson, 18 Nov. 1651, out of Lawson's patent of 1400 acs., dated 15 Feb. 1640; which 700 acs. descended to Abram, son of Walter Bruce, from whom sd. whitfield purchased 15 Dec. 1686.
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      1689-1695 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 8; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 383
      NICHOLAS BRUCE, 180 acs., in the Tarraccoe Neck; in Chuckeytuck Par., inNansemond Co., 29 Apr. 1693, p. 275. Beg. on E. side of the Hole Cr., by Mount Lawsons Bay & Chuckeytuck Cr. to Carter's Neck Cr., parting this & land of John Copeland; to the Up. Wadeing place poynt; a br. parting this & land of Mathew Whitfeild. Part of 700 acs. purchased by Mr. Walter Bruce of Epaphroditus Lawson, 18 Nov. 1651, out of patent of 1400 acs. granted sd. Lawson, 15 Feb. 1640, which 180 acs, was bequeathed to sd. Nicholas by sd. Walter, & confirmed to him by a deed from his brother Abraham Bruce, 18 Dec. 1688.
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      JOHN FRISSALL, 327 acs., Nansemond Co., in the Terrascoe Necks; on a cr. of Mount Lawson's Bay parting this & land of Daniel Sanborne; near house of Christopher Best: adj. Robert Laurance; John Copeland; & Mathew Whitfield; by an old Cart Road; to Little Ware Point; 20 .Apr. 1694, p. 347. Part of 700 acs. purchased by Mr. Walter Bruce of Epaphroditus Lawson, 18 Nov. 1651, out of Lawson's patent' for 1400 acs. granted 15 Feb. 1640; which descended to his son Abraham Bruce, from whom sd. Frissall purchased, 12 Oct. 1691; 50 acs. now added. Imp, of: Robert Brock.
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      Walter Bruce was living in 1668 (Norfolk Recs., 1666-75, p, 111), but died some time previous to 1690. In a deed of that year, by Abraham Bruce, he states that " he is the eldest son of Walter Bruce, then deceased," and also that his father's will " had been lost by those who had the keeping of it and no record thereof to be found," By law he thus became entitled to his father's lands, but in this deed he confirms to his brother, John,' the 600 acres on Bowman's creek, in Lower Norfolk county, which had been bequeathed John in his father's will. (Lower Norfolk Rec., 1685-95, p. 123.)

      Abraham Bruce was not a citizen of Lower Norfolk county, though he owned land there (see orders November 15, 1689, Va. Land Pats., 1719-24, p. 81). Like his father, Walter,' he lived in Nansemond, doubtless inheriting his father's old home as the eldest son. He married "Ann, sole heiress of Thomas Brown " (Lower Norfolk Rec. Orders, May 15, 1695). John' Bruce, his brother, married a daughter of William Keele (ditto Orders, July i6, 16951. The wife of Nicholas Bruce is unknown. From Walter Bruce is probably descended the family of Bruces residing at Emporia.

  • Sources 
    1. [S30] Cavaliers and Pioneers Vol II.
      PATENT BOOK No. 8385
      PATENT BOOK No. 8383
      PATENT BOOK No. 8390

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