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

Richard Conway

Male 1740 - 1806  (66 years)


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  • Name Richard Conway 
    Born 11 Nov 1740  St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Nov 1806  Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I72465  Tree1
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2022 

    Father John Conway,   b. 26 Nov 1702, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1755, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Francina Spann,   b. Bef 1714, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1782, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Bef 1730  St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F21546  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary West,   b. Abt 1744, Truro Parish, Prince William County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1806, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married Abt 1760  Truro Parish, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 26 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F27170  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • WILL OF RICHARD CONWAY {contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Bill Arnebeckwarnebeck@aol.com}

      I Richard Conway of the town and County of Alexandria in the District o f
      Columbia do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in ma n ner
      and form following, that is to say:

      Imprimis it is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral ch a rges
      be fully satisfied and paid.

      Item I give and devise unto my wife Mary Conway her heirs and assigns t h e
      following slaves to wit: Edenburgh, Sarah, Zitta, Jenny, Mill (?), Hass y ,
      Caroline, and Charlotte and all their future increase from the date her e of
      also twenty five of the shares which I now hold in the Marine Insurance
      Company of the Town of Alexandria, one share in the Theatre of the said T o wn
      and the following books to wit, one large Bible by the late Reverend Jo h n
      Bronyer (?), one large prayer book, Johnson?s Dictionary, the Domestick
      Encyclopedia, Goldsmith?s Animated Nature, Western and Abercrombie on
      gardening, the complete housewife by Mrs. Smith, S. Steino (?) works in e i ght
      volumes and the Guardian in two volumes.

      Item I give and devise unto my said wife Mary Conway during her natural l i fe
      all my lands wherever they be (except my lott in the City of Washington w h ich
      I got in exchange for my lott of ground in Carrolsburgh, and two pieces o f
      ground contiguous to the town of Alexandria herein after devised unto M a ry
      West and Ann Margaret West daughters of my late friend Roger West) all m y
      lotts of ground, houses, warehouses and wharf in the town of Alexandria , t he
      rents arising from sundry pieces of ground granted by me in the said to w n, the
      dividends arising from my shares in the Bank of Alexandria, and my rema i ning
      shares in the Marine Insurance Company of the said town.

      Item after the payment of my just debts and funeral charges and the spe c ific
      legacies hereby given particular friends, I give and devise unto my sai d w ife
      Mary Conway, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever a l l of
      my ______ and ______ of every kind and sort, all of my Household furnit u re of
      every kind and sort, and all of my stocks of every kind, my liquors, __ _ _
      money, and ______ debts whatever they may consist of, whether of _____ _ B ills
      of exchange, Judgments, Bonds, ____ bills, notes of hand, or open accou n ts, my
      Negroes not herein before mentioned, my plate of any kind and sort, and a l l
      the rest and residue of my personal estate wherever it may be or whatev e r it
      may consist of (except my shares in the Bank of Alexandria and the resi d ue of
      my Shares in the Marine Insurance Company of the same town).

      Item I give and devise unto my brother Joseph Conway his heirs and assi g ns
      forever my lott of ground in the City of Washington which I got in exch a nge
      for my lott of ground in the town of Carrolsburg, one share in the Poto m ack
      Company, one share in the Theatre in the town of Alexandria, one Bridle a n d
      saddle, one fowling piece, my sword and pistol, all my books of every
      description except those herein specifically divesed.

      Item I give and devise unto my Nephew Chaplin Conway, son of my Brother J o hn
      Spann Conway, Chamber?s dictionary, Byron?s (?) _____, Carterets (?) an d C __
      Voyages to the pacific ocean, a dictionary of arts and sciences in four
      Volumes, Mosse?s (?) geography, Baly?s dictionary, and one Saddle and B r idle
      to him and to his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns forever .

      Item I give and devise unto my Nephews Thomas Conway and Robert Conway s o ns of
      my brother Robert Conway deceased, all my wearing apparel of every kind , a ll
      the cloth in the house or at the Taylors intended for my apparel at the t i me
      of my death, to them forever.

      Item I give and devise unto John West the son of my late friend Roger W e st,
      the Family Bible which I bought at the sale of his Grand Father?s Estat e .

      Item I give and devise unto Mary West daughter of my late friend Roger W e st
      and to her heirs and assigns forever two acres of the land which I have
      contiguous to the town of Alexandria to be laid off upon the west side o f
      Washington Street extended as near to the lands of Charles Alexander as t h ey
      can be located so as to have a Street on the North, South and West side s , the
      said two acres being intended to comprise one complete square according t o t he
      plan of the town of Alexandria.

      Item I give and devise unto Ann Margaret West a daughter of my late fri e nd
      Roger West and to her heirs and assigns forever, two acres of my land
      contiguous to the said Town of Alexandria to be laid off upon the west s i de of
      Washington Street extended in such manner as to form a complete square
      according to the plan of the said Town of Alexandria with a street upon e v ery
      side the said square to be located next to the square hereby devised to M a ry
      West with only a street between them.

      Item after the death of my said wife Mary Conway It is my will and desi r e and
      I do hereby order and direct that all my lands wherever they lie, all m y l otts
      of ground, Houses, warehouses and wharf in the town of Alexandria, and t h e
      rents arising from the grounds I have granted ____ rent and which have I
      hereby devised unto my said Wife during her natural life be sold by my
      surviving Executors or such of my surviving Executors as may have taken u p on
      themselves the execution of this my Will upon a credit of six, twelve a n d
      eighteen months my said Executors paying particular attention to securi n g the
      punctual payments of the purchase money and that my said Executors do c o nvert
      my shares in the Bank of Alexandria, and the residue of my shares in th e
      Marine Insurance Company of the said town into Money at such times as t o h ave
      the money arising from them ready to distribute in the manner herein af t er
      directed at the time the first payment for my said lands can be receive d a nd
      ready for distribution. All the money arising from the sale of my lands ,
      lotts, houses, Warehouses, Wharf, Shares in the Bank of Alexandria and M a rine
      Insurance Company and rents I give and devise unto my Brothers and sist e rs who
      may be then living and the descendants of such of my brothers and siste r s as
      may before that time have departed this life to be divided in ____ prop o rtions
      among them as any sum of money or other personal Estate would have been
      distributed among them in case of my having died in testate.

      Lastly I nominate and Appoint my Wife Mary Executrix (?) brother Joseph a n d my
      friends William Herbert ______ and Edmund Jennings Lee Executors of thi s m y
      last Will and testament. And I do hereby revoke and annul all former an d o ther
      Wills by me heretofore made declaring this and no other to be my true l a st
      will and Testament.

      On Witness whereof I have to this my last will and Testament contained o n t wo
      sides of paper and part of a third side set my hand and affixed my Seal t h is
      fifth day of June one thousand eight hundred and four.

      Richd. Conway

      Signed, Sealed, published and declared
      by the said Richard Conway to be his
      last will and testament in presence of

      Ja. Keith
      John Mandeville
      Ch. Douglas
      ===
      1750-1770 Wills-Admin Northumberland Co Va, (Lewis & Booker): Page 407
      Span, Richard
      W. W. 14 February 1764-- W. P. 14 May 1764
      Wife Prescilla Span-all my lands, negroes, chattle and household furniture, except negro girl Lucy, which I give to my wiles sister Judith Churchill.
      At wifes death the above lands, negroes, chattle and household furniture, should be equally divided between Peter and Walter Conway, sons of my Uncles Peter and George Conway.
      To John Span Conway-my part, of the sloop which we are joined in partnership in.
      To Richard Conway-the sloop now on the stocks, with as much timber and planks as will furnish him.
      To Mrs. Hannah Churchill-twenty five pounds to purchase a suit of mourning.
      To Mrs. Frances Sinah Conway-twelve pounds to purchase a suit of mourning.
      Wife to dispose of her fathers estate that might have fallen to me,
      To Mary Creswell-three pounds to purchase a mourning ring.
      Wife and John Blackwell executors.
      Witness: Richard Davis, Mary Creswell, and Elizabeth Norman.
      ===
      1780-1782 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book #11; [Lewis & Booker]; Page 313
      Conway, Frances Sinah, of St. Stephen's Parish
      W. W. 18 February 1781---W. P. 14 October 1782
      Grandson Edward Conway, the eldest son of my late son James Conway, and the lawfully begotten heirs of his body-my plantation whereon my brother Cuthbert Spann lived and died, and where his son Richard Spann also lived and died, supposed to contain three hundred and fifty acres, and to include that part of the said tract of land held as dower by the widow of the said Richard Spann.
      Two sons Thomas and Robert Conway-the plantation called the "Herring Creek" tract, to be equally divided, including that part held as dower by the widow of said Richard Spann, supposed to contain three hundred and sixty five acres.
      Son Joseph Conway-my dwelling plantation which was devised to me by my father, Richard Spann.
      Son Richard Conway-my silver salt teller marked with the initial letters of my grandfather and grandmother, Cuthbert and Dorothy Spann, also one hundred pounds current money.
      Daughter Winefred Coles-one hundred pounds current money.
      Four sons John, Thomas, Robert, and Joseph, and two daughters Mary, and Hannah, the remainder of my estate, to be equally divided between them, and if any of them should die before me, their share to go to the survivors.
      Son John-my copper kettle.
      Son Joseph-negro man Jack.
      Grandaughter Mary Tolston-my large seal skin covered trunk, my iron gray gelding, my riding saddle and bridle.
      Two sons Robert and Joseph, executors.
      Witness: David Boyd, John Cockarill. and Joseph Buckely.
      ===
      1783-1785 Record Book #12; Northumberland Co Va, (Lewis & Booker): Page 286
      Conway, Thomas
      W. W. 27 September 1784---W. P. 8 November 1784
      Sister Winefred Coles-my best bed and furniture, one dozen chairs, two looking glasses that are at her house, and twenty pounds to bury her, a horse and saddle, and no more.
      Sister Hannah Webb-my desk, and a large looking glass at Alexandry,
      Brother Richard Conway-twenty pounds and no more.
      Brother Joseph Conway-my part of the mill.
      The land I hold in Northumberland County should be equally divided between my brothers John Conway, Robert Conway, and Joseph Conway, and their heirs.
      To Nancey Tolson-twenty five pounds.
      Rest of my estate both real and personal, to be equally divided between Mary Elleston, John Conway, Hannah Webb, Robert Conway, and Joseph Conway.
      Brothers Robert and Joseph Conway, executors.
      Witness: John S. Webb, John Flynt, and William Blundon.

      ===
      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1772-1774; Liber BB 3 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 160. At the request of Richard Conway the following Deed was recorded February 6, 1773
      Indenture made January 14, 1773; Henry Rozer, Daniel Carroll and Notley Young, Gentleman, trustees of Charles Carroll, Esq. for the purpose of erecting a Town called Carrollsburgh on Potomack River in consideration of 6 pounds sterling money paid by Richard Conway of Virginia Manor has sold "Lot Number 195" which he drew in a lottery. Signed H. Rozer, Daniel Carroll, Notley Young in the presence of and acknowledged before Joshua Beall, Christopher Lowndes

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