Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Bequeaths property to William's children (Robert, John and Milly) Anne Dillard's children (Lynch, Lucinda and John) and Agatha Calloway's children (David, Henry and Margaret). In later stories, I found that there were two more sons Jeremiah and Thomas. During the colonial era children were named after family members. So as you can see, John after the father, Henry after the Anne Chiles' father, Jeremiah for John's brother, Anne for Anne. As for Agatha and Thomas, I don't know. Also, Thomas and Jeremiah were not mentioned in the will. I do not know if they had died or they were the oldest and had moved on. If you remember John Ward lived to a very old age and very likely could have outlived some of his children. Also on March 22, we noted that he was a member of the Church of England and was appointed a major in the militia.
In the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy William Wade Hinshaw Author and Publisher Volume VI
page 330 South River marriage bonds of Bedford County, Virginia John Ward, widower, m Sarah Lynch, widow, December 27, 1766. Isham Talbot, surety. Consent of Sarah herself.
Other Documents Found
Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts
January 1, 1785 to July 2, 1789
Volume IV page 18
Col. John Calloway to Major John Ward
March 22, 1785 Meadow Hill
Enclosing his recommendation as sheriff by the Co. Court of Campbell; and adding, "Mr. Steptoe tells me that Temperate living is by no means best for you at this time, but that to make pretty free with the best of liquors will certainly be an advantage." He wants to borrow "20 dollars or less."
Calendar of Virginia State Papers Volume 5
page 1 and 38
July 2, 1789
Col. Wm. Henderson encloses to the Governor his recommendation as Sheriff, by the Court of Campbell County and requests that his commission may be sent to him. Accompanying this communication is a protest from Charles Lynch and John Ward, and a note from Richard Stith on the subject of Col. Henderson's Commission.
October 15, 1789
Wm Henderson to Gov. Beverly Randolph
Upon reflecton since I saw you of what was represented to the Executive by James Adams &c., in order to justify Mr. Richard Stith's claim to the Sheriffalty of this County, contrary to the Recommendations of the Court of Campbell, I think it reflects upon my Character, and in order to justify myself I shall take it as a singular instance of your kindness, if you will furnish Col John Trigg, who will deliver this to you, a copy of Charles Lynch and John Ward's letter, also any other papers or proof made use of by the said Adams, as Maj. Ward informs me he never signed any such letter. I am sir, respectfully, your Mo. Obt.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Marriages of Some Virginia Residents 1607-1800 by Dorothy Ford Wulfeck
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Volume XIV Page 227 To Henry Childs Two thousand Acres in Amelia County about two miles above the Mountains(footnote probably boundaries were at Campbell County)
To Michael Holland, Henry Chiles, Alex'r Tynson, James Walker and Joseph Walker ten thousand acres in Brunswick and Amelia Counties on the head of falling River to begin at the said Tynsons Camp.
To Henry Childs eighteen hundred Acres lying on Appamattock River in Goochland County about two miles above the Mountains already laid off in several surveys and to have an inclusive patent for the whole. Footnote: At this time Goochland also included counties of Fluvanna, Albemarle, Amherst, Campbell, Nelson, Buckingham, Powhatan and Cumberland. The mountains referred to were probably the South West Mountain in Albemarle.
The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Volume XIX page 437.
He lived in King William County and later Amelia County.
He married Anne, daughter of Paul Harrelson of St. Peter's Parish, New Kent county.
His will was recorded in Amelia County. Will dated June 27, 1746 recorded March 20, 1746(sic) To his wife, Ann, he gave 739 acres for life (the homestead); to son, Paul, 400 acres in Albemarle on which Paul was living and 300 acres in Amelia-- over against where he now dwells. To son, Henry, 340 acres in Appomattox county, called "Hoopers" and 448 acres in Amelia called "Island". To son, John, 309 acres in Albemarle, on Appomattox River, over against my dwelling," and 369 acres of my homestead. To daughter, Ann, 250 acres north side of Staunton River; daughter Elizabeth, 104 acres in Lunenburg county, south side of Staunton River; daughter, Susanna, 204 acres in Lunenberg county, south side of Staunton River. (This can also be found in the William and Mary Quarterly XVI 287-288)
The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography Volume XXII page 95
Early Settlers in Prince Edward Co. Va.
Henry Chiles Date of Purchase August 20, 1741 1,476 acres on the Appomattox River
and page 315
Deed October 31, 1732, from Henry Chiles and Anne, his wife, of Hanover, to William Mills conveying 300 acres in Goochland County on Lickinghole Creek.
Deed Book 2 Amelia County Virginia Deeds 1742-1747
Abstracted and compiled by Gibson Jefferson McConnaughey
Deed. Henry Chiles to James Walker. D. Nov. 16, 1744. Conideration: 5 shillings. Wit: John Ellis, Richard Winn and Charles Wetherford. 289 acres on Appomattox River, being part of a great tract pat. to Henry Chiles (no date given) and bounded in part by the river and said Henry Chiles land.
Amelia County, Virginia Tax Lists 1736-1764 by T.L. C. Genealogy
Tax Year 1741 John Burton's list above Flat Creek between Appomattox River and Flat Creek
Tax Year 1744 Geo. Walker's list upper part of county (from Namoxine to Cellar Creek
Tax Year: 1745,1746,1748 Land in John Nash's List in the upper part of the county above Saylors Creek
So far we know that Henry was a large landowner. His wife was Anne Harrelson of New Kent County. They had 6 children. Their names were Paul, Henry, John, Ann, Elizabeth and Susanna. He died on or about the year 1746,
Monday, August 16, 2010
As in many books I have read, the author always mentions the Virginians love of dance and music. I can tell you that this has not changed. They still love dancing. I grew up in a family that loved to go dancing and I learned the Virginia Reel many years ago.
We cannot go back in time except through our imagination. With help from books, manuscripts, letters and records from local sources, for a just a moment we can be in the upstairs ballroom dancing the Virginia Reel.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
August 12, 2010
I know that I promised more information on the chiles family, but I am stopping for a little bit to provide you the reader with a bit of information to help your search in Virginia.
First you must look at the Library of Virginia website. It is a wealth of information and I was lucky enough to find today a copy of the Indian treaty of 1646. You will find the link above. So I have actually found some information on the Chiles family for you because Walter Chiles signed the Treaty. Good stuff.
This is an incredible resource and a joy to read. You will find such links as the Virginia Memory Room, newspapers, informative blog sites. A civil war buff will love this site. I will be researching the Virginia Library collection in the future. It took me only a few minutes to find the above treaty. There is no telling what else is waiting in the sites for me to find.
If you have a family member that may have been a slave in the Tennessee area, you may want to research the below site. The website is in progress. They are listing runaway slave notices in newspapers.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Hanover County was formed from New Kent County St. Paul's Parish on November 26, 1720.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tomorrow I will be exploring the vestry book of St. Paul's Parish where Henry Chiles was active until he died.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The above photograph is the Appomattox River.