Essential Records of a Key Orphans Court, Part 1 (1677-1690)

Henrico county (“shire”) of earliest Virginia is key. Hundreds of names are here, and some were part of Jamestowne government. Their descendants moved all over the state and beyond. It’s almost a sure thing you can find your early ancestor here.

Many people here are royal gateway ancestors. That is, they descend from Medieval royalty (even if the colonists did not know it), and then they moved to America.

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Royal gateway ancestors of Virginia

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Essential Records of a Key Orphans Court, Part 2 (1692-1739)

Essential means only those records that reveal family relations and marriages and ages of people, and so on.

This post is an abstract of Pauline Pearce Warner’s book, Orphans Court Book 1677-1739 of Henrico Co., Virginia (Tappahonnock, VA: privately published, 1963). She wrote out by hand every word, even in imitation of the old-style penmanship. Charming devotion.

The dates are when the court met. And all of the meetings in these records were in the Varina courthouse.

Real people. Real places. Real lives.

The page numbers are in the original manuscript.

I make no effort to sort out family relationships. You can have the fun of doing that!

If you’re in a hurry, use the ctrl-f search, and type in your ancestor’s name. But be careful! Early spelling was inconsistent.

Sometimes words, lines, and even whole pages are missing. The ellipses marks indicate where words are missing or illegible.

1 Oct 1677

Page 1

Justices of the Peace: Col. William Farrar, Maj. Wm. Harris, Maj. John Farrar, Mr. Thomas …..

Anne Floyd is an orphan in wardship of …………

Anne Rowling is an orphan of Henry Rowling, decd. in the wardship of John Watson

Mary Womeck and Thomas Womeck are the daughter and son of William Womeck, decd. Abraham Womeck is in the mix, but his relationship is not stated.

Joseph Tanner, decd., left some cattle, but the children are not stated.

John Browne, decd., left behind property, but his legatees are not stated, but it is in the custody of Samuel Knibble.

Sarah is the wife of John Woodson and mother of orphans, but they are not stated. John Clark and Abel Gower are her security.

Elizabeth Taylor, an orphan, is in the wardship of Robert Bullington.

Mr. Cawley, decd. left orphans and an estate. The Orphans are in the wardship of …… Howlett; one possible child is named: Mary.

Mary Tucker is stated as an orphan, and the account of the estate is presented by Mr. John Pleasants.

Capt. Edward Matthews, decd., left behind an estate, but his legatees are not stated. Robert Evans is the guardian of Matthews’ orphans Abraham …… and William Bottom are his securities.

John Jameson is stated to be an orphan, and the account is presented by John Burton, Sr.

John Bowman is stated to be an orphan, and his guardian’s name is lost due to page corruption.

Page 2

Mutilated pages follow:

Hudson, decd., has some orphans, one of whom is William.

Morgan Peirce left some orphans: William Peirce (and some others but their names are lost).

William Parker, decd., left some orphans, but their names are lost.

William Branch, decd., left some orphans, but they are not named, except John.

Mr. Baugh, decd., left an account and Mr. Abel presented the account. Legatees: Mary Baugh, Priscilla Baugh.

William Elam has pulled up stakes, as shown by Robert Bullington, but the stakes were set for markers to bound the lands of the orphans of Francis Taylor, decd.

Dorothy Brady is the mother to the orphans of Robert Brady, decd. She leases land to Thomas Risby. He must appear in court to give an account of his use of the land.

William Clark and Robert Woodson are to appear in court to answer the petition of Richard Ferris, orphan.

Mr. Daniel Clerk / Clark is guardian to the orphan of Lt. Cocke, decd.

20 Aug 1678

Justices of the Peace: Maj. Wm Harris, Col. Francis Epps, Lt. Col. John Farrar, Mr. Thos. Cock, Mr. Richard Cock, Mr. Essex Beville, Mr. Allen Gower

Charles and Mary Worsham are said to be the orphans of Mr. William Worsham

Orphans of Morgan Peirce, decd., are mentioned again, but some data are lost.

Page 3

Robert Bradway’s (sic) cattle is presented by William Blackmun.

Orphan Anne Floyd’s account is presented by James Forrest.

Richard Hudson, decd.,–his account is presented by Thomas Poulden: Richard Hudson, William Hudson are named.

Robert Bullington presents the account belonging to Elizabeth Taylor.

John Watson presents the account belonging to Anne Rowing (sic).

Mr. Gilbert Platt presents the account belonging to the orphans of Mr. Joseph Tanner.

Mr. Thomas Howlett presents the account belonging to orphans of Mr. Crowley: John Crowley and Mary Crowley are his named legatees.

Robert Evans presents the account of estate belonging to the orphans of Capt. Edward Matthews.

John Pleasants presents the account of estate belonging Mary Tucker.

Joseph Royall presents the account of stock belonging to the orphans of George Archer, decd.: Elizabeth Archer, Margery Archer, and John Archer are named as legatees.

Thomas Liggon, Jr., is stated as decd., and Mrs. Mary Liggon presents his estate and distributes it among her children: Richard Liggon, Matthew Liggon, Hugh Liggon, Mary Liggon.

Sarah Woodson presents the account belonging to orphans of John Browne, decd.

Mr. Abel Gower presents the account of the estate belonging orphans of Mr. William Branch, decd., and Mr. William Baugh, decd.: William Branch, Mary Baugh, Priscilla Baugh.

Timothy Allen presents account of estate belonging to Mary and Thomas Womeck.

Page 4

11 Oct 1679

Justices of the Peace: Lt. Col. John Farrar, Mr. Essex Beville, Mr. Thos. Batte, Mr. Peter Fields (probable ancestor of Pres. Thomas Jefferson).

Benjamin Hatcher presents the account of estate belonging to orphans of Thomas Bottomley: Thomas Bottomley.

Thomas Poulden presents an account of estate belonging to the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd.: Richard Hudson, Robert Hudson, William Hudson.

Bartholomew Roberts is stated to be the father of Batt Roberts.

John Milner presents the account of the estates belonging to the orphans of Morgan Peirce, decd., and Wm. Parker, decd.: William Peirce, Francis Peirce, and Elizabeth Peirce are named as legatees.

Cattle of Anne Parker, Mary Parker, and William Parker are distributed to them, presumably these are the children of Parker (above).

In behalf of Mr. Richard Kennon, John Worsham presents the account belonging to Charles Worsham, orphan of Mr., Worsham, decd.

William Blackmun presents the account of Robert Brady’s cattle.

Anne Rowing (sic) is the orphan of Henry Rowing, decd.

Orphans of Henry Hatcher: Henry, William, Mary, Martha, Anne, and Matthew.

Mrs. Sarah …… presents account of John Browne, decd.

Page 5

John Bowman, Jr., is said to be in the wardship of John Bowman, Sr., and is of lawful age.

Again James Forrest presents an account of estate of Anne Floyd’s cattle.

George Archer’s (decd.) legatees according to an account presented by Joseph Royal: John Archer, Elizabeth Archer, Margery Archer, and John Archer.

Robert Fargus is said to be the orphan of Robert Fargus. The son is eighteen years old.

Mr. Gilbert Platt presents the account of estate belonging to the orphans of Joseph Tanner, decd.

1 April 1680

Justices of the Peace: None stated

Maj. Wm Liggon wants a mare to be used by Martha Tanner, an orphan.

20 Aug 1680

Page 6

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Peter Field (probable ancestor of Pres. Thomas Jefferson), Mr. Richard Kennon

John Crowley is an orphan of Mr. John Crowley and is of lawful age, and he has received from Mr. Thomas Howlett, guardian, his share of the estate.

John Jones married Anne Rowling, orphan of Henry Rowing, decd. John Watson, guardian of Anne, is referred to consideration of the next court. John Jones acknowledges that he received all the cattle owing to Anne.

Mr. Thomas Cocke enters his security for Mr. Richard Kennon, as he is guardian to Charles Worsham, orphan of William Worsham.

Samuel Gartwright (sic) is said to be the son of Michell (Michael) Gartwright.

John Millner is guardian of the orphans of Morgan Peirce and according to the tenor of an order dated 20 Aug 1669 may deliver sheep to William Peirce, but William is not of age, so the guardian should keep the sheep until William comes of age.

Richard Liggon is appointed Monday next to be here on the Glebe to lay out the land for the town.

20 Aug 1681

Justices of the Peace: Col. Wm. Byrd, Lt. Col. John Farrar, Mr. Thos. Cocke, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon

….. Milner enters himself security for Robert Bullington to be ….ian to the orphans of …… Taylor.

Page 7

Mr. Henry Lound is guardian to orphans of Henry Hatcher, decd.

Joan is said to be the wife of Henry Ascough and reports that he has not yet given security of estate in his hands belonging to the orphans of Robert Hughson (her former husband), decd. She presents other allegations of the “barbarous” usage of the orphans. An agreement is concluded in open court between Henry Ascough and Joan his wife and Henry Shereman (sic) and Willliam Blackmun of the other part: Joan is one of the orphans of the said deceased, and so is Bethenia. Henry Shereman is to give security, and Joan and Bethenia have received their share of the estate.

John Greenhaugh (sic) has had the care of Edward Tilman, an orphan of Robert Tilman.

21 Aug 1682

Justices of the Peace: Lt. Col. John Farrar, Capt. Tho. Cocke, Col. Wm. Byrd, Mr. Richard Cocke, Mr. Thos. Batte

Robert Bradway (sic) is an orphan in the care of William Blackmun.

Anne Floyd is said to be married, and James Forrest, her guardian is to appear in court to show how he has managed things.

Page 8

William Randolph Clark is ordered to demand of Lt. Col. Daniel Clark further security for the estate belonging to the orphans of Lt. Col. Richard Cocke, decd.

John Farrar obliges himself to be security for Mary Farrar, relict and administratrix of Col. William Farrar, decd.

Henry Ascough did not appear in court to give security for the estate belonging to the orphans of Robert Huson (Hughson), so he must appear next time.

20 Aug 1683

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Thos. Cocke, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon; later mentioned: Francis Epps

Joseph Royal is the guardian to the orphans of George Archer, decd.

Mary Farrar, relict of ……

Page 9

Col. William Farrar is said to be deceased.

William Puckett is the guardian to the orphans of William Jeffries, decd.

John Davis gives security for the estate of the orphans of Joan Fowler, decd.

Robert Bullington is the guardian to the orphans of Francis Taylor, decd. Francis Taylor is said to be an orphan and so is Elizabeth Taylor, who is married and received her share of the estate by her unnamed aunt.

Henry Loundon is guardian to the estate of the orphans of Henry Hatcher, decd. Their uncles are Edward Hatcher and Benjamin Hatcher.

Samuel Newman gives as a free gift one young mare to Francis Patram (his wife’s son) when he comes of age.

1 October 1683

Page 10

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Thos. Cocke, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. William Randolph, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Francis Epps

John Cannon is the guardian of the orphans of Morgan Peirce.

Mr. Tanner is ordered to give bond for the estate belonging to the orphans of Mr. Joseph Tanner. Mr. Gilbert Platt is the former guardian.

Will Puckett appeared in court and presented an inventory of the estate belonging to the orphans of Will Jeffries, decd. The estate is inconsiderable.

John Davis of Appomattox is guardian of the orphans of John Fowler.

8 October 1683

Justices of the Peace: Hon. William Byrd, Esq., Capt. T……, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Will Randolph, Mr. Able Gower

Page 11

John ….. presents an account of livestock belonging to the orphans of John Fowler. Legatees: Mark Fowler, Godfrey Fowler, Martha Fowler.

John Cannon presents an account of livestock belonging to orphans of Morgan Peirce, decd. Legatees: William Peirce, Francis (Fra.) Peirce. William Peirce is of lawful age. His share of the estate should be delivered to him.

20 Aug 1684

Justices of the Peace: Lt. Col. John Farrar, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. Francis Epps,

Page 12

Jeremiah Brown is an orphan of John Brown, decd., and is not of lawful age; Mrs. Sarah Woodson made no objection to the estate’s partition.

John Cannon presents an account of the stock belonging to the orphans of Morgan Pierce.

Lt. Co. Daniel Clark is the guardian to the orphans of Lt. Col. Richard Cock, decd. lately (recently) dead. A widow and relict is mentioned but unnamed.

Mr. Thomas Farrar is an orphan of Col. William Farrar, decd., as appears in the testimony of John Farrar, who testified about his full and whole estate.

Page 13

Thomas Pouldon is stated to be the guardian of the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd.

Joseph Tanner is the guardian of the orphans of Mr. Joseph Tanner,

Bartholomew Robarts says he is the father of Will Robarts, in possession of a heifer, given to him by Will Grigg.

1 Oct 1684

Justices of the Peace: Lt. Col. John Farrar, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Richard Kennon

John Pouldon presents an account of stock belonging to orphans of Richard Hudson, decd. Two of them are of age, and their estates are delivered to them.  Will Hudson has three cows and two heifers. Pouldon, guardian to Will Hudson, orphan, shows that there is an old cow belonging to the said orphan, and Pouldon desires to kill it.

John Watson is stated to be the father of John Watson, and the father made over one mare to his son.

___ Oct. 1684

Page 14

Justices of the Peace: Lt. Col. John Farrar, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Abel, Mr. Thos. Batte, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. Francis Epps

Francis Pierce shows that he is of lawful age and receives his estate into his own possession, not denied by his guardian John Cannon.

1 Dec 1684

Justices of the Peace: Lt. Col. John Farrar, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. William Randolph, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. Francis Epps

Joseph Tanner gives an account of the cattle belonging to Joseph Tanner, decd.

20 Aug 1685

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Thos. Cock, Mr. Richard Cocke, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon

Page 15

….. Orphans of …. Hudson; Thomas Pouldon guardian of orphans of Richard Hudson; Pouldon is ordered to give security again.

Anne Morris is the relict of Richard Morris, decd.

Joanna is an orphan of Robert Huson (Hughson), decd, and she chooses Henry Ascough as her guardian.

Mr. Walter Shipley married the guardian of Cecily, one of the orphans of Col. Will Farrar, decd., and has in his possession the said orphan’s estate, which he has removed out of the county, is ordered to appear and give security.

Thomas Osborn Sr. and Mr. Richard Ligon enter themselves Mr. William Farrar’s security of estate belonging to John Farrar, an orphan under his wardship.

Will Glover managed the estate of John Davis, decd., and he married the relict of the said Davis, so he is ordered to appear and give new security.

Philemon Childers, guardian of John Howard, decd. enters the age of the said orphans, viz: John Howard, 11 years old last April; Thomas Howard, ten years old last March,

18 Dec 1685

Page 16

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Thos. Cocke, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Mrs. Anne Morris is ordered to give an account of the estate belonging to the orphans of Mr. Richard Morris, decd. her son requests it since she is very sick.

James Eakins, Sr. enters himself security for Bartholomew Robarts for the estate which was given to his son Will Robarts by Will Grigg.

Richard Hudson and Robert Hudson, two of the orphans of Richard Hudson, decd., are of lawful age and each have received their share of the estate of their guardian Thomas Pouldon.

Thomas Batte is required to appear in court to give an account of his proceedings about the estate of Fowler’s orphans.

1 Feb 1685

Page 17

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Thos. Cocke, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. William Randolph, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. William Farrar

Walter Shipley married the guardian of Cicely Farrar, one of the orphans of Col. Farrar, decd.

20 Aug 1686

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Thos. Cocke, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. William Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. William Farrar, Mr. John Worsham; William Glover is present, later

Thomas Pouldon presented an account of the estate belonging to William Hudson, an orphan of Richard Hudson, decd., viz. Three cows, one heifer, and one calf.

John Watson, guardian of Henry Rowen, decd., says he has paid the orphans their full portion.

Page 18

30 Aug 1686

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Thos. Cock, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. William Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Wm. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Robert Evans is the guardian to the orphans of Capt. Edward Matthews and is ordered to present an account.

Capt. Wm. Randolph was the court employee to demand security of the guardian of the orphans of Lt. Col. Richard Cocke, decd. Lt. Col. Daniel Clark was their late guardian. He had obtained judgment in Charles City Court, for a bond passed to the court in Varina, 500 pounds sterling.

…. Batte under order of the court dated 1 Oct 1683 is empowered to take the estate of the orphans of John Fowler, decd. into his custody.

Mr. Richard Cock has the estate belonging to the orphans of Mr. Haccaliah (sic) Horner, decd., which was given to them by their father-in-law Mr. John Ball.

John Watson, Jr’s father is John Watson.

An account belonging to Timothy Allen Jr. presented by his father Tim Allen, Sr.

Samuel Newman, father-in-law to Francis Patram, presented an account of cattle.

1 Oct 1686

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. John Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

John Watson presents petition to be discharged of his duties regarding the estate of Henry Rowen’s (decd.).

Robt. Evans is guardian to the orphans of Capt. Edward Matthews, decd. did not appear and is ordered to do so.

1 Dec 1686

Page 19

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Will Randolph, Mr. Abel Gower, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. Will. Glover, Mr. Will. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Thomas Batte enters himself as security for the orphans of John Fowler, decd., failing to present security for the orphans belonging to Mr. Thomas Batte, Sr. (sic)

Wm. Blackmun is guardian to the orphans of Robert Broadway, decd.

20 Aug 1687

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Will Glover, Mr. Will Farrar.

The orphans of John Brown, decd., are of lawful age to receive their estates, and Sarah Woodson, guardian to the said orphans, is ordered to give an account of the deceased’s estate.

Thomas Pouldon, guardian of orphan Will Hudson, presents an account of cattle belonging to said orphan: Three cows, two heifers, two calves.

Page 20

Joseph Royal is guardian to orphans of George Archer.

Thomas Batte is ordered to give an account of the estate belonging to the orphans of John Fowler, decd.

John Farrar, orphan of Col. Wm Farrar, decd., petitions to have his estate delivered to him, even though he is not of age.; issue is referred to next court.

Timothy Allen is ordered to account for the horses belonging to son Timothy Allen, Jr.

1 Oct 1687

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Mr. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. Francis Epps, Mr. William Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Timothy Allen Sr. is ordered to do the same thing as the last court, along with other livestock.

Mrs. Sarah Woodson is ordered to give an account of the estates belonging to the orphans of John Brown, decd., their being at lawful age; her son John Brown requests it; she is not well.

Mark Fowler is an orphan of John Fowler, decd. and says he received the estate from John Davis, his guardian.

Joseph Royal is ordered to give an account of estate belonging to orphans of George Archer.

Page 21

Timothy Allen, Sr., not giving security according to law for his son’s livestock, is requested to take them into his custody and give security.

1 Aug (?) 1687

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Able Gower, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. Francis Epps, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Sarah Woodson is given respite from her guardianship duties.

1 Feb 1687 (1688 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Fran. Epps, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar

John Worsham has been ordered to take possession of livestock belonging to Timothy Allen, Jr., but as yet he declares he can give no account of them. It is ordered that he take “imaginable” care to secure them.

2 Apr 1688

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Fra. Epps, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Jeremiah Brown, one of the orphans of John Brown, decd., discharges Mrs. Sarah Woodson, his late guardian, from his part of his said decd. father’s estate; she is “respited” from the same.

Mr. Thomas Batte, Jr. married Temperance, one of the orphans of John Brown, decd., and he declares that he has received his wife’s part of her decd. father’s estate.

Page 22

20 Aug 1688

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cock, Mr. Richard Cocke, Mr. Wm. Glover

No more justices appeared because they attended on his Excellency who is present in the county. Court is adjourned.

20 Sep 1688

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Richard Kennon, Capt. Francis Epps, Mr. Wm. Glover

Thomas Pouldon presents an account of cattle belonging to William Hudson: three cows, three heifers, one calf

Robert Evans, late guardian to the orphans of Capt. Edward Matthews, is now decd., and all orphans not out of the guardianship of Edward Matthews, is ordered to give an account, because he was in custody of the said estate.

William Robarts is the son of Bartholomew Robarts.

Richard Newcomb is in possession of the estate of John Clyburn, decd., by the death of his brother. Thomas Newcomb, who married the said Clyburn’s administratrix, is ordered to appear in next court to give an account.

Page 23

Wm. Withers married the relict and executrix of Robert Bullington, decd.

12 Oct 1688

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Capt. Fran. Epps, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar

Joseph Royal, guardian to the orphans of George Archer, delivered two mares to Thomas Branch who married Eliz. Archer, one of the said orphans.

Bartholomew Robarts, Sr., is not well, but by his wife presents an account of the livestock belonging to his son William Robarts. William Robarts is 22 years old and acknowledges that he received from his father all the cattle belonging to him by the gift of Will Grigg. His father is discharged of the same.

1 Feb 1688 (1689 by our dating)

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Mr. William Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Wm. Withers married the executrix of Robert Bullington, decd., and he presents an account of the cattle belonging to the orphans who are under age: Joseph Bullington, Benjamin Bullington, Robert Bullington, and Susan Bullington.

Page 24

20 August 1689

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Capt. Fra. Epps, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

William Hudson (the remaining orphan of Robert (sic, it should be Richard) Hudson, decd., under guardianship) did this day being at lawful age acknowledged the receipt of his full estate from his late guardian Thomas Pouldon.

Thomas Branch married Eliza., one of the orphans of George Archer, decd., and he acknowledges the receipt of his wife’s part of the decd.’s estate. John Archer is one of the orphans of George Archer, decd., now in the custody of Mr. Joseph Royal.

Page 25

Mrs. Anne Morris is a guardian of the orphans of William Walthall, decd. The orphans now at lawful age take in possession their shares.

William Jeffries is an orphan in the tuition of John Puckett and is of lawful age.

Abel Gower, late one of Mr. Glover’s securities of the estate belonging to the orphans of John Davis, decd., is dead.

John Worsham presented the account of the livestock belonging to Timothy Allen, Jr.

John Johnson married the relict of Peter Harris, decd., and John Harris is one of the orphans of Peter. John Harris received a young bay mare from Johnson’s wife during her widowhood.

Edward Deely, decd., gave his unnamed daughter some of her estate.

Page 26

Thomas Branch has in his custody some of the estate belonging to his daughter by bequest of Edward Deely, decd.

1 Oct 1689

Justices of the Peace: Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Mr. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Capt. Fra. Epps, Mr. Wm. Glover, Mr. Wm. Farrar, Mr. John Worsham

Edward Matthews has in his custody the estate belonging to the remaining orphans of Capt. Edward Matthews, decd. Edward is ordered to give an account of the same. Rosamund Matthews had some of the estate left by Capt. Edward Matthews, decd.

Mrs. Anne Morris is guardian to the orphans of William Walthall, decd. They are of lawful age. She is sick and disabled.

John Puckett is guardian to orphan of Will Jeffreys, decd. The orphan is of lawful age.

Pages Missing

20 Aug 1690

Page 29

Orphans of William Walthall, decd., are said to be of age. Mrs. Anne Morris, their late guardian, appeared to discharge her duty. However, Hugh Ligon contradicts her. He married one of the orphans and wants his part of the estate. The court can’t answer because no account has been presented. It orders men to go out to the households and look things over.

Rosamund was the only orphan in guardianship of Capt. Edwards, decd., and she is now of lawful age. She acknowledges the receipt of her share of the estate.

Mr. Gower, security for Mr. Burrows is manager of the estate of the orphans of John Salisbury, decd., is dead. Thomas Bisby enters himself to be the executor.

John Worsham again enters an account of Timothy Allen Jr.’s livestock.

Richard Kennon and John Worsham, executors of Nath’l Hill, decd., have in their custody of some of the estate of …… (lines missing)

Page 30

Joseph Tanner is the guardian to the orphans of Matthew Turpin, decd., and Thomas Branch, decd.

Thomas Branch, Jr., says that one of the cows in his custody belonging to one of his children by the gift of Edward Deely, decd., has grown old. He requests the liberty to dispose of the cow to his own use, first replacing the old cow with a younger one.

25 Aug 1691

Justices of the Peace: Capt. Tho. Cocke, Mr. Richard Cocke, Capt. Wm. Randolph, Capt. Peter Field, Mr. Richard Kennon, Capt. Francis Epps, Mr. Will. Glover, Mr. John Worsham

Johanna Huson (Hughson), orphan of ____ Huson, decd., is now of lawful age, which is acknowledged by Henry Ascough, her guardian. Mr. William Glover is requested to deliver her personal estate to her.

Page 31

Richard Kennon acknowledged a deed of gift to his (unnamed) children.

Mr. Richard Cocke is requested to give notice to Lt. Col. Richard Cock’s orphans to discharge the court from their father’s estate.

William Gent (sic), orphan of Gent, decd., is aged eight years old, by consent of Robert Glidewell, his father-in-law. He is bound by an indenture to William Chambers.

You are now in Part 1. Continue by clicking on Part 2, here:

Essential Records of a Key Orphans Court, Part 2 (1692-1739)

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