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Will of John Elliott

Loudoun County, Virginia

Loudoun County Will Book B

pp. 144-145

In the name of God.  Amen.  I, John Elliott, of Loudoun County, being sick and weak in body, but of sound and disposing memory, thanks be to the Lord for the same, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in a manner and form following.  Imprimis.  I give my soul to my Almighty Father to be disposed of as he in his infinite mercy and gracious goodness shall think best.  As to my body I desire it may be buried at the discretion of my executrix, herein after named, at the burying ground in Leesburg, near where Robert Ball is buried.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my good friend John Lewis my boots and silver kneebuckles as a testimony of my friendship.

Item.  With regard to all the rest of my estate, either real or personal, I give the same to my dear and well beloved wife, Thomasin Elliott, to her and her heirs forever and I recommend it to my said wife to pick out of my furniture whatever she may think necessary for her own use and to lodge the remainder in the hands of my friend John Lewis to dispose of for her.  And, lastly, I do appoint my said loving wife whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of November in the year of our Lord 1776.                                    John Elliott

In presence of Thomson Mason, Sarah Lewis, Levi Lewis

At a Court held for Loudoun County January 15, 1776.  This Will was proved in Court by the oaths of Sarah Lewis and Levi Lewis, witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Thomasin Elliott, Executrix, therein named certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, she giving security.  Whereupon she together with John Lewis, her security, entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of two hundred pounds current money with condition as the law directs.

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  1. wish I could add something conclusive about this John Elliott.
    I have a hunch he fits in with Captain John Elliott of Westmoreland County, VA, (and his son John Elliott too)
    There were other Elliott’s of Fairfax, Fauquier and Loudoun Counties that I am attempting to separate into their individual families.
    One group (Wm, Rev. Richard, John and Jonathan) moved south to Pittsylvania County, VA another ( Lewis, Faulkner, Reuben)further south to Surry Co., NC and then to Montgomery and Stewart Co., TN and then the elusive ones who were originally in MD but stopped briefly in Fairfax Co., VA (Phillip Lock, Meverell, Archibald, William) some of this group ended up in Rutherford Co., NC. DNA test results support these relationships but don’t sort out the families completely.

    A majority of these Elliott’s and related families (Wright, Day, Standiford, Lewis, Williams, Sparks, Campbell, Powell, Linton, Garner, Alsop etc)
    travelled in the same wagon caravans up and down the Great Wagon Road or directly into the wilderness thru the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky.
    I should also mention the Elliott family of Shelby County, KY who were directly descended from the John Elliott of Westmoreland Co, VA.
    whom I believe you are familiar with.
    I believe all of these were closely related and am still looking for exact connections. The relation of this particular John Elliott to his friend Robert Ball has eluded me thus far. There was a Thomas Elliott (1720-1799?)
    who lived in Fairfax County, VA beginning in 1742 who may have been this John Elliott’s brother? I hope my info has not confused further.

    Sincerely, Ron K.

  2. Faulkner Elliott, Reuben Elliott & Ellis “Alice” Elliott who married Phillip Hornberger in Montgomery Co., Va, moved from there. to Stewart Co., Tenn(then called the County of North Carolina), according to Houston Co., Tenn. in 1775, although Faulkner is on the Montgomery Co Militia list in 1787. Curtis Elliott remained in Montgomery Co., Va. Between 1777(Mary Faulkner Elliott marr. Joseph Neville Dec. 1777) & 1787(Curtis on per. prop. tax list) the Elliotts moved from Fauquier Co., Va. The William I believe could be Thomas Elliott’s son did move to Surry Co., SC, where he married an Eleanor about 1770. However, there still exist another William in Fauquier Co. & another in Loudoun Co. who married Eleanor Burgess. Curtis’ DNA is shown on the Elliott/Eliot/Ellwood DNA Results(Ancestry). There is no close match for any other Elliott listed. A John Elliott’s(Westmoreland Co.) DNA is also on list, so that rules out any kinship to Curtis, son of Thomas. I originally thought Jonathan Elliott who married Rebecca Blakley Ward in Pittsylvania Co. & moved to Stewart Co., TN, & died Christian Co., KY, to be the same Jonathan who appears on land records in Montgomery Co., Va., about the same time other Elliotts are in Montgomery, but DNA rules him out. A descendant of Johnathan is also on the DNA analysis. I do believe Thomas & Mary(Faulkner) Elliott may have had a son by Jonathan. Mary’s father Thomas mentions in his will that Mary has 12 children but does not name them. There is no mention in any of the records of Stewart Co. that Faulkner & Reuben are brothers including any county histories, but they probably are. There is a Reuben Elliott of Fauquier Co who I believe to be a brother to Thomas, although have no proof as yet. There is a John Elliott who married Elizabeth Pepper died in Fauquier Co. who may be a son. A Stephen Elliott shows up in Stewart Co. for a brief time but then disappears from the records. He is also a candidate for another son. Other than that have no further information on him. Loretta Elliott Simmons

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