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Stafford County Wills, Administrations, Inventories 1664-1760

There are several missing will books at the Stafford County Courthouse.  The only surviving evidence for any of these wills, administrations, inventories, etc., is from the old index books.  Fortunately these indexes exist!  There are several Linton wills during this time period – John Linton, grandfather of my Captain John Linton, and Moses Linton, brother to John, both died in 1730.  There are also Mason and Harrison wills which are of interest to me.  Martin Scarlett and wife Anne Green Scarlett also died during this time period and left wills – Anne was the grandmother of John Linton’s wife – and much of the property from both Martin and Anne Scarlett came through to John Linton.  Giles and Rawleigh Travers wills are included in this list – no close relation, but just interesting people!  These few sheets were sent to me years ago by my dear friend and genealogist, Dorothy Thrawley!  They are from Tyler’s Quarterly Magazine.  Dorothy was passionate about genealogy and was the best of researchers!  How I miss her.  In the next day or so I will post about some of these wills that were found in the Tayloe papers.  Copies were made and kept – how wonderful for us!  Let me know if you are descended from any of the following:

  • James Fennois, dec’d.  1713.  Mary Fennois, widow.
  • William Fenwick, dec’d.  1730.  will
  • George Fitzhugh, dec’d.  1726
  • Thomas Fitzhugh.  1719.  will
  • Thomas Fitzhugh.  1722.  inventory
  • Thomas Folio, dec’d.  1689.  Martha Folio, widow
  • Richard Foote, dec’d.  1725.  will.  He died march 21, 1724/5.  Widow Elizabeth and children:  Hester, Richard, George, John and Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth (widow of Richard) Foote, dec’d.  1725
  • Garrard Ford, dec’d.  1690.
  • Richard Fossaker.  1676.  will.  Probated in England
  • Daniel French, Sr., dec’d.  1748.
  • Hugh French, dec’d.  1740.  Betty French, widow
  • John Gardiner, dec’d.  1694.
  • Thomas Gardiner, dec’d.  1726.
  • Thomas Garner, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • James Garrard, dec’d.  1690.
  • Hers. Gibson, dec’d.  1694.
  • John Giles.  1665.  will.
  • John Giles.  1664.  Frances Hales (widow?), admx.
  • John Goin, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • William Good, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • John Gosling.  1692/3.  will.  Anne Gosling, widow.
  • William Gowing, dec’d.  1726.
  • William Gowring, dec’d.  1725/6
  • John Gowry, dec’d.  1730.  will
  • William Gowry, dec’d.  1730.  will.   inventory.
  • Stephen Gray.  1724.  will.
  • Jane (widow of Joshua) Green.  1699.  will.  Probated in Maryland.
  • William Green, dec’d.  1675.  will.
  • Jones Gregg, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • George Griggs (Gregg?), dec’d.  1735.
  • Charles Gwatkin, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Robert Hall.  1678.  will.
  • William Halling, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Daniel Hankins, dec’d.  1693.
  • Robert Hanks.  1691.  will.  Margaret Hanks, widow.
  • William Harris, dec’d.  1698.
  • Anne (widow of Burr?) Harrison, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Burr Harrison.  1722/3.  will.
  • Thomas Harrison.  1725.  will.
  • Thomas Hathaway, dec’d.  1688
  • Isabella Hawarth.  1691/2.  administration.
  • John Hawarth.  1688.  will.  Wife Mary; daughter Isabella; son John.
  • John Harwarth.  1691/2. will.
  • Christian Hawkins.  1721.  will.
  • Joseph Hayward.  1690/1.  administration.  Samuel Hayward, brother.
  • Martha Hayward.  1697.  will.
  • Samuel Hayward.  1696.  will.
  • John Heaberd, dec’d.  1690.
  • John Heaberd, dec’d.  1692.  William Heaberd, son.
  • Capt. William Heaberd, dec’d.  1690.  will.  William Heaberd, nephew.
  • Mary heath, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Dr. Edmund Helder, dec’d.  1690.  will
  • Robert Hewitt.  1692.  will.  Sarah Hewitt, widow.
  • Richard Holmes.  1689/90.  inventory.
  • Rice Hooe.  1726.  will.
  • Capt. Thomas Hooper, dec’d.  1722.
  • William Hopkins.  1725.  will
  • Thomas Howard, dec’d.  1689/90
  • Thomas Howard.  1692.  Thomas Howard, cousin, administrator.
  • Martin Howlett, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Frances Howson, dec’d.  1699.
  • Robert Howson, dec’d.  1691/2.
  • Jacob Hubbard, dec’d.  1689.
  • Edward Humston, dec’d.  1728.  will.
  • Edward Humston, dec’d.  1730.  administrator’s bond.
  • Arthur Jackson.  1712.  administration.
  • William Jackson, dec’d.  1725.  Mary Jackson, widow.
  • John James, dec’d.  1717.
  • Thomas James, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Thomas Jeffries, dec’d.  1693.  Anne Jeffries, widow.
  • James Jewer, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • James Johnson, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Mary Kent, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Samuel Kent, dec’d.  1730.  inventory.
  • Joseph King.  1728.  will.  sons:  Joseph, Benjamin, Robert, Thomas and John.
  • Robert King.  1690.  will.  Mary King, widow.
  • George Knight, dec’d.  1691.  Thomas Knight, son and heir.
  • Peirce Knowland, Sr.  1715.  will.
  • William Lane.  1665.  Elizabeth Lane, widow.
  • Andrew Leitch, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Anthony Linch, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • John Linton, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • John Linton, dec’d.  Estate division, 1730.  Anne, widow; children:  William Moses, Anne, Frances, Constant, John and Lettice.
  • Moses Linton, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • William Longe, dec’d.  1692.  William Longe, son.
  • Gerrard Lowther.  1690.  will.  Mary Massey, extrx.
  • Christopher Lund, dec’d.  1702.
  • Capt. Samuel Lund, dec’d.  1716.
  • William McDaniel, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • David McGill, dec’d.  1724/5.
  • David McGill, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • William McKenney, 1692.  will.  Judith, daughter of Anne Hassell, sole legatee.
  • Daniel McPherson, dec’d.  1727.
  • Frances (wife of Edward) Maddocks, dec’d.  1693.
  • Edward Maddocks.  1694.  will.
  • Nicholas Maniere, dec’d.  1693.
  • William Mansbridge, dec’d.  1697.  Mary Mansbridge, widow.
  • Thomas Marshall, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • William Marshall, dec’d.  1687.  William Marshall, son.
  • Edward mason.  1690.  will.  Margaret Mason, widow.
  • Elizabeth (wife of George) Mason.  1716.  inventory.
  • George Mason.  1686.  inventory.
  • George Mason of Acquia.  1711.  will.
  • George Mason.  1715.  will.
  • George mason.  1716.  will.
  • George Mason, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Nicholas Mason.  1715/6.  inventory.
  • William Mason, dec’d.  1690.  Barbara Mason, a minor daughter.
  • Benjamin Massey.  1725.  will.
  • Capt. Robert Massey.  1689.  will.  Mary Massey, widow and extrs.  Mary Massey, daughter.
  • Sigismund Massey.  1692.  will.  Rice Hooe, exor.
  • William Mathen, dec’d.  1691.  Sarah Matheny, widow; William Matheny, son.
  • John Matthews, dec’d.  1723.
  • George Mauzy, dec’d.  1730.  will
  • Robert Mayhew, dec’d.  1667.
  • Henry Meese (of London), dec’d.  1692.  Anne Meese, widow.
  • Thomas Meredith, dec’d.  1692.  Martha Meredith, extrx.
  • Richard Mildmay.  1691.  will.
  • John Mills, dec’d.  1667.  Mary Mills, widow.
  • Richard Minthorne.  1689.  administration.  Mary Minthorne, widow.
  • John Moore, dec’d.  1692.
  • Robert Moseley, dec’d.  1664.
  • John Moss.  1723.  will.
  • George Mott, dec’d.  1690.
  • Edward Mountjoy.  1712.  will.
  • John Murphey.  1723/4.  will.
  • Patrick Murray, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Benjamin Newton, dec’d.  1732.
  • John Newton, dec’d.  1699.
  • Joseph Newton, dec’d.  1700.
  • Mary (widow of John) Newton, dec’d.  1700.
  • John Norgrave.  1664.  will.  Children:  William, Mary and Margaret.  All dead in 1693.
  • William Norgrave, dec’d.  1693.
  • John Norman, dec’d.  1665.
  • Stephen Norman.  1664/5.  will.
  • Thomas Norman.  1709.  will.
  • William Norman, dec’d.  1726.
  • Nathan Oares.  1691.  administration.  Richard and Eleanor Ayliffe, administrators.
  • Thomas Odeneal.  1690.  will.  Anne Odeneal, widow.
  • Thomas Osborne, dec’d. 1728.
  • William Overall.  1725/6.  will.
  • Thomas Paine, dec’d.  1727.
  • Mary (wife of Jonathan) Parker, dec’d.  1692.
  • John Peake.  1692.  administration.  Mary Peake, widow.
  • Malachi Peale, dec’d.  1698.
  • Roger Perfitt.  1667.  administration.  Mary Perfitt, widow.
  • Philip Peyton, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Henry Pictoe.  1666.  will.
  • Stephen Pilcher, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Capt. John Pine, dec’d.  1675.
  • Ralph Platt.  1691/2.  will.
  • Jacob Porter.  1664.  administration.  Anne Porter, widow.
  • John Porter, dec’d.  1691/2.
  • James Price, dec’d.  1685.
  • Robert Prouse, dec’d.  1691.  will.
  • Francis Purnell, dec’d.  1726.
  • John Quarles, dec’d.  1730.  inventory.
  • Henry Ramsey.  1664.  administration.
  • Jonathan Randall.  1683.  will.
  • Thomas Reilly, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Jonas Revett, dec’d.  1693.
  • Hillaire Rousseau.  dec’d.  1720.
  • Thomas Rowland, dec’d.  1694.
  • John Russell, dec’d.  1707.
  • William Russell, dec’d.  1690.
  • John Rutland, dec’d.  1725/6.  administration.
  • John Rutler, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Thomas Sandiford, dec’d.  1723.
  • Edward Sandos.  1689/90.  John Moore, administrator.
  • Anne Scarlett, dec’d.  1698.
  • Martin Scarlett, dec’d.  1695.
  • Martin Scarlett.  1705/6.  will.  Quoted in deed in King George County.
  • John Scott, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Amos Shadburn, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • John Sharpe.  1693.  will.
  • John Sharpe, dec’d.  1699.
  • Mary Shield, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • John Short, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • John Simmons, dec’d.  1725.
  • John Simson, dec’d.  1689.  John Withers, exor.
  • John Skeele, dec’d.  1689.
  • John Skiel, dec’d.  1724.
  • Edward Smith, dec’d.  1700.  Mary Smith, widow.
  • Ralph Smith, dec’d.  1687.
  • Ralph Smith, dec’d.  1712.
  • William Smith, dec’d.  1727.
  • John Spry, dec’d.  1726.
  • John Storke, dec’d.  1757.  Frances Storke, widow.
  • William Storke, dec’d.  1726.  Elizabeth Storke, widow.
  • Robert Street.  1692.  will.  Elizabeth Street, widow.
  • William Strutfield, dec’d.  1725.
  • Margery (widow of William) Sturdley, dec’d.  1705.  Record in England.
  • William Sturdley.  1705.  will.  Probated in England.
  • John Sturman, dec’d.  1665.
  • Joseph Summers, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Joseph Sumner, dec’d.  1726.  will.
  • Robert Taliaferro.  1726.  will.  Copy filed in Essex County.
  • Charles Tyler.  1730.  inventory.  Susannah Tyler, widow.
  • John Thomas.  1680.  will.
  • David thomas, dec’d.  1692.  William Thomas, son.
  • Edward Thompson.  1678.  will.
  • Henry Thompson.  1691.  will.
  • Francis Thornton, dec’d.  1716/7.  Jane Thornton, widow.
  • Jane (widow of Francis) Thornton, dec’d.  1717.
  • Samuel Todd, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Robert townshend, dec’d.  1675.
  • Thomas Trammell, dec’d.  1730.  inventory.
  • Giles Travers.  1717.  will.
  • Rawleigh Travers, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • John Turner, dec’d.  1710.
  • Elias Vickers, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • William Ward, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Henry Washington, dec’d.  1730.  administrator’s bond.
  • Capt. John Washington, dec’d.  1727.
  • Andrew Watson, dec’d.  1694.
  • Edward Watts, dec’d.  1690.  Ann Watts, widow.
  • John Watts, dec’d.  1730.  will.
  • Thomas Watts, dec’d.  1690.
  • Alexander Waugh, dec’d.  1732.
  • John Waugh.  1716.  will.
  • Joseph Waugh.  1726/7.  will.
  • Joseph Waugh, dec’d.  1730.
  • John West, Sr., dec’d.  1698.  Susannah West, widow.
  • Major John West.  1716/7.  will.  Wife, Elizabeth.  Thomas Harrison and Simon Pearson, exors.
  • Thomas Whitby.  1691.
  • Joseph Whitson.  1696.  will.
  • Joseph Whitson, dec’d.  1727.
  • Robert Williams.  1665.  Frances Williams, admx.
  • William Williams.  1664.  administration.
  • William Wilson, dec’d.  1730.  inventory.
  • John Withers.  1698/9.  will.  Frances Withers, widow.
  • John Withers, dec’d.  1714.
  • John Withers, dec’d.  1726.
  • Keene Withers, dec’d.  1756.
  • William Withers, Sr., dec’d.  1699.
  • William Withers, dec’d.  1725.
  • John Wright, dec’d.  1729/30.
  • Robert Wright, dec’d.  1700.
  • Bryan Young, dec’d.  1727.
  • Vincent Young.  1690.  will.  Elizabeth Young, widow.  Vincent Young, Jr., eldest son.

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  1. From Dottie Porter Himes, these are my list, William Fenwick, John Gardiner, Frances & Robert Howson, John and Moses Linton, All the Masons, Robert Moseley, all the Newtons, Jacob,& John Porter, John& William Russell, John Scott, Robert Taliaferro, John Thomas, Giles & Rawleight Travers,Capt John Washington, thanks in advance. Dottie

  2. body{font-size:10pt;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}p{margin:0px;}Phyllis – when I looked at this list, I was struck by the significant number of deaths prior to 1700. So, I got curious to see how many surnames might be common to the early Jamestowne Colony colonists who are on the list of “qualified ancestors” on the Jamestowne Society site.Attached is a list of those common surnames between the two. There would probably be 3 to 4 generations between the Jamestowne colonists and – assuming they were descendants – someone who died before 1700.I’ve become rather interested in Jamestowne lately as I just submitted my final application for membership their last week. It was “an experience” to put together proof for a line over 13 generations without being able to use the recognition by other societies such as SAR or DAR. But, I believe they should be persuaded with what I have provided them. Time will tell.Ron Klein

  3. The Stafford County wills I’d be interested in knowing more about would be the Goin/Gowing entries. (Not sure which one/ones as I haven’t nailed that line down back that far. The most common spelling in more recent generations has been Gowin, but sometimes Gowan or Gowen, but never with a “g” at the end. From what you wrote, it sounds like only the indexes exist…? (But, not the actual wills or probate records?) We have some of the Tyler’s Quarterlies here at work (SAR Library) that I could also check. Ironically, I was looking into my Gowin line this morning!! (Goofing off a bit!) Thanks for any info you can share!

    Denise Hall

    Louisville, KY

  4. Hello,
    Amos Shadburn is my fifth great grandfather. Please let me know how I can go about getting a copy of the will on record.
    Thanks so much,
    Lynda Shadburn Howard

  5. This is a wonderful site you have made ! I wonder if you know if the will of John Sprye is available or only in and index now? I am trying to trace the Sprye , Robinson and Spraborough families from Stafford Co., in early 1700’s.
    Keep up the great work. Your site is well designed and interesting !

  6. I am related to John Peake
    How may I obtain a copy of his will to Mary?
    Thank for all of your time and efforts

  7. Amos Shadburn is my husband’s 7x great grandfather. How can I go about getting a copy of his will? I am hoping it will give me some insight about the family. Thanks!

  8. I’m curious about the William Overall you have on the list. Is there any further will information on him, or is this only an Index listing? thx

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